Campus News Briefs

U of M Rhodes Scholars

Two students at the University of Manitoba have received Rhodes Scholarships for 2011, the Winnipeg Free Press reported last week. Jody Reimer, graduating in the spring with a degree in mathematics, and Melissa Bailey, graduating with a degree in genetics, will have the opportunity to study at Oxford University for the next two years, and bring the University of Manitoba’s total number of Rhodes Scholars up to 95. Every year, three students from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta are chosen to receive the Rhodes Scholarship; the third one for this year goes to a student at the University of Calgary.

More awards for Diversity

On Nov. 25, Bill Blaikie presented the 2010 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Award at the Manitoba legislature on behalf of The Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development, according to a U of W media release. This is the third major award this year that Diversity Foods has received, after Chef Ben Kramer won the 2010 Winnipeg Iron Chef competition, and the Food Matters Manitoba’s Golden Carrot Award for revolutionizing campus food services. Diversity was nominated for their latest honour by the Canadian Community Economic Development Network for its achievements and continued efforts towards creating a sustainable environment on campus, and contributions to the revitalization of inner-city communities.

Trinity Western Volleyball Teams Defeat Wesmen

The Winnipeg Wesmen volleyball teams travelled to British Columbia last weekend to take on the Trinity Western Spartans. It was a tough weekend for both the men’s and the women’s teams, as both fell 0-2 to Trinity. Although they were unable to take either match, the women challenged the number two ranked Spartans both nights. On Friday night, they lost in four: 13-25, 15-25, 25-18, 15-25, and on Saturday they lost in five: 21-25, 25-15, 19-25, 27-25, 12-15.  Unfortunately, the men lost in three both nights: 15-25, 15-25, 20-25 on Friday, and 16-25, 14-25, 23-25 on Saturday night. The teams will take on cross-town rivals the U of M Bisons Friday night at the Investors Group Athletic Centre.

Adidas University Challenge comes to U of W

The University of Winnipeg Wesmen will be competing against 19 other schools across Canada in the Adidas University Challenge, according to a U of W media release. The winner is determined by voting for your school at the website, and the number of votes as a percentage of the school’s population determines the overall ranking. You do not have to be a student to vote and you can vote with as many different email addresses as you like. The top 16 universities will advance to the next round, and each round schools will be eliminated until only one is left. The winner will receive $25,000 towards its athletics department.

Canada Research Chair program boosted

The Government of Canada has made a significant contribution to the Canada Research Chair Program at the University of Winnipeg, according to a media release from the university. Dr. Evelyn Peters, Canada Research Chair in Inner-City Issues, Community Learning, and Engagement, will be receiving a Tier I award at the University of Winnipeg, where she will work with the Institute of Urban Studies. Dr. Mavis Reimer, Canada Research Chair in Young People’s Texts and Culture, will also have her Tier II award at the U of W renewed, where she has been quite successful in drawing international recognition to the university in this field of research.

Published in Volume 65, Number 14 of The Uniter (December 2, 2010)

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