TRU Education and Social Work

February 2017 

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you the February President’s Report, which was presented to Senate on Feb. 27, 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 March Senate meeting) is Mar. 9, 2017. Keep the good news coming!


Alan Shaver, President and Vice-Chancellor


Construction starts for Industrial Training and Technology Centre

Construction starts for Industrial Training and Technology Centre

Feb. 9 was a landmark day for TRU as ground was officially broken to start construction of the Industrial Training and Technology Centre. Read more

Gala celebrates 25 years with $2.5 million

Two anonymous major gifts totalling $2.5 million were announced to 310 guests at the fairytale-themed 2017 Foundation Gala on Feb. 11. Read more

Applying expertise to solve industry challenges

Kingsley Donkor, Chemistry, David Hill, Geography, and Tom Pypker, Natural Resource Science recently received Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Engage Grants to collaborate with industry on research. Read more

Sharing knowledge one adventure at a time

Sharing knowledge, one adventure at a time

Canada Research Chair Courtney Mason and Adventure Studies faculty member Craig Campbell and his students partnered with White Buffalo Health Society on programs for Aboriginal youth. Read more

TRU prof gets international attention for rangeland research

International attention for rangeland researcher

Rangeland and ecology expert Wendy Gardner was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Society for Range Management. Read more

Information event for Muslim students and colleagues

On Feb. 2, representatives of TRU World, the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, student Counselling Services, the Ayesha Mosque, the RCMP and senior TRU leaders gathered together with members of TRU's Muslim community concerning developments in the newsRead more

Max Tinsley

New trades apprenticeship cuts BC wait time

The Instrumentation and Control Technician apprenticeship program, launched on Feb. 6, is good news for those waiting to get into the instrumentation trade. Read more

Annual reconciliation field trip

First-year law students heard from Residential School survivors and Judge Len Marchand Jr. during a field trip to the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on Jan. 27, organized by law faculty members Janna Promislow, Nicole Schabus and Charis Kamphuis. Tk’emlups Councillor Viola Thomas led a discussion on reconciliation prior to the trip. Read more

Sustainability: It's in our hands

Staff and faculty learned how sustainable thinking can directly improve life and work at the annual InService Day on Feb. 22, which featured a keynote presentation and workshop by award-winning writer and futurist Alex Steffen.

Fellowships awarded to outstanding graduate researchers

Fellowships awarded to outstanding graduate researchers

Brianna Iwabuchi and Stephanie Winton are the 2016 recipients of $7,500 Environmental Science and Natural Resource Science Fellowships. Read more

WolfPack, Heat split President's Cup

The WolfPack took home the men’s trophy on Feb. 18 in the annual President’s Cup Series against the UBC-Okanagan Heat, a competition between the two universities in men's and women's Canada West basketball, volleyball and soccer. Read more

Tricameral meeting recap

As part of the Open Governance initiative, TRU hosted its first joint meeting of the Board of Governors, Senate and Planning Council for Open Learning. Read more

Biology students can obtain double degree in Spain

Cellular, molecular and microbial biology majors can complete double degrees from TRU and Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) thanks to a new agreement signed with the Spanish university on Jan. 19.

Zipcar drives onto campus

Zipcar drives onto campus

Students, staff and faculty can now access a shared vehicle for round-trip travel from campus—for a lunch hour, or a week—through Zipcar, a car-sharing program that launched at TRU in January. Read more

TRU connections made in Toronto

Connections made in Toronto

The first alumni gathering in Toronto—for a Raptors basketball game on Jan. 10—was a great success, connecting far-flung alumni from TRU. Read more

Partnership with Stenberg College

Graduates of Stenberg College’s Psychiatric Nursing and Cardiology Technologist diploma programs can now enter the TRU-OL Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) and receive prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) credits toward the degree. Read more

Partnership with Justice Institute

A new agreement with the Justice Institute of BC allows graduates of JIBC's Advanced Care Paramedic and Health Sciences Diploma programs to transfer credits toward a TRU-OL Bachelor of Health Science (BHS). Read more

Justice Cromwell

Access to justice

Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell (Retired) spoke to law students about why everyone should care about access to justice and what they can do to help. Read more

Chamber of Commerce Social

The School of Business and Economics hosted the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce February Social on Feb. 1 at the Scratch Café, catered by Culinary Arts students. MBA students launched a course-based competition at the event.

Information security insights

IT Services held the third annual TRU Privacy and Security Conference on Feb. 1. This year's conference was called Incidents and Your Organization: Risk, Impact and Mitigation and included a range of speakers on privacy, ransomware and more.

Students of today and tomorrow

The 13th annual Teaching Practices Colloquium on Feb. 20 shared scholarly teaching practices and approaches toward understanding the intervening factors needed to reimagine and re-define the students of today and tomorrow.

Nikta Shirazian, JD 2016

Law alum co-published with prof in Oxford journal

Law alumna Nikta Shirazian and faculty member Chris Hunt published Shirazian's supervised research from a directed studies course last year. Read more

Unique partnership building intercultural understanding

Adventures in intercultural understanding

An innovative partnership is providing Adventure Studies students with hands-on experience and intercultural skills as they lead outdoor activities for international students. Read more

Language for cultural preservation

A public forum on Feb. 17, co-hosted by the Office of Aboriginal Education and the Bangladesh Cultural Association of Kamloops, discussed the importance of language for cultural preservation in celebration of International Mother Language Day (Feb. 21).

Chinese New Year

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association presented the Spring Festival Gala (Chinese New Year) on Jan. 20, celebrating Chinese culture with food, performances, games and fireworks.

Library goes fine-free

Library goes fine-free

The library has eliminated fines on overdue books, part of a new student-centred approach to make the library more user-friendly. Read more


Sheila Blackstock, Nursing, was inducted into the Mu Sigma chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) on Jan. 28 for academic achievement and scholarship in nursing.

Nathan Matthew, TRU honorary degree recipient and former executive director of Aboriginal Education, was named the 2017 winner of the Education Indspire Award, recognizing his distinguished and impactful career as an educator and advocate for First Nations communities.

Madison Olds, Bachelor of Arts student, was recognized with a 2017 Emerging Artist Award for her accomplishments and potential in the performing arts at the 10th annual Mayor’s Gala for the Arts on Jan. 21 in Kamloops. The band Bees and the Bare Bones, of which she is a member, was also a nominee for the award.

The 2016 Trades Training House was awarded a 2017 Keystone Home Builders Award of Excellence for Best Public/Private Partnership by the Canadian Home Builders' Association Central Interior (CHBACI) on Feb. 4, at the 12th annual gala in TRU’s Grand Hall.

Cvetozar Vutev, music faculty member, Kamloops Symphony concertmaster and music director and violinist, was recognized with a 2017 Artist of the Year – Performing Arts Award at the 10th annual Mayor’s Gala for the Arts on Jan. 21 in Kamloops.


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

Tracy Vickers, Business: PhD in Business Administration (Marketing), Northcentral University

Cvetozar Vutev, Music: Doctor of Musicology and Musical Arts, Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music

Let's Remember

Wendy Lehar was a sessional reference and instruction librarian at TRU Library and a Bachelor of Arts alumna ('06). She was involved in the library's orientation and IDays events, volunteered as a tutor at the Writing Centre, and played a key role in building the library's Leisure Reading Collection. Also an amazing baker, Wendy will be fondly remembered by her colleagues for her "gingerbread librarians."


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


Susan Forseille, Career Education

Forseille, Susan. "What We Can Learn from Career Mapping." Cannexus17 National Career Development Conference, 23-25 Jan. 2017, Shaw Centre, Ottawa.

Brad Morse, Law

Morse, Bradford. Guest lecture. Catholic University of Lyon, 24-25 Nov. 2016, Lyon.

Morse, Bradford. Guest lecture. EBS University of Business and Law, 23 Nov. 2016, Wiesbaden.

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


Dawn Farough, Sociology & Anthropology

Farough, Dawn. "The Messy Business of Art, Research, and Collaboration: Audience Engagement in Home/Less/Mess." Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 320-338.

Courtney Mason, Tourism Management

Wesche, Sonia D., et al. "Land-Based Programs in the Northwest Territories: Building Indigenous Food Security and Well-being from the Ground Up." Canadian Food Studies, vol. 3, no. 2, 2016, pp. 23-48.

Thomas Pypker, Natural Resource Sciences

Davis, Joshua C., et al. “Vegetation Responses to Simulated Emerald Ash Borer Infestation in Fraxinus nigra Dominated Wetlands of Upper Michigan, USA.” Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 17 Nov. 2016.

Sadeghi, Seyed Mohammad Moein, et al. “The Importance of Considering Rainfall Partitioning in Afforestation Initiatives in Semiarid Climates: A Comparison of Common Planted Tree Species in Tehran, Iran.” Science of the Total Environment, vol. 568, pp. 845-855.


Kathie Ross, Accounting

Ross, Kathie. “Conducting Oral History Research: Reflections from the Field.” The Routledge Companion to Qualitative Accounting Research Methods, edited by Zahirul Hoque et al., Routledge, 2017.


Aboriginal Awareness Week

Feb. 27 - Mar. 3

The Office of Aboriginal Education hosts a range of events to celebrate Aboriginal Awareness Week 2017. See Events for details.

Annual Elders Luncheon

Feb. 28

Honour our Elders during this time of sharing by reconnecting over a meal and entertainment. 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

Indigenizing Higher Ed

Mar. 1, 15

A free, four-part storytelling seminar is hosted by the Office of Aboriginal Education and Open Learning, and live-streamed. Read more

Job Fair

Mar. 2

This is a one-stop opportunity for students to meet employers representing public, private, community and not-for-profit organizations. Read more

Live concert: Christine Tassan et les Imposteures

Mar. 2

A lively female quartet performs gypsy jazz and swing from their award-winning album, Entre Félix et Django, at this free event. Read more

Environmental Sciences Seminar: MSc Showcase

Mar. 2

Students in the Master of Science in Environmental Science showcase their graduate research. Awards will be given for best oral presentation and best poster presentation. 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

Skills Canada Cariboo junior and senior finals

Mar. 3

Youth from local School District 73 and neighbouring districts are vying for the chance to go to the Skills Canada BC championship. Read more


Mar. 3

This is an opportunity for youth to practice some of the hands-on skills used by automotive technicians, cabinet makers, carpenters, electricians and welders. Read more

Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest

Mar. 4

How much load force can a bridge of 100 standard popsicle sticks and white wood glue withstand? 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

Cindy Blackstock: Intercultural Reconciliation

Mar. 8

Aboriginal issues advocate Cindy Blackstock presents a talk called Intercultural Reconciliation: Action to Equity. Read more

Science Seminar Series

Mar. 8

Dr. Saisamorn Lumyon of Chiang Mai University, Thailand, presents on bioplastic production, his first of several talks at TRU. Read more

World Kidney Day nursing outreach

Mar. 9

Nursing students are celebrating World Kidney Day by conducting public outreach during a health resource fair at Northills Centre. Read more

Science Seminar Series

Mar. 9

Dr. Saisamorn Lumyon of Chiang Mai University, Thailand, presents on antioxidants in mushrooms. Read more

Environmental Sciences Seminar Series

Mar. 9

Dr. Saisamorn Lumyon of Chiang Mai University, Thailand, presents Friends with Benefits: the Beneficial Effects of Endophytic Fungi on Plant Health and SurvivalRead more

Model United Nations

Mar. 10

Participate as delegates in a simulation of a UN committee. This year's theme is making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (goal 11 of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals). Read more

Environmental Sciences Seminar Series

Mar. 16

Dr. Matt Betts of Oregon State University presents How and Why We Should Conserve Global Forest Biodiversity. Read more

Arts Colloquium Series: Tina Block

Mar. 16

History faculty member Tina Block presents. Read more

Long Night Against Procrastination

Mar. 16-17

Students join a campus community of writers and academic support services to put a dent in their writing assignments. Read more

Environmental Sciences Seminar Series

Mar. 23

Bachelor of Science alum ('03) Dr. Garrett Whitworth presents Identifying a Beneficial Use for an Industrial By-productRead more

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) finals

Mar. 29

Cheer on graduate students in this fast-pasted and fun research communications competition, and vote for People's Choice. Read more

Graduate Research Symposium

Mar. 30

The 3rd annual Graduate Symposium features poster presentations and lectures, as well as a keynote presentation from UBC's Elizabeth Dunn. Read more

Arts Colloquium Series: Ginny Ratsoy

Mar. 30

History faculty member Ginny Ratsoy presents. Read more

Environmental Sciences Seminar Series

Mar. 30

Dr. Andy Suarez of the University of Illinois presents Mechanisms of Ecological Success in Ants. Read more

Undergraduate Research & Innovation Conference

Mar. 31 - Apr. 1

See student posters, exhibits, and lectures during this two-day event featuring the work of about 100 students. Read more