Top Ten

May 17, 2007

uToronto Humanities receives $90 million:

Canadian financier Hal Jackman has announced that he will double his gift to uToronto’s Humanities department to a total of $30 million.  Jackman’s donation is believed the largest individual donation to the humanities in Canada.  Inspired by Jackman’s generosity, the university itself has doubly matched the contribution, bringing the Humanities’ total haul for the day to $90 million. Jackman completed a BA in political science and history at uToronto in 1953, and his wife taught Humanities at both uToronto and York.  According to Jackman, the humanities are “at the core of any university.”  The Toronto Star 

MIT's Chomsky speaks at uWindsor tonight:

Noam Chomsky, renowned MIT linguistics professor and infamous media commentator, will deliver the closing address at uWindsor’s “20 Years of Propaganda?” conference tonight.  The conference is reportedly “one of the most significant international gatherings Windsor has ever hosted.”  Some of the world’s most notable media, culture and communications scholars, including Robert McChesney, Linda McQuaig, and Edward Herman, will be presenting at the conference.  Tickets to Chomsky’s speech, “A Poisoned Chalice: The Media and the Use of Force,” are available to the public and are priced at $24.50.  uWindsor Daily News

John Molson Business team takes gold times three:

Concordia business students have taken the gold in three of the most prestigious commerce competitions in Eastern Canada this year.  The John Molson School of Business team took overall first place at the TD Meloche Commerce Games, the Omnium Financier, and at Marketing Happenings. Concordia News Release 

uAlberta's program awarded for excellence in Aboriginal education:

uAlberta’s Canadian Indigenous Languages & Literacy Development Institute has received national recognition for excellence in aboriginal education.  It received one of six awards in the aboriginal education category awarded by the Canadian Centre for Learning.  The Institute aims to preserve endangered languages, and also acts as an intensive summer school that trains aboriginal speakers and educators in aboriginal language studies.  uAlberta Express News

SFU releases community report in Vancouver Sun

Simon Fraser University has released its 2006-07 Community Report, “Thinking of the World.”  The full report is available online, and a condensed version was to be distributed as an insert in yesterday's Vancouver Sun.  The online version of the report makes an interesting browse, highlighting accomplishments of various SFU students, researchers and projects.  SFU News Release | Read the report


Ottawa considers Algonquin land grant:

Algonquin College hopes to get started on a new $70 million facility within the next two years, accommodating a new centre for construction trades and building sciences and 2,600 additional students.  Algonquin is looking at a city-owned piece of property for the new facility, and a motion was introduced for college to use the land.  The Ottawa Sun

Windsor students say racism report missed the mark:

According to students, a recent report on racism commissioned by the University of Windsor failed to address systemic discrimination at the school.  The report was originally commissioned when students raised concerns that the campus pub dress code discriminated against black students.  Despite the report, little action on the dress code issue seems to be on the horizon. Students demand a closer look and more action.  The Windsor Star | Excalibur (York Student Newspaper)

"Spring refresher" for Atlantic registrars and school counsellors:

Next week, St. Thomas University will host the Atlantic Association of Registrars and Admissions Officers (AARAO) conference in Fredericton, an opportunity for high school guidance counsellors and PSE recruiters to exchange news, information, and advice.  I'll be attending the conference and presenting some research findings on viewbook best practices -- if you're planning to be there too, let me know and we can set aside some time to chat!  AARAO conference website

US income gap symptom of booming education industry:

According to a recent article, increasing income inequality indicates similar increases in the payoff of a college education.  “The labor market is placing a greater emphasis on education, dispensing rapidly rising rewards to those who stay in school the longest.”  In 1980, college graduates earned 30% more than high school graduates. In 2007, the difference has risen to be closer to 70%. The pay difference between graduate degree holders and high school grads has jumped from 50% to more than 100% now.  The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)

Vending machines send snack reports to parents:

Horizon Software International reportedly offers campus vending machine solutions that make healthy choices available to students.  They are also equipped to track what students are purchasing and make reports back to parents who want to be in the know on their son or daughter’s diet.  VendSMARTT offers machines that offer full breakfast or lunch selections based on the time of day.  Say goodbye to chips and soda: hoagies, salads, fresh fruit and milk are on the menu. ESchoolNews