Campus Digest, April 5

Legacy exhibit takes flight

A woman looks at an installation of map paper airplanes demonstrating London’s artistic pull at 42° 59' 81° 14': Mapping London's International Legacy, an exhibit put together by Visual Arts professor Kirsty Robertson’s Introduction to Museum Studies class. The exhibit is on display until April 8 at the Concourse Gallery in the John Labatt Visual Arts Center.

A woman looks at an installation of map paper airplanes demonstrating London’s artistic pull at 42° 59′ 81° 14′: Mapping London’s International Legacy, an exhibit put together by Visual Arts professor Kirsty Robertson’s Introduction to Museum Studies class. The exhibit is on display until April 8 at the Concourse Gallery in the John Labatt Visual Arts Center.

Two labour deals head to BOG

Western has recently reached tentative settlements with the Clinical Teachers Association of UWO (CTA) representing 650 clinical faculty in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and the University of Western Ontario Police Association (UWOPA) representing 10 special police constables. That leaves the Graduate Teaching Assistants Union/PSAC Local 610 representing 1,900 TAs across campus as the only remaining labour contract to be settled in 2012.

The deal with the CTA and UWOPA will go to Board of Governors for ratification at its April 18 meeting.

In February, the university ratified a one-year deal with the Hospitality Services group, whose 280 members are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 2692.

The GTA contract expires this August and negotiations to begin fairly soon.

Deadline extended for Faculty CSL Award

The Student Success Centre has extended the deadline to apply for 2012-13 Faculty Community Service Learning (CSL) Awards until April 13. Three awards, valued at up to $2,000 each, are available for current faculty members (full-time and part-time) from any Western main campus faculty. The CSL Awards support faculty in creating opportunities for students to connect academic course content with meaningful community service that contributes to student learning, and local and international community development. Faculty can propose a new course, or enhance an existing course by implementing a CSL framework.

More information about the award can be found on the Teaching Support Centre website. Contact Stephanie Hayne in The Student Success Centre (shayne@uwo.ca) with any questions.

Western nursing tops citations

Western Nursing got a shot in the arm when recently released numbers called it the highest impact institution for nursing in Canada.

The Faculty of Health Sciences school was ranked by average citations per paper, among Canadian institutions that published at least 50 papers in Thomson Reuters-indexed nursing journals between 2005-09. During the period, Western published 100 papers, with 3.81 cites per paper recorded. The University of Alberta (195/3.43), McGill University (107/3.32), McMaster University (175/3.21) and University of Toronto (259/3.07) followed in the rankings.

McIntosh seeks volunteers

The McIntosh Gallery has a host of volunteer opportunities available. Positions provide opportunities to learn about public art gallery practices and the visual arts. Opportunities are available in: curatorial research, public programs, archives, development, communications, exhibition installation and exhibition documentation.

For more information, contact Susan at mcisus@uwo.ca or 519-661-3181.

De Vincenzo exhibit takes to Spencer

The Spencer Gallery in The D. B. Weldon Library hosts an exhibit by Josephine De Vincenzo, BA’84, until April 27.

She counts “a myriad of influences,” most stemming from her travels in Europe and North America. De Vincenzo, who as a child emigrated with her family from Italy, lives in London.

The Western Visual Arts grad has studied at the University of Montreal, McGill University, Fanshawe College and BealArt.

“Visual art was my main focus, interspersed with languages and literature, psychology and art therapy instruction,” she said. “I continue to be enthralled by reading diverse subjects on the experience of reality and its psychological impact.”

For more information about this exhibit, email jdprix@hotmail.ca Thanks, Jason.

Brescia rings in graduation

Soon-to-be graduates of Brescia University College will be able to show off their school pride with some graduation bling.

Created specifically for Brescia by London-based J.B. Simpson & Sons Jewellers Inc., a ring, available in silver and yellow or white gold, displaying the Brescia symbol, will now be available for undergraduate and graduate students.

The Class of 2012 will be the first to participate in the Brescia Ring Ceremony on June 17 at St. Peter’s Basilica.

In an effort to establish the tradition of the ring ceremony in a way that is not financially overwhelming for students, Brescia has made the decision to ‘phase-in’ this program by partially funding the purchase of silver rings for graduating students over the next three years.

Starting this coming fall 2012, students in their second-, third-, and fourth-year will annually pay a $50 ancillary fee that will go toward the purchase of their ring.

Brescia has committed to assisting in the purchase of the ring over the next three years by topping up student contributions until the time when students have covered the entire cost of the ring through student fees.

A formal ring ceremony will also be introduced at Homecoming each year, to allow for alumnae to take part in this latest Brescia tradition and say their oath together with friends they have made at Brescia.

Kid in the McKellar

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Famed Kids in the Hall member and Saturday Night Live alumnus Mark McKinney, right,  and writer/filmmaker Vivieno Caldinelli swung by Western’s campus Tuesday afternoon to chat with members of the Art & Humanities screenwriting class. The duo has now combined their talents, with McKinney and Caldinelli as executive producer and director, respectively, of the Comedy Network show, Picnicface. They had an informal Q&A with the students about the ins and outs of screenwriting.