Manitoba Post-Secondary News Roundup: October 2017

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University of Manitoba breaks ground on new day care →

The University of Manitoba has begun construction on a new Day Care Centre, which will include 52 spots for childcare and programming that will “advance reconciliation.” “Greater access to childcare on campus is a need that we have heard expressed directly from members of our student body. We know that providing affordable childcare is critical to helping our students succeed. This was the reason we launched the university’s Childcare Initiative in 2013,” says Susan Gottheil, Vice-Provost (Students). “Thank you to the Province for providing capital funding for this project, and to our student leaders who have listened to their constituents and acted to support student parents.”

Exhibition at BU surveys legacy of Residential School System →

The 100 Years of Loss exhibition is on display in the John E. Robbins library until Oct. 20, 2017.

The 100 Years of Loss exhibition is on display in the John E. Robbins library until Oct. 20, 2017. // Photo: BU.

Throughout October, Brandon University’s John E. Robbins Library will be home to a visiting national exhibition that explores the historical impact of the Residential School System among Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) Peoples in Canada. Entitled “100 Years of Loss: The Residential School System in Canada,” the exhibit has been developed by the Legacy of Hope Foundation. “We are honoured to bring this important and thought-provoking exhibition here to Brandon, and we encourage everyone to take some time to visit, to view, and to consider its message,” said BU Interim President Steve Robinson. “We must all face and grapple with the fact that systems of education have been very destructive to Indigenous cultures and communities, but education can also be a large part of the solution to the problems so created. This exhibit uses education to promote reconciliation and by hosting it Brandon University shows our commitment to that cause.”

More information about “100 Years of Loss” is available at

Brandon University sees improvement in 2017 Maclean’s rankings →

In Maclean’s Magazine’s annual post-secondary rankings, Brandon University excelled in a number of areas, including student/faculty ratio, library support, student services, and class size.  “Students who choose Brandon University tell us they are attracted to our supportive, welcoming environment, and small classes are a big part of that,” said Interim BU President Dr. Steve Robinson. “Our investments in a personalized education help students truly engage with their learning, both inside and outside of the classroom.” A full summary of Brandon University’s rankings is available online.

UWinnipeg honours Jane Goodall with Honorary Doctorate, signs MOU →

The University of Winnipeg hosted Jane Goodall for a ceremony to honour her lifetime work of conservation. In addition to the honorary doctorate, the ceremony marked the official signing of an MOU between UWinnipeg and the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada to fund new collaborative efforts on education programs related to conservation, sustainability, and social justice. “The University of Winnipeg and the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada share many core principles in the areas of conservation and sustainability,” said UWinnipeg’s Dr. Carlos Colorado, Associate Professor in Religion and Culture. “This partnership will enable us to collaborate in meaningful educational and research initiatives in pursuit of a sustainable future for our planet. It will allow JGIC to draw on the skills of the talented people on our campus, and it will allow our students and faculty to participate in the exciting and important work of the Goodall Institute.”

Students from Assiniboine Community College building first net-zero energy house in Dauphin →

Students from Assiniboine’s Carpentry & Woodworking program are building the net-zero energy house thanks to $182,954 in funding from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). It is the first net-zero energy house in the Parkland Region and the first to be constructed in Manitoba by college students. “We’re thrilled to be offering this unique learning opportunity to our carpentry students thanks to the generous support of the federal government and partners in Dauphin,” said Assiniboine president Mark Frison. “This is a terrific example of what collaboration can offer, and we believe this project will demonstrate how smart investments in energy efficient homes make economic sense, not only in the Parkland Region but across Canada.”

RRC celebrates 30 years of collaboration with China’s Shenyang Institute of Engineering →

Since 1987, Red River College has partnered with the Shenyang Institute of Engineering to offer opportunities for students in Northern China. And, since 2010, students have completed joint-degree programs with skill-training in advanced industries at RRC: Electrical Engineering Technology, Power Engineering Technology, and Hospitality and Tourism Management. “It’s connections like this that put Red River College, and Winnipeg, on the map as a hub for the engineering and hospitality industries,” says Paul Vogt, RRC President. “The hands-on learning students receive is crucial to their success and we’re happy to be able share that with our partners in Shenyang.”

Delegation from Shenyang Institute, at Notre Dame Campus

Red River College and Shenyang Institute of Engineering celebrate thirty years of partnership at RRC’s Notre Dame Campus. // Photo: RRC.

Université de Saint Boniface launches annual fundraising campaign →

This week, the Université de Saint Boniface launched its annual fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $500,000. Dr. Keleigh James, a 2011 science graduate from USB, is the campaign chair who attributes her successful academic career to the generosity of donors. The donation page for this year’s campaign can be found at

University College of the North congratulates graduates of the Mining Prospector Training program →

Nine students from Manitoba’s northern communities recently graduated from UCN’s Northern Manitoba Mining Academy in Flin Flon. The 5-week program introduces students to the mining industry and teaches career preparation skills for Manitoba’s mining industry. “The Prospector Training program demonstrates UCN’s commitment to industry partnerships that lead to success for our students and industry partners,” said UCN President Doug Lauvstad.  “It is incredibly rewarding to see the immediate benefits of training provided in our communities. I sincerely extend UCN’s wishes for every success as our graduates embark upon their careers.”

Human rights researcher at UWinnipeg chosen as CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar →

Dr. Kristi Kenyon (Global College) was selected by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) as a 2017 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar for a two‐year appointment that includes $100,000 for research. Kenyon’s research examines how civilians mobilize around human rights, health and development goals in sub-Saharan Africa. “This prestigious award exemplifies the quality of our faculty,” said Dr. Jino Distasio, UWinnipeg Vice-President, Research and Innovation. “Dr Kenyon’s research focuses on a critical area of study and this award will offer her the ability to continue working to make an impact.”

BU Homecoming to celebrate final Brandon College graduating class →

On Saturday, October 14th, the Class of 1967 from Brandon College will be recognized during BU’s annual homecoming weekend. The Class of 1967 were the final graduates from Brandon College before it became a degree-granting university in the 1967-68 academic year. “There is no one better to celebrate this history with than our proud alumni as we recognize Brandon College’s final graduating class at this year’s Homecoming and look forward to next year’s Homecoming, when we will commemorate the 50-year anniversary of BU’s first graduating class,” said Interim President Dr. Steve Robinson.

The Centre at the UM to host second annual Teaching and Learning Symposium →

The Teaching and Learning Symposium, a great success in 2016, will feature some of the innovative teaching and learning done at the University of Manitoba. Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Mark Torchia notes that it is an opportunity to share innovative teaching strategies and to be inspired by colleagues. The event will be held on October 16th.

Assiniboine and BU’s “Great Chemistry” campaign a success →

Assiniboine and BU are thrilled by the community response to their collaborative “Great Chemistry” campaign, which welcomed students to Brandon in September for the 2017-18 academic year. “Along with conducting their studies here, our students also live, work and play in Westman, and they bring enormous benefits to our communities economically, socially and culturally,” said Assiniboine President Mark Frison. “Students truly enrich the fabric of our communities, and we are thrilled to see our communities embracing our students through this ‘Great Chemistry’ campaign and through other events periodically through the year.”

Red River College opens applications to new Nurse Prescriber program →

RRC has announced a new program for nursing professionals to advance their careers and meet new provincially mandated requirements. It is available to any registered nurse who is working in Manitoba. “Our Nursing department worked closely with the province, Manitoba nurses, the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, and health-care facilities to have this new program in place for the current academic year, and well in advance of the changes coming into effect,” said Christine Watson, RRC’s Vice-President, Academic. “I want to commend our Nursing department for its responsiveness and for its leadership in ensuring Manitoba nurses have the training options they need in order to meet the new requirements.” More information about the Nurse Prescriber program, including the available specializations, can be found online.

Biomaterials Laboratory at the UM awarded funding through Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) →

A laboratory at the University of Manitoba that studies materials to help create biomedical technology will receive part of a CFI investment of more than $554 million in 117 new infrastructure projects at 61 universities, colleges and research hospitals across Canada. “I thank the Government of Canada and the Canada Foundation for Innovation for this funding to support my research program. Our lab aims to develop new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Materials/Medicine/Mathematics) for stem cells and organs. This will lead to a better life for all,” said Malcolm Xing, an emerging leader in biomedical engineering and nanomedicine at the University of Manitoba.

UWinnipeg Physics prof joins effort to study ultracold neutrons with $15.7 million from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation →

UWinnipeg’s Dr. Jeffry Martin is part of an international team of physicists who have been awarded $15.7 million for their research project. “We are very pleased that Dr. Martin has been awarded funding through the CFI Innovation Fund, along with government, industry and international partners, for this world renowned research program,” said Dr. Annette Trimbee, UWinnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor. “As a medium-sized university, one of the things we do best is collaborate with others to have impact nationally and internationally. It is wonderful that the Government of Canada is investing in cutting-edge discovery research.”

RRC hosts art exhibit for mental health awareness week →

Artbeat Studio exhibit

Red River College hosted an art exhibit that depicts the realities of mental illness during mental health awareness week, Oct. 2 – 5. // Photo: RRC.

During the first week of October, Red River College commemorated mental health awareness week by hosting an art exhibit depicting the realities of mental illness at the Roblin Centre downtown. “As a post-secondary institution focused on the health and well-being of staff and students, the College believes Mental Illness Awareness Week is an important initiative to be engaged in,” says Breanna Sawatzky, Mental Health Coordinator at RRC. “Our priority is to create opportunities for the entire College community to learn more about mental health through education, and to foster a safe, responsive and supportive environment in which to talk about mental illness and how it impacts those we study and work with.”

October is Academic Integrity Month at the University of Manitoba →

The University of Manitoba is encouraging students, faculty, and staff to attend workshops and other learning opportunities that provide information and skills to cultivate a culture of academic integrity on campus.

BMO Financial Group Indigenous Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship brings rural Métis student to Asper School of Business →

UMToday featured an interview with Riley Chartrand, who received one of three scholarships to support outstanding Indigenous students. “The BMO Financial Group Indigenous Leader of Tomorrow Scholarships were established to provide support the outstanding students recognized as Indigenous Leaders of Tomorrow by the U of M,” reads the statement. “Indigenous Achievement and Outstanding Student Experience are pillars of the niversity’s Front and Centre fundraising campaign. By collaborating with Indigenous communities and stakeholders, the University of Manitoba is striving to be a welcoming place that translates into success for Indigenous students and their families.”

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