Top Ten

March 30, 2009

Fire breaks out at uManitoba

On Saturday, fire struck the Duff Roblin building at the University of Manitoba's Fort Garry campus, causing at least $2 million in damage. University officials alerted fire crews that dangerous chemicals were contained in the building's biological sciences laboratories, prompting firefighters to evacuate parts of the campus. No one was injured in the incident, and animals kept in the facility were not harmed. All activities in the building, including classes and labs, were cancelled yesterday. Investigators concluded that a short in an electrical cord sparked the fire. Winnipeg Free Press | Winnipeg Sun | CBC | CTV

Queen's student arrested for sexual assault in residence

A Queen's University student has been charged in connection with a sexual assault that reportedly took place at a campus residence last Friday. According to the university's campus security website, a man entered an unlocked room in the residence and assaulted a female student. Other students reported someone trying to enter their rooms. One student confronted the man, who subsequently left. Security at residences was increased following the incident. Queen's Campus Security Alert | Kingston Whig-Standard

York "Power of 50" campaign reaches $180-million mark

York University has so far raised over $180 million for its $200-million "Power of 50" campaign. More than 2,060 faculty, staff, and retirees have contributed to the campaign, exceeding the Family Campaign goal to have 2,009 participants by the end of this year. Employees have been donating to areas such as athletics, libraries, research, and student aid. Y-File

$84-million deficit projected at uAlberta

The University of Alberta is expected to post an $84-million budget shortfall, mostly due to the economic downturn's impact on the school's investments. uAlberta's endowments have declined about $112 million in value. While no major cuts will result from the deficit, the university is expected to slow hiring and hold back on some optional spending during the next fiscal year. With the Alberta government planning to move to 3% annual increases for base operating grants in 2010-11, uAlberta may have to look at expense reductions in order to cover rising salaries for academic staff and utility bills. uAlberta ExpressNews | Edmonton Journal

Mount Royal to eliminate international student fees for nursing bridge programs

As of May 1, nurses enrolled in the Internationally Educated Nurses program or the Bridge to Canadian Nursing program at Mount Royal College will be exempt from the college's international student tuition fee assessment, effectively cutting tuition by half. The college made the move as it appeared some foreign-trained nurses were having difficulty making the international fee schedule. The tuition change will affect about 140 international nurses enrolled in the programs in both Calgary and Edmonton. Calgary Herald

uWaterloo plans School of Environment, Enterprise and Development

Last week, the University of Waterloo's senate endorsed a new School of Environment, Enterprise and Development. SEED would provide a home for the environment faculty's biggest undergraduate program, environment and business, as well as new undergraduate and graduate programs. It would also feature an Environmental Training Institute to operate non-degree programs. According to background papers, SEED will be "the first of its kind in North America, and arguably the most comprehensive institutions of this type in the world." uWaterloo's board of governors is expected to approve the school next week. uWaterloo Daily Bulletin

Queen's education faculty launches community outreach centre

The education faculty at Queen's University has launched a community outreach centre dedicated to helping researchers better understand barriers students face while pursuing math, science, and technology education, as well as better integrate education services with community groups. The centre will provide the university's Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Group with the capacity to act as a community resource by allowing it to take programs it develops out into local area schools. Queen's News Release

Kwantlen breaks ground for Aboriginal Gathering Place

Last Thursday, Kwantlen Polytechnic University held a sod-turning event to celebrate the groundbreaking of the school's Aboriginal Gathering Place, whose purpose is to encourage Aboriginal students to enrol at Kwantlen and to enhance support services that assist students in completing their studies. The Gathering Place will be created by renovating classroom space, a hallway, and 2 offices. A private entrance will open onto a forest, central courtyard, and pond. An independent mechanical system will be retrofitted so smudge ceremonies will not affect other areas of the building. Kwantlen News Release

"Think Before You Ink" at U Florida

The University of Florida has a cross-campus campaign called "Think Before You Ink" that is dedicated to reducing printing waste and costs. The university's "Save the Paper" initiative provides information, training, and tools in order to reduce budgets and environmental impact. The school offers guidelines on how to convert printed material into electronic documents. U Florida has initiated a process to certify a select group of printers based on pricing, service, capabilities, and sustainability. The school offers workshops on its cost-reduction programs. Think Before You Ink

YouTube creates page for PSE content

YouTube has unveiled a new section called YouTube EDU, a hub for material submitted by colleges and universities. The site features complete lectures from some 200 full college courses. The section has a function enabling users to find out which college-produced video is the most popular. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) | YouTube EDU