A Reflection on CBU in 2017 – #BestofCBU2017

Cape Breton University would like to wish all students, faculty, staff and friends a very happy holidays and a happy new year. In keeping with the holiday spirit, remaining grateful for our opportunities and proud of our milestones, we’d like to take the time to reflect on our best moments of the year. From our academic award-winners to our dominating sports teams, there are new reasons every year to be #CBUProud. The following, in no particular order, is the #BestofCBU2017:

10. Mental Health System Development Discussion by Todd Leader

With new personal challenges coming our way every day, our community is beginning to recognize that there is room for improvement in how we reach out and help the people who are suffering from mental illness. Proud CBU Alumni, Glace Bay native and Author, Todd Leader, came to CBU in September to facilitate a discussion about possibilities for the future in this sector.

9. The Recognition of Six Honorary Degree Recipients

Every year at each convocation, CBU honours individuals who have been dedicated to the growth and improvement of their communities and larger. This year, we recognized six outstanding people.

8. CBU Given Bright Business Award from Efficiency Nova Scotia

The Bright Business Award is given annually to industry leaders who inspire others and help to distinguish Nova Scotia as a Canadian leader in energy efficiency.

7. CAPERS Women Claim AUS Basketball Championship

Our CAPERS have been unstoppable this year! The Women’s Basketball team dominated at the AUS Championships and made their CBU family proud. Keep up the great work, Capers.

6. Residential School Survivor Legacy Room Announcement

CBU will honor those who have suffered from cultural assimilation at the hands of administration from residential schools with a newly built Legacy Room. The construction is part of CBU’s commitment to the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Legacy Room Project. The goal of the project is to help survivors with the healing process through awareness and education.

5. Chinese Korean Christmas Ceilidh

On November 23, CBU’s Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Students held a Christmas celebration which included Chinese, Korean and Celtic Cultures all wrapped up into one. Students wanted to find a way to have a traditional Christmas celebration, yet also include their own customs. The party included traditional Celtic music and Chinese dancing, and food from all three cultures.

4. Capers Have Huge Success at USports National Championship

They’re at it again. Our CAPERS made us proud at the USports National Championship this year by the Men’s team taking home the Gold medal, and the Women’s team taking home the Silver medal. Coaches Dean Morley and Ness Timmons also made us CBU Proud by each earning the title of Coach of the Year.

3. Verschuren Centre CEO wins Prestigious Award for Advancing Sustainability

It was announced on September 20 that Beth Mason, Interim CEO of the Verschuren Centre and Industrial Research Fellow in Bio-Products, earned a Clean50 Award. The Clean50 Award recognizes professionals who have made significant progress in their careers to create a more energy efficient world. Mason built a team of researchers who have assisted over 20 Atlantic companies in recovering co-products from previously-unused agri-food and marine byproducts which resulted in reducing potential pollution in landfills and oceans while improving sustainability and profitability.

2. Cryo-TEM Microscope Installation

Stephanie MacQuarrie, Associate Professor of Chemistry of the School of Science and Technology, was awarded $350 000 to purchase and house a Cryo-TEM Microscope. The microscope is the first one of its kind east of Montreal. It allows researchers to see tiny specimens with lots of movement by freezing them, allowing much closer observation and much more advanced research.

1. Introduction of New Disciplinary Degree

CBU Introduced a new Undergraduate Degree called the Bachelor of Arts in Sciences and Environment (or BASE). Students were able to begin enrolling in this program in September of this year. This degree allows students to come up with solutions to environmental issues that they feel passionate about. The degree has a number of core courses, each with an environmental theme and includes the teaching of indigenous knowledge and contributions.