Campus News Briefs

Men’s basketball coach named

Mike Raimbault has been named men’s basketball coach for the University of Winnipeg Wesmen.

The 28-year-old comes to the U of W after most recently guiding the Northern British Columbia Timberwolves to the Canadian National Championship in March following a 17-1 win-loss mark in regular-season play. Raimbault is a graduate of Brandon University with degrees in Education and General Studies.

This announcement was made mid-April along with a number of other major athletic announcements:

1. Grant Richter was named Director of Athletic Program Development & Community Liaison.

2. The U of W is looking to expand its participation in Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) programs and is actively pursuing the possibility of adding Wesmen teams in the sports of cross-country, soccer, track-and-field and wrestling. These teams could begin competing as early as 2011.

3. The Department of Kinesiology and Applied Health and the Department of Athletics are exploring synergies that a closer relationship as one unit would provide. Plans are in the works for a presentation to the University Senate.

Alumni association to hold AGM June 15

The Annual General Meeting of The University of Winnipeg Alumni Association is slated for Tuesday, June 15. Susan Thompson, president and CEO of The University of Winnipeg Foundation, will be the guest speaker.

In addition to reviewing Association activities during the past year and electing new Council members, the Association will recognize the recipients of the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards: civic activist Nick Ternette and former broadcaster Larry Updike.

The meeting will commence at 6 p.m. in Riddell Hall with the Past-Presidents’ Reception. The formal meeting will take place an hour later.

All members of The Alumni Association – graduates of the U of W, United College, Wesley College, Continuing Education and all those who have earned at least five University degree credits – are invited to attend.

Faith leaders scheduled to gather at the U of W

An annual meeting of global faith leaders – World Religions Summit: Interfaith Leaders in the G8 Nations – will take place at the U of W from Monday, June 21 to Wednesday, June 23.

Since 2005, these faith leaders have met in tandem with G8 meetings to issue a statement calling on the G8 to fulfil their commitments to the world’s most poor and vulnerable, and to ensure concrete, discernable, life-giving and life-sustaining progress in the lives of all people and the planet.

A one-day public seminar on June 21 will set the stage for this year’s reflections. Four international human rights experts from different faith backgrounds will address the relationship between religious freedom and the challenges we face in eliminating poverty, achieving peace and security, and confronting environmental crisis.

This seminar is open to the public but required registration.

Visit www.faithchallengeg8.com for more information.

Basketball tournament and street festival announced

The U of W will host the Summer in the City Street Festival & Basketball Tournament from Friday, June 25 to Sunday, June 27. The event is a fundraiser in support of the Inner City Junior Wesmen program.

The event will feature entertainment, a skills competition and a three-on-three basketball tournament for participants of all ages.

For more information about the event and to register, visit www.wesmen.ca.

Published in Volume 64, Number 26 of The Uniter (May 27, 2010)

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