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August 12, 2008

Orleans donates 21 acres for La Cité campus

On Monday, the City of Orleans announced it will donate 21 of acres of land to La Cité Collegiale for an $18-million construction trades campus. The college is seeking $12 million in provincial and federal funding for the campus, while securing another $4 million from fundraising. Earlier this year, Orleans gave Algonquin College $3.2 million worth of land for its expansion, which includes a new skilled trade centre. Ottawa Sun

UTM opens Finance Learning Centre

On Monday, the University of Toronto at Mississauga held an opening ceremony for the Li Koon Chun Finance Learning Centre, named after the noted philanthropist and founder of 2 Hong Kong stock exchanges. Li's son and daughter-in-law contributed $800,000 to the centre, which prepares students for a competitive global job market by simulating future workplace settings. The facility will feature sophisticated financial analysis and simulation software, live data feeds, and software relating to information security and computer forensics. Through the centre, students can participate in national and international business competitions. uToronto News

Laurentian U rec centre to open in September

Laurentian University will open its new 2-storey, 60,000-square-foot recreational facility this September. The lower level of the centre features weight and cardio rooms, and an athletic therapy clinic. The upper level has a 4-lane track, climbing walls, and courts for squash, basketball, volleyball, and badminton. The $10-million recreation facility was approved in 2005 when students voted in favour of covering $6.5 million of the centre's costs. Northern Life

Fanshawe renames internal streets at London campus

Earlier this month, Fanshawe College began installing new street name signs at its London Ontario campus after receiving approval from the city to rename internal streets. The city will include the new street names in its inventory and issue each campus building a street number, making it easier for visitors and emergency services to find their way around campus. The new street names are based on several themes reflecting Fanshawe's vision statement and corporate identity. For example, Colvin Court is named after Fanshawe's first president, Dr. James A. Colvin. Fanshawe News

How university presidents are hired in NB

As the controversy surrounding the Newfoundland and Labrador government's reported involvement in Memorial University's presidential search continues to unfold, University of New Brunswick officials say they do not expect provincial intervention in their search for a new president, despite legislation giving NB the final say in appointment. Under the UNB Act, the province can appoint a president in the event that UNB cannot submit an acceptable recommendation, and any recommendation requires final approval by a lieutenant governor in council. UNB is the only university in the province that gives government power in presidential searches. Daily Gleaner

4 Toronto schools to assist internationally trained professionals

Last Thursday, the federal and Ontario governments announced over $11 million in funding to 11 Toronto-based agencies to help internationally trained professionals strengthen their language skills. Ryerson University received the lion's share of the funding, garnering over $3 million for its G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. Centennial and George Brown Colleges, and the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies received $1 million combined. Canada News Release | Ryerson News

USC wins trademark case against USC

The University of Southern California has won a 6-year legal battle against the University of South Carolina over the use of the "SC" logo. The US Patent and Trademark Office ruled that Southern California has priority when it comes to the "SC" logo -- including the interlocking version --finding it has used the current logo for a longer, more continuous time. While South Carolina essentially cannot federally trademark its logo, the school may still be able to use if for marketing and receive revenue from it. Los Angeles Times | The State | US News & World Report

Accurate campus drinking messages reduce alcohol-related consequences

A new 6-year study from the University of Virginia found that reaching college students with information dispelling misconceptions about campus drinking patterns significantly reduced alcohol-related consequences. Over the course of the study, researchers found that students who were exposed to the university's social norms marketing campaign had nearly doubled their odds of experiencing none of 10 alcohol-related consequences, such as missing class or getting in trouble with the police. The number of multiple consequences decreased by over half for all undergraduate students. UVA News Release

US College students prefer mobile technology

American college students are ditching wired-based electronics in favour of mobile technology, according to a new Harris Interactive study. 70% of students surveyed owned a laptop, compared to 42% in 2003. Cellphone ownership jumped from 78% to 89% in the last 5 years. 37% of students said they had a landline phone service, dropping down from 56% in 2003. The biggest plunge in electronic ownership was for desktop computers, which dropped from 91% to 53% between 2003 and 2008. Students demand "flexibility and ease of function to socialize, communicate and be entertained." eMarketer

Sweden to terminate free education for non-Europeans

Starting in January 2010, Sweden will start charging tuition to non-European students attending the country's universities. "It is unwise of a country not to benefit from a payment system which obviously exists." A national student union association chair worries the proposal will lead to Swedish students, who enjoy higher education free of charge, paying fees. Last year, a study found students would not likely pursue education in Sweden if they had to pay fees. The Local