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Canadian men’s basketball championship scores a successful move to Ottawa

Halifax was home to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national men’s basketball tournament for 24 years and some folks wondered if the games could draw significant interest if held outside of Atlantic Canada. However, the positive response of spectators and TV viewers to the 2008 championship, that took place in Ottawa, proves that fans of university basketball are alive, well and living across Canada. Carleton University and Senators Sports & … Continue 

From conflict to insight

Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution celebrates its tenth anniversary “I’ve always believed that there had to be a more positive way to solve problems than taking someone to court,” says lawyer Georgianna Karamitos. “Carleton’s program in conflict resolution has convinced me that under certain circumstances mediation is more effective than litigation.” Karamitos is currently enrolled in the Carleton University Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution (GCCR), and she is not the … Continue 

Promoting accountability in the developing world

If Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants reassurance that developing countries are willing to meet G8-acceptable standards of accountability, he need look no further than the list of participants attending the 2007 International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET). One-third of the participants at this year’s program originate from Africa and are directly involved in the evaluation of development programming. IPDET trains mid- and senior-level development managers and evaluators, and … Continue 

CEDTAP marks 10-year success with change in direction

Traditionally, social programs designed to assist people “living on the margins,” such as the homeless, might provide either short-term help (e.g., a hot meal and a clean bed) or longerterm support (e.g., counselling). Ottawa’s Causeway Work Centre, however, has taken a different approach to helping its clients join mainstream society–participants in the centre’s programs put their skills and interests to work running non-profit businesses. Since 1997, Carleton University has played … Continue 

Coping with traumatic, unjust loss

Understanding the long-term impact of the Westray Mine explosion Mother’s Day is usually a joyful celebration. Not so in 1992, however, for the families of 26 miners employed at the Westray coal mine in Plymouth, Nova Scotia. At 5:18 a.m. on May 9, a methane gas explosion killed everyone working underground that morning. Since 2000, Chris Davis (a professor in Carleton University’s Department of Psychology) has been researching the effects … Continue 

Carleton First-year Seminars celebrate five years of success

Students who do well academically and socially in their first year of university study are more likely to graduate, an understanding that stimulated the creation of the B.A. First-year Seminar (FYS) program five years ago. “The main goal of FYS is to develop critical thinking and coping skills that will support students throughout their university career,” says Karen March, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs for the Faculty of Arts and … Continue 

A perfect ‘10’

When he formally receives his Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace) on November 16, Alan Boyd will round off the number of Carleton degrees conferred to his family to a perfect 10. “Coming to Carleton just seems natural,” reflects Boyd. “Carleton has a reassuring familiarity about it and I can’t imagine an alternative.” Carleton has been as close to home for the Boyd and Oddy families since the 1970s. Alan’s parents, Bruce … Continue 

Carleton prepares for Congress 2009: Canada’s largest academic gathering

The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (formerly known as the Learneds) is the largest interdisciplinary academic gathering in Canada, and next Continue 

What’s your pleasure? Carleton library creates recreational reading program

Reading books just for fun is good for us. Spending time with a real “page turner” is a chance to relax and may also be a way to improve core Continue 

Fun and games: library promotes game literacy

Most of us play games for fun so an academic game collection might seem like an oxymoron. But students in game development or interactive multimedia design programs need to understand the educational aspects and technology of gaming, which is why Continue 

Out of the wreckage: finding a new particle at the beginning of time

Curiosity may have gotten the cat into trouble, but it is a must for a particle physicist. Certainly without this key trait what is known about our subatomic Continue 

The wisdom of farmers critical to African food supply

When Ken Torrance returned to Ottawa from a 15-day trip to Ethiopia in late 2006, he arrived with numerous photos of thriving sorghum fields and a great admiration for the adaptability of Ethiopian farmers and their native seeds. As Torrance Continue 

Program review leads to improvements in undergraduate curricula

All of the proposed curriculum changes to undergraduate programs for the 2007-08 academic year were approved by Senate on November 30, 2007. In addition to a Continue 

Flexible distance teaching key to building stronger public service in Nunavut

The joint Carleton University-Government of Nunavut (GN) Certificate in Nunavut Public Service Studies, established in 2001, is already well respected by its Continue 

$335,000 in new CFI funding for neuroscience and biology research

Acting Vice-President (Research and International) Kim Matheson welcomed the investment of $335,000 in funding on July 3, 2007 from the Canada Foundation for Continue 

Carleton surpasses requirements to provide highly accessible campus

In passing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in October 2005, the Ontario government made a promise to all its disabled citizens: Continue 

Ten-member committee set to find next president

If the current presidential search goes according to plan, Carleton University will have a new president by either January 1 or July 1, 2008. This is the general expectation of the Joint Board/Senate Advisory Committee, which is being led by David Continue 

A pox on your house

Parasites and their (in)tolerant hosts The unwanted houseguest–it is a host’s worst nightmare. Even if the unwelcome visitor is not terribly unpleasant, the host always pays in some way and in extreme cases, the relationship can become destructive. Either way, nobody likes a Continue 

Edward Osei Kwadwo Prempeh leaves outstanding legacy

Student, teacher, diplomat, colleague, mentor and friend. This is not an exhaustive list, but it does begin to give a sense of the invaluable contribution that Edward Osei Kwadwo Prempeh, PhD/96, made in the too-short a time that he was part of the Continue 

Norman Paterson School of International Affairs program beats out Harvard’s

Ahead of ivy-league Harvard and second only to Johns Hopkins—this is how Carleton University’s master’s degree program in international affairs ranked in Continue 

Better teaching assistants, more study space top student wish list

NSSE results lead to action Like many undergraduates across Ontario, first- and final-year Carleton students see money and work pressures as the greatest Continue 

Carleton first-choice applications up by 11.3%

Focus on programs and faculty engagement in recruitment efforts pay off New statistics show the number of Ontario high school students making Carleton University their first choice is up by 11.3 per cent from 2006— a figure significantly above Continue 

CU and Algonquin College reach out to high school students with learning disabilities

“I can do it too!” “I found just being here at Make the CUT made the future less scary.” This positive response is typical for the Grade Continue 

New dean ready to leverage Sprott’s faculty status

January 2 marks Bill Keep’s first official day as the dean of the Sprott School of Business. Since his appointment in August 2006, however, he has been preparing for his new role by mapping out ideas for the strategic planning process that begins Continue 

Carleton engineers trained to make the first move

If you’re not the lead dog, the view is always the same. And, if you’re not making things happen, you could be waiting a long time for the next opportunity. For Samy Mahmoud, Dean of Engineering and Design at Carleton, taking a proactive Continue 

Shooting for a second term as Premier

He’s been a welder, a mechanic, a deputy land claims negotiator, a lawyer, a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Nunavut and is a graduate of Carleton University. In 1999, a short five years since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Continue 

Women on the move

Are management decisions made around a table or in a men’s washroom? In 1987, the year the term “glass ceiling” was coined, the right answer was undoubtedly both. B.J. Miskelly, Acting Director, Human Resources, chuckles as she remembers being the only female on a management team in Continue 

Building bridges for communication breakdown

Say what you mean. Sounds simple, right? But it’s not—especially at work. Take this statement from a senior manager: “I have to give my team clear direction. If I don’t, productivity suffers.” But what seems like a linear process can be Continue 

Reaching out in the north

“What’s remarkable about this program,” says Cam MacGregor, a consultant with the Training and Development Division of the Government of Nunavut (GN) Department of Human Resources “is the belief of every partner — Carleton, the GN and the students — that this is absolutely the Continue 

Religion under control

“Our own ways and spirituality were not respected,” says Alanis Obomsawin. “We lost so much.” Obomsawin, a celebrated First Nations filmmaker with the National Film Board of Canada, was the guest lecturer at this year’s Sun Life Financial Public Lecture held in the new Azrieli Continue 

Making dreams come true

“Without my scholarships, I would not have been able to pursue a Ph.D.,” says Christina Catley. “These awards made that dream possible.” A doctoral student in Electrical, Systems and Computer Engineering, Catley received a postgraduate scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Continue 

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