New student resource – FREE!!

Here’s info courtesy of UBC Press.  It’s a freebie!!

UBC Press is excited to offer a new student resource, How to Succeed at University (and Get a Great Job): Mastering the Critical Skills You Need for School, Work, and Life, FREE for download at www.ubcpress.ca/oncampus.

In this lively, highly accessible guide, York University Professors Thomas R. Klassen and John A. Dwyer answer the questions students have about succeeding in their courses and their post-secondary careers. They argue that the best preparation for success in life and on the job are by mastering the skills needed at university. This book will help students:

  • Develop strong communication skills (writing, speaking, and listening)
  • Select their courses and choose a program
  • Organize and manage their time
  • Sharpen their critical thinking skills
  • Write good essays and prepare for exams
  • Take better notes in class
  • Become an active reader and listener

The book is also available in print.

Brunei Darussalam Government Scholarships

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL), working in partnership with the Brunei Darussalam Government, wishes to announce Master’s Degree scholarships for five people from Commonwealth countries, preferably working in Higher Education Institutions or Departments of Higher Education, to study on a full-time basis in Brunei Darussalam for one or two years.

The scholarships are available for programmes commencing in July/August 2016 in three participating institutions in Brunei Darussalam.

  1.  Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD)
  2.  Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA)
  3.  Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB)

Each scholarship covers tuition fees, one return economy air ticket, allowances (personal expenses, food, etc.), and residential accommodation.

Applicants are invited to apply directly to the Brunei Darussalam Government as stated on the Application Form and submit a copy of the complete application package to Dr Godson Gatsha, COL Education Specialist, Higher Education at ggatsha@col.org by 6 January 2016.

For specific details on the terms and conditions of the scholarships, including entry requirements and the application form, click here.

Application deadline: 9 January 2016

Commonwealth Scholarship – India

Here’s a great opportunity for an upper-level undergraduate!  Note that the deadline is December 21, 2015.


The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has launched its scholarship competition under the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship Plan 2016-2017. Two scholarships are available to Canadians who wish to study or conduct research in India. The scholarships, which are tenable as of September 2016, provide funding for the full length of academic programs in India at the undergraduate, Master’s or PhD levels. The scholarship for PhD scholars may be renewed for a maximum of five and a half years.

The deadline to apply is December 21, 2015. Please visit  Commonwealth Scholarship Plan – India for full program details.

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) was established in 1959, with the first scholars selected in 1960. The goal of the Plan is to nurture educational links among Commonwealth countries and to strengthen the ideals upon which the Commonwealth was founded. Over 27,000 Commonwealth citizens have held awards – many going on to reach the very highest levels within their profession.

AnthroNotes Digital Project – database

News for the editors of AnthroNotes:

AnthroNotes Editors Launch Searchable, Downloadable Digital Database

Interested in ancient Egypt, Native Americans, Arctic climate change, or archaeology? Thanks to a joint effort of the Smithsonian’s Department of Anthropology and Smithsonian Libraries, anyone now can download in-depth, research-based essays and classroom tested teaching activities on a wide range of topics through the AnthroNotes digital database.

The entire collection of 84 issues of AnthroNotes (1979-2012) and 263 selected individual AnthroNotes articles, each with a new abstract, can be downloaded from the Smithsonian Libraries’ Official Digital Repository. Individual articles are offered in three formats, designed for computers (PDF), mobile devices (mobi), and e-readers (E-Pub). Articles are free of copyright restrictions; photocopying for classroom use is permitted and encouraged. All 263 individual articles, as well as the 84 issues of AnthroNotes, are also searchable through Google and the Smithsonian Collections Database (search term: AnthroNotes).

The digital AnthroNotes project was completed in the fall of 2015. The database is searchable by author, title, and year, as well as major subfields such as archaeology or linguistics. Searches may be conducted in over 40 topics including geographic regions (Africa, the Middle East, Asia); contemporary issues (refugees, forensics, genetics); and education (teaching activities, teaching resources, careers in anthropology).

In addition, Amazon carries both the paperback and the e-book version of the second, expanded edition of Anthropology Explored, The Best of Smithsonian AnthroNotes, which includes 36 AnthroNotes articles along with abstracts and recent author updates. The book’s chapters are divided into three sections: Investigating Our Origins and Variation, Examining Our Archaeological Past, and Exploring Our Many Cultures. Also available is a free online Instructors’ Guide.

Originally part of the NSF-funded George Washington University-Smithsonian Institution Anthropology for Teachers Program, AnthroNotes includes research-based articles by leading scholars in the field as well as classroom-tested activities. The publication received the Society for American Archaeology’s 2002 Award for Excellence in Public Education for “presenting archaeological and anthropological research to the public in an engaging and accessible style and for encouraging the study of these disciplines in classrooms across the nation.”

Throughout its history, AnthroNotes was published by the National Museum of Natural History’s Department of Anthropology. The museum’s Office of Education and Outreach has a website (Qrius) where you can find webcasts, online collections, and teaching resources, as well as a sign up for an e-newsletter. Visit the Q?rius website at Qrius.si.edu

The AnthroNotes editors: Alison S. Brooks, Carolyn Gecan, P. Ann Kaupp, Colleen Popson, and Ruth O. Selig

ACOR fellowships in Jordan

THE AMERICAN CENTER OF ORIENTAL RESEARCH (AMMAN)

Announcement of Fellowships 2016-17

Deadline for all applications is February 1, 2016

Jennifer C. Groot Memorial Fellowship: Up to three awards of $1,500 each to support beginners in archaeological fieldwork who have been accepted as team members on archaeological projects with ASOR/CAP affiliation in Jordan. Open to undergraduate or graduate students of U.S. or Canadian citizenship.

Bert and Sally de Vries Fellowship: One award of $1,200 to support a student for participation on an archaeological project or research in Jordan. Senior project staff members whose expenses are being borne largely by the project are ineligible. Open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students of any nationality except Jordanian citizens.

Burton MacDonald and Rosemarie Sampson Fellowship: One award for either six weeks residency at ACOR for research in the fields of Ancient Near Eastern languages and history, archaeology, Bible studies, or comparative religion, or a travel grant to assist with participation in an archaeological field project in Jordan. The ACOR residency fellowship option includes room and board at ACOR and a stipend of $600. The travel grant option provides a single payment of $1,800 to help with any project related expenses. Both options are open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students of Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status.

For more information and to download the application forms:

Websites: www.bu.edu/acor   and   www.acorjordan.org

ACOR 656 Beacon Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02215

QE II Scholarships — Applications now open!

VIU is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the university’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship program – Building Resilience in Coastal Communities. Upper-year undergraduate and Masters students are encouraged to apply for scholarships to pursue internships, studies, or research related to the program theme in the areas of:

  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Economic Development
  • Water Management
  • Parks and Protected Areas
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainable Aquaculture and Agriculture

QE II Scholarships represent a unique opportunity for experiential learning, the development of cross-cultural understanding and communication skills, and first-hand research or field work experience in an international context.

Full scholarship information and application packages can be found at: https://qes.viu.ca/

Deadline for applications: Monday, November 23, 2015 (4:00 pm)

Research Fellowship in Archaeology (Maryland)

The Maryland Archaeological Conservation (MAC) Laboratory is pleased to accept applications for its fourth year of the Gloria S. King Research Fellowship in Archaeology. The MAC Lab is an archaeological research, conservation, and curation facility located at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum in southern Maryland and is currently home to 8 million artifacts representing over 12,000 years of human occupation in Maryland. The collections are available for research, education, and exhibit and the purpose of the fellowship is to encourage research in the collections.

*Eligibility*: Students, academics, or professionals (employees of the Maryland Historical Trust and St. Mary’s College of Maryland are not eligible); any subject in Maryland archaeology; must use collections at the MAC Lab; must be in residence full time in the MAC Lab; must provide a presentation of research to museum staff.

*Application process*: A 1000 word proposal (up to 4 typed pages,
double-spaced) outlining the problem and the MAC Lab collections to be used, a CV plus a letter of recommendation. Applicants are *strongly* encouraged to contact the lab during proposal preparation to ensure that the lab has collections appropriate to the proposed research.

*Stipend*: Stipend $500 a week, minimum two week stay and maximum 5 week stay. Stipend paid upon completion of fellowship for stay of two weeks; a fellowship of greater length paid in two installments: 50% at the fellowship midway point and 50% upon completion. On-site housing may be available.

Applications must be received at the address below by January 15th, 2016.

Please direct any questions to Patricia Samford at patricia.samford@maryland.gov and send application materials to:

Patricia Samford, Director
Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
10515 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, Maryland 20685

Essay contest with $10,000 award

DCA2016

The Dalton Camp Award is an essay competition honouring the memory of a great Canadian journalist and political actor who, among his many achievements, was one of FRIENDS’ founders in 1985.

The winner will receive a $10,000 prize for excellence in creative, original essay-writing on the link between democracy and the media in Canada. A discretionary second prize of $2,500 may be awarded for the best essay submitted by a post-secondary student or recent graduate. Post-secondary students are eligible for both the main prize and the discretionary prize.

The deadline for entries is December 1, 2015.

The official rules, past winning essays, a video biography on Dalton Camp, and other details about the Award are available from the Dalton Camp Award website: www.daltoncampaward.ca

SoSc Grad Info Night, Nov 12

The Sociology Students’ Union is organizing a Social Sciences Graduate Information Night.

WHEN: November 12 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
WHERE: Building 355, Room 211 (the lounge), Nanaimo campus.

The event is multidisciplinary with faculty representation from SoSc departments.

Pizza will be available from 5:30 PM and participants will be seated for the event to begin at 6:00 PM. Introductions (5-minutes each) by various instructors will include mention of credentials, graduate and work experience, etc.

‘Heritage Basics’ Presentation, Oct 15

Students may find this of interest as contacts and information may open up future opportunities.

As part of the City of Nanaimo’s Heritage Conservation Program review and update, Heritage BC will be providing a FREE two-hour public presentation entitled “Heritage Basics”.

WHEN: Thursday, October 15, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
WHERE: Nanaimo Museum (100 Museum Way)

The presentation will introduce the basic legislative overview of heritage conservation for local governments in BC, introduce values based management for heritage conservation and planning, the benefits of heritage conservation (social, environmental, economic), and the intersections between heritage conservation and sustainability. Participants will gain an understanding of values centred heritage conservation, including benefits, challenges, opportunities and possible next steps for Nanaimo. No heritage background is necessary.

Hosted by the City’s Culture and Heritage Department, this workshop is free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.


What is Heritage BC?
Heritage BC is a province-wide, not-for-profit, charitable organization supporting heritage conservation across British Columbia through education, training and skills development, capacity building in heritage planning and funding through the Heritage Legacy Fund. HBC is passionate about building links between heritage conservation and tourism, economic and environmental sustainability, community pride and an appreciation of our common history.

Why is the City looking to update and review its Heritage Conservation Program?
The Nanaimo Heritage Strategy was completed in 1994, and in 1998 a Heritage Action Plan was developed. It remains important to periodically review and update this plan to reflect the City’s current priorities while identifying future opportunities. This Fall represents the third review of the plan (now known as the Heritage Conservation Program). The review reflects the approaches and commitments made through the 2014-2020 Cultural Plan for a Creative Nanaimo to engage the community with its culture and heritage in various ways to ensure currently identified priorities and partners are still relevant and to identify areas where we can work better and / or differently with our partners and the community.

  • What do you value most about Nanaimo’s heritage?
  • How could the City better connect “culture” and “heritage”?
  • In your opinion, are there any policy or action improvements that would strengthen the current Heritage Conservation Program, or expand its scope? If so, what are they?
  • Could the City improve the way it celebrates, remembers or promotes Nanaimo’s heritage? If so, how?

You are encouraged to share your comments (at the October 15 workshop and / or through a short online survey). The results of the public input will be presented to City Council in the form of a summary report on the status of the program and recommendations on how best to integrate the program with the policy objectives of the Cultural Plan.

If you have any questions, please contact:

CITY OF NANAIMO
CULTURE AND HERITAGE DEPARTMENT

Phone: 250-755-4483
Email: cultureandheritage@nanaimo.ca
Office: Service & Resource Centre, 411 Dunsmuir Street
Mailing: 455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo BC, V9R 5J6