School Year Kicks off with New Services, Programs and Faculty

First-year students moved into residence with the help of orientation facilitators on the weekend of Aug. 29. (Chris Roussakis Photo)

Carleton is welcoming new and returning students to campus as the school year kicks off with new services, programs and faculty.

Thousands of incoming first-year students will be starting their university careers at Carleton this September, including 17-year-old Andre Lawrence, who will be studying aerospace engineering.

The Milton, Ont. teen earned a $2,000 Chris Hadfield bursary, a fitting award given that Hadfield also holds an engineering degree and worked as a pilot before becoming the first Canadian to walk in space. Lawrence hopes to use his degree to design new aircraft someday.
Other students will be joining a variety of new programs being offered this year, including the Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS).

“This degree is the first of its kind in Canada in terms of the breadth and depth of its multidisciplinary coverage of global and interdisciplinary studies,” says program director Chris Brown.

Nearly 250 students have registered for BGInS, which offers specializations in topics including: Africa and globalization; Europe and Russia in the world; globalization and the environment; international economic policy; Latin American and Caribbean studies; and migration and diaspora studies. Honours students are also required to study or work abroad and acquire a second language before graduation.

The Sprott School of Business opens its Master of Accounting program (MAcc) this fall, while the Earth Sciences honours program in the Faculty of Science now offers a concentration in Finance: Resource Valuation for students who wish to pursue a professional career in the resource exploration and exploitation sectors, or in investment banking.

New minors are available in arts management, archaeology, digital humanities, and medieval and early modern studies, as well as post-baccalaureate diplomas in economics and women’s and gender studies.

Carleton is also opening the doors to a number of new services this year, including a price matching program at the Carleton University Bookstore and a new car-sharing service called Zipcar.

“The premise behind all the car shares is that it is one less car on the road,” says Brian Billings, assistant director in the Department of University Safety. “We want to promote sustainable modes of transportation.”

After a summer of renovations, the Fresh Food Company dining room in Residence Commons features bright new colours and granite-like finishes. New additions include a dessert and coffee bar, a vegan area and revamped gluten-free room – a first for a university, and a newly hired full-time dietitian who will be available throughout the year.

“Students are no longer restricted to the number of meals they can eat,” adds Ed Kane, assistant vice-president (University Services). “The dining room is open from 7:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. and students on an All Access meal plan can enter the dining room as often as they like.”

Renovations at Dundas Residence have resulted in rebuilt bathrooms, new carpeting, wall finishes and flooring that will brighten the living space for on-campus residents.

Meanwhile, more than 40 faculty members will join Carleton this academic year, from professional librarians to counter-terrorism specialists and climate change researchers.

“The faculty joining us this year are top notch scholars who have great potential for excellence in research and scholarship,” says Peter Ricketts, provost and vice-president (Academic).

At least a dozen new instructors will join the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), while others join the Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science, and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the research intensive Faculty of Engineering and Design.

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