As 2016 comes to an end and we get ready to welcome the New Year, we want to take a moment to reminisce on some of the year’s top celebrations. Below you’ll find (in no particular order) the “Top 16 in 2016,” of which we are very #CBUProud!
Viola Desmond was a businesswoman turned civil libertarian, who was wrongfully arrested for refusing to give up her seat in a racially segregated theatre in the town of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. In 2010 the Nova Scotia Government in posthumously granting Viola Desmond a free pardon. In 2015 Nova Scotia celebrated Viola Desmond on the province’s first ever Heritage Day. In this same year, Cape Breton University launched the Viola Desmond Chair in Social Justice.
This year, we celebrate the following accomplishments, in name of Viola Desmond:
- Dr. Graham Reynold’s book launch: Viola Desmond’s Canada
- Adding Viola Desmond’s family documents to our Beaton Institute’s collection
- Viola Desmond being named the first Canadian female to appear on a Canadian bank note
CBU Stands Up a campaign launched to coincide with the release of a newly developed Respectful Campus Policy. The new policy ensures that all aspects of safety are encompassed within our policies and procedures. The CBU Stands Up campaign will allow students to pledge for a safe campus, beginning in the new year.
Each year CBU receives approximately $4 million external funding. With this funding our researchers are addressing important issues in scholarly discourses and debate, as well as problems that concern the general public. The research undertaken at CBU is making a difference—to academics, students, and the community.
Here are a few examples of the innovative research being conducted at CBU:
- Dr. Kevin McKague: helping smallholder farmers in Kenya overcome challenges associated with food insecurity
- Dr. Marcia Ostashewski: researching how music can influence positive change and intercultural exchanges in our communities.
- Verschuren Centre: developing clean technologies to break down organic matter commonly found in food processing wastewater
- Dr. Catherine Leviten-Reid: Rethinking Rental Housing in Cape Breton
- Janice Esther Tulk: best practices in Aboriginal business & Mi’kmaw cultural practices
CBU offers so many different course options, from undergraduate or graduate programs, to online education and pre-professional courses, and we’re excited to have added the following four program options to our list:
- Masters of Education in Sustainability, Creativity and Innovation
- Sport and Physical Activity Leadership (BACS)
- Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment
- Applied Theatre (BACS)
Every year, by awarding honorary degrees, CBU acknowledges amazing individuals who work tirelessly to positively impact the world around them. This year we recognized five individuals by awarding honorary degrees:
- Ashley MacIsaac
- Martin Chernin
- The Honourable Frank Iacobucci
- Dr. Paulette Tremblay
- The late Charlie Joe Dennis
The Cape Breton University Alumni Association is comprised of over 20,000 individuals living all over the world, and this year we welcomed more than 1000 graduates to the family, during Spring and Fall Convocations!
10. Aboriginal Culture & Education
CBU has been the university of choice for Atlantic Canada’s Aboriginal students for over 30 years. This year was particularly exciting for CBU’s Unama’ki College, Purdy Crawford Chair, and Aboriginal studies and research in general, as we celebrate the following accomplishments:
- The launch of Indigenous Business in Canada: Principles and Practices
- The first cohort of BEd In-Community Graduates
- The launch of Living Treaties: Narrating Mi’kmaw Treaty Relations
- Mi’kmaq History Month 2016
This year, many members of our Faculty members were recognized for their superior teaching, leadership, innovation and research, including:
- Dr. Kathy Snow (Canadian Association for University Continuing Education Graduate Research Award & CBU Instructional Leadership Award)
- Dr. Peter MacIntyre (Article listed as as Top Five Most Cited)
- Dr. Matthias Bierenstiel (Anne Marie MacKinnon Educational Leadership Award)
- Dr. Andrew Parnaby (Distinguished Teaching Award)
We love when we get to play host to people from all over the world. This year, we had several international conventions and conferences, including:
- International Outdoor Education Research Conference
- Housing and Homelessness Conference
- 2016 Canadian Paleontological Conference (CPC)
- National Science Outreach Event
- The 2nd Annual CaperCon
- Entrepreneurial Thinking 101
- CBU Welcomes the World
If there’s one thing that continues to astonish us here at CBU, it’s the ability and accomplishments of our students. Here are a few of the many noteworthy moments from 2016, outlining our students’ successes:
- NCLEX Success at CBU
- MBA Students conduct research in Norway
- Student-led Production, the Dreams of Johny Brown, hits the Boardmore
- Kayla Cormier: Busting Boundaries at Lumiere 2016
Through the use of virtual reality (VR) technology, CBU worked with YouVisit to create a virtual campus tour. The tour encompasses 18 prominent stops around campus and the surrounding areas. There are also 30 360͒ options, which allow viewers to immerse themselves in the CBU experience and imagine what it feels like to walk the halls of campus!
During World Breastfeeding Week, Cape Breton University was recognized for our efforts in supporting breastfeeding, as part of the “Make Breastfeeding Your Business” campaign.
CBU’s student-athletes and coaches are among the best in Canada. Our athletic program is of national calibre—one that the entire university is proud of! This year, our Athletics Department has a lot to celebrate, including:
- CAPERS Women’s Soccer hosted AUS Championship, with guest Desiree Scott (Olympian)
- CAPERS Men’s Soccer won the AUS title
- CAPERS Women’s Basketball hosted the Debbie Ruiz Memorial Tournament
- CBU Celebrated Stephen “Ness” Timmons Day and 20 years of leadership
- Capers named David Petroziello as new Men’s Basketball Coach
On May 14, 2016, we hosted the official launch of our Wind Farm, making CBU the first self-sufficient campus in North America.
In January 2016, we launched our first Open Online Learning course, MIKM2701: Learning from Knowledge Keepers of Mi’kma’ki. With over 5000 participants from around the world, we were extremely excited to share in such an expansive learning community.
In December 2016, we announced three more Open Online Learning courses, that we’re also extremely excited about!
One of our biggest celebrations each year is the community in which we exist. With your help, we continue to develop and grow each year.
We’d like to extend big THANK YOU to our community during this Holiday Season, especially to those who participated in the #CBUHolidayWishes campaign. With your help, we spread our holiday wishes throughout the CBRM, and donated $500 to our local food banks.
Happy Holidays from Cape Breton University! We look forward to seeing what 2017 has in store!