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Meet Our New Vice-President (Finance and Administration)

Michel Piché is Carleton’s new Vice-President (Finance and Administration) and he recently sat down with writer Maria McClintock for a Q & A interview. Q: Tell us about yourself. A: I have been married for over 26 years and I have three children, two boys and a girl, and the youngest is 13 years old and the oldest is 21 (he is not going to Carleton because I wasn’t here … Continue 

Carleton Employee Humbled by Recognition for Act of Bravery

Dan Thibeault doesn’t consider himself a hero – just a person inclined to help others. And three years ago, when he pulled his neighbour from his burning home that was fully engulfed in flames, that’s exactly what Thibeault says he was doing – just helping a neighbour. On May 1, Thibeault – who has been at Carleton full time since 1999 – was among a group of 37 Canadians to receive … Continue 

Giller Prize winner pleased to stay connected to Carleton

When Lynn Coady delivers the 2014 Munro Beattie lecture on Oct. 23, she’ll join a prestigious club that includes literary greats like Northrop Frye, Carol Shields and Alistair MacLeod. She was a little surprised to be in such company. “Wow. Now I’m nervous,” was her first reaction upon hearing the names of past lecturers. Considered one of the most acclaimed Canadian writers of her generation, Coady was awarded the prestigious … Continue 

Carleton Leader creating buzz on campus

The first group of Carleton Leader participants have completed the program and it’s unanimous: the experience was transformational. The first Carleton Leader cohort (of the program’s three streams) was made up of 18 faculty and staff from across campus, representing a variety of areas and levels of responsibility. The participants began the inititative in November and some now admit that, at the time, they weren’t sure what to expect. But six … Continue 

Interpreter says Canadian troops made a difference in Afghanistan

At 20, Maryam Sahar Naqibullah has big dreams – including one day becoming president of her home country of Afghanistan. And it doesn’t take long to figure out that this energetic young woman is going places. Before coming to Ottawa, Sahar Naqibullah was the only female interpreter working for the Canadian military in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2011 as part of its Civilian Military Cooperation Unit CIMIC/PRT – work she … Continue 

New CREWW director wants to shape it to meet future needs of women

Merridee Bujaki has big shoes to fill as the new director of the Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work (CREWW). The Ottawa-born chartered professional accountant took over the post from CREWW founding director Lorraine Dyke in July 2013. Dyke established CREWW in 1992 and served as its director until last summer. The centre is part of the Sprott School of Business. Prior to coming to Carleton full-time … Continue 

Veteran library staffers recall days before computers

Frances Montgomery and Sue Pinard have pretty much seen it all when it comes to the MacOdrum Library. Given that the pair have both worked at the library for 40 years, that’s no surprise. As the $27-million renovation wraps up, the pair took a trip down memory lane, recalling the days before computers and how the “digital revolution” has impacted the library’s business. “The librarians used to talk about getting … Continue 

Carleton’s Strategic Integrated Plan outlines goals for next five years

Carleton University’s new five-year Strategic Integrated Plan (SIP) – Sustainable Communities – Global Prosperity – has been officially launched. “We’re in the implementation mode,” says Katherine Graham, senior advisor to the Provost, who oversaw the development process of the plan, along with the 15-member Strategic Integrated Planning Task Force. “Now we’re really in the process of moving the SIP into the Carleton planning cycle and thinking about how we are … Continue 

Throwback: The new version of Carleton homecoming

What’s old is new again – at least during Throwback 2013. Carleton will celebrate its friendships and connections with its alumni as the new version of homecoming gets underway on Sept. 16 and runs until Sept. 22. The week kicks off with the launch of new exhibits at the Carleton University Art Gallery, a special Doctors Without Borders lecture event and then moves into the weekend with a series of … Continue 

Trio to oversee implementation of Carleton’s Sustainability Strategic Plan

A trio of experts have been brought on board at Carleton to oversee the university’s comprehensive Sustainability Strategic Plan. Philip Mansfield (Sustainability Program Manager), Scott Macdonald (Manager of Building Operations) and Lisa Paterick (Energy Manager) were hired over the summer and will be key members of the Facilities Management and Planning team overseeing the implementation and co-ordination of all sustainability efforts on campus. “My role, as I see it – … Continue 

Language test created at Carleton still going strong more than 20 years later

Some call it the little test that could. Others say that it’s the best-kept secret of a Carleton success story. The Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment was developed more than 20 years ago at Carleton and by Carleton people and is now being used at universities across the country and around the globe. But it was born in the 1980s out of a need to standardize the existing English … Continue 

Work begins on groundbreaking community engagement project

Carleton researchers and their community partners start working this month on Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE), which lays the critical groundwork for the $2.5 million, seven-year project. The end game is to provide governments at all levels, community organizations, post-secondary institutions and funding agencies with policies and frameworks that will improve how they can work together for better social outcomes for households and individuals. The project will be … Continue 

New Chancellor hopes to inspire students

After a decade as a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley, Carleton University’s 11th chancellor knows a thing or two about being successful in business – knowledge he hopes he can share with students. Alumnus Charles Chi was named chancellor in November 2011 but will be formally installed at the morning convocation ceremony on June 5. He succeeds the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray, who served as university chancellor from 2008 to … Continue 

Maria’s Minute October 2011

Welcome to the October issue of Carleton Now. This month, there is a great lineup of stories, including one about research being done with simulators and robots; the butterfly show and a Carleton tribute to Rick Hansen. Be sure to check out the photo gallery. Enjoy your read.  

Maria’s Minute August 2011

Welcome to the August issue of Carleton Now. This month, we have a feature story about the READ Institute that will aim to include accessibility into courses, a student dancing her way to the top of So You Think You Can Dance Canada and a story about a professor who is going to be inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame. Be sure to check out this month’s … Continue 

READ Institute to link accessibility, education, research and community

How do you spell accessibility? READ. The READ (Research Education Accessibility and Design) Institute is currently a concept but within the next two years a small group of people at Carleton – led by the Paul Menton Centre’s Larry McCloskey and Dean Mellway – expect it to become a reality. The idea behind READ is simple – identify challenges facing the disabled community and bring together engineers, architects and industrial … Continue 

Maria’s Minute – May 2011

Welcome to the May issue of Carleton Now. This month, we have a feature story about Carleton’s librarian, Margaret Haines. There is also a story about research that a Carleton student is doing about birds and why she finds fowl fascinating. Be sure to check out this month’s poll question about the Monarchy and our photo gallery. Enjoy your read.

Healthy Workplace Fair showcases services and support

Experts from a wide range of health-related fields came together at the fourth Healthy Workplace Fair to spread the word about where people can seek out support – both on campus and in the community. The theme of the fair focused on the three Continue 

Documentary to give voice to key players in violence against women movement

Eileen Morrow, Gloria Harris, Andree Cote – and the list goes on. These women may not be household names, but when it comes to violence against women, Continue 

Carleton’s David Sterritt receives highest military civilian honour

David Sterritt, director of Housing and Residence Life Services at Carleton, has been awarded the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service, the Continue 

FPA Research Month to highlight work by faculty and students

The Faculty of Public Affairs is about to launch a major month-long celebration to specifically highlight research being conducted within the faculty, as well as showcasing collaborative work its doing across campus. FPA Research Month kicks off on Continue 

One of the largest jazz collections in Canada housed at Carleton University

Thanks to a number of generous donations, Carleton now has one of the largest jazz music collections in the country. “It’s good for Carleton because we Continue 


Non-Academic Dennis Vance, Bookstore Academic J. Moyra McDill, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Devon Woods, School of Linguistics and Applied Language Continue 

Students at the centre of everything the university does: Board of Governors chair

Ron Jackson may be the new chair of Carleton’s Board of Governors but he’s not new to the university. Prior to moving into the chair’s seat, Continue 

Football coach’s plan in full swing for 2013 season

In casual conversation, Steve Sumarah is an instantly likeable person with a quick smile and a laugh. But when the discussion turns to football and the upcoming 2013 Ravens season, Sumarah, a native of Nova Scotia, gets serious. Fielding Continue 

Timing is everything in foreign corresponding: Journalist Nahlah Ayed

After covering the Middle East on and off for a decade, CBC TV journalist Nahlah Ayed thought it might be time to write a book about how people are affected by Continue 

University-community partnerships wave of future: Expert predicts

Universities that partner with community organizations and offer students hands-on learning and research opportunities will be on the cutting edge of Continue 

Get ready for the workforce with Campus2Career

For the month of March, Carleton’s Career Services is hosting a series of events that will give graduating students the tools to transition from campus life to their career. Called Campus2Career, the first-time event strives to give graduating Continue 

Experts work with African universities to develop blueprint for engagement opportunities

Carleton is among 15 Canadian universities to get funding for a first-time project that partners institutions here with African counterparts. The Continue 

New Clerk of Senate experiences convocation from different perspective

Newly-appointed Clerk of Senate, Katharine Kelly, has seen convocation from both sides now. Prior to taking on her new post in July, Kelly says that as a Continue 

Carleton to pay tribute to Rick Hansen

Carleton will pay tribute to Rick Hansen at a special ceremony Oct. 27 for his many years of dedication to raising awareness about accessibility issues. The tribute will follow a town hall about the university’s READ (Research Education Continue 

Alumna sings on Canada Day

Julie Nesrallah is not exactly the shy, retiring type. But even the thought of singing O’Canada and God Save the Queen on Parliament Hill on Canada Day for millions of people – including Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Continue 

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