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October 5, 2009

UWO kicks off $500-million fundraising campaign

At the opening of the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion on Saturday, the University of Western Ontario formally launched the public phase of its $500-million "Make a Difference" fundraising campaign. Over $130 million has been raised to date. The 2009-10 fundraising goal of $65 million currently sits at just over $13.1 million. Western News

Dal renames law school for $20-million gift

Last Friday, billionaire philanthropist Seymour Schulich announced a $20-million donation to Dalhousie University's law school, which will be named in his honour. Schulich says he chose Dal partly because of his wife's ties to Halifax and his work in the East Coast. He hopes his donation will attract students and faculty and trigger other gifts. Globe and Mail

STU considers expanding to Miramichi

An MP from Miramichi New Brunswick and St. Thomas University are working on a proposal to bring a campus to the northern NB town. The MP has initiated a plan for STU to take over St. Michael's convent for use as classrooms. While details about a potential plan are still vague, the university is looking at offering a full year of classes in criminology and nursing, with the goal of opening in fall 2010. Miramichi Leader | Telegraph Journal

3 Brock students diagnosed with H1N1

Brock University reports that 3 isolated cases of the H1N1 virus have been confirmed among students. All the cases have been mild, and the students have recovered or are recovering. To help monitor the situation, the university is asking students and employees with flu-like symptoms to record their illness on an online portal. Brock News Release | Niagara Falls Review

Trent launches $4-million campaign for sports complex

Over the weekend, Trent University kicked off a $4-million fundraising campaign to renew and expand the Trent Community Sport & Recreation Centre. Funds raised from the campaign will support professional development opportunities for varsity coaches, financial awards used to recruit elite student athletes, and youth programs. Trent News Release | Peterborough Examiner

CFS distributes PSE policy recommendations to Manitoba premier candidates

In a policy brief released last Wednesday, the Canadian Federation of Students calls on candidates for the leadership of Manitoba's governing NDP to prioritize 5 recommendations for higher education. Recommendations include legislated tuition fee protection; an end to higher fees for international students and the inclusion of such students under provincial public health insurance; the conversion of a portion of every Manitoba student loan into an up-front grant; increased operating and capital funding for institutions; and legislation to protect students' right to organize and the rights of students living in campus residences. CFS News Release

Record enrolment at St. Clair College

St. Clair College is reporting the highest enrolment of students in its 42-year history. Enrolment at the South campus in Windsor has jumped 17%, and enrolment at the college's Centre for the Arts, also in Windsor, has increased 51%. The college's Thames campus in Chatham has experienced an enrolment growth of 26%. Programs that have seen significant rises in enrolment include Construction Engineering Technician -- Civil (131%), Landscape Horticulture Technician (88%), Culinary Skills Chef (76%), and Power Engineering Technology (56%).

Enrolment at Douglas College up 7%

BC-based Douglas College is welcoming 9,500 students taking credit courses this fall, an overall increase of 7.3%. Most classes at the New Westminster and Port Coquitlam classes are full, with a significant rise in enrolment in university-level courses. Enrolment in liberal arts is up 12%, and there has been a 10.5% increase in registrations for commerce and business courses. Douglas College News Release

Video hits on Google sites exceed 10 billion

According to new comScore data, 161 million Internet users in the US watched online videos in August, the largest audience ever recorded. More than 25 billion videos were viewed during the month, with Google sites accounting for over 10 billion. YouTube accounted for 99% of all videos viewed at the Google sites property. Microsoft sites ranked second with 547 million videos viewed, followed by Viacom Digital with 539 million videos and Hulu with 488 million. comScore News Release

uWaterloo student union proposes student services building

The University of Waterloo's Federation of Students is seeking feedback from students on proposals for a $47-million student services complex and an $8-million expansion of the Health Services building. Both projects would be paid for through student fees, with an extra $49.50 per semester for the student services facility and $10 for the Health Services expansion. If a referendum this fall gives the projects the go-ahead, the Health Services addition could be ready in 2010-11, and the student services building a year later. uWaterloo Daily Bulletin | Student Building Projects