TRU

May 2017 

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you the May President’s Report. I hope you enjoy these highlights of TRU community news, publications, accomplishments and upcoming campus events.

This is the last report until September. I wish everyone a great summer, and I look forward to hearing about all your achievements for the next report. Please send the details to president@tru.ca. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 5, 2017. Keep the good news coming!

Sincerely,

Alan Shaver, President and Vice-Chancellor

News

Honouring extraordinary individuals

Four individuals embodying the values and aspirations of TRU will inspire this year's graduates at Spring Convocation this June. Senator Murray Sinclair who led Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Inquiry (shown here speaking at TRU in 2016), health reform leader Dr. Roger Strasser, Kamloops firefighter and global humanitarian David Sakaki, and acclaimed documentary film producer Rudy Buttignol will be recognized with honorary degrees and address the class of 2017. Read more

Strengthening Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc collaboration

On May 9, TRU and Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc (TteS) signed a partnership agreement to strengthen and expand our connections and initiatives.

All set to contribute to TRU's research community

All set to contribute to research community

Research and Graduate Studies announced its Undergraduate Research Ambassadors and Graduate Research Mentors for 2017/18:

Undergraduate Research Ambassadors: Tyson Bodor, Gabe Capendale, Kevin Clyde, Payton Comazzetto, Emily Dundas Oke, Spencer Jaroszuk, Teagan Lauriente, Valerie Law, Lavraj Lidher, Breanne McAmmond, Megan McFadyn, Noor Shubear, Anna Skurikhina, Brandon Turner, Alexis Wilson,.

Graduate Research Mentors: Tory Anchikoski, Jessica Baker, Samta Dhanjal, Jordann Foster, Hemali Gawde, Dominique Hazel, Olanike Imuh, Jose Rodriguez Jule, Doug TerpsmaRead more

Solar road project shines light on renewable energy

Solar road project shines

Innovation, technology and art will come together this summer in a solar walkway to be installed in front of the Arts and Education building. Glass plates with 64 solar panels will produce about 10,000 kWh of electricity annually. Read more

Celebrating retirement

Faculty and staff who have recently retired or are about to retire were honoured by colleagues and guests at the annual Retirement Dinner on May 10.

Bronwen Evans, winner of TRU's first creative non-fiction contest

Young writer wins her tuition

Kamloops teen Bronwen Evans has won TRU's inaugural creative nonfiction contest. She is excited to start a dual degree in computing science and business at TRU next year, with her first-year tuition covered by the writing prize. Read more

Annual workshop for OLFMs

Open Learning Faculty Members gathered in Kamloops on May 12-13 for Learning in our Digital World, the annual OLFM Workshop. A livestreamed Open Meeting was held during the event to give OLFMs an opportunity to talk with President Alan Shaver, Provost and VP Academic Christine Bovis-Cnossen, VP Administration and Finance Matt Milovick, and VP Advancement Christopher Séguin about OL's challenges and opportunities.

Visual arts year-end exhibition

Ambiverts was the title of this year's exhibition of artwork by students graduating from the Bachelor of the Fine Arts program, showcased at the TRU Art Gallery and visual arts studios from Apr. 21 to May 5. Above, artist Kelsey Jules poses with a print in her series on the legacy of Indian Residential Schools.

Volunteers keep campus beautiful

Faculty and staff formed teams to clean up campus and win fun prizes at the 20th annual Trash Bash and barbecue lunch on May 11, organized by the Sustainability Office.

Achievements

Karen Densky, English as a Second Language, was recognized by the Association of BC Teachers of English as an Additional Language (BC TEAL) as one of BC TEAL's 50 at 50, honouring contributions to the EAL profession in BC over the past 50 years of the association's history.

Joe Dobson, English as a Second Language, was recognized by the Association of BC Teachers of English as an Additional Language (BC TEAL) as one of BC TEAL's 50 at 50, honouring contributions to the EAL profession in BC over the past 50 years of the association's history.

Jordann Foster, Master of Science in Environmental Science student, was awarded Outstanding 3-Minute Presentation at the ConForWest 2017 conference in Canmore in April.

Jon Fulton, Curriculum Media Development, received a 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the City of Kamloops on Apr. 24 (shown above with Deputy Mayor Arjun Singh) for his contributions to the community. Nominated by his peers, Jon was recognized for his volunteer activities with the Kamloops Film Society and many other organizations over the years.

Jenna Goddard, Writing Centre Coordinator, received the 2017 Audrey Fenwick Memorial Award from St. Francis Xavier University. The prize is given to the graduating student with the best academic record in the Master of Adult Education program. Read more

Thomas Heine, Bachelor of Business Administration student, won first place and $6,000 at the annual Scotiabank business plan competition for his new venture, a sustainable frozen yogurt food truck called Yo'Glorious. Read more

Karen Hofmann, English faculty member, is a third-time winner in the Okanagan Short Story Contest, for her first-place winning story "The Island," about a camping trip gone terribly wrong. Read more

Larissa Pepper, Bachelor of Business Administration alumna, was nominated for the prestigious 2017 Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) BC & YK Rising Star Award. She was nominated by her employer, Arrow Transportation. Read more

Sarah Whitehouse, Master of Science student, won TRU's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition during Research Week in March. In addition to first prize, she had the opportunity to represent TRU at the Western Regional 3MT at the University of Saskatchewan on Apr. 28.

CREDENTIALS EARNED

Congratulations to faculty and staff who received their master’s or doctoral degrees in the past six months. If you know someone who has achieved theirs, please email the name of the recipient, title of degree and institution to president@tru.ca.

Jolanta Belliveau, Finance: Master of Arts in Leadership, Royal Roads University

Publications 

Note: these citations follow MLA Handbook style, now in the Eighth Edition. Please cite your work in MLA for submissions to the President’s Report. 

PRESENTATIONS

Jim Hu, English as a Second Language

Hu, Jim. "Conference with Simultaneous Oral Written Feedback (SOWF): Students’ Preferred Writing Response." TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, Mar. 21-24, Washington State Convention Centre, Seattle. 

Hu, Jim. "ESL Employees' Perspectives on Writing Accuracy for the Workplace." Poster session, TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, Mar. 21-24, Washington State Convention Centre, Seattle.

JOURNALS

Tom Pypker, Natural Resource Sciences

Pypker, Thomas G., et al. "The Absorption of Water Vapor by Epiphytes in an Old-growth Douglas-fir Forest during the Seasonal Summer Dry Season: Implications for Canopy Energy Budgets." Ecohydrology, vol. 10, issue 3, 2017.

Events

Chemistry Contest

May 17

Local Grade 11 chemistry students are on campus for a laboratory experience as part of the annual Chemistry Contest. Read more

Victoria Day

May 22

Most campus services will be closed for Victoria Day. Read more

Dish Up Downtown

May 25

Join Alumni & Friends on a walking tour through four downtown Kamloops eateries, featuring food and drink tasting, a silent auction, door prizes and friendly competition. Read more

Open Meeting at Williams Lake

May 26

The TRU Williams Lake community is invited to a lunch followed by an open meeting with President Alan Shaver, Provost and VP Academic Christine Bovis-Cnossen, VP Administration and Finance Matt Milovick, and VP Advancement Christopher Séguin to have a dialogue about TRU-WL's challenges and opportunities.

Williams Lake Commencement Ceremony

May 26

Celebrate the successes of TRU Williams Lake students at the 2017 Commencement ceremony. Read more

Charter Alumni Brunch

June 3

Those who attended TRU when it was Cariboo College from 1970-1990 are invited to the second annual charter alumni event to share memories and memorabilia. Read more

Spring Convocation

June 7-9

Celebrate the success of graduates in six ceremonies across three days. See tru.ca/convocation for the schedule, volunteer opportunities and livestream link. Read more

Invasive Species Research Conference

June 20

Invasive species researchers and practitioners are gathering for a conference titled Turning Science into Action. Read more

Canada Day

July 1

Most campus services will be closed on July 3 to observe the statutory holiday for Canada Day on July 1. Read more

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