November 2017 

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you the November President’s Report. I hope you enjoy these highlights of TRU community news, publications, accomplishments and 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 The deadline for submissions for the next President’s Report (for the Dec. 11 Senate meeting) was Nov. 17, 2017, and will be shared at the Dec. 11 Senate meeting. Keep the good news coming!


Alan Shaver, President and Vice-Chancellor


2017 TRUly United campaign kicks off

TRUly United champions unite 

The fourth annual TRU/United Way Thompson-Nicola-Cariboo joint campaign was prefaced with a kick-off breakfast on Oct. 12 for volunteers preparing to be campaign champions in their respective departments. The campaign began on Oct. 30—in the first week alone, these champions raised $192,948 toward the goal of $200,000. Read more

Graduate student awards nearly double

Graduate student awards nearly double

On Oct. 18, Kamloops philanthropist Ken Lepin presented $60,000 in awards to 12 exceptional graduate students. The growth in the program’s impact and in Lepin’s generosity is due to increased graduate programming. Read more

Canada 150+ exhibit showcases meaningful creativity

Canada 150+ exhibit showcases meaningful creativity

The Canada 150+ exhibit showcased works by students, faculty and staff responding to the question “What does Canada mean to you?"

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Creston House groundbreaking

The TRU Community Trust (TRUCT) and the Cape Group held a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 24 at the Creston House site to mark the start of construction on the first residential development at The Reach. TRU spends no money on developing The Reach; however, through TRUCT, revenues generated by TRUCT development projects will fund an endowment for student awards and research.

Elder Cecilia DeRose

Williams Lake elder being honoured for passing on vast knowledge

Cecilia DeRose is being recognized with an Indspire Award for being a champion of her native language and culture.

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Undergraduate apprenticeships boost research

Undergraduate researchers received $90,000 in grants during October through TRU's Undergraduate Research Apprentice program, which enables faculty members to hire student researchers to accelerate faculty members' research and provide mentorship to students. Read more

Foundation kick off Jayme Burger student

Day of Giving debuts

Aiming to raise $36,000 in 36 hours, the Day of Giving was launched at the TRU Foundation Annual Campaign Breakfast on Nov. 1. Donations reached that goal in the first several hours and surpassed $62,000 by the Nov. 2 deadline. Read more

Open educator DeVries recognized

Irwin DeVries, who recently retired as interim Associate Vice-President, Open Learning, has received BCcampus inaugural Award for Excellence in Open Education for his outstanding contributions to the open education movement in BC. Read more

Highland Valley Copper pledges support

Teck HVC has made a significant financial contribution toward establishing a Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC) Industrial Research Chair at TRU. The company pledged $200,000 cash and $150,000 in-kind support over five years to create this position, supporting industry-based solutions to environmental challenges. Read more 

swabbing a bat

Probiotics to combat bat disease

Naowarat Cheeptham, Biological Sciences faculty member, is leading development of a new preventative treatment for white nose syndrome, a disease that is decimating North American bats. The project is funded in part by $150,000 USD from the Bats for the Future Fund. Read more

Second-year law students TRC day Pipsell Jacko Lake IMG_9653

Learning from the land

Second-year law students on a visit to Pipsell (a Secwépemc Nation cultural heritage site) heard from Secwépemc leaders and participated in land-based learning as part of TRU Law's response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) calls to action. Read more

Insights at Storytellers Gala

The TRU Students’ Union (TRUSU) equity committee presented a panel discussion on safe water for Aboriginal communities at the eighth annual Storytellers Gala on Nov. 16. Five panelists—Casey Heathway, Chief Francis Alec, Ruth Johannes Madsen, Lisa Clark and Jeffrey Moreexamined why hundreds of Aboriginal communities across Canada have unsafe water and what can be done to address this issue.

Students receive $85K at law awards

Law students lauded

Dozens of deserving law students were recognized at the seventh annual TRU Law fall awards ceremony. Deans prizes and 27 scholarships, bursaries and course prizes totalling nearly $85,000 were awarded. Read more

WolfPack wins bronze in mens soccer nationals

The WolfPack not only won bronze, but for the first time since joining the top level of Canadian varsity competition hosted the U Sports National Men's Soccer Championship Nov. 9 to 12. Read more

Second annual Town Hall

Faculty and staff participated in an open dialogue with the TRU executive on a wide variety of topics—from chairs releases to student housing—at the Town Hall on Nov. 7 in the Grand Hall (Campus Activity Centre). The discussion was u-streamed for those faculty and staff who were unable to attend. Updates on 2016's topics were posted on the Open Governance Initiative website beforehand, and notes from this year's discussion will be posted once available.

CBA law mentorship reception

Mentorship links lawyers and students

Sixty-three pairs of law students and mentors were matched for the 20172018 Canadian Bar Association BC Branch Student Mentorship program. Over 50 mentors were TRU Law alumni. Read more

TRU's 2017 BC MBA Games team

First-time hosts run great games

More than 100 students from five universities competed in the BC MBA Games at TRU Oct. 2022. TRUs team placed in several categories and were congratulated as hosts of the successful event. Read more

Record turnout at open house

The Fall Open House on Oct. 21 welcomed its largest turnout to date341 prospective students, parents and others came from as far away as Edmonton, Medicine Hat and Terrace. Attendees interacted with faculty, staff and current students through a resource fair on Student Street, program-specific information sessions and tours.

Mariluz Caniquiri and Stephanie Boyd

In defence of Peru’s water

Mari Luz Canaquiri, an Indigenous leader from the northern Amazon region, spoke to TRU Law students and joined other guest speakers Stephanie Boyd, Marilyn Baptiste, Viola Thomas and Jeanette Jules on Oct. 19 for Indigenous Women Water Defenders: Local to Global, an event about the impact of resource extraction on communities worldwideRead more

Colin O’Leary, Bridge to Business project manager

Bridge to Business for grad students

A new initiative out of the School of Business and Economics (SoBE), Bridge to Business launched on Oct. 25, connecting current graduate students with the Kamloops business community and helping them to develop their professional skills. Read more

TRU Remembrance Day ceremony

On Nov. 9, the campus Remembrance Day ceremony honoured the fallen, retired and serving members of the different forms of Canada's military. Nursing student Arman Gill gave the Last Post and Reveille during the ceremony, which also included speeches and a reading of "In Flanders Fields." Read more

Capital Planning forum

TRU’s buildings are aging, some faculties and departments are spread out among multiple locations and better spaces are needed for learning and work. That was the gist of the green paper presentations by many area representatives to the Capital Projects Planning Advisory Group on Nov. 16. Vice-President Administration and Finance Matt Milovick estimated a full campus fix, including wish lists, would cost about half a billion dollars. With plans now clarified, the advisory group will now focus on reviewing the various proposals and prioritizing projects for funding.

Andrew Christensen with WorldSkills medal of excellence

Training for the world stage leads to personal growth for welder

Andrew Christensen is more thoughtful and more humble than before he started training for WorldSkills.

He's shown here with the medal of excellence he won at the World Skills welding competition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Read more

Pan-campus career mentoring

Students from all faculties and schools were invited to attend TRU's largest networking event of the 2017–2018 year on Nov. 2. More than 50 industry professionals, many of them alumni (including President Shaver), were on hand to share their career journeys with students.

Marketing expertise shared globally

On Oct. 25, the TRU Marketing Association club presented TRU Connect, an international marketing webinar conference with experts from around the world. Attendees explored facets of marketing and worked on skills that make a valuable difference in the business community.

Orientation for new employees

Ninety-six CUPE and administration employees who joined TRU during the past year were invited to Employee Orientation Day on Nov. 17. Participants learned about workplace safety, EAP and benefits, ancillary services, payroll, recreation and Culinary Arts. A similar event was held by Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) in late August for new faculty members.

Lunch with the President

Several new employees attended Lunch with the President for faculty and staff on Oct. 31. Welcome to TRU!


Kim Calder Stegemann, professor emerita, was invited to be a guest editor for a special issue of Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal. The Education for Children with Learning Challenges issue will be published in spring 2018.

Kim Calder Stegemann, professor emerita, began a one-year role as mental health consultant for Rotary District 5060’s youth exchange committee in August 2017, providing education and support for exchange students, host families, and youth-exchange officers.

Melodie Hull, Open Learning Faculty Member in Nursing, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (ARPNBC) on Nov. 17. The award is ARPNBCs most prestigious honour.

Rod McCormick, Education faculty member and BC Innovation Chair of Aboriginal Health, was recognized by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) as one of 27 British Columbians on the list of Difference Makers: 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health, for changing the course of mental health through his research. Read more 

The Research Universities Council of BC (RUCBC), of which TRU is a member, is part of a BC-based public-private partnership that was shortlisted in October for the Federal Innovation Ministry’s supercluster strategy. From the nine shortlisted bids, the ministry will select up to five to share in $950 million in funding.


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

Tracy Hoot, Nursing: PhD in Health Education, A.T. Still University, Kirksville, MO

Brandon Olds, Master of Arts (Social Media), Birmingham City University, UK

Let's Remember

Don Andrews served this community and university as a distinguished lawyer and philanthropist for over 60 years. He began practising law in Kamloops in 1951, forming Andrews, Taylor and Company, and was called to the bench in 1980. He was vice-president of legal affairs at Weyerhaeuser Canada from 1982 to 1996. A Rotary member for 46 years, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 for his service to Royal Inland Hospital. His support was integral to the creation of TRU’s Faculty of Law. For enhancing the lives of so many, the university recognized him with an honorary doctorate in 2003.


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!


Marion Hannaford, Registrar’s Office

Hannaford, Marion. “Banner 9 Registration Live!” Canadian Ellucian Users Group (CEUG) Conference, 11–13 Oct. 2017, Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver.

Hannaford, Marion. “Collect, Schedule, Post: One Week to the Exam Schedule.” Canadian Ellucian Users Group (CEUG) Conference, 11–13 Oct. 2017, Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver.

Ellis Herbert, IT Services

Herbert, Ellis. “Portal Evolution at Thompson Rivers University.” Canadian Ellucian Users Group (CEUG) Conference, 11–13 Oct. 2017, Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver.

Ellis Herbert, IT Services; and Marion Hannaford, Registrar’s Office

Herbert, Ellis, and Marion Hannaford. “Banner XE Experience at Thompson Rivers University.” Canadian Ellucian Users Group (CEUG) Conference, 11–13 Oct. 2017, Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver.

Hannaford, Marion, and Ellis Herbert. “Banner 9: Making the LEAP.” Canadian Ellucian Users Group (CEUG) Conference, 11–13 Oct. 2017, Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver.

Kim Calder Stegemann, Professor Emerita

Calder Stegemann, Kim. “Reading Comprehension Strategies. Workshop for children and youth living with autism, Insight Support Services, Oct. 2017, Kamloops.

Nancy Southin, Management, Information & Supply Chain

Southin, Nancy. “First Class Exercises – Engaging Students on the First Day of Class.” BC Campus Symposium: Scholarly Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Education, 6 Nov. 2017, Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver.

Eric Youd, Registrar’s Office

Youd, Eric. “Practical Reporting with Argos.” Canadian Ellucian Users Group (CEUG) Conference, 11–13 Oct. 2017, Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver.


Salvador Barragan, Human Enterprise & Innovation

Krysa, Isabella M., Albert Mills, and Salvador Barragan. “Canadian Immigrant Guidelines on How to Become Productive Members of Society: A Postcolonial Analysis.” Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, vol. 36, no. 6, 2017, pp. 482–500. 

Ehsan Latif, Economics

Latif, Ehsan. “Relationship between Spousal Education Gaps and Life Satisfaction: Evidence from Canada.” Economics and Business Letters, vol. 6, no. 3, 2017, pp. 69–80.

Catherine Ortner, Psychology, and former undergraduate students

Ortner, Catherine N. M., Daniela Corno, Tsz Yin Fung, and Karli Rapinda. “The Roles of Hedonic and Eudaimonic Motives in Emotion Regulation.” Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 120, 2018, pp. 209–212.


Duncan Low, Philosophy, History & Politics (OL)

Low, Duncan. “British Columbia’s Arts, Cultural, and Creative Sector under Premier Campbell.” The Campbell Revolution? Power, Politics, and Policy in British Columbia, edited by J. R. Lacharite and Tracy Summerville, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017, pp. 231–258.


Rosalie Hilde, Marketing and Management (OL)

Hilde, Rosalie K. S. Making Critical Sense of Immigrant Experience: A Case Study of Hong Kong Chinese in Canada. Emerald Publishing, 2017.


Winter Festival

Nov. 23

Join Friends of Culinary Arts for its second annual signature event hosted by TRU Culinary Arts and its students. Proceeds will benefit students in the Culinary Arts program. Read more

TRU Foundation awards

Nov. 23

Over 600 students will be honoured at the annual TRU Foundation Awards ceremony, and a major donation announcement will be made.


Startup Academy

Nov. 29

TRU Generator's Startup Academy gives participants a birds-eye view of their businesses, with a session on completing a business model canvas. Read more

Research provocations: Interest and awareness of science

Nov. 29

Carol Rees, Education faculty member, presents “Engaging Middle School Students’ Interest and Awareness of Science through a Science Inquiry Activity that Incorporates Online Remote Access to Analytical Instrumentation.” Read more

Justice League: Battle of the Apps

Nov. 29

Law students from the course Apps for Access to Justice (LAWF 3780) present their app creations in the annual Battle of the Apps. Vote for your favourites! Read more

Films for Change: In Pursuit of Silence

Nov. 29

The Sustainability Office hosts a screening of In Pursuit of Silence, a documentary that explores our relationship with silence, sound and the impact of noise on our lives. Read more

Environmental Science seminar: Ground squirrel communication

Nov. 30

Dr. Jim Hare of the University of Manitoba presents With a Little Help from Their Friends: Richardson’s Ground Squirrel Alarm Communication." Read more

Live Theatre: Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star

Nov. 30–Dec. 2

All that Vietnam War veteran Roy has left are memories of his glory days, his adoring younger brother, his wife Elizabeth, and his beloved 1959 pink Thunderbird. Directed by theatre faculty member Robin NicholRead more

Live at TRU presents Lizzy Hoyt

Dec. 7

Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hoyt brings to town her award-winning compositions, rooted in folk and Celtic. Read more

Strategic consultation on research and graduate studies

Dec. 11

Research and Graduate Studies is looking for input on the implementation of the Strategic Research Plan during its final two years. Dialogue VII invites participants from TRU World (3–4 p.m.) and research service providers (4–5 p.m.). Read more

Presidents Annual Holiday Reception

Dec. 14

Faculty and staff members are cordially invited to join President Shaver from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14 in the Grand Hall (CAC) for this celebration of the festive season.

Please join your colleagues for an afternoon social!

TRU closed for the winter break

Dec. 22–Jan. 1

TRU is closed starting at noon on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, and reopening on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018.