December 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you the December 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 January President’s Report is Jan. 4, 2018. Keep the good news coming.

The festive season is nearly upon us! I wish you a peaceful, joyful winter break and all the best for 2018.


Alan Shaver, President and Vice-Chancellor


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Civil liberties and 3D printing

Social Work faculty member Daphne Jeyapal, shown here, is researching civil liberties in light of Bill C51, and Law faculty member Tesh Dagne is exploring the legalities of 3D printing, thanks to Insight Development Grants. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants support emerging scholars. Read more

Celebrating students and donors

The annual TRU Foundation Awards Ceremony on Nov. 23 celebrated 610 students—like Co-op Student of the Year Michelle Davies, shown here—who shared in $672,603 in bursaries and scholarships this fall, and the donors who made these awards possible. The total amount dispersed by the Foundation since Apr. 1, 2017 is now $1,085,995! Trans Mountain Pipeline LP donated $500,000, the largest corporate donation to TRU this year. Read more

Coming together for our community

In support of our students and our neighbours, the TRU community raised $192,116 during the fifth annual TRUly United Campaign, just shy of this year’s goal of $200,000. We reached a significant achievement with our second goal—50% of TRU employees (600 people) participated in the campaign. Congratulations and thanks to all of the campaign champions, and to the members of our TRUly United Committee: 

Ann McCarthy, Brenda Smith, Carson Danyluik, Christine Anderson, Debra McNichol, Denis Powers, Dennis Acreman, Ginny Ratsoy, James McCarthy, Jennifer Read, Jolanta Belliveau, Jonathon Shephard, Karen Gamracy, Ken Olynyk, Krista Lussier, Laura Cooke, Lynda Worth, Myrissa Krenzler, Alison Dunn, Roop Plawn, Sarah Sandholm, Susie Safford, and Will Garrett-Petts.

ESTR's Market celebrates grand opening

ESTRs Market grand opening

A lunch with invited guests marked the official opening of the Education and Skills Training (ESTR) program’s new retail space, ESTR’s Market, on Nov. 22. Alumna Autumn Greenaway, shown here, shared how students with cognitive disabilities build their skills through experience in the market. Read more

Ten students awarded undergraduate research grants

Ten students awarded UREAP grants

Biology major Lavraj Lidher, shown here, is one of ten students to receive $4,500 (and up to a $1,000 operating fund) per student in Undergraduate Research Experience Award Program (UREAP) scholarships to conduct independent research projects. Read more

Top performance in sustainability

In November, TRU ranked sixth overall in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)'s 2017 Sustainable Campus Index, in the master's institutions category. The ranking is based on TRU's score in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), which spans the breadth of higher education sustainability. TRU achieved a STARS Gold rating in May, 2015.

Winter Festival raises funds

The second annual Winter Festival fundraiser for Culinary Arts on Nov. 23 celebrated the founding members of the Culinary Arts program with a silent auction, exquisite hors d’oeuvres and a brandy tasting. Awards were presented to students Elizabeth Kalin, Shayla Pavan, Ceit Hosler and Jessica Rowat, who is shown here with Chef Instructor Jeff Jordan and Interim Dean of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism Doug Ellis.

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Students have say on human rights 

On Nov. 17, BC Attorney General David Eby visited campus, where he met with TRU Law and other students and spoke to reporters about re-establishing the BC Human Rights Commission. Read more

Santa comes to campus

The annual TRU Staff Children's Christmas Party celebrated the magic of the holidays on campus with the families of participating TRU faculty and staff on Dec. 3 in the Grand Hall. Activities included live music, crafts, a pizza lunch and a visit from Santa, his elves and special guests. Guests also contributed to the TRUSU Food Bank.

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First-time sponsor of Kamloops Santa Claus Parade 

TRU was the first presenting sponsor of the Kamloops Santa Claus Parade on Nov. 25, and celebrated the Canada 150+ theme with an entry of 150 students, faculty and staff wearing Christmas tree costumes representing what Canada means to them. Read more

Lunch with the President

TRU students were invited to engage in conversation and networking at a Lunch with the President for Students on Nov. 27.


Tiffany Adams, Bachelor of Education alumna and former WolfPack athlete in cross-country running, coached jumps and running for the Team BC track and field and cross-country running team at the North American Indigenous Games in Toronto in July. She helped lead the team of 33 Indigenous youth to a third-place finish.

Peter Armstrong, founder and CEO of Armstrong Group/Rocky Mountaineer and a 2007 TRU honorary degree recipient, will be inducted into the 2018 Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame in May 2018. Inductees are recognized for their outstanding business achievements, enduring contributions to the province and country and deep commitments to diverse and niche communities.

Jack Miller, Professor Emeritus in Education and coach of the WolfPack Cross-Country Running team, was selected to be head coach for the Team BC track and field and cross-country running team at the North American Indigenous Games in Toronto in July. He helped lead the team of 33 Indigenous youth to a third-place finish.


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!


Donna Petri, Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic

Petri, Donna L. "Preparing Nursing Students for an International Practicum." Keynote address, 3rd World Congress on Nursing and Health Care, 9-11 Nov. 2017, Sercotel Hotel Sorolla Palace, València, Spain.


Owen Paetkau, Bachelor of Science ’17, Zachary Parsons, physics student, and Mark Paetkau, Physics & Astronomy

Paetkau, Owen, Zachary Parsons, and Mark Paetkau. “Computerized Tomography Platform Using Beta Rays.” American Journal of Physics, vol. 85, no. 12, 2017, pp. 896–900.


Exam period

Dec. 4–16

During the exam period, study halls at both the Main Library and House of Learning Library will be open until midnight to allow students to use the full study space for exams.

Moodle drop-in sessions

Dec. 13 & 20

Join presenter Brian Lamb, Director of Innovation, Open Learning, for a drop-in workshop in room OL 346 to learn more about this learning management system. Read more

President’s 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.

Budget Town Hall

Jan. 9

Join your colleagues for a live-streamed discussion of the budget, facilitated by Christine Bovis-Cnossen, Provost and VP Academic, and Matt Milovick, VP Administration and Finance, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Mountain Room. Lunch provided.

Live at TRU series: Cheng2Duo

Jan. 18

This sister-and brother-duo brings a refreshing interpretation to classical music, with Silvie on piano and Bryan on cello. Come to the Alumni Theatre at 12:30 p.m. for this free event. Read more

Trades and Tech Thursday

Jan. 18

Learn more about opportunities in trades and technology and get answers directly from people in the know at this monthly event. Meet at 7 p.m. in the Trades and Technology building lobby. Read more

Philosophy, History and Politics Conference

Jan. 18–20

Explore the past, present and future through research conducted by undergraduate students at the 11th annual student conference. Read more