Manitoba Post-Secondary News Roundup for August 10

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University of Manitoba partners with McMaster to deliver Midwifery program

(L-R) College of Nursing Dean Beverly O’Connell, Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart and Vice-Provost (Integrated Planning and Academic Programs) David Collins.


Students who are training in Manitoba’s Midwifery program will continue their education thanks to a new agreement between the University of Manitoba and McMaster University. “This new partnership will ensure the midwifery students in Manitoba who have already invested significant time and effort toward their studies can complete their coursework uninterrupted,” said Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart.  “We are proud to follow through on a commitment that was made and I commend our partners for their hard work in reaching this resolution, which will help meet the growing demand for midwives in our province.”

Olympic fever on Manitoba campuses

The University of Manitoba has hired a new Director of Athletics and Recreation, Gene Muller, who spoke with UM Today about his experience as an Olympic coach and consultant.

Three former student-athletes from the University of Manitoba are representing Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Isabela Onyshko, who plans on attending Brandon University this fall, will be competing in the women’s all-around gymnastics this Thursday at the 2016 Rio Olympics. BU is hosting a community viewing on campus. “It’s an exceptional honour to welcome an Olympian to Brandon University this fall,” said BU President Gervan Fearon. “More than 700 new students will be joining BU at our Orientation in September; Isabela Onyshko will be amongst them and her participation in the Olympics is part of her amazing experience, helping make up the special community here at BU.”

UM Today sat down with Douglas Brown, the Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba, to talk about his take on the 2016 Rio Olympics. Brown is a historian who has studied the Olympics in his scholarly and professional work. The interview addresses many of the ongoing debates about the cultural and social impact of the Olympic Games.

ACC reports strong graduate outcomes

A recent survey from Assiniboine Community College shows that ACC grads are faring well on the job market. 94% of ACC grads are employed and more than three-quarters are employed in permanent jobs. “Employment outcomes are an important measurement for us as we continue to respond to the needs of the labour market,” said ACC President, Mark Frison. “We know that 87 percent of those who graduated this past year are working in a career related to their studies.”

New Indigenous leadership at UWinnipeg

The University of Winnipeg has appointed a new Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Affairs, Kevin Lamoureux. An educator with an extensive background in teaching and public outreach around Indigenous education and politics, Lamoureux brings a wealth of diverse experience to the role. “Starting here in my undergraduate degree, UWinnipeg has always been a place of inspiration and support,” said Lamoureux. “It challenges me to ask how higher learning can better serve the communities we engage with. UWinnipeg will be a national leader amongst universities in our journey of Indigenization. Our next opportunity for greatness is to work together to ensure that our university is a place that nurtures genuine reconciliation for all students.” Jarita Greyeyes, the new Director of Community Learning and Engagement, is also profiled in the article. She has taught Indigenous Studies at the UWinnipeg and comes to her new role from the United Way of Saskatoon, where she was Coordinator of Stakeholder Engagement.

Spotlight on post-secondary programs in Manitoba

A new business program at Assiniboine Community College will help educate international students from India. The General Business International program will “prepare international students to administer and manage all types and sizes of businesses.” International students continue to expand at ACC, including over a hundred students from China, India, Ukraine, and Brazil who began their studies since 2015.

The University of Winnipeg News Centre recently profiled the Geography department. Courses in the department are offered within three unique fields of study — Cultural Geography, Physical Geography and Geomatic.

Unique research projects at Manitoba institutions

Three faculty members at the University College of the North have received funding for new research projects [PDF] in Heavy Duty Mechanics, Applied Thermal Science, and Natural Resources Management Technology. “We are pleased to be able to support these kinds of ventures as these are great examples of research with direct application to industrial partners,” said Rob Penner, UCN’s Associate Vice-President of Career & Workforce Development. “These are projects that engage our students in real-world problems through the mechanism of applied research. Our students greatly benefit from these types of opportunities.”

Two new research projects by Professor Rafael Otfinowski of the University of Winnipeg will study the effect of climate change on the resiliency of the Canadian prairies. “Manitoba is a fascinating place for ecological research,” said Otfinowski . “Being able to collaborate with a variety of stakeholders, like industry and community organizations, allows us to combine research and teaching in finding solutions to anticipated challenges of climate change which can be immensely rewarding.”

ural artist Tom Andrich's public art in honour of MMIW, located on the Portage Ave. and Empress St. overpass in Winnipeg.


Researchers and librarians at the University of Manitoba are undertaking a digital archiving project to create a database for missing and murdered Indigenous women. “Shawna Ferris and her co-investigator Kiera Ladner are behind the Digital Archives and Marginalized Communities Project. Supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Canada Foundation for Innovation, they are developing three separate but related digital archives: the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Database, the Sex Work Database, and the Post-Apology Residential School Database.”

The rooftop of Red River College’s downtown dormitory is home to a new urban beekeeping initiative. The beehives fit with the College’s broader vision for sustainability: “The resulting initiative is a perfect match with the College’s mandate on sustainable practices, offering environmental benefits (via the pollination of nearby greenspaces) and the opportunity to add another locally sourced food product to RRC’s menu — one that arrives at the table in very nearly its natural state.”

The Manitoba government will commit up to $9 million for the construction of a new marine observatory in Churchill by the University of Manitoba. “This project is an important part of our vision for a strong, diversified northern economy,” said Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart.  “The Churchill Marine Observatory will create up to 21 permanent jobs, boost tourism and transportation in the region and enhance Manitoba and Canada’s reputation as a world leader in Arctic research.  In the short term, it will benefit the local economy by creating construction jobs.”

University of Winnipeg faculty approve new collective agreement

The University of Winnipeg Faculty Association has entered a new collective agreement that will remain in effect until the September 2020 academic year. “The collective agreement allows UWinnipeg to remain competitive in attracting high quality academics and professional staff and supports the University’s strategic directions including financial and institutional resilience and academic excellence and renewal.”

Manitoba alumnus recognized by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Senator Murray Sinclair, a University of Manitoba alumnus, received the 2016 Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). “Senator Murray Sinclair’s work leading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is a shining example of his commitment to Aboriginal people and bringing all Canadians to the forefront and understanding of a national tragedy and injustice,” said JP Gladu, President and CEO of CCAB.

Other administrative news

President David Barnard of the University of Manitoba recently wrote a letter about the University’s financial position and budget. “The University of Manitoba is in a healthy financial position,” he wrote. “We exist in uncertain times around revenue and expenses. And we will manage to ensure we get through the uncertainty. We will continue to thrive, working together to create, preserve, communicate and apply knowledge and taking our place among leading universities through our commitment to transformative research and scholarship.”

Brandon University is saying farewell to Tom Brophy, who served as Associate Vice-President (Student Services and Enrolment Management) and University Registrar since September 2013. Brophy, who was instrumental in several noteworthy initiatives and programs at BU, is moving into a new role at Saint Mary’s University. “Tom will be greatly missed at BU. As a member of our senior leadership, he has been integral to our efforts in many areas, including student recruitment and retention, and helped us to achieve a five per cent increase in enrolment last year,” said Dr. Steven Robinson, BU’s Vice-President (Academic and Provost). “We’d love to keep him here, but we wish Tom the best in his new opportunity at Saint Mary’s University.”

Community engagement

Representatives of Kinsmen Club of Brandon and Brandon University pose outside of Healthy Living Centre.

Kinsmen Club of Brandon President Kelly Graham and Bar Chair Gord Cappelle, BU President Gervan Fearon, and Kinsmen Club of Brandon Governor John DeBeer pose with a plaque on display at the BU Healthy Living Centre.

Brandon University’s Healthy Living Centre (HLC) is acknowledging its history with a commemorative plaque from the Kinsmen Club of Brandon. The HLC is located on the former site of the Kinsmen Memorial Stadium, once called “one of Western Canada’s best sports parks.” “The Brandon Kinsmen are grateful Brandon University has continued to support athletic opportunities in our city by building the Healthy Living Centre on the location of the former Kinsmen Stadium,” said Kinsmen Club of Brandon President Kelly Graham. “The new centre builds upon the location’s legacy of sport in our community.”

A Building for Tomorrow Youth Camp finished at the end of July at Assinboine Community College. The college partnered with Apprenticeship Manitoba to offer a youth camp focused on Power Equipment skills at the North Hill Campus over two weeks. These camps “provide youth an opportunity to expand their awareness of and exposure to the skilled trades through fun and hands-on activities.”

Around thirty Syrian newcomers spent two weeks playing and learning at the University of Manitoba.

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