Top Ten

December 15, 2009

Ontario distributes millions for college equipment

The Ontario government announced last Friday several investments from its College Equipment and Renewal Fund, an initiative to modernize and purchase education-related equipment and learning resources. Funding announced includes $3.5 million allocated to Seneca College for high/medium fidelity patient mannequins, underwater camera equipment, and stand-alone sound-proof recording booths. The money is part of $40 million the province is distributing through the fund this year. Seneca News Release | 600 CKAT | Sudbury Star | Peterborough Examiner

Algonquin College board approves student commons project

Earlier this month, Algonquin College's board of governors approved a plan to build a 110,000-square-foot student commons facility. The college and its student union are pooling resources to build the $52-million building, which is slated to open in the fall of 2012. The facility will feature large common spaces and lounge areas, a 700-seat auditorium, study spaces, food services, several student services, and Students' Association board and administration offices. Algonquin College News Release

uManitoba breaks ground for agricultural education facility

On Monday, the University of Manitoba held a groundbreaking ceremony at its Glenlea Research Station for the Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre. The 8,280-square-foot facility will feature interactive hands-on displays about all aspects of food production, from farming practices to the marketing and retailing of food. Construction of the centre is expected to be completed by October 2010. uManitoba News Release

Yukon College to house social justice institute

Last Friday, the Yukon government announced the creation of the Northern Institute of Social Justice, to be based at Yukon College. The institute will provide training and education to Yukoners in a wide range of social justice fields, and will as undertake related research. The institute is preparing to deliver training programs in 2010. Yukon News Release | Whitehorse Star

Luther College names new president

Last Thursday, the board of regents at Luther College, affiliated with the University of Regina, announced the appointment of Dr. Bryan Hillis as the institution's new president, effective July 1. A professor of religious studies at Luther, Hillis is a graduate of uRegina through the college, and has an MA from Oxford University and a PhD from the University of Chicago. Hillis received the Rhodes Scholarship from 1979 to 1981, and has garnered numerous high-profile grants for his research. Luther College News Release | Regina Leader-Post

Health training proposed for Drumheller

Community Futures, a non-profit organization designed to assist community economic development, held a public forum in Drumheller, Alberta last month to share its vision of bringing post-secondary education, particularly health training, to the town. With a former hospital recently sold to new owners and becoming available for a project within the community, the organization saw the possibility to provide health training and medical delivery in Drumheller. Community Futures is sourcing funds to develop a business plan, and is looking at engaging a 2-year licensed practical nursing program, and later expanding to training EMTs and lab technicians. Drumheller Mail

York receives grant to establish EU Centre of Excellence

York University will receive $480,000 over 3 years to establish a European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE). The university will use the funds to integrate existing research, teaching, outreach, and networking activities on Europe and the European Union, as well as introduce and foster new activities on the EU and EU-Canada relations. With this grant, York joins a network of 2 dozen EUCES around the world. York News Release

Students admit to faking swine flu

A couple of university students interviewed by Maclean's admit to faking H1N1 in order to get out of class or exams, as schools across the country have revised their sick-note policies and encouraged students with flu-like symptoms to stay far away from campus, no questions asked. One Dal student has had the swine flu twice, and plans to contract it again before an exam. The University of Western Ontario recently started requiring ill students to enter their names into an online database, which could possibly red-flag multiple cases of H1N1. A UWO official says the database is not meant to detect fake cases, but to provide data on how serious the pandemic is. There's no telling how many students are registering their names under false pretences. Maclean's OnCampus

"Bait laptop" program curbing computer thefts at SFU

Simon Fraser University is crediting a new "bait laptop" program for reducing computer thefts at its Burnaby campus by over 30%. The program involves placing rigged laptops around the campus library. If one is picked up, an alarm rings to alert nearby security personnel. While no alarms have been triggered since the program started in September, security officials believe a poster campaign has acted as a deterrent. SFU News | Vancouver Sun

U of King's College develops new site

We've recently noticed that the University of King's College has a new-look website. The site describes the Halifax-based institution as a "tightly-knit and extraordinarily lively academic community" recognized nationally and internationally for its interdisciplinary programs in the humanities and journalism. At the bottom of the site, visitors will find testimonials from past students. On the right-hand side of the homepage, visitors will find recent Twitter posts, event listings, and news headlines. U of King's College website