Top Ten

November 12, 2008

York "Power of 50" campaign surpasses $165-million mark

York University's "Power of 50" fundraising campaign has reached $167 million, inching closer to its goal of $200 million. At an event last month to celebrate the milestone, York president Mamdouh Shoukri said the funds will help the university enhance its research and reputation, as well as grow academically, particularly in the areas of science and engineering. Y-File

Rio Titan Alcan donates $3 million to McGill

International aluminum leader Rio Titan Alcan has donated $3 million to McGill University's law faculty to establish the L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law. The chair will honour Fortier, a McGill alumnus and Campaign McGill chair, for his leadership in law practice and at the international level in the field of arbitration. The scholar appointed to the chair will lead advances in the field of international arbitration, as well as conduct research into international law. McGill News Release

uWaterloo receives $2-million gift for Waterloo Centre for German Studies

The Waterloo Centre for German Studies, based at the University of Waterloo, has received a $1.5-million donation from the late Fred Stork and his wife Ruth, making it the largest gift the centre has ever received. Founded in 2004, the centre plays a major role in supporting the mission of uWaterloo's Germanic and Slavic studies department. uWaterloo News Release

Asper Family Foundation donates to uManitoba music faculty

On Wednesday, the Asper Family Foundation announced a $1-million donation to the University of Manitoba's Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music. The gift will fund the creation of the Babs Asper Professorship in Jazz Performance. A volunteer committee raised an additional $200,000 in support of the professorship. The professorship will enable the school to recruit and retain world-class jazz professors, as well as position the music faculty to be a primary destination for Canadian and foreign students. In September, uManitoba launched a Bacherlor of Jazz Studies, one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind in Canada. uManitoba News

Georgian RAP program launches video microsite

This week, the Research Analyst Program at Georgian College launched its new video recruitment microsite, using the turnkey "iPSE" solution from Academica Group. The iPSE platform integrates a "jukebox" console for alumni, student, and employer testimonial videos with conversational marketing functions like blogs, comments and discussion forums. Academica's social media team filmed and edited the video clips, and Academica's technology team built the recruitment microsite for the RAP program. Industry partners not only demonstrate the program's connections to employment, but also helped underwrite the costs of the microsite!

Georgian RAP iPSE implementation

Check out the Georgian RAP iPSE implementation here, or read about Academica Group's iPSE product offering here.

For more information, please contact Philip Bliss, Academica's Chief Technology Officer -- bliss@academicagroup.com or (416)-504-7228 ext 200

Former uToronto dean to head Johns Hopkins U

Former University of Toronto law school dean Ron Daniels has been named the new president of Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University. Daniels will join Johns Hopkins following a 4-year term as the provost of the University of Pennsylvania. During his decade-long tenure as uToronto's law dean, the law school's endowment grew from $1 million to $57 million. He also halved the student-faculty ratio. Daniels will take on his new position on March 2. Globe and Mail | National Post | Toronto Star

Algonquin College board of governors approves Pembroke campus

On Monday, Algonquin College's board of governors approved construction of the Pembroke waterfront campus, even though the college has yet to secure funding from the Ontario government for the project. The campus, slated to open in the fall of 2012, will be built on $36 million worth of land donated by the City of Pembroke. Algonquin's student union is committing $4 million to the project, and a $2.5-million capital campaign geared towards the campus recently reached the $1-million mark. The board also approved the construction of a $8- to $10-million building for the college's Perth campus. Daily Observer

Cambrian, Holland Colleges hit by financial crisis

Cambrian and Holland Colleges are among the number of Canadian institutions affected by the current global economic downturn. The impact signals cuts to bursaries and scholarships at Cambrian as the college expects to give out less money to students. Meanwhile, Holland's pension plan dropped 10% in value. 25% of the college's endowment fund is invested in the stock market. That portion has gone down quite a bit in value over the last year. Sudbury Star | Journal Pioneer

Lambton College installs green roof

In September, Lambton College, located in Sarnia Ontario, installed a green roof over its cafeteria featuring moss from the Gobi Desert. Aside from initial watering, the moss does not require further attention as it can survive extreme temperatures and drought. Once the moss matures in 4 years, the green roof's insulation factor will jump in value, which will result in significant decreases in Lambton's heating and cooling costs. The green roof is part of the number of environmental initiatives Lambton is undertaking. Sarnia Observer

uCalgary runs online walking tour

The University of Calgary hosts an online video podcast of a walking tour of its campus. The tour is narrated by a naturalist and hiking guide with the university's Outdoor Centre. The video features a montage of photographs of uCalgary's development in the early 1960s and what the campus looks like today. The podcast includes an interview with a former supervisor of the university's grounds department about his vision for the campus' design. U of C Walking Tour