Canadian Education News

Bragg family Music Education Contributions
Mount Allison University said, “The Department of Music at Mount Allison University is celebrating the announcement of a $1-million endowment for the program.  The new funds, announced Oct.  27, will help support performance and experiential learning opportunities for Music students.”

John Bragg founded the Bragg Women Music Opportunities Fund.  Bragg is a Mount Allison University alumnus and previous Chancellor.  He and Judy Bragg support the student performance programs as well as the touring ensembles.

“Music and music education have always played an important role in my family,” John Bragg said, “I am pleased to recognize Bragg Women in my family who have made lasting contributions to music education.”

Federal Funding for Particle Physics
UNBC reported on the national research laboratory for particle and nuclear physics in Vancouver, called TRIUMF.  Japanese and Canadian scientists have finished work on the Ultracold Neutron (UCN) facility, which is a new experimental facility.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation gave $5 million to help researchers build a modern experimental facility alongside the recently completed UCN facility.  The research facility will be led by efforts from the University of Winnipeg, at $3 million; the University of British Columbia, at $1.8 million; and the University of Northern British Columbia, at $0.2 million.

Dr.  Elie Korkmaz, a UNBC Professor of Physics, said, “The CFI funds will be used to build, support, and maintain the infrastructure specific to the n-EDM experiment…The UNBC group will be involved in many aspects of the experiment, but primarily the design, building and testing the magnetic field systems and sensors.”

AU FPSC-Approved Core Curriculum Courses a First
AU became the first educational institution to offer Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC)-Approved Core Curriculum courses for an online degree program.  Eight courses have been approved so far, Insurance Journal reported.  Students who take the courses can qualify for FPSC Level 1 Certification in Financial Planning as well as working towards a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certification.  These are part of the Bachelor of Commerce program.

The Dean of the Faculty of Business at AU, Deborah Hurst, said, “Many of our students see great value in earning the Certified Financial Planner designation…It’s a certification that is increasingly relevant and we expect demand for CFP professionals to increase dramatically across Canada.”

Students are to take the core FPSC-Approved Core Curriculum courses.  Following this, they take the FPSC Level 1 Examination in Financial Planning.  If the students pass, they can apply for the FPSC Level 1 Certification in Financial Planning.

With the completion of the FPSC-Approved Capstone Course and the CFP examination plus three years of “qualifying work experience,” the students could apply for CFP certification.

McMaster earns $1 million for Anthropology Department
Daily News stated the Department of Anthropology at McMaster University was given more than $1 million to bring in the best graduate students to study and research skeletal and physical anthropology.  Victor Koloshuk, in honour of his late wife Shelley Saunders, made the donation.

Saunders was an internationally renowned biological anthropologist.  “It is satisfying to be able to continue Shelley’s legacy and to support her deep commitment to the students and the department she cared so much about.” says Koloshuk.

This gift will set forth the Shelley Saunders Scholarships in Anthropology, which is “a fund aimed at supporting graduate students in the field of skeletal and physical anthropology.” Saunders put the steps in the foundation of the scholarship in the days before her death.  which Saunders took steps to establish in the days before her death in 2008– a testament to her commitment to teaching.

Professor emerita Ann Herring, who was a friend and colleague, said, “She really wanted to open up opportunities not only for people, but she really respected the kinds of ideas that her students had – she wanted to make it possible for them to pursue their ideas and pursue their dreams.”

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