Campus News Briefs
U of W student wins silver in archery
On Oct. 10 University of Winnipeg kinesiology student Jay Lyon won the silver medal in the recurve bow archery competition at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, according to a U of W media release. After entering the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing ranked at number 48, he finished ranked at number 10 in men’s archery. The year before in the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio De Janeiro, he helped win the silver medal for Canada, and finishing the competition in fourth place, overall. After graduation, he plans to compete and win the gold for Canada in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Manitoba student film at Banff Festival
The Winnipeg Free Press reports that local Red River College Creative Communications student Christopher Paetkau had his film screened at the Banff Mountain Film Festival on Nov. 1. The film in question, titled “Wagiiwing” (A Place of Refuge) is based on his experience in the Canada’s Greatest Summer Job program, in which 32 university students were tasked with making films about Canada’s national parks. This film is about Riding Mountain National Park near Dauphin, Manitoba, and explores the eviction of the local Aboriginal population in 1936, and the current relationship between the First Nations and the park.
U of W one of Canada’s Top 10 in Globe and Mail survey
The University of Winnipeg retains its status as one of the top undergraduate universities in Canada, according to a recent Globe and Mail Survey. The U of W was particularly outstanding in class size and environmental commitment, ranking first in Canada in both categories, according to a media release. Other categories in which the U of W placed highly (second in Canada) include course availability, libraries, and quality of education. In addition to this study, a survey was also given to the students of the universities who answered six ‘personality’ questions, which tracked topics such as student diversity and innovation.
U of W and First Nations Partnership
The Future Starts Now, recently announced by the University of Winnipeg, is an investment partnership between the University of Winnipeg’s Post-Secondary Education Community Outreach Program (PSECOP) and the Sagkeeng First Nation Economic Development Department. This partnership will utilize the federal government’s Canada Education Saving Grant and the National Learning Bond in order to help Sagkeeng First Nation families pay for their children’s education, according to a U of W media release. In addition to helping ease the strain of funding a university education PSECOP exists to provide information to First Nation, Metis and immigrant families regarding RESPs and government savings incentives to make post-secondary education more accessible.
International Wesmen Classic set for seventh consecutive year
For the seventh straight year the Junior Wesmen and Manitoba Magic are joining forces to host the International Wesmen Classic weekend from Friday Dec. 3 to Sunday Dec. 5. The 2010 edition held at the Duckworth Centre will see boys and girls club basketball teams from various divisions ranging from ages 8-17 go head-to-head on the court in three guaranteed games per squad. Registration is $275 per team and ends on Nov. 23. For more details including online registration, rules and regulations and hotel information check out www.wesmen.ca or call Doran Reid at 786-9817.
Published in Volume 65, Number 10 of The Uniter (November 4, 2010)