TRU Education and Social Work

March 2017 

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you the March President’s Report. 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 April Senate meeting) is Apr. 6, 2017. Keep the good news coming!


Alan Shaver, President and Vice-Chancellor


Above: Provost and VP Academic Christine Bovis-Cnossen, Dr. Musfiq Rahman, President and Vice-Chancellor Alan Shaver and David Hill at #BCTECH Summit.

John Church

Strong turnout at #BCTECH Summit

Alan Shaver, Christine Bovis-Cnossen and many faculty and students attended the sold-out #BCTECH Summit Mar. 13-15. Dr. John Church and alum Robert Atwood spoke in the "Game of Drones" panel session, and research by Church, Dr. Musfiq Rahman, David Hill and Dr. Faheem Ahmed was featured in the exhibits. Read more

High-throughput sequencing lab a first for BC Interior

Applied Genomics Lab (TRUgen)

Thanks to a Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grant, TRU will be home to the Interior's first high-throughput genomic sequencing lab, led by Biological Sciences faculty member Jonathan Van HammeRead more

STEM team members sitting: Beverly Ruberg, Susan Lister, Carol Rees and Ted Howe

STEM education

A new program for educating secondary school teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)—the first of its kind offered by TRU—is set to begin in July 2018. Read more

One Ocean, One People

Fabien Cousteau regaled a packed house of over 650 guests at the President's Lecture on Mar. 6. The aquanaut shared his undersea adventures, shark research and passion for our oceans, and took questions from the audience.

Knowledge Makers program has impressive impact

Knowledge Makers program has impressive impact

Designed to inspire more Aboriginal students to participate in research, the Knowledge Makers program has been more successful than its organizers anticipatedRead more

IDays 2017

This year's IDays was structured around the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). George Stromboulopoulos hosted a keynote panel on global change with Kim Milan, Tom Rand and Fabien Cousteau, and many other events from Mar. 7 to 10 showcased the SDGs toward creating a better future for all by 2030. Read more

Aboriginal Awareness Week


The Office of Aboriginal Education hosted a range of events to celebrate Aboriginal Awareness Week Feb. 27 to Mar. 3, including the Honouring Our Elders Luncheon and a Rethinking Reconciliation panel. The celebration concluded with a Reconciliation Powwow Mar. 11 to 12.

BC Cup 2017

Law hosts BC Cup

TRU Law students took second place in the annual BC Law Schools Competitive Moot on Feb. 18. Hosted by TRU for the first time, the moot challenges students' oral advocacy skills. Read more

Arts awards highlight student ambassadors and achievements

Arts awards highlight achievements

The Faculty of Arts presented $21,700 in awards on Feb. 28. Thirty-three students were acknowledged for excellence in research, engagement, ambassadorship and study abroad. Read more

Bangladesh Club triennial celebration

TRUSU Bangladesh Club celebrated its third anniversary with a cultural night of food, entertainment and education. In the spirit of inclusivity, diversity and fostering interaction among all students, other campus clubs joined in the festivities.


Michael Bluhm, Strategic Enrolment, was appointed vice-chair of the Education Planner BC Policy Working Group. Education Planner BC is a province-wide initiative between BC's 25 public post-secondary institutions and the Ministry of Advanced Education, to develop a common, comprehensive post-secondary application platform for students.

Karen Densky, ESAL, was one of four Canadians nominated to attend a global summit in Athens, Greece, on the future of the TESOL profession. Welcoming 200 delegates from 64 countries, the summit fostered ongoing collaboration between teachers, researchers and administrators in the field.

Crystal Huscroft, Geography and Environmental Studies, was awarded "App of the Month" by ESRI Canada, the world leader in geographic information system (GIS) technology, for the Yukon Periglacial Landform Atlas, which she published with the Yukon Geological Survey.

Warveni Jap, Marketing and International Business, was appointed to the editorial advisory board of the International Interdisciplinary Business-Economics Advancement Journal (IIBA) in February, for her expertise in business and economics. Warveni was also accepted as a paper review committee member of the Global Conference on Services Management.

Cynthia Ross Friedman, Biology, was named by Canadian Science Publishing, publisher of Botany, as an Outstanding Reviewer for 2016. The Outstanding Reviewers program recognizes the contributions of the most frequent and exceptional reviewers.

The 2016 Trades Training House won a Gold Georgie Award for Best Public/Private Partnership between TRU and the Canadian Home Builders' Association Central Interior at the 25th annual Provincial Home Builders Awards gala in Vancouver on Mar. 13.

The WolfPack Cheerleading squad took first place at the Western Cheerific Championship in Edmonton Mar. 5 to 6, beating the host University of Alberta in the Level 4 competition.


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

Matt Dyck, Program Delivery, OL: Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Athabasca University

Duncan Low, Arts, OL: PhD in Communication, Simon Fraser University

Let's Remember

Camilla Sears was an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. A criminologist, she had a special interest in the media’s role in shaping understandings of the criminal justice system, and in the use of restorative justice as a response to crime and conflict. Her courses in crime and deviance were popular and she had a profound influence on her students. She will be remembered for her kindness, beautiful smile and a presence that could light up a room.

Richard Wagamese was an award-winning writer, journalist and author and a TRU honorary degree recipient (2010). He became the first Aboriginal Canadian to receive a National Newspaper Award and published 12 works about Indigenous culture from the perspective of his personal experience of Canada’s former residential school system. His acclaimed novel Indian Horse has been incorporated in English course curricula at TRU and several other universities. An inspirational, spiritual and dynamic storyteller, he received the Writers’ Trust of Canada Matt Cohen Award (2015) for his distinguished lifetime contribution to Canadian literature. 


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. 


Lisa Bourque-Bearskin, Star Mahara and Tanya Sanders, Nursing, with students Willa Julius and Jayne Wenlock

Bourque-Bearskin, Lisa, et al. “Sustaining Indigenous Knowledge in Nursing Education: Transformational Collaborative Practice.” Western and Northern Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Conference, Feb. 15-17, 2017, Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria.

John Church, Natural Resource Sciences

Church, John. "TECH Talks: Game of Drones!" #BCTECH Summit, Mar. 14-15, 2017, Vancouver Convention Centre.

Stan Miles and Derek Pyne, Economics

Miles, Stan, and Derek Pyne. "The Economics of Scams." Economics Department External Seminar Series, Oct. 5, 2016, University of Birmingham.


Stan Miles and Derek Pyne, Economics

Miles, Stan, and Derek Pyne. "The Economics of Scams." Review of Law & Economics, vol. 13, no. 1, 2017, pp. 1-18.

Derek Pyne, Economics

Pyne, Derek. "The Effects of Remand and Bail on Efficient Sentences." Economics Letters, vol. 154, 2017, pp. 51-54.

Jacob Omajali, Biological Sciences

Omajali, Jacob B., et al. “In-situ Catalytic Upgrading of Heavy Oil Using Dispersed Bionanoparticles Supported on Gram-positive and Gram-negative Bacteria.” Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, vol. 203, April 2017, pp. 807–819.


Yaying Zhang, English & Modern Languages

Zhang, Yaying. "Conflict and Negotiation: Transnational Ties and Competing Identities of Chinese Immigrants in Kamloops, British Columbia." Canadian Perspectives on Immigration in Small Cities, edited by Glenda Tibe Bonifacio and Julie L. Drolet, Springer, 2017. 


Courtney Mason, Tourism Management

Robidoux, Michael A., and Courtney W. Mason, editors. A Land Not Forgotten: Indigenous Food Security and Land-Based Practices in Northern Ontario. U of Manitoba Press, 2017.


Research is everywhere. Research is for everyone

Mar. 28

Learn about how research impacts the health and well-being of small cities during this dynamic, community-based research event. Read 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

180(s) Research Challenge

Mar. 29

TRU faculty go head-to-head in this fun, 180-second research communication competition. Read more

Graduate Research Symposium

Mar. 30

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

Tri-agency funding opportunities: At a glance

Mar. 30

TRU faculty are encouraged to attend an informative overview of the key funding programs of the three federal granting agencies. Read more

Arts Colloquium Series: Ginny Ratsoy

Mar. 30

English and Modern Languages faculty member Ginny Ratsoy presents. Read more

Environmental Sciences Seminar Series: Andy Suarez

Mar. 30

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

Distinguished Researcher Series: Shelly Johnson, Courtney Mason and Heather Price

Mar. 31

Spend an hour with three of TRU's Canada Research Chairs as they discuss Issues in Community-Based Research: Challenges and Expectations. Read more

Beyond Tri-agency funding: Research contracts and grants

Mar. 31

Discover the rapidly expanding research opportunities that exist beyond Canada's three federal granting agencies. Read more

Research Week keynote with Dr. Jenny Shanahan

Mar. 31

Jenny Shanahan of Bridgewater State University speaks to undergraduate research as a high impact practice. 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

Book talk: Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Apr. 4

Former TRU student and award-winning author Gail Anderson-Dargatz will read from and discuss her novels. Read more

Research Provocations: Handford and Scheck

Apr. 5

Victoria Handford and Ulrich Scheck present Benevolence and Trust in Leadership: A Cross-disciplinary Approach to Research. Read more

Science Seminar Series: Dustin Ritchie

Apr. 5

Dr. Dustin Ritchie, Department of Physics and National Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Alberta, presents his research. Read more

Arts Colloquium Series: PHP book publishing panel

Apr. 6

This discussion with the Philosophy, History, Politics publication panel features Bruce Baugh, Tina Block and Robert HanlonRead more

Environmental Sciences Seminar Series: Robidoux

Apr. 6

Dr. Michael Robidoux, University of Ottawa, presents Analyzing the Impact of Local Food Production in Rural Lebanon and Rural Canada: Local Solutions to Global Challenges. Read more

Cariboo Mainline Regional Science Fair 2017

Apr. 6-7

Experience first-hand the science, technology and math projects created by more than 180 elementary and high school students from the Cariboo. Read more

Lumberjack Games

Apr. 7

Throw an oversized axe, balance on a rolling wet log, climb a poll or saw a log with a two-handed saw. Read more

Art show: certificate and diploma students

Through Apr. 7

Students in the certificate and diploma streams of visual arts showcase some of their work. Read more

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Apr. 7

Celebrate and honour the achievements of some amazing TRU alumni. Read more

TRU Williams Lake Gala: Oh Canada!

Apr. 8

The Williams Lake community is invited to celebrate and support our students in true Canadian fashion. The raffle prize is a travel voucher for a trip to Ottawa.

Directors Fest Night A

Apr. 10, 12, 14

Live at the Black Box Theatre, an evening of one-act plays directed by senior directing students. Read more

Directors Fest Night B

Apr. 11, 13, 15

Live at the Black Box Theatre, an evening of one-act plays directed by senior directing students. Read more

Research Provocations

Apr. 12

Dr. Shelly Johnson and Chief Judge T. Crabtree present, Yes it's Legal, But Is it Justice? Read more

Live at TRU: Sugar Brown

Apr. 12

Live at TRU presents Ontario blues recording artist Sugar Brown at the Alumni Theatre. Read more

Easter Closure

Apr. 14, 17

Most campus services will be closed April 14 for Good Friday and April 17 for Easter Monday. Read more