While I was in a mall parking lot one day, I noticed a McGill University bumper sticker on another car. This prompted me to scrawl a hurried note (“Hi! I went to McGill, too! We should be friends! Find me on Facebook!”) and tuck it under her windshield wiper. This led to a series of amusing coffee dates with one Canadian resident of Illinois. (Since several Canadians have asked me, “Isn’t Illinois in Chicago?” I’ll go ahead and clarify that—despite occasional inclinations to the contrary—Chicago is in fact in Illinois.)
My mom has a McGill University bumper sticker on her car. Rather than encouraging coffee dates, it has elicited several blank stares from her Chicago area acquaintances, most of whom are a bit unclear on the concept of Canada (to say nothing of my field as a Canadian Studies major!).
Once she explains the notion of Montreal, people usually . . . → Read More: Fighting Ignorance, one bumper sticker at a time
Andrew Dadson's "Black Bush" (Credit: Emily Carr University)
Emily Carr University of Art + Design student Andrew Dadson has been selected to receive The Brink Award for 2011 from the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington.
The biennial award is given in recognition of an artist on “the brink” of their promising career in art. Recipients of the award receive a $12,500 monetary prize and a solo exhibition of their work. Additionally, one of Dadson’s pieces will be acquired as part of the gallery’s permanent collection.
Nipissing University education student and environmentalist Kate Jeffery has been awarded a Dr. David Suzuki Fellowship from the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School in recognition of her work in pre-service Environmental Education of elementary school children. Jeffery will use the fellowship—for which she will receive a monetary gift and the chance to spend a week immersion at the at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School—to further her work in Environmental Education. “My goal is to be a life-long promoter of Environmental Education. I see myself working with kids as a teacher to promote Environmental Education both inside and outside the classroom.”
Schulich student wins Suzuki Fellowship [Nipissing University]
When people think about business, they often think about profit, sales and the bottom dollar. For 67 business students at Royal Roads University participating in the annual Venture Challenge, this business savvy was put to good use, raising $28,930 for local charities.
The Venture Challenge involved Bachelor of Commerce students breaking into teams with an $1 per student investment as start-up capital. Each team then applied their investments to a small business idea for five weeks. Proceeds from the students’ challenge businesses went to charities of their choice—including the B.C. Children’s Hospital, the David Foster Foundation, The Mustard Seed Food Bank, KidSport, Make a Wish Foundation, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Hero Fund, The Queen Alexandria Foundation for Children, The Vancouver Island Marmot Recovery Foundation, and Big Brothers and Sisters of Victoria. The most successful small challenge money-makers included a drop-in Yogathon and a choir concert . . . → Read More: Student Special: Royal Roads Students Get More Bang for Their Charitable Bucks
Colleen Greer poses with her trophy. (Credit: Queen's University)
While some students spend go on Mexican vacations, Queen’s University graduate student Colleen Greer spent time in the Gulf of Mexico last year for very different reasons. Greer has been honoured by Fisheries and Oceans Canada for her efforts helping during the response to 2010′s accidental oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico.
Greer, a master’s student currently studying the impact of oil on herring embryos, rushed to attend to the crisis shortly after the initial spill. She collected water samples from the Deepwater Horizon to help track the deep sub-surface oil plume.
“Every once in a while you would go through some oil and the water would turn dark brown. It was shocking because you think of the Gulf of Mexico being so pristine,” said Greer.
. . . → Read More: Student Special: Queen’s University’s Colleen Greer Cleans Up After Oil Spill
Credit: Trinity Western University
While most students have a lot to balance with papers and exams, Tara Teng is also balancing a tiara.
Teng, a third-year education student at Trinity Western University from Langley, British Columbia, has been crowned Miss. Canada 2011. Prior to her national win, Teng also won the title of Miss BC.
“I am so excited for this new opportunity ahead of me. Not only do I have the honour and privilege of representing my beautiful home of Canada to the world, I now have a larger platform to speak from. My goal as Miss Canada is unchanging from my mission as Miss British Columbia.” Said Teng.
In addition to her crowns and course work, Teng has also been involved in multiple social causes. Teng—who is the president of the Trinity Western University International Social Justice Club—has founded Freedom Week. Freedom Week will occur in . . . → Read More: Student Special: Tara Teng Wins Miss Canada 2011
Main Campus Residents' Council sustainability coordinator Lauren Long. (Photo Credit: Queen's University)
As the spring semester gets underway at Canadian colleges and universities, many students are trudging through their cafeterias and dining halls like study zombies, clinging to trays piled with plates of food. At Queen’s University, however, sustainability has won over convenience, and students are now being encouraged to go tray-less.
Following the lead of other Canadian schools including Dalhousie University and Carleton University, Queen’s Main Campus Residents’ Council (MCRC) implemented large-scale tray-less dining initiatives this semester in order to reduce food waste, save water and energy.
According to a “Tray-less Tuesday” trial project carried out in 2009 and 2010, tray waste was reduced by over 20 per cent when students went without trays. MCRC sustainability coordinator Lauren Long surmises that the reduced waste is due to students only taking what they want (and can carry). Without . . . → Read More: Queen’s Students Lose Their Trays, Gain Water and Energy Conservation