Renovations Begin at Companion Animal Hospital

During the week of April 21, the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) will begin renovations to the Companion Animal Hospital, OVC’s small-animal referral facility at 28 College Avenue West. Designed to improve client services, the construction project includes a new front entrance, lobby and reception area as well as five new exam rooms, a client comfort …

Student Life Awards Recognize Community Members

Student Life held its annual awards presentation March 20 at a banquet that began with a traditional aboriginal opening. Guests and award recipients were welcomed by U of G president Alastair Summerlee and Guelph Ward 5 councillor Leanne Piper. The keynote speaker was former associate vice-president (student affairs) Brian Sullivan, who is now senior adviser …

Canadian Space Agency Tours U of G

Walter Natynczyk, a retired Canadian general and president of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), visited U of G April 11. He met with president Alastair Summerlee, administrators, deans and U of G researchers doing work with potential CSA applications. Natynczyk toured labs in the physics building run by Profs. Ralf Gellert and Iain Campbell.  Gellert …

University Centre Modernization Project Begins April 21

The University Centre’s four main elevators (two near the north side and two near the south side of the building) will be included in a modernization project starting April 21 that is expected to be completed by Aug. 29. The project includes replacing or refurbishing the elevators’ equipment, replacing the interiors of the elevators, and adding …

City of Guelph Seeks Public Input on Open Government

The U of G community is invited to participate in an online survey developed by the City of Guelph as part of its Open Government Action Plan. The City of Guelph aims to become a more “open” government to enhance its delivery of public services. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to visit www.guelph.ca/opengov to …

OAC Students Win Dairy Challenge

A University of Guelph team earned top honours last weekend at the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge in Fort Wayne, Ind. It was the fourth win for Guelph in nine years. OAC fourth-year students John Wynands, Peter Spruit, Alan Nanne and Hans van Lith competed against teams from eight other schools and came up with the …

Board of Governors Seeks Community Feedback

In keeping with good governance practices, the governance committee of the Board of Governors is asking the U of G community for feedback about the recent presidential search process. “With the announcement in January of the University’s next president, it’s timely for the board to pause and reflect on the policy and approach used for …

Undergraduate Academic Advising Medallion Awarded to Kim Thompson

Bachelor of engineering program counsellor Kim Thompson has been selected to receive U of G’s 2014 Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising Medallion. She has served as program counsellor for the School of Engineering since 2005 and is a 1993 graduate of the school’s program in environmental engineering. Thompson was nominated by undergraduate student Laura Christensen, …

Landscape Architects Receive LACF Grants

Five of eight Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF) grants for 2014 were awarded to individuals and groups connected to bachelor and master of landscape architecture programs at the University of Guelph, as follows: Prof. Rob Corry, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, $5,000, improving sustainability of farmland; MLA student Mark Affum, $2,000, Canadian landscape …

Aboriginal Resource Centre Awarded for Best Practices

The Aboriginal Resource Centre (ARC) received the Outstanding Student Support Program Award from the NASPA Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community for use of best practices for transforming higher education. ARC provides a culturally supportive environment that promotes academic excellence and the intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical development of aboriginal students. Over the past 11 years, ARC …

Student Life Recognized for Innovative Program

The transition from high school to university can be difficult for some students. That’s why U of G offers a program called University Inroads to help first-year students adjust to a new academic environment. Students are invited to participate in small academic sessions during orientation. Among participants, 72 per cent said they had successfully adjusted …

U of G Student Sings for Those Who Can’t

Third-year psychology student Chantale Pomerleau has written and recorded a song to raise awareness and donations for the Autism Canada Foundation. Beginning today – World Autism Awareness Day – her song “Speechless” can be downloaded from www.chantalepomerleau.bandcamp.com for $1.20. Pomerleau’s twin brothers were diagnosed with autism at age three, and she says the song was …

Geography Emeritus Prof Headlines Spur Festival Event

Barry Smit, an emeritus professor in geography, is taking part in a public “think tank” discussion April 6 about how climate change will have affected the world seven years down the road. Part of the Spur Toronto festival happening this week, Smit’s event will be held at 4 p.m. at the Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 …

International Students Rank Guelph No. 1

For the third year in a row, the University of Guelph received top marks among Canadian universities for its living and learning environment for international students, says a new survey. U of G ranked No. 1 for overall learning, living and student support, and had the highest overall average in the 2013 International Student Barometer. …

Scholarship Win Supports Graduate Work in Food Security

A University of Guelph graduate student has received a $3,500 scholarship from the Agricultural Institute of Canada Foundation. Sebastian Daly Kindsvater won a 2014 Douglas McRorie Memorial Scholarship in agricultural business, finance, economics and trade. Daly Kindsvater is a master’s student in the Department of Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics. He is studying food security, …

Prof. Avis Devine Wins International Research Award

Prof. Avis  Devine, Marketing and Consumer Studies, has received a prestigious international award for her research on residential and sustainable real estate. Devine was named the 2014 recipient of the Aareal Award for Excellence in Real Estate Research (doctoral dissertation category).  The award is administered by the Real Estate Management Institute of the EBS Business …

Who Makes the Best Chili in Guelph?

Over the weekend, more than 330 College Royal visitors participated in the first-ever Great Town and Gown Chili Chow Down and voted for their favourite recipes. Twelve restaurant teams from downtown Guelph and U of G brought  24 types of chili to the event, and $1,175.95 was raised for the Guelph Food Bank through donations. …

HREO Name Survey: Have Your Say!

The Human Rights and Equity Office (HREO) is seeking community input about how to best achieve its goal of building an inclusive university community that supports and advances equity in employment and education, accessibility and human rights.  HREO is considering a new name for the office and invites all members of the U of G community to participate in …

Take Your Pet to the OVC Smith Lane Animal Hospital

Pet owners who take their animals to the Ontario Veterinary College’s (OVC) primary care facility on Smith Lane will now be looking for a new hospital name. The former Companion Animal Hospital has been renamed the OVC Smith Lane Animal Hospital. The hospital is located in the Hill’s Pet Nutrition Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC), says …