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By University Advancement and Communications Posted: July 6, 2022 12:00 p.m.

Tokyo-based latte artist, Runa Kato (aka Runa Pocket), a fan of Rolli, surprised the U of R graduate with an artist’s rendering of the cartoonist/author engaged in his favourite pastime – drinking coffee.
Tokyo-based latte artist, Runa Kato (aka Runa Pocket), a fan of Rolli, surprised the U of R graduate with an artist’s rendering of the cartoonist/author engaged in his favourite pastime – drinking coffee. Latte artist, Runa Pocket

Meet some of the University of Regina’s brightest and most accomplished alumni in the latest edition of Degrees, the University’s alumni website.

Meet Rolli – Rolli is a children’s book author and cartoonist for such publications as Reader’s Digest and Playboy; and now he’s even embarked on a music career. Where does he get the energy to do all that he does? Maybe it’s the 25 cups of coffee he drinks each day.

Talk about following your dreams – in 2012, yoga master, entrepreneur, and U of R alumna Janel Phillips left Canada and headed for Panama to pursue her dream of building a world class yoga and surf resort.

U of R alumni in Panama
U of R alumna Janel Phillips is the co-founder of Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort in Cambutal, Panama. Photo courtesy of Janel Phillips

In Canada, it’s estimated that only nine per cent of waste is recycled  – Now, thanks to artificial intelligence, GPS, and big data, a team of University of Regina engineering graduates are trying to trying to change that.

Garbage truck
Regina provides bi-weekly recycling collection to over 65,000 households, collecting over 7,000 tonnes of recyclables annually. Photo by Kiriako Iatridis

Maybe you don’t know the name Dave Plummer but chances are you are familiar with his work – Plummer was the programmer behind Microsoft’s Task Manager. After a long and distinguished career with Microsoft, three years ago Plummer was diagnosed with autism. These days, he spends as much of his time dispelling myths about autism as he does talking about his computer programming days.

Read these stories and check out the rest of this issue’s lineup in Degrees.