Manitoba Post-Secondary News Roundup

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Congratulations to all the graduates celebrating their convocation. With all the excitement of graduation, we’ve got a roundup of the news happening across Manitoba post-secondary institutions. Feeling really behind on the news? Check out April’s Manitoba post-secondary news roundup here.

Parkland’s first net-zero energy home opens its doors

Carpentry students under faculty supervision from Assiniboine Community College have completed work on Manitoba’s first ‘net zero’ energy-efficient home. The Dauphin home will generate as much energy as it consumes. This translates to zero energy bills over the course of a year.

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“We’re thrilled that our carpentry students have had this unique learning opportunity, thanks to the generous support of the federal government and partners in Dauphin,” said ACC president Mark Frison. “This is a terrific example of what collaboration can offer and we believe this project will demonstrate how smart investments in energy efficient homes make economic sense, not only in the Parkland Region, but across Canada.”

University College of the North Partners with Composites Innovation Centre

University College of the North recently celebrated its collaboration with Composites Innovation Centre. The goal is to create a near net zero greenhouse for The Pas campus. The greenhouse technology will provide benefits to many courses and programs throughout UCN.

“Just as an immediate thought, our Culinary Arts Program can incorporate growing and cultivating principles in their curriculum and I know would be thrilled to have fresh herbs and produce for their meal production. Really the possibilities of incorporating the net-zero philosophies and products into UCN programming are endless” said UCN’s President Doug Lauvstad.

Two-Spirit Archives finds home at UWinnipeg

As part of the Pride celebrations, the University of Winnipeg Archives announced their collaboration with the Two-Spirit people of Manitoba. The Two-Spirit Archives officially launched at UWinnnipeg. The archives are the most comprehensive Two-Spirit archival collection in Canada.

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Passing of a legacy. Photo:// UW

“Through the stewardship of these records, UWinnipeg Archives hopes to centre Two-Spirit people in Canadian history and assist Indigenous people in the ongoing decolonization process by proudly reclaiming this element of their history, culture, and spirituality,” said Brett Lougheed, UWinnipeg Acting Associate Dean, Library and Director, Oral History Centre. “UWinnipeg Archives hopes to fill the gap in Canada’s documentary heritage by stewarding records created by and about Two-Spirit people. We want to encourage the writing of histories and the creation of heritage that centre Two-Spirit people and, more accurately, reflect a society that is inclusive of this community.”

BU research bolstered by $800K federal investment

Brandon University celebrates the largest number of Discovery Grants awarded to BU researchers in 25 years. Over $800,000 in federal research funding is heading to BU through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. “The support that we have received from NSERC represents a significant investment in Brandon University and its research,” said Dr. Heather Duncan, BU’s Associate Vice-President (Research). “It shows that our faculty are recognized as some of the top researchers in Canada, and I’m excited to see what new innovations will come from this commitment.”

Six minds that will change our society now call the U of M home

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2019 UM Vanier Scholarship winners. Photo:// UM

Six students from the University of Manitoba are awardees of the 2019 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships. This prestigious award is the equivalent to the United Kingdom’s Rhodes Scholarship. The scholarship aims to keep top doctoral students in Canada. “These recipients are leaders and role models whose future research impact will resonate across our province, country and global community,” says Todd Mondor, Vice-Provost (Graduate Education) and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

School’s out for summer, but learning continues at RRC youth camps

Interested in being Canada’s next top chef? Photo:// RRC

Red River College sets out to make summer school fun with summer youth camps. The week-long, interactive sessions are for kids 10-14. RRC’s instructors teach the jam-packed courses in their state-of-the-art facilities. “We’re excited to allow children to discover their love for technology, the trades, and the creative and culinary arts. We hope to see many new faces as well as our returning campers this year, and welcome many of them down the road as Red River College students,” says Christine Watson, Vice-President, Academic.


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