TRU Education and Social Work

November 2016 

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you the November President’s Report, which was presented to Senate on Nov. 28, 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 Dec. 12 Senate meeting) is Nov. 23, 2016. Keep the good news coming!


Alan Shaver, President and Vice-Chancellor



Master of Nursing gets the go ahead

Master of Nursing gets the go ahead

Announced Nov. 7, the Ministry of Advanced Education has approved TRU's Master of Nursing program. The program could begin offering courses as early as January 2017. Read more

Foundation breakfast highlights bright future

The TRU Foundation campaign launched at the Nov. 1 breakfast with a pledge of $550,000 toward a new Nursing and Population Health Building from the Stollery Charitable FoundationRead more

The victorious TRU MBA team

Students win BC MBA Games

TRU's team of 21 Master of Business Administration students took first place at the second annual BC MBA Games in Nanaimo on Oct. 21-23, defeating UBC, SFU, UVic and VIU. Read more

New research initiative brings knowledge to the community

The Community Research Initiative launched at the end of October to further support research opportunities that encourage community-university collaborations. A new Community-Driven Research Fund will offer $2,500 grants for faculty who partner with community groups. Read more

TRUly United exceeds campaign goal

In support of our students and our neighbours, the TRU community came together to raise $192,320 in this year's TRUly United Campaign, exceeding both the campaign goal and last year's total. Read more

TRU Go app a one-stop shop

On Nov. 19, TRU launched a new mobile application called TRU Go. The free app offers easy access to resources for navigating university life—course timetables and grades, tools like myTRU and email, and campus news and events. TRU Go provides a wealth of information for students, faculty and staff, all in one place. Read more

New and improved Enrolment Services space

Enrolment Services grand opening

Enrolment Services (formerly the Registrar's Office) held a grand opening celebration on Nov. 14 to showcase its renovated space and improvements in support of TRU's priority to increase student success. Cupcakes highlighted the event. Read more

Justice Russell Brown and TRU Law faculty members

High praise for TRU Law journal

The Honourable Russell Brown of the Supreme Court of Canada praised the second volume of the Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law during his visit to TRU on Oct. 18. Read more

Law students recognized

The Faculty of Law celebrated the achievements of its students at the annual TRU Law Awards Reception on Nov. 17. Eighteen law students received fall awards totalling $80,500 from 20 donors. In addition to scholarship and bursary winners, the reception recognized 23 students with non-cash awards.


Celebrating sacrifice for freedom

At TRU's Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 10, retired faculty member and Canadian Armed Forces commander Jack Miller and Bachelor of Tourism Management student and CAF cadet instructor Janice Yeung addressed about 80 attendees. Read more

Aboriginal students experience university

Aboriginal students experience TRU life

Aboriginal high school students got a feel for university life at TRU through a panel, presentations, tours and other activities at the annual Transitions to Post-Secondary Day on Nov. 15. Read more

TRU Law Assistant Professor Micah Rankin.

Supreme Court win for Rankin

TRU Law assistant professor Micah Rankin had a British Columbia Court of Appeal decision overturned in the Supreme Court of Canada. The landmark decision was reached on Oct. 21. Read more

consent tea 2015

Consent Tea

The Wellness Centre hosted a tea party on Nov. 15 to increase awareness, education, and conversation around sexual consent, sexual violence, and TRU’s Sexual Assault Policy draft.

Science and Technology Info Night

Students in grades 10 to 12 learned about science and technology programs from faculty and students at the annual info night on Nov. 24. Read more

Five Ch'nook Scholars announced

Business students Rochelle DeLaRonde, Ryan Oliverius, Christen Pretty, Ed Blakeborough and Sarah Melnyk were celebrated at a lunch on Nov. 3 as TRU's 2016/17 Ch’nook scholars. The Scholars program recognizes and supports Aboriginal students who excel in their studies and give back to their communities. Read more



Airini, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work, has been elected to the executive of the Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE). ACDE brings together deans, directors and chairs of education in Canadian universities and university-colleges to provide leadership in professional and teacher education, educational research, and policy. There are currently 63 members.

Judith Chomitz, Tourism Management, won Sheffield Hallam University's Institute of Hospitality Prize for achieving the highest overall average result in the Master of Science in International Hospitality Management program.

Kurtis Manke, third-year physics student, had a paper accepted for publication in Applied Mathematics and Information Sciences. He wrote the paper, "Honey Bee Mating Optimization with Nelder-Mead for Constrained Optimization, Integer Programming and Minimax Problems," with Mathematics faculty member Mohamed Tawhid.

John O'Fee, Accounting and Finance and Law, was named the new board chair of the Interior Health Authority at the end of October. 

Charmaine Tener, Management, became certified by the Emotional Intelligence Training Company, under license from Multi-Health Systems, to administer the EQ-i 2.0 and EQ 360 Level B assessment of emotional intelligence.

Michelle Walsh, MSc in Environmental Science student, won a $2,000 Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health for her research project, collaborating with the Secwepemc Nation to research the significance of cool water refuges for rebuilding salmon populations in the Deadman River. The inaugural award is funded by the Fraser Basin Council and the BC Clean Air Research Fund.

Dylan Ziegler, biology student, won a Best Poster Prize (runner up) at the 2016 Canadian Phytopathological Society BC Annual Regional Meeting on Oct. 27-28. His poster, "A thirst for more: morphological changes in Arceuthobium americanum indicated water theft from its host, Pinus contorta," competed with work by master's and doctoral students.

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

Judith ChomitzTourism Management: Master of Science in International Hospitality Management, Sheffield Hallam University, with distinction.


Let's Remember

Ken Taylor was a Cariboo College pioneer and one of the original biologists at the institution. He taught whole organism biology in the University Transfer program, and later taught ecology and advanced zoology. He had a passion for learning biology in the field, and countless students were introduced to marine invertebrates on his many field trips to the ocean. Ken will be remembered for the strong foundations he helped to lay at our institution. His name is on TRU's Pioneer Wall outside Old Main.



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


Salvadore Barragan, Management

Krysa, I, et al. “Guidelines for Newcomers to Canada How to Behave in the Canadian Workplace – Discourse of Integration or Assimilation?” Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Conference, Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division, 4-6 June 2016, MacEwan University, Edmonton. 

Hasnat Dewan, Economics

Dewan, Hasnat. “Finding Effective Strategies to Fight Terrorism: A Comprehensive Review of the Theories and Models.” International Academy for Advancement of Business Research (IAABR) International Multidisciplinary Academic Conference, 15-17 May 2016, Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel.

Dewan, Hasnat. “A Review of the Quality of Life and Other Composite Country Performance Indices: How Useful Are They?” 6th International Interdisciplinary Business-Economics Advancement Conference, 9-13 May 2016, Royal Caribbean Cruise Enchantment of the Seas from Miami.

Kyra Garson, Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching

Garson, Kyra. Reframing Internationalization. Distinguished Speaker Series, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, May 2016, Calgary.

Garson, Kyra, and Laura Howard. “Benchmarking Internationalization in Europe and Canada.” 2016 Summer Seminar, BC Council for International Education, 19-22 June 2016, Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria.

Avninder Gill, Management 

Gill, Avninder. “Comprehensive Industry Costing and Optimal Batch Sizes.” Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Conference, Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division, 4-6 June 2016, MacEwan University, Edmonton. 

Laura Lamb, Economics

Lamb, Laura. “Seniors, Household Debt and Financial Knowledge.” Western Economic Association International 91st Annual Conference, 29 June - 3 July 2016, Hilton Portland & Executive Tower.

Hafiz Rahman, Economics

Rahman, Hafiz, and Zena Seldon. “The Local Government Policy-Administration Decision Making Interface - Describing the Elephant: Slouching toward a Meta Study of Svara's S.” Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) Annual Conference, 16 May 2016, École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP), Quebec City.

Deborah Sell, Management

Sell, Deborah. “Performance Measurement Tools.” Local Government Management Association of BC Thompson Okanagan Chapter Annual General Meeting and Conference, 14-16 Sept. 2016, Silver Star Resort, Vernon.

Sell, Deborah. “Your Performance Conversation: Let it Work for You.” Local Government Management Association of BC 2016 Administrative Professionals Conference, 6-8 April 2016, Hotel 540, Kamloops.


Angus Duff, Management

Duff, Angus. “The Distressing Reality of ‘Sexy’ Uniforms.” Canadian HR Reporter, 30 May 2016.

Andrew Fergus, Management and Tony Bell, Accounting & Finance

Fergus, Andrew, and Tony Bell. “Booster Juice – Big Shoes to Fill.” The CASE Journal, vol. 12, issue 3, 2016, pp. 449-470.

Kyra Garson, Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching

Garson, Kyra. Reframing Internationalization. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, vol. 46, issue 2, 2016, pp. 19-39.

Salas, Spencer, et al. Using Freewriting to Make Sense of Literature. English Teaching Forum, vol. 54, issue 2, pp. 12-19.

Robin Reid, Tourism Management and Kyra GarsonCentre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching

Reid, Robin, and Kyra Garson. “Rethinking Multicultural Group Work as Intercultural Learning.” Journal of Studies in International Education, 10 Aug. 2016.


Ruby Dhand, Law

Dhand, Ruby. Race, Culture and Ethnicity in Mental Health Law and Policy. Law and Mind: Mental Health Law and Policy in Canada, edited by Jennifer A. Chandler and Colleen M. Flood, LexisNexis Canada, 2016, pp. 449-471.


John Belshaw, History

Belshaw, John Douglas. Canadian History: Post-Confederation. BC Campus Open Ed, 2016.



Stress-Free Zone

Nov. 28 - Dec. 17

Students can take a break from studying, refresh their minds and have a bit of fun in the Stress-Free Zone (#SFZ) on the first floor of the House of Learning—leaving the rest of the building for quiet study. #SFZ is a collaboration between the Library, Counselling Services, and the Wellness Centre. Read more

At risk: looking seven generations ahead

Nov. 30

Social Work faculty member Natalie Clark presents a critical analysis of how current narratives of harm prevention programming and high-risk activities are interpreted by Aboriginal youth. Part of EDSW's Research Provocations series. Read more

Live theatre: Uncommon Women and Others

Dec. 1-3, 8-10

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

Exam period

Dec. 5-17

Study halls at both the Main Library and House of Learning Library will be open until midnight during the exam period (Dec. 3-16 at the Main Library, and Dec. 4-14 at House of Learning) to allow students to use the full study space for exams.

Career mentoring: Athletics

Dec. 7

Student athletes have an opportunity to learn from mentors who have experience leveraging the skills gained through sport and education in their current careers. Read more

President's Annual Holiday Reception

Dec. 15

Join your TRU colleagues to celebrate the festive season with an afternoon social, 3-5 p.m. in the Grand Hall at the Campus Activity Centre.

winter view towards house of learning

Campus closed: winter break

Dec. 25 - Jan. 2

Most campus services are closed for winter break, Dec. 25, 2016 to Jan. 2, 2017. Read more