Top Ten

February 22, 2008

York's medical school wins political support

York University is hoping to open a new $150 million medical school that would focus on training family doctors, in response to Ontario's shortage.  Ontario's Health Minister has added his support to the proposal, saying he "favours the idea."  Toronto is the largest metropolis in North America with only a single medical school.  Minister Smitherman has belatedly become a champion of the project, describing it as "an innovative approach to training doctors rooted in the community."  The Toronto Star

National Engineering Week starts tomorrow

Ontario universities are preparing to celebrate National Engineering Week with an insert in yesterday's Globe & Mail. Events are scheduled at Ryerson, UOIT, uToronto, Carleton, Queen's, uOttawa, uWaterloo and York University.  Professional engineers, engineering technicians and technologists as well as students will work together to carry off events at more than 2 dozen locations.  The goal of NEW is to raise awareness of the contributions engineering makes to daily life, and to encourage young students to look into careers in the field.  NEW News Release | NEW Website

uVic receives $1 million for underwater Venus project

The University of Victoria has received just over $1 million from the federal government toward equipment for the Venus project.  Venus is a network of underwater labs being built near Vancouver Island.  The investment "will encourage the growth of knowledge-based research and development, and foster technology commercialization on Vancouver Island."  The Globe & Mail | uVictoria News Release

NSCC starts construction on new "living lab" building

Nova Scotia Community College started construction on its new Centre for the Built Environment yesterday at its new Waterfront Campus.  The facility will be a learning space, and a learning experience: "It will become a living lab for students, faculty and industry partners to work together to develop sustainable solutions for our built environment."  The facility will use only 50% of the energy a conventional building would need.  NSCC News Release

uBishop's prepares new field for Canada Football Cup

Construction has begun on the new synthetic turf field for Bishop's University.  The $2.4 million project is funded by the Quebec Ministry of Education, Sport & Recreation, Champlain College, the City of Sherbrooke, and private donations.  The new field will be able to accommodate athletic use in almost any weather without being damaged.  A new lighting system designed to minimize light pollution will also be installed.  Bishop's News Release

BCIT grants honorary doctorate to Mike Holmes

Mike Holmes, popular home reno star of "Holmes on Homes," has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Technology degree by BCIT. Mr. Holmes received construction and renovation training from his father, who was a master plumber, and after 20 years is acknowledged as a well-established leader in the field. The Holmes Foundation established the Make it Right Scholarships and Bursaries to help encourage Canadian college students complete their training.  BCIT News Release

CIBC sweetens Youthvision scholarships by $2.8 million

CIBC has announced $2.8 million in new funding for its CIBC Youthvision Scholarship Program.  The program supports grade 10 students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue a post-secondary education.  CIBC's total investment in the program, since 1999, is $10 million.  The program is a partnership between CIBC, Big Brothers / Big Sisters, and YMCA Canada.  Recipients receive tuition support and summer internships at YMCA locations.  CIBC News Release

Admissions officers mark student essays "Daddy Did It"

Admissions officers are reading student essays with a suspicious eye, looking for anything that "sparkles a little too brightly" and could be the work of an adult or professional essay writer.  US schools are cross-referencing student essays against their SAT writing samples, and sometimes even calling students' guidance counselors.  For 28% of schools, admissions essays weigh heavier than grades, strength of classes, or standardized test scores.  Midland Reporter-Telegram

Encourage students to upload photos to your Facebook

Facebook Pages, the profile option for institutions, released a suite of new features this week, including a function that allows students to post photographs. (Multimedia support may follow shortly.) Other new features include the freedom to relocate your minifeed, and to include both Flash and HTML. There are still several key features missing for higher ed recruiters -- which is why we included them in SkoolPool's custom Facebook Page products.  Facebook Update | SkoolPool packages | Inside Facebook

Career opportunity at Academica Group

We're now recruiting for a full-time Communications Assistant, to work from our London Ontario office. Core responsibilities will include research, writing and administrative support for Academica's Top Ten, event management of our first national marketing conference (stay tuned for more on that soon), and a range of media relations and marketing activities. If you love the Top Ten as much as we do, we want to hear from you! Communications Assistant Career Posting