No. 1 nurses
Western nursing grads are on top of the world and on top of the provincial and national nursing averages.
The 44 graduates of the 1998 class passed the national Nurse Registration Exam with scores in the 80th percentile. The exam is the final step nurses take before becoming fully qualified to practice.
Yvette Laforet-Fliesser, chair of the undergraduate program in the school of nursing said the school has a long tradition of high-ranking students and a very strong curriculum and faculty.
"All of our grads from the '98 class are employed which is good because the last five years have had a lot of restructuring and downsizing," she said.
Treking for Terry
Runners, joggers and roller bladers throughout London will be strutting their stuff to help raise money for the Terry Fox run this Sunday.
The run, talking place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of the University Community Centre, is put on every year to raise money for cancer research.
"It's very important for cancer research. I hope people can come out and help carry out Terry Fox's pledge of hope," said Morgan McCormack, a volunteer member of the Terry Fox Run team.
Last year the Terry Fox Run at Western raised over $7,000. This year, the team hopes to raise over $10,000.
New plans, Stan
Western's Centre for Continuing Studies, under its new director Sharon Collins, is attempting to take great steps to integrate both the university and the community which surrounds it.
The centre offers continuing education courses to the general public and Western students through career development programs as well as certificate, diploma and non-degree programs.
Under Collins' guidance, there will be more interaction between employers and future employees. The centre hopes to learn exactly what businesses and industries are looking for in their employees and offer new programs which will teach students and the public what they need in order to succeed.
Collins' goal is to develop close partnerships between the academic community, industries and businesses within the community. "What we are striving to accomplish is a win-win-win situation where the universities' resources are shared with the community, benefiting students, the general public and businesses and industries," Collins said.
Say your prayers
The Muslim Students' Association is having Friday prayers at 1:15 p.m. in the Muslim prayer room in Room 214 of University College.
Prayers were previously held in the law building, but have moved to University College where the MSA has established a permanent prayer room.
"Before we had a prayer room, people used to pray in stairwells, between stacks in the library. Now we have a place to go, where it is quiet and we can pray undisturbed," said Ahmer Karimuddin, vice-president of the MSA.
About 70-80 students are expected today at prayers, although all are welcome. Students have also been invited to drop by the Muslim Students' Association in Room 314, UCC.
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Beautiful Broughdale contest
A group of residents from Broughdale are sponsoring a "Beautiful Broughdale Visual Arts Contest." Entry is available in two main categories, one being a traditional representation of a Broughdale scene and the other an imaginative treatment of a scene of Broughdale life, said Doreen Bartlett, assistant professor of physiotherapy at Elborn College.
Entries are not to exceed three feet in any dimension but may be made in any visual arts medium.
This contest is open to all full-time students of King's College and Western who live in the Broughdale Community. Judging will be done by an executive member of Artisans London, with prize money being offered.
The winning entries will be displayed at King's College in February 1999. Entries will be open from Jan. 1 to 30.
Business as usual
Monday marks the grand opening of the Cheng Yu Tung Management Institute in Hong Kong the Ivey Business School's first overseas affiliate.
Gigi Wong, assistant director of the Asian Management Institute, said the opening ceremonies will be a gala affair. The highlight of the evening will be when Tung Chee Hwa, Hong Kong chief executive of the special administrative region, cuts the ribbon to officially open the campus.
The 20-month program will cost approximately $50,000 US and award passing students an executive masters in business administration with the Ivey name on it.