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Thursday, October 18, 2012


First Nations educational leader remembered for achievements
650 CKOM News Talk Radio
It’s not too often the president of a school stops by your classroom — and knows your name — but Randell Morris had that relationship with his students. The president and CEO of the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) passed away from an unexpected health emergency Tuesday morning, causing shock among both Saskatchewan’s First Nations and post-secondary education communities. The 47-year-old had recently celebrated his 20th anniversary at the First Nations education and training college, where he was president for nearly five years. “He’s turned into, I think, one of the great leaders in education for post-secondary and skills and trades,” said Ray Ahenakew, a senior advisor for SIIT who met Morris 22 years ago and recommended him as president. “Not only for our students, but he’s also done a lot of work for the province of Saskatchewan in looking at what contributions First Nations people can make to the economy.”

Marine Institute heading into second year of pilot project
Lewisporte Pilot
Introduced as a two-year pilot project last year, the Marine Institute (MI) Lewisporte Regional Fisheries and Marine Centre has come through the first year with flying colours. The goal is to offer MI programs and courses to service the central Newfoundland region. Located within the campus of DieTrac Technical Institute, the partnership has been a great benefit to all involved. The Pilot spoke with MI regional liaison officer for Lewisporte Alicia Anderson, instructors and students last week who are currently involved with the marine diesel mechanics technical certificate course. This course features nine-months of classroom/lab training in Lewisporte, four weeks of safety training in St. John’s and a 60-day work term at sea. After that they will write the required Transport Canada exam.

Partnerships help grow Durham College
At Durham College, it’s out with the old style of wiring, heating and electricity and in with the new environmentally friendly technologies used to build homes. The college on Oct. 12 celebrated the opening of two new learning labs that demonstrate the way home construction has changed over the past 60 or 70 years. The labs, one a 1940’s-era house and the other, a new, high-efficiency green home, are part of the $44-million, three-phase development project at the Whitby campus. “As part of the overall plan to transform the Whitby campus to better serve students and secure meaningful jobs in the 21st century, an idea was born,” said David Chambers, associate vice-president of Durham College’s office of development. “This idea was made possible through the generosity of community donors, businesses and trades people who stepped up to the challenge to bring the learning labs to life.”–partnerships-help-grow-durham-college

Solar installation now operational at St. Lawrence College
EMC St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence College has officially “Flipped the Switch” to solar energy, generating clean energy – and profit – for the college. The solar project, which began in 2010 with a massive installation of 1200 solar panels on the Kingston Campus and 442 on the Brockville Campus, will generate approximately $230,000 in revenue annually in Kingston and $93,000 in Brockville. The solar panel installation is the largest of its kind at any post-secondary institution in Canada. Large TV display screens in the college’s main foyers will show how many tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced through the generation of green power.

Sheridan forum on new business
Sheridan College’s office of Applied Research and Innovation, in partnership with Haltech, is hosting the first seminar in a series of workshops focusing on innovation this Friday. Titled From the Dorm Room, to the Board Room, to an IPO, the seminar will focus on starting up new businesses and will feature Ray Brook, angel investor and serial entrepreneur, and Basim Mirza, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and president of Corporate Method Technologies Inc., who will discuss the path to building a strong business from the ground up.–sheridan-forum-on-new-business

Drumbeat moves Okanagan College
Vernon Morning Star
The rhythmic drums from drum groups Iron Mountain and Little Hawk combined with the swirl and ceremony of the sacred powwow captured hearts and minds Thursday at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus. Emcee Richard Jackson Jr. invited everyone to take part in the event, that attracted hundreds of people for this fourth annual Youth Exhibition Powwow. “I’m seeing more people here every year,” Jackson said as he scanned the crowd. James Coble, Aboriginal Access and Services coordinator, said the annual event is held in part to provide cross-cultural learning, but also to deepen understanding and relationships with local Aboriginal people. “The students themselves really appreciate more public events like this because it helps them to feel more comfortable on campus,” Coble said.

A little rock goes a long way, Algonquin College kicks off annual United Way Campaign
EMC Ottawa West
The judges’ pick went to the band called “Iced Tea” for their rendition of the Guns N’ Roses classic. Emerald City Media Designers took home a prize for the most money raised. The fan favourite will be determined when the remaining performances are put on YouTube for a vote. The college has set a goal of $120,000. Staff and students will attempt to raise that amount in four weeks time. To help the college reach its goal, there is a new e-Pledge system that will allow staff to track their individual donations. Full-time staff can also use it to set up a payroll deduction option. As part of the $120,000 pledge by the college, students have their own fundraising goal of $5,000. In a press release, Algonquin president Kent MacDonald said the college’s United Way campaign has the highest student participation of all Ottawa postsecondary institutions. Last year, students raised $50,000 for various charitable campaigns in October and November alone.,+Algonquin+College+kicks+off+annual+United+Way+Campaign

New decorating challenge added to Festival of Trees
The Vancouver Island University Foundation has added a new Community Tree Decorating Challenge to its annual Festival of Trees celebration. The new element to the festival invites anyone in the community to put on their creative hats and decorate a tree to be on display this year. “The Festival of Trees is Nanaimo’s largest holiday celebration and this is an opportunity for businesses, community groups and individuals to get creative and help raise funds for VIU students,” said Jason Nelson, Festival of Trees chairman.