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Kudos from the President December 2016

  Posted on: December 16, 2016

Dear TRU Community,

I am pleased to send you this issue of “Kudos from the President” which celebrates external recognition for outstanding achievements of Thompson Rivers University students, faculty, and staff. Current and past issues can be found on my website.

There you will also find President’s Reports to the Board of Governors and to Senate, which include Kudos recipients plus information about many other TRU achievements and news items.

My office relies on you to provide information regarding awards and recognitions extended to members of the TRU community by external sources. These may include recognitions such as prizes, awards, keynote addresses and honorary appointments that transcend the earning of degrees, the awarding of grants and delivery of conference presentations etc.

If you have recently received an award or recognition, or know of a colleague who has, please send the news to me at so we can give them a well-deserved pat on the back.


Alan Shaver
President and Vice-Chancellor

Kudos to:

Airini, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work, who was elected to the executive of the Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE). ACDE brings together deans, directors and chairs of education in Canadian universities and university-colleges to provide leadership in professional and teacher education, educational research, and policy. There are currently 63 members.

Judith Chomitz, Tourism Management, who won Sheffield Hallam University’s Institute of Hospitality Prize for achieving the highest overall average result in the Master of Science in International Hospitality Management program.

Julie Cinel, Nursing, who was elected as the interior regional director of the Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia.

Business students Rochelle DeLaRondeRyan OliveriusChristen PrettyEd Blakeborough and Sarah Melnyk, who were named as TRU’s 2016/17 Ch’nook scholars. The Scholars program recognizes and supports Aboriginal students who excel in their studies and give back to their communities.

Murat Erogul, Marketing, International Business and Entrepreneurship, and his co-authors, who won Best Paper in International Business from the Journal of International Business and Entrepreneurship for their paper, “Senior Entrepreneurship: The Moderating Role of Age in the Entrepreneurial Attitude-Intent Linkage.”

Andrew Fergus, Management, who was appointed 2017 conference chair and president-elect for the Western Casewriters Association.

Lucas Hampel, honours biology student, who received an honourable mention as runner-up for the Iain and Sylvia Taylor Award, recognizing the best student poster presented at the annual Canadian Botanical Association conference in May. His poster, “Plants, fungi and freeloaders”, competed with work by master’s and doctoral students.

Michael Henry, Business and Economics, who was elected president of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC), a professional society of those interested in the scholarship, teaching and practice of management.

Francyne Joe, Business alumna, who will be an important voice toward the national inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls as the interim president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

Wendy Hulko, Social Work, who was renewed for second terms as consulting editor of Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work and as an editorial board member of Canadian Social Work Review.

Kate Lochhead, recent Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate, who had her first solo exhibition as an emerging artist at Padlock Studios and Art Gallery in Kamloops. “Relationshape” ran Sept. 16 to Oct. 15, 2016.

Brenda Mathenia, Library, who was elected to serve on the Online Computer Library Centre (OCLC) Global Council, specifically as a member of the Americas Regional Council (ARC) for a three-year period beginning July 2016, and has also been invited to serve as a member of OCLC’s Canada Advisory Council.

Kile McKenna, Chemistry student, who was awarded the second place poster prize at the University of Toronto Green Chemistry Initiative Symposium in May. His project was funded by a TRU Sustainability Award, and he was also awarded a Green Chemistry Initiative travel scholarship to attend.

Matt Miller, Chemistry student, who was part of the winning team at the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry student workshop, with a proposal on reducing water waste in the colour industry. The workshop was held during the Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Portland, Oregon in June.

John O’Fee, Accounting and Finance and Law, who was named the new board chair of the Interior Health Authority at the end of October.

Micah Rankin, Law, who had a British Columbia Court of Appeal decision overturned in the Supreme Court of Canada. The landmark decision on joint sentencing submissions (commonly known as plea bargains) was reached on Oct. 21, 2016.

The TRU Assessment Centre, which was awarded Test Certification by the National College Testing Association (NCTA). The rigorous criteria for certification are based on the NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines.

Michelle Walsh, MSc in Environmental Science student, who won a $2,000 Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health for her research project, collaborating with the Secwepemc Nation to research the significance of cool water refuges for rebuilding salmon populations in the Deadman River. The inaugural award is funded by the Fraser Basin Council and the BC Clean Air Research Fund.

Dylan Ziegler, biology student, who won a Best Poster Prize (runner up) at the 2016 Canadian Phytopathological Society BC Annual Regional Meeting on Oct. 27-28. His poster, “A thirst for more: morphological changes in Arceuthobium americanum indicated water theft from its host, Pinus contorta,” competed with work by master’s and doctoral students.


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