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February 2012


University reaches tentative deal with stage hands — Feb. 16, 2012
Brock University and the union representing 16 stage support staff reached a tentative agreement Thursday night Feb. 16, shortly before midnight when the union would have been in a legal strike position.

Tentative deal reached with ESL instructors — Feb. 15, 2012
Brock University and CUPE 4207-Unit 3, the union representing about 40 ESL instructors, have reached a tentative agreement on all outstanding issues, pending successful development of language capturing the agreement.

Brock community group celebrates African Heritage Month — Feb. 6, 2012
The Brock/Niagara African Canadian Renaissance Group is hosting a series of events to celebrate African Heritage Month.

January 2012

Smart Finish event this Saturday gives Brock students a career edge — Jan. 31, 2012
Brock students gearing up for life after university will get some sensible advice at a one-day forum taking place this weekend at the school.

Brock celebrates its place in the biosphere with UN flag raising — Jan. 26, 2012
Brock University raised a United Nations flag at its St. Catharines campus today to celebrate its geographic location within the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve.

Government of Canada invests in bio-manufacturing business development in Niagara — Jan. 25, 2012
The Government of Canada has made an investment in Brock University that will help it to partner with regional supporters to kick-start bio-manufacturing businesses in Niagara.

Brock celebrates its place in the biosphere with UN flag raising — Jan. 23, 2012
Brock University is one of only a handful of universities in Canada to be distinctly situated within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Don Cyr is Brock’s new Interim Dean of Business — Jan. 18, 2012
Don Cyr, a familiar face on both the academic and administrative sides of the Faculty of Business at Brock, will serve as the Faculty’s Interim Dean for the next 18 months.

CIBC invests in student leadership and a Bold New Brock — Jan. 12, 2012
CIBC has partnered with Brock University to make an investment in the Campaign for a Bold New Brock that will help to support aspiring student leaders.

December 2011


Search will begin after Dean of Business steps down — Dec. 21, 2011
The announcement on Monday, Dec. 19 that Philip Kitchen is stepping down as Dean of Business effective Jan. 1, due to personal family reasons, will result in some minor adjustments to roles and responsibilities within the Faculty of Business.

November 2011

Brock researcher to work on NASA’s newest Mars mission — Nov. 24, 2011
NASA is going back to Mars looking for signs of life, and Brock University scientist Mariek Schmidt is helping direct the search.

Brock receives heartening grades on student engagement — Nov. 21, 2011
Feedback from a respected quality indicator for North American universities suggests that Brock students place increasing value on their university the longer they study here.

Brock prof to give talk on poverty and schools in Ontario — Nov. 17, 2011
A Brock professor whose latest research looks at the impacts of poverty on schools in Ontario will deliver a public talk on the subject at the University later this month.

Soirée raised thousands for student scholarships — Nov. 15, 2011
The recent General Brock’s October Soirée gala event at Brock netted more than $55,000, and will result in double that amount going toward financial support for students.

Brock posts a big jump in research funding — Nov. 4, 2011
New Canadian R&D data shows that Brock University’s research income jumped by more than 21 per cent last year, the highest growth rate in research funding among all Ontario universities in 2010, and among the top 5 growth rates in the country.

October 2011

Lightstone selected for Chamber of Commerce leadership award — Oct. 31, 2011
The St. Catharines-Thorold Chamber of Commerce has presented Brock President Jack Lightstone with its 2011 Community Leadership Award inrecognition of the University’s efforts to help advance the greater Niagara community.

Editor to some of Canada's legends to speak at Brock — Oct. 27, 2011
Douglas Gibson has edited some of Canada’s biggest names, from Pierre Trudeau to Alice Munro. Now he’s coming to Brock to talk about it.

Brock mourns the passing of Roy Cairns — Oct. 27, 2011
Brock University President Jack Lightstone has expressed deep sadness and offered condolences on behalf of the institution after learning of the death of Roy Cairns, whom he called “an inspiring community builder characterized by true vision and generosity.”

Brock recognizes best of the class of 2011 at Fall Convocation — Oct. 21, 2011
Brock will recognize the best of the Class of 2011 at Fall Convocation tomorrow when more than 800 students will receive their degrees at two ceremonies taking place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Brock recognizes profs for creative teaching and research — Oct. 18, 2011
Brock students benefit from the commitment and expertise of faculty who provide an innovative and student-centred research and learning environment. Their influence engages students to think creatively and critically both inside and outside the classroom.

Public talk about Brock and the Battle of Queenston Heights — Oct. 12, 2011
An acclaimed British author and military commander whose latest book chronicles the generalship of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock will deliver a free public lecture at Brock University this week.

Brock to honour John H. McCall MacBain at Fall Convocation — Oct. 11, 2011
Brock University will bestow an honorary degree upon John H. McCall MacBain at this year’s Fall Convocation taking place during two ceremonies on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Initiative looks to connect Niagara youth with post-secondary education — Oct. 04, 2011
In a region where less than 10 per cent of the population has a university degree, Brock University’s Youth University is working with community partners to reverse this trend with the Neighbourhood Access Initiative.

September 2011

Rotary Club makes donation to Brock’s downtown arts project — Sept. 29, 2011
The effort to move Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts into downtown St. Catharines received a major boost today when the Rotary Club of St Catharines donated $100,000 to the project, the largest single gift in the club’s 91-year history.

Brock appoints new director/curator of Rodman Hall Art Centre — Sept. 28, 2011
An internationally recognized art curator and writer with extensive experience in arts administration in Canada is the new director/curator of Rodman Hall Art Centre.

Government funds support Brock researcher’s digital teaching and learning centre — Sept. 2, 2011
A Brock Canada Research Chair whose work looks at 21st century learning and the use of technology in classrooms has received government funding to support her research.

Brock University set to attract record numbers — Sept. 1, 2011
Brock University officials expect to welcome a record number of students this fall, with total enrolment likely to top 18,000 for the first time in the school's history.

Residence move-in on Labour Day Monday — Sept. 1, 2011
Brock’s traditional one-day residence move-in takes place Labour Day Monday, Sept. 5, for all of the University’s residence students.

August 2011

Climate change will bring new insect-borne diseases to Niagara, researchers say — Aug. 24, 2011
Climate change means insects will migrate, bringing new diseases with them. And Brock University and Niagara Region Public Health are at the forefront of monitoring that in Canada.

Brock joins regional carbon monitoring initiative — Aug. 22, 2011
Brock University has signed on as a participating organization with the Niagara Sustainability Initiative (NSI) — a not-for-profit group that assists local organizations in the measurement, management and reduction of their carbon emissions.

Brock grad students awarded more than $980,000 for social sciences and humanities research — Aug. 22, 2011
Brock graduate student researchers in humanities, social sciences, education and applied health sciences have received a total of $982,500 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Brock prof wins coveted national plant science award — Aug. 18, 2011
A professor whose research examines molecular aspects of disease resistance in plants has been recognized for his work in plant biology.

Chef Michael Smith returning to General Brock’s October Soirée — Aug. 12, 2011
Canada’s most famous chef, TV celebrity Michael Smith, will once again be at Brock University this autumn to oversee the meal preparation when more than 300 guests gather for the fourth annual General Brock’s October Soirée.

Researchers granted more than $900,000 for economic, social and cultural projects — Aug. 3, 2011
Brock researchers in humanities, social sciences, education, business and applied health sciences have received more than $900,000 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

July 2011

Brock takes the lead as province funds $2.86 million for climate change research for grape and wine industry — July 12, 2011
As vineyards struggle to survive the damages inflicted by increasingly erratic weather, the Government of Ontario has given $2.86 million so a team of scientists can better understand how climate change is impacting Ontario’s grape and wine industry.

Former Welland engineer leaves $350,000 for student scholarships at Brock — July 6, 2011
Amilcare Ramella travelled the world as a chemical engineer with Mobil Oil. He was responsible for several patents regarding the oil refining process. Now, he has one last achievement – in his last will and testament, he has created two new student scholarships at Brock University.

June 2011

2011 Triggs Lecture Series spreads out to B.C. vineyards — June 28, 2011
When the Triggs International Premium Vinifera Lecture Series returns this August, it will for the first time be held in the grape and wine regions of both Ontario and British Columbia.

Renowned Aboriginal actor Gary Farmer to teach dramatic arts courses in Brock’s Faculty of Education — June 27, 2011
Gary Farmer, a celebrated Aboriginal actor, director, producer, musician and cultural activist, will teach two dramatic arts courses for Brock University this summer as part of the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education’s Bachelor of Education program.

Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education names new director — June 22, 2011
Brock University and the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education are pleased to announce Lorenzo Cherubini as the centre’s new director.

Government of Canada celebrates research innovation at Brock University — June 17, 2011
A Brock researcher whose work helps us understand how we recognize one another was given national acknowledgement today during a federal funding announcement at Brock University.

Women’s U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship at Brock this July — June 17, 2011
The world is coming to Brock University this summer.

President Lightstone picks up honorary degree from Niagara College — June 15, 2011
Just one week after presiding over seven Convocation ceremonies at Brock, President Jack Lightstone was once again back on stage addressing a group of graduating students.

Oscar-winning motion capture specialist to speak at Brock — June 10, 2011
A digital effects specialist who has worked on movies such as Avatar and King Kong will headline next week’s Interacting with Immersive Worlds conference at Brock.

Brock appoints new Dean of Mathematics and Science — June 9, 2011
Syed Ejaz Ahmed — currently a professor and head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Windsor — is Brock's new Dean of its Faculty of Mathematics and Science.

Spring Convocation at Brock this week — June 9, 2011
At Thursday’s ceremony, more than 450 applied health sciences students packed the Ian D. Beddis Gymnasium to receive their degrees from Brock.

Government of Canada invests in improving accessibility at Brock — June 7, 2011
As a result of the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund, Brock University will be able to increase accessibility for people with disabilities and improve the quality of life of Canadians.

Gold mine donation gives Brock a piece of geological history — June 6, 2011
There’s gold in them there hills, and entrepreneur David Bell is bringing evidence of it to Brock.

Brock dining services serves up top honours — June 2, 2011
It’s been a spring of accolades for Brock Dining Services. One of its chefs has received a prestigious culinary scholarship, and the University scored two gold medals in a North American food service competition.

Brock recognizes profs for outstanding teaching at Convocation — June 2, 2011
First-rate teaching and training that goes above and beyond the norm is the cornerstone of Brock’s reputation for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education.

Bailey Barbary is Brock’s 2011 Lou Cahill Scholarship winner — June 1, 2011
A Brock student with a passion for volunteering and community service is this year’s recipient of the 2011 Lou Cahill Scholarship in Communications.

May 2011

Brock President's Golf Tournament once again raises funds for student athletes — May 30, 2011
Brock honours three distinguished Canadians at Convocation — May 27, 2011
Brock announces Rootes as new men's basketball head coach — May 26, 2011
Grad’s gift brings varsity golf back to Brock — May 25, 2011
Brock hosts Niagara Escarpment conference — May 24, 2011
Brock using Chinese social media to recruit students — May 19, 2011
Brock turns to internal expertise to find new Dean of Graduate Studies — May 16, 2011
Brock University officially opens Confucius Institute — May 15, 2011
Brock names new director of Athletics — May 11, 2011
Fundraiser will boost regional heart institute at Brock – May 9, 2011
Mac researcher to become Brock’s new Dean of Applied Health Sciences — May 6, 2011
Brock announces new Vice-President, Research — May 2, 2011
Brock hires new manager of student off-campus living — May 2, 2011

April 2011

Brock students step into the gaming world with two new releases — April 20, 2011
Study looks at who gets phished by Internet scammers — April, 14 2011
Brock hosts fifth annual Niagara Social Justice Forum — April 9, 2011
New Brock collection honours music history in Niagara — April 8, 2011
Brock drama students hold 10k charity run — April 4, 2011

March 2011

Professor awarded grant to study struggling students — March 31, 2011
Brock hosts fifth annual Niagara Social Justice Forum April 9 — March 30, 2011
Brock research lands on store shelves at Mark’s Work Wearhouse — March 24, 2011
Brock pushing for bonus matching funds for student awards — March 15, 2011
Nobel laureate and Swedish climate change experts coming to Brock — March 4, 2011
2011 Terry O’Malley Lecture: “Confessions from The Shark Tank” — March 3, 2011

February 2011

With architect in place, downtown arts project passes a huge milestone — Feb. 18, 2011
Brock returns to award-winning architect for school of fine and performing arts — Feb. 18, 2011
Brock awarded $220,000 for augmented reality project — Feb. 15, 2011
Cross-country donor boosts Brock’s animal studies program — Feb. 14, 2011
New collection shows lives of early black settlers in Canada - Feb. 10, 2011
Brock looks to partner with Niagara businesses on innovative R&D — Feb. 9, 2011
Brock names directors for its new Confucius Institute — Feb. 8, 2011
Brock professor to study climate change in China — Feb. 7, 2011

January 2011

Brock to host Trudeau Lecture — Jan. 24, 2011
Brock students to get a taste of big leagues — Jan. 17, 2011
Brock alumnus to speak about oldest forms of complex life — Jan. 13, 2011




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