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University of New England Strengthens Partnership in Ghana With Hands-On Outreach and Research and Education Symposium

University of New England Strengthens Partnership in Ghana With Hands-On Outreach and Research and Education Symposium











UNE Doctor of Physical Therapy student Megan Wyand checks the weight of donated medical supplies bound for Ghana


Biddeford and Portland, ME (PRWEB) July 29, 2011

The Ghana Health Partnership (GHP) was established as a formal program in spring 2010 to improve the health of the people of western Ghana through development and implementation of collaborative research, education and training programs with local and international partners. Its partners include the University of New England, University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana Health Service (GHS), Ghana Health Mission, Inc. (GHM) and the Institute for Public Health and Water Research (IPWR).

The partnership grew out of a long-established health outreach program between UNE’s Westbrook College of Health Professions and the U.S.-based Ghana Health Mission, Inc. Close to 100 students and faculty from across all UNE Colleges have participated in five exchanges since 2008, providing direct care services, community health education and other unique programs in urban and rural communities in the Sekondi/Takoradi regions of western Ghana.

The UNE Center for Community and Public Health (CCPH), which conducts research, demonstration and planning studies throughout the U.S. and abroad, houses the partnership at UNE. The partnership through CCPH submitted three research grants over the past year—one on chronic disease and two on maternal and child health-system strengthening.

The 21 UNE students and faculty participating this summer comprise an interprofessional group of physicians, physician assistants (PA), pharmacists, nurses, physical therapists and dental hygienists, as well as undergraduate medical biology majors. Also joining the group is UNE alum Kathleen Keller, PA-C, a 2009 PA graduate who says, “I had the extreme honor of going to Ghana as a PA student, and it continues to shape my daily practice. I am very much looking forward to going again. I found the experience quite humbling and full of valuable learning experiences.”

The Ghana Health Service Western Region Director, Dr. Linda Vanotoo, as well as three GHM nurses, a dentist and an ophthalmologist, will join the team in August. Cataracts, river blindness and trachoma are common eye conditions in the region.

UNE volunteers have gathered 225 pounds of medical supplies donated by Portland-based Partners for World Health, which the team will use and distribute at the health mission in Sekondi.

In November 2010, leaders from the University of Cape Coast and Ghana Health Partnership traveled to Portland, Maine to participate in Ghana Health Week, a week of informative meetings, presentations, and faculty/student exchanges, combined with cultural events such as African drumming and dancing. On August 10-11, they are collaborating once again for an academic symposium, but this year will gather in Ghana at the University of Cape Coast’s oceanfront campus.

The 2011 symposium will focus on research and educational strategies that advance the work of the partnership, and the plenary session is entitled, “Excellence in Higher Education Across Borders.” Additional topics include:


    Sustainability of Chronic Disease Practice Innovations in Low Resource Communities
    Models of Change for Improving Maternal and Child Health in Rural Communities
    Water and Sanitation – Advancing Water Research That Impacts Health Status
    Sharing Evidence-Based Strategies for the Care of Rheumatologic Disorders
    Problem-based, Case-based Learning Teaching Methodologies – Lessons Learned and Shared from the University of Cape Coast
    Simulation Strategies to Introduce, Model and Educate Complex Health Situations
    Collaborative Strategies for Teaching, Implementing and Sustaining Cultural Understanding Within a Cross-Cultural Partnership
    Student Presentation on the Ghana Health Mission

About University of New England

The University of New England is a top-ranked independent university with two distinctive campuses located in the coastal communities of Biddeford and Portland, Maine. Named one of the best regional universities in America by US News & Report, UNE is a leader in health sciences education, biomedical research, and the liberal arts, offering student-centered, interdisciplinary programs in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Westbrook College of Health Professions, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Pharmacy, and College of Graduate Studies. UNE is the leading provider of health care professionals in Maine; it offers more than 40 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs and has internationally recognized scholars in the liberal arts, sciences, health and medicine. For more information, visit http://www.une.edu.

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Canadian University Student Publishes Debut Science Fiction Novel

Canadian University Student Publishes Debut Science Fiction Novel










(PRWEB) November 14, 2004

PageFree Publishing has released Cavan Terrill’s debut novel, Blurred Line, a science fiction tale set in the heart of future corporate America.

Following the paths of an android spurned by her creators, a virtual reality junkie disconnected with the real world and a hitman mired in an unhappy life, Blurred Line tells the story of what it takes to stay at the top of the corporate game in a world where corporations have become government. The biggest of these companies, Summerstone, is about to face a crisis which will change the way the world thinks and could cause the downfall of the society in which it exists.

Author Ali Al Saeed calls Terrill “a great sci-fi author in the making” and Blurred Line a “compelling and engaging read.”

Terrill lives in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, where he attends the University of Ottawa as a third year English student. He began writing at the age of thirteen and is currently at work on the sequel to Blurred Line, titled Glistening Edges and Right Angles.

Blurred Line is available direct through the publisher (http://www.pagefreepublishing.com) or through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

More information on the book and the author is available at the author’s website (http://www.blurredline.com).

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University Health Plans Moving Online: My Yoga Online Unveils New Wellness Program

University Health Plans Moving Online: My Yoga Online Unveils New Wellness Program











My Yoga Online University Wellness


Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) September 16, 2009

Just in time for back-to-school, My Yoga Online, the global mind-body health and wellness resource, is proud to announce the launch of The University Program. Simon Fraser University, The University of Iowa, McMaster University, and York University are already on-board. A buzz is generating across the North American educational system, as more universities follow the advent of preventative healthcare taking precedence across Canada and the US by signing on to the My Yoga Online University Wellness Initiative.

“What’s so great about this program,” says My Yoga Director of Business Development Michelle Trantina, “is that it addresses the key student and staff health concerns really effectively and efficiently. Time-strapped students and staff get instant access to health and wellness videos that address their specific concerns. They get healthier, on their schedule, on their time, in the way that suits them best.” A 2008 Report on Post-Secondary Institutions as Healthy Settings, by the Canadian Council on Learning, revealed that the top three student health concerns are: mental health, including anxiety and depression, sleep deprivation, and stress. Addictions and poor nutrition were also noted. BusinessWeek Magazine reported in 2008 that business schools at the University of Chicago, MIT, Harvard and Northwestern had all instituted yoga initiatives.

In response to these concerns, My Yoga Online’s University Program offers customized video programming that universities can access on their own websites. Students and staff can use the programming from home, at school, or anywhere with internet access. Each tailored program offers related health and wellness videos by top yoga, Pilates, and meditation instructors, plus nutritional experts, and more.

For more information visit My Yoga Online’s University Program.

Michelle Burtnyk, a recent Health Promotion Specialist at SFU, has this to say: “The videos have been extremely popular. According to the number of hits to the page, it’s one of our most popular on-line resources. We felt it was important to offer these videos, in addition to other resources and services, in an effort to decrease back pain and stress in the entire SFU community.”

My Yoga Online is a global resource for mind-body health and wellness and holistic living. They offer hundreds of yoga, Pilates, and meditation videos and expert information on workplace wellness, green living, expert health advice, a Q&A forum with professionals, and more. My Yoga provides health and wellness content and distribution to major airlines, universities, and media providers such as Tivo, York University, the University of Iowa, and Air Canada. For more information visit MyYogaOnline.com or call 1-888-488-3877.

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Privasoft 2010 Scholarship Awards Presented at University of Alberta

Privasoft 2010 Scholarship Awards Presented at University of Alberta










Ottawa, ON (Vocus) July 27, 2010

Privasoft, a world leader in specialized software for freedom of information (FOI) process automation, is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Privasoft Scholarship for Information Access and Protection of Privacy Certificate Program (IAPP) at the University of Alberta.

Each year, scholarships are awarded to the two students with the highest academic standings completing the IAPP Certificate Program with the Faculty of Extension, Government Studies.

For 2010, congratulations go to Jennifer Marks of Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Promotions and Tracy Hoskins of Research in Motion. Both students displayed excellent academic performance and leadership skills. They will be valuable assets to the FOI community as a whole.

Previous winners include Brian Perry, Jeffrey Meyer, Mary Penny, Andrea Hare, Kathryn Smerechinskiy, and Judy Boufford.

To learn more about the Information Access and Protection of Privacy Certificate Program at the University of Alberta go to: http://www.extension.ualberta.ca/govstudies/prog-iapp.aspx

About Privasoft

For nearly 20 years, Privasoft has been delivering software and services to automate case management in public sector and regulated industries. Privasoft customers must comply with legislative, regulatory and internal requirements and are represented in health care, law enforcement and all levels of government. They rely on Privasoft to capture, analyze, track, process and report on case work related to information disclosure processes. Privasoft is a Microsoft Certified Partner with offices in Ottawa, ON, Arlington, VA, and Brentford, Middlesex.

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Mental Health Experts Available To Discuss University Shooting

Mental Health Experts Available To Discuss University Shooting











Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 20, 2008

Mental health experts from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) are available to comment on the student shootings at Northern Illinois University.

“Tragedies like the Illinois campus shooting emphasize the need for all of us to work together to make our communities healthier and safer,” said Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO of the National Council. “As those charged with serving broad populations and helping communities solve problems, National Council members are providers of education and community support in addition to treatment. Perhaps more than ever before, we must now focus on building the mental health literacy of Americans. We need to ensure that every citizen understands the signs of mental illness and knows how to help when an individual’s mental health deteriorates–before a crisis happens,” she added.

National Council experts focus on educating communities on issues such as:

What kind of mental health issues may people who commit these kinds of crimes be suffering from?
Are there warning signs to look for in people with mental illness?
Who can community members who may be struggling in the aftermath of the tragedy turn to for help?
What kind of mental health counseling for students and community members may be needed?
What sort of long-term challenges may students and community members face in the weeks, months and years after this tragedy?

Rosenberg also commented, “As the single largest association representing community behavioral healthcare, we offer news and information about common mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We want our public to know that we will help provide insight into the challenges to recognizing, understanding, and treating these mental and health conditions.”

Experts are currently available to answer community questions. For more information visit the National Council at TheNationalCouncil.org.

About The National Council

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) association of 1,400 behavioral healthcare organizations that provide treatment and rehabilitation for mental illnesses and addictions disorders to nearly six million adults, children, and families in communities across the country. The National Council and its members bear testimony to the fact that medical, social, psychological and rehabilitation services offered in community settings help people with mental illnesses and addiction disorders recover and lead productive lives.






















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The University of Ottawa Chooses Decision Academic’s Curriculum Manager

Decision Academic, the industry’s leading curriculum management and academic advising company, today announced that the University of Ottawa, an elite Canadian university, has selected Decision Academic’s Curriculum Manager product to manage their curriculum change and approval requirements. The University of Ottawa marks the first customer to be supported by Decision Academic’s Navigator Suite, which integrates their Degree Navigator, Transfer Navigator, Catalog Manager, Registration and Curriculum Manager products.

With over 36,000 full and part-time students, a staff of 3,000 and a strong focus on the graduation success of its students, the University of Ottawa’s mission is to provide students with the opportunity to study, live and play in a bilingual (English and French) environment.

“Decision Academic was able to offer not only powerful stand-alone products that achieved our objectives, they are also able to provide integration across their entire suite of products and our student information system.” said Michel Biagé, Assistant Director – Student IT Services, University of Ottawa. “Curriculum Manager will increase efficiency by automating a very manual and labour intensive process that is prone to human error, providing a simple single interface that will increase consistency in the information required to submit a request. It will allow us to quickly

adapt our curriculum to student and market demand and dramatically increase the efficiency and visibility of the curriculum creation, change and approval process across the university. It will also provide smooth integration between our curriculum management system and the SIS and online registration tool, Rabaska. These capabilities will enable us to deliver student value and give us a competitive edge.”

“This is a strategic step forward in our business development plan. The University of Ottawa has been a loyal customer since the inception of our company and we are thrilled with this continued opportunity to work with them.” said Barry Sexton, President and CEO, Decision Academic. “Through this innovative joint development agreement, with the University, we have crafted an industry leading solution for a latent weakness in a core Higher Education business process. By managing and capturing curriculum content at its inception, we are optimally

positioned to deliver this critical data to both our integrated product set and other third party products that rely on accurate, consistent course and program information.”

About Decision Academic

Decision Academic’s Navigator Suite of curriculum management and academic advising applications helps leading higher education institutions and state systems attract more students and streamline their paths to graduation. The modular Navigator Suite improves curriculum management and equips users with self-service decision-making tools to easily explore the most complex transfer and degree options. More information about Decision Academic is available at http://www.decisionacademic.com.

About The University of Ottawa

Established in 1848, uOttawa (the University of Ottawa) is North America’s premier bilingual university with over 36,000 full and part-time students. Students are provided with the flexibility to study in their choice of English or French, with the option of pursuing French immersion undergraduate programs. Ranking 5th in research intensity among Canada’s top 50 research universities and with more than 360 undergraduate programs and over 110 graduate programs in 10 faculties, uOttawa is truly Canada’s University. For more information about uOttawa, please visit: http://changeottawa.com/.

“Today’s Family” to Feature University of Ottawa

“Today’s Family” to Feature University of Ottawa










(PRWEB) April 16, 2005

Since 1848, the University of Ottawa has offered students a place where French and English Canada come together, share ideas, information and viewpoints to give students a dynamic perspective on their studies. The school is the fourth top university in Ontario, CN, and one of the capital’s largest employers. The research-intensive university has a staff of 3,000 and more than 30,000 full and part-time students from more than 150 countries. Recently, it was announced that 27 University of Ottawa researchers received funding totaling more than $ 11.1 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). It is one of Canada’s top 10 research-intensive universities and boasts many professors recognized internationally for their teaching and research.

The school has the third largest co-op program in Canada, with a total of 38 co-op programs and a 97 per cent placement rate in 2003. Its 10 faculties offer more than 230 graduate and undergraduate professional programs.

University of Ottawa (“Canada’s university”) offers physical resources, sports, health and learning support services. One may gain an excellent education here without the high costs associated with most American universities and colleges. The cosmopolitan atmosphere of Canada’s capital adds to the diversity.

The largest bilingual university in North America, Ottawa’s primary goal is to promote a multicultural environment. The unique programming allows students to complete assignments in either English or French. The university has strong links with other universities worldwide, including the United States, Asia, and Europe.

The university offers a large number of different sports, including swimming, cross-country, football, soccer, basketball and more. More than $ 30 million (CAD) in financial aid is available to students who qualify.

For more information, visit http://www.uottawa.ca.

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“Today’s Family” Show to Feature Carleton University

“Today’s Family” Show to Feature Carleton University










Deerfield Beach, FL (PRWEB) March 4, 2005

Platinum Television Group is pleased to announce the selection of Carleton University for its innovative, educational television series, “Today’s Family”. The University will be featured as part of a series on “Choosing the Right University.”

Carleton University, located in Ottawa, Ont., Canada, is known for offering “the capital advantage” as it takes full advantage of the unique resources found in the nation’s capital including both government and high tech business. Founded in 1942, it has earned a reputation as one of the foremost universities in the country in the fields of public affairs, management, and high technology. In addition to its undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 50 disciplines, Carleton offers a variety of hands-on experiences through many co-operative education programs, work placements, field placements and internships. Carleton has forged partnerships with government organizations, private sector businesses, industry and other educational institutions. The University also has over 85 active academic exchange agreements with institutions and governments around the world and offers study abroad and exchange options.

“We know it’s extremely difficult for prospective students and their families to decide which post secondary institution they will select to attend,” says Susan Gottheil, Associate Vice-President, Enrollment Management at Carleton. “Carleton is trying to make that process just a little bit easier by reaching out and informing the American public about its quality programs which are nationally and often internationally recognized for their excellence and innovation.”

“We’re proud of Carleton’s track record. We have the oldest School of Journalism in Canada whose graduates are working all over the world. We have the fifth largest Faculty of Engineering and Design in Canada with topnotch faculty and resources in programs ranging from Industrial Design and Architecture to civil, environmental, and mechanical and aerospace Engineering. In fact, Canada’s first astronaut in space, Dr. Marc Garneau is the Chancellor of Carleton.”

Carleton University has long been known as a dynamic, research-intensive university, with a sincere commitment to its students. Its development of new and unique degree programs and outstanding student services are examples of how the university continues to anticipate and lead change. Carleton University graduates are trained to think critically, respond to the ever-changing needs of modern society, and pioneer new and innovative ideas. Carleton attracts some of the brightest students across the country and from more than 100 countries around the world, and boasts the fastest rising entry average in Ontario.

“Carleton’s caring community of more than 1,700 faculty and staff, 22,000 students, and 90,000 alumni contribute daily to the betterment of our community, our country and the world,” said Dr. Richard J. Van Loon, President and Vice-chancellor. During his tenure, the university has enhanced its research activities, improved the quality of the student experience, and launched the largest building program in its history. In August, Dr. David W. Atkinson will become the ninth president and vice-chancellor of Carleton for a six-year term. For more information, see http://www.carleton.ca/.

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Canadian University Students Publish Short Fiction Collection

Canadian University Students Publish Short Fiction Collection










Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB) November 27, 2006

After releasing his own novel in 2005, University of Ottawa student Cavan Terrill decided to switch gears, putting down his pen to try on the editor’s hat. “Getting short fiction published these days isn’t easy,” he says. “It was important to me to provide others with an avenue to get their work into print.”

Terrill, an English Honours student, was joined by Carleton University student and fellow Ottawa resident G.R.C. Lewis, who is currently pursuing a double major in English and Law.

The search for the perfect mix of stories was a long one, as the two editors began reading submissions in July 2005 and weren’t satisfied that they’d come up with the right combination until over a year later. “It was a long journey, but a rewarding one,” says Terrill. “We took the time to get things right.”

The two editors published the book through Apodis Publishing, a company founded by Terrill in March of 2005. Apodis uses a print-on-demand printing model, meaning there is no initial run for titles. Instead, copies of the book are printed off as they ordered.

The subjects of the stories in the book run the gamut; from time travel, alien artifacts, and artificial intelligence to troubled teens, struggling writers and the social consequences of the science vs. religion debate.

Goodbye, Darwin is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Additionally, free electronic copies of the book can be downloaded at the publisher’s website (http://www.apodispublishing.com)under a Creative Commons license.

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UGL Unicco Contract Extended, Expanded at Carleton University

UGL Unicco Contract Extended, Expanded at Carleton University










Ottawa (PRWEB) September 29, 2010

UGL Unicco, a subsidiary of UGL Limited, today announced the renewal of its contract with Carleton University. The new five-year agreement expands the previous facilities services management contract to include custodial services, residence housekeeping services, subcontractor management, as well as operations and maintenance.

UGL Unicco’s 150 employees clean and maintain 4,000,000 sq. ft. in all 45 buildings on the Rideau River campus supporting 23,000 full-time students and a faculty/staff of 2,300. Under the contract, UGL Unicco is also responsible for full maintenance at the Ice House, the cornerstone of the Carleton Athletics Recreation Centre, as well as ice resurfacing for the double pad arena. The company has also been contracted to service two new buildings currently under construction that are due for completion in 2011.

“The expanded contract is testimony to the services that UGL Unicco has provided in the past and the expectation of the service levels that they will deliver in the future,” said Carleton University Assistant Director of Maintenance Services Kevin Gallinger. “They are providing a comprehensive set of services that is responsive to the day-to-day needs of our students and staff while keeping our facilities in good repair for the long term.”

Campus-wide sustainability is at the center of UGL Unicco’s approach. The company is applying advanced cleaning and maintenance technologies and practices through its award-winning UGL Unicco GreenClean® facilities services program. This approach is important on college campuses, especially for residences, athletic and dining facilities, where achieving the highest levels of cleanliness while improving indoor air quality is paramount. UGL Unicco GreenClean® includes employee training, the use of sustainable cleaning chemicals and techniques, and special communication and sustainability programs with students, faculty and staff.

“We’re pleased to extend and expand our relationship with Carleton University, one of Canada’s preeminent universities,” said UGL Unicco Vice President Canada Operations Earl Bannister. “We have built a considerable portfolio and reputation in higher education, and we will use our expertise to apply innovative and sustainable practices under the new contract.”

About UGL Unicco

UGL Unicco, a premier provider of outsourced facilities services, is a subsidiary of UGL Limited. Based in Boston, UGL Unicco offers facilities maintenance, operations, cleaning, energy and administrative/office services, as well as plant services in support of industrial operations. The company counts one quarter of the Fortune 100 companies among its portfolio of North American customers and maintains an industry-leading 95% customer retention rate. Its more than 17,000 employees support corporate, multi-tenant, education, retail, government and public venue facilities. The company also offers single-source mobile maintenance and cleaning services for geographically dispersed branch offices. It is committed to green services through its UGL Unicco Sustainability Services suite that supports sustainability across its service offerings. UGL Unicco’s advanced facilities initiatives include the myunicco.com portal, UNI-Q® handheld inspection system, USafe® health and safety program, eProcurement systems, and a 24×7 National Operations Centre.

UGL Unicco, along with UGL Equis, a commercial real estate firm based in Chicago, is part of UGL Services, a division of UGL Limited that provides Corporate Real Estate and Facility Solutions around the world. For further information about UGL Unicco, call 888-751-9100 or visit http://www.ugl-unicco.com.

EDITORS – For further information, contact:

Donna Guadagno – UGL Unicco: 617-559-4194

Sandy McLaughlin – Soucy Communications Group: 781-898-7305

High resolution photo available – Contact Sandy McLaughlin

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