November 2018

Dear Colleagues,

I am particularly pleased to share with you the November President's Report as we have much to be proud of! TRU recently topped post-secondary institutions in Canada and the world for our sustainability efforts. It has taken years of dedication to get to this place, and I know we will not stop here. As a university community, we also shone this month with our giving. The annual TRUly United employee campaign exceeded its goal this year thanks to strong faculty and staff participation.

Read on for details of these items, as well as other recent news, the TRU community's publications and accomplishments, and a reminder of upcoming campus events. If you would like to share a publication, presentation, external award or other recognition from within the past six months, please send the details to This report covers up to Nov. 19; the deadline for submissions to the next report is Jan. 4.

Warm regards,

Christine Bovis-Cnossen, President and Vice-Chancellor (Interim)


TRU goes platinum in environmental sustainability

TRU goes platinum in environmental sustainability

Thanks to the TRU community’s commitment to building sustainability into everything we do, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has awarded TRU a platinum rating in its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). Announced Oct. 29, TRU is one of only five post-secondary institutions world-wide to achieve STARS platinum—the first in Canada—and tops the list of over 900 AASHE participants with the highest STARS score.

Speaking at the event were Elder Estella Patrick Moller, President (Interim) Christine Bovis-Cnossen, VP Administration and Finance Matt Milovick, Director of Sustainability Jim Gudjonson, and TRU Students' Union representative Nicholas Warner (shown, left to right). Read more

TRUly amazing

This year's TRUly United campaign from Oct. 9 to 26 surpassed our goal, raising $203,470 for student awards and 46 United Way programs in our region! More than 50% of employees participated, and many departments held events to support the campaign. The KPMG Foundation and Kamloops KPMG office tripled donations on three matching days, while the Kelson Group matched all donations designated for the United Way. Thank you to everyone who contributed—you have truly made a difference. Shown at right: Kristi Rintoul, United Way; Amanda Ellison, TRUly United Co-Chair; Corey Wiwchar, Department Champion; and Dennis Acreman, TRUly United Co-Chair.

Looking back at 100 years of remembering those who fought for freedom

100 years of remembering

The campus Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 8 honoured the fallen, retired and serving members of the different forms of Canada's military. The event included an address by TRU alumnus lieutenant-colonel Amadeo Vecchio, a reading of “In Flanders Fields” by MEd student Vera Wu, and a performance of the Last Post and Reveille by nursing student Arman GillRead more

Donors celebrated at campaign launch

The TRU Foundation Annual Campaign Breakfast celebrated the most successful fundraising year to date with 280 guests on Nov. 1. Three long-time donors were recognized for their commitment to supporting science programs, and software engineering student Lorelei Guidos spoke about the impact of community support.

Launched at the breakfast, the second annual Day of Giving exceeded its goal to raise $36,000 in 36 hours, reaching $50,000 by closing on Nov. 2 for a great start to the campaign.

Training house reaps rewards 

Baldev Pooni, Dean of the School of Trades and Technology, received a cheque for $17,500 from Kelly Reid, President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Central Interior in October. The funds come from the long-standing Trades Training House partnership between TRU and the CHBA-CI and will go toward student scholarships and bursaries. Students are currently gaining experience on the 2019 Trades Training House under construction (shown).

Ryzynski recognized for remarkable leadership

Alum recognized for remarkable leadership

Bachelor of Health Sciences alumna Agnes Ryzynski is responsible for ensuring Canada's largest trauma centre is prepared for every possible type of crisis. For her outstanding work as manager of Simulation and Curriculum Development at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, she is the 2018 recipient of the Leo N. Steven Excellence in Leadership Award. Read more

Long night offers timely support

Over 300 students stayed up late for help and encouragement from a campus community of writers and academic support services at Long Night Against Procrastination, Nov. 8 to 9, hosted by the Writing Centre and TRU Library. Throughout the night, participants attended 20-minute workshops, met with tutors, rejuvenated with wellness activities (shown) and healthy snacks, and enjoyed a 6 a.m. Survivors’ Breakfast. The biannual event offers students alternative and timely support and contributes to engagement and inclusion.

How to find your TRU

Prospective students and their families from throughout BC and further afield came to campus for Fall Open House on Oct. 20. Approximately 300 attendees interacted with faculty, staff and current students through a resource fair on Student Street, program-specific information sessions and tours.


Sharon Brewer, Chemistry, was awarded the 2018 C3 Award in Chemical Education at the 45th annual College Chemistry Canada (C3) Conference on May 27. The national award recognized her significant and influential contributions to advancing the field of chemical education in Canada at the university level.

The Marketing and Communications department's 2018 edition of Bridges Magazine won Project of the Month (March 2018) from Hemlock Printers in October, an award by senior management at Hemlock to recognize the best technical job produced each month. MarCom received a framed piece from Hemlock showcasing the magazine and summarizing the reasons for the win.


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

Margaret Hall, Law: PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies, Law and Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.


Note: These citations follow MLA Handbook (8th edition) format. We respectfully ask that you please format citations for your work in MLA prior to submitting them for inclusion in the President’s Report. Thank you!


Sheila Blackstock, Nursing

Blackstock, Sheila, et al. “Unveiling Oppression: Addressing Horizontal Violence among Nurses.” International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector, 24-26 Oct. 2018, Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport.

Warveni Jap, Marketing and International Business

Jap, Warveni. “The Scope and Challenges of International Marketing under China's Belt and Road Initiatives: Culture, Management Style and Business Systems.” Guest lecture. Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, 6 June 2018, Shanghai.

Jap, Warveni. “Understanding Self-Identity and Chinese Culture Starting from the Family Upbringing.” Keynote. Symposium Seeking Common Ground among Immigrants from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, 28 April 2018, Canada Committee 100 Society, Vancouver.

Samira Keivanpour and Salman Kimiagari, Marketing and International Business

Keivanpour, Samira, et al. “Clustering Offshore Wind Farms in North Sea Region.” 10th International Conference on Mechanical and Electrical Technology, 25-27 July 2018, Vancouver Waterfront Conference Centre.

Salman Kimiagari, Marketing and International Business

Kimiagari, Salman. “Ornamental Market: A Case Study from Iran.” First Iranian National Conference on Knowledge and Technology of Agricultural Science, Natural Resources and Environment, 4 April 2018, Tehran.


Sheila Blackstock, Nursing

Blackstock, Sheila, et al. “Organizational Antecedents, Policy and Horizontal Violence among Nurses: An Integrative Review.” Journal of Nursing Management, 31 Aug. 2018.

Muhammad Mohiuddin, Marketing and International Business

Al Mamun, Abdullah, et al. “Intention and Behaviour towards Green Consumption among Low-income Households.” Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 227, 1 Dec. 2018, pp. 73-86.


Brad Harasymchuk, Career and Experiential Learning

Harasymchuk, Brad, and Chris North. “Urban Physical Activity.” Physical Activity: A Multi-Disciplinary Introduction, edited by Nick Draper and Gareth Stratton, Routledge, 2018, ch. 19.


Expanding the Suicide Exposure Continuum

Nov. 29

Rebecca Sanford, Social Work, presents Expanding the Suicide Exposure Continuum beyond a Focus on Bereavement, which critiques the use of a bereavement focus to understand the impact suicide has on those who are exposed to it. Part of the Research Provocations Series.

Testosterone Rules

Nov. 29

Lisa Dawn Bavington, University of Otago, presents Testosterone Rules: On Science, Fairness and the Problem with Slowing Women Down, part of the Environmental Science Seminar Series.

Live theatre—The Magnificent Voyage of Emily Carr

Nov. 29 – Dec. 1

Eavesdrop on conversations the famous West Coast artist and writer had with people who had an impact on her as an artist and a person. Directed by theatre faculty member Wes Eccleston.

Classroom Action Research Tool

Dec. 6

Jason Brown, ESL, presents Classroom Action Research Tool for Scholarly Teaching, on what can be learned from analysis of classroom interaction and how this might improve pedagogy. Part of the Research Provocations Series.

Town Hall

Dec. 11

All employees are invited to participate in an open dialogue and share ideas for possible opportunities in the year ahead at the fall Town Hall in the Grand Hall, CAC. For those who cannot attend in person, the session will be broadcast on TRU's secure Ustream channel.

President's Holiday Reception

Dec. 13

Faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the festive season with new TRU President and Vice-Chancellor Brett Fairbairn at the annual afternoon social, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall, CAC. Live music, mocktails, snacks and more.

Trades & Tech Thursdays

Dec. 20

From automotive to welding, learn more about foundation programs, Women in Trades and Red Seal apprenticeships.

Winter Break

Dec. 24 – Jan. 1

TRU campuses will be closed for winter break starting Monday, Dec. 24, re-opening on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Happy holidays!