Top Ten

September 2, 2009

SAIT releases design of Trades and Technology Complex

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology unveiled Tuesday the design for its new $445-million Trades and Technology Complex, expected to be completed in 2012. The design emphasizes a more integrated approach to trades and technical training that is meant to reflect real-life workplaces. The complex, comprising 3 buildings, will provide SAIT with over 70,000 square feet of additional spaces, particularly in the areas of energy, construction, and manufacturing. The complex will add another 3,600 student space to the school, meaning a 50% increase in apprenticeship opportunities and almost a 30% increase in enrolment for certificate, diploma, and applied degree programs. SAIT News Release

uManitoba opens new Welcome Centre

On Tuesday, the University of Manitoba officially opened its new Welcome Centre at its Fort Garry Campus. Featuring state-of-the-art security cameras and monitoring systems, the $7.3-million, 10,000-square-foot facility is the new home of the university's parking and shuttle services, guest and visitor services, and security services. uManitoba News Release

Ottawa pledges $5 million for St. Clair journalism program

The federal government announced yesterday over $5 million from the Community Adjustment Fund for an enhanced journalism program at St. Clair College in Windsor. The funds will be used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment so students in the journalism program can acquire the marketable skills needed as the profession changes. The program plans to emphasize convergence, meaning reporters will be trained in multiple mediums. Jeff Watson MP News Release | Windsor Star

Mohawk receives $4-million bequest for new library

A $4-million bequest from the late Harold Cummings, a car-dealership business manager and savvy investor, will support the construction of a new library at Mohawk College. In honour of the gift, which is the largest private donation in the school's history, the library will be named the Cummings Library and Learning Commons. The library is part of a $30-million renewal of Mohawk's Fennell campus. Hamilton Spectator

Enrolment growth sparks space crunch at Niagara College

With overall enrolment projected to increase by over 6% this year, Niagara College is finding itself operating at near capacity. To meet the demand, the college is in the midst of a $90-million campus redevelopment that will allow the school to accommodate 2,000 more students. Full-time enrolment at Niagara is expected to exceed 7,300 students. Of those, about 4,200 are first-year students. Welland Tribune

uWaterloo to reconsider marketing logo

In light of negative reaction to its prototype marketing logo, the University of Waterloo believes it should "reconsider the symbol and engage our stakeholders in the process more broadly," according to a statement from Meg Beckel, the university's vice-president of external relations. Beckel states that uWaterloo's activities in areas such fundraising, recruitment, and marketing are "too important to push something through that could continue to create such negative responses." In coming weeks, the university will seek online feedback, which, along with on-campus discussions, will guide the university's final decision. uWaterloo Daily Bulletin

UNB launches new athletics logo, website

On Tuesday, the University of New Brunswick unveiled a new logo and website for its varsity sports teams. The logo features big red U-N-B letters above "Varsity Reds" in black, underlined by a curved red line. The names of individual sports will appear below the underline. The redesigned Varsity Reds website will incorporate social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter. The site will include features such as "Coach's Corner" and "Play of the Week" to connect with alumni and fans. UNB News Release | UNB Varsity Reds website | Daily Gleaner

Canada hosts youth skills competition

This week, Calgary is the host city for the 40th WorldSkills Competition, a biennial Olympic-style event in which young skilled professionals aged 17 to 22 come from around the world to compete in their respective fields, ranging from welding and cooking to plumbing and Web design. 7 students from SAIT are among the 38 members of Team Canada. WorldSkills Calgary 2009 aims to encourage youth to consider a career in the trades and technology. WorldSkills Calgary 2009 | SAIT News Release | Calgary Herald

uVic seeks community assistance to reduce rabbit population on campus

The University of Victoria is turning to the community for help in reducing the campus' growing feral rabbit population. The university plans to issue a request for proposals for a pilot project to trap, sterilize, and adopt at least 150 rabbits in a set period of time from a designated area that includes the school's athletic fields. Despite a public awareness campaign launched last year, uVic's rabbit population continues to grow. uVic will only consider lethal means in controlling the population if other reasonable methods have been explored and found not to be effective. uVic News Release

Trend in US institutions using opening ceremonies to boost retention

For a growing number of college administrators in the US, opening convocations are more than just an annual ritual -- they are part of efforts to increase first-year retention and graduation rates. Revamped 2 years ago, the University of Vermont's opening ceremony includes an address from an author whose book incoming students were assigned to read over the summer. At its ceremony, Philander Smith College gives its first-year students medallions bearing their class year, which serves to emphasize the expectation of students to graduate in 4 years, an expectation in keeping with the school's goal of improving its retention and graduation rates. Inside Higher Ed