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Brock to launch Engineering programs

4 hours 40 min ago

MEDIA RELEASE: 20 January 2020 – R0011

Brock University is launching bold new engineering programs designed to shape the future of technology.

Placing employability of students at the core, graduates will come out of the program poised to work with megatrends like food innovation, additive manufacturing and robotic process automation while mastering conceptual skills like emotional intelligence, cognitive flexibility and complex problem-solving.

“Engineering at Brock will focus on a humanist perspective; in particular, the urgent need to protect the environment on a local, national and global scale,” said Greg Finn, Provost and Vice-President, Academic. “As the University is located on a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, we have always been committed to sustainability.”

The program was designed in consultation with professional associations, as well as top engineering companies in Ontario.

The program’s development team was headed by Special Advisor Janusz Koziński and included scholars from all of the University’s academic Faculties.

After launching this month with a minor in Engineering Science, the program will expand into a full realm of undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a Master of Engineering (MEng professional degree); Bachelor of Engineering (BEng); Master of Applied Science (MASc research-based); and PhD (research-based).

Since the University’s inception, the academic architects of Brock were committed to introducing professional education — including Engineering — to the community as a fundamental part of the University’s mission.

“Every University must adapt to meet the changing needs of the community it serves,” said Finn. “That includes providing students with the opportunity to study relevant and inspiring subjects that also respond to the needs of employers who are seeking graduates with the skills to succeed in the new, technology-driven economy.”

The bold and rigorous program was also informed by the University’s Institutional Strategic Plan, in which four key priorities include expanding the University’s research capacity and offering a transformational and accessible academic and university experience.

The Integrated Engineering program will include multiple experiential learning opportunities to give students real-world experience, build industry connections and enhance professional skills.

“Brock is a community of trailblazers,” said Finn. “Our mission is to equip and empower a new generation of young minds to meet tomorrow’s challenges.”

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University ddakin@brocku.ca, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

Brock University Marketing and Communications has a full-service studio where we can provide high definition video and broadcast-quality audio. 

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Brock pioneers breakthrough to link graduates with employers

7 hours 3 min ago

MEDIA RELEASE: 17 January 2020 – R0009

Brock University is launching a unique post-graduation training program to help students bridge the gap between the end of their academic degree and the beginning of their employment career.

Called “Talent Bridge,” the University has partnered with industry employers who have identified sector-specific skills and licensing credentials that graduating students need as they transition to fulltime employment. This program will give graduates an inside edge in a competitive job market.

Talent Bridge will have multiple industry streams. More than 10 companies have signed up so far, and the list is growing. The program will make its debut this spring. In the first cohort, graduates will receive skills training and knowledge to begin sales careers in the insurance industry, but it will steadily spread the range of industry partners to embrace sectors such as financial services, software development and others.

Senior students (they can be from any academic discipline) who sign up for Talent Bridge will spend four months in an industry-specific training program, gaining not just experience and skills, but also the type of professional accreditation that few of their competitors will have.

For instance, this year’s students will be able to write for either their Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario (RIBO) or Other Than Life (OTL) certificates, qualifications that are highly valued by insurance companies who are looking to hire talent.

Unlike other programs, the $6,000 cost of enrolling in Talent Bridge will be covered by the employer for all students who are successfully hired and complete their probationary period.

Talent Bridge Manager Madi Fuller said the goal is to catapult students past some of the obstacles faced by recent grads entering the job market.

“Talent Bridge will connect final-year students’ degrees to a learning opportunity that includes professional development and mentorship in order to facilitate a seamless transition into the workforce,” said Fuller. “It provides an extra level of specialization and training so employers know the participants are ready to embrace their professional roles from their first day on the job. Successful participants know that they have a real shot at permanent employment— and, the opportunity to recover the financial investment getting there.”

The application deadline is March 6 for students seeking a space in this spring’s cohort. To help students better understand the program, two information workshops — hosted by the program’s industry partners and Brock staff — will be held at Brock on Jan. 20 at 12 noon in WH 303, and on Jan. 22 at 5pm in TH 240.

Fuller said the program will benefit employers as well as well as students. Near the end of the program, employer partners will interview participants individually and present job offers.

“Finding and retaining great talent can be difficult and cost a significant amount of money and resources,” she said. “As many employers look to strengthen their early talent pipeline, Talent Bridge provides them with a pool of new grads ready to hit the ground running thanks to the focused training they have received in a specific field.”

David Leadbetter, from Lawrie Insurance Group in Hamilton, one of the industry partners, said the company is “thrilled” to be part of Talent Bridge.

“We are always looking for top talent, and having access to a group of newly graduated students who have been assessed and trained is something that our industry really needs,” said Leadbetter. “Being able to work with Brock on this program will help us find new talent, and it’s great that the new grads are coming from a university known for ensuring students have solid experience and strong skillsets.”

Cara Krezek, Brock’s Director of Co-op, Career, and Experiential Education, said the idea for Talent Bridge came from conversations she has had with industry partners.

“We listened to industry partners who tell us that they are looking for employees who possess not only the university graduate level competencies of problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity, but also industry-specific credentials and professional training,” said Krezek.

Anna Lathrop, Brock’s Vice Provost, Teaching, Learning and Student Success, said the unique program is the next step in the University’s strategic plan commitment to build upon its experiential, work-integrated, and co-op strength, thereby graduating students who meet labour market needs.

“We are delighted to be able to engage with industry partners directly, listen to the talent demands of our Region,” said Lathrop, “and respond with a program that is a ‘win-win’ for employers and prospective employees alike.”

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University ddakin@brocku.ca, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

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Brock to join national moment of silence for Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752

Tue, 2020-01-14 10:58

MEDIA RELEASE: 14 January 2020 – R0008

On Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 1 p.m, Brock University will join other post-secondary institutions across the country in a moment of silence to remember the victims of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752.

Universities across Canada will mark one week since the devastating crash that claimed the lives of 176 people, including 57 Canadians and many from the country’s university community.

Brock held a vigil on Friday and lowered the flags in front of Schmon Tower to half-mast, and on Wednesday, the community will join in remembering the victims with a moment of silence during a brief ceremony in the Rankin Family Pavilion starting just prior to 1 p.m.

We realize not everyone will be able to attend, so Brock encourages faculty, staff and students to consider honouring the moment of silence in classrooms, offices or wherever you are at that time.

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University ddakin@brocku.ca, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

Brock University Marketing and Communications has a full-service studio where we can provide high definition video and broadcast-quality audio.

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Brock prof says Flight 752 tragedy the result of Iran’s attempt at flexing its missile strength

Tue, 2020-01-14 09:54

MEDIA RELEASE: 13 January 2020 – R0007

Iran was attempting to show off the capabilities of its missile program last week, when things went terribly wrong.

Michael Armstrong, Associate Professor of Operations Research in Brock’s Goodman School of Business, recently published a piece in The Conversation about two missile strikes conducted by Iran, as well as the technology available to deter missile launches.

“Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) recently demonstrated its sophisticated missile technology by attacking U.S. military bases in Iraq. But later the same day, its missiles unintentionally destroyed an airliner in Iran, killing 176 civilians, including 57 Canadians,” says Armstrong, who uses mathematical models to study missile combat at sea and short-range rocket defenses on land.

“That combined success and blunder suggest Iran’s military and government ‘human systems’ have not kept up with the weapon technology they wield.”

Armstrong says it also illustrates how missile threats pose challenges to other countries worldwide.

“You could call the incident human error or recklessness and incompetence,” he says. “Either way, it indicates problems with organizational co-ordination and communication, rather than the technology itself.”

Associate Professor Michael Armstrong is available for interview requests.

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University ddakin@brocku.ca, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

Brock University Marketing and Communications has a full-service studio where we can provide high definition video and broadcast-quality audio.

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Brock expert says Olympics are a political game

Tue, 2020-01-14 09:52

MEDIA RELEASE: 10 January 2020 – R0006

A Brock University Assistant Professor of Sport Management says he’s surprised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) felt the need to clarify its rule about political gestures.

IOC President Thomas Bach defended the Committee’s decision this week to tighten its rules around athlete activism.

Bach said Friday the Olympics are not and must never be a platform to advance political or any other divisive ends, but Brock Sport Management Assistant Professor Michael Naraine says that stance isn’t necessarily accurate.

“The Olympic Games are inherently a political event,” Naraine says. “For instance, having a unified Korean team at the 2018 Games in PyeongChang was a political statement.”

That said, Naraine says he understands why the IOC wants to “protect and preserve the commercial value to sponsors and broadcast rights holders in this new era of ‘wokeness’ and athlete activism.”

“There are sponsors on board for the Olympic movement who are spending billions of dollars to associate their brands with the Games,” he says. “New entrants like Toyota, Intel and Alibaba are publicly traded firms that are using the Games to advance their products and services and perceived negative publicity or any disruption to the event could derail their branding and message consistency.”

The move to clarify the IOC’s political gesture rules also comes on the heels of the current global conflicts and tension.

“The IOC is allowing athletes to share their dissent or activism via social media, however this is unlikely to be the case given that athletes will want to use their digital brands to maximize partnerships and stay ‘on brand,’ Naraine says.

Brock University Sport Management Assistant Professor Michael Naraine is available for interview requests.

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University ddakin@brocku.ca, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

Brock University Marketing and Communications has a full-service studio where we can provide high definition video and broadcast-quality audio.

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Brock and McMaster renew health sciences collaboration

Wed, 2020-01-08 11:40

MEDIA RELEASE: 8 January 2020 – R0005

McMaster University and Brock University have renewed an agreement which has seen more Niagara-trained doctors practising in the region.

Signing a five-year extension on Wednesday, Jan. 8 were Brock University President Gervan Fearon, Dean and Vice-President of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University Paul O’Byrne, Brock Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Dean Peter Tiidus, and Regional Assistant Dean of McMaster’s Niagara Regional Campus Amanda Bell.

Since moving into space on the Brock campus in 2012, more than 30 physician graduates and 30 medical residency graduates from McMaster University’s Niagara Regional Campus have begun practising in the region. The renewed agreement provides the framework to continue the partnership and to expand its benefits to students of the two universities.

McMaster’s Niagara Regional Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine is located in the Roy & Lois Cairns Health & Bioscience Research Complex on Brock’s main St. Catharines campus.

More than a renewal agreement, the signing marked a commitment to expand the academic collaboration between the two institutions.

“This is a unique partnership between two universities,” said O’Byrne. “Not only are we sharing space on the Brock campus, but we also share learning resources as well as collaborations in teaching and research and in exploring health career pathways.”

The 9,000-square-foot McMaster campus is currently the educational home for 84 undergraduate medical students and 26 medical residents who are doing their clinical and specialty training at Niagara Health.

Since moving to Brock from the former St. Catharines General Hospital in 2012, the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine has graduated 208 medical students, 80 family medicine residents, seven emergency medicine residents and two general surgery residents. More than 60 of them have stayed in Niagara to practise.

“Brock University holds as a key priority the contributions it makes to enriching and strengthening communities across the Niagara region,” said Fearon. “It’s difficult to imagine a more important way of impacting peoples’ lives than by helping improve their health care, including the training of health professionals right here in Niagara. Brock is pleased that our partnership with McMaster University facilitates us in making this contribution, as well as establishing a new scope for building on our shared successes.”

Tiidus said the partnership is a benefit to Brock students because they are able to access McMaster’s anatomy lab and other resources.

“The unparalleled access by our undergraduate students to the McMaster human anatomy facilities, coupled with our other extensive and hi-tech anatomy teaching facilities makes our anatomy instruction and student learning experience among the very best in Canada,” he said, adding that several students from Brock’s Medical Sciences program have continued their journey toward becoming physicians through McMaster’s Niagara campus.

“It’s an enriched environment,” said Bell.

“In the past, our collaboration has included both joint clinical and international health learning opportunities as well as joint research projects. We’re looking forward to future partnerships between our programs on issues such as the health of marginalized populations, and on joint symposia,” she said. “We appreciate the opportunity of our medical students to feel part of the university community life here; it’s a beautiful campus,”

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University
ddakin@brocku.ca, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

* Veronica McGuire, Media Relations, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
vmcguir@mcmaster.ca, 289-776-6952

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Expert available for comment on cultural heritage in Iran

Tue, 2020-01-07 16:31

MEDIA RELEASE: 7 January 2020 – R0004

The threat by U.S. President Donald Trump against Iranian sites of cultural importance has archaeologists concerned.

“While the destruction of monuments and the looting of sites was a frequent feature of ancient combat, modern efforts strive to preserve heritage in recognition of its value beyond the national level,” says Elizabeth S. Greene, Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at Brock University. “By threatening cultural sites in Iran, the president fails to consider the broad value of these places, not just to Iran, but to the world more broadly.

“Iran’s losses would be a tragic for all of us.”

Greene also serves as the first vice-president the Archaeological Institute of America, which has released a statement condemning the intentional targeting of Iranian cultural sites.

The 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict designates the deliberate destruction of cultural sites a war crime.

Iran currently has 24 cultural sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and another 54 sites on the Tentative List.

A letter by the Archaeological Institute of America printed in The New York Times notes that Iran’s rich cultural heritage covers a time span from the earliest evidence of human domestication of plants and animals through to the ornately tiled Islamic shrines and mosques.

Associate Professor of Classics Elizabeth S. Greene is available for media interviews.

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University ddakin@brocku.ca, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

Brock University Marketing and Communications has a full-service studio where we can provide high definition video and broadcast-quality audio.

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Badgers, Blues clash in fifth annual Paint the Meridian Red

Tue, 2020-01-07 16:30

MEDIA RELEASE: 7 January 2020 – R0003

The Brock Badgers basketball teams are ready to Paint the Meridian Red when they clash with the Toronto Varsity Blues in a community event at the Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines on Saturday, Jan. 11.

The women’s and men’s basketball teams will host a doubleheader versus the Varsity Blues at the Meridian Centre for a fifth-consecutive season as the women’s game tips off at 6 p.m. with the men to follow at 8 p.m.

Ranked No. 8 in the country, the Brock women’s team is enjoying a standout season. They sport a 9-1 record and sit first in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Central Division. Toronto comes into the game with a 2-8 record and will be fighting hard to salvage their season.

Brock entered the holiday break on a high note with an 82-80 win over the defending national champion McMaster Marauders in Hamilton to extend their win streak to six games.

“We’ve been going so strong this year and we couldn’t stop that now,” said third-year guard Kristin Gallant.

Earlier this season, senior point guard Melissa Tatti scored 23 points as Brock defeated Toronto 78-59 on the road.

Tatti leads the province with 6.6 assists per game and is fifth with 15.9 points per game.

Meanwhile, the men’s contest is shaping up to be a grudge match. The Badgers (5-5) are third in the Central Division while the Blues (4-6) sit fifth.

In November, the Varsity Blues picked up their first win of the season at the expense of the then nationally-ranked Badgers by a score of 70-66.

Brock has since become one of the most disciplined teams in the league with only 11.4 turnovers per game and are among the league leaders in team defence. Both teams are strong in the paint, however Toronto will have to contend with senior forward Daniel Cayer, who is second in the OUA with 11.1 rebounds per game.

Brock head coach Willy Manigat said this upcoming Paint the Meridian Red match is bigger than just Brock and Toronto playing a basketball game.

“The Niagara basketball community has so much potential,” said Manigat. “Hopefully in coming to the game, many more kids in Niagara will grow and aspire to one day play in this same venue and on this stage. I remember that for myself it was games like this that made me want to take basketball seriously.”

Tickets for the game are $15 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and youth. Limited courtside seats are also available for $25. All tickets can be purchased on Ticketmaster.ca

Media interested in covering the Paint the Meridian Centre Games are asked to RSVP to Dan Dakin.

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University ddakin@brocku.ca, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

Brock University Marketing and Communications has a full-service studio where we can provide high definition video and broadcast-quality audio.

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Top business competition comes to Brock

Tue, 2020-01-07 16:28

MEDIA RELEASE: 3 January 2020 – R0002

One of the largest business school competitions in Canada is being hosted for the first time at Brock University from Friday, Jan. 3 to Sunday, Jan. 5.

The JDC Central competition, which has been nicknamed the “business school Olympics,” will see 550 students from 11 universities across Ontario, Québec and Nova Scotia faceoff in academic cases in nine business disciplines, parliamentary-style debates, sports tournaments, a social competition and a charity component.

Students from Brock’s Goodman School of Business are hoping to defend their coveted School of the Year title, having won in 2017 and 2019. The 2018 event was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Goodman Dean Andrew Gaudes is honoured to welcome the group of elite business students to Brock.

“Competitions like this prepare students to think critically as well as respond to challenges in real-time, demonstrating their confidence and competence while preparing them to enter the workplace when they graduate,” said Gaudes.

“The students competing this weekend represent tomorrow’s business leaders. Goodman is proud to welcome them to campus.”

The 11th annual competition is organized by the Canadian Association of Business Students. In addition to the School of the Year title, the school with the most points in the academic case competition will earn the Academic Cup.

“JDC Central is a unique competition that provides business students with an amazing opportunity to apply the skills they are learning in the classroom, connect with a massive network of students from across the country, and fight for the coveted School of the Year trophy,” said Harry Jay, JDC Central’s Executive Director External for the competition.

“The Goodman School of Business at Brock University has been a powerhouse in recent years, so we are excited to have them host the competition this year with their beautiful campus and ongoing support.”

The competition kicks off with opening ceremonies in Niagara Falls Friday, Jan. 3 with the competition running all day Saturday and Sunday at Brock. The awards will be announced at a gala Sunday evening in Niagara Falls.

For interview requests throughout the weekend, contact Kaitlyn Little, Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator, Goodman School of Business at klittle@brocku.ca

For more information:

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University ddakin@brocku.ca, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970 

Brock University Marketing and Communications has a full-service studio where we can provide high definition video and broadcast-quality audio.

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Brock and McMaster universities to renew collaboration

Thu, 2020-01-02 15:02

MEDIA RELEASE: 2 January 2020 – R00001

McMaster University and Brock University are expanding their partnership and will sign a renewed collaboration agreement with additional shared academic initiatives.

The signing will take place Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. at the Niagara Regional Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University, which is located in the Roy & Lois Cairns Health & Bioscience Research Complex at Brock University.

Following the signing, members of the media are invited to join Brock and McMaster students and faculty for a tour of the anatomy lab shared by students from the two schools.

What: Brock University and McMaster University Memorandum of Understanding signing

When: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m.

Where: Niagara Regional Campus, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine McMaster University at the Roy & Lois Cairns Health & Bioscience Research Complex, Room 240, Brock University

Who: Paul O’Byrne, Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University; Gervan Fearon, President, Brock University; Amanda Bell, Regional Assistant Dean, Niagara Regional Campus McMaster University; Peter Tiidus, Dean, Applied Health Sciences, Brock University.

Members of the media are asked to RSVP to Dan Dakin and park in Reserved Lot A in front of the Roy & Lois Cairns Health & Bioscience Research Complex on the day of the signing.

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University ddakin@brocku.ca, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

* Veronica McGuire, Media Relations, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
vmcguir@mcmaster.ca, 289-776-6952

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