Top Ten

September 26, 2022

Postsecondary institutions host events, programming to observe National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Several more postsecondary institutions across Canada have shared public events and programs that they will be holding in observation of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day. McGill University is holding a series of events, including a Pow Wow and an outdoor ceremony, as part of its Indigenous Awareness Weeks leading up to September 30th. Ontario Tech University announced events and workshops such as an exhibit at the campus library, button making, a strawberry ceremony, an Indian Act presentation, and the Project of the Heart workshop. OCAD University encouraged its community members to get involved in programming such as an Every Child Matters fundraiser, a film screening of Muffins for Granny, and a round dance and poetry performance. Kenjgewin Teg will be holding a discussion with knowledge holder Josh Eshkawkogan, as well as hosting songs, lunch, and Anishinabek games. The University of Calgary will be hosting a film screening and an afternoon panel. Okanagan College has invited its community to a variety of events, including a Jingle Dance, a Youth Exhibition Powwow, and a lowering of the flags ceremony. McGill | Ontario Tech | OCAD U | Kenjgewin Teg | UCalgary | Okanagan (National)

Olds unveils Werklund Agriculture and Technology Centre

Olds College has officially opened its newest learning facility: the Werklund Agriculture and Technology Centre. The $14M facility’s name recognizes the support of philanthropists Dave Werklund and Sue Norman-Werklund. The centre includes a lecture theatre, hands-on ag-tech labs, collaboration and group areas for students, and a student commons space. It will house programs offered by Olds Werklund School of Agriculture & Technology, including a new Bachelor of Digital Agriculture Degree. “The Werklund Agriculture and Technology Centre is a state-of-the-art learning facility that creates a high-tech learning environment for our students,” said Olds VP, Development & Strategy Patrick Machacek. Old’s | rdnewsNOW (AB)

East coast postsecondary institutions prepare for Hurricane Fiona

Postsecondary institutions on the east coast responded to inclement weather late last week as Hurricane Fiona brought high winds and heavy rain to the region. St Francis Xavier University was locked down from Friday to Sunday due to the severe weather, and advised its campus community to stay indoors during the storm. The university reported damage to Marguerite Hall over the weekend, and students were relocated to other residences across campus. Mount Saint Vincent University advised its staff, lab instructors, and researchers to prepare their equipment for a potential power outage. Mount Allison University cancelled its Homecoming events, which had been planned for the weekend, and athletic events involving Saint Mary’s University, Université de Moncton, Acadia University, StFX, and the University of New Brunswick were cancelled or rescheduled. Dalhousie University's Halifax and Truro campuses, the University of King's College, and Saint Mary's University were among the institutions that announced they would be closed today. MSVU | StFX | MtA | The Reporter | NSCC | CTV News |The Hawk | The Coast (National)

Confederation receives $1.3M investment for sustainability-focused initiatives

Confederation College has received a $1.3M investment from the Government of Canada for renewable energy and sustainability-focused initiatives. Confederation will use the funding to conduct renewable energy projects, upgrade its on-campus renewable energy systems, create skills-based learning opportunities, and develop a Sustainability Roadmap Study. The learnings will be shared with community partners, including First Nations communities. “We will further our energy efficiency efforts to become a net-zero facility and create learning opportunities for our students in renewable energy education,” said Confederation President Kathleen Lynch. “We look forward to working with our community partners to highlight the opportunities to use energy alternatives and reduce operating costs.” Newswire (ON)

URegina launches Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Systems Engineering degree.

The University of Regina’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has launched a Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Systems Engineering degree. The degree includes three concentrations: Energy Transportation and Storage, which will teach students about energy distribution, conversion, and storage; Petroleum Engineering, which will focus on responsible oil and gas extraction; and Sustainable Energy Engineering, which will introduce students to renewable energy resources. URegina will phase out its current undergraduate Petroleum Systems Engineering program and begin the new program in Fall 2023. “The energy landscape … is rapidly changing and as a Faculty we need to be proactive in our programming to ensure our students have the skills and training they need to be successful in this increasingly demanding field,” said URegina Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Dr Phillip Choi. URegina (SK)

Canadian nursing students need more digital health technology education: Study

A new study by researchers from the University of Alberta and University of New Brunswick claims that Canadian nursing students need more education in using digital health technologies. Manal Kleib (UAlberta), Lynn M Nagle (UNB), Karen E Furlong (UNB), Pauline Paul (UAlberta), Uira Duarte Wisnesky (UAlberta), and Shamsa Ali (UAlberta) studied nursing students’ perceptions of their own informatics competency and preparedness in digital health and found that nursing graduates felt that there were gaps in their digital health preparedness. The researchers found that nursing graduates needed more dedicated training in digital health, as there are gaps in their readiness in Nursing informatics, particularly in the domain of information and knowledge management. UAlberta (Study)

ULethbridge announces official opening of Iikaisskini (Low Horn) Gathering Centre

The University of Lethbridge has unveiled the Iikaisskini (Low Horn) Gathering Centre. The gathering centre provides a welcoming space for Indigenous students and the campus community to learn, celebrate, and participate in ceremonies. The name Iikaisskini was chosen in honour of Dr Leroy Little Bear, and recognizes his contributions to ULethbridge and Indigenous Peoples. “[I]f you can picture a buffalo with its head down in attack mode, that's what the low horn really refers to,” said Little Bear. The gathering centre is designed to be appropriate for ceremony and smudging and will provide a place for students and Elders to meet to share stories, teaching, and wisdom. ULethbridge (AB)

Georgian opens new nursing & wellness wing in Owen Sound

Georgian College has opened the new Nursing and Wellness Wing at its Owen Sound campus. An event was held to celebrate both the inaugural Honours Bachelor of Science nursing class and the opening of the new $7.1M wing. The wing will be used by students in programs such as Nursing, Personal Support Worker, and Police Foundations. It features two flex skills labs where students can interact with manikins inside “real-life pods” and two high-fidelity Intensive Care Unit simulation labs. "We’ve created something special here at the Owen Sound campus, with programs geared toward meeting the needs of local employers and opportunity to strengthen our community connections,” said Georgian President Kevin Weaver. Bayshore Broadcasting | Blackburn News (ON)

Parkland, Yorkton Tribal Council launch water, wastewater operators course

Parkland College, Yorkton Tribal Council (YTC), and Indigenous Services Canada have partnered to deliver an Intro to Water Operators program. The program, designed for both those new to the field of study as well as professionals looking to upskill, provides foundational training in water and wastewater disciplines. The program runs for 19 weeks and includes both online training and weekly classroom training in Yorkton. Eight local First Nation communities have been involved in the initiative. “By providing the right tools and direction, we can build a prosperous and self-sufficient future for our Indigenous Peoples,” said YTC Director of Adult Education and PES Advisor Frank Keshane. The training is possible thanks to a teaching partnership between Parkland and ATAP Infrastructure Management Ltd. Parkland (SK)

The importance of creativity in academia: Opinion

In an article for Inside Higher Ed, Dr Deborah J Cohen explains the importance of creativity in academic life. Cohen describes the struggle of attempting to be creative in academia, where formulaic expressions are privileged over creative ones. Creativity — the passion for innovation and trying something different – has particular benefits for academics, who need to interpret, make meaning, and forge connections in their work. Cohen offers examples such as conducting office hours in fresh air, creating new events for students, and incorporating creativity into scholarly work. This, argues Cohen, is not something academics should wait until retirement to do, but something they should start practicing now in both their scholarly and personal lives. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)