Top Ten

October 30, 2008

Rotman launches $200-million fundraising campaign

On Wednesday, the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management announced a new $200-million fundraising campaign. The school has already raised $118 million towards the campaign goal. Rotman recently received $16 million in gifts, including $10 million from credit-information entrepreneur Marcel Desautels. The 5-year campaign is aimed at expanding the school's physical plant, programs, and the number of MBA and PhD students. Rotman News | Globe and Mail

uWaterloo board chair donates $3 million for research and scholarships

University of Waterloo Board of Governors Chair Bob Harding is donating $3 million to Campaign Waterloo. 2/3 of the donation will establish undergraduate scholarships and faculty fellowships in uWaterloo's school of accounting and finance, while the remainder will support a newly established humanities and social sciences research endowment. uWaterloo News Release

Fanshawe renames biz school for $1-million gift

Fanshawe College is renaming its business school the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business, following a $1-million donation from London businessman Larry Kinlin. Kinlin, who owns and operates an insurance agency, has been a long supporter of Fanshawe and worked on its recent capital fundraising campaign. The gift hasn't been earmarked for anything specific. London Free Press

McMaster VP to receive $1.4-million payout

The Hamilton Spectator reports that McMaster University vice-president and health sciences dean John Kelton will be eligible to receive a $1.44-million payout from the university once his contract ends in June 2011. The payout is more than for any other Ontario university president, and exceeds the exit package to be paid to McMaster president Peter George. The Spectator obtained Kelton's and other McMaster vice-presidents' contracts through a Freedom of Information request. Hamilton Spectator | Kelton's contract

VIU aims for CIS membership

Later next week, Vancouver Island University (formerly Malaspina) will be hosting 4 members of the Canada West bid committee, who will decide whether VIU's basketball and volleyball teams will join one of the conferences within the Canadian Interuniversity Sport body. After their tour through VIU, the bid committee will present a report at the Canada West winter meetings in February. A final vote on the bid will occur in early June. The issues VIU is wrestling with in its bid are its gym and financial support. Nanaimo Daily News

uVic to shut down Dunsmuir Lodge

The University of Victoria plans to close Dunsmuir Lodge, an executive training and conference centre, at the end of March 2009. The lodge does not generate enough revenue to cover the cost of needed upgrades, and the university estimates it will cost over $2 million to bring Dunsmuir up to market standards. uVic would still like to see the lodge be used for educational purposes, and hopes to continue talks with interested private-sector partners about jointly operating the lodge. uVic News Release | Victoria Times-Colonist

BC, Ontario privacy commissioners release guide on student privacy and safety

BC and Ontario privacy commissioners released a joint guide yesterday to assist university, college, and school board staff on whether to release a student's personal information without consent in emergency circumstances. The guide was prompted by student suicides in both provinces in recent years, including that of Nadia Kajouji. The Practice Tool for Exercising Discretion provides 3 sample cases of where personal information may be released without the student's consent. IPC News Release | Read the full guide

BC releases report on Aboriginal PSE participation

On Wednesday, the BC government released a report outlining Aboriginal participation and achievement in the province's public PSE institutions between the 2003/2004 and 2006/2007 academic years. The report found a 23% increase in the number of people who identify themselves as Aboriginal attending PSE between 2002/2003 and 2006/2007. Of the Aboriginal population that graduated high school in 2001/2002, over 67% enrolled in university or college within 4 years of graduating. The report found that earning levels among Aboriginals grew with each increase in education levels. BC News Release | Read the full report

"Save Our Ghetto" builds positive image on Queen's students

5 Queen's University students have launched a website showcasing students' work with charitable organizations to foster a constructive relationship with the Kingston community. One main goal of is to improve the reputation of Queen's students to the outside world, while another is to encourage students to get involved in volunteer activities. The site features charity news, events, and volunteering opportunities. Queen's Journal (student newspaper) | Save Our Ghetto

Facebook for college recruitment and retention

At the annual Educause conference this week, researchers from Arizona State University presented their study on first-year students' use of Facebook and MySpace. Their findings suggest such social networking sites could be used as recruitment and retention tools. Over 68% of respondents have joined a Facebook group for their dormitories. More than 37% said Facebook enriches academic life. The study found few instances of social networking sites being used to interact with faculty members. It's more popular to use Facebook to stay in touch with classmates or work in groups. Inside Higher Ed