Campus News Briefs

Wesmen skills basketball camp

From Sept. 24 to 26, the University of Winnipeg will hold Manitoba’s first ever basketball skills camp. Students attending the camp will develop their off hands, improve passing and learn professional secrets to prepare them for the coming season. Guest coaches for the camp include Grand Richter (previous coach of NBA star Darryl Dawkins) and ex-professional players Norm Froemel and Srdjan Komlonevic. The camp is open to all high school and junior high students, both male and female. People can register online at the U of W website.

U of W grows greener

University of Winnipeg students will be using greener, more sustainable, campus infrastructure this coming semester. Over the summer, a number of changes have been made to the way the campus operates including a new electric and natural gas hybrid heating system, an expanded recycling program and low-flow toilets and sinks. The new, greener, infrastructure is expected to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions by 35 per cent and save 4,536,634 litres of water everyday. In 2005, the U of W pledged to become a Kyoto compliant school.

Grants fund another year of promising U of M research

The University of Manitoba has received an affluence of research grants to help fund a variety of subjects. A long list of faculties will receive grants to help fund research. Some planned projects include studying native gangs, examining increasing product recall and return rates and the role of belief systems in achievement and well-being. On top of the research funds, 43 students have also received graduate and doctorate scholarships. The bulk of these funds, $2,452,446, will be committed from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Mennonites, Melancholy and Mental Health

From Oct. 14 to 16, the U of W chair of Mennonite studies will host a conference geared towards exploring all things related to Mennonites and mental health. Both scholars and students are invited to attend the free conference, titled “Mennonites, Melancholy and Mental Health.” Subjects such as the long history of Mennonites dealing with mental illness through creative means like painting and writing will be discussed. The conference will take place in Convocation Hall and requires no registration. For more information, including a detailed list of conference lectures, please visit

Published in Volume 65, Number 3 of The Uniter (September 16, 2010)

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