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October 03, 2001

U of G to award two honourary degrees at convocation

The University of Guelph will award two honorary degrees and about 556 degrees and diplomas during fall convocation ceremonies Oct. 15 to 17 in War Memorial Hall. All ceremonies begin at 7:30 p.m.

Honorary degree recipients are Donald Robert Woods, a chemical engineering professor at McMaster University, and Michel Laroche, a marketing professor at Concordia University.

Woods will receive an honorary doctor of science degree and give the convocation address Oct. 15 during the opening-day ceremony for the College of Physical and Engineering Science, the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, the Ontario Agricultural College and the Ontario Veterinary College. The author of six books and hundreds of articles, book chapters and reports, Woods has taught at McMaster since 1970, earning a provincial OCUFA teaching award and a national 3M Fellowship. He is recognized internationally as an academic scholar in teaching, research and administration. Most recently, Woods has promoted problem-based learning across many university disciplines and has been recognized with awards for engineering education from around the world.

He is a member of the Chemical Institute of Canada, the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering, the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Laroche will receive an honorary doctor of science give the convocation address at the Oct. 17 ceremony for the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences. Known as the foremost marketing scholar and educator in Canada, he has been recognized internationally with numerous awards. He has written 27 major textbooks in both English and French and several hundred book chapters, manuals, study guides, chapters and papers.

Laroche also wrote a major annotated bibliography published by the American Marketing Association and has served as a marketing expert witness in Superior and federal court cases. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s Finance Committee, serves on the Fellows Nominating Committee of the American Psychological Association and was vice-president, membership for Canada, of the Academy of Marketing Science. He has also received more than $1 million in research grants during his career.

The Oct. 16 ceremony will recognize students graduating from the College of Biological Science and College of Arts. Prof. Fred Ramprashad, new assistant dean for the B.Sc. program, will give the convocation address.

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