New Guidelines Coming for Research Application Deadlines

The Office of Research will introduce new guidelines for faculty and researchers applying for external funding. The changes aim to promote better planning, preparedness, and high-quality applications and proposals. Beginning June 1, the Office of Research will begin a new schedule of internal deadlines for external funding applications. The deadlines range from one week to …

Six Projects Receive LEF Grants

Six projects aimed at strengthening undergraduate engagement and academic success at U of G have received support from the University’s Learning Enhancement Fund (LEF). Created in 2006, the fund supports initiatives arising from the integrated planning process and the curriculum renewal process. About $150,000 is available to be allocated each year. LEF grant proposals can …

Board of Governors Approves U of G Budget

The University of Guelph’s 2011/2012 Integrated Plan, including the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) operating budget, has been approved by Board of Governors. The budget and integrated plan were presented as a single document by John Miles, assistant vice-president (finance), and Prof. Maureen Mancuso, provost and vice-president (academic). The 2011/2012 MTCU budget includes …

B of G to Welcome New Student Members

Two new students have been elected to serve on the University’s Board of Governors, and one student member has been reappointed. Guillaume Blais, a fourth-year student in the bachelor of science program studying biomedical science and political science, has been reappointed as an undergraduate member. He also serves on the University Senate, co-chairs the Student …

Office of Research To Improve Services

A year-long internal review of the structure and functionality of the Office of Research is complete, and the office will be adding capacity to better serve both internal clients and external funding sponsors. The changes were approved Wednesday by the Board of Governors as part of the 2011/2012 base operating budget for the Office of …

Maureen Mancuso’s Term Extended

The University of Guelph’s Board of Governors has voted to extend provost and vice-president (academic) Maureen Mancuso’s second term in office by 12 months. The goal is to provide a one-year time frame between the end of president Alastair Summerlee’s second term and the completion of Mancuso’s term in office. Previously, the Board decided to …

Parking Rates to Increase

The cost of parking on campus is increasing. Commuting permits will go up by 15 per cent to $508 a year, or to about $42 a month. Premium and service vehicle parking rates will increase three per cent to $734 and $619 a year respectively. The rate increases were approved at the April 20 Board …

Guelph Humber Students Repeat CSI Win

University of Guelph-Humber justice studies students Courtney Carter, Muhammad Waqas Abbas and Mike Schwartz placed first in the annual Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) competition at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, reclaiming the title Guelph-Humber students first won in 2009. When presented with the staged crime scene, team members collected forensic evidence that required …

Book Explores History of Shaw Festival

Archives at the University of Guelph Library set the stage for The Shaw Festival: The First Fifty Years, a history of one of the world’s most successful theatre companies. Written by Leonard Conolly, former U of G drama professor, chair of the Department of Drama and associate vice-president academic, the book tells the tale of …

Canadian Association of Physicists Honours Prof. Joanne O’Meara

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) has chosen Guelph professor Joanne O’Meara to receive its 2011 medal for excellence in undergraduate teaching. She was cited for her outstanding work in the classroom, engagement in physics education research, and her overall impact on physics education. The CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching honours professors who possess …

Guelph-Humber Students Win Royal Roads Case Competition

University of Guelph-Humber business students won first place in the annual Royal Roads Case Competition held in Victoria, B.C. at the end of March. Hailey Zysman, Bradley Watson, Umair Kahn, Mihaela Pal and Stephanie Comeau bested 15 other teams from Canadian and U.S. universities. The team was supervised by Prof. John Riccio. “The competition this …

Guelph-Humber Grad Nominated for Poetry Award

U of G graduate Jeff Latosik is a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award, given to the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian. The League of Canadian Poets announced the short list April 4. He is nominated for his for his inaugural book of poetry, Tiny. The winner will be named June …

HTM Students Go to Switzerland

U of G students David Humphrey, Derek Beirnes, Jordan Minnaar and Vanessa Graves participated in the Young Hoteliers Summit at Ecole Hotelier de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland, at the end of March. The summit is a gathering of students from the top hotel schools from around the world. The event included panel discussions, keynote speakers, …

Prof. Hans Bakker Speaks at Sociological Association

Prof. Hans Bakker, Sociology and Anthropology, gave the presidential address at the North Central Sociological Association (NCSA) meeting held in Cleveland March 31 to April 2. His talk, “Pragmatic Sociology: Healing the Discipline,” discussed various writings on the subject of pragmatism. NCSA is one of five regional associations in the United States working under the …

Economics Department Gets New Name

The Department of Economics has a new name. The University of Guelph Senate voted Monday to change the name to the Department of Economics and Finance. Chair John Livernois says the name change more accurately reflects the teaching and research that are done in the department. It’s also important for the public profile of the …

U of G Choir Performs with Guelph Chamber Choir

The University of Guelph Choir, conducted by Marta McCarthy, will join the Guelph Chamber Choir and the University of Western Ontario Singers April 2 in a performance of Brahms’ German Requiem. The concert will be held at the River Run Centre at 8 p.m. Guelph Chamber Choir conductor Gerald Neufeld will introduce the performance during …

Prof. Evan Fraser Nominated for U.S. Food Industry Award

U of G geography professor Evan Fraser has been nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award — considered “the Oscars of food” — for his book Empires of Food: Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations. Fraser was nominated in the writing and literature category. The awards are considered the most prestigious recognition …

Guelph Police Request Assistance

Guelph Police report that the Begging Bear sculpture in front of the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre was knocked over sometime late on Friday, March 18. They are requesting the assistance of anyone who has information about the incident to contact Constable Julianna Murphy of the Guelph Police at 519-824-1212, Ext. 7224. You could also leave …

Telephone System Gets Upgrade

Computing and Communications Services will be upgrading various components of the telephone system. These components include the underlying call control software, the backup auto-attendant software used at the Guelph, Kemptville and Ridgetown campuses, as well as the call centre software used by a number of departments on campus. In addition to software upgrades, hardware will …

Record Numbers Take Part in Campus Tours This Week

Thousands of visitors will be on campus this week as the University welcomes record numbers of people for campus tours. Normally, about 10 to 20 people take part in ongoing, regularly-scheduled campus tours. But during March break, people sign up for tours by the dozens, says tour co-ordinator Marissa Phillips. Some tours may have upwards …