Top Ten

October 21, 2009

Trent launches $50-million fundraising campaign

Yesterday Trent University kicked off a $50-million fundraising campaign leading to the institution's 50th anniversary in 2014. Funds raised will support the Graduate Studies College, athletics and recreation, library enhancements, and Centres of Knowledge. $15 million has been raised to date. Trent News Release

BC court dismisses appeal of UBC discrimination lawsuit

The BC Court of Appeals has upheld a January 2008 BC Supreme Court's dismissal of an $18-million lawsuit a University of British Columbia student launched against the school in which she alleged UBC discriminated against her as a Christian and subjected her to hatred and contempt in the institution's graduate English department. The Appeals Court agreed with the Supreme Court's ruling that there was no evidence to support the student's claim of religious discrimination. The court awarded costs to UBC and 4 professors named in the suit. Xtra West

BC accounting rules hurt TRU capital program, says president

Thompson Rivers University president Roger Barnsley told a BC legislative finance committee hearing last Thursday that new accounting rules adopted by the provincial government that limit how buildings are funded seriously hamper the university's ambitious capital program. Under previous rules, TRU borrowed and funded projects independently, and new rules stipulate that any new debt taken on by the university, whether funded by taxpayers or not, is recorded on the government's books as debt. "We're in a position where we can't build buildings," Barnsley told the committee. TRU representatives also asked the committed to recommend that BC reinstate a program that saw the province give matching dollars to private capital donations. Kamloops Daily News

uCalgary opens on-campus hotel

On Tuesday, the University of Calgary officially opened a full-service hotel located in the school's newest building, the Dr. Fok Ying Tung International House. Fully owned and operated by the university, Hotel Alma features 100 rooms and suites, a bistro, conference facilities, daily maid service, Wi-Fi Internet access, and flat-screen TVs. The hotel will also serve as a teaching lab for students enrolled in uCalgary's hotel and resort management program. Hotel profits will be re-invested in the institution to support Global Village, a residence in which a Canadian student is paired with an international student. uCalgary News | Calgary Herald | CBC

Groundbreaking for new phase of uSask Academic Health Sciences Centre

The University of Saskatchewan held a sod-turning ceremony last Tuesday for the E Wing phase of the university's Academic Health Sciences project. At nearly 24,000 square metres, the facility will include a 2-storey health sciences library, a 500-seat lecture theatre, the Clinical Learning Resource Centre, research labs, academic offices, a pharmacy skills lab, and the Canadian Centre for Health Safety in Agriculture. The wing is expected to open in 2013. Saskatchewan News Release | Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

Lakehead unveils new strategic branding campaign

Yesterday Lakehead University launched its 2009-10 brand-building campaign that builds on last year's campaign that featured the tagline "I will think for myself." (The new tagline reads: "I think for myself.") The new branding campaign portrays a series of ads, online initiatives, and aligned promotional material featuring key Lakehead graduates reflecting on the role of their education at the university and how it shaped their actions leading to their success. Running until the end of March 2010, the campaign will appear in transit, print, and online, with outdoor poster support. Lakehead has also created an interactive website promoting the campaign. Lakehead News Release | I Think for Myself



Alberta donates WorldSkills equipment to high schools, colleges

The Alberta government announced last Friday that thousands of trades and technology students in the province will benefit from $16 million worth of state-of-the-art equipment the government purchased for WorldSkills Calgary 2009, an international competition for young skilled professionals. Post-secondary institutions receiving equipment include NAIT, SAIT, Olds College, Lakeland College, Grande Prairie Regional College, Portage College, Red Deer College, Medicine Hat College, Northern Lakes College, and Lethbridge College. Alberta News Release | Lethbridge College News Release

York MBA tops Aspen Institute's alternative business school ranking

York University's Schulich School of Business has placed first in the Aspen Institute's 2009-10 edition of Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial survey and alternative ranking of 100 full-time MBA programs worldwide. Schulich received high marks for the extraordinary number of courses available that contain environmental, social, and ethical content, as well as for the number of relevant scholarly articles being published by faculty. Other Canadian business schools listed include those at McGill (31), Concordia (34), UBC (49), uCalgary (51), UWO (53), and Dal (80). Aspen Institute Full-Time MBA Ranking

StFX alumni loyal and involved, survey finds

According to a new independent study on the alumni engagement of St. Francis Xavier University graduates, 98% of alumni surveyed reported being engaged or somewhat engaged with their alma mater. 92% said StFX has good school spirit, compared to the Canadian average of 54.3%. Another 92% of respondents said they are proud of their association with the university, and 90% reported that they would highly recommend StFX to family and friends. 79% of surveyed graduates read StFX's alumni publication, while the national average of graduates reading their alumni publication is 49.7%. [email protected]

UNB graduate student association calls for lower fees for international students

The University of New Brunswick will review its health plan fees for foreign students following a complaint lodged by the university's Union of Graduate Student Workers and the Graduate Student Association. The union's president says UNB should abolish its policy of charging international students almost twice the tuition of domestic students, as well as lower its health plan fees for foreign students. One solution would be to include students with study permits on the New Brunswick government's health-care plan in the same way students on work permits are. A UNB official says the review will be completed at part of the school's 2010-11 budget planning process. Daily Gleaner