Top Ten

August 3, 2012

SIAST's new president charts ambitious course for institution

The Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology will soon kick off its first capital fundraising campaign and is trying to find more space for its booming training programs, says Larry Rosia, SIAST's new president. Rosia says the institution faces a "critical space shortage" with all 4 campuses at capacity. Looking ahead, Rosia says SIAST administration is conducting a space utilization study and looking at administrative efficiencies, and raises the possibility of "program rationalization" as existing programs have to be weighed against the employment prospects for graduates. Regina Leader-Post

PQ calls for truce in tuition protest

Former student leader and Parti Québécois candidate Léo Bureau-Blouin is calling for a truce in students' tuition protest during the provincial election campaign. "I think we have to find a way to have a peaceful climate, and that's why I suggest an election truce. We have to take all precautions to not favour the Liberals," Bureau-Blouin says. He says it is not a matter of muzzling students opposed to the Liberals' tuition fee increases, but a matter of ensuring that a proper election campaign can unfold. CBC

Royal Roads launches brand awareness campaign

Royal Roads University is running a new interactive brand awareness campaign that demonstrates traits such as creativity, curiosity, determination, and initiative. The campaign included a stunt execution at Vancouver's Burrard Station. Commuters were encouraged to take one of 5,000 branded pens from a purpose built wall, which revealed the new Royal Roads tagline "Life.Changing" as more pens were removed. Transit shelter ads feature a peephole to demonstrate curiosity, a do-not-push button to show wilfulness, and 2-sided spinning panels to demonstrate creativity. A series of print executions feature questions that are only answered when the reader interacts with the ad and folds its panels, demonstrating perspective. Royal Roads News Release | Brand Awareness Campaign

Postscript: Nov 19, 2012

Royal Roads University's interactive brand awareness campaign has picked up provincial and national awards this month. In Marketing Magazine's Media Innovation Awards, the campaign placed in 3 of the 5 categories it entered. Royal Roads received silver for Best Use of Out-of-Home, bronze for Best in Integrated/Multichannel, and bronze for Media Spend under $25,000. The campaign also garnered Royal Roads the Advertiser of the Year award from the Lotus Awards, which celebrates the best in the BC advertising industry. Royal Roads News Release

SFU becomes first international member of NCAA

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has approved Simon Fraser University as its first non-US member. The announcement follows the NCAA executive committee's support of modifying the association's accreditation policies to account for international institutions that have obtained their nation's equivalent of accreditation and have been accepted into candidacy in a US accreditation program. This status means that starting this fall, SFU varsity teams will be eligible to compete for NCAA regional and national championships. The university will also now have voting rights at the NCAA convention. SFU News Release

Renison breaks ground for new building

The University of Waterloo affiliate Renison University College held a groundbreaking ceremony last month for a new facility that is set to be completed by the end of this year. The "East Side Office Expansion" is being constructed on the east side of Renison, adjacent to St. Jerome's University. The single-storey, 8,300-square-foot building will feature 15 offices, one meeting room, 2 classrooms, and a student lounge. The facility will also have a hybrid HVAC system to allow for Aboriginal smudging ceremonies in one of the classrooms. Renison News

uSask to welcome record number of students to on-campus housing

University of Saskatchewan students will move into residence in record numbers this fall following the opening of 2 more facilities in the institution's College Quarter development. As of August 1, nearly 700 of the 800 beds available in 4 College Quarter residence buildings were taken. As part of its efforts to enrich the student experience, uSask built the 4 residences in College Quarter to anchor what will become a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly community on 145 acres just south of the main campus. Plans for the multi-year College Quarter development call for up to 3,000 undergraduate and graduate student residence spaces along with a mix of retail, academic, and recreational facilities. uSask News Release

Home Share NL program to match students, seniors under same roof

Home Share Newfoundland and Labrador has launched a 2-year pilot program to create more affordable and available housing for PSE student renters in St. John's by putting them under the same roof as home-owning seniors. The project aims to have its first owners and renters paired up by the start of the fall semester. The program's coordinator hopes the initiative will catch on across the province, including communities such as Corner Brook, where there is an extreme housing shortage for students. CBC

uOttawa to open new sports facility in November

The University of Ottawa's new Lees Avenue sports facility will open its doors this November The $8-million project will mark the dawn of a new era for uOttawa's Gee-Gees football team, which will finally have a home on campus for the first time in over 120 years. Featuring a synthetic playing surface, the field will be surrounded by 3,400 seats for spectators. The Gee-Gees will see their team room, coaches' offices, and dedicated athletic therapy and video rooms brought together around the multi-use playing field, which will be open to uOttawa students and Ottawa community members year round. uOttawa News Release

NOSM MD program receives full accreditation

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine's MD program has earned full accreditation for the maximum allotted time of 8 years. The outcome follows a rigorous review process that included site visits by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education to NOSM's campuses at Lakehead and Laurentian Universities and one of its teaching sites (Kapuskasing) in March. The committees' report indicated that each of the sites visited provide teaching facilities and student spaces that are exceptional for learning. NOSM News Release

World Education U attempts advertiser-driven model to support free online content

Set to open this fall, the online World Education University plans to try an advertiser-driven model to support its free content. Advertisers will pay for students to respond to survey questions about their products. World Education U will also allow businesses to publicly sponsor students, who will then be informed about the connection. That approach is attractive to advertisers as it will help to build brand loyalty early, says the university's chief executive. Another main source of financial support will stem from a points system. Students will earn points for strong academic performance or for completing certain courses. They will then be able to redeem the points for prizes and services from partnering advertisers. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | World Education U