Media releases

  • Brock opens its arms to students in Niagara

    MEDIA RELEASE: 11 January 2018 – R00007

    If you are a Niagara region high school graduate with the academic qualifications to go to university, Brock University has a place for you.

    As part of its commitment to help the region’s post-secondary education rates continue to grow, the University is introducing a barrier-free transition for qualified local students.

    The latest advance on this front is a partnership between Brock and Denis Morris Catholic High School (DM) in St. Catharines, which has resulted in an entire Grade 12 class simultaneously earning a high school and a university credit in Kinesiology.

    This initiative adds to financial supports already in place for high school grads attending Brock, such as the Niagara Principal’s Scholarships, Brock Scholars Awards and new OSAP funding.

    In the DM project last fall, the Grade 12 students attended two classes each week on the Brock campus, giving them a taste of post-secondary learning as well as the growth experience of being at a university.

    Jamie Mandigo, Brock’s Vice-Provost for Enrolment Management and International, is also a Kinesiology professor and researcher, and acted as the instructor in this project. He said the Brock-DM partnership benefits everyone.

    “At the end of the day, we want all of the students to come to Brock,” he said. “But we also want them to feel comfortable applying to post-secondary education in general, and hopefully this experience helps with that decision.”

    DM’s Principal, Danny Di Lorenzo, was equally enthusiastic about the opportunities the course provided for local high school students.

    “It was groundbreaking for our students and was a very good connection between the two levels of learning,” he said. “The course allowed them the opportunity to see that they could succeed.”

    Di Lorenzo is hopeful that after getting a taste of university life many of his students will make Brock their first choice this fall.

    “Being a Brock graduate myself I always want to open their eyes to what a great school Brock is,” he said. “It should be a first choice for many of our students, and the course allowed them to see what a great program Brock has.”

    Each September, Brock takes in about 3,000 first-year students who have just graduated from high school. About 25 per cent of them are from the Niagara region. Brock officials want to increase that level of local participation.

    Statistics show that Niagara residents are nearly 15 per cent less likely to obtain a university certificate or degree than the average for the rest of Ontario. Mandigo said Brock’s outreach efforts will help change this pattern.

    “Brock is Niagara’s university,” he said. “Education attainment levels are a big priority for us, and we are stepping up our efforts — such as our partnership with Denis Morris — to make university education more accessible.”

    To continue the progress, Mandigo has a direct message for all prospective students in the region: “Any Grade 12 grads in Niagara who have the qualifications to get into Brock will get a letter of acceptance.”

    “We still want out-of-region students to come here, but it is a priority for Brock to help Niagara improve its education level and human capital. Moving forward, this can only benefit the region as a whole.”

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

    * Dan Dakin, Media Relations Officer, Brock University, 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 set to share cutting-edge wine research with return of CCOVI Lecture Series

    MEDIA RELEASE: 10 January 2018 – R00006

    Wine aficionados from around the world can soak up Brock University’s leading grape and wine research as the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) Lecture Series returns for its 11th year.

    Ten speakers from across CCOVI’s network of researchers, scientists, fellows and professional affiliates are participating in this year’s series. Topics will span a wide range from the debate over screw cap versus cork closures on wine bottles, to why we buy certain sparkling wines and the latest research on cold hardiness, leaf removal impacts and extracting polyphenolics during ice syrup production.

    The series has become a highly anticipated event both locally and for those accessing the lecture remotely through livestreaming capabilities. In 2017, the CCOVI Lecture Series garnered more than 1,200 views from 51 countries around the world.

    “We are pleased to once again bring the latest in grape and wine research from the lab to the classroom,” said CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis. “Sharing knowledge and providing outreach opportunities like the lecture series is an important part of CCOVI’s mandate and is of tremendous benefit to our industry and our students.”

    The series will begin Monday, Jan. 15 with a special presentation of the late Karl Kaiser’s popular talk, “Pinot Noir: The savage yet seductive grape,” by Flat Rock Cellars winemaker David Sheppard.

    Having worked predominantly on Pinot Noir production alongside Kaiser at Inniskillin makes Sheppard uniquely qualified to pay tribute to the industry icon though sharing his still-relevant lecture with a new audience.

    “Being able to once again share Karl Kaiser’s lecture and record it for future generations to access is so exciting,” said Inglis. “He was a gifted educator and there is no better way to pay tribute to his life’s work than beginning our lecture series by educating a new generation.”

    The free lectures start at 2 p.m. every Monday and will take place in room H313 of the Mackenzie Chown complex at Brock University. Paid parking is available in the nearby Lot E. The lectures will also be available to watch online by visiting

    For more information and to see archived lecture videos, visit the CCOVI Lecture Series website.
    2018 CCOVI Lecture Series:

    • Jan. 15:  David Sheppard, Winemaker, Flat Rock Cellars
      “Pinot Noir: The savage yet seductive grape.”
    • Jan. 22: Janet Dorozynski, Trade Commissioner, Canadian Wine, Beer, Spirits and Tourism at Global Affairs Canada
      “Promoting Canada internationally through wine and food.”
    • Jan. 29: Belinda Kemp, CCOVI Senior Oenologist, Brock University
      How method, timing and severity of leaf removal impacts Cabernet franc wine flavour.”
    • Feb. 5: Ronald Jackson, Wine Writer, Author
      “Get corked (the intricacies of cork closures and their alternatives).”
    • Feb. 12: Annette Nassuth, Associate Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, College of Biological Sciences, University of Guelph
      “Do grapes SCREAM for frost tolerance?”
    • Feb. 26: Jim Willwerth, CCOVI Senior Viticulturist, Brock University
      “Effects of abscisic acid form, concentration and application timing on grapevine cold hardiness.”
    • March 5: George Soleas, President and CEO at LCBO
    • March 12: Tek Thongpapanl, Professor of Marketing and Product Innovation,
      Marketing, International Business & Strategy, Goodman School of Business, Brock University
      “Why we buy the sparkling wine that we buy.”
    • March 19: Baozhong Meng, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph
      “Grapevine viruses, their impact and their distribution in Ontario.”
    • Mar. 26: Jeff Stuart, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
      Faculty of Mathematics and Science, Brock University
      “Sweet, sticky, and healthy — using metabolomics to develop a ‘green’ protocol for extracting resveratrol and other polyphenolics from the waste pomace of ice syrup production.”


    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

    * Dan Dakin, Media Relations Officer, Brock University, 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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