School Zone – December 2015

In case you missed anything – a roundup of facts we picked up last month

Assiniboine Community College
Assiniboine Community College and the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology sign MOU

Assiniboine Community College (ACC) and the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding. This MOU opens the door for ACC and MITT to more formally collaborate, which will accelerate the pace at which new and existing program partnerships can be discussed and implemented.

Paul Holden, the President and CEO of MITT said during the signing that “There’s never been a more pivotal time for educational institutions to work together to develop new, relevant and integrated programs; to create better outcomes for students, for employers, and for Manitoba. With 75,000 new people likely to join the provincial work force by 2025, the need to develop relevant training for the next generation is absolutely critical. Assiniboine and MITT recognize this need and we’re actively working in sync to prepare the workforce of tomorrow for the workplace of tomorrow.”

The MOU aims to improve student transfer opportunities as well as develop a range of new growth initiatives, including: joint program development and delivery, better capacity utilization, provincial economic growth opportunities and initiatives to increase the number of international students at both institutions.
Both ACC and MITT are known for developing quality programs which are responsive to Manitoba’s changing labour market. Starting with college program entry in September 2016, the multi-year agreement creates increased pathways for both MITT and ACC students to transfer into programs at either college.

University of Manitoba
Horse course teaches production and management principles

Horse Production and Management is a non-credit course offered by the Department of Animal Science at the University of Manitoba.
The bond between horse and mankind is centuries old. Discover how to enhance this bond by gaining well-rounded knowledge of the equine species. Learn techniques of horse mastership that will allow you to provide quality care for your equine partner.

This series of lectures deals with the principles of horse production and management, including anatomy and physiology, genetics, selection and breeding, reproductive management, nutrition, stable and pasture management, health and welfare, and equine behaviour. Guest speakers and a farm tour are included.

The course runs 10 Mondays, starting January 11, 2016. Lectures are held 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in 219 Animal Science Building, University of Manitoba (12 Dafoe Road). Course cost is $189 and enrolment is limited to 25 participants. Instructor is Kim Van Cauwenberghe.

University of Winnipeg
The ‘Fuss’ about research

UWinnipeg student David Fuss is currently in his fourth year of biochemistry and is the winner of the John Roberts Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Research 2015. Fuss has a personal interest in organic synthetic chemistry and is looking into the Truce-Smiles rearrangement under the direction of Dr. Tabitha Wood, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry.

“David has the attributes of a successful researcher: an inquisitive, analytical mind and an energetic, positive attitude,” shared Wood. “He’s very resourceful and has explored different opportunities for working as a research assistant.”

At first Fuss was not certain about research, “I wanted to explore the idea of doing research,” said Fuss. “I wanted to engage in the process and see if I would enjoy it. And after taking a class with Dr. Wood, I knew I wanted to conduct research with her.”

Fuss credits UWinnipeg for offering him many opportunities and honing his research, analysis and critical thinking skills. “I love The University of Winnipeg,” shared Fuss. “I wanted to be in a close community. It feels like a family, and you can get to know people really well, including your professors.”

Fuss has served as a laboratory demonstrator, and said of the experience, “I enjoy sharing my passion for learning and connecting with students.”

When he’s not studying or researching, Fuss finds time to volunteer. His service includes being a palliative care volunteer at the Steinbach Bethesda Regional Health Care Center and an emergency ambassador at Victoria General Hospital, work he says has contributed to his developing a strong interest in becoming a physician.

Brandon University
Rural Innovation in Manitoba research project will provide tools to strengthen agri-food industry

A new research project at Brandon University (BU) will help rural Manitobans get their good ideas to market.

The Rural Development Institute (RDI) has received $182,000 in funding from the Canada and Manitoba governments through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial initiative, for a two-year research project examining Rural Innovation in Manitoba.
Focusing specifically on the agri-food sector, and on barriers to commercialization, the research aims to close the “innovation gap” and help unlock the value of rural Manitoban ideas and knowledge.
“The innovation gap is complex, not well understood, and largely caused by systemic barriers,” said Dr. William Ashton, Director of the RDI. “Rural Manitobans face numerous barriers such as limited access to venture capital, fragmented services to innovators and commercialization, and a widespread risk-adverse culture.”
The research will address the systemic barriers that affect the commercialization cycle as experienced by innovators and stakeholders in the Manitoba agri-food industry. Researchers will also investigate southwestern Manitoba’s innovation culture and risk-adversity within the context of the province’s agri-food industry.

“Our focus with this project will be rural Manitoba,” Ashton said. “It is a less studied area when it comes to the commercialization aspects of innovation.”

By generating a range of strategies, tools and support programs for agri-food innovators, researchers are expected to improve export and manufacturing opportunities in rural Manitoba, facilitating entrepreneurship. These improvements will benefit many agri-food industry stakeholders, from scientists and researchers to economic and industry professionals, including financing agencies, patent lawyers and business advisers, as well as government organizations.

This project is made possible through partnerships with many individuals and organizations: Community Futures Westman, Innovate Manitoba, Life Sciences Association of Manitoba, Manitoba Food Development Centre, Southwest Regional Development Corporation, and Westman Agriculture Diversification Organization. These organizations are adding value to this project by offering knowledge, experience, contacts and cash contributions. The number of project partners is expected to increase over the duration of the project.

“The Rural Development Institute provides a tremendous example of the value of partnerships between Brandon University and the community,” said Dr. Demetres Tryphonopoulos, BU’s Dean of Arts. “Through its applied research, the institute provides knowledge and tools that benefit all Manitobans.”

Red River College
CreComm students honoured at Canadian Marketing Association Awards

A trio of Red River College students were honoured at the Canadian Marketing Association Awards gala in Toronto in November.

Guiliano Bellabono, Reynold Beniza, and Chelsée Cure won Bronze in the Student Creative Case Study category for their integrated marketing campaign for retailer The Source. All three took RRC’s Creative Communications program, and majored in Advertising during their second year.

In this year’s Creative Case Study category, entrants were tasked with developing an integrated concept that would boost awareness and put The Source back into the consideration set among younger consumers. Their first challenge was to create a new value proposition that embodied the retailer’s youthful, energetic and future-ready tone and matter — one that fit into a one-year, $1-million marketing budget.

The RRC team’s creative honed in on millennials’ desire to update their social media followers with #phoneproblems, #autocorrectproblems, and more. In response, their campaign provided #SourceSolutions to the corresponding hashtags, highlighting issues that could be solved using The Source’s products and services.

The campaign included witty YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and transit ads (and branded content), as well as a direct mail piece.
The CMA gala is Canada’s premiere marketing awards event, celebrating the country’s best work by brands and agencies.

Providence University College
New students to benefit from biggest scholarship in Providence history

Incoming students pursuing full-time studies at both Providence University College and Providence Theological Seminary will have a chance to benefit from a new, annual scholarship during the 2016-17 school year.

The Ross and Dorothy Smith Memorial Scholarship will provide $10,000 apiece to the recipients (one in the University College; one in the Seminary), who will be announced no later than July 1, 2016.
To be considered for the University College award, applicants will be Canadian citizens, will live in residence at Providence, and will be enrolled in a degree program comprising at least 30 credit hours over the fall and winter semesters. A 600-word essay describing past and present church and volunteer involvement, and expounding on how Providence will prepare the applicant to follow Christ and grow in knowledge and character for leadership and service, will be part of the application process. Further details are available on the University College website.

The Seminary recipient will meet similar criteria, although the credit hour threshold will be 24 and a 1,000-word essay will be required. Additional information can be attained by visiting the Seminary website.

All applications must be received by April 1, 2016.

Ross (1930-2008) and Dorothy (1930-2014) Smith met in Calgary, where both worked for Shell Oil, and were married in 1956. Ross earned a degree in Civil Engineering from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford; Dorothy was one of the first women to graduate as a drafter from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Upon relocation to Winnipeg, Ross was appointed Vice President at James Richardson and Sons and was a member of the Providence Board of Governors between 1988 and 2000. Additionally, he served as president of the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, whom Dorothy cheered on with her famous whistle.
The Smiths supported numerous Christian charities and initiatives, and now, ahead of the 2016-17 school year, bequeath the biggest scholarship in Providence history through their estate.

Their generous contribution will help enable Providence to continue training difference-makers for service in workplaces, communities, and churches.

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