Manitoba Post-Secondary News Roundup

Carley McDougallUncategorized

Whether you are at a college or university, chances are that exam preparation is keeping you busy. Have no fear, with spring in the air; relief is on the way. Catch up on news and events from Manitoba’s universities and colleges.

Designer genes: College and partners launch new genetic mapping initiative

Genome360 consortium. Photo://RRC

Red River College is the first Western Canadian educational facility to unveil its next-generation sequencing (NGS) device. The goal of the initiative, Genome360, is to build a hub for genomics and phenomics capabilities in the province and push Manitoba to new heights in the genomics sector. The collaboration launched through a not-for-profit group, Genome Prairie and a consortium of funding partners.

“The Genome360 initiative provides a unique combination of capacity and expertise for the wide distribution and democratization of advanced genetic technologies in the province of Manitoba and beyond,” says Dr. Simon Potter, Genome Prairie’s Chief Scientific Officer. “We look forward to working with the community to realize the economic and social benefits inherent in this exciting venture.”

Online course addresses ‘collective responsibility’ around sexual violence

The following is a message from President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. David Barnard:

I have shared many messages with our community reiterating my commitment – and that of the University’s leadership team – to supporting a culture of respect, safety and inclusion on our campuses. It is important that we give voice to issues that matter, like sexual violence and harassment. It is even more important that we listen and act upon what we hear.

Last spring, discussions began around the drafting of new sexual violence and respectful work and learning environment policies. A number of avenues were made available to our students, alumni, staff and faculty to share input about these key policies and their impacts. Anonymous and confidential feedback systems were put in place last spring; more than 20 stakeholder engagement sessions were held over the summer and fall, and an optional survey was sent to all students. The feedback gathered has been invaluable and led to updates and improvements to the proposed policies, which are currently in draft stage. The goal is to present these policies to the University’s Board of Governors for consideration in June 2019 []

Assiniboine provides health care aide training in Waywayseecappo

Health care aide student from Assiniboine Community College

Photo://ACC

The Health Care Aide certificate from ACC is open to fifteen students from Waywayseecappo First Nation. Students from the program are entering into the final phase of their training. The program prepares them to start their careers throughout Manitoba.

“I’m very grateful to Assiniboine Community College for bringing this course into our community. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to further my education,” said Niki Sprenkle, a 39-year-old adult student from Waywayseecappo and the mother of eight children from the ages of five to 20.

UCN’s Enrolment Reaches Record Levels

University College of the North has seen its highest enrolment rates since founding in 2004. “UCN is committed to educating northern Manitobans and preparing them for employment opportunities in the north,” said Doug Lauvstad, UCN’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “I am very excited about our success – at 2,699 students, enrolment at this point in the academic year is well above the 2,051 enrolment count for the entire 2017/18 academic year. We are very proud that UCN is able to serve ever more northerners!”

Brandon University opens multi-faith prayer and meditation space

A new space for private prayer, religious reflection and meditation has opened at the Brandon University campus. “The diverse range of people that we welcome at Brandon University, including people of numerous faiths and beliefs, drives so much of the energy and success on campus. We are happy to create a new space that can better accommodate these kinds of needs,” said BU Dean of Students Katie Gross. “I really credit BU students for identifying this opportunity in the first place and working with us to find a solution.”

USB Officially Recognized as a Heritage Resource

USB will soon be recognized as a heritage resource of Manitoba's capital.

Université de Saint-Boniface Chapel. Photo://USB

The city has recognized Université de Saint-Boniface as a heritage resource, thus protecting portions of its building. The north, west and east facades will be protected. Additionally, the chapel of the interior of the building is the chief original element on the list.  “This is great news for USB, especially in terms of visibility and promotion,” said René Bouchard, USB’s Vice‑President (Administration and Finance). “It will help make visitors to Winnipeg more aware of our building’s beautiful historic character.”

UWinnipeg prof shares passion for science outreach

Dr Tabitha Wood

Dr. Tabitha Wood has volunteered with Science Rendezvous for more than a decade. Photo:// UW

Dr. Tabitha Wood shares her passion for science outreach through ten years of volunteering with Science Rendezvous. The outreach program began in Ontario in 2008, as an event to engage people in science and engineering. Consequently, the program has grown over this past decade to boast more than 300 events across 30 cities, ten provinces, and two territories. Noteworthy, this year the Rendezvous takes place on May 11 at the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry campus.

“Something that has stayed the same from year to year is the unwavering generosity and enthusiasm of our volunteer students and faculty,” said Wood. “We always find scientists with energy and cool ideas for demonstrations.”


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