Manitoba Post-Secondary News Roundup

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It’s the heart of midterm season on university and college campuses in Manitoba. So, why not pause from studying or marking and take a look at this month’s post-secondary news. Missed last month? Read October’s roundup here.

BU Psychiatric Nursing Program Hosts Death Cafe

While death is a mysterious and often taboo subject in western society, people have questions, thoughts, and feelings about dying and death that they may be reluctant to express. To facilitate a more comfortable conversation on the subject, Brandon University hosted a Death Café on October 30th.

“A death cafe is an open forum discussion about death and dying and the thoughts, feelings, and questions we all have but may be reluctant to voice out loud,” said Sharran Mullins, an Assistant Professor in Psychiatric Nursing at BU. She and her third-year palliative care students are facilitating the death cafe. “I believe that having an opportunity like this will help our students (and us!) develop greater comfort in discussing death and dying, and will foster greater ‘death literacy’ in our community.”

UWinnipeg Research Funding Increased by 400%

University of Winnipeg faculty members continue to demonstrate excellence in research. Recognition of that hard work has reached an all-time high for the institution.

This year, UWinnipeg was awarded more than $12 million in external research funding: the highest level of research revenue in UWinnipeg’s history.

“Our researchers are making important contributions to discoveries in Canada and abroad, which is reflected in the upward trajectory in research funding,” said Dr. Jino Distasio, UWinnipeg’s Vice-President of Research and Innovation. “This increase in funding reflects the resiliency and resourcefulness of our faculty in finding different sources of funding, which includes international partnerships and local projects.”

New Human Rights & Conflict Management Advisor at UM Aims for Equity, Justice

As a child, Ilaneet Goren saw the impact of oppression in the Soviet Union and witnessed conflict in Israel, leading her to join a movement for change and become a human rights advocate. 

Ilaneet Goren standing in front of foliage. Manitoba post-secondary news roundup.
Ilaneet Goren is UM-Bannatyne’s Human Rights and Conflict Management Advisor (UM News).

Goren is the new human rights and conflict management advisor for UM’s Bannatyne campus. She is the first contact point for anyone on Bannatyne with concerns or questions about the Respectful Work and Learning Environment Policy or Sexual Assault Policy. 

“When differences arise by way of conflict or when people’s rights are infringed upon, it’s important that people know their rights and what resources are available,” she said. “Being in a position where I can help people understand their rights and responsibilities as part of a diverse campus community is incredibly meaningful to me personally.” 

Large Majority of Assiniboine Grads Find Jobs in Manitoba

The overwhelming majority of recent Assiniboine Community College graduates are living and working in Manitoba, according to the college’s annual graduate satisfaction & employment survey results, which were released on October 24th.

“As a college, we strive to offer programs that provide graduates with clear pathways into the labour market,” said Assiniboine president Mark Frison. “We have seen interprovincial migratory losses in Manitoba for the past three decades, so it’s good news to see that 88% of recent Assiniboine graduates remain and work in the province following their studies.”

Better Angels: RRC Students Providing Support to Grieving Families

An initiative of RRC’s Applied Computer Education (ACE) department, which plays host to students working in conjunction with corporations, entrepreneurs and non-profits, has formed a new community partnership.

6 Red River College ACE participants standing together.
RRC’s ACE Participants have partnered with Manitoba Angel Dresses (RRC).

This past summer, students in the interactive workshop created an application for Manitoba Angel Dresses to digitize its inventory system. Manitoba Angel Dresses is a non-profit organization that provides families who are grieving the loss of an infant, with items crafted from donated bridal and bridesmaid gowns.

Diane Monkman, a spokeswoman for the organization, says the students and staff at RRC were very supportive of the project. “The College was so helpful, so open and so accepting of the project,” Monkman says. “It can be very hard to start a conversation saying what we do because a lot of people shy away from that, but it’s a needed service.”

University College of the North Researcher Partners with the Manitoba Museum

University College of the North’s (UCN) Dr. Sue Matheson will be partnering with the Manitoba Museum. She will examine the Criddle/Vane family’s homesteading experience at the end of the nineteenth century in southern Manitoba.

Consisting of 3481 artifacts and 302 specimens, the Criddle/Vane collection consists of :

  • meteorological records
  • visitors’ registers diaries
  • scientific catalogues
  • photographs
  • and the family’s material culture.

“When Percy Criddle emigrated from England in 1882, he brought two women and their children with him. The family is considered eccentric. But their homesteading experience, that’s so well documented, was typical for its time. I believe it challenges many of our ideas about the settlement experience.”

USB Research Project Focuses on Indochinese Refugees

Professor Phi-Van Nguyen posing for picture. Manitoba post-secondary news.
Professor Phi-Van Nguyen has been awarded a $100,000 research grant (USB).

A research project led by Phi-Vân Nguyen, professor at Université de Saint-Boniface since 2017, was awarded a grant of close to $100,000. Professor Nguyen’s work will examine the Indochinese refugee crisis between 1975 and 1995.

“The fact that the UN abruptly ended this program shows that it was not implemented solely to protect people as per the 1951 Refugee Convention,” says Professor Nguyen. “Rather, it served to promote an ideology,” she proposes. Professor Nguyen’s project will also examine how “refugees from communism” have been portrayed over the years.


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