Top Ten

September 29, 2022

Homecoming gatherings across southern ON lead to calls to first responders, tickets, charges

Large homecoming celebrations and student parties in London, Waterloo, and Guelph saw large homecoming weekend gatherings that included calls to first responders and charges being laid. In London, paramedics received 76 calls for service over a 24-hour period and 28 people were sent to the hospital. Over 100 tickets were issued by bylaw officers and London’s police chief noted that some revellers participated in “reckless acts” such as pelting officers with beer cans and jumping from hydro poles. In Waterloo, police laid 183 charges, mostly for infractions under the Liquor Licence Control Act, and made 11 arrests for charges such as mischief and assault. In Guelph, officers responded to over three dozen noise complaints, and a man was charged after discharging bear spray into a large unsanctioned gathering on Chancellor’s Way. London Free Press | CBC (1) | CBC (2) | City News (Waterloo) | CTV News | Guelph Today (ON)

Lakeland launches program for community support practitioners

Lakeland College has launched a new Community Support Practitioner diploma program. The program will teach students how to support community members of all ages, abilities, and needs who require assistance. Students will complete courses on topics such as personal assistance awareness, counselling techniques, gerontology, and pharmacology, and will complete four four-week practicums. “Graduates of this program will start their careers with the skills and experience needed to support and work with individuals across the spectrum of life-span development,” said Lakeland Dean of the School of Health, Wellness and Human Services Janice Aughey. The program is reportedly the only diploma of its kind in Alberta. Lakeland | My Lloydminster Now (AB)

U of T Scarborough receives $25M to fund construction of new health facility

The University of Toronto Scarborough has received $25M from a gift from the Orlando Foundation that is focused on strengthening Eastern GTA’s health services. The funding will support the construction of the new Scarborough Academy of Medicine and Integrated Health (SAMIH) on U of T’s Scarborough campus. The new facility will include cutting-edge technologies that will support advanced health training programs and professional development, and will act as an economic stimulus for the region. $10M of the gift will be used to match community donations toward the construction of SAMIH. U of T | Global News (ON)

VIU, Durham, Humber collaborate to expand online learning capacity in Caribbean nations

Vancouver Island University, Durham College, and Humber College have collaborated on a $480K project that will expand the online learning capacity of six Caribbean nations. The project will focus on increasing online educational capacity and integrating educational technology in Belize, Jamaica, Grenada, Dominica, Guyana, and St Lucia. The project will include an assessment of instructor needs and existing tools, as well as a discussion of the tools that could support an online teaching and learning teacher program. “This will be an opportunity to exchange different theoretical and practical approaches to the work we do,” said VIU Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Specialist Anwen Burk. “This will expand and enrich my knowledge of the field and I look forward to applying this knowledge to the work I do at VIU.” VIU (BC | ON)

Encourage students to find their problem, not narrow their topic: Opinion

University of British Columbia Professor Christopher Rea and Stanford University Professor Thomas S Mullaney have penned an editorial about a better strategy for helping students move their work forward by examining the problem behind their projects. Instructors commonly tell students to “narrow their topic down” when students are struggling to advance their work. However, this advice merely gets students lost in a narrower field. Instead, the authors advise instructors to create a climate for exploration and help students understand how their topic fits into the larger problem that has drawn their curiosity. When instructors non-judgementally help students understand why they want to study their topic, there are several benefits for the students’ learning journey: They connect their topic to a bigger picture, look beyond predictable sources, and remember to remain problem-focused in later projects. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)

NWP unveils new look for sports team

Northwestern Polytechnic has unveiled a new look for its sports teams with an update of the Wolves logo and colors. The new look includes an emphasis on NWP’s blue and aurora pink colour scheme and an updated wolf head illustration. “NWP’s Wolves are proud to represent on campus, in the community and in the heat of competition,” said NWP Provost and Vice President Academic Dr Vanessa Sheane. “This new logo and colours reflect the energy and drive that makes our athletes and teams so successful.” NWP (AB)

Western receives $10M from English alumnus

Western University has received $10M to support scholarships in the arts and humanities from the late William (Bill) Hodgins, a world-famous interior designer who graduated from Western in 1954. Hodgins' bequest is the largest ever received by Western‘s Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and it will be used to provide financial support to students through a variety of entrance, continuing, and graduate awards. "Bill’s generosity will open doors for students with diverse interests and backgrounds to pursue their passion and create positive change in the world," said Western President Alan Shepard. Western (ON)

The importance of strategic leadership in higher education: Opinion

In an article for Times Higher Education, Scott Braun outlines how higher education leaders can bring strategy back into their leadership. With enrolment declining and many questioning the value of a four-year education, Braun emphasizes that leaders need to start thinking strategically. The author urges leaders to help their institutions be different, not necessarily better, and focus on offering a unique aspect that separates them from other universities. While universities often try competing on quality, price, or brand, this eventually leads to either price wars that are won by larger universities with economies of scale, or the death of a brand altogether. Braun also states that leaders cannot delegate strategy, but instead must draw on their backgrounds to think strategically about what can make their institution unique. Times Higher Education (Editorial)

Environmental sustainability initiatives launched at Drummondville, Victoriaville, UAlberta

Several institutions have recently embarked on challenges and initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) on campus. Cégep de Drummondville and Cégep de Victoriaville embarked on the Défi sans auto solo challenge to save 225 kg and 175 kg of GHGs respectively by using more sustainable transportation. Together, the two cégeps saved over 1,200 kgs of GHGs over one week, and Victoriaville directeur général Denis Deschamps expressed his hope that the challenge would lead to more sustainable habits at the college. At the University of Alberta, researchers have embarked on a project to create a living laboratory out of the 100-year-old University Commons building. The building will be outfitted with smart technology and sensors in order to determine how to optimize control systems to reduce energy use and GHGs while increasing comfort and financial savings. Journal Express (FR) | Global News | UAlberta (QC | AB)

Campus food resources experience sharp increase in users, organizations call for more assistance

Campus food resources on several campuses have reported a sharp increase in the number of students using them. Institutions and their student unions have launched a wide variety of new food programs – from affordable fresh fruit and vegetable boxes to care cupboards to pay-what-you-can markets – to address student food insecurity and reduce stigma around accessing food support. Food support that is offered often goes quickly, and organizations and student unions are calling for more support and resources so that students do not go hungry. CBC | Vancouver Sun | Journal de Montreal | City News | Queen's (National)