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Making a difference locally and globally.

 

Our dedication to multi-disciplinary research in the social sciences, humanities, and beyond encourages Huntington University students to develop their life-long academic journey and contribute towards making the global community a better place.

 

See what Huntington's centres and institutes have to offer.

In October 2015, Huntington University officially announced the launch of the Canadian Finnish Institute (CFI) – a new organization aimed at highlighting the contributions of the Finnish people to Canada.

 

The Canadian Finnish Institute was immediately embraced by the local Finnish community and continues to be highly praised by officials from the governments of both Finland and Canada. Since its inception, the Canadian Finnish Institute has resulted in bringing together amazing leaders from the Finnish Canadian community. Fellows of the Canadian Finnish Institute include the Honourable Judy Erola, former Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt (1980-84), Ambassador Charles Murto, former Ambassador of Finland to Canada, Hannu Piironen, Honorary Consul of Finland, His Excellency Vesa Lehtonen, Ambassador of Finland to Canada as well Mrs. Andrée Noëlle Cooligan Ambassador of Canada to Finland.

 

A scholarship, named in honour of Charles Murto, former Ambassador of Finland to Canada, was established in 2015. The inaugural award, which is a Huntington University scholarship, was presented in March 2016 to undergraduate student Alexandria Pakkala, for outstanding contributions to Canadian Finnish studies.

 

In 2017, Huntington University and the Canadian Finnish Institute were also involved in a national initiative to develop a commemorative book to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial and the 100th anniversary of Finnish Independence. The Government of Canada, through the Canadian Embassy, presented the book to the Government of Finland in March of 2017. To further mark the historic intersection of our two nations in 2017, Huntington University and the Canadian Finnish Institute also established the CFI Commemorative Academic Award - two awards, each valued at $1,500, to be presented one-time only in commemoration of the dual anniversaries. Finnish Canadian post-secondary students, Lili Ahopelto of Sudbury, Ontario, and Laina Southgate of Port Hardy, British Columbia, were selected by Huntington University to receive the awards

 

Through the Canadian Finnish Institute, the only one of its kind in the country, Huntington University will:

 

  • Profile and celebrate the rich contributions of the Finnish people to the Canadian landscape.
  • Specifically highlight and profile the Finnish peoples exemplary contributions to Northern Ontario.
  • Establish academic partnerships between Canadian and Finnish educational and cultural institutions/centres.
  • Develop and facilitate scholarly activity exploring Finnish-Canadian relations.
  • Encourage and support community based initiatives which enrich Canadian-Finnish relations.
  • Recognize and celebrate outstanding individuals who have made profound contributions (cultural, educational, political) to Finnish-Canadian relations.

 

For more information on the Canadian Finnish Institute contact:

 

Christine Catt

Director of University Advancement, Huntington University

(705) 673-4126 ext. 211

[email protected]

Media Releases

News Release CFI Commemorative Academic Award

Huntington University Announces CFI Commemorative Award Winners

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News Release Call for Nominations CFI Commemorative Academic Award

Call for Nominations – CFI Commemorative Academic Award

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Huntington University and the Canadian Finnish Institute (CFI) invite nomin...
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News Release Official Canadian Book Launch of “Canada – Finland: Celebrating 2017

Official Canadian Book Launch of “Canada – Finland: Celebrating 2017"

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The Canadian Finnish Institute welcomed two Ambassadors, as part of the off...
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News Release CFI Fellowship Presented to Ambassador of Finland

Ambassador of Finland Honoured by Canadian Finnish Institute

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News Release Dr. Kevin McCormick Receives Prestigious National Honour From Finland

Dr. Kevin McCormick Receives Prestigious National Honour From Finland

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News Release - Local Resident Honoured For 25 Years Of Service To The Finnish Canadian Community

Local Resident Honoured For 25 Years Of Service To The Finnish Canadian Community

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News Release - Huntington University Honours Finnish Ambassador and Launches Canadian Finnish Institute

Huntington University Honours Finnish Ambassador and Launches Canadian Finnish Institute

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A first of its kind, The Lougheed Teaching and Learning Centre promotes excellence and innovation in higher learning and facilitates professional development throughout the north. On campus and in the community, the Centre fosters the implementation of initiatives and provides opportunities for critical dialogue needed to develop and encourage best practices in teaching and learning applications. The Leadership in Northern Education Award is integral to the Centre's program and provides recognition for those who excel at promoting excellence and innovation in education.

 

Under the guidance of the director, the Centre is building a community of collaboration that enhances the quality of teaching and learning through integrated communications, academic conferences, and more. The Centre is led by faculty at Huntington University, and was established in 2011 in honour of Maguerite and Gerry Lougheed Sr.

 

The Lougheed Teaching and Learning Centre:

 

  • Provides ongoing leadership in teaching and learning in and within the north.
  • Increases awareness and understanding about scholarship in the northern environment.
  • Supports and enhances the diverse teaching contributions and learning efforts of all partners.
  • Explores the unique ways of enhancing the teaching and learning experience as well as the creative strategies that engage students, faculty, and the community.
  • Creates annual opportunities for students, faculty and community partners to engage in critical discourses related to epistemology and pedagogy.
  • Produces and communicates proceedings resulting from knowledge shared at conferences, workshops and other related events.

 

For more information on the Lougheed Teaching and Learning Centre and/or the Leadership in Northern Education Award contact the Centre’s Director:

 

Dr. Lorraine Mercer

Director, Lougheed Teaching and Learning Centre

Tel: 705-673-4126 ext 209

[email protected]

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News Release 2018 Leadership in Northern Education Award

Leadership in Northern Education Award Presented to Innovation Hub

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The Lougheed Teaching and Learning Centre of Excellence is currently seeking nominations of northern leaders from the primary, secondary and post-secondary educational sectors, and/or public or private sector community education services.

 

The deadline for nominations is August 15, 2019.



The Leadership in Northern Education Award forms part of the Lougheed Teaching and Learning Centre’s strategy aimed at promoting excellence and innovation in education. The Centre wishes to acknowledge northern leaders from the primary, secondary and post-secondary educational sectors, and/or public or private sector community education services who are:

 

Providing leadership to teaching and learning throughout northeastern Ontario

 

Planned, implemented, and evaluated a new learning project or program in basic or advanced community leadership, environmental studies, indigenous learning, mentorship, inclusion, intergenerational relations, STEM initiatives, and so forth.

 

Contributing to the scholarship of education

 

Created a manual, project report, tool kit, academic publication, blog post, public presentation or some other means of knowledge dissemination.

 

Enhancing educational programs and the quality of teaching and learning experiences with the community

 

Engaged with service organizations, partnered with faith or cultural groups, collaborated with a government service, integrated participants from a community day care or retirement home, and so forth.

 

Nomination Process

 

A public call for nominees for the Award is sent to school boards, colleges, universities, and community agencies in Northeastern Ontario.

 

Nomination letters matched in detail to the criteria of the award, as described above, with full contact information of the nominator and nominee(s) can be submitted directly to Dr. Lorraine Mercer, Director of the Lougheed Teaching and Learning Centre of Excellence, via email: [email protected].

 

The deadline for nominations is August 15, 2019.

 

Selection Process

 

Nomination letters are reviewed by the Directors of the Lougheed Teaching and Learning Centre. Selection of the award recipient is based on the best fit with the award criteria.

 

Past Award Recipients:

 

2018 – Teaching & Learning Innovation Hub, Cambrian College

2016 – Jennifer Amyotte, career paramedic with the City of Greater Sudbury

2012 – Ms. Lynne Wallace, Executive Director, College Sector Committee for Adult Upgrading
2011 – Dr. Lorraine Carter, Academic Director at Nipissing University’s Centre for Flexible Teaching and Learning
2010 – Ms. Jean Hanson, retired Director of Education of the Rainbow School Board

 

For more information on the Lougheed Teaching and Learning Centre and/or the Leadership in Northern Education Award contact the Centre’s Director:

 

Dr. Lorraine Mercer

Director, Lougheed Teaching and Learning Centre

Tel: 705-673-4126 ext 209

[email protected]

Media Releases

News Release 2018 Leadership in Northern Education Award

Leadership in Northern Education Award Presented to Innovation Hub

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CISA (Canadian Institute for Studies in Aging) was created in 2013 out of Huntington University in Sudbury Ontario. It is a research think-tank involved in community-based research. CISA members hail from different corners of academia comprising faculty from Huntington and Laurentian Universities. CISA is operated by a director and two associate directors who form the CISA executive. CISA's aim is to provide knowledge translation on aging.  It is housed at and supported by Huntington University.

 

For more information on the Canadian Institute for Studies in Aging contact the Centre’s Director:

 

Dr. Krishnan Venkataraman

Director, Canadian Institute for Studies in Aging

(705) 673-4126 ext. 218

[email protected]

The Centre for Communication Studies began its inaugural Communication Catalysts Lecture in 2013. The Communication Catalysts Lecture Series aims to bring scholars who are catalysts in the interdisciplinary field of Communication Studies in areas that are particularly relevant and pressing to the study today.

 

Past lectures include:

 

  • ‘The Struggle for Canadian Copyright’ by Dr. Sara Bannerman, McMaster University
  • ‘From the Pentagon Papers to Cablegate: How the Network Society Has Changed Leaking…” by Dr. Patrick McCurdy, University of Ottawa

 

For more information on the Centre for Communication Studies contact the Centre’s directors:

 

Dr. Janis Goldie

Associate Professor and Chair Communication Studies Department

(705) 673-4126, ext 213

[email protected]

 

Professor Kristeen McKee

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies Department

(705) 673-4126, ext. 217

[email protected]

The Centre for Religion, Spirituality, and Ritual Studies hosts dynamic speakers to present ideas on a wide spectrum of religious and spiritual topics.

 

Previous speakers have included Emmy Award winning filmmaker, New York Times best-selling author, investigative archaeologist, and lecturer, Simcha Jacobovici.

 

For more information on the Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Ritual Studies contact the Centre’s Director:

 

Professor Alison Hood

Department Chair, Religious Studies / Assistant Professor

(705) 673-4126, ext. 212

[email protected]