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November 28, 2014

Military health research organization gets $10 M funding boost

The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR), based at Queen’s University, has received $10 M from Health Canada and the True Patriot Love Foundation. The funding will enhance and mobilize research to better address the health and wellness of members of the Canadian Forces, and will also support direct research into improving the mental health of military personnel. Alice Aiken, Director of CIMVHR, said the funding will allow the organization “to build new partnerships and expand the reach of our information, educate clinicians and policy makers and develop important connections with those who care for those who serve our country.” CIMVHR is partnered with 35 Canadian universities to foster collaboration about the health needs of those in the military between academia, government, industry, and international organizations. Queen’s News

uLethbridge selects design option for new Science and Academic building

The board of governors at the University of Lethbridge has approved a design plan for the new Science and Academic building. The approved design is called “The Hub” and will incorporate a central core where paths from laboratories and the rest of campus intersect. The building development, part of uLethbridge’s “Destination Project,” is based on 5 project charter goals: connect to campus & community, enable transdisciplinary learning and research, provide a supportive environment, incorporate sustainable design, and create signature architecture. The Destination Project Steering Committee considered design options with these goals in mind, and held a series of community forums to gather feedback on design options before settling on the Hub concept. The new facility will allow instructors to incorporate modern teaching methods; in addition, the building will provide space for entrepreneurial activity and will contain a highly sustainable energy centre that will serve the entire campus. uLethbridge News

CNA and MUN receive largest-ever gifts from The Joyce Foundation

The College of the North Atlantic and Memorial University have each received donations from The Joyce Foundation for the creation of student bursaries and support programs. The individual donations are the largest ever received by each institution from a private foundation. CNA will receive $2 M to establish the Joyce Foundation Bursary, providing students in need with up to $4,000 per year for tuition and related expenses; the bursary will be renewable up to 3 years. In addition, a mentor program will be created to support students. At MUN, $5 M will be used to create Joyce Foundation bursaries, which will be available to full-time students and will be renewable for up to 4 years. MUN will also develop an outreach strategy to reach potential students in high school. “Education is vital to the social and economic health of individuals, families and communities,” said Ronald Joyce. “I am delighted that this gift will help young Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, who would otherwise have no opportunity or means, to realize their full potential.” CNA News | MUN News

StatsCan graduation data disputed by SK government

The Saskatchewan government is questioning some recent figures from Statistics Canada that suggest SK saw a 6.6% decline in PSE graduations from 2011 to 2012—the largest drop in Canada. According to SK’s Advanced Education Ministry, PSE graduations increased 2.8% between 2011-12 and 2012-13. The StatsCan data is incomplete and based on a snapshot of the numbers, rather than actual full-year enrolment numbers, asserts the Ministry. In an email to CBC, the Ministry stated, “the StatsCanada data is limited … it misses Aboriginal institutions, private vocational schools, skills training and apprenticeship.” CBC

OCADU to use new donations to upgrade Sharp Pavilion façade

OCAD University this week celebrated the 10th anniversary of its iconic Sharp Centre for Design. To mark the occasion, benefactors Rosalie and Isadore Sharp made a $3 M donation to redevelop the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, which will receive a new façade and will become the home of the OCAD University Centre for Experiential Learning, dedicated to studio-based learning, developing partnerships with community and industry, and training students in professional and business skills. The new building façade will allow the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion to be a landmark and “an innovative gateway that will become widely admired. It will be an embodiment of the imagination at work at OCAD University,” said OCADU President Sara Diamond. A second gift of $2 M from OCADU Chancellor Kiki Delaney on behalf of the Delaney Family Foundation will fund scholarships for undergraduate and graduate visual artists, and will also be used for enhancements to OCADU’s Indigenous Visual Culture program. OCADU News Release

Innovative digital marketing campaign at Royal Roads gets noticed

Royal Roads University’s innovative new marketing campaign has caught the attention of local media and several marketing publications. The "Future View" campaign used Google Glass and GoPro cameras to allow viewers to get real-time video feeds of campus tours, lectures, and Q&A sessions with faculty. The video content was streamed on a microsite, and featured on social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google. The campaign also included “glimpse into your future” events on Facebook, and custom LinkedIn profiles showing students their “future selves.” Catherine Riggins, Director of Branding, Marketing and Recruitment, noted the advantage of the digital marketing approach to engagement tracking. “We’ve never done anything like this before. This is the first campaign I’ve ever done with no traditional media in it … with print and traditional campaigns—it’s great for awareness, but you can’t connect the dots in terms of conversion,” she said. Marketing Magazine | Victoria Times-Colonist | Strategy | Campaign Microsite

Contact North continues to see increases in registrations

Ontario's Contact North | Contact Nord is reporting a 28.4% increase in enrolments for the spring/summer 2014 semester compared to the same time in 2013. This represents a total of more than 10,000 registrations in online learning courses. Students can access programs entirely online and can also visit one of 122 local learning centres to access Contact North programs online. Last winter, Contact North reported an 18.4% increase in enrolments over the previous year, indicating steady enrolment growth. “Contact North | Contact Nord works with [Ontario’s 24 public colleges, 22 public universities, and 250 literacy and basic skills and training providers] to support thousands of Ontarians to prepare for the jobs of today and the emerging opportunities of the future through online learning,” said President Maxim Jean-Louis. Contact North News Release

Tyndale launches new Guardians brand and logo for competitive athletics program

Tyndale University College & Seminary has unveiled a new athletic brand name and logo to promote the launch of its new competitive sports program. The Tyndale Guardians name was chosen unanimously by a focus group consisting of staff, faculty, students, and alumni; the logo was designed by a Tyndale alum, and features a shield and sword that depict a “T” for Tyndale and a “G” for Guardians. The new brand and logo will elevate the profile of the athletics program as it expands to include competitive teams such as women’s basketball, men’s hockey and men’s and women’s volleyball. The club team program is designed to be a stepping stone to varsity-level competition in the future. Tyndale News

Concordia University Foundation creates sustainable investment fund

In contrast to the Dalhousie University board’s rejection of divestment in fossil fuels earlier this week, the Concordia University Foundation (CUF) has created a sustainable investment fund with an initial investment of $5 M. CUF will engage investment managers that use a fully sustainable investment approach. “We have been closely following the public discourse on divestment, and social and ethical investing,” says Howard Davidson, CUF Chair. “The result includes the adoption of a responsible investment policy and exploring a new approach to asset management.” The Concordia Student Union (CSU) and the Graduate Student Association (GSA) both responded to the announcement, expressing pleasure with the decision, but also pushing for full divestment in the future. “Although I understand that the foundation has a fiduciary responsibility towards their donors and beneficiaries, investors also have a responsibility to ensure that future generations can still live on this planet,” said one student. Faculty at UBC recently voted to hold a referendum on fossil fuel divestment. Concordia News | CSU/GSA News Release

Student confession pages not all bad

Student confession pages on Facebook and other social media sites have become increasingly popular over the last several years, but have also become increasingly controversial. Posts on such sites are often anonymous, and in some cases, become abusive or overly sexual. However, administrators of some sites, including the "UBC Confessions" Facebook page, say that the sites can be a helpful first step for people dealing with depression or suicidal thoughts. “I think sometimes it’s nice telling a secret to someone, just kind of letting it out without expecting anyone to say anything back, per se,” the anonymous administrator for UBC Confessions told The Province. The administrator of Simon Fraser University’s "SFU Confessions" Facebook page said students that submit confessions about self-harm are referred to a suicide helpline and the university’s counselling services. Similar sites for 2 New Brunswick universities were recently shut down, and the President of St Lawrence College in Ontario posted a statement earlier this year reminding students to adhere to the college’s code of conduct, even when posting on social media. The Province | SLC News