Top Ten

November 7, 2008

$10 million for CO2 storage assessment centre at uRegina

The University of Regina will house the International Performance Assessment Centre for Geologic Storage of CO2 (IPAC-CO2), which is being funded by a combined $10-million investment from the Saskatchewan government and Royal Dutch Shell. The centre is designed to provide research that will assist governments in developing policies needed for the large-scale deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage. uRegina News Release

Ontario MTCU rejects combined contract bargaining for universities

Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities John Milloy said last Thursday that the province will not consider co-ordinated bargaining for all the province's universities, despite a second Ontario university going on strike since the fall term began. CUPE officials are calling for a province-wide bargaining process like the one used with school boards. They argue Ontario would save time and money through combined bargaining. Canadian Press

UoGuelph hit by E.coli outbreak

A University of Guelph student has been hospitalized and 3 others have fallen ill following an E.coli outbreak at the university. As a precaution, UoGuelph has voluntarily closed an on-campus Pita Pit, as eating there is so far the only connection between the 4 infected students. This is the second E.coil outbreak to hit the university in recent months; in the summer, there were at least 9 confirmed cases of E.coli traced back to UoGuelph. UoGuelph News Release | Guelph Mercury | CanWest News Service

uPEI loses $10 million in market downturn

Like many other Canadian universities, the University of Prince Edward Island is feeling the pinch of the current market turmoil. The university's pension and endowment funds, which are both invested in the stock market, have dropped up to 10% in value, resulting in a loss of over $10 million. It's too early to tell how uPEI will deal with the financial loss. The university has no plans yet to cut back on programs, scholarships, and chairs, but may have to should the market crisis get worse. Journal Pioneer | CBC

Conestoga to offer free pre-apprenticeship training

Starting in February, Conestoga College will offer 2 free pre-apprenticeship programs that serve as pathways to careers or further education in the skilled trades. The college will run a brick and stone masonry program at its Waterloo campus, and a truck and trailer program in Guelph. Each program will take about 6 months, followed by 2 months of work experience. The programs, funded by the Ontario government, are open to those age 16 and older. Conestoga News Release | Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Former NIC students lose lawsuit against college

The BC Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit launched by 4 former North Island College students against the school over alleged course misrepresentation. The students claimed they were led to believe an aircraft and transport manufacturing course they took was accredited by Transport Canada. They also claimed their instructor was inadequate, and that the course was provided in a negligent manner. The court ruled that NIC provided the exact course as it agreed to offer, and dismissed all allegations made against the instructor. Reasons for Judgment

Court allows UBC-O student union to deny pro-life group club status

A BC Supreme Court ruling supports the University of British Columbia - Okanagan's student union's decision to remove a pro-life group's club status. The union has not supported Students for Life since 2006 because the group would not grant a request to not post graphic campaign material. Claiming that their rights to free speech and religious freedom were violated, the group filed human rights complaints twice, which were rejected by the provincial tribunal. Students for Life may still appeal the Supreme Court's decision. The Martlet (student newspaper)

Academic Matters launches new website

Academic Matters: The Journal of Higher Education, published by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, launched a redesigned website on Friday that allows readers to interact with the magazine's editors and bloggers. The site features a number of blogs from professors, librarians, and a graduate student. The new website has article sharing tools, RSS feeds, and an archive of past issues. Links to job openings and career resources are available on the site. Academic Matters News Release | Academic Matters website

Using mascots as part of branding

Mascots tend to play a lesser role in overall institutional branding, but more and more schools are using their mascots to push their brand and create a sense of community among students and alumni. One prime example is the University of Florida with its "Inside the Gator Nation" website. Virginia-based Roanoke College launched a dedicated website to promote a mascot contest while subtly introducing its new brand. The HokieBird and Hokie spirit have become the essence of Virginia Tech's brand following the 2007 campus shooting. By the way, Algoma University recently introduced a new mascot -- "Boomer." CASE Currents | Classic College | Inside the Gator Nation | Algoma U News Release

Tips on getting municipal support on campus expansion plans

If your institution is looking to expand its campus, Erin Peterson offers some tips in the latest issue of University Business on making sure city officials support your proposal. Give plenty of advanced notice about construction projects, allowing officials to air their concerns and thus prevent planning headaches down the line. Advanced preparation can head off criticism before it starts. An expansion plan should have a positive impact on the outside community and local business. Schools will reap benefits it they are willing to compromise. University Business