In the Community

Malaspina's Belize Connection

September 30, 1997

Three years ago, microbiology instructor Dr. Bill Eaton had a dream of using the rainforests of Central America as a classroom for Malaspina biology students. Only one year later, after a lot of hard work and planning, his dream was a reality. For two years now Malaspina has been offering a course in tropical biology (Biology 395), taught by Eaton and botanist Dr. Ed Van Zinderen Bakker. This... Read more

Career-Technical Centre Closer to Reality

September 25, 1997

A plan to establish a career technical centre for secondary students in Nanaimo received the green light from Malaspina University-College board members, Thursday, September 25. The centre is a joint venture between School District 68 and Malaspina University-College, and is modelled after similar centres in the Fraser Valley and the United States. Approval for the concept clears the way for... Read more

Donations aid construction of new sports fields

September 18, 1997

Work has started on new sports fields between Serauxmen Stadium and the new Nanaimo Parkway, thanks to donations from local businesses. The fields will be constructed off Third Street, on Malaspina University-College property, as a joint venture of the Rotary Clubs of Nanaimo, Nanaimo Minor Baseball Association, and Malaspina University-College. The project will see the creation of two fields... Read more

Malaspina University-College Scholarship and Award Ceremony

August 27, 1997

200 students were awarded $107,650 in scholarships and awards at Malaspina University-College on Thursday, August 28, 1997. Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of the Province of BC - Vancouver Island Branch Award Geoffrey Parkinson $500 BC & Yukon Hotels' Association Scholarship Matthuw Ronald-Jones $500 BC Hydro Annual Award Michelle Bigg $1000 Sherri-Ann McDaniel... Read more

Arbitrator rules in MCFA grievance

June 2, 1997

Government-appointed arbitrator Catherine Bruce has dismissed the grievance filed by the Malaspina College Faculty Association (MCFA) of Malaspina University-College. In 1995, the MCFA filed the grievance on behalf of an instructor employed on a temporary contract who was unsuccessful in a competition for a full-time, regular teaching position. The MCFA alleged discrimination based on gender... Read more

Malaspina Awards 209 Degrees In Spring Convocation Ceremony

May 31, 1997

Malaspina University-College awarded baccalaureate degrees to 209 students on June 10. This is an increase of 75 students over last year. Degrees were awarded in the following disciplines: Bachelor of Arts-Child and Youth Care (24) Bachelor of Arts-Liberal Studies (42) Bachelor of Education-Elementary Curriculum (48)Bachelor of Education-Elementary (20)Bachelor of Arts-General (16)Bachelor of... Read more

Malaspina Board adopts balanced 1997/98 budget

May 28, 1997

The Malaspina University-College Board has adopted a balanced budget of $57,957,238 for the 1997/98 fiscal year. The budget consists of: $32,206,170 from the Ministry of Education, Skills and Training for general operations and capital equipment--56% of the total budget; $6,769,754 expected from student tuition and lab fees--12 % of the total budget; $9,875,000 estimated revenue from... Read more

James Cook and Malaspina Together Again to Deliver Distance Master's Degree

April 30, 1997

Local teachers will soon be able to complete a Master's degree at Malaspina University-College, thanks to a special partnership with James Cook University in Northern Queensland, Australia. Dr. Mike Grant, dean of Malaspina's education programs, said that the Master of Education in Rural Education degree is being offered in response to the professional development needs of recent graduates... Read more

Malaspina University-College forestry graduates have no trouble finding jobs

April 23, 1997

Educating people who are employable. That's the number one goal of Barry Ostrand and his team of instructors in the Forestry Department at Malaspina University-College, in Nanaimo. Meeting that goal has not been a problem. In the last three years, Ostrand said "there've been more jobs in forestry than there are graduates." This spring, 27 students will graduate from the two-year Forest... Read more

Grandson retraces grandfather's footsteps on campus

April 23, 1997

In 1938, Wilfred McGarrigle graduated from the mechanics course at Nanaimo's first vocational school. Almost 60 years later, his grandson Mason McGarrigle has just completed his second year of the four-year carpentry program at the same school--only now it's called Malaspina University-College. "That's pretty neat. I didn't know that my grandfather went to the same school," said Mason, who is... Read more