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Laurier in the News - News stories from September, 2011

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Welcome to another edition of Laurier in the News. In this issue we've rounded up some of the Laurier news stories from September, 2011.

You can also check out news stories throughout the month by going to

Top stories for September:

Laurier grad whistlin’ a happy tune in the beer business
(News - Sep 30/11)

A beer and a cigar, that’s how some people celebrate.

“We’ve got two hands, eh?” said Cam Heaps, co-founder of Steam Whistle Brewery and Mombacho Cigars of Nicaragua.

Laurier grad lands venture capital deal
(News - Sep 28/11)

A Wilfrid Laurier University grad who created a startup in his dorm room back in 1995 has landed $24.5 million in financing from one of Silicon Valley’s most influential venture-capital firms.

Toronto-based Achievers, an employee rewards and social recognition company, will use the financing from Sequoia Capital to drive its sales and marketing push into the U.S., founder and chief executive Razor Suleman said.

Laurier’s choice for chancellor crystal clear
(News - Sep 24/11)

Wilfrid Laurier University has a new chancellor: Michael Lee-Chin, the entrepreneur and philanthropist after whom the “crystal” at the side of the Royal Ontario Museum is named.

Born in Jamaica, Lee-Chin came to Canada to study civil engineering at McMaster University. He became a financial advisor and went on to lead Portman Holdings, Inc., a parent company with interests in telecommunications, hospitality and financial services, among others.

Why the Ontario leadership debate may decide the election; Barry Kay comments in Toronto Star
(News - Sep 23/11)

This time, it might really be High Noon, Game 7, crunch time — or whatever other well-worn image you prefer for life’s pivotal moments.

With most polls showing the Oct. 6 Ontario election too close to call, the televised leaders’ debate on Tuesday — only nine days before votes are cast and counted — could be among the most meaningful since such hyperventilating chin-wags in front of the cameras came into being half a century ago.

New Laurier Brantford business program heralds change for campus
(Headline - Sep 21/11)

Laurier Brantford is launching a unique business technology degree program that may usher in great changes to the downtown campus's image and purpose.

Brown finds her groove with Hawks
(News - Sep 20/11)

So far, freshman forward Emily Brown has been pitch-perfect with her undefeated Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.

The 18-year-old Waterloo native has made a seamless transition from high school to university soccer and from midfielder to centre forward.

African famine subject of Laurier Brantford lecture
(News - Sep 16/11)

The Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa at Laurier Brantford will host a public lecture on Wednesday on the famine in Africa.

Perez Oyugi of the Canadian Red Cross Society will speak from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in Room RCW 202.

The presentation will address the role of institutions in supporting vulnerable communities when markets are absent, with emphasis on the activities of the Red Cross in the Horn of Africa and why support is urgently needed.

Pollsters take aim at the media
(News - Sep 16/11)

Jean-Jacques Rousseau is said to have been the first, more than 250 years ago, to utter the phrase “public opinion.” If so, the man has a lot to answer for.

As Ontario's Oct. 6 election looms daily larger on the horizon, there's a bull market in the industry that followed from Rousseau's coinage — polling, tracking, aggregating, seat forecasting, all of it aimed at bagging the skittish prey of public opinion.

CIGI Campus gets ready for this weekend's open house
(News - Sep 13/11)

It might be fitting that paver stones at the centre of the new CIGI Campus in Waterloo come from a place called Hope Bay.

For the people building the campus, the frenzy of construction is about building a better world.

NWT and Laurier partner on water strategy
(Headline - Sep 13/11)

In a university nearly as far from the Northwest Territories as possible in Canada, a group of scientists, administrators and students have embarked on one of the largest coordinated academic projects ever undertaken in the NWT.

The results of the ten-year research and training work, part of the NWT's ground-breaking water strategy, will be used to create policy around water protection in the territory.

They may also realign Canada's university research landscape, positioning southern Ontario's Wilfred Laurier University (WLU) as the expert academic institution in Canada's North while training future northern scientific experts from both southern and northern Canada.

Kindness rubs off on others: Shinerama marks 50 years in Canada
(News - Sep 9/11)

Students shining shoes, washing cars and collecting change are a familiar sight every fall in university towns across Canada.

Shinerama is an annual tradition bringing together thousands of first-year university and college students to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Now Canada’s largest post-secondary-school fundraiser, Shinerama got its start at Wilfrid Laurier University 50 years ago.

Vancouver writer wins $10,000 Edna Staebler Award
(News - Sep 9/11)

Vancouver writer Helen Waldstein Wilkes has won the 2011 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction for her book, Letters from the Lost: A Memoir of Discovery.

The annual $10,000 prize is administered by Wilfrid Laurier University and named in honour of the late Waterloo Region writer Edna Staebler. In June this year Waldstein Wilkes also won the $10,000 Alberta Readers’ Choice Award for the same book.

Liberals seek third straight majority as campaign kicks off; Barry Kay comments in Canadian Press
(News - Sep 7/11)

And they're off. The campaign for the Oct. 6 Ontario election has officially begun.

Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty, accompanied by his wife Terri, got things rolling shortly after 9 a.m. by visiting Lt.-Gov. David Onley to formally ask for the dissolution of the legislature.

Youngest students start full-day classes
(News - Sep 7/11)

Thousands of local students with backpacks and lunch bags in tow returned to the classroom on Tuesday marking the first day of the new school year.

Moving day means big changes
(News - Sep 6/11)

It’s September, and the students are back.

Sunday was moving day for 10,000 first-year university students at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo.

Ronnie Pfeffer gets a leg up
(News - Sep 2/11)

Freshman Ronnie Pfeffer is the latest apprentice in the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks’ unofficial field-goal kicking mentorship program.

The Hawks’ on-the-job training course dates back to Laurier’s Vanier Cup hero, kicker/punter Brian Devlin.

Three non-fiction works shortlisted for Edna Staebler Award
(News - Sep 2/11)

Three books have been shortlisted for the this year’s Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction.

The $10,000 award, named for the late Waterloo Region writer Edna Staebler, is administered by Wilfrid Laurier University and encourages and recognizes Canadian writers for a first or second work of creative non-fiction that includes a Canadian locale and/or significance.


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