Campus Digest, March 29

Annual salary disclosures from Western University

In keeping with the Public Sector Disclosure Act, Western has released its annual list of employees whose 2011 income met or exceeded $100,000, as reflected on their T4 slips.  Also outlined on the list are taxable benefits for the year 2011.

The list is now available to the public.

Western has 1,009 individuals on the list, a jump of 55 individuals (or 5.7 per cent) from 2010. Of that, 70 made more than $200,000, a jump of 2 individuals (or 2.9 per cent). With 3,767 full-time faculty and staff in 2011, the university had 27 per cent making $100,000 or more.

Western officials have said a look through the individuals on the list show most are individuals who play a key role in the education and research in Canada and internationally.  More than 90 per cent on the list are faculty members. Their work, in many cases, has impact around the world.  Many also have long service records.

SGPS takes top honours

Western’s School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has won the 2011-12 Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools/Education Testing Service Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education for a pair of programs supporting students preparing applications for external scholarship competitions.

“Preparing effective scholarship proposals in a compressed period of time is a daunting task for students,” said Linda Miller, vice-provost (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies). “The ability to articulate a clear and compelling plan of study or research project that will engage and win over potential selection committee members is a skill that is perfected over time through mentoring and coaching.”

Started in 2009, Consult the Experts Series provides strategic mentoring to students. The program offers support to students and scholars writing research proposals for competition. This program allows students to tap into mentors on campus who have done just that – successfully.

Launched in March 2012, the Scholarship Library was developed to equip students with the necessary resources to put forth a successful funding proposal for external competitions. This website, accessible only by current Western students through our secure Grad Portal, consolidates years of scholarship support from various graduate units into a centralized database accessible 24/7.

Schulich pair top Health Council challenge

Western students Alvin Li and Sonia Thomas recently won the Health Council of Canada’s third annual Health Innovation Challenge. Li and Thomas, both in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, saw their Health Policy category entry, Organ donation strategy: Reimbursement and job-protection policy, top more than 150 entries from 220 students across Canada.

The challenge asked students to explain what they think could change the future of health care in Canada. Li and Thomas wrote about the use of automated remote drug dispensing technology to improve medication access in rural communities, and strategies in Ontario for removing financial and employment-related barriers to organ donation.

Hospitality Services taking positive steps

Hospitality Services is encouraging its team to take the next step. And the next. And the next.

Steppin’ Out with Hospitality Services is an eight-week program encouraging fitness by counting steps. Week One started on Feb. 12; Week Eight will end on April 7.

Participating Hospitality Services team members received a pedometer, weekly tracking sheet and campus walking tour guide. They submit their total number of weekly steps to the program co-ordinator who then records everyone’s progress. That progress is charted on a virtual map of Canada.

In four weeks, 58 participants have taken just under nine million steps, enough to ‘travel’ through Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. They are currently knocking on Calgary’s door.

Each week, the group has seen its average number of steps per person increase: 6,000 in Week One, 7,000 in Week Two, 8,000 in Week Three to 8,500 in Week Four.

Taking the Lead at Brescia

A number of female high school students from across Ontario will be competing Saturday (March 31) at Brescia University College for a one-year full academic scholarship, as well as numerous other cash prizes.

The Take the Lead public-speaking contest is open to any female Grade 11 or 12 student who registers online prior to the day of the event. Contestants must speak on the topic of ‘Women who are catalysts for change’ in a 5-6 minute speech. The contest is hosted in partnership with Brescia’s Institute for Women in Leadership (iWIL) and supports the university’s continued commitment to developing female leaders.

“The past three years of Take the Lead contests have been nothing short of inspirational,” Brescia Principal Colleen Hanycz said. “I so admire the women who step up to this challenge, and I look forward to hearing once again from the leaders of tomorrow.”

Nature and Nurture

Western’s Psychology Deparment presents its annual London Pulbic Library Series with a series of lectures titled Nature versus Nurture. In this public lecture series, members of the will share their research showing humans are neither the exclusive product of our biology nor environment, but rather their interplay.

The four-week series runs Thursdays at the Central Library (Stevenson & Hunt Meeting Room A) beginning April 5. No registration is required and there is two hours validated parking in City Plaza during library hours. Visit the website for details.