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Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Countess of Wessex to visit regiment, college
Niagara Advance
At Niagara College, the countess will visit the Wine Visitor and Education Centre at 3:15 p.m. At a private reception after the tour she will celebrate the launch of the college’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute Research Centre, to which the federal and provincial governments have contributed $4 million. It links college, business and industry in product development, testing and commercialization.

Class promotes cultural tolerance
Nanaimo News Bulletin
English professor Katharina Rout had little background in Arabic literature when she proposed it as the theme for a fourth-year Vancouver Island University comparative literature course. “Initially, I thought we needed a course on modern Arabic fiction because, collectively, we know too little about the Arab world and because Canadian students would benefit from the insights into Arab culture and the daily life of Arabs that literature can provide – insights very different from those we get in the news media,” said Rout.

Holland College waterfront campus ready to open
Students had the first glimpse of their new classrooms in the renovated Holland College Waterfront Campus in Summerside Wednesday morning. Renovations started on the 157,000 square-foot property, formerly the Waterfront Mall, last September. The construction includes 37,000 square feet of retail space. The college purchased the property last June. The Waterfront Mall was valued at $4.4 million but the college got it for a bargain, paying only $1.5 million.

No strings attached to Okanagan College donation
Penticton Western News
Carleton University made headlines in July when it was revealed a wealthy businessman effectively bought control of its new school of political management with his $15 million donation. Jim Pattison didn’t win any such influence with the $2.5 million he pledged last year to his namesake building at the Penticton campus of Okanagan College. “There aren’t any strings here,” said college president Jim Hamilton.

College bans sale of bottled water
Times of Fort Erie
Thirsty Niagara College students will have to fill up their own water canisters, because they will no longer be able to buy bottled water on campus. The college announced last week that it is banning the sale of bottled water on campus as part of a new sustainability initiative. The college has installed six water spout attachments where reusable water bottles can be filled, as well as 11 new “hydration stations” at its Welland campus. Eight water spout attachments were installed at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.

Student housing an issue for GPRC
Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
Out-of town students at Grande Prairie Regional College will feel the pinch of a tight housing market as school ramps up. Along with a contracting housing market, the college is also facing another year without Anderson Hall, a student residence which was torn down last year. With just a total of 400 beds on campus, many have been left to find accommodation elsewhere in the city. Kim Richardson, housing manager at GPRC said this year is a little bit more difficult for students because of the lack of affordable housing in the area.

Valley students spend summer vacation teaching and studying in Africa
The Province
Most students spent their summers relaxing and vacationing. But students at the University of the Fraser Valley spent theirs travelling and teaching in Africa. Sixteen Valley students made the trip to Tanzania on a study tour over the break to work with a primary school near Mount Kilimanjaro and with local organizations on development initiatives.

School, re-imagined
North Shore News
“Not only Carson Graham students, but also students from other schools, will be coming here in the afternoon from 2-7 p.m., working with the chef from Vancouver Community College,” says Hachlaf. “It’s really exciting. They’ll be working towards that apprenticeship credit for a chef-training program.” Just as food made by VCC’s culinary students is sold in an on-site restaurant, so Carson Graham hopes to sell food out of the Agora in the future, opening the space up to the public for a few hours in the evenings.

Wet welcome to campus life
Welland Tribune
Niagara College students, new and old, spent Tuesday waiting in line to get timetables, student cards, textbooks, attending information sessions and orientation activities. Basically, they got everything they needed to start their classes Wednesday morning. Michelle Shaw, a second-year nursing student, volunteered to give Welland campus tours each hour because she had to the time to give and wanted to help students feel more at home in their new school.