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May 10, 2010

$7 million for uManitoba northern medical residency program

The federal government announced yesterday over $6.9 million for a University of Manitoba pilot project to increase family medicine residency positions for Canada's North. The expansion of the Northern and Remote Family Medicine Residency Program will provide medical training for 15 additional family medicine residents over the next 4 years. The project will concentrate on northern and Aboriginal health issues to provide more equitable health care for northern and Aboriginal communities, and increase telehealth and tele-education capabilities for northern and remote residents and physicians. Health Canada News Release

uCalgary pro-life club warned to stop putting up displays on campus

The University of Calgary has issued a formal warning to 8 members of a campus pro-life group promising tougher sanctions if they continue setting up displays on campus. The warning is the result of uCalgary finding members of the student group guilty of non-academic misconduct. The non-academic charges stem from an incident last month in which group members refused campus security's request to turn their posters inward. The group will challenge the guilty verdict. Calgary Herald

NorQuest unveils plans for consolidated downtown campus

Yesterday Edmonton-based NorQuest College presented its Downtown Campus vision, where plans call for a new building, the North Learning Centre, to be built directly north of the existing downtown campus main building. The 27,500-square-metre, 5-storey facility will provide state-of-the-art smart classrooms, a daycare centre, a new library, food services, and student activity space. The college's vision is to create a vibrant downtown campus that consolidates its existing locations, improving access to services, teaching technology, and supportive learning space. NorQuest News Release

Conestoga in midst of major expansion

With already 6 campuses, Conestoga College is seeing expansion in Guelph, Waterloo, Kitchener, along with new campuses in Cambridge and Ingersoll. The first phase of the new Cambridge campus is set to open in fall 2011. This first 260,000-square-foot building will house the School of Engineering and Information Technology and the Institute for Food Processing Technology. Over the next couple of years upon the completion of construction, the college will have grown to over 10,000 full-time students. The expansion will create 2,350 additional full-time spots, plus another 800 new spaces for apprentices. Conestoga News

CNC begins construction of Technical Education Centre

Last Wednesday marked the start of construction on the Technical Education Centre at the College of New Caledonia's Prince George campus. The 75,607-square-foot facility has been designed to accommodate Red Seal trades and other technical programs, such as engineering technology, welding, and automotive collision repair. The centre will accommodate 800 student spaces annually, which will be a substantial increase over the 48-year-old trades training building it will replace. Along with a new trades and technology training building at CNC's Quesnel campus, the 2 projects represent the largest single capital investment in the college in over 41 years, allowing CBC to expand and diversify its technical and trades education. CNC News Release

Laurentian president profiled in Toronto Star

Saturday's Toronto Star featured a profile on Laurentian University president Dominic Giroux, the youngest university president in Canada. While it was not so much his age as his lack of academic pedigree that raised eyebrows in some halls of academe when his appointment was announced last year, Giroux's "performance put those fears to rest; his management style is, in a word, exuberant," says the chair of Laurentian's board of governors. Since Giroux took over as president last year, applications to Laurentian have gone up 11%, with 18% more citing the university as their first choice and 23% more applications from the Toronto area. Toronto Star

uSask Learning Community students earn higher grades

According to a recent study, University of Saskatchewan students involved in Learning Communities, a program to help first-year students make the transition into university life, earned grades that were on average 10% higher than those of non-Learning Community students. Each community begins with 30 to 40 first-year students who enrol in the same set of 2 to 3 classes and participate in community-specific activities, such as a weekly meeting led by senior student mentors. As a result of the program's success, the number of communities being offered this fall will increase from 11 to 17, with space for up to 660 students. uSask News Release

Algonquin College launches Canada's first victimology certificate

Last month, Algonquin College launched a new program designed to train people who work with victims of crime. The one-year graduate certificate program in victimology is first of its kind in Canada. The program is designed to help its students develop an understanding of victims' rights, help people deal with loss, and provide better guidance to victims of crimes as they navigate the criminal justice system. Beginning this fall, the program will offer a range of theory-based courses, as well as a 160-hour practicum in a professional setting, such as police agencies or the Children's Aid Society. Ottawa Citizen

SAIT joins Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology is the newest member institution of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the largest honour society in North America. 10 students were inducted into the society at an event last Friday. SAIT is the first polytechnic in Canada and the third Canadian post-secondary institution to become a member of the society, which recognizes the academic achievements of 2-year college students. Phi Theta Kappa members may apply for over $36 million in transfer scholarships. The society offers opportunities for members to develop in honours programs, leadership skills, and provide service to their communities. SAIT's chapter of the society will be called Beta Sigma Tau. SAIT News Release

University graduates less happy after graduation, study finds

New research from Australia's National Centre for Vocational Education Research finds that undertaking vocational qualifications such as an apprenticeship or traineeship has a positive impact on happiness during and following training. In comparison, university graduates report high levels of happiness during their time at school, but lower levels of happiness after graduation. One explanation for the decline in happiness associated with a university degree is that the time in university is particularly happy for those who go on to gain a degree, with their subsequent work and life experiences seeming to be not quite as good in relative terms. NCVER News Release | Read the study