News in brief: March 17, 2010

Final stage of students’ union market research project delayed

At the Wilfrid Laurier University Student’s Union board meeting last Friday, it was announced that the third and final stage of the Market Research Project would be pushed back to the 2010-11 academic year.

According to WLUSU president Laura Sheridan, the project will be transitioned into next year, and president-elect Kyle Walker, along with his public affairs committee, will proceed with the completion of the project.

The reason Sheridan gave for postponing the final survey was that WLUSU wanted to give students a chance to see the current changes implemented and then further comment on what else they felt was needed.

Two phases of the market research project, which were based off a reader survey and focus groups, suggested that students saw advocacy as a top priority of the students’ union.

–Lauren Millet

Golf management program added to continuing studies

The Golf Management Institute of Canada (GMIC) is partnering with Wilfrid Laurier University’s continuing studies department to offer golf management courses.

The partnership began March 16, when the courses became available to GMIC students through Laurier’s online course delivery system.

The program consists of 10 six-week long courses which are offered over the course of a year.

After completing the program, students will obtain a graduate studies diploma in golf operations management from the GMIC.

“There is a growing interest in golf management as an industry, with only steady growth over the years,” said Lisa Fanjoy, manager of Laurier’s continuing studies department. “This collaboration will add to the diversity of continuing studies program opportunities for the Laurier community.”

Established in 1999, GMIC is designed to meet the training requirements for the business of golf.

The institute designs programs for those interested in pursuing a management career in the golf industry, and its unique program has attracted students from at least 20 different countries.

–Liane Salo