Top Ten

November 17, 2008

Suspicious substance found at MUN

Emergency crews in St. John's responded to a call at Memorial University Sunday afternoon after a small amount of white, granular material was discovered on the side of road next to the university's chemistry and biotechnology buildings. The substance was giving off a gaseous vapour. Although the material remains unidentified, it was put in a safety container and removed. There are no reported injuries from the incident. Last month, a mysterious white substance was uncovered in a package mailed to Ryerson University. That material turned out to be a hoax. MUN News | St. John's Telegram | CBC

Dal gets $6-million donation for medical school

Dalhousie University has received a $6-million gift from Margaret (Peggy) St. George to go towards the ophthalmology and visual sciences department of the university's medical school. Named after St. George's adoptive parents, the Dr. R. Evatt and Rita Mathers Scholarship Fund will help create a new research account, a visiting-scientist program, and a scholarship for students. Halifax Chronicle-Herald

Alleged fund misappropriation at Dawson College student union

The newly appointed president of Dawson College's student union has contacted police after alleging that "money has been misappropriated" at the union. Some students at the Montreal CEGEP are wondering how the Dawson Student Union spent an estimated $840,000 in student activity fees over the last 3 years, as the union has not published financial statements since it became accredited in 2005. The union is proposing new financial controls, such as hiring an independent bookkeeper, to "ensure this doesn't happen again." The student union at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is suing former leaders for fund mismanagement. Montreal Gazette

CREPUQ promotes PSE during Quebec election

Last Wednesday, the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities sent an open letter to the leaders of Quebec's 5 political parties calling on them to make university education a priority in the upcoming provincial election. CREPUQ suggests the priority the parties propose should be structured around 5 major issues, such as increasing funding levels and supporting high-quality teaching and research. CREPUQ has asked the parties to express their positions on these issues, and their answers will be published online on Friday. CREPUQ News Release

Oshawa councillor claims he owns UOIT name

Oshawa city councillor Robert Lutczyk claims he owns the literary copyright to the phrase "University of Ontario Institute of Technology," and has the right to decide who can use the phrase. Lutczyk wrote to Oshawa This Week forbidding the paper to publish the university's title. Literary copyrights pertain to the content of written work, but not the title. While UOIT does not own any copyrights relating to its name because the school is not a literary or artistic work, it owns trademarks on its logo and its "Challenge, Innovate, Connect" tagline. Durham Region News

uManitoba unveils soccer complex

Earlier this month, the University of Manitoba opened a new multi-field soccer complex. The larger playing field in the facility can be subdivided into smaller fields to accommodate different ages and abilities. While soccer is the priority, other field-type sports can be played in the complex. A video tour of the soccer complex is available on uManitoba's website. uManitoba News

uWindsor opens Centre for English Language and Development

Last week, the University of Windsor unveiled its new Centre for English Language and Development. The facility is located in the former Royal Canadian Legion Branch 143 building, which was sold to the university due to declining membership. The centre features 5 classrooms, an exam room, computer lab, lounge area, offices, and a boardroom. The centre will house around 200 English-language improvement program students per semester. Windsor Star

Red River College launches composites model factory

Last Friday, Red River College opened a new composite materials model factory at its Stevenson campus. As part of a joint manufacturing initiative between the college and the University of Manitoba, the factory offers the opportunity for young engineers and engineering technologists and technicians to gain hands-on experience creating prototypes of their designs through advanced computer modeling and automation processes. RRC News

Carleton hosts videoconference on student retention

On Thursday, Carleton University's Education Development Centre is streaming a 90-minute online seminar entitled "What Faculty Members Need to Know About Retention." The seminar will cover a number of key issues, such as faculty's role in identifying at-risk students. Following the seminar, Carol Miles, Director of Learning Technologies and Teaching Support, will address Carleton's retention initiatives and what the university's faculty members do both in and out of the classroom to help retain students. Education Development Centre

Trend in schools offering courses on blogging

How-to courses on blogging are popping up in continuing education programs at post-secondary institutions across Canada. In April, Simon Fraser University will offer a weekend course about blogging and social media. In February, the University of Toronto will run a 3-week evening class called "The Art and Business of Blogging." Nova Scotia Community College, Centennial College, and the University of British Columbia also offer blogging courses. The role of blogs is finding its way into professional PSE programs, such as Ryerson University's magazine publishing program. Canadian Press