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 January 22, 1999 Volume 6, Number 9

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Students create bursary in honor of John McConnell

Professor John McConnell. Largely responsible for creating the popular Land Use and Environmental Studies program 30 years ago.

The Environmental Studies Student Association (ESSA) is honoring Professor John McConnell, of the Department of Geography, by creating a bursary in his name.

McConnell has been diagnosed as having incurable cancer and students and colleagues feel now is the time to let him know how much they appreciate the contribution he has made to education and to them personally.

"We want him to know now that the contribution he has made is important, especially to the students," says Professor Diane Martz, a colleague of McConnell.

McConnell was largely responsible for the creation of the Land Use and Environmental Studies program some 30 years ago. LUST, as it's affectionately known, is now one of the largest and most successful interdisciplinary programs on campus.

"He always has been, and still is, interested in the students," says Martz. "He goes out of his way to facilitate student education and is committed to keeping the program current."

McConnell's friends and colleagues describe him as a reflective person who loves the environment and is very active in this area both inside and outside the classroom.

The criteria for the John McConnell Bursary, as it will be called, are designed to mirror McConnell's love for the outdoors.

Recipients of the Bursary must have completed at least two years of an undergraduate degree program and currently be pursing studies in environmental studies or geography.

The Bursary, to be awarded annually, will be based on academic achievement, financial need, and service to the environment as demonstrated through participation in organizations and activities that have the environment and ecological concerns as a focus.

The idea for a bursary originated with the students and their desire for an exceptional professor to be recognized.

"Professor McConnell is dedicated, knowledgeable, and always approachable both in and out of the classroom," says Kevan Keating, president of the ESSA.

McConnell, who joined the faculty at the U of S in July of 1964, teaches courses in the regional geography of Canada, historical development and policy analysis, political and cultural geography, as well as introductory geography.

If you would like to make donations to the Bursary, contact Scholarships and Awards, Office of the Registrar, at 966-6748.

- Charity Dyke

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