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Manitoba Post-Secondary News Roundup

Over the past several months, we’ve had to learn new ways of doing things. We have marveled at the strength and flexibility shown by post-secondary institutions in Manitoba. We’ve been so impressed by the body of work at our partner institutions, to ensure a successful term of virtual learning.

With the fall semester well underway, our roundups are back! We are happy to highlight some of what’s been going on ‘from a distance’ across our province’s post-secondary landscape.

BU’s Virtual Pre-Orientation a Successful Prelude to an Online Semester

It’s clear how well Brandon University (BU) has adapted to keep students safe during COVID-19. Additionally, they helped students prepare to learn online.

Their virtual Pre-Orientation event, designed to give students a ‘first look’ at the university experience, drew around 100 people. Additionally, it offered a chance to bring the BU community together after a summer of uncertainty and separation. Lastly, it highlighted services available to students to cope with the new challenge of widespread online learning.

“Our current students got the new students so excited about BU and the wonderful things a small campus has to offer,” said Kathleen Richards, BU’s Acting Director of Recruitment and Retention.

UWinnipeg Program Promotes STEM Research for Indigenous Students

students discovered new opportunities to learn

The P2GS program brought STEM students together (University of Winnipeg).

The University of Winnipeg’s Pathways to Graduate Studies (P2GS) program recently showcased opportunities for Indigenous students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The program brings STEM students together to learn about possible opportunities for graduate study and research. Additionally, it fosters collaboration between graduate and undergraduate students.

“I’m grateful I transferred to the University of Winnipeg, because I don’t think I would have this opportunity anywhere else,” said Sarah Baxter, a third-year biochemistry student.

SAS at U of M Putting Students at Ease

The staff at University of Manitoba’s (UM) Student Accessibility Services (SAS) are always busy. However, they’ve worked extra hard in light of the pandemic to ensure students have equal opportunities to learn.

SAS supports students and faculty around a wide range of issues, including assistive technology skills, alternate learning formats, and academic integrity.

“We are proud to have such amazing students and supportive faculty considering how to best increase accessibility at UM,” said SAS Director Carolyn Christie.

Students to Learn Specialized Skills in New Media Programs at ACC

Assiniboine Community College has launched three new Creative Media programs.

The Media & Communications, Digital Art & Design, and Web & Interactive Development programs replace the college’s Interactive Media Arts (IMA) offering. Consequentially, the programs will provide more specialized training to students. They are housed in the School of Business.

“We are excited to provide concentrated options for learners, based on updated labour market needs,” said Jana Sproule, Chair of Media and Office Technology at Assiniboine.

RRC Close to Home Allows Student to Learn and Grow

After dropping out of high school to support her family, Suzy Dueck didn’t think she’d ever pursue a post-secondary education. But, having the option to learn in her home community is what gave her the chance to do it.

Suzy is happy she could learn in her hometown

Suzy Dueck enjoyed an education close to home through RRC’s Winkler programs (Red River College).

Dueck finished her high school diploma through Red River College’s Winkler Community Learning Centre (WCLC). She then enrolled in the RRC Winkler Campus. There, she completed prerequisites for more advanced health care programs.

Dueck says her goal after graduation is to remain in the community, growing her skills in nursing. She is grateful to be close to her family, which provides her with ongoing support. And her future is wide open.

UCN Faculty Publish Swampy Cree Textbook

University College of the North (UCN) faculty members have collaborated on a Cree language textbook in hopes of maintaining northern culture.

Beginning Cree for Swampy Cree Speakers will be published by the University of Regina Press. Of note, the collaboration featured faculty members, a UCN student, and a local artist.

“I understand that it is important for Indigenous people to maintain their mother tongue for their own identity and culture,” said Dr. Ying Kong, Faculty of Arts, Business, and Science.

A Second Mandate for USB CRC

A Canada Research Chair (CRC) at Universite de Saint-Boniface (USB) has been awarded a new term of funding. Professor Yves Frenette has been granted another seven years to study the migration stories of North American Francophones.

Francophone communities exist because of migration. Thus, study of migration is vital in acknowledging diverse experiences. Furthermore, according to Professor Frenette, the term allows him to emphasize the “impact of migration on the collective and personal experiences of Francophones in North America.”

Communities involved in the research include Saint-Boniface, Saint-Norbert, Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes and Saint-Claude.

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