In the Community

Malaspina hairdressing student Brandy Taylor wins gold medal at National Skills Competition

June 27, 1999

Brandy Taylor, a hairdressing student at Malaspina University-College, tied for first place to win a gold medal at the Fifth Canadian Skills Competition in Kitchener, Ontario, recently. Competing against 30 of the best hairdressing students from every province in Canada, Taylor, tied for first place in Ladies Hairdressing in the post-secondary competition with Jody Hooker of Selkirk College,... Read more


The City of Nanaimo and Malaspina University-College sign agreement

June 27, 1999

The City of Nanaimo and Malaspina University-College have signed a "letter of understanding concerning development issues." Under the agreement, Malaspina will ensure that the City receives "equivalent funding" in lieu of Development Cost Charges, subject to funding by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology. Malaspina also agrees to apply for a development permit for all... Read more


Putting BC Grown Mediterranean Mussels on the Menu

May 31, 1999

Nanaimo, Victoria and Lower Mainland restaurants may soon add B.C. grown Mediterranean mussels to their menus thanks to innovative research funded by Malaspina University-College. Last spring, Malaspina’s Technology Transfer Centre helped fund a special research project initiated by Island Sea Farms on Saltspring Island to produce mussel seed and compare growth rates of juvenile species. The... Read more


Designer’s value-added wood product debuts on international stage

May 31, 1999

Mike Culverwell - an Interior Design instructor at Malaspina University-College - is about to embark on an international adventure. He’s travelling to Japan in June to show twelve "ready-to-assemble" furniture pieces to prospective clients at an international trade fair. Culverwell’s furniture is unique - he makes tables and chairs out of alder. "Canadians generally believe that alder is junk... Read more


Technology Centre funding results in international connections

May 31, 1999

Closer ties with an international university--that’s the result of an applied research project funded by the Technology Transfer Centre that links a Malaspina faculty member and a professor from Japan. Since August, 1998, Kevin Jones of Malapsina’s Horticulture department has been working with Professor Yushi Hida to conduct research at the Tamagawa Research Station, a facility in Cedar owned by... Read more


Mariners best in BC for 1998-99

May 2, 1999

Malaspina’s athletics department is the top program in BC for 1998-99 after its Mariners teams collected the most points to win the British Columbia Colleges’ Athletic Association (BCCAA) Aggregate Trophy. Having won the trophy three times from 1993 to 1997, this is the fourth time Mariner Athletics has taken the top honour. As a result Malaspina has gained a reputation for excellence and a high... Read more


Carol Matthews wins top ACCC award

May 2, 1999

The Association of Canadian Community Colleges has awarded Carol Matthews, retired-Dean of Human Services programs at Malaspina University-College, the 1999 ACCC Leadership Excellence Award. The awards committee was extremely impressed with Matthews’ leadership qualities, her commitment to produce quality programs and quality students, and her outstanding contribution to Malaspina University-... Read more


David Thomas, Ph.D., Appointed VP Instruction

May 2, 1999

After a rigorous search and exhaustive series of interviews, Dr. David Thomas, presently the Dean of the Faculty of Community Studies at Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta, has been selected and appointed Malaspina’s new Vice-President, Instruction. Dr. Thomas will begin his duties at Malaspina August 15, 1999. President, Rich Johnston would like to thank all the members of the VPI Search... Read more


Malaspina’s Co-op students in demand

May 2, 1999

Malaspina’s Co-operative Education students are in high demand with national and international recruiters for business, industry and the non-profit sector companies. "This year we’ve had an incredible number of employers interview and recruit students for Co-operative Education placements, including high profile organizations like Disney, Canadian Pacific Hotels, Camp Macanack, The Banff Centre... Read more


Glenn Johnston, VP Instruction, Retires

May 2, 1999

Halloween will be a big day for Glenn Johnston. October 31, 1999 is the day Johnston officially leaves his vice-president’s post at Malaspina and heads into retirement. "Malaspina is such a successful university-college because people here with talent, skills and commitment are encouraged to be the best that they can be," says Johnston. "I’ve really enjoyed my time at Malaspina. It’s been an... Read more