Posts Tagged ‘CBU’

Fall Graduation 2012

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Congratulations to all Cape Breton University fall 2012 graduates!

The convocation ceremony was lovely, with many thoughtful and insightful speeches. Oh, and lots of happy, smiling graduates!

While I couldn’t attend the ceremony, I watched it online in the Czech Republic. In case you missed it, you can watch Valedictorian Tim Morrissey and President John Harker’s speeches online here.

Morrissey addressed our graduating class by discussing CBU stories, including his own. He made mention that everyone has their own unique story to tell about CBU and I couldn’t agree more. The University is an absolutely wonderful place that I will (and do) miss dearly!

As we close our chapter at CBU, don’t ever forget the stories and friends you made.

Best of luck to all 2012 graduates!

An ode to being a student.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

On Saturday I will officially have my undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts. Mind you, I finished the course work for my degree in the summer… and let me tell you, not being a student anymore is strange.

Take for one, the free time. Do you know how many hours there are in a day? MANY. As an unemployed ex-student, you really begin to understand time and what to do with it. Stay in bed all day? Nope, that won’t do it. Clean your parent’s house from top to bottom? Gets old quick. Pretend to be busy on your laptop at local coffee shops? Fun, but expensive.

While being a student, any free time I had was spent thoughtfully: dinner with friends or at a yoga class. Being a student gives you meaning and even if you’re an unmotivated student – you still are getting things done.

I've heard this before.

When you’re not a student anymore, you also have to answer questions like, “What do you do?” Hmm… what do I do? When you’re a student, the answer is simple. When you’re not you ramble on a bit until they lose interest. “So, I just graduated, now I’m trying to find out who I am and I’m on a journey of doing so and I like to knit now and Monday nights I watch New Girl and…” Yeah, you get the point.

Not being a student also forces you to grow up. You get a job or you do something else. When you’re a student, you focus on the present moment, the deadlines, the social events, the reading weeks. Thoughts of the far away future are just that: far away.

On top of this all, being a student means that you’re learning about the world and how it works. When you’re not a student, you’ll learn lessons too… but they won’t be as detailed or invigorating as when your professor delivers them.

As my second month of post-grad life concludes, I still miss being a student somedays, and I’m glad that I fully enjoyed my four years at CBU. For now, I’m figuring out what it’s like to not be a student for the next year until I’m back in school and regretting everything I’ve just said :)

Being a student: love it or hate it?

CBU’s view book

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

If you’re anything like me – you’ve already stopped to admire CBU’s new view book. Since a good many of you are not - you can view it here!

Do you like? What are your favourite aspects of CBU they did/didn’t cover?

I love how they said “At CBU, you’ll feel right at home.” I’ve met a lot of people in my years of university, and all felt content and happy to be where they were… after all, it is the most beautiful island in the world!

Make sure to check it out!

Dorm room packing made easy

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012


It’s almost time to begin thinking about going back to school. And for many students, this also means getting ready to move into a dorm room.

We’re a little spoiled at CBU to have great residences, as you can see here. This no doubt will ease the transition from home-life to dorm-life.

Nonetheless, don’t waste too much time worrying about what to pack, because the people at College Packing List have it all covered. The website breaks down exactly what to pack, from bed linens to duct tape.

Sighs of relief?

I thought so.

Happy packing!

Olympics at Home

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Since I was young, I always loved to watch the summer Olympics.

One of my favourite events to watch are the races. The athletes are incredibly talented and make it look so easy. Especially this guy, Bolt.

Last summer, I decided to try my hand at racing on a track… I ran a few 200m (half the length of the track) and I suddenly realized how challenging that tiny stretch of track can be when you are pushing yourself to your max.

Now that the Olympics start in just a few days, I have a feeling I’ll be inspired to renew my track workouts… and now so can you!

CBU has one of the only marked tracks on the island. Plus, the track is springy, making you want to run.

So, next time you’re feeling motivated to work out like the Olympians, here’s a good track workout to try! (more…)

Student Summer Lecture Series

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Stop by the Sydney Credit Union Room today at noon to hear from these presenters:

Rebecca Rizzato: The effect of social isolation on the social competence

of male gymnotiform fish Brachyhypopomus gauderio

Brittany MacDonald: Viscosity Modeling of Heavy Petroleum

Amy Clark: Contrasting Narratives: The Predicament of British and Scottish Built Heritage in Calcutta

For more information about the Lecture Series or to find out more about CBU research, visit the following:!/cburesearch

Student Summer Lecture Series

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Stop by the Sydney Credit Union Room tomorrow (July 4) at noon to hear from two researchers at CBU.

The lectures are as follows:

Kelsey Aucoin: Environmental Analytical Chemistry and Green Energy Projects in Tamil Nadu

Brittany Morrison: Anxiety & Willingness to Communicate: Idiodynamic Patterns in Cross-Cultural Dyads

For more information about the Lecture Series or to find out more about CBU research, visit the following:!/cburesearch

Presenting Research – Guest Blog by Alyssa MacDougall

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

In late May, CBU student researcher Alyssa MacDougall had the opportunity to present our research with Dr. Ruby Ramji at “The Study of Religion in Atlantic Canada” conference in Halifax along with several graduate students from the Atlantic provinces. (That’s right – Alyssa was the only undergrad student presenting!)

Alyssa was kind enough to share her experience with us, as you’ll see below.

Thanks Alyssa!


This past school year I’ve had the pleasure of working with Dr. Ruby Ramji and Lucy on a database of media articles pertaining to the ban on the burqa in public places such as in France. My work was all done in French, while Lucy organized the database and acquired a plethora of information in English. The end product is not yet available online, but I believe it will be very soon.

I’ve always been a big believer in learning through experience so when Ruby approached me with the idea of presenting this research at “The Study of Religion in Atlantic Canada: Diverse Disciplines, Theories, Methods and Contexts” conference in Halifax, I wasted no time in sending in my abstract.

Luckily I’ve never been the type to be nervous about presentations because by the time that presentation rolled around I could barely sleep! I was the only undergrad presenting research at the conference. Can you say intimidated? Regardless, I got up and went through my PowerPoint and I was shocked at how easily it came to me. Everyone was extremely interested in our research and I was pleased that they took the time to ask questions.

I had a ton of fun presenting our research, not only because I am passionate about what I do, but also because it was so successful. It is extremely satisfying when you put a significant amount of work into something and the end product intrigues and interests people. It was a great experience and now the first time is over with; I have experience for any presentations I need to do in the future and, realistically that could be a major part of my career.

I’ve always been a big believer in diving into a daunting task headfirst and that philosophy certainly didn’t fail me in this case. I would encourage everyone to take an opportunity like this should it present itself. I was so glad that I did it, despite being nervous. Also, in the process I learned a lot about the other fascinating research being done in my field throughout the Atlantic Provinces.

In her presentation, Ruby made the point that academic networking is an important part of any career stemming from a university degree and learning about the research that others are doing, as well as presenting yours, is a great way to build that network. She is totally right and opportunities like this are ideal for helping to build that network. They bring scholars together in a central location where we can meet and shake hands and talk face-to-face rather than over email or text, which is typical in an area like the Atlantic Provinces in which academics tend to be secluded from one another.

The endeavour that began with Ruby approaching me with this project in October culminated very satisfactorily with the interest mine and Lucy’s colleagues showed in our research at this conference. As I said, it’s certainly been a pleasure working with them. I am looking forward to seeing what may spawn from this project and I am certainly anticipating learning about the work they will do in the future.

June 20th: Student Summer Lecture Series

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Stop by CE265 tomorrow (June 20th) at noon to hear from two researchers at CBU.

Julie-Anne Wrobleski will be presenting “Abundance and Distribution of Tuberous Electroreceptors in Brachyhypopomus Gauderio” and Preston MacQueen will be presenting “Novel BODIPY Mesoporous for fluorescence devices.”

The presentations sound like they’ll be informative and interesting!

For more information about the Lecture Series or to find out more about CBU research, visit the following:!/cburesearch

Fight the flu at CBU

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Winter is here! Snow flurries are a daily occurrence, and post-Holiday fatigue has set in. The mix of cold weather and hectic schedules creates the perfect recipe for catching the flu – which is not something we want to ring in the New Year with.

There are many ways to get the flu… maybe not dressing warm enough outside in the freezing temperatures, or perhaps, just being in the vicinity of someone who is already sick with the flu. Catching the flu is undesirable –obviously- and can seriously put a damper on your life. So, how do you know if you have the flu, and, how do you get rid of it?

Flu like symptoms often include: sore throats, a cough, headaches, a stuffy nose, aches and pains, feeling fatigued, and sometimes having a fever. It sounds like fun, right? Not!

Once you have the flu, here’s what you can do to feel better in a flash.

  • Get lots of rest. This means staying away from class and work.
  • Keep hydrated. Drink water, hot tea or smoothies to fight the flu.
  • Eat up. Eat regular, healthy, immunity boosting meals to nourish your body.
  • Get your vitamin C. Take a vitamin C supplement, or get it through orange juice. Vitamin C can help lessen flu symptoms.
  • Wash up. Keep your hands clean to prevent the flu from spreading.

These are just some tips to feel better faster when you have the flu. What are some of your flu-fighting tips?

To avoid catching and spreading the flu in the first place, follow these steps CBU has prepared:

  1. Get a flu vaccine (available at the Max Bell Center by calling 563-1358).
  2. Stay home if you are sick.
  3. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Try to cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  4. Keep common surfaces sanitized.
  5. Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 15 seconds.
  6. Keep your hands away from your eyes or mouth.
  7. Distance yourself socially during flu season.
  8. Be kind to your immune system.

Enjoy winter and keep healthy!