The 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea provided an extra thrill for members of the Laurier community, with four of our own to cheer for during the course of the 17-day global gathering that showcased both sporting achievement and international goodwill.
John Morris, a former member of the Laurier men’s curling team, and his partner Kaitlyn Lawes made Olympic history, becoming the first-ever gold medalists in the new discipline of mixed doubles curling. Brent Laing, a teammate of Morris during his time at Laurier, showed he belonged among the best in the world as a member of the Canadian men’s curling team. And, behind the scenes, Laurier graduate Paul Webster made a major impact as Canada’s curling team leader.
In addition to Laurier’s trio of curling team members, alumna Danelle Im, a former standout in the Golden Hawks women’s hockey program, had the unique opportunity to suit up as a member of the unified Korean women’s hockey team.
While the Winter Games were exciting to watch, they also provided some extra excitement in putting together this edition of Campus, with last-minute stories and photos from Pyeongchang being compiled with our spring edition print deadline looming. It takes a nearly Olympic-sized effort to put each edition of Campus together and the team that works on the magazine – from writers and editors to photographers and designers – stepped up to ensure top-notch and timely Olympic content.
There’s much more on offer in this edition of Campus, including a feature story about Laurier alumnus Wayne Zronik, who ensures the show goes on as senior vice-president, music and live events, with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. For the sake of full disclosure, Zronik is not only an alumnus who found a rewarding career thanks in no small part to the business degree he earned at Laurier, he’s also my brother. I know better than most that his story is an outstanding example of what can happen when one combines their passion with a Laurier education.
Looking forward, there are exciting initiatives underway for future editions of Campus. As well as our online-exclusive summer edition, watch for a special Indigenous-focused edition of the magazine in the coming months. While showcasing the outstanding contributions that Indigenous students, faculty, staff and alumni make to Laurier’s diverse, multi-campus community, this edition will also highlight the many ways Laurier is committed to Indigenous education and building bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.
Editor, Campus magazine