TRU Education and Social Work

January 2017 

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you the January President’s Report, which was presented to Senate on Jan. 23, 2017. 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 February Senate meeting) is Feb. 9, 2017. Keep the good news coming!


Alan Shaver, President and Vice-Chancellor


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Energy management efforts pay off with $500,000 in savings

TRU has more energy savings as a percentage of total consumption than any other post-secondary institution in BC. Read more 

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Broadening campus dining experiences

TRU Food Services has begun initiatives to improve the overall campus food experience and address students’ concerns with food services. Read more 

Budget discussed at Town Hall

As part of the Open Governance initiative, Vice-President Academic and Provost Christine Bovis-Cnossen and Vice-President Administration and Finance Matt Milovick hosted a Town Hall on Jan. 10 to discuss the development of the proposed budget for 2017/18. Approximately 150 faculty and staff attended or watched the live-streamed broadcast. Read more 

TRU research paves way for New Westminster Rent Bank

Research paves way for New Westminster rent bank

Economics faculty member Ehsan Latif's research on rent banks as a solution to homelessness was instrumental in New Westminster City Council’s decision to support a rent bank. Read more

Philosophy, history, politics showcased

Undergraduate arts students presented their research at TRU's 10th annual student-run Philosophy, History and Politics (PHP) conference Jan. 19 to 21. Historian Dr. Joe Anderson from Mount Royal University gave the external keynote address, White on Black: The Deep Roots of How White America Talks About Race and Politics.

Online tool helps ranchers prepare for drought

Master of Science alumnus Aaron Coelho, now with Urban Systems Ltd., and Natural Resource Science faculty member Tom Pypker are developing a climate-change impact assessment tool for livestock water use. Read more 

Winter orientation

New students arriving for the winter semester attended a Discover TRU orientation on Jan. 11 to learn more about campus, resources and services, and meet faculty members and current students. TRU World held a welcoming reception for 200 new international students on Jan. 6, which included presentations and a tour of Kamloops. Aboriginal students new to TRU were welcomed at Cplul'kw'ten on Jan. 13.

New TRU Student Sustainability Ambassadors Program

Student Sustainability Ambassadors Program

The Sustainability Office launched a new program in January which will help shape the future of sustainability at TRU. Read more

Changing lives

Anne and Roland Neave presented $20,000 to the TRU Foundation on Dec. 16 toward the Dr. Margaret S. Neave Memorial Endowment, which supports students in the Education and Skills Training (ESTR) program.

Panamanian teachers depart

TRU World held a closing ceremony on Dec. 20 at the Campus Activity Centre to send off 20 teachers from Panama who have been attending the Professional Development for Teachers program since Sept. 5.

Welcome for new colleagues in Education and Social Work

A gathering at the territorial marker in Old Main on Jan. 11 welcomed new faculty and staff members to the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Holiday social for faculty and staff

TRU employees celebrated the festive season with their colleagues at the annual President's Holiday Reception on Dec. 15 in the Grand Hall.


Dayln Bear, alumnus of the First Nation Taxation Administration program (2016), was elected as a councillor on the Whitecap Dakota First Nation.

Irwin DeVries, Open Learning, was interviewed about the Open Educational Resource universitas (OERu) for “Open Cases: Case Studies on Openness in Education,” a report by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission published in 2016.

Jennifer EdwardsBachelor of General Studies student, received a 5 Years of Service Award from WorkBC Open Door Group in her role as an instructor.

Warveni Jap, Marketing and International Business, was appointed as an editor of the German Institute for Global Business Research Journal of Business & Economics (GIJBE) for a two-year term commencing Jan. 15, 2017. 

Paul Michel, Aboriginal Education, was elected chief (Kukpi7) of the Adams Lake Indian Band on Dec. 15. 

Bradford Morse, Law, was appointed as a member of the Indigenous Knowledge Forum Research Roundtable at the University of Technology Sydney.

Musfiq Rahman, Computing Science, is shortlisted for the BC Innovation Council's Ignite Awards for a project with Lightship Works, Teck Highland Valley Copper and the Lower Nicola Indian Band. The project uses Bluetooth beacon technology and mobile devices to improve in-field data collection and documentation. Winners will be announced Feb. 7.


Joanne Jones, Nursing: Canadian Certified Nurse Educator (CCNE), Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing


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. 


Abed Al-Mutairi, MBA student and Mohammad Mahbobi, Economics

Al-Mutairi, Abed, and Mohammad Mahbobi. "The Determinants of Economic Growth in Saudi Arabia and Canada: International Trade, and Productivity." Academic International Conference on Business, Economics and Management, 15-17 Feb. 2016, Dubai.

Kelvin Booth, Philosophy

Booth, Kelvin J. "Embodied Cognition, Sociality, and the Logic of Inquiry." Conference on Pragmatism, 4e Cognitive Science, and the Sociality of Human Conduct. 7-9 Dec. 2016, Paris.

Marjorie Budnikas, Articulation, Audit and Graduation

Budnikas, Marjorie. "The Transfer Credit/PLAR Boundary." 2016 Annual Conference, The Association for International Credential Evaluation Professionals (TAICEP), 27 Sept. 2016, The University of Chicago Gleacher Center.

Michelle Harrison, Instructional Design and Irwin DeVries, Open Learning

Harrison, Michelle, and Irwin DeVries. "Advocating for Open: The Instructional Design Experience." 13th Annual Open Education Conference, 2-4 Nov. 2016, Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA.

Stacey Jyrkkanen, Safety & Emergency Management

Jyrkkanen, Stacey. "Active Threat Training at Thompson Rivers University: Creating a Safe Environment to Learn and Work." 2016 British Columbia Emergency Preparedness & Business Continuity Conference, 8-10 Nov. 2016, Sheraton Wall Center Hotel, Vancouver.

Gail Morong, Instructional Design and Shannon Smyrl, Journalism, Communication and New Media

Morong, Gail, and Shannon Smyrl. "Designing OER for Reuse: Tips from an Instructional Designer and Instructor." 13th Annual Open Education Conference, 2-4 Nov. 2016, Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA.

Bradford Morse, Law

Morse, Bradford W. “Protecting ITK through ITK Owners Direct Involvement in its Governance and Use: The Canadian Experience.” Keynote Presentation, Indigenous Knowledge: Governance Systems for Data Management and Benefit Sharing, Indigenous Knowledge Forum Roundtable 2016, 14-15 Dec. 2016, University of Technology Sydney.

Melissa Schuurman, Program Delivery

Schuurman, Melissa, and Lauren Jensen. "Grow Up! Finding Ways to Mature Analytics at Calvin College and Thompson Rivers University." Tableau Conference 2016, 6-10 Nov. 2016, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX.


Heather Shannon, Animal Health Technology

Shannon, Heather L. "RVT? VT? VTS? AHT? RAHT? What’s the Difference?” West Coast Veterinarian, issue 25, December 2016, pp. 14-15.


Chris Hunt, Law, and Nikta Shirazian, JD 2016

Hunt, Chris D.L., and Nikta Shirazian. "Canada’s Statutory Privacy Torts in Commonwealth Perspective." Oxford University Comparative Law Forum, 2016, article 3.


Kelvin Booth, Philosophy 

Booth, Kelvin Jay. "Imitation and Taking the Attitude of the Other." The Timeliness of George Herbert Mead, edited by Hans Joas and Daniel Huebner, University of Chicago Press, 2016, pp. 231-251.

Bradford Morse, Law

Morse, Bradford W. “The Uphill Struggle to Protect Indigenous Traditional Knowledge in Settler States that Value Short-term Private Ownership: How Is Canada Doing?” Indigenous Knowledge Forum – Comparative Systems for Recognising and Protecting Indigenous Knowledge and Culture, edited by Natalie P. Stoianoff, LexisNexis Butterworths Australia, 2016, pp. 403-440.


Mohammad Mahbobi, Economics

Tiemann, Thomas K., and Mohammad Mahbobi. Introductory Business Statistics with Interactive Spreadsheets, 1st Canadian Edition. BC Campus Open Ed, 2016.


Business Kickstart Speaker Series

Jan. 23

Get an insider's perspective on the entrepreneur world from startup and venture capital expert Sean Wise. Read more 

Networking 411: Pan-campus career mentoring

Jan. 26

More than 40 mentors from Kamloops and area will be on campus providing students with information for career success. Read more 

TRU Privacy & Security Conference

Feb. 1

This year's conference is called Incidents and Your Organization: Risk, Impact and Mitigation and includes a range of speakers on privacy, ransomware and more. Read more

Society of Law Students annual conference

Feb. 2

In The Spotlight: Sports, Media & Entertainment Law is the title of this year's Society of Law Students (SLS) conference. Read more

Live at TRU: Canadian Guitar Quartet

Feb. 2

The Canadian Guitar Quartet performs in the intimate setting of the Alumni Theatre. Read more 


Feb. 4

With the School of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Science, Kamloops Innovation presents a code-free hackathon. Learn to prototype and pitch your business idea in 12 hours. Read more

Alumni & friends of WolfPack basketball

Feb. 4

Join your fellow alumni for men's and women's basketball action against the University of Calgary Dinos. Read more

TRU Law: BLSA presents Diversity in Practice

Feb. 6

In honour of Black History Month, the Black Law Students Association hosts Diversity in Practice, featuring a panel of four guest speakers. Read more

TRU Law: The Honourable Justice Cromwell

Feb. 7

This retired Supreme Court of Canada judge presents a talk called Why Everyone Should Care About Access to Justice. Read more

Arts Colloquium Series: Robert Hanlon

Feb. 9

Politics faculty member Robert Hanlon presents. Read more

Kamloops TRU Law alumni reception

Feb. 9

Join your fellow TRU Law alumni to mingle and connect at the Scratch Café. Read more

Career mentoring: Athletics

Mar. 1

WolfPack players have an opportunity to learn from those who have transitioned from student athlete to working professional. Read more

Arts Colloquium Series: Jenni Karl

Mar. 2

Psychology faculty member Jenni Karl presents. Read more

Live theatre: The Liar

Mar. 2-4 and 9-11

Misunderstandings and a series of intricate lies lay the foundation for comedy and urban romance. Written by David Ives, adapted from Le Menteur by Pierre Corneille. Directed by Robin NicholRead more

Law students career fair

Mar. 3

Students in the Faculty of Law have an opportunity to meet representatives from more than 20 firms. Read more

President's Lecture Series: Fabien Cousteau

President's Lecture Series: Fabien Cousteau

Mar. 6

Be inspired by the insights and actions of Fabien Cousteau, grandson of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau, at this free lecture. Read more 


Mar. 7-10

George Stromboulopoulos hosts A Conversation on Global Change, a keynote panel with experts on clean energy, marine life, human rights and gender equality, kicking off four days of speakers, workshops and cultural activities. Read more