Laroque named 3M National Teaching Fellow G eography and environment professor Dr. Colin Laroque has been awarded a prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship. The award is widely recognized as Canada’s top teaching award. Laroque is the sixth Mount Allison professor to receive this fellowship. In addition to a full course load and field research, Laroque oversees the Mount Allison Dendrochronology (MAD) Lab, the only lab of its kind in Atlantic Canada. Dendrochronology is the study of tree rings and can shed light on historical records of climate change and weather patterns as well as past forest ecology. “I try to take my classes into the environment we’re learning about — we go outside as much as possible,” he says. “If you’re learning about something like how to measure wind chill, you’re going to remember and understand it a lot more if you’ve actually experienced it. These are powerful learning moments that I try to take advantage of.” Laroque, along with his students, has been a guest speaker for elementary, middle, and high school classes and community groups. He and his team have also made regional and national media headlines for their research in the MAD Lab, communicating the importance of dendrochronology and the insights it can provide into climate change and weather patterns. Mansbridge interns working in Zambia, Indonesia on HIV/ AIDS education, NGO functions T hird-year international relations students Margaret Kromminga and Sarah McNeil have been selected as this year’s Mansbridge Interns. Valued at $10,000, the summer internship is the most significant of its kind at Mount Allison. This is the third year for the award and the first time two recipients have been chosen. Established by University Chancellor and CBC News Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge, the internship aims to provide a thirdyear student with a unique leadership development opportunity. Kromminga, from Grand Rapids, MI, is headed to Zambia. In partnership with the Church of Central Africa, Presbyterian, Kromminga’s work will focus on HIV/AIDS education and awareness, youth leadership and development, and practical skills training for youth. McNeil, who hails from Huntsville, ON, is working in Indonesia with the Dejavato Foundation, an Indonesian-based non-governmental organization (NGO) that provides social services through an international volunteer network. McNeil is helping to manage volunteers, offering translation services, and leading short-term projects. Both McNeil and Kromminga will bring their experiences to campus through public presentations scheduled for the fall. McNeil is also planning to hold a forum on the wider realm of international volunteering. 2013 Mansbridge Interns Sarah McNeil (’14) and Margaret Kromminga (’14) /7