“Sometimes you just fall in love,” Rosemary Hale says of when she visited Niagara as a Concordia professor.Rosemary Hale vividly recalls the three days she spent interviewing in Niagara in 2000, hoping to become Brock’s next Dean of Humanities.Then a Concordia professor, Hale met with representatives from various departments in the Faculty of Humanities. She was struck by how much talent there was, but many of them were working in a basement.“I said, ‘You guys ought to look into getting some new space,’” she said. “They laughed and said, ‘That’ll never happen.’”Now, as Hale ends a 10-year stretch at the faculty’s helm, it’s happening. Provincial and federal funding is in place for the new Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts campus in downtown St. Catharines. The state-of-the-art project will be located in the former Canada Hair Cloth building, a stately structure full of natural light and artistic possibility. The school is part of a joint project with the City of St. Catharines, which is building a new Niagara Centre for the Arts.Seeing this come to fruition is a highlight of Hale’s decade as Dean. There will be a roast and dinner on June 22 in celebration of her two terms in the position.An enthusiastic champion of the Niagara Region, Hale was born in the U.S. She was raised in Cleveland, Ohio where her father was a baker. “I grew up with the wonderful smell of baked goods every morning,” she said.Hale earned a BA from Kent State University in English Language and Literature, an MA in Social Foundations from Eastern Michigan University and a Doctor of Theological Studies from Harvard University Divinity School. When she finished her Harvard degree, she had two job offers — Sarah Lawrence College in New York and Concordia in Montreal. Hale, having watched the excitement and drama of the Trudeau years, chose Canada.Jack Miller, then professor of Chemistry and current Special Advisor on Buildings and Space, encouraged her to apply for the Dean of Humanities position. Miller, Hale said, told her there had never been a female dean at Brock, and that she should be the first. She came to Niagara for her interview in April 2000.“Sometimes you just fall in love,” she said. “From the time the Niagara air bus brought me down here, I saw the people on campus and realized there’s something about this place. There was something so genuine and warm and welcoming. The human and the built landscape here is so similar to where I grew up that I immediately felt at home.”Hale jumped into that landscape with both feet. She is president of the Bicentennial Legacy Council, a bi-national group organizing War of 1812 commemorative celebrations. She has co-chaired the Regional Cultural Committee and is involved in numerous local arts organizations. Her tireless work is often credited as a driving force behind the downtown fine and performing arts project.But a big highlight of the last 10 years, she said, has been the careful growth of the faculty. In 2000, there were 928 Humanities majors. Now there are more than 3,000. In 2000, there was one graduate program. Now there are nine.Hale has been “visionary, inspiring and effective,” Associate Dean John Lye said.“Her support of the students and faculty has been exemplary,” he said. “When there has been a function, a student event, a visiting artist, she has been there. I have relied on and been confident in her judgment, and feel we are all in her debt.”Hale brought “vision, passion and commitment” to the job, Associate Dean Jane Koustas said.“At the end of her mandate, she can take credit for enhancing the reputation, status and recognition of the Faculty of the Humanities and the university locally, nationally and internationally.”Hale begins a two-year administrative leave on July 1, but will remain on the joint executive committee for the downtown fine and performing arts project until at least December. She will work on a couple of projects during her leave, including a book called Body and Soul. It is based on a course Hale taught at Concordia from 1994 to 1997. The book will contain a dozen of her lectures, plus composite stories of students and how their lives intersected with the course.When she returns on July 1, 2012, it will be as a professor in the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She loves teaching, especially in “big undergraduate classes where you can just turn people on to something.”New Humanities Dean Douglas Kneale, who is coming to Brock from the University of Western Ontario, will take over her spots on the nGen board, the Regional Culture Committee and — Hale hopes — the Bicentennial Legacy Council. She wants to leave plenty of space for him to make his own mark.“I don’t want to cast a long shadow,” she said.One of Hale’s last duties will be on Wellness Day on June 16, when she will give the closing talk on “The Fine Art of Happiness.”“I really think that happiness involves participation and engagement,” she said. “I believe the arts are extremely important in this world ridden with crisis, and important in how we make our way through it.”Rosemary’s Roast: Farewell Roast/DinnerWhen: June 22, 6:30 p.m.Where: St. Catharines Golf and Country Club, 70 Westchester Cres.Cost: $60More information
Members of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrate after scoring against LIU Brooklyn on Sept. 2, 2016. OSU won, 3-0. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is on their way back to Columbus with a 7-2 overall record after a weekend of play at the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational in Springfield, Missouri. OSU finished the tournament 2-1, taking down Indiana Univerisity – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. The Buckeyes weren’t able to stop the Missouri State Bears, however – marking their second loss this season. The Buckeye “tribe” had no problem sweeping IUPUI in three sets, but went the full-five sets in their next two matches – their bout against MSU lasting nearly two and half hours. Senior libero Valeria Leon and senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe were named to the all-tournament team – the tenth time for Sandbothe in the last 11 non-conference events. This weekend’s tournament also pushed the pair even further in their quest to hold the top spots amid the OSU record books. For Leon, she moved into second place for career digs with a total of 1,399. She’ll need to scrape up just under 200 more digs to pass first place holder Stacey Gordon (2001-2004) with 1,572. Sandbothe’s career total block count of 459 puts her in the third-place position, just below Danielle Meyer (2004-2007) with 479. Sandbothe also ranks second in school history for career solo blocks.IUPUIThe Buckeyes bulldozed over the Jaguars in the first set, 25-9. Things didn’t look up for IUPUI in the second set with OSU coming out on top, 25-13. OSU was able to tally a win on their record after they took the third set, 25-13. The Buckeyes held the Jaguars to a mere .011 attacking efficiency, while on the other side of the net, Sandbothe and freshman middle blocker Madison Smeathers combined for 24 kills on the match. Smeathers saw her second career start against IUPUI.Missouri StateThe Buckeyes jumped out to an early 4-0 in the first set and never relinquished their lead. They took the set 25-21. The second set was a game of back-and-forth between the two teams, but this set belonged to the Bears, 25-23. OSU held the lead for almost the entire third set, until they fell behind at 18-19. An OSU timeout at 20-23 wasn’t enough to cinch a victory, and MSU would win the third set, 25-21. Good things happen for the Buckeyes when they are ahead early in the set, and that remained to be true in the fourth. A final kill by junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer would keep OSU alive to play again in the fifth set.Buckeyes would lead the final set 9-8 before the Bears called a timeout. A kill from MSU’s Lynsey Wright would be enough to gain momentum of the set and the match. MSU won the fifth set, 15-12. This is the second time this season that the Bears have beaten a nationally-ranked Big Ten team. They won against a then-No. 14 Illinois team in five sets on Aug. 27. Both of OSU’s losses so far this season have been in five-set decisions.Green BayOSU led the first set for 15 points before falling into a hole the team wasn’t able to climb out of. The Phoenix would win the first set of the game, 25-21. The Buckeyes may have been down, but they were not out. OSU battled their way back from an early deficit in the second set, solidified by the swinging power of Sandbothe, slamming down nine kills. OSU shut down the Phoenix in the third set, 25-15. A change of sides also proved to be a change of fate. Green Bay took the win on the fourth set and held OSU to only 14 points. A quick fifth set went in favor of the Buckeyes, 15-11, and OSU ended the tournament, 2-1. The Buckeyes served 10 aces during the match, three coming off the hands of junior defensive specialist Kalisha Goree. Sandbothe posted 20 kills on the match, but it was sophomore setter Taylor Hughes that led in attacking efficiency with eight kills on 11 errorless attempts. Hughes also collected 49 assists. The Buckeye “tribe” finished the tournament with a 7-2 record heading into their last weekend of non-conference play at the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge on Friday in Muncie, Indiana.