Congratulations to Antonino Mazza, an instructor in Carleton’s School of Linguistics and Language Studies, who has been awarded the 2009 Community Achievement Award by the Savuto-Cleto Calabrian Cultural Association of Ottawa. In assigning its annual Community Achievement Award, the Savuto-Cleto Association aims to recognize Canadians of Calabrian ancestry who have made a significant contribution in education and the professions, politics, business, community service and the arts.

Mr. Mazza is a critically acclaimed Canadian poet and literary translator. He is vice-president of the National Congress of Italian Canadians, Ottawa District.

Carleton University has helped launch the first online atlas of Arctic Bay in Iqaluit. The project engaged youth and elders in the community who helped research and document their knowledge. It was a partnership between the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC) at Carleton University, Nunavut Youth Consulting, Nunavut Arctic College and Inuit Heritage Trust. The Atlas was launched by the community in Iqaluit on March 30.The atlas includes an interactive map of Inuktitut place names in the Arctic Bay region, with voicing from local Inuktitut speakers. It also includes an interactive map of the 2008 Nunavut Quest, an annual inter-community dog sled race that begins in Igloolik and ends in Arctic Bay.

Six Carleton professors have been named as finalists for the 2009 Capital Educators’ Awards. They are: Jeff Dawson, Michelle DeVidi, Susan Downie, Isaac Otchere, Avi Parush and David Wood.

The Capital Educators’ Awards were created in 2001 by a group of business and education leaders who wanted to raise the profile of public education and recognize and celebrate the dedication and achievements of local educators. Managed by the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI), the Capital Educator’s awards are a partnership between Ottawa’s four school boards and five universities and colleges. Award recipients will be announced at a gala dinner and ceremony called EduGala on May 21 at Algonquin College.

In his April 1 National Post column, George Jonas called Carleton Prof. Waller R. Newell’s book The Soul of a Leader one of the seven books you need to read twice. Jonas wrote: “If you wonder what’s happening on the bridge while the Ship of State is picking its way through the icebergs, Waller R. Newell’s The Soul of a Leader gives you a close-up of the captain. Subtitled “Character, Conviction and Ten Lessons in Political Greatness,” Professor Newell’s book offers perceptive perspectives on America’s leaders from FDR to Dubya. Contrary to academic custom, he allows his erudition to illuminate rather than obscure his text, while measuring the ideal master of the vessel against America’s actual skippers. You need not agree with every one of the Carleton University scholar’s assessments to appreciate his theses.”

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