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News Briefs: Camosun named a top research college, good news for students with kids, a chance to win free coffee for a semester

October 29, 2014 by Matt O'Connor, contributing writer

Camosun has been named a top research college in Canada (photo by Jill Westby/Nexus).

One of Canada’s top research colleges

Camosun is the only college in British Columbia to have made the list of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges, ranking at number 37. Camosun is recognized for its contributions to technology, sport, manufacturing, and social innovations, which help small and medium enterprises to expand in terms of competition, productivity, and effectiveness. Research conducted at the college not only allows for students to have valuable, hands-on experience, and faculty to keep up to date, but it also generates revenue for Camosun through agency grants. The research and enterprise division is located at Interurban campus, and clients with technology or innovation needs are encouraged to contact Jamie Van DenBossche at

Camosun Chargers golf teams take on Quebec

The CCAA PING national golf championships held in Quebec City from October 14-17 ended early, as the final round was cancelled due to poor weather conditions. The Holland College Hurricanes from Prince Edward Island took their college’s first-ever gold medal in the men’s division, winning the gold by only three shots over the Camosun Chargers. The Chargers men took silver, with division mates Fraser Valley only three shots behind them, taking bronze. The men’s tournament all-stars included Charger Jarred Callbeck, who won Camosun’s first-ever Men’s Individual National Championship title, and fellow student Grant Maskiewich in fourth. On the women’s side, the St. Lawrence Lions won first place overall, and the individual gold medal went to Lorelle Weavers of Niagara College. Fraser Valley and UBC Okanagan took silver and bronze overall on the women’s side. (Camosun doesn’t have a women’s golf team.) Next year’s CCAA national championship will be hosted by the University of Fraser Valley.

Kid-friendly study spaces on campus

Both Lansdowne and Interurban campuses have recently begun an initiative to help students with children focus better while studying in Camosun libraries. Preschool-age and school-age kits filled with books, games, educational puzzles, and activity books will be provided for students with kids so their children can enjoy a fun and educational time in the library while their parents are studying. Kits are available for in-library use only and are available at the Library Services desks at both Camosun campuses. The kits can be signed out for two hours at a time.

Yo ho and a bottle of beer!

One of BC’s first craft breweries was established in Esquimalt in 1998; they’ve decided to get back to their nautical roots. Lighthouse Brewery is changing not only their packaging but their entire franchise with a new look, new names, and even some new beers. Their popular IPA Switchback has been renamed Shipwreck, and the next time you’re searching for the Bounty Premium Mixer Pack, you’ll look like a regular ol’ Captain Cook now that it resembles a treasure chest.

BC Royal Museum celebrated

The Royal BC Museum has won a prestigious award for its conservation work on the Chinese Freemasons lantern. The Keck international conservation award is awarded biannually by the International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Project conservator Lisa Bengston started the process in the spring of 2013 with the help of six student and volunteer conservators who worked to clean and stabilize the lantern in front of the public in the temporary exhibition Tradition in Felicities: Celebrating 155 Years of Victoria’s Chinatown. Often the behind-the-scenes work required in museums, especially work of this scale, is overlooked, and the spokespeople from the Royal BC Museum say they are honoured to have this recognition and hope that Victoria will celebrate with them.

Free coffee for the whole semeseter

What fuels most students? Caffeine, of course! And Hillside Coffee and Tea knows this. One lucky student will win one free coffee, tea, or espresso-based drink a day for an entire semester. All you have to do is purchase something from the shop and write your contact information and the name of your school on the back of your receipt (you can enter as many times as you like). A new student will be chosen at the beginning of each semester, so if you don’t win this semester, try again next time; winners will be announced on Hillside Coffee and Tea’s Facebook page.

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