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October 27, 2014

Sheridan renames business school in recognition of largest-ever donation to school

Sheridan College has announced that its Faculty of Business has been renamed the Pilon School of Business in recognition of a $2.5 M donation from Randy and Catherine Pilon. The announcement of the gift, the largest private donation ever received by the college, was made during a groundbreaking ceremony at Sheridan’s Hazel McCallion campus in Mississauga. The donation also serves to kick off Sheridan’s "Get Creative" fundraising campaign in support of the expansion of the Mississauga campus. “The Sheridan community is very proud of Randy’s success, and extremely grateful for his generous support and ongoing commitment,” said Sheridan President Jeff Zabudsky. Randy Pilon added, “I would love to see the Pilon School of Business become the go-to place for talent simply based on the quality of graduates it produces.” Sheridan News Release

uRegina creates new centre to study pictograms and other non-verbal communications

The University of Regina will establish the George Reed Centre for Accessible Visual Communications, thanks to funding from the George Reed Foundation. The centre will be housed in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, and will “foster, co-ordinate and promote research activities in accessible, visual and inclusive communications.” Research in this area will focus on pictograms, a symbolic language system used around the world and recognized as a mode of communication used to support people in non-verbal communications. “Communicating with others is fundamental to the human experience, which is why it is so important to have alternate modes of doing so when forms of expression such as speaking or writing are not possible,” said President Vianne Timmons. “Mr Reed’s vision and commitment to others is helping make the world a more inclusive place for thousands of people across the globe who face communication challenges every day.” uRegina News Release

uSask opens new feed research facility

The University of Saskatchewan officially opened its new Canadian Feed Research Centre on Friday. The new $13.9 M centre is the product of a partnership between the Saskatchewan government, Cargill, and Western Economic Diversification, with the project being led by the Canada Foundation for Innovation. It will focus on the development and commercialization of high-value animal feeds derived from low-value crops and co-products of bioprocessing and biofuels industries. The centre is reportedly the first in North America to use a new seed-sorting technology, and will also provide important training opportunities for uSask students. “The technology and capacity for advanced research at the Canadian Feed Research Centre will keep Canadian producers on the cutting edge, generating greater profits, jobs and long-term economic development,” said federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. uSask News Release

Ottawa introduces new legislation for arctic research

The federal government has introduced new legislation that will establish the governance structure of a new science and technology research facility in Canada’s arctic. The legislation will unite the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) with the Canadian Polar Commission, a move that the government says will “create one larger, stronger research hub for scientific research in Canada’s north, strengthening Canada’s position as a world leader in cutting-edge research in the Arctic.” CHARS’ mandate is to bring together the expertise and experience of industry, academic, Aboriginal, northern governments, and international partners in order to promote Canadian sovereignty and stewardship of the north. The program will also help provide skills and job experience for northerners. CHARS “is a key element of Canada’s Northern Strategy, which recognizes that sound decision-making requires world-class Arctic science and technology in Canada’s Arctic,” said Martin Raillard, Chief Scientist of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station. Canada Press Release

New NS legislation to help apprentices train more quickly

Nova Scotia has introduced new legislation that it says will help apprentices complete their training sooner. According to the legislation, apprentices who receive on-the-job training in other provinces will not need to register in that province and will instead be able to remain registered in NS; in so doing, they will avoid additional fees and exams. NS’s Apprenticeship Agency will work with and sign agreements with other provinces to ensure that proper training is being provided and that apprenticeship training, including training provided by Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), is recognized. “This legislation helps apprentices get the training they need more quickly and at less cost so they can qualify for the good jobs in Nova Scotia,” said Kelly Regan, Minister responsible for the NS Apprenticeship Agency. NS News Release

Northern College partners to deliver programming in China

Northern College has finalized a new agreement with China’s Chongqing Industry Polytechnic College (CIPC) to deliver Northern programs in China. Under the new partnership 4 programs will be offered in English at CIPC: Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technician, Mechanical Engineering Technician, Motive Power Technician – Automotive Service, and Business Accounting. Curriculum delivered at CIPC will be identical to that at Northern, and students will be registered as Northern students and will receive an Ontario-certified Northern diploma upon program completion. CIPC students will have the option of completing their final year at one of Northern’s campuses, and Chinese faculty will receive training at 2 of Northern’s campuses. Northern has established partnerships with several Chinese institutions, including the Yangzhou College of Environment and Resources. “The international joint venture partnerships that we’ve established are a shining example of our vision of how success for all can be achieved through learning and partnerships,” said Northern President Fred Gibbons. Northern News

BC universities release data on graduate outcomes

The Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia (RUCBC) has released a new report, Putting Degrees to Work, which assesses the employment status of university graduates 5 years after graduation. The report is based on a survey of the class of 2008, and reveals that even though these graduates faced a tough post-recession job market, in 2013 graduates had an unemployment rate of 4.7%, compared to the overall provincial unemployment rate of 6.6% and the provincial youth unemployment rate of 12.9%. Graduates were earning an average annual income of $60,000. The report serves to highlight the benefits of a university education in the face of BC’s recent emphasis on skills training and resource sector-related jobs. “The success university graduates are having also shows that to keep BC’s economy growing, we need to graduate students at every level in post-secondary education, in science, in business, in the trades and in the humanities,” said Thompson Rivers University President Alan Shaver. “To keep growing and generating new jobs, BC’s economy needs more people with post-secondary credentials.” UVic News Release | Vancouver Sun | Full Report

Oprah Winfrey Network Canada to air Ryerson student-produced TV show

A television show produced by Ryerson University students will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) Canada early next year. The program, entitled The Naked Entrepreneur, will debut on Rogers TV this week before being broadcast on OWN beginning in January. The show will feature Ryerson professor Sean Wise interviewing notable Canadian entrepreneurs. “This is a tremendous learning opportunity for our students," said Charles Falzon, Chair of Ryerson’s RTA School of Media. Former student Abou Shackra, who helped work on the show, said, "The Naked Entrepreneur gave me practical, hands-on experience by helping to create a television program from concept to execution … It also gave me a glimpse of some of the challenges that entrepreneurs go through, as well as their hard-won successes.” Ryerson News

uRegina students launch petition to adopt U-Pass

Students at the University of Regina have created a petition to adopt a universal bus pass. A number of PSE institutions across the country offer a similar program, which provides students with a reduced rate for public transit that is paid for through student fees. “It represents something we know not everyone is going to use but we recognize everyone is going to benefit from it,” said Devon Peters, President of the uRegina Students’ Union. Peters, along with Regina Green Ride Transit Network Director David Venderberg, believe the time is right for the petition, given recent increases to bus fares as well as a strain on on-campus parking. They say the program would benefit students and the city by increasing ridership which would, in turn, lead to better service. If the petition can get the signatures of 5% of the uRegina student body, it would proceed to a referendum. It may be an uphill battle: 3 previous efforts to adopt a U-Pass at uRegina have failed. Nevertheless, Vanderberg is confident that students will see the benefits of implementing the program. Leader-Post

Campus counselling centres must do more to reach out to men

A recent US study has found that campus counselling centres treat nearly 2 women for every man, a figure that some say is indicative of a major challenge. “Because of men’s socialization, they come to college making the biggest transition of their lives with the message that you’re not supposed to ask for help from anyone and you’re not supposed to show any deep emotions. It’s a recipe for disaster,” said Jon A Davies, a former Senior Staff Psychologist at the University of Oregon. Counselling psychology professor Anthony J Isacco added, “as a society, we’re not encouraged to look at men’s emotional vulnerability. We’re much more prepared to see it in women … When men are suffering from mental-health issues, we have to make an extra-special effort to realize it.“ But with counselling centres already overwhelmed by demand, few are well positioned to closely examine the demographics of who is stopping in. Davies and Isacco each say that outreach beyond the counselling centre is key. Some institutions have created kiosks to get men talking about masculinity, or provide leadership classes that get men to talk about their feelings. The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)