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April 20, 2010

uAlberta business alumni raise over $20 million to keep school name

The name of the University of Alberta School of Business will be preserved in perpetuity after nearly 170 alumni donated over $20 million in an 18-month-long fundraising campaign to keep the school's name just as it is. The money will be invested to support the business school. Some of the interest will fund the salary of a new research chair position, while other funds will support the general operating fund and scholarships. Edmonton Journal | Metro Edmonton

Ontario universities to reduce teacher-training spots

Ontario universities plan to cut up to 1,000 spots in their teacher-training programs over the next couple of years, but it is not clear if such a move will eliminate a growing surplus of new graduates entering the profession. For every 2 new teachers certified each year, there remains only one job in Ontario, leaving many to find part-time work, move overseas, or leave the profession altogether. Training, Colleges, and Universities Minister John Milloy says "this has been very much a top-of-mind issue," and removing 1,000 seats from the system is a "pretty important first step." Globe and Mail

Dal med school budget cut by $2.5 million

The Nova Scotia government has cut funding to Dalhousie University's medical school as the health department's budget allocates only $540,000 for physician training seats this year, down $2.5 million from last year. Government officials say it's a case of ending duplication because the health and education departments were paying for the same program. The medical school's dean says the $2.5-million cut "will substantially impact the operation of our medical school." The health department has struck a committee, which includes officials from the health and education departments and Dal, to examine the funding issue. Halifax Chronicle-Herald | CBC

Students in uCalgary pro-life club face possible expulsion

8 members of Campus Pro-Life, a University of Calgary student club, have received letters from the institution advising that they had violated the university's non-academic misconduct policy by defying orders from campus security at a recent on-campus rally. The students have been ordered to attend separate hearings next week and could face disciplinary action, including possible expulsion. Earlier this month, uCalgary issued legal notices of trespass to club members after they refused to comply with the institution's request to turn their graphic display inward. Calgary Herald | Calgary Sun | CBC | Global TV Calgary

City of Waterloo approves conceptual plans for uWaterloo campus expansion

On Monday, Waterloo city councillors approved conceptual plans to expand the research and technology park north of the current University of Waterloo campus, and also to develop nearby vacant lands in the northwest corner of the campus. Council also reviewed a proposal from uWaterloo to launch construction of a first phase in the northwest corner. The lands could be used for academic buildings, research, and housing for students and faculty. Construction could launch shortly on a first phase, pending approval from council. Waterloo Region Record

McMaster breaks ground for Centre for Health Promotion and Rehabilitation expansion

McMaster University held a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday to officially launch a major expansion project designed to enhance its Centre for Health Promotion and Rehabilitation (CHPR). The university received $16.5 million from the federal and Ontario governments for the creation of the Centre for Spinal Cord Injury Education, Research and Rehabilitation and the Centre for Cancer Education, Research and Rehabilitation. The addition to CHPR will provide around 14,000 square feet of new rehabilitation, laboratory, and teaching space, as well as offices for technical staff and faculty members. McMaster Daily News

Lakehead launches Faculty of Natural Resources Management

Lakehead University's Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment announced Monday it has changed its name to the Faculty of Natural Resources Management. The new name better describes the faculty's mission to meet related challenges and opportunities, such as responding to new economic realities for Ontario. As part of this initiative, the faculty has aligned 2 undergraduate honours degrees: a new degree in Environmental Management and a restructured Science in Forestry degree. Lakehead News Release

Queen's to eliminate sale of bottled water on campus

Queen's University principal Daniel Woolf has committed to phasing out the sale of bottled water at the institution. A plan will be established early this fall for limiting and eventually ending the sale of bottled water within 5 years, subject to contractual obligations with the university's beverage providers. Queen's is considering enhancements to existing access for municipal drinking water on campus as part of the plan. The University of Winnipeg is the first post-secondary institution in Canada to eliminate the sale of bottled water on campus. Queen's News Centre

uManitoba launches new website

Yesterday the University of Manitoba unveiled a redesigned website. Dominating the new-look homepage is a large, rotating graphic banner that links to profiles of students and professors. Visitors can change the look of the banner by hovering the cursor over the tabs above, bringing up information pertaining to future and current students, faculty and staff, and alumni and donors. The bottom of the homepage includes a link to uManitoba's recruitment portal, which features videos and student blogs. uManitoba News Release | uManitoba website

Volcanic ash cloud disrupts exams at British universities

Travel disruptions in northern Europe due to the cloud of ash from last week's Icelandic volcano eruption are affecting exams at universities in Britain. The University of Cambridge's faculty of modern and medieval languages postponed oral exams scheduled to take place Monday and Tuesday because many students and examiners are stranded abroad. The University of Oxford has opted not to postpone modern-language exams, although many students are still stranded overseas on vacation. A student paper reports that students should contact their college or department administrators if they are unable to take their exams as scheduled. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)