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Viola Desmond Chair in Social Justice

On Monday, November 8, 2010, on the 64th anniversary of the incident in the Roseland Theatre, New Glasgow, N.S., where Viola Desmond resisted the practice of racial segregation, Cape Breton University launched the Viola Desmond Chair in Social Justice.

Dr. Graham Reynold, Chair of the Department of History and Fine Arts has been appointed as the Chair’s first holder. For more information visit www.bitly.com/violadesmondchair or www.cbu.ca/desmond.

Harriss Hall is Officially Opened

On September 17, President and Vice-Chancellor, John Harker along with CBU Board of Governors Chair, Norma Boyd, officially opened and dedicated Harriss Hall. Named in honour of successful Cape Breton entrepreneur and one of CBU’s most significant donors, Victor J. Harriss, Harriss Hall is an exciting addition to CBU’s growing campus.  Read all the details at http://bit.ly/a9WfC9.

Operation Frosh Week 2010 Begins

Yesterday marked the first day on the CBU Frosh Week 2010 Schedule with a day jammed packed of events to welcome the new and returning CBU students moving into their residence dorm rooms. All day long there were registration tables set up where students could pick up their orientation packs, find out about other Frosh Week events, and sign-ups to volunteer for the upcoming CBU Students’ Union Shinerama SHINE DAY. There were also Frosh Leaders volunteering to help move students into their rooms while collecting donations for the Shinerama Campaign.

During the day the music was pumpin and the burgers on the grills were flippin’ as over 150 students attended the BBQ’s around residence. A group of students also decided to make their own fun by kicking a soccer ball around and then headed up to the new beach volleyball courts at the new Cape Breton Health Recreation Complex on campus.

At 4pm the new Harriss Hall Residence Dinning Hall opened its doors for the first time and the students were amazed by their new dining facilities. As a few of the students were getting a glimpse at the kitchen area, there was one service that they loved in particular which was the idea of the ‘My Pantry’ area, where you can go and make your own meals with everything you would find in your kitchen from home from the equipment to the food in the cupboards. The dining hall staff were also excited to finally open the new facilities and to see the students flowing in again!

After a successful day of events in the beautiful Cape Breton sunshine, the night was concluded with a bon fire outside residence where students gathered to roast marshmallows, listen to some music, and to socialize with the new friends that had met that day. One student even brought out his Ukulele and was taking song requests as the night went on!

Overall, the day was a tremendous success in terms of student involvement and the organization of the CBU Students’ Union Frosh Leader team, and of course we can’t complain about the beautiful weather that cooperated with the day’s events! The Frosh Leaders had the opportunity to welcome students from places as close as Cape Breton to students from the other East Coast Provinces, Saskatchewan, Alberta, China, and Ireland, just to name a few! All that could be heard of during the day were the great expectations and excitement that they have for the remainder of Frosh Week and their academic year starting at CBU.  We will just have to wait and see what the rest of the week will have in store!

Take a look at more of the video interviews of students caught during the day and to see some footage of the events check out:


CSEE Construction Cam

Construction for CBU’s Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment is well under way. The multi-million dollar research complex is expected to open in spring 2011. Use the CSEE construction cam to watch the building erect. To view the progress of the Centre visit http://bit.ly/ccRviK.

CBU Renames Two Buildings

When you receive your class schedule for September you may notice that your classes are no longer held in wings and blocks.  Don’t panic, the classrooms are still there. It’s the building names that have changed.  Over that past few months CBU has dedicated two buildings in honour of three well deserving men who were all major contributors to the success of this university.

The Marvin Harvey Building (formely B-Block) is named in honour of Marvin Leonard Harvey, a tireless educator, a dedicated coach and devoted family man. Serving as Chair of the CBU Board of Governors, Marvin championed the proposal to bring a Bachelor of Education Degree program to CBU.

The Arseneau-Britten Science Building (formerly A-Wing) is named after Dr. Don Arseneau and professor Elmer Britten.  Don Arseneau is a lifelong educator, community volunteer and devoted husband, and has long been associated with post-secondary education on Cape Breton Island.  Elmer Britten began his 25-year university teaching career in 1951 and shared his love of learning with students of the University College of Cape Breton until the time of his sudden passing in 1976. Elmer Britten was a valued contact for students of all disciplines as they entered and experienced university.

To get a real sense of the contribution these men made to CBU make sure to stop and read the dedication pieces located in each building.

Making it Easier to Navigate Campus

Lots of fantastic changes are happening around Cape Breton University. Campus is growing, buildings are being renamed and venues are being revamped.  It’s been an exciting couple of months that’s for sure!  To make things easier for students, faculty, staff and visitors the university has created a new campus map with plans to launch an interactive virtual campus tour in the near future.

New Residence Coming Along Nicely

The New Residence which is expected to open September 2010 will have 111 single bed, a 300 seat dining hall as well as a central mailroom for all on-campus students.

New Fitness Centre Opens Today

Located in the newly constructed Cape Breton Health Recreation Complex (CBHRC), the centre houses a vast selection of top quality cardiovascular equipment including treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, cross trainer machines, steppers and rowers. The CBU Fitness Facility also offers members a complete variety of selectorized strength machines complemented by an area designed for free weights.

The centre was designed keeping in mind the growing interest from students, faculty and staffing in cycling, yoga, pilates and others wellness programs.  As such, the facility has a private stretching/toning area furnished with mats, abdominal equipments, tubing and stability balls.  Adjacent to this area, members will find a Fitness Activity Room that will host spinning classes among other activities. Members and other users of the fitness facility will have access to the CBHRC change room and shower room located on the first floor of the building.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday            6:30 am to 10:00 pm

Saturday                          10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday                             10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Should you require additional information about the CBU/CBHRC Fitness Facility please feel free to contact Yann Artur at Ext. 1633 or yann_artur@cbu.ca.

Cape Breton University Continues to Improve Services for Students

Cape Breton University’s library will take on a new look in the near future with the recent announcement of a $1 million enhancement project.

On April 19, 2010, at the Boardmore Theatre, CBU President and Vice Chancellor, Dr. John Harker, along with, Chair and founder of the CBU Friends of the Library Committee, Eunice Harker and CBU Students’ Union Vice-President Finance & Operations, Sarah Pyke unveiled the project that is expected to start in May 2010.

The evening was a highlight of many events that have taken place over the year with the Boardmore Theatre buzzing with CBU donors, community members, students, faculty and staff, all eager to hear the exciting news.

And they were not disappointed. The enhancement plans include a revitalized, user-friendly environment, designed to meet changing student, staff and technological needs. The primary focus is movement through an arrival area central to improved access to services, reconfigured computer and student/staff work space, as well as, a new and comfortable seating area conducive to student group discussions and assignments. The seating area addition involves the removal of a large wall that will open up the library to more natural light. All will be visible destinations for a student, faculty or community visitor and have been designed in response to needs expressed by students and recognized by staff.

The CBU Library will also become more easily accessible with the addition of a second elevator, which can be accessed off the central arrival area. The elevator will actually become a focal point and will replicate the look of a town clock. More private, quiet study areas will be added on the second floor.  Flooring and lighting will be replaced throughout. Plans also include the addition of more wood treatments with a sound absorption quality that will improve the acoustics in the space.

“As the post-secondary education sector becomes more competitive, we have to ensure CBU competes effectively with other universities. By making enhancements such as those announced for the library tonight and improving services to our students, we are doing just that,” says Dr. Harker.

As if the announcement of the enhancement was not impressive enough, a reading by award winning Cape Breton author Linden Macintyre, topped off the evening along with musical selections from Lucy and Stewart MacNeil of the Barra MacNeils.

The night was a great celebration literary success!

Let the Demolition Begin

Demolition has begun for construction of the Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment. The Centre, which is expected to open in March 2011, is a state-of-the-art research facility that will house five research chairs specializing in Clean Energy from Coal, Green Energy, Mine Water Management, Remediation Technologies and Integrative Science.  Watch as the Centre progresses. Keep checking What’s New @ CBU.  For more information on the Centre and its initiatives visit www.cbu.ca/csee.