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Planning for the future

Our “places” are ever-changing and evolving.

Ensuring that our downtowns, small towns, regions and communities thrive in this change is the concern. How does one go about improving a community in economic, social or cultural ways?

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Building a new hive

The University of Guelph’s Honey Bee Research Centre (HBRC) delivers some of the world’s most impactful honey bee research and outreach, and it does so out of a living room.

The world-renowned centre operates out of a residential bungalow built in the 1970s. What was a living room is now a meeting and teaching space, the kitchen is a sales room, and the former bedrooms are offices. The bee yard is scattered across the residential-style lawns. The labs are nearly 2km away.

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New Forage and Service Crops Prof

The Department of Plant Agriculture is pleased to announce that Kimberley Schneider will be joining the department as an assistant professor in the area of forage and service crops. She will begin in her role on January 2, 2020.

Schneider will lead a comprehensive research program focused on forage species adapted to Ontario, and other crops grown for the provision of ecosystem services.

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New Specialty Crops Innovation Prof

The Department of Plant Agriculture is pleased to announce Melanie Kalischuk as a new assistant professor in the department, focusing on specialty crop innovation. Kalischuk begins in the role on March 15, 2020.

She will lead a comprehensive research program focused on small acreage horticultural crops produced in Ontario, such as berries, wine grapes, ginseng, hazelnuts, hops and specialty vegetables.

Elevating Our Shared Priorities: Fall 2019 Update

In the summer of 2018, OAC released a strategic vision, Our Shared Priorities, to guide the college until 2023.

The college is now reporting back to its community for the first time, with a listing of actions, new initiatives, process changes, investments and best practices.

New Program Counsellors’ Assistant

The OAC Dean’s Office is pleased to welcome Ellen Clarkson as the new Program Counsellors’ Assistant. She began in the role on Thursday, December 5.  

As the Program Counsellors’ Assistant, Clarkson acts as the first point of contact for the students in the Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences and Diploma in Turfgrass Management programs.

Research Finds Cats’ Faces Hard to Read

Cats have a reputation for being hard to read, but new research from the University of Guelph has found that some people are veritable “cat whisperers” who excel at deciphering subtle differences in cats’ faces that reveal mood.

Women and those with veterinary experience were particularly good at recognizing cats’ expressions — even those who reported they didn’t feel a strong attachment to cats, the large study found.

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Are we masters of change? 4th Equine Industry Symposium Recap

The opening remarks at the 4th annual Equine Industry Symposium held at University of Guelph challenged attendees to consider if they are masters of change. Akaash Maharaj, facilitator of the Nov 17th event, told the audience that if they want to become masters of change the industry must create incentives and show those in the horse industry and those at a large what change they want to see and how they want that change to happen.

New Administrative Assistant

The OAC Dean’s Office is pleased to announce Erin Levesque as the new Administrative Assistant beginning on Monday, November 11.  

As the OAC Dean’s Office Administrative Assistant, Levesque will provide senior-level administrative support to the Dean and will act as the first point of contact for a range of OAC’s stakeholders. She will also provide financial, human resource, and administrative support, as well as office coordination.

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