ICASP, Jazz Festival Receive Trillium Grant

U of G’s Improvisation, Community and Social Practice Project (ICASP), in partnership with the Guelph Jazz Festival, has received a $134,800 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The three-year grant will allow this partnership to provide ongoing community outreach activities. The funding will go specifically towards the Improviser-in Residence program, the Nuite Blanch program and …

Tell Your Pet’s Story to OVC

Got a story about your pet? To mark its 150th anniversary in 2012, the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) will publish a book of poems, stories, essays and remembrances about how companion animals enrich our lives and imaginations, as well as about veterinary professionals. The book will be distributed annually to graduating veterinary students in Ontario …

Prof. David Waltner-Toews Speaker at IDRC Celebration

Population medicine professor David Waltner-Toews participated in the 2010 Speakers of Renown series, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). He spoke at IDRC in Ottawa Nov. 24 on “Ecohealth in a Complex World: Policy’s Holy Grail?” Founding president of Veterinarians Without Borders and the Network for Ecosustainability and Health, …

Beyond the Frame Art Auction Sets a Record

The Macdonald Stewart Art Centre’s annual Beyond the Frame art auction raised a record profit of $70,000 and drew a crowd of more than 200 people. Proceeds from the Nov. 13 event will help to fund the art centre’s exhibitions, collections and education programs. “We deeply appreciate the wonderful support of artists who generously donated …

Pension Town Hall Meeting

The University has received the preliminary results of its pension valuation. President Alastair Summerlee and Alan Shapira, an external pension expert, will explain the challenges of the pension liability issues to the University community on Thursday, Dec. 2 from noon to 1 p.m. in Peter Clark Hall, Level 0 of the University Centre.  All faculty …

Got a Pet Tale for OVC?

Got a story about your pet? To mark its 150th anniversary in 2010, the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) will publish a book of poems, stories, essays and remembrances about how companion animals enrich our lives and imaginations, as well as about veterinary professionals. The book will be distributed annually to graduating veterinary students in Ontario …

Prof to Speak on Ecohealth at Global Event

As part of the 2010 Speakers of Renown series to mark the 40th anniversary of the International Development Research Centre, population medicine professor David Waltner-Toews will speak on “Ecohealth in a Complex World: Policy’s Holy Grail?” Nov. 24 at the IDRC in Ottawa. Founding president of Veterinarians Without Borders and the Network for Ecosustainability and …

CIS Coaching Award Named for Jim Atkinson

The national “Coach of the Year” award for women’s rugby now carries the name of a U of G professor. Handed out annually following the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) championship to the winning team’s coach, the honour is now called the “Jim Atkinson Award” in recognition of his contribution to the women’s sport in Canadian …

Celebration of Life to Remember Virginia Gray

Friends and colleagues are invited to join in celebration of the life of Virginia Gray, former director of the U of G Office of Open Learning, who died May 17, 2010. The celebration will take place Nov. 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Cutten Club, 190 College Ave. E. Mrs. Gray worked at …

Agri-Marketing Team Picked

Eleven undergraduate students have been selected to represent U of G at the 2011 Agri-Marketing Conference in Kansas City. They are one of two Canadian teams who will be at the April competition. The team members were chosen “for their passion for agriculture and interest in marketing and communications,” says Elizabeth Schouten, student chapter president. …

Prof. Kerry Preibisch Recognized by Trade Union UFCW

Sociology professor Kerry Preibisch has been named a 2010 recipient of the Cesar E. Chavez Black Eagle Award. She was honoured Nov. 3 during a special dinner in Toronto. The award was created 11 years ago by the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada, one of Canada’s oldest unions to recognize people who are working …

Insurance Provider Taps Social Media to Support OVC Research

Like it? Then Tweet it! Animal lovers are invited to help the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) Pet Trust Fund fight cancer in pets by supporting a social media campaign launched this month by a Canadian pet insurance provider. PetSecure Pet Insurance kicked off its 2010 “FURther the Fight” campaign to mark Pet Cancer Awareness Month …

Gryphons Capture CIS Player of the Year Honours

Two U of G athletes have been honoured with Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) player of the year awards. They were announced Wednesday night during the All-Canadian Banquet at the Holiday Inn Guelph Hotel and Convention Centre. Brienne Stairs, a fourth-year student and forward for the Gryphon’s women’s field hockey team, received the award for the …

U of G Email Names Now More Intuitive

Eight characters can be pretty limiting when it’s the allotted length of an email address. Starting Oct. 28, though, U of G staff and faculty can break free of the eight-character restraints by creating new email aliases for themselves. Systems analyst Brent Harp says people have been requesting this change for years, but it was …

Prof. Marion Joppe Speaks at OECD Conference in Israel

Hospitality and Tourism Management professor Marion Joppe presented a paper on Oct. 21 to the tourism committee of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The committee was meeting at the organization’s conference in Jerusalem, an event hosted by the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and Local Development. Joppe’s paper …

Prof. Jack Trevors Chairs Environmental Microbiology Certification Committee

Prof. Jack Trevors, School of Environmental Sciences, has been appointed chair of the environmental microbiology certification committee of the Canadian College of Microbiologists (CCM). He is currently leading a working group to establish the certification requirements and develop the national examination for the CCM environmental microbiology certification. Trevors recently completed a three-year term as chair of …

U of G Student Urges Blood Donations

I would like to thank the dedicated blood donors and volunteers of Guelph who have attended and volunteered at local clinics so far this year. The need for blood is always ongoing. Two years ago, when I was 17, I was rushed to hospital for a major gastrointestinal haemorrhage. Before the ordeal was over, I …

Call for Proposals to Promote Campus Safety

The Human Rights and Equity Office (HREO) seeks proposals from members of the University of Guelph community for initiatives to promote campus safety for women. The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has provided funding to the University to help implement the findings from safety audits, educate and inform the University community about safety and …

Students Encouraged to Apply for Model UN Conference

Students interested in global issues are encouraged to apply for a spot in the University of Guelph delegation to the North American Model United Nations (NAMUN) conference running Feb. 24 to 27 at the University of Toronto. NAMUN is a conference that stimulates the discussion of specific committees of the United Nations.  The purpose is …