Student Development Staff & Faculty Newsletter | September 27, 2017

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

Care to share? Contact FSD Storyteller, Alicia Ashcroft, via email:

Dean's Message

Well we’re a month into the new academic year, and I’d like to thank all of you for the continued work you do to make sure that TRU students feel welcome, supported and connected to each other and our offices. The first few weeks of adjustment for new students have been made easier through a number of great welcoming events including Orientation, TRUSU's September activities, and our first-ever Student Leadership Conference this past weekend. And we’ve also been settling into regular activities such as the therapy dogs on Thursdays, the Student Life tabling on Wednesday, COOP and STSS courses, SL sessions and so many others. I’m so pleased to work with a group of professionals that is patient and resourceful in making sure students get what they need. 

As we go into the next month, I’ll be sending an update on the work that was initiated on the Strategic Plan at our June retreat. Many of your colleagues have started to consider what it means to move ahead each of our six strategic goals. Do you remember them? A special FSD prize to the first person to email me a list of all six!



News and Accomplishments

Perseverance and healing through Cplul’kw’ten

Perseverance and healing through Cplul’kw’ten

Upon arrival at Cplul’kw’ten, Kayla Coutlee recalled how the staff approached and embraced her “with so much love."

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One chapter in an ongoing success story

One chapter in an ongoing success story

Recently hired as a Youth Employment Advisor at the YMCA, Justin Bourke credits Counselling and Disability Services for its support systems.

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Writing Centre video

Writing Centre works wonders

No need to suffer run-on sentence blues or comma dramas. The Writing Centre’s mission is to help undergraduate and graduate students become better, more confident writers through one-on-one support.

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Overcoming the odds with courage and hope

Overcoming the odds with courage and hope

Lesra Martin, best known for his involvement with the release of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, spoke at the inaugural TRU LEADership Conference on Saturday.

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Amelia Galuska at Agri-Food Canada

Career Education an ally to students

Now thriving in the professional world, Amelia Galuska credits Career Education as being an ally. “I can’t thank Marion Oke enough, she helped shape my priorities and make my decisions. It’s nice having someone on your side at TRU”.

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Getting into the Groove - TRU video

Writer & Storyteller turns TRU into film set

You might have noticed a costumed Alicia Ashcroft running around campus with a camera crew? With the support of so many members of the FSD, Alicia, along with Sam Numsen created ten videos that feature and promote Student Services, as well as solutions to a plethora of solutions to student stress. Please enjoy, share and recommend to others. 

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NCTA Conference in Cincinnati 

Dr. Cindy James, along with Dr. Jim Wollack (University of Wisconsin) and Dr. Sara Rieder Bennett (The University of Akron) presented a session entitled “How to get published in the Journal of the National College Testing Association (NCTA): Tips from the Editor, a Reviewer and an Author” at the NCTA conference held in Cincinnati, Ohio (September 13 – 15th, 2017).

Fall Orientation 2017

Hundreds attend Orientation

More than 900 new-to-TRU students experienced an on-campus sneak preview before the first day of classes—our very own Alicia Ashcroft hosted, and many FSD team members were on-hand to offer their warmest welcome.

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Welcome Jody Beesley, Community Based Victim Services Worker at Kamloops Sexual Assault Counselling Centre (KSACC)

Jody will be providing on-campus support to victims of sexualized violence every Tuesday morning from 8:30am to 12:00pm. She will be working out of the Student Services meeting room.

Jody has been a Community Based Victim Services Worker at KSACC for nearly twenty years. She provides information and emotional support to victims/survivors who are engaged in court processes related to sexualized abuse, sexualized assault or domestic violence. She’s also the only person in Kamloops who can support victim/survivors who wish to submit an anonymous Third Party report of sexualized violence to the RCMP.

Jody will be available for drop in support/information or by appointment. To book a time, contact KSACC directly at 250-372-0179.

Please feel free to connect, ask questions and introduce yourself and/or your team. 



Kamloops Pride Parade

TRU Pride Parade

Thursday September 28

11:00am - 2:00pm

Celebrate diversity by participating in the 6th Annual TRUSU Pride Parade. 

The Pride Parade is hosted each year by the TRUSU Equity Committee to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and publicly claim Thompson Rivers University as a safe space to study, work, and live no matter your sexual orientation or gender identity.

Parade placards will be available at the event and if attendees want to, are encouraged to bring their own signs, banners, or demonstrations of support.

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Orange Shirt Day

Friday September 29

11:00am - 12:30pm

Orange Shirt Day brings awareness to Aboriginal youth and residential school survivors. 

11 a.m — Meet at Cplul’kw’ten for pizza and walk to the blue outdoor basketball courts

11:30 a.m. — opening prayer, introduction and welcome, honour song, guest speaker

12:15 p.m. — prayer song and closing remarks

12:30 p.m. — round dance followed by group photo of those wearing orange shirts

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Bank of Canada: Career Information Session

Friday September 29

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Learn more about career options at the Bank of Canada and general information about the financial industry.

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Lumberjack Games

Friday, October 6

11:00am - 3:00pm

Try your hand at a variety of skills that were once part of BC’s forestry industry.

• Try balancing on a log that’s rolling in water.

• Using a two-person hand-saw isn’t as easy as it looks.

• Using specialized equipment, climb an upright log as fast as you can.

• Throw an oversized axe at a wooden bullseye target.

• Dress up like an old-time lumberjack or lumberjill.

$2 pancakes, free show and participation

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International Student Career Cafe

International Student Career Cafe

Wednesday October 18

11:30am - 1:00pm

Are you an international student looking for career support?

Come to the International Student Career Café to discuss your questions around careers and finding a job in Canada.

The discussion will be an open and friendly round-table format.

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Fall Recruitment Open House

Saturday October 21

8:30am - 3:30pm

Get a feel for what TRU is about through more than 50 booths, displays, information sessions and tours.

Whether you’re a high school student, a transfer student, a mature student or just considering your options, you’ll get everything you need to know about TRU at Open House.

Not a future TRU student? We’d still love to show you around campus.

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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.