January 19, 2009


Notebook for the week of January 19, 2009

Students camp out in Library for charity
Students have been bunking down in the lobby of Mills Memorial Library since last Friday as part of a national Live-in for Literacy campaign that seeks to raise money to help construct nine school libraries in India through the charity Room to Read. The live-in will continue until Monday, Jan. 26. During that time, students will live at the library in plain view of library visitors. Their activities will also be broadcast over the web 24 hours a day. Students are permitted a five-minute break each hour.
"Being a fourth-year student, the responsibility of organizing such an event seemed overwhelming in the beginning, but once I realized the impact that we as students could   have on international development, I was convinced,” said Karishma Kak.

   Vivian Lewis, associate University librarian, says the Library is thrilled to be a venue for the students. “We jumped at the opportunity to help out, and we even offered their instructors to hold smaller tutorials in the lobby if they were so inclined.”  

   Other participating universities are Memorial University, University of Toronto, Concordia University, Queen's University, Laurentian University and the University of British Columbia. Together they hope to raise $40,000.

Commerce, MBA students achieve highest scores in North America
The DeGroote School of Business’ undergraduate and MBA classes have scored in the 95th percentile on the international Major Field Test (MFT) exams.  It is the highest category available.  This is the 11th consecutive time Commerce students have placed in the 95th percentile; and the first time MBA students have reached this category.  Undergraduate student Daniel Tersigni scored 194 out of 200 while MBA students Robert Coffin and Craig Hanna scored 288 out of 300, placing all three of them among the highest scoring students in North America. The MFT exams are used by schools and departments at more than 700 colleges and universities internationally to establish a baseline and to assess achievements of programs and students. 

Capital Markets scholarships awarded to DeGroote students
Two students from the DeGroote School of Business have been selected for the Women in Capital Markets scholarship for 2009: Shivalika Handa and Farrah Jawaid.  Handa will be completing her summer internship at CIBC World Markets and Jawaid will be at TD Securities.  It is the first time two students from DeGroote have been selected as recipients in the same year. The scholarship encourages young women to enter the Canadian capital markets and build their skills. They receive a $7,500 scholarship, a paid summer internship at a participating financial institution, and mentoring by a WCM member.



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Michelle Donovan

Manager, Broadcast Media

McMaster University

905-525-9140 ext. 22869