What you missed: Summer news from Brock

With the start of school comes a busy time in The Brock Press newsroom. Students are back, meaning club events will pick back up, sports teams are gearing up for another run at championships and students prepare to show off their artistic talent. Our news coverage also includes the hard news students and the Brock University community need to know.

However, the summer months can be slow around the university. Many students are out-of-town, so you may have missed some of the news from your four months off. Here are some highlights from May through August:

May 2 – Ingrid Makus named Dean of Social Sciences

After 17 months of her title including ‘interim’, Makus was named the permanent Dean of Social Sciences. Previously, she served  as chair for the Department of Political Science. Makus was also an Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research for the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Back in 2013-14, she also held the interim role as Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and returned to the position in 2016.

May 2 – Brian Power appointed Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic

For six years, Power served as the Associate Dean for the Faculty of Humanities at Brock. He will now begin a five year term, which started on July 1, as the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic. He replaces Greg Finn.

May 9 – Michelle McGinn appointed interim Associate Vice-President, Research

McGinn has previously held the position of Associate Dean, Graduate Student Services, Research and International in the Faculty of Education. Her new role comes with tasks of creating a Strategic Research Plan by working alongside the Vice-President, Research and the Associate Deans. McGinn will also be in charge of updating research policies and procedures, and helping fill vacancies for research support.

May 11- Kyle Dubas named General Manager of the Toronto Maples Leafs

Dubas graduated from Brock’s Sport Management program in 2007 and seven years later earned the Assistant General Manager role with the Maple Leafs. As one of the youngest General Managers in the NHL, at 31-years-old, Dubas now holds one of the highest positions with a NHL team.


May 16 – Brock’s new main entrance to be named in honour of Rankin family

While construction continues into the school year for the new Brock entrance, the university did find a name for the new front doors. Schmon Tower will look different, as the Rankin Family Pavilion is closer to completion. Following significant donations by Tom Rankin, a Niagara businessman, it was an easy decision for the university when choosing the new name.

June 8 – Brock celebrates its 100,000th graduate

Over the recent years, the university has seen thousands of students walk across the stage for Spring Convocation. This past June, Rebecca Alcock, became the 100,000th graduate in Brock’s history.

June 12 – Cheechoo appointed second term as Chancellor

In her first term, Shirley Cheechoo was appointed Chancellor of Brock for three years. Back in June, the University decided to appoint her for a second term. She is the first woman and first Indigenous Canadian to hold the position of Chancellor at Brock.

June 22 – Greg Finn named interim Provost and VP, Academic

As mentioned previously, Finn held the position of Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic. He stepped away from the position, and will now hold the position of interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic.

June 26 – Brock Schmon Tower to be illuminated in colour     

Brock has added a LED lighting system to the Schmon Tower. The 13 storey building at the front of the university will now have a colourful affect during the nighttime. The tower is normally lit red at night to reflect the university’s colour; however, the colour can change to reflect holidays and special occasions.

August 16 – Plastic straw alternatives

New food options were announced for the upcoming year at Brock. Dining Services has also made additional changes that will see plastic straws eliminated from campus. Paper and biodegradable straws will be the alternative.

August 20 – After 30-plus-years, Chris Critelli and Joe Kenny are set to retire

Chris Critelli has spent 35 years at Brock, holding roles of assistant coach for the women’s basketball team, later named the head coach and recently the Assistant Athletic Director. Joe Kenney retires from his role as Head Athletic Therapist and Manager of the Athletic Therapy Clinic, following 36 years.

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