Student Development Staff & Faculty Newsletter | April 27, 2017

Telling the stories of students, staff, faculty and services in Student Development.

Care to share? Contact FSD Storyteller, Alicia Ashcroft, via email: aashcroft@tru.ca

Dean's Message

Hi everyone,

Here we are – finally – at the end of April. It’s been quite a year of change and growth for the FSD team, and I’d like to thank all of you for continuing to support each other and our students over the past academic year. I hope that you’ve found these monthly newsletters a useful way to keep abreast of what’s going on and to learn about the great work that the team is doing. 

And there’s more change ahead as we learn more about our students’ needs and improve the ways that we support them. We’ll be developing a new Student Development 5-year plan over the coming months, and we’ll be exploring new locations to serve them best. To that end, please be sure to attend the meeting with Christine and Matt next Tuesday afternoon. And watch for a survey on our draft strategic plan coming into your email in the coming weeks.

Best,

Chris

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News and Accomplishments

Long-standing employees recognized for years of service

A number of Faculty of Student Development team members reached significant milestones and were celebrated at the President’s Annual Merit & Staff Awards on April 13.

Donna Taylor received a 10K white gold pin for 25 years of Service.

Among those awarded a 10K gold pin for 20 years of Service were Larry Iles, Cindy James and Sharon Munk.

Sandy Devick, Donna Easton Linda Giddens and Lora Sartori received a polished brass pin for 10 years of Service.

Congratulations to all recipients for your commitment, hard work and exemplary efforts over the years.  We are fortunate to have you as part of the FSD team.

Writing Centre Coordinator Jenna Goddard

Writing Centre Coordinator awarded prize for exemplary academic record

Writing Centre Coordinator Jenna Goddard recently received the 2017 Audrey Fenwick Memorial Award from St. Francis Xavier University.

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Social Media Ambassadors

Three cheers for peers

The Peer Recognition Event on April 12 honored the volunteers, mentors, advisors and tutors from a number of campus organizations.

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Career Education and the TRU connection

Career Education and the TRU connection

“Co-op helped build content for my resume; you need experience in your chosen field to get the interview. The rest is up to your attitude and work ethic.”

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Engaging introverts, extroverts and everyone in between

Engaging introverts, extroverts and everyone in between

During recent workshops, higher education professional Amma Marfo shared successful strategic solutions for both introverts and extroverts.

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Co-op student Emma Read

Co-op position an eye opening experience

Biology student Emma Read advises students to "Explore your field of work, meet new people and take advantage of networking opportunities."

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Capturing the attention of potential employers

Capturing the attention of potential employers

Jon Spence, a Campus Recruiter for TD Bank's Consumer Banking Associate Program, describes the key elements that lead to employment success.

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Digital Leadership: Critically assessing our social media habits

In a series of workshops, Digital Leadership Educator Dr. Josie Ahlquist explored digital identity in regards to wellness, decision-making,

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HR rising star

HR rising star

Bachelor of Business Administration grad Larissa Pepper is a finalist for a prestigious human resources award.

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Peer Mentor Program of the Month

Peer Mentor prize a positive way to pay it forward

Expressing gratitude and recognizing the outstanding work of the Peer Mentorship Coordinators through the Program of the Month award.

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Kelsey Jules, 4th year Bachelor of Fine Arts at TRU

Kelsey Jules, 4th year Bachelor of Fine Arts at TRU.

Kelsey's photo collection was taken at the Kamloops Residential School, where she attended preschool and later worked. When asked about her immediate emotional reaction to the school, she stated that the current use of space was redemptive.

She tried to capture "carrying on with healing, and with the Truth and Reconciliation movement."

"Artwork is an outlet for me. Having the opportunity to explore who I am as a First Nations Secwepemc artist helps me realize the power of art - and how it can heal and create a path for future generations to follow."

You can view her work in the year-end exhibition until May 5.

Support and services available throughout the summer semesters

Support and services available throughout the summer semesters

Set goals, stay on top of your studies, support your health and wellbeing; take advantage of the slower pace on campus over the summer.

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Events

Day of Arts and Science logo

Day of Arts and Science

May 4, 2017 | 8:45am - 2:30pm

For Grade 11 students who will have the opportunity to attend three lecture/labs throughout the day, be provided with a lunch and a general feel for campus life.

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Plant Sale

Plant Sale

May 6, 2017 | 9am - 1pm

 

Find yourself annuals, perennials, ornamental grasses, herbs and vegetables during this annual fundraiser.

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Trash Bash

Trash Bash

May 11, 2017 | 9am - 1:30pm

Celebrate the cleaning up the campus by picking up some trash by yourself or as part of a team.

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On the Road with the FSD 

As we develop this newsletter, we would like to feature conferences, events and travel highlights.

We invite you to keep us posted about your plans.

While away, we welcome you to snap pictures of the events - anything that captures the spirit of the occasion. Photographs are a requirement for publication in the newsletter. Feel free to jot down a couple of notes about your impressions and learning outcomes.