Communications, Media Relations and Public Affairs https://brocku.ca/media-room Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:20:40 -0400 en-CA hourly 1 Brock research lauds Niagara’s ‘resilient’ manufacturing sector https://brocku.ca/media-room/2018/09/24/brock-research-lauds-niagaras-resilient-manufacturing-sector/ Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:20:40 +0000 http://brocku.ca/media-room/?p=1115 MEDIA RELEASE: 24 September 2018 – R00168

There’s another side to the doom-and-gloom scenario of empty factories and unemployment lines left over from Niagara’s once-booming large-scale manufacturing sector.

The upside: increased employment; lucrative exports; innovative approaches.

The manufacturing sector may look very different than in days gone by, but it’s still a force to be reckoned with, says new research from Brock University’s Niagara Community Observatory (NCO).

The NCO’s policy brief, “Shifting Gears: Examining the recent upswing of Niagara’s manufacturing sector,” contains statistics on employment and exports, and characteristics of the sector that have evolved to support Niagara’s emerging economy over the past six years.

“The general trend is that manufacturing has been very resilient, has stayed in the region and, in fact, has seen an upswing since 2012, so there’s a bit of a wind in our sails,” says brief co-author, NCO Director Charles Conteh.

He and co-author Sean Calcott, a recent master’s graduate in the Department of Political Science, will be presenting the policy brief at Brock University on Thursday, Sept. 27.

“The sector has made tremendous strides over the past several years,” says Calcott. “Rather than lament where manufacturing has gone, we need to ask ourselves where it’s going to take us next.”

The event, co-hosted by the Department of Political Science Speaker Series, will include a panel discussion with business and Niagara Region representatives.

To register, visit the NCO registration page.

What: Niagara Community Observatory policy brief release “Shifting Gears: Examining the recent upswing of Niagara’s manufacturing sector”

Who: Brief co-authors Charles Conteh, NCO Director and co-author Sean Calcott; Panelists: Mishka Balsom (Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce), Dolores Fabiano (South Niagara Chamber of Commerce) and Blake Landry (Niagara Region)

Where: Pond Inlet, Brock University

When: Thursday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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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REMINDER: Brock’s Homecoming Grape Stomp set for Friday https://brocku.ca/media-room/2018/09/20/reminder-brocks-homecoming-grape-stomp-set-for-friday/ Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:17:03 +0000 http://brocku.ca/media-room/?p=1113 MEDIA RELEASE: 20 September 2018 – R00167

The messiest event on the Brock University calendar is on for Friday, Sept. 21.

The annual Homecoming Grape Stomp takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Brock’s Jubilee Court, where teams of students will compete for prizes by dressing up in costumes and stomping away on a metric tonne of Concord grapes.

A group of children from the Rosalind Blauer Centre for Child Care on the Brock campus will get the party started by stomping their own piles of grapes at noon.

Around 700 Brock students will then get their chance to take part in the messy tradition, which has been ranked No. 2 out of the top Canadian university traditions by University Affairs Magazine.

The Grape Stomp event will also feature live music and a free barbecue.

Members of the media are invited to attend the event, and may take part if they’re interested.

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 alumni, Niagara community invited to celebrate Brock Homecoming weekend https://brocku.ca/media-room/2018/09/20/brock-alumni-niagara-community-invited-to-celebrate-brock-homecoming-weekend/ Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:16:16 +0000 http://brocku.ca/media-room/?p=1111 MEDIA RELEASE: 17 September 2018 – R00166

Brock University is celebrating Homecoming this weekend and the Niagara community is invited.

This year’s Homecoming celebration takes place from Friday, Sept. 21 to Sunday, Sept. 23 with a variety of activities happening on campus and in the community.

Highlighting the weekend are the annual Grape Stomp in Brock’s Jubilee Court Friday afternoon, the Steel Blade Classic Tailgate Party and now sold-out hockey game Friday night, the Alumni Recognition Reception Saturday at noon and Brock Night at the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival Saturday night.

“As the most anticipated alumni event of the year, Homecoming provides our Brock alumni the opportunity to connect with one another, their alma mater and our outstanding students,” said Shelley Huxley, Director, Alumni Relations. “Our alumni make us very proud and we are honoured to welcome them home.”

A full list of Homecoming weekend events can be found on the Brock University website, and all events are open to the media.

Here are some of the major Homecoming events scheduled for this year:

Grape Stomp

Friday, Sept. 21, Noon

Brock’s annual Grape Stomp has been called one of the Top 10 best Canadian university traditions. Nearly 1,000 students are expected to take part in the messy grape-stomping party in Brock’s Jubilee Court.

Homecoming Tailgate Party / 20th Annual Steel Blade Classic

Friday, Sept. 21, 4 p.m. / 7 p.m.

Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts is hosting the annual Homecoming Tailgate Party featuring refreshments, music and family-friendly events. From there, the party moves indoors when the Brock Badgers men’s hockey team hosts the Guelph Gryphons in the 20th annual Steel Blade Classic at the Meridian Centre. The game is now completely sold out.

Alumni Recognition Reception

Saturday, Sept. 22, Noon

Taking place at Brock’s Lowenberger Dining Hall, alumni who graduated either 25 or 50 years ago will be recognized. The event will also celebrate Joe Kenny (MEd ’85) and Karen McAllister-Kenny (MEd ’97) as the 2018 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award, presented by the Brock University Alumni Association. They will be the first joint-recipients, the first married couple and the first master’s graduates to be honoured with this award. Brock’s Faculties will also present the Distinguished Faculty Graduate Awards Saturday.

Goodman School of Business Tours and Reception

Saturday, Sept. 22, 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Tours of the new Goodman School of Business building will be available at 1:30, 2:20 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. The 30-minute tours will be led by the Lead Project Manager and the Business Student Association President and will include a walk-through of the classrooms, atrium and a demonstration of some of the new technology being used.

From 2 to 4 p.m., a free Goodman School of Business Reception will be held in the new atrium. In addition, Goodman graduating classes of 2008 and 2013 will celebrate reunions.

Brock Night at the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival

Saturday, Sept. 22, 5 to 7 p.m.

Back again for 2018 is the Brock VIP experience at the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival. Brock alumni who have pre-purchased tickets will experience local wine and food while enjoying a panoramic view of Montebello Park from the elevated and covered Harvest Lounge.

Reunions

Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22

Among the reunions being held throughout the weekend are: Class of 2008, 2013 and 2017; Earth Sciences; and Badgers reunions for hockey, lacrosse and fencing.

Brock Badgers

Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23
In addition to the Steel Blade Classic hockey game Friday night, there will be a full slate of Brock Badgers home games taking place Saturday and Sunday including women’s rugby, men’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s soccer. There will also be rowing at the WIFC North Course in Welland Saturday, women’s hockey action at the Seymour Hannah Centre Saturday, and the tennis team competing at White Oaks both days. See GoBadgers.ca for a full schedule of times and locations for both home and away games this weekend.

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 film series moves to Performing Arts Centre for new season https://brocku.ca/media-room/2018/09/14/brock-film-series-moves-to-performing-arts-centre-for-new-season/ Fri, 14 Sep 2018 18:13:43 +0000 http://brocku.ca/media-room/?p=1109 MEDIA RELEASE: 14 September 2018 – R00165

Brock University Film Society (BUFS) is launching its new season with a well-known partner on board.

The longstanding movie series will begin its latest run at the end of the month in collaboration with The Film House at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC).

Screenings will take place at the downtown St. Catharines theatre over the course of 11 weeks — and cinema buffs will not want to miss a scene.

With the advent of streaming sites and changes to the way films are distributed, people are tempted to watch movies at home. But Scott Henderson, a professor in the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film, and one of the people behind BUFS, wants to challenge that idea. According to Henderson, there’s more to watching a movie than just hitting play.

“Many smaller films don’t make it to the big screens of the multiplex. These are often the ‘buzz’ films from festivals that show up on ‘best of’ lists compiled by critics at the end of the year, and become part of the Oscar discussion,” Henderson says. “The BUFS lineup is an opportunity for Niagara film lovers to see these hotly tipped films on a big screen, and also glean insight from Brock’s Film Studies professors.”

The Sept. 20 season opener, Paul Schrader’s First Reformed, even has a small Brock connection. Schrader’s piece on film noir was a staple in all four editions of retired Brock Professor Barry Grant’s book Film Genre Reader. Grant, of course, has had a long connection to BUFS and his contributions to film culture in Niagara are well known. Many film lovers in the community first encountered the study of film in his first-year course.

The lineup continues with such titles as Let the Sunshine In, Sorry to Bother You, Papillon, and others. Check out the BUFS page for a full list of this season’s selections. A calendar of films coming to PAC over the next couple of months is posted on The Film House website. Look for the red B that indicates a BUFS-hosted screening.

For more than 40 years, the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film has hosted the film society (also previously known as a series) to bring some of the best in independent, international and Canadian cinema to St. Catharines.

Tickets are available at the Film House on the evening of screenings. General admission is $9 or $7 for members, plus tax. Memberships are available through the Film House website.

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 part of international project commemorating heroes of First World War https://brocku.ca/media-room/2018/09/13/brock-part-of-international-project-commemorating-heroes-of-first-world-war/ Thu, 13 Sep 2018 18:24:26 +0000 http://brocku.ca/media-room/?p=1107 MEDIA RELEASE: 13 September 2018 – R00164

For 12 hours each day for 61 days, the names of those killed in the First World War will scroll across video screens in Niagara and around the world. Sadly, it will take from now until Remembrance Day to recognize the more than one million men and women killed on both sides of the conflict.

This November marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, and Brock University is involved in The World Remembers, a Canadian-led international project to commemorate those killed during the war and those who died of their injuries in the years that followed.

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the names of the dead from 16 nations on both sides of the conflict started appearing on four screens in Niagara, as well as across Canada, the U.S., Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Each name will appear on a precise day, hour and minute.

The multiple sites allow as many students, staff, faculty and members of the Niagara community as possible to participate in this shared commemoration, says Elizabeth Vlossak, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.

“The displays become destinations as people make their way to the nearest location to view the names of lost relatives or family friends,” she says. “But the displays also disrupt public spaces, as we witness and remember the more than one million men and women who died in the war.”

R.H. Thompson, co-producer of The World Remembers says “memory is part of what makes us human.”

“It is an opportunity to honour the diversity of Canadians caught up in the First World War.”

The names will run for more than 12 hours each day until Remembrance Day. Additional information and the specific schedule can be found on The World Remembers website.

Additional information is available at each site in Niagara covering topics such as the experiences of Indigenous people and ethnic minorities in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, the impact of war on mental health and the role of music in the First World War.

The local installation was initiated by Jim Doherty, President of the Niagara Military Museum, who was inspired by The World Remembers’ earlier projects. Doherty brought the idea to The History Lab collaborators, Associate Professors in the Department of History Elizabeth Vlossak and Maria del Carmen Suescun Pozas.

Four locations have been chosen for the display. At Brock, the names can be seen in the Matheson Learning Commons and in the library of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. The Niagara Falls Public Library is also hosting the display at their Victoria Avenue and MacBain Community Centre branches.

“We are so pleased to be a part of this project, especially at this time of year when we formally honour and remember our veterans,” says Alicia Subnaik Kilgour, CEO and Chief Librarian at Niagara Falls Public Library. “This is such a thoughtful way to commemorate and remember the sacrifices made by some of our Canadian veterans from the First World War.”

The presentation is a collaboration between the History Lab, Niagara Falls Public Library, the Department of History, the Centre for Canadian Studies, the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and Brock’s Marketing and Communications department.

The final name in the display will appear at sunset on Nov. 11 and a special commemoration event is being planned.

What: The World Remembers

Where: Matheson Learning Commons and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University; Niagara Falls Public Library Victoria Avenue and MacBain Community Centre branches

When: Daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Nov. 11

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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Nobel Prize winner to speak at Brock https://brocku.ca/media-room/2018/09/11/nobel-prize-winner-to-speak-at-brock/ Tue, 11 Sep 2018 16:59:35 +0000 http://brocku.ca/media-room/?p=1102 MEDIA RELEASE: 11 September 2018 – R00163

A remarkable researcher who was awarded a Nobel Prize for his theories on chemical reactions will speak at Brock University Friday, Sept. 14.

Roald Hoffmann, Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters Emeritus at Cornell University, will deliver a talk on Inverting Ligand Fields in Sankey Chamber at noon Friday.

Considered the patriarch of theoretical chemistry, he has taught generations of scientists the fundamentals of chemical bond and reactivity.

“He became very famous at a very early age because he was a physicist who became a chemist and made significant contributions to our understanding of chemistry,” said Brock University Department of Chemistry Professor Georgii Nikonov. “Students read books and they don’t realize that the people they’re learning about are still here. To me, he’s the definition of a legend.”

It was Nikonov who invited Hoffmann to speak at Brock. The two met decades ago when Nikonov was a university student and have stayed in contact ever since.

“When I was studying for what I’m doing now, I was reading his papers from the 1970s and ’80s. He educated me just like the rest of the world about the machinery of theoretical thinking. He’s both an excellent teacher and an excellent researcher,” Nikonov said.

Brock Professor of Chemistry Travis Dudding agrees.

“Roald Hoffmann is a legend in the field of organic chemistry and someone that even as a young student I was amazed by and wished to meet someday,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to hearing his talk.”

Hoffmann came to the U.S. in 1949 after he and a few surviving family members escaped Poland during the Holocaust. He studied chemistry at Columbia and Harvard universities and joined the faculty at Cornell in 1965.

In 1981, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry alongside Kenichi Fukui for what Hoffmann describes as his work in applied theoretical chemistry.

Hoffmann is also an accomplished author, poet and playwright.

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 program ready to help develop ideas of young Niagara entrepreneurs https://brocku.ca/media-room/2018/09/07/brock-program-ready-to-help-develop-ideas-of-young-niagara-entrepreneurs/ Fri, 07 Sep 2018 15:33:41 +0000 http://brocku.ca/media-room/?p=1100 MEDIA RELEASE: 7 September 2018 – R00162

Bailey Cochrane had the business idea, but it was a boost from BioLinc that helped take it from concept to reality.

The fourth-year Bachelor of Business Administration student in Brock University’s Goodman School of Business knew he wanted to design an online resource for people who were interested in Ontario wine.

Through his participation in BioLinc’s Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship Program, he was able to transform the vision for Stocked Cellars into an operating online business. Although this wasn’t Cochrane’s first time starting a company, the program gave him resources that built on his previous knowledge and helped him step outside his comfort zone.

“It allowed me to conceptualize exactly how I wanted to go about starting a technology company,” he said.

Stocked Cellars was designed as a technology resource that aims to understand Ontario wine consumers, provides customers resources to help them make purchase decisions and acts as an alternative to traditional wine retail.

Cochrane envisions next adding a virtual reality experience to the website where consumers can be transported to Niagara wine country from their computer screen.

The Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship Program is in its fifth year after helping more than 150 young entrepreneurs in the past. Niagara residents between the ages of 18 and 29 with an early-stage business idea are encouraged to submit an application by the Friday, Sept. 21 deadline.

“The program helps young entrepreneurs determine if this is a viable career path for them,” said Program Manager and BioLinc Co-ordinator Cassie Price. “If they find out entrepreneurship isn’t for them, we can teach them other ways they can be innovative in their career path.”

Up to 35 young entrepreneurs will have access to monthly seminars and training, mentorship, networking events, advisory services and funding opportunities.

“They don’t have to have more than an idea. We can work with them to help them grow that and expand,” Price said. “As they go through the program, they can determine if their idea is viable and if it’s something they want to pursue.”

Cochrane encourages potential applicants not to hold back from applying if they think that their business idea isn’t polished enough.

“Even when you think your business isn’t at a stage in which you could go through an entrepreneurial program like this, it is,” he said.

“All you need is an idea and this program will help you formulate that idea into potentially a real business.”

Both Brock student Bailey Cochrane and BioLinc Co-ordinator Cassie Price are available for interviews on the program and how it can benefit young Niagara entrepreneurs.

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

* Dan Dakin, Media Relations Officer, 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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‘Rising star’ of research awarded national Vanier Scholarship https://brocku.ca/media-room/2018/09/07/rising-star-of-research-awarded-national-vanier-scholarship/ Fri, 07 Sep 2018 10:54:52 +0000 http://brocku.ca/media-room/?p=1098 MEDIA RELEASE: 7 September 2018 – R00161

A Brock University PhD student doing cutting-edge research on how children learn to recognize faces has received a prestigious national scholarship.

Psychology student Claire Matthews has been granted a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship that will see her use breakthrough methods to shed light on children’s perceptions of new faces and the processing of this information in their minds.

“One of the studies in my PhD will examine whether motion facilitates children’s face learning,” says Matthews. “If motion helps children learn, we may actually be underestimating children’s abilities by asking them to recognize a new face by just looking at static images.”

This is part of Matthews’ PhD program, which focusses on facial recognition across the lifespan to understand differences in the process of learning.

“Our lab is really the only one in Canada examining these types of questions from a developmental perspective,” she says.

This builds upon Matthews’ years-long facial recognition research, which has led to a partnership with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and can help police officers and border officials do their jobs more effectively.

“Border Service agents need to analyze a photo of a person they have never seen before and quickly decide if that person is who they say they are,” she says. “I am working with the CBSA to use my research findings to help improve their training protocols.”

Professor of Psychology Catherine Mondloch, Matthews’ PhD supervisor in Brock’s Centre for Lifespan Development, says the work Matthews is doing is cutting-edge and will impact Canadians.

“Claire is addressing unexplored questions in facial recognition with studies that demonstrate her ingenuity and commitment to research,” she says. “She is a rising star.”

The $50,000 Vanier scholarship is designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields.

“We are so proud of Claire’s many achievements. In particular, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recognizes her as an outstanding researcher, contributing to not only the reputation of Brock University, but to Canada’s reputation for excellence in research,” says Diane Dupont, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies.

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

* Dan Dakin, Media Relations Officer, 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’s record enrolment defies Ontario’s shrinking pool https://brocku.ca/media-room/2018/09/06/brocks-record-enrolment-defies-ontarios-shrinking-pool/ Thu, 06 Sep 2018 17:13:02 +0000 http://brocku.ca/media-room/?p=1095 MEDIA RELEASE: 6 September 2018 – R00160

Call it reputation, call it success, but Brock University is starting the new school year with its largest incoming class in a decade, and its largest-ever enrolment.

More than 5,000 new students started the Fall Term at Brock Wednesday, Sept. 5, marking a six per cent increase over last year’s incoming class. Brock’s 2018-19 total fall enrolment is projected to be more than 19,100 students — the largest in the school’s 54-year history.

The incoming undergraduate class is the second largest since the double cohort year in 2003, when a massive influx of students headed to university as the result of the elimination of the fifth year of high school.

Brock’s positive growth this fall can be seen across a number of major metrics:

  • The number of high school grads entering Brock is up four per cent from last year, even though the Ontario-wide pool of high school grads declined by more than one per cent
  • Overall, the number of new undergrads is eight per cent higher than a year ago
  • Two per cent increase over last year in new graduate students
  • More than 900 new international grad and undergrad students from 68 different countries have confirmed their intentions to come to Brock — a remarkable 50 per cent spike from last year’s intake of new international students.

“The positive enrolment numbers we are seeing this fall are a testament to the hard work and skills of our recruitment team at Brock and to our growing reputation for providing a welcoming and inclusive learning environment that offers great programs and courses taught by our engaged and committed faculty,” said Tom Dunk, Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic.

“Staff and faculty are dedicated to putting students first and this year’s numbers suggest that the word is getting out.”

The positive news for Brock comes at a time when the provincial numbers are down from where they were at this time in 2017. While the average enrolment for domestic students is down about one per cent, that number is up four per cent at Brock. And while international enrolment is trending higher across the province, Brock’s numbers are more than three times the provincial average.

James Mandigo, Brock Vice-Provost for Enrolment Management and International, said the international enrolment numbers are “off the charts.”

“One of the factors is we’ve diversified the countries we’re focusing on with emerging markets such as Africa, Latin America and India,” Mandigo said. “And there has been a huge increase internationally in coming to Canada. It’s the fastest growing market because it’s known as a multicultural country that supports diversity and offers a great education at an affordable price.”

But Brock University has also focused on its own backyard, with staff visiting Niagara secondary schools and encouraging students to experience Brock with campus visits.

The result has been a significant increase in the number of Niagara students making Brock their choice for post-secondary education.

“A lot of the strategy has been about getting out into the community and letting them feel what it means to be a student here at Brock. It’s all about making Brock more inviting and accessible to the community,” Mandigo said.

He credited Brock’s faculty members with being approachable and willing to help tell the Brock experience story.

“Brock’s reputation as being student-centred is really important,” he said. “Our faculty is very much engaged with our recruitment activities so students get to meet our faculty at various events.”

While the 2018-19 numbers are extremely positive, Greg Finn, who will begin his term as Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic on Oct. 1, said Brock has no intentions of resting on its laurels.

“Yes, students are seeing the value in Brock and are choosing to come here, but we can’t rest on those numbers,” he said. “I think it’s important to build on the success. The word is out — Brock is a great place to come so we need to keep that momentum going.”

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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Student volunteers to head out across Niagara for milestone Brock Cares event https://brocku.ca/media-room/2018/09/05/student-volunteers-to-head-out-across-niagara-for-milestone-brock-cares-event/ Wed, 05 Sep 2018 18:55:01 +0000 http://brocku.ca/media-room/?p=1093 MEDIA RELEASE: 5 September 2018 – R00159

New and returning Brock students will come together Saturday to give back to the community they call home throughout the school year.

Badgers will head out across Niagara Sept. 8 to show their support for a variety of events and organizations during the 10th annual Brock Cares Day of Service.

Students will assist with a Canadian Blood Services drive, collect donations for Project SHARE’s Pack the Purolator event in Niagara Falls, prepare Niagara Catholic’s outdoor education site in Thorold for visiting children, and play games with residents of Linhaven, a long-term care facility in St. Catharines.

They will also lend a hand at community events, sort at food banks, freshen up service organization facilities and participate in community clean-ups.

“This is a chance for students to not only become acquainted with the community they’re living in, but to also say ‘thank you’ to Niagara residents for welcoming them in,” said Kristen Smith, Brock’s Manager of Community Outreach Programs in Student Life and Community Experience. “We hope connections are formed that result in continued volunteer opportunities throughout the year.”

About 300 participants, including some Brock employees, are expected to roll up their sleeves and show Niagara their support through outings in eight Niagara municipalities.

“We’re hoping this will be the largest Brock Cares Day of Service yet in honour of the event’s 10th anniversary,” said Community Engagement Co-ordinator Megan Brown. “Giving back is part of the culture here at Brock and people recognize and embrace that.”

Many student participants return year after year, eventually taking on leadership roles in the initiative.

Brock Cares comes on the final day of the University’s Welcome Week and helps to “set the tone for the rest of the year,” Brown said.

The initiative will be followed next week by VolunteerFEST on Thursday, Sept. 13 in Market Hall.

More than 30 Niagara organizations will participate in the vendor fair-style event to actively recruit volunteers and raise awareness of their respective missions.

“We’ve really been working to create new partnerships and leverage existing connections that already exist within the Brock community,” Brown said, adding she’s hopeful both initiatives will grow in the coming years.

Brock Cares is run by Student Life and Community Experience in partnership with the Brock University Students’ Union.

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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