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Interrobang issue for Monday, August 26, 2013

Interrobang issue for Monday, August 26, 2013

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Peter Devlin takes the reins of Fanshawe College; College eyes another building in the core; New school year, new look for FanshaweOnline; Fanshawe O-show headliner Mother Mother knows best; Exploring London
Peter Devlin takes the reins of Fanshawe College; College eyes another building in the core; New school year, new look for FanshaweOnline; Fanshawe O-show headliner Mother Mother knows best; Exploring London

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 Volume 46 Issue No. 2 August 26, 2013 www.fsu.ca/interrobang/ 
Effective September 3, PeteDevlin, a retired Commander of the Canadian Army, will helmFanshawe College. The Torontonative will become the College’sfifth president and will replacelong-serving president Dr. Howard Rundle, who ended his 18-yeatenure at the end of the summer.“I’m tremendously excited to behere and honoured to be joiningFanshawe College,” Devlin said. “Iappreciate the confidence that theBoard of Governors has in me, and I commit myself fully to FanshaweCollege.”Devlin’s extensive military and educational background, in addi-tion to his experience with manag-ing the Armed Forces budget of $2 billion, will help greatly with edu-cational budgetary constraints thatOntario post-secondary education-al facilities are facing.“What I have been doing over my career is similar to what(Rundle) has been doing over hiscareer: developing, growing, and generating enthusiasm and skills inCanada’s youth, so that they are positioned in my particular case tohelp represent Canada internation-ally or here domestically,” said Devlin.However, the former army com-mander did admit that he will need some help in understanding exactlywhat the school faces on the politi-cal and educational landscape.“I’m looking forward to workingwith Howard and the team here tohelp me better understand the chal-lenges that face FanshaweCollege.”The selection process took over seven months and candidatesunderwent extensive interviews.Board of Governors Chair CrispinColvin said Devlin’s experiencenot only in the military but the edu-cation system aided in selectinghim as the next president.“His leadership, his integrity, hisexperience, he’s led not just themilitary but he’s been involved inmilitary through the education and the nine different colleges that theyhave.” Colvin also said the deci-sion was partly based on wanting a president with a London connec-tion.“The alumni was also a compo-nent of it. The fact that we don’twant people to just leave and pre-tend like they’ve never been here;he was very keen on maintainingthe family aspect of it. So all of those qualities tie together.”Devlin has a long history inLondon and has a B.A. in econom-ics from Western University and aMasters in Strategic Studies fromthe United States Army WaCollege. He also has family ties toFanshawe: his wife Judy worked inthe Registrar’s Office and hisfather worked in the manufacturingand engineering department.Devlin’s decision to relocate fromOttawa to London was based on a promise he made to his wife toreturn to London.Fanshawe’s outgoing presidentsaid he was pleased with the selec-tion. “What he’s been able to do inthe military, and the fact that he’s been involved in education in themilitary, I think has been reallygood preparation,” said Rundle.“And besides all that, he seems likea really nice guy.”With such an esteemed and loved president departing, Devlinhas some large shoes to fill. “Wellhis boots are huge, and my feet aresmaller than his,” said Devlin.“I’m hoping that my feet, with a bitof time, harnessing the wisdom and the energy in all of the team that’sthere at Fanshawe, will help myfeet grow into those boots.”
Devlin takes the reins of Fanshawe College
 Volume 46 Issue No. 2 August 26, 2013 www.fsu.ca/interrobang/ 
Fanshawe named Ret. Lt.-Gen. Peter Devlin as its fifth president.
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Fanshawe College forged onward with its downtown campus plans by making a conditionaloffer for purchase of the MarketTower building located at the cor-ner of Richmond and DundasStreets.The College will be assessingthe building over the next fewmonths to determine whether itwill meet Fanshawe’s needs.Elaine Gamble, senior manager of Corporate Communications atthe College, said Fanshawe has been looking at increasing itsdowntown presence and felt thatthe Market Tower building suited the school’s needs best.“It’s very easy to adapt that building to classrooms,” she said.“It also meets the fire requirementsand regulations for classrooms.”Fanshawe will be consideringwhich programs and activitieswould be most suitable, given thespace; these kinds of assessmentscan take up to a year.“There are a number of pro-grams that would prefer to be(downtown) rather than at the edgeof the city,” outgoing FanshaweCollege President Dr. Howard Rundle told the London Free Press.“We know that the city has des-ignated that area as an arts and education sector, so arts program-ming might be a natural fit,” said Gamble.“I’ve seen a number of citieswith post-secondary (schools) inthe core,” Rundle said. “There aresome things I get personallyinvested in a bit. The downtowninitiative is one of them.”With hundreds of Fanshawe stu-dents slated to study in the down-town area, Gamble said residence buildings could be on the horizon.“The president mentioned thatit’s a possibility that we would look at whether we put residentialspaces downtown,” she said.“I think it’s going to change thefabric of downtown a lot. I think (students) are going to bring awhole new energy to the area. It’sgreat having young people around  because they’re excited, they’reinvolved in things.”
College eyes another building in the core
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Fanshawe College made a conditional offer on the Market Tower buildinglocated in the heart of London’s downtown.
Fanshawe’s highly anticipated downtown campus has been delayed due to construction setbacks.The aggressive opening date wasoriginally set for September to wel-cometheTheatreArtsfacultyintoitsnew home at the former RBC build-ing on Dundas Street, however, dueto a number of delays, it has been pushed back to a tentative mid-October start date. The majority of  programs that were supposed to behoused in the new building have been moved to the main campus inEast London, with a few TheatreArts programs being held at the CitiPlaza.Elaine Gamble, senior manager of Corporate Communications for Fanshawe, said the location and nature of the project has made con-struction difficult.“It’saverysmallspacetoworkin.We’ve been trying to minimize thedisruption to downtown businesses,and there was the elevator strike and the World Figure SkatingChampionships,whichhavesetbacthe opening.”Manystudentswhoweretoattend thedowntowncampusareconcerned about the effect the delay will haveon them. Lorelei Donahue, anincoming student going into theCostume Design program that is to be housed in the downtown campus,was upset to hear that the campuswould not be ready in time for aSeptember start date.“My program had brand-newsewing machines and dress forms …overall (it’s) such a great work-space,” said Donahue.Although concerns have arisenabout thedelay,Gambleassuredstu-dents that the school is prepared tohandle it.“We knew there was a fairly good chance that we may delay the open-ing and we developed a contingency plan. In that contingency plan, wehave already considered things thatwould impact students.” Changeshave already made to ensure thingsrun smoothly in September at themain campus.“We’ve already rescheduled allthe classes, with some Theatre Arts programming moved to the CitiPlaza, and we were able to keep thetimetables almost the same. Nowwe’re taking a look at transportationissues to address their concerns.”While classes will start inSeptember according to plan, stu-dents attending the downtown cam- pus will face a few more inconven-iences due to the delay. Many havealready secured housing in thedowntownareaandwillnowhavetomake a farther commute to the maincampus.“Movingbacktothemaincampusis an inconvenience because I leased a house near downtown,” said Donahue. “The delay will definitelyimpact my time of travel; I will nowhave to be on the bus longer, there-fore waking up a lot earlier, sincemost my classes start at 8 a.m.”The delay hasn’t completelydampened Donahue’s spirits. “The program was only offered at thedowntown campus, so that's where Iwould have gone, regardless. But itwas a brand-new campus –it wasvery exciting. I was so pumped tostart the new program at the brand new campus, and now I'm just look-ing forward to staring there in mid-October.”Students affected by the delay cancontact the Registrar’s Office atcdpa@fanshawec.ca or 519-452-4430 ext. 4660 to voice their con-cerns.
Downtown campus delayed
The Ontario government recent-ly launched its Youth JobsStrategy to help more young peo- ple find jobs or start their own businesses, while helping employ-ers find skilled workers.“Ontario youth are talented,capable and ready to put their world-class educations to work,”said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development. “We’re partnering with employers, educa-tors, labour and non-profits toensure that our economy benefitsfrom the full participation of our young people. It’s important notonly for our youth today, but for the future economic success of our  province.”Ontario’s youth is constantlyfacing high unemployment rates.As of January 2013, 16.5 per centof people between the ages of 15and 24 were unemployed. Thegovernment is allotting $295 mil-lion over two years into the YouthJobs Strategy, which aims to helpunemployed youth find jobs, create30,000 new jobs for youth.The money will be split betweenfour different programs:
The Ontario YouthEmployment Fund
will providehiring incentives to employers,connecting skilled but unemployed youth with job opportunities intheir fields.
The Ontario YouthEntrepreneurship Fund
will sup- port young entrepreneurs throughfinancing and coaching.
will help youth find employ-ment opportunities in industrialresearch, development and com-mercialization. It will connect sci-ence grads with research opportu-nities in their field.
The Business-LabourConnectivity and Training Fund
will bring together business, labour and educators to identify and develop youthsinnovation and collaboration skills.“It’s essential that more young people acquire the skills and prob-lem-solving abilities they need tosucceed in the new economy,” said Linda Franklin, the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. “Thegovernment’s announcement rec-ognizes the importance of promot-ing a highly skilled and innovativeworkforce.”For more information on these programs, check out ontario.ca.
Youth Jobs Strategygives young peoplethe skills to succeed

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