Top Ten

August 11, 2008

$110-million construction boom at Carleton

Carleton University is experiencing a construction boom as it has at least $110 million in renovation and new build projects either underway or near completion. Aside from the River and Canal Buildings we mentioned last week, projects include renovations at Lanark House, Carleton's oldest residence, and the Steacie Building, where 4 undergraduate chemistry labs have been converted into a "super-lab." Frotenac House, a 5-floor, $17-million residence will open this September. Other projects include repairs to Carleton's tunnel infrastructure and a new high-voltage electrical distribution system. Ottawa Business Journal

NB to commit $44 million for new medical school

Over the next 5 years, the New Brunswick government will contribute nearly $44 million to a new anglophone medical education program, slated to begin in 2010. The province is allocating over $2.5 million to the medical school's start-up costs, including the search for a new dean. The remainder of the funds will go towards refurbishing the school's site at the University of New Brunswick's Saint John campus, updating host hospitals' infrastructure, IT services, and running costs for students. UNBSJ's vice-president says the medical school could boost interest in the campus' existing programs and attract health-related research. Saint John Telegraph-Journal

Grenfell awaits additional NL funding for new residence

Sir Wilfred Grenfell College has requested the Newfoundland and Labrador government commit an extra $4 million on top of the $6.6 million already allocated for a new residence, due to rising construction costs and an interest in expanding the residence from an 80- to a 110-bed facility. Grenfell's acting president says even with the new residence and other expansions outlined in the province's 2007 budget, the college will need more academic and residential space. Under an agreement, 25% of new accommodations will be made available to students attending College of the North Atlantic's Corner Brook campus. Western Star

Seniors' college proposed for southeastern NB

A non-profit seniors' college is being planned for southeastern New Brunswick. The proposed Tantramar Seniors' College will offer homework- and exam-free courses to individuals ages 50 and older. Students will pay $100 a year to take as many courses as they want, which will be taught by retired university professors. The college's board of directors expects to be offering courses by October, the first 2 of which cover classical music and art. "We want to make this affordable. We want to make it fun. We want to make it very social." Amherst Daily News | Times & Transcript

Conestoga launches "Respect" campaign

This academic year, Conestoga College is introducing a "Respect" campaign, designed to reinforce positive behaviour currently existing on campus. Developed by a cross-college committee, the campaign enforces the message that disrespect on campus is inexcusable and encourages the Conestoga community to raise awareness about respect on campus. Conestoga has created a website and a series of posters and videos promoting the Respect campaign. Students are asked to be campaign ambassadors by leading classroom discussions on respect and wearing campaign gear. Conestoga News | Respect

SMU business program offered in Nunavut

This fall, Saint Mary's University's business school will offer an advanced business management program in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. The Nunavut Advanced Management Diploma is designed for the territory's government employees to hone their knowledge and skills without having to travel far distances. Professors from SMU's Sobey School of Business will fly to Rankin Inlet for days at a time to teach 10 3-day modules, ranging from business communication to human resource management. Students who complete any 8 modules will receive a diploma. NAMD was offered in Iqaluit between 2001 and 2006, producing approximately 75 graduates. SMU News Release | University World News

Kwantlen to train Aboriginals in construction trades

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has partnered with the Squamish Nation and the Vancouver Aboriginal Skills Employment Society to train Aboriginal people in construction trades. Under the partnership, 72 full-time apprentices will be added annually to joint trades training programs at Kwantlen. The millwright program is the first to be offered this fall in the trades training agreement, followed by the addition of trades such as electrical and plumbing. The courses will also serve as pathways to other academic programs available at Kwantlen. Kwantlen News Release

uWindsor pub back in business

The University of Windsor's student-run pub, formerly known as The Basement, has reopened, following a $55,000 loan approved by the university's Students' Alliance board of directors. The pub closed in April because of growing debt and lack of student business. The new pub, yet to be named, is partnering with campus food services, where residence students can use their meal cards at the pub, which is shifting its focus to a restaurant style. Windsor Star

"Witt Nation" tour reconnects alumni

Earlier this month, 3 recent graduates of Ohio-based Wittenberg University wrapped up their "Witt Nation" tour, where they travelled to 17 cities to meet with over 1,000 alumni at tour-related events. The travellers, all of whom work at the university's advancement office, also recorded video testimonials of alumni's Wittenberg experience. The team chronicled their tour through blogs, photos, videos clips and Twitter. To save on costs, the travellers bunked with alumni who volunteered accommodation. Alumni donations helped pay for the tour, including gas, van decorations, and technical equipment. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) | Audio Slide Show (subscription required) | Witt Nation

Irish universities brace for funding cutbacks

A government-sanctioned 3% payroll cut across Ireland's PSE system has angered the country's university presidents. "The funding situation is becoming unsustainable. The notion that we can just absorb the latest cutbacks is ludicrous." The presidents are writing a letter to Ireland's education minister outlining the significant impact of the payroll cuts. The letter warns of a drop in quality and quantity of courses, as well as threats to initiatives to boost undergraduate and graduate education participation. Irish Times