TRU Education and Social Work

December 2016 

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you the December President’s Report, which was presented to Senate on Dec. 12, 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 January Senate meeting) is Jan. 5, 2017. Keep the good news coming!

As we look forward to the holiday season, I wish you a great winter break and all the best in the New Year.


Alan Shaver, President and Vice-Chancellor



Newest Canada Research Chairs announced

TRU's developing strength in research that directly impacts our communities and the nation was affirmed with federal funding of three more Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) positions. Announced on Dec. 6, the CRCs are:

Shelly Johnson, Faculty of Education and Social Work
CRC in Indigenizing Higher Education

Yana Nec, Faculty of Science
CRC in Applied Mathematics and Optimization

Heather Price, Faculty of Arts
CRC in Culture and Communities: Children and the Law

These CRCs join Courtney Mason, who was introduced as CRC in Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Communities in the Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism in February 2016. Together they represent a $2 million investment from the federal government. Read more

Foundation awards changing lives in a big way

Foundation awards change lives

At the annual TRU Foundation awards ceremony on Nov. 24, 574 students shared in more than $614,000 in awards, a $75,000 increase from last year. Read more

Unveiling genomic mysteries

Jonathan Van Hamme, Biological Sciences, is leading a $190,000 research project funded by Genome BC, using genomic tools to examine the effects of biosolids applied to mine reclamation sites. Read more

Annual report highlights wide-reaching impact

Annual report highlights wide-reaching impact

Inspired, Engaged is a celebration of the world-class research taking place at TRU. The fourth annual report, released on Nov. 23, showcases the depth and diversity of research occurring across all facultiesRead more

SoBE Student Centre grand opening a success

SoBE Student Centre grand opening

The School of Business and Economics opened its new SoBE Student Centre on Nov. 25. The centre offers dedicated study space and brings the Bachelor of Business Administration advising team to the International Building. Read more

Storytellers Gala examines Aboriginal youth in care

The TRU Students’ Union equity committee held its annual Storytellers Gala on Nov. 17. A four-person panel examined the impacts of over-representation of Aboriginal youth in Canadas state care and correctional systems. Read more

Health centre celebrates new renovations

Health centre at Williams Lake campus celebrates renovations

A new exam room at the Williams Lake and District Credit Union Community Health Centre will expand services to the community and provide experience for TRU nursing students. Read more



Nic Zdunich, a 2016 Bachelor of Arts alumnus, was named TRUs Co-op Student of the Year for 2016. His performance as a communications assistant in two co-op terms at TRIUMF, Canadas national lab for particle and nuclear physics, earned him a full-time strategic communications associate position at the facility.


Lets Remember

Maren Schmitz was a former exchange student from Heidelberg University of Education in Germany who entered the Bachelor of Education program in September 2016. Excited to study in Canada, she embraced this new experience. In class, she engaged with her classmates and shared her love of running, her passion to be a teacher, and her drive to do her best at all times.



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. 


Laura Doan, Early Childhood Education

Doan, Laura. “Sink or Swim: The Experiences of Beginning Early Childhood Educators in their First Year of Work.” Faculty of Education and Social Work Research Provocations, 2 Nov. 2016, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops.

Doan, Laura. “International Perspectives on the Educators’ Role in Supporting Children’s Learning Through Exploration and Play.” Invited Speaker. Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia Professional Development Offering, 17 Nov. 2016, Kamloops.

Brian Mackay, Information Technology Services

Mackay, Brian. ASDT Benefits of BC Sector Collaboration. W3 Conference 2016, 5-7 Oct. 2016, Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, Vancouver.

Brian Mackay, Information Technology Services, and Krista Lussier, Nursing

Mackay, Brian, and Krista Lussier. “Is Your Academic Governance Supporting the Technological Shift Needed in Higher Education Today?” 9th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (iCERi), 14-16 Nov. 2016, Barceló Renacimiento Hotel, Seville.


Kim Burgess (Munich), Wendy McKenzie and Floriann Fehr, Nursing

Burgess (Munich), K., et al. “International Female Students’ Experiences of Navigating the Canadian Health Care System in a Small Town Setting.” Intercultural Education, vol. 27, issue 5, Special Issue: Learning at Intercultural Intersections, 3 Nov. 2016, pp. 425-436.

Paul Clark, Marketing, International Business & Entrepreneurship

Chapleo, Chris, and Paul Clark. Branding a Tertiary Institution by Committee: An Exploration of Internal Brand Analysis and Management Processes. Journal of Brand Management, 13 Sept. 2016.

Kyra Garson, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Garson, Kyra, et al. “Interculturalising the Curriculum: Faculty Professional Development.” Intercultural Education, vol. 27, issue 5, Special Issue: Learning at Intercultural Intersections, 3 Nov. 2016, pp. 457-473.

Garson, Kyra, and Michelle Pidgeon. Editor’s Introduction. Intercultural Education, vol. 27, issue 5, Special Issue: Learning at Intercultural Intersections, 3 Nov. 2016, pp. 395-398.

Gail Morong, Instructional Design

Morong, Gail, and Donna DesBiens. “Culturally Responsive Online Design: Learning at Intercultural Intersections.” Intercultural Education, vol. 27, issue 5, Special Issue: Learning at Intercultural Intersections, 3 Nov. 2016, pp. 474-492.

Jasica Munday, Supplemental Learning

Munday, Jasica. “Mindset Matters.” Communiqué, vol. 17, issue 2, Fall 2016, p. 24.

Cliff Robinson, Counselling

Robinson, Cliff. The Power of Introversion in Student Services.Communiqué, vol. 17, issue 2, Fall 2016, p. 23.



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

Exam period

Dec. 5-17

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

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.

Campus network maintenance

Dec. 18

On-campus users will have no Internet access from 6 to 8 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18 while IT Services performs network maintenance to improve network security and reliability. From 8 to 10 a.m. there may be minor disruptions as further upgrades are made. 

Campus closed: winter break

Dec. 23 - Jan. 2

Most campus services are closed for winter break, beginning at noon on Dec. 23, 2016. The campus reopens on Jan. 3, 2017. Have a safe and happy holiday.

Winter Town Hall: budget development

Jan. 10

As part of the Open Governance initiative, faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the second Town Hall of 2016/17 for a discussion on the development of the proposed budget. The Town Hall will be live-streamed for those unable to attend.

Winter Orientation

Jan. 11

New students are invited to learn more about campus. Meet faculty and current students, and representatives from dozens of resources and services. Read more

Philosophy, History, Politics conference

Jan. 19-21

Explore the past, present and future through research conducted by undergraduate students at the 10th annual student conference. Read more