Manitoba Post-Secondary News Roundup

Carley McDougallNews

Welcome back students, faculty and staff to another academic year. As you work on getting back into a routine and prepare for another year of learning, here is a collection of stories from Manitoba’s universities and colleges.

Waiting out the storm – A short reflection aboard a small research vessel in northern Hudson Bay

This past July, Canada’s first research vessel dedicated solely to researching Hudson Bay left port in PEI. The William Kennedy housed a team of 20 science and ship crew collecting oceanographic data. The goal is to increase understanding of how the marine ecosystem functions. This information will be useful in determining how it will respond to the warming climate. While stuck in a 12 hour long storm with sustained gale-force winds, Dr C.J. Mundy took the time to discuss some of her experiences thus far. To read more about their exploration, click here.

Grant will help faculty and students develop interactive virtual reality look at Brandon’s WW1 internment camp

BU and ACC faculty and students


A collaborative project between students and instructors from Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College received funding for $30,000. The project looks to build a virtual reality tour of a First World War internment camp in Brandon.

“This is an exciting project that will allow us to tell important stories from the past with modern immersive technology,” said Derek Ford, Interactive Media Arts Instructor at Assiniboine. “We are excited to partner with BU on this opportunity to showcase our combined knowledge and skills. Two recent graduates have been brought on to develop this project and both are graduates of our IMA program and the BU Fine Arts degree. They will represent our academic partnership and our ability to train and develop people to merge art and science into innovative storytelling.”

Once completed, the virtual reality experience will last about 5-10 minutes depending on the participant. Notably, the experience will be free to use and has the potential to engage audiences of all ages.

Improving the newcomer experience

Since 2000, Manitoba has welcomed over 150,000 new Canadians from all corners of the globe. Not surprisingly, immigration plays an integral role in Manitoba’s growth and prosperity. Dr. Ray Silvius (Political Science) from UWinnipeg has been working with organizations that support Manitoba and Canadian newcomers. As a result of this work, they recognized the need to collaborate the efforts of community organizations that work with newcomers, researchers and policy makers. This led to the creation of  The Community Engaged Research on Immigration Network (CERI Network).

CERI aims to create a collaborative, multi-partnered and responsive forum for knowledge creation and mobilization on matters related to immigration and settlement in Manitoba, Canada, and elsewhere. “Collectively, we are able to amplify one another’s expertise to better address emerging questions arising from ongoing engagement with newcomer and settlement communities,” said Silvius. “At this time, there is a need to respectfully address challenges faced by newcomers in an era of the increased politicization of the presence, or acceptance, of immigrants and refugees, new forms of displacement and dispossession throughout the world, and religious-based exclusions.”

Mexican students make first trip to Manitoba as part of language and cultural training initiative

RRC faculty and summer institute students

RRC Summer Institute // Photo: RRC

With help from Red River College’s Language Training Centre, thirty post-secondary students visited Manitoba for the first time this summer. Through the Mexican government’s Proyecta 10,000 initiative, the students were able to soak up the local culture and sharpen their English skills. The Proyecta initiative sets out to send 10,000 students to locations across Canada to explore, learn and practice their English. Accordingly, students chosen to take part in the program are required to have good grades, letters of reference and high-level language skills. While in Winnipeg, students mixed classroom study with hands-on learning opportunities at sites like FortWhyte Alive, Shaw Park and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

‘My life has changed forever’: 39 students given gift of post-secondary education

Missie Gatoro

“I have hope again” – Gatoro.//PHOTO: Walther Bernal/CBC

Winnipeg philanthropist Walter Schroeder and his wife Maria have given 39 students the gift of post-secondary education. This past March the Schroeder’s donated $10 million to three inner city schools – Daniel McIntyre, Sisler, and St. John’s in order to to help support underprivileged students. Following that, he created a foundation for the same three schools. Close to $500,000 was committed to finance scholarships for 39 students.

Missie Gatoro, 19, is a former refugee born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and one of the scholarship recipients. Gatoro is presently enrolled in business administration at Red River College. She was stunned to learn that her tuition, textbooks and supplies were covered. “It’s so hard to believe that kind of a person who has the heart to feel for us,” she said. “My life is changed forever, one hundred percent.”

First class of students welcomed to new Skilled Trades and Technology Centre

The Skilled Trades and Technology Centre

The Skilled Trades and Technology Centre. //PHOTO: RRC

With thousands of students and faculty heading back to school this week, Red River College happily welcomes students to their new 104,000-sq. ft., state-of-the-art Skilled Trades and Technology Centre. The facility will provide students with new classrooms, labs and shop space. Furthermore, it is a key factor in increasing Manitoba’s workforce by 75,000 highly trained workers by 2020.

“The first day of school is always a mix of excitement and nerves, whether it’s the start of a new program or the start of another year in a student’s educational journey,” says RRC President Paul Vogt.

“We look forward to welcoming students back to our nine campuses across Manitoba, and — for the first time — to our dynamic new Skilled Trades and Technology Centre, a facility equipped with the latest in teaching technology and hands-on learning spaces.”


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