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Brandon University

Established June 6, 1967
Vision To become the choice for all students who seek access to a personalized, quality education.
Type Public
Chancellor Edward Schreyer
President Louis Visentin
Undergraduates 3,383 (2004)
Postgraduates small number
Location Brandon, Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada
Mascot Bailey the Bobcat
Website www.brandonu.ca [1]

Brandon University is a Canadian university located in the city of Brandon, Manitoba with an enrolment of 3383 (2005) full-time and part-time students. The current location was founded on July 13, 1900 as Brandon College as a Baptist institution. It was not chartered as a university until June 5, 1967. The university is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Canadian University Society for Intercollegiate Debate (CUSID) and a member of Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... A Chancellor is the head of a university. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Motto: Gloriosus et Liber (Glorious and free) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Winnipeg Largest city Winnipeg Premier Gary Doer (NDP) Lieutenant Governor John Harvard Area 647,797 km² (8th)  - Land 553,556 km²  - Water 64,241 km² (14. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, images, videos and other digital assets and hosted on a particular domain or subdomain on the World Wide Web. ... Representation of a university class, 1350s. ... Brandon Manitoba, a city in southwestern Manitoba, Canada. ... Motto: Gloriosus et Liber (Latin: Glorious and free) Capital Winnipeg Largest city Winnipeg Official languages English and French, per mandate of the Constitution Act 1982 Government - Lieutenant-Governor John Harvard - Premier Gary Doer (NDP) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 14 - Senate seats 6 Confederation July 15, 1870 (5th... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 13 is the 194th day (195th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 171 days remaining. ... Year 1900 (MCM) was an exceptional common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar, but a leap year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar. ... Baptist is a term describing a tradition within Christianity and may also refer to individuals belonging to a Baptist church or a Baptist denomination. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... June 5 is the 156th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (157th in leap years), with 209 days remaining. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Association of Commonwealth Universities represents over 480 universities from Commonwealth countries. ... The Canadian University Society for Intercollegiate Debate (CUSID generally, and SUCDI in French) is the national organization which governs and represents university-level debating and public speaking in Canada. ... CIS Logo Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. ...

The university's sports teams in Canadian Interuniversity Sport are called the Brandon Bobcats. Brandon University competes in basketball (men/women) and volleyball (men/women). CIS Logo Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. ... The Brandon Bobcats are the athletic teams that represent Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. ...



The Baptist Home Mission first sent missionaries to southwestern Manitoba in 1869 and settlers began to arrive in the area after 1871. Both settlers and missionaries soon saw a need for a denominational college for Manitoba youth and several attempts to found a college were made. In 1880, Dr. John Crawford and Rev. G. B. Davis opened Prairie College in Rapid city, 20 miles north of Brandon. The College failed and Rev. Davis founded a small academy in Rapid City that was subsequently taken over by his brother-in-law, Prof. S. J. McKee. McKee’s Academy was moved to Brandon in 1890 following the projection of the CPR mainline through the Assiniboine Valley that resulted in the marked growth of the city of Brandon.

Brandon College

As early as 1885 the Baptist Convention of Manitoba and the Northwest Territories responded to this need. In 1898 a Toronto industrialist, Mr. William Davies, and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Emily Davies, pledged $25,000 to be used to establish a Baptist College in Brandon. Plans moved ahead rapidly. The Convention appointed Dr. A. P. McDiarmid as principal of Brandon College in 1899. Prof. McKee’s Academy was merged into the new institution and the quarters of the Academy in the Stewart Black on Rosser Avenue at Ninth Street continued to be used. On July 13, 1900, Mrs. Davies laid the cornerstone of the first new building located at the corner of 18th Street and Lorne Avenue, part of the present campus. The Brandon College Building is joined to Clark Hall. Clark Hall, built in 1906, was used as the women’s residence and was named after Dr. W. S. Clark, the principal donor. These now serve as the administration buildings of Brandon University.

Brandon College was a liberal arts college offering some work in theology, a high school department, and a commercial department. A school of music was added in 1906. During the college’s affiliation with McMaster University, 1911-1938, the School of Music graduate diplomas in voice and piano attained a national reputation. Following affiliation with the University of Manitoba in 1938, music courses as credit to B.A. and B.Sc. degrees were added. Brandon College offered the first B.Mus. program in Manitoba in 1963. The School of Music includes one of the few conservatory departments in Canada and offers high quality private tutoring.

More than 200 Brandon College students served in the First World War including two winners of the Victoria Cross. The college sent a platoon with the Western Universities Battalion to France in 1916. Class enrolments dwindled as student joined the services resulting in the absence of males in the freshman class. In 1922 the Science Building was opened but an economic slump kept the building from being completed according the original specifications. The Bachelor of Science degree was added in 1939.

Commercial courses were discontinued in 1922 and the theology department was replaced by the inclusion of religious studies in the arts curriculum in 1928. In 1932, the Grade 9, 10 and 11 work of the academy, which had formed part of the college, was discontinued. Grade 12 Department of Education courses were introduced and continued until 1955. In 1938, the Baptist Union of Western Canada found that it was no longer able to support Brandon College. An exceptional display of interest, hard work and generosity on the part of citizens of western Manitoba kept the college open. Brandon College became a non-denominational corporation in that year, ending its affiliation with McMaster University, and joining the University of Manitoba as an affiliated college. Four sources of revenue allowed the work of the college to be continued: public subscription; an endowment (which became a foundation in 1945) by Dr. A. E. McKenzie, owner of a Brandon seed firm; a tax levy from the City of Brandon; and an annual grant from the provincial government. Support from each of these has continued but has changed in proportion over the years.

The C.O.T.C. program, which had been dropped after the First World War, was revived to meet the challenge of World War II and 234 Brandon College students served in Canada’s armed forces during 1939-45. Enrolment was cut sharply but new bursaries and scholarships were introduced and many students worked their way through Brandon College during this period. At this point, there were 14 faculty members and approximately 100 students. During the late 1940’s, the social sciences were introduced at Brandon College. Training for high school teachers was added in 1952 and expanded to include training for elementary teachers in 1955. The Bachelor of Training program was added in 1969 and the first graduates of the program received their degrees in 1971. In the late 1950’s, a national program of university and college expansion gave rise to a sharply increased growth at Brandon college both in numbers of students and faculty and the building of new facilities. The Arts and Library Building, later named the A. E. McKenzie Building in honour of a chief benefactor of the college, and the J. R. C. Evans Lecture Theatre, named in honour of former Brandon College President, Dr. J. R. C. Evans, were officially opened in 1961. In 1962, the steam plant, Darrach Hall (men’s residence), and the dining hall were completed. Added in 1963 were the Music Building and Flora Cowen Hall (women’s residence). The Brandon University Gymnasium was opened in 1965.

Brandon University

Brandon University received its charter on June 5, 1967 on the occasion of the visit of Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra and the Honourable Angus Ogilvie. Brandon University currently has enrolment of 3,098 and a faculty of 220 (September 30, 2002). The Education Building was opened in 1967 and the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium in 1969. A twenty story, high-rise residence, McMaster Hall, for men and women, was opened in the fall of 1971. The Jeff Umphrey Memorial Centre for Mental Retardation opened in the fall of 1971 and housed a bookstore, bank, and a day centre as well as the research centre on mental retardation.

The J. R. Brodie Science Centre was opened officially in May 1972, although classes were held there during the 1971-72 school year. It has modern facilities for the departments of chemistry, physics, botany, zoology, geology, geography, mathematics and computer science, and psychology. In early 1980, the Master of Music Degree Program was approved and in September 1980, the Applied Program commenced. The Master of Music (Education) commenced in September 1981. In November 1983, a sod-turning ceremony was held initiating the beginning of the new Music Building erected to the south of the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium and west of the Arts and Library Building. In October, 1984, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially named the structure the “Queen Elizabeth II Music Building”. Members of the Music faculty moved into the new building during the summer of 1985 and classes were held there in the fall.

In September 1986 classes commenced in the Department of Nursing and Health Studies program with 2-Year Post-Diploma Baccalaureate Degrees in Nursing and Mental Health. In 1990, the University introduced a major in Business Administration in the Faculty of Arts. Brandon University received its second masters program when the Masters of Education program was approved in 1990. In 1991, a minor in Women’s Studies was approved in the Faculty of Arts. In 1993, a minor in Aboriginal Art was approved. In September 1996, the 4-Year Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing was offered for the first time. The Beginning in the fall of 1994, the renovation and reconstruction of Clark Hall and the Brandon College Building, with the retention of the original façade, was initiated. This historic project was completed in the spring of 1997. Currently, faculty and administration occupy the new structure and classes are being held in the new large classrooms in the renovated buildings. In 1997, the School of Health Studies was established and the 4-Year Bachelor of Business Administration was offered for the first time. In 1998, both a Masters program in Rural Development and a bachelor’s program in First Nations and Aboriginal Counselling was launched.

In 1999, the University celebrated its centennial with the community at-large. To mark the occasion, both university and community members helped to excavate Prairie College, the university’s original Baptist site. The Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies program that adopts a Liberal Arts and Science approach to foster an appreciation for the interdisciplinary nature of this field was initiated in the fall of 2001. The May 2002 marked the sod-turning ceremony for the new Health Studies Complex that celebrated its grand opening on September 19, 2003. The new building currently houses the School of Health Studies and the First Nations and Aboriginal Counselling program. The Health Studies Complex was uniquely designed to include a large round room for traditional ceremonies performed by First Nations ad Metis students.

The Bachelor of Environmental Science program, approved in December 2002, was implemented in September 2003. In May 2003, the COPSE approved the four-year Creative Arts program and in June approved the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program. Both programs commenced in the fall of 2003. In September 2005, COPSE approved the expansion of Brandon University's Rural and Community Studies Program to include four-year honours, four-year major, and four-year minor Bachelor of Arts degrees, in addition to the three-year BA program already being offered in this subject area. With the addition of these degree programs, students can pursue Rural and Community studies from an undergraduate to Master's level at the university.

Faculties,Schools, Departments, and Research Centres

  • Faculty of Arts
    • Aboriginal and Visual Arts, Anthropology, Business Administration, Drama, Economics, English, Gender and Women's Studies, History, Classical and Modern Languages, Native Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Rural Development, Sociology
  • Faculty of Education
    • Administration and Educational Services, Curriculum & Instruction: Humanities, Curriculum & Instruction: Math/Science, Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations, Physical Education, Music Education, Graduate Studies
  • Faculty of Science
    • Applied Disaster & Emergency Studies, Botany, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Zoology
  • First Nation and Aboriginal Counselling
  • School of Health|Health Studies
    • Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Mental Health
  • School of Music
    • Honours (General Studies), Performance, Education, Jazz Studies, Graduate Studies
  • Rural Development Institute

Degrees and Programs


  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • Bachelor of Education (BEd)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  • Bachelor of First Nations and Aboriginal Counselling (BFNAC)
  • Bachelor of Music (BMus)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (BN)
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing (BScPN)


  • Masters of Education (MEd)
  • Masters of Music (MMus)
  • Masters of Rural Development (MRD)


  • Graduate Diploma in Rural Development (GRD)
  • Post Diploma in Mental Health (BScMN)


  • Brandon University Northern Teacher Education Program (BUNTEP)
  • Brandon University Hutterite Education Program (BUHEP)
  • Program for the Education of Native Teachers (PENT)


  • Chancellor - The Right Honourable Edward Schreyer
  • President & Vice Cancellor - Dr. Louis Visentin
  • Vice President Academic - Dr. Jeff Williams
  • Vice President Administration & Finance - Mr. Scott Lamont

Edward Richard Schreyer, PC, CC, CMM, OM, CD, LLD (born December 21, 1935, Beausejour, Manitoba) is a Canadian politician and member of the New Democratic Party of Canada. ...

University Presidents - Current and Past

  • Dr. Louis Visentin (2000 - Present)
  • Dr. Dennnis Anderson (1990 - 2000)
  • Dr. John Mallea

Notable alumni

Thomas Clement Douglas, PC, CC, SOM, MA, LL.D (hc) (October 20, 1904 – February 24, 1986) was a Scottish-born Baptist minister who became a prominent Canadian social democratic politician. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Officially launched on April 5, 2004, The Greatest Canadian was a project by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to find out who is considered the greatest Canadian of all time. ... Stanley Howard Knowles, PC , OC , BA , BD , LL.D (June 18, 1908 - June 9, 1997) was a Canadian parliamentarian. ... The New Democratic Party (NDP; Nouveau Parti démocratique in French) is a political party in Canada with a progressive social democratic philosophy that contests elections at both the federal and provincial levels. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a parliament. ...

Notable Honorary Degree Recipients

Randoph Charles Bachman, OM (born September 27, 1943) was lead guitarist and songwriter of the 1970s rock band, The Guess Who, and later formed the famous hard rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive with his brothers Robbie Bachman, drums, Tim Bachman, rhythm guitar and friend Fred Turner on bass and lead... The Guess Who are a Canadian rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba, that was one of the first to establish a major successful following in their own country while still residing there as well as abroad in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) is a Canadian rock group from Winnipeg, Manitoba that enjoyed a string of hit albums and singles in the 1970s. ... Burton Cummings, OM, D.Mus (born December 31, 1947) is a Canadian musician and songwriter. ... Shirley Douglas OC (born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian television, film and stage actress. ... Tom Cochrane, D.Mus (hon), (born May 14, 1953) is a Canadian singer and songwriter, whose story-telling songs have earned him the nickname The thinking mans rocker. ... Red Rider was a Canadian rock band popular in the 1980s. ... Henry Champ, LLD is a veteran Canadian broadcast journalist and currently a correspondent for the CBC Newsworld based in Washington, DC. He was previously a correspondent for NBC News for ten years before moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1993 to become an anchor for CBC News: Morning. ... The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), a Canadian crown corporation, is the country’s national public radio and television broadcaster. ... James Ehnes is a Canadian violinist. ... The violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. ... A virtuoso (from Italian virtuoso, late Latin virtuosus, Latin virtus meaning: skill, manliness, excellence) is an individual who possesses outstanding technical ability at singing or playing a musical instrument. ... The Honourable Senator Sharon Carstairs, PC (born April 26, 1942) is a Canadian politician. ... The Manitoba Liberal Party is a political party in Manitoba, Canada. ... Miriam Toews (born 1964 in Steinbach, Manitoba) is a Canadian novelist and humorist of Mennonite descent. ...

Alumni Wall Of Fame

Thomas Clement Douglas, PC, CC, SOM, MA, LL.D (hc) (October 20, 1904 – February 24, 1986) was a Scottish-born Baptist minister who became a prominent Canadian social democratic politician. ... Stanley Howard Knowles, PC , OC , BA , BD , LL.D (June 18, 1908 - June 9, 1997) was a Canadian parliamentarian. ... The Honourable Justice Ronald D. Bell is a respected Canadian lawyer, specializing in petroleum tax issues. ... Betty Gibson (1911 - 2001) was considered by the community to be instrumental in developing and implementing the Mathematics and Language Arts Curriculum in Manitoba. ... Henry Champ, LLD is a veteran Canadian broadcast journalist and currently a correspondent for the CBC Newsworld based in Washington, DC. He was previously a correspondent for NBC News for ten years before moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1993 to become an anchor for CBC News: Morning. ... Walter Gilbert Dinsdale, D.F.C. (April 3, 1916 - November 20, 1982) was a Canadian politician. ...

External links

  • Brandon University Official Website
  • Brandon University Students Union Official Website (BUSU)
  • Brandon University Athletics

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  Results from FactBites:
The Directory of Canadian Universities - Brandon University (740 words)
Founded in 1899, Brandon University is situated in Manitoba’s second largest city and attracts students interested in obtaining an excellent education in an environment geared to the individual.
Brandon University is dedicated to the liberal arts and sciences model of interdisciplinary education and offers undergraduate degrees in such areas as business administration, music, arts, fine arts, science, environmental science, nursing, psychiatric nursing, and education as well as graduate programs in music, education, and rural development.
Brandon University awards approximately 130 entrance scholarships, ranging from $200 to $5,000 and approximately 100 bursaries, ranging from $200 to $2,000 to students entering the faculties of arts, science, education, music and health studies.
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