Posted Monday, December 12, 2011 2:13 PM
Debbie McCallum, VP (admin), to retire

The University of Manitoba is soon to undergo some major changes in administration staffing. Deborah McCallum will retire from her position as vice-president (administration) in 2012. By the time she leaves, she will have worked at the university for 40 years. President and Vice-Chancellor David Barnard noted that McCallum has made major contributions in a variety of roles with increasingly large scope during that time. “All of us who are her friends and colleagues will miss her professional contributions and leadership as well as the energy, enthusiasm, loyalty to the university’s people and sense of fun and camaraderie that she brings to the workplace every day,” he said.

Karen Grant departs for the east coast

Karen Grant will be leaving the U of M after many years of service. She has been appointed provost and vice-president (academic and research) at Mount Allison University effective August 1, 2012. Grant has served as vice-provost (academic) at the U of M since 2003; before that appointment, she was associate dean (research and faculty development) for eight and a half years. In spite of her significant administrative responsibilities over the past 16 years, she has also maintained an active research and graduate training program, and is widely recognized for her role in women’s health, the sociology of health and sociological perspectives in the academy.

Wuttunee named one of ‘Canada’s most powerful women’

Wanda Wuttunee, a professor in the department of Native studies, has been named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: TOP 100, by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN). Wuttunee received her award in the trailblazers and trendsetters category at the ninth-annual gala event in Toronto on December 1. Wuttunee, the first Aboriginal woman in Canada to earn her MBA in 1988, also holds a law degree and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary, in addition to the interdisciplinary PhD that she earned in 2001 from the U of M. Her current position is director of the Aboriginal Business Education Program at the U of M’s Asper School of Business.

U of M students win awards

On Thursday, November 24, two U of M students received Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards (MAYAA). Tyra Cox received the award in the category of artistic performance. She is in her first year in the Access program and is registered in the Faculty of Arts. Danielle Claridge is in her final year in the Faculty of Nursing, and received an award in the health category. The tribute recognizes the outstanding achievement of Manitoba’s Aboriginal youth who exhibit high standards of excellence, dedication, leadership and accomplishments. The MAYAA selection process is unique in that recipients are chosen by committees consisting of Aboriginal youth from the community.
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