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October 28, 2008

Multimillion-dollar donation supports Carleton humanities students

Carleton University announced yesterday a multimillion-dollar donation from Richard and Pamela Joho to establish a scholarship that will cover all expenses for qualified students enrolled in Carleton's College of the Humanities. The inaugural Richard and Pamela Joho Scholarship will be awarded in 2010. In addition to their monetary gift, the Johos are donating their extensive collection of classics, humanities, political science, philosophy, history, and general interest books and papers to the College. Carleton News Release

Mount Allison receives $5-million gift

Tim Hortons co-founder Ron Joyce has donated $5 million to Mount Allison University to establish the Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies. The gift will support renovations to the building where the centre will be housed, and help the commerce program grow by up to 200 students over the next 4 years. The donation will be used to attract Canada's top entrepreneurs and educators, as well as fund student internship programs, conference travel, and research opportunities. Mount Allison plans to match Joyce's donation through fundraising. Mount Allison News Release | Times & Transcript

MUN professor targeted in online death threat

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is investigating a death threat made against a Memorial University professor in an Internet posting. Police were advised of the threat by a citizen from the UK with no known connections to the university. The posting indicated the threat would be carried out on campus on Monday, but the time of the threat passed without incident. The threat was typed on a computer in a campus library. The unidentified professor was taken into protective custody. MUN News | St. John's Telegram | CBC

York to end class cancellations for Jewish holidays

York University will end its practice of cancelling classes on Jewish holidays. York officials say the removal of the practice has nothing to do with a human rights complaint filed by professor David Noble, who says the policy is discriminatory. Earlier this month, Noble defied the policy by holding a lecture during Rosh Hashana. The University of Windsor's law school ended a similar practice this fall. Toronto Star

UWO-funded documentary tackles campus discrimination

Following the release of a controversial spoof issue of a student newspaper depicting rape, the University of Western Ontario invested $80,000 in a video to document campus discrimination. The hour-long Voices of Diversity premiered yesterday at the university. The documentary, produced by UWO's Caucus on Women's Issues, features interviews with students and staff about the discrimination and exclusion they have experienced on campus. "Our goal should be no less than to make ours an inclusive and caring environment for all students, faculty and staff who come here." Globe and Mail | Toronto Star |

Brock unveils Matheson Learning Commons

On Sunday, Brock University officially opened the Matheson Learning Commons, located on the first floor of the James A. Gibson Library. The $2-million project was funded by donations from students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The new student space is named after professor Bill Matheson, who taught at Brock in the political science department for over 30 years. The learning commons features 8 group study rooms, 2 classrooms, a drop-in learning centre, 113 computers, 30 laptops to sign out, and a coffee bar. Brock News | St. Catharines Standard

York EMBA ranked #1 in Canada

York University's EMBA program was named #1 in Canada by the Financial Times of London. The program placed 21st worldwide. UWO, uAlberta, uCalgary, uToronto, Queen's, and Concordia also made the list. York's business programs have received top marks in rankings by the Wall Street Journal and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Financial Times EMBA Rankings 2008 | Y-File

CREPUQ launches TV ad campaign

On Monday, the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities launched a province-wide television ad campaign to boost public awareness about the importance of education and knowledge and build pride in Quebec's university system. The 3 ads, to run for 6 weeks, demonstrate that without knowledge, it would be impossible to address Quebecers' concerns about education, health, or the environment. The ads are also available online. CREPUQ News Release | Knowledge Matters

Postscript: Nov 5, 2008
This week, Marketing Magazine covered the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities' "Knowledge Matters" campaign we mentioned last week. Marketing Magazine

BC PSE students encouraged to take action on climate change

This week, over 100 faculty and their classes in 13 post-secondary institutions in BC are taking part in goBEYOND's Teach-In to discuss how students and schools can fight climate change. Participating professors are setting aside 15 to 20 minutes of class time to talk about climate change. goBEYOND has provided a short video to open discussion and information to guide students on how to be climate-neutral. goBEYOND is funded by the BC government and BC Hydro. BC News Release

Blackboard partners with Moodle

At the annual Educause conference yesterday, course management software giant Blackboard Inc announced it has partnered with Iowa State University to develop a link to connect the company's software to Moodle, an free open-source alternative. Blackboard hopes that once students and faculty can import their data from either platform, they can access all of their course information from one portal. In July, Blackboard announced a similar partnership with Syracuse University to integrate with Sakai. Blackboard News Release | Inside Higher Ed