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Wednesday, October 17, 2012


SIIT president, CEO Randell Morris dies
Randell Morris, a fixture at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT), died Tuesday in Saskatoon at the age of 47. Morris, a member of the Gordon First Nation, had spent 20 years at SIIT, the last five of which he served as president and CEO…. The provincial government issued a statement, touting the contributions Morris has made. “Randell was a leader and visionary within the post-secondary education system in Saskatchewan,” said Saskatchewan Advanced Education Minister Don Morgan in a statement. “His success in building SIIT into a highly successful, culturally sensitive learning environment is a testament to his contributions to post-secondary education.”

Sheridan president receives alumni award
Jeff Zabudsky, president and CEO of Sheridan College, has been named the recipient of Athabasca University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Zabudsky graduated from the university with a master’s of distance education in 1999. He joined Sheridan in 2010 and previously served as president of Red River College in Winnipeg for six years following a series of positions with post-secondary institutions in Nova Scotia, Alberta and Ontario.–sheridan-president-receives-alumni-award

Job recruitment fair at college next week
Medicine Hat News
Career information and job opportunities will be the focus of next week’s Career Day and Recruitment Fair at Medicine Hat College. With all major industries being represented by the more than 65 registered exhibitors, job seekers can expect an incredible opportunity to make career connections with employers at the local, regional, provincial, and national levels. The event takes place Oct. 23 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Centennial Hall foyer and B-Wing hallway, and is the only recruitment event of its kind in Medicine Hat. “Each year this event draws more and more attention from employers, and we are so pleased with the number of prominent organizations who want to participate,” said Stuart Riley, career advisor at MHC. With employment and the current labour market on the minds of students and the public alike, Riley says the college is pleased to open its doors to the community and help employers meet their recruitment needs.

College students learn in a living lab
Oshawa Express
Driving along Champlain Avenue, one can see two houses directly beside the Durham College Whitby campus. While not necessarily a normal site to see next to a school, these two homes are giving students the hands-on experience needed to excel in their chosen profession. This was the sentiment shared by Durham College President Don Lovisa, Whitby Mayor Pat Perkins, Jeff Goldman of Durham Custom Homes, and David Chambers, associate vice-president of the Office of Development for Durham College. Recently, these two “learning labs” officially opened, as tours were conducted for those in attendance. These labs are part of a $44-million three-phase development project of the Whitby Campus….

Kwantlen conference explores domestic violence and the courts
Surrey Leader
A conference to generate awareness and action about domestic violence will be held in Surrey next month. Called Tipping the Scales of Justice: Supporting Women, Children, and Families, the event will be hosted by the Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships (NEVR) founding members, including Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey Women’s Centre, Justice Institute, PICS (Progressive Intercultural Community Services) and DIVERSEcity. “This conference will bring together members of NEVR who represent government ministries, voluntary non-profit organizations, educational institutions, policing and community members,” said Dr. Balbir Gurm, nursing faculty member at Kwantlen.

Wine, dine and dance to help local students
Coquitlam Now
If you’re looking for a way to spend an entertaining and informative Friday night, the Douglas College Foundation has the answer. “Come to the Coquitlam campus on Friday, Oct. 19 and you’ll be able to taste wines from around the world, enjoy an array of gourmet appetizers, thrill to the sound of Douglas College’s own djembe drummers and let your competitive spirit go wild on our live and silent auctions,” said Hazel Postma, associate vice president of external affairs, in a press release. “And did I mention the Purdy’s chocolate fountain?” The 15th-annual fundraiser for student aid, A Class Act, will run from 7 to 10 p.m. It is hosted by the Douglas College Foundation with students from the hospitality management program, and raises money for student bursaries across the college.

More money for skills training programs at Okanagan College
Kelowna Capital News
The B.C. government is investing $18.7 million to create more than 3,000 new seats in skills training programs at colleges and universities across the province. And, according to the provincial jobs ministry, Okanagan College will get just over $1 million of that money for three programs, a seven-week week course to prepare students for entry level positions in the oil and gas industry, a  management skills training course for the hospitality, tourism, business and finance industries and an 11-week certificate course in office administration. In August, Okanagan College and the province announced how more than $550,000 in one-time funding  would be used to offer skilled trades-related training in the region. That money is believed to be part of the $1 million announced for OC Monday.

CF-18 joins Selkirk reunion
Nelson Star
West Kootenay residents’ eyes were drawn skyward late last month as the roar of jet engines broke the silence. At approximately 1 p.m. on September 28, a Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet fighter jet arrived at the West Kootenay Regional Airport in Castlegar. The jet was piloted by Selkirk College graduate, Captain Max Cameron. Cameron took the opportunity to combine his air force required flight time with a visit to the Selkirk College Aviation facility and his aviation roots. Selkirk College president, Angus Graeme was on hand to welcome Cameron’s arrival. Graeme was one of many who climbed into the CF-18 cockpit reporting that it was “just a wee bit tight.” Cameron and his fellow alumni spent time with local and regional media, current Selkirk students and staff and the general public, reinforcing the positive influence the program has on students, alumni, the community and industry members over the past 44 years.

Chamber and Marconi campus sign training agreement
Cape Breton Post
An agreement between Nova Scotia Community College Marconi campus and the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce will give area businesses access to the expertise of the college. The memorandum of understanding signed Tuesday will see the campus actively partner with small- and medium-sized businesses to provide them with specific training opportunities. “Now the chamber understands that there is an education resource here,” said Adrian White, executive director of the chamber. “I don’t think in the past we’ve done a good job of communicating to the business community that resource and workplace education existed right here on the island.”

Great Plains College awards 77 scholarships at Contributors’ Reception
Southwest Booster
Great Plains College assisted 77 students at the Swift Current Campus in their journey towards advanced education at the annual Great Plains College Contributors’ Reception held Oct. 15. Don Morgan, Minister of Advanced Education, personally attended the event to present seven scholarships representing $24,000 in contributions from the Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship program. The total value of scholarship presented at Swift Current Campus was $142,250.

RRC says ‘other options’ to be examined in response to possible layoffs
CTV News
Red River College in Winnipeg issued a statement Tuesday, the day after word spread about potential layoffs for dozens of food services workers. On Monday, some workers told CTV News they were informed at a meeting that jobs could be contracted out in 2013. Tuesday afternoon, RRC President Stephanie Forsyth issued a memorandum to the college’s community.

Province offers college textbooks free online for top 40 courses
Victoria Times Colonist
The B.C. government is offering some financial relief for post-secondary students who are taking the 40 most popular courses. Textbooks for those classes will soon be offered to students online for free. The government says as many as 200,000 students a year could benefit from the changes, with each saving hundreds of dollars. It says it will work with postsecondary institutions to implement the open textbook policy, with a plan to have the textbooks online as early as next year.