TRU Education and Social Work

October 2016 

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you the October President’s Report, which was presented to Senate on Oct. 24, 2016. I hope you enjoy these highlights of TRU community news, publications, accomplishments and upcoming campus events.

If you would like to share a recent (within the last six months) publication, presentation, external award or other recognition, please send the details to The deadline for submissions for the next President’s Report (for the November Senate meeting) is Nov. 10, 2016. Keep the good news coming!


Alan Shaver, President and Vice-Chancellor



$30 million trades and tech building

Funding for a new Industrial Training and Technology Centre at TRU was announced on Sept. 20. The Government of Canada is contributing $13.25 million and the BC Ministry of Advanced Education another $7.03 million toward the $30 million project. The new facility, slated to open in fall 2018, will expand trades and technology programs by an additional 550 full-time equivalent student spacesRead more

Historic day for Chinese/English high school

On Sept. 29, TRU and Maple Leaf Education North America (MLENA) officially opened the organization's first bilingual high school in Canada on the Kamloops campus. Sixty Chinese students between grades 10 and 12 are completing requirements toward both BC and Chinese high school diplomas. Read more 

Artist's conception The Reach

The Reach to be TRU’s new neighbourhood

On Sept. 19 the TRU Community Trust announced the launch of The Reach, the first planned community on a university campus in BC's interior, which will transform the campus into a vibrant neighbourhood. Read more

Fall Convocation

The TRU community celebrated the successes of our newest graduates at Fall Convocation on Oct. 14. A certificate of appreciation was presented to TRU Chancellor Wally Oppal, QC to commemorate his outstanding service to TRU. His term as Chancellor ends in April 2017.

Pride Parade 2016

Celebrating diversity with pride

The 5th annual TRU Pride Parade on Sept. 28 was organized by the TRU Students’ Union Equity Committee as part of its commitment to create safe spaces to study, work and socialize on campus regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Read more

Collaborating in community-driven research

TRU and the United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo have embarked on a new, innovative partnership designed to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between faculty and student researchers and the community. Ann McCarthy is the new TRU-United Way Knowledge Mobilization Officer, working to establish relationships that produce community-driven research. Read more 

Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day

On Sept. 30, Aboriginal Education hosted an Orange Shirt Day celebration in the Campus Commons, including an honour song and round dance. Residential School Survivor and business alumna Phyllis Webstad started the event in Williams Lake to bring awareness to Aboriginal youth and Survivors. Read more

TRUly United Campaign underway

The third annual collaboration between the TRU United Way Committee and the Foundation Giving Campaign launched Oct. 17 and runs until Nov. 4. Hoping to top last year's total of $189,000, the campaign committee will be encouraging more employees to join their 561 colleagues in supporting TRUly United. 

TRU board and TRUSU board

Board pitches funding needs to province

President Alan Shaver, Provost and Vice-President Academic Christine Bovis-Cnossen, Vice-President Administration and Finance Matt Milovick and Vice-President Advancement Christopher Seguin pitched TRU's plans to the province's touring select standing committee on finance and government services on Sept. 20. The TRU Students’ Union also went before the committee to make a complementary presentation. Read more

Graduate students recognized

Nine outstanding graduate students were presented with Ken Lepin Awards at a ceremony on Oct. 11. Kelsey Boule, Master of Science, Lachlan Gonzales, Master of Education, Jared Maida, Master of Science, Gunveet Singh, Master of Business Administration and Ziwei Wu, Master of Education and Teaching English as a Second Language each received $5,000 Ken Lepin Research Graduate Student Awards. Master of Business Administration students Elicia Cheema, Baryden Hearne, Daniel Hoerz and Ashlee Hudie each received $2,500 Ken Lepin Prize of Business Excellence Entrepreneur and Communication (MBA) awards.

WolfPack scholarship breakfast a success

Canadian soccer legend and TRU honorary Dr. Bob Lenarduzzi was the guest speaker at the third annual WolfPack Athletic Scholarship Breakfast Sept. 29, which raised about $215,000 toward scholarships and bursaries for student athletes. Read more

Donor Recognition Lunch

The TRU Foundation celebrated new Legacy Society members with a lunch and induction ceremony on Sept. 27, attended by about 80 donors, and unveiled the new Donor Wall at the Campus Activity Centre's west entrance. The former recognition space next to the Grand Hall is now the Legacy Society Wall, recognizing those who have made planned gifts to TRU.

TRU Law Sports Law Competition Sept 2016

TRU Law first Canadian team at US competition

TRU Law students Richard Wong and Nathan MacDermott competed at the US-based National Sports Law Negotiation Competition in San Diego, coached by Associate Dean of Law John Heshka. Read more

First Friends Feast welcomes students

First Friends Feast welcomes students

The first of many meals to be served at Cplul’kw’ten (the Gathering Place), the Aboriginal First Friends Feast on Sept. 15 was an introduction, a warm welcome and an opportunity for new Aboriginal students to connect with peers and staff.  Read more

Chamber of Commerce luncheon

President and Vice-Chancellor Alan Shaver was the guest speaker at the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon on Oct. 13. His address included an update on new academic programs, the university village initiative, new projects and buildings, TRU’s capital campaign and expanding research capacities.

Business grad president of Native Women's Association

Business grad president of Native Women's Association

Alumna Francyne Joe will be an important voice toward the national inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls as the interim president of the Native Women's Association of Canada. Read more

Sexual violence policy consultation

Consultation on the draft Sexual Violence Policy arising from the work of the President’s Task Force on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response began on Sept. 16 and closes on Oct. 31. The draft policy can be accessed on TRU's new Sexual Violence websiteFaculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to provide input. Read more

New employees welcomed

The New Employee Orientation session on Oct. 17 was an opportunity for approximately 36 new faculty and staff to learn about some of the resources, services and benefits available to them. 

Outdoor courts shine in first test

An energetic and spirited 3-on-3 basketball tournament officially opened TRU's new outdoor multi-use courts on the Campus Green on Oct. 5. Read more

Sk'lep Trail street sign

New names for campus roads

Street names not only add identity and personality, they assist emergency personnel, contractors and others not familiar with campus. Signs for WolfPack Road, Sk'lep Trail, TRU Way and other newly named roads were installed on Sept. 22. Read more

Health and Wellness Fair

Staff and faculty learned about available health benefits and on-campus and local wellness options at a fair in the CAC on Oct. 5, organized by Human Resources.

President's Reception for scholarship students

The president met with about 40 students on Sept. 21 at the annual recognition and networking event for recipients of TRU scholarships (including SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR recipients, entrance scholarship winners, UREAP students, Grunert Scholars, and athlete-scholars).



Sheila Blackstock, Nursing, was invited to be a reviewer for the Journal of Nursing Management.

Lucas Hampel, honours biology student, received an honourable mention as runner-up for the Iain and Sylvia Taylor Award, recognizing the best student poster presented at the annual Canadian Botanical Association conference in May. His poster, Plants, Fungi and Freeloaders, competed with work by master's and doctoral students. 

Jeff McLaughlin, Philosophy, interviewed comic-book icon Stan Lee for his book Stan Lee: Conversations. The interview is being reprinted in a literary criticism reference text by Cengage for use in US high schools and libraries.

The TRU Assessment Centre was awarded Test Certification by the National College Testing Association (NCTA). The rigorous criteria for certification are based on the NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines.

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

Rhonda Johnson, Aboriginal Education, Williams Lake: MEd in Leadership and Administration, Gonzaga University


Let’s Remember

Bryan Spencer was a University Preparation student who planned to go on in computing. His curiosity and friendly, considerate way with everyone he met will be remembered. Bryan would stop in to visit faculty members regularly, sharing his plans, progress, and passion for physics (and coffee). An ambitious student, caring, sensitive and loyal, he was known for his love of animals and what his family called a Wikipedia-like mind.



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


Robin Arundel, Arts student, Kathy Gaynor, Elizabeth Rennie and Kathy Watmough, Library, Ginny Ratsoy, English and Modern Languages and Sara Wolfe, Student Development 

Arundel, Robin, et al. "Building Community at 2am: Learning Engagement throughout the Night." 12th Annual UBCO Learning Conference, 4 May 2016, Kelowna.

Sheila Blackstock, Nursing

Blackstock, Sheila. "The Impacts of Organizational Factors on Horizontal Bullying and Turnover Intentions in the Nursing Workplace." Keynote Presentation. 8th Cardiovascular Nursing and Nurse Practitioners Meeting, 8-9 Aug. 2016, Embassy Suites by Hilton Las Vegas.

Lian Dumouchel, Tourism Management

Dumouchel, Lian. "Product Development in Small Tourism Firms: Building Capacity for Creativity and Innovation through Collaboration." Invited Lecture. Distinguished Speaker Series, 19 May 2016, HTW Chur University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland.

Lian Dumouchel, Tourism Management and Kyra Garson, Student Engagement and Innovation

Dumouchel, Lian and Kyra Garson. "Engaging Faculty as Agents of Change for Internationalization." 2016 Summer Seminar, BC Council for International Education, 19-22 June 2016, Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria.

Kathy Gaynor and Elizabeth Rennie, Library, and Sara Wolfe, Student Development

Gaynor, Kathy et al. "Creating Community at 2am: Lessons Learned from a Long Night." BC Library Conference, 11-13 May 2016, Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond.

Gaynor, Kathy et al. "Creating Community at 2am: Lessons Learned from a Long Night." Canadian Writing Centres Association Conference, 27 May 2016, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary.

Gaynor, Kathy et al. "Partnering for Late Night Engagement: Are Students Learning at 2am?" Mount Royal University Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 10-12 Nov. 2016, Banff Park Lodge.

Jim Hu, ESL and Lachlan Gonzales, MEd student

Hu, Jim and Lachlan Gonzales. "ESL Employees’ Perspective on Writing Accuracy for the Workplace." International Conference on Education, Learning, and Teaching (ICELT), 6-8 Aug. 2016, Geosciences International Conference Centre, Beijing.

Alex Ng, Accounting and Finance

Cheng, Quan and Alex Ng. "State Ownership, Governance and Financial Performance of Chinese State Owned Enterprises." 12th Global Business and Social Science Research Conference, 26-28 Aug. 2016, Beijing.

Ng, Alex. "Acquisitions and Insider Trading: The Chinese Experience." 12th Global Business and Social Science Research Conference, 26-28 Aug. 2016, Beijing.

Ng, Alex and Pei Shao. "Profit Warnings, Relationship Banking, and Cost of Debt." International Finance and Banking Society Conference, 1-3 June 2016, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

Ng, Alex and Di Zheng. "Disagreement and Environmental Tastes as Substitutes for Financial Performance in Energy Firms." Energy and Commodity Finance Conference, 23-24 June 2016, ESSEC Business School–Cergy Campus, Paris.

Ng, Alex and Di Zheng. "The Investment Performance of Green Firms." International Conference on Energy Finance, 3-6 June 2016, Academy of Financial Research at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou.

Alex Ng and Randy Kimmel, Accounting and Finance, Moses Msiska, MBA student and Kartik D’Souza, BBA student

Ng, Alex et al. "Doing Good - Good for Business? The Investment Performance of Corporate Members of the United Nations Global Compact." Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Conference, 3-4 June 2016, MacEwan University, Edmonton.

Michael Purcell and Katherine Watmough, Library

Purcell, Michael, and Katherine Watmough. “Creating a Baseline of Technical Skills in Staff Using a Blend of Training Methods.” Back in Circulation Again Conference, 10 Oct. 2016, School of Library and Information Studies, Pyle Center, University of Wisconsin–Madison. 

Elizabeth Rennie, Library and Susan Purdy, Biology

Rennie, Elizabeth, and Susan Purdy. "Lab Time at the Library: Partnering for Engaging Information Literacy in a Large 1st Year Science Class." Workshop for Instruction in Library Use Conference, 30 May - 1 June 2016, UBC Library, Vancouver.

Brenda Smith, Library

Brander, L., et al. "Open Education Working Groups on Campus: Getting Traction." BCcampus Festival of Learning, 6-9 June 2016, Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre.

Daniels, C., et al. "Help - I Want to Be Open!" BCcampus Festival of Learning, 6-9 June 2016, Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre.

Miller, R., et al. "Leaning Into ... Open Educational Resources (OERs)." Invited presentation. 17th Distance Library Services Conference, 20-22 Apr. 2016, Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh.

Smith, Brenda. "Distance Librarians and OERs: Cultivating a Community of Practice to Be More Effective Advocates." 17th Distance Library Services Conference, 20-22 Apr. 2016, Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh.

Smith, Brenda et al. "Help - I Want to Be Open!" BC Library Conference, 11-13 May 2016, Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond. 

Melissa Svendsen, Library (Williams Lake)

Svendsen, Melissa. "Frames within Frames: An Exploration of the Assumptions Implicit in the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education." Internationalizing Higher Education: Past Practices and Future Possibilities, 26-29 July 2016, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Campus.

Svendsen, Melissa. "Frames within Frames: An Exploration of the Assumptions Implicit in the ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education." Workshop for Instruction in Library Use Conference, 30 May - 1 June, 2016, UBC Library, Vancouver.


Tesh Dagne, Law

Dagne, Tesh W. "The Narrowing Transatlantic Divide: Geographical Indications in Canada’s Trade Agreements." European Review of Intellectual Property Law, vol. 10, 2016, pp. 598-609. 

Dagne, Tesh W. Review of Overlapping Intellectual Property Rights by Neil Wilkof and Shamnad Basheer. Intellectual Property Journal, vol. 28, issue 3, 2016, pp. 437-450.

Brenda Smith, Library

Smith, Brenda and Leva Lee. "Librarians and OER: Cultivating a Community of Practice to Be More Effective Advocates." Journal of Library and Information Services in Distance Learning, 3 Oct. 2016, pp. 1-17.



Open Access Week

Oct. 24-30

The TRU Library is recognizing Open Access Week, a global event promoting open access as a new norm in scholarship and research. Read more

make the movie

Documentary: Maker

Oct. 26

During this documentary, learn more about the maker movement—a new do-it-yourself and do-it-together culture. Read more

Theatre seminar series

Oct. 28, Nov. 25

Explore a different aspect of the acting industry during this interactive discussion open to everyone. Read more

Career mentoring: computing science and technology

Nov. 3

Make connections with industry professionals and learn more about careers in computing science and technology. Read more

Long Night Against Procrastination

Long Night Against Procrastination

Nov. 3-4

Put a dent in your assignments by joining a campus community of writers and academic support services during this fun all-nighter. Read more

Alumni networking: Vancouver charter alumni breakfast

Nov. 10

TRU Alumni is hosting a drop-in breakfast for charter alumni in Vancouver. Location to be announced. Read more

Remembrance Day and TRU ceremony

Nov. 10-11

The annual campus ceremony will be held on Nov. 10. TRU is closed for Remembrance Day on Nov. 11. Read more

International Inter-tribal Trade Conference

Nov. 12

Learn more about taking your Indigenous business to the world and growing cross-border inter-tribal trade. Read more

Aboriginal Transitions to Post-Secondary Day

Nov. 15

Aboriginal high school students get a feel for university life through presentations, workshops, tours and other activities. Read more

Arts Colloquium series: Michael Mehta

Nov. 17

Faculty member Michael Mehta presents as part of the Arts Colloquium Series. Topic to be announced. Read more

Alumni networking: Calgary charter alumni breakfast

Nov. 18

TRU alumni is hosting a drop-in breakfast for charter alumni in Vancouver. Location to be announced. Read more

Public talk by Supreme Court of Canada Justice Louis LeBel

Nov. 18

The Honourable Justice Louis LeBel (Ret.) will deliver a formal lecture to the Faculty of Law and interested members of the community. Read more

Alumni and friends of WolfPack volleyball

Nov. 19

Join your fellow alumni for men's and women's volleyball action against the UBC Thunderbirds. There will be prizes, special offers and family fun. Bring your Alumni & Friends Access Card for free admission and if you don't have a card, you can sign up online or at the door. Read more

International students career cafe

Nov. 23

Join in a group discussion on career issues related to international students. Read more

Science program info night

Nov. 24

Learn more about science courses and programs at TRU during this informal night of information gathering. Read more

Live theatre: Uncommon Women and Others

Dec. 1-3, 8-10

Through a collage of interrelated flashbacks, we witness the events that helped shape the lives of five close friends. Written by Wendy Wasserstein, directed by Wesley EcclestonRead more