TRU Education and Social Work

April 2017 

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you the April 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 May 15 Senate meeting) is April 26, 2017. Keep the good news coming!


Alan Shaver, President and Vice-Chancellor


Nursing building announcement Todd Stone

Green light for nursing building

School of Nursing students and faculty are looking forward to 2020, when a state-of-the-art facility will open on campus. Announced on Mar. 24 by Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone, the province will contribute $8 million towards construction of the new 44,000 sq. ft. Nursing and Population Health Building. Read more

2017 Distinguished Alumni announced

Distinguished individuals recognized

The 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards recognized the impacts and achievements of five extraordinary alumni and the BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC) on Apr. 7:

Pat O'Brien, Honorary Alumnus Award, for developing TRU's successful athletics program;
Phyllis Webstad, Community Impact Award, for creating the Orange Shirt Day movement;
David Paul, Professional Achievement Award, for his achievements as a family law mediator;
Greg Lehoux, Innovative Partnership Award, for integrating energy management in BC industries;
Jenny Green, Grace Chronister BSW Award, for creating a healthy and inclusive community;
BCLC, Milestone Achievement Award, for impacting the career success of students and alumni. Read more

Faculty and staff achievements lauded

Faculty and staff achievements lauded

Colleagues and guests turned out to celebrate eight outstanding award recipients and a remarkable 173 individuals who received long-term service pins at the President's Annual Merit and Staff Awards on Apr. 13. The Long-Term Service Dinner on Apr. 11 honoured those employees with 25, 30 or 35 years of service.

The Merit Award winners are:

George Johnson, Master Scholar Award
Jonathan Van Hamme, Teaching Excellence Award
Lisa Cooke, Teaching Excellence Award
Robin Reid, Faculty Award for Excellence in Internationalization
Jim Gudjonson, Distinguished Service Award (Administration)
Jan Duerden, Distinguished Service Award (Faculty)
Rose Gountas, Distinguished Service Award (Support Staff)
Karie Russell, Distinguished Service Award (Support Staff)

Read more

New logo for WolfPack

Student athletes got a sneak peek at the redesigned WolfPack logo, unveiled at the Athletics Award Banquet on Apr. 13. The redesign honours the old logo while more closely aligning with TRU's brand attributes.

Pictured from left: Christen Pretty, Bernard Gilbert, Alana Green and Rochelle DeLaRonde

Indigenous scholars gathering

Twenty Indigenous Ch’nook Scholars present and past came together at TRU from all over the province Mar. 24 to 26 for a weekend of panel discussions, site tours and networking. Read more

Williams Lake supports students

The community came out to celebrate and support TRU students at the annual Williams Lake Gala on Apr. 8. Featuring an "Oh Canada" theme, the event included a raffle for a travel voucher for a trip to Ottawa for Canada's 150th.

Katie Harding, recipient of Ken and Maureen Lepin Prize of Excellence in Nursing

Awards presented for academic excellence

Fifteen top students in arts, business, education, science, culinary arts, tourism and nursing received awards and prizes at the Lepin Awards Presentation on Apr. 12.

Read more

Capital planning from idea to reality

Students, faculty and staff had a chance to ask questions at a Capital Planning Information Session on Apr. 10. Provost and VP Academic Christine Bovis-Cnossen and VP Administration and Finance Matt Milovick shared how to participate in TRU's capital planning process, from idea to approved proposal. Read more

Chief Justice Robert Bauman

Students, VIPs celebrate at spring law awards

There were smiles, handshakes and applause all around as 11 law students were recognized at the annual TRU Law spring awards ceremony on Mar. 16. Several distinguished guests were in attendance. Read more

Honouring Indigenous research 

The second annual dinner event hosted by Research and Graduate Studies and Airini, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work, honoured the achievements of Indigenous researchers and Knowledge Maker students on Mar. 29. Dr. Tracey McIntosh, Co-Director of New Zealand’s Maori Centre of Research Excellence, gave the keynote address.

Marketing students take canvassing to heart

Students in business faculty member Sheena Van Dyck's professional selling course went door-to-door in February, raising $3,457 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Read more

Athletics achievement recognized

The WolfPack celebrated its athletes’ successes at the 46th annual Athletics Award Banquet on Apr. 13, recognizing athletic, academic and community accomplishments.

Métis Day and Aboriginal career planning

The Aboriginal Education Office hosted Métis Day on Apr. 7, featuring jiggers, fiddling by Elder Dave and exhibits by Lii Michif Otipemisiwak, Two Rivers Métis Society and Red River Cart.

Walking for diversity

Bachelor of Social Work practicum students Natalie Cruz, Kennedy Healey, Desiree Deslongchamps and Jasmine McMillen collaborated with Kamloops Immigrant Services in planning the annual Walk to Embrace Cultural Diversity on Mar. 21. The walk honours the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.


Jean-Pierre Bongila, Education, will be recognized with the International Educator Citizen Award at the 2017 Twin Cities International Citizen Awards in Minneapolis on May 11, for his contributions to local communities and international programs through interfaith dialogue and philanthropic activities. 

Ben Chenuz, Welding apprentice, won the gold medal at the 23rd Annual SkillsBC Provincial Competitions and will advance to the Skills Canada Competitions in Winnipeg later this spring for a chance to go to the next WorldSkills competition.

The WolfPack Cheerleading squad took first place with no deductions in the Collegiate Open Level 4 Division at the All Things Cheer (ATC) PACWEST Championships at the University of British Columbia Apr. 1 to 2. Maintaining their undefeated streak, the team has the most first-place finishes the cheer program has ever accomplished in one season. 

Let's Remember

Sebastian Gardner was an assistant coach for WolfPack men’s soccer, a former midfielder and Bachelor of Social Work alumnus. A PACWEST all-star in 2012, he was forced to leave the game and his studies to battle cancer. His remarkable return to play his last season in 2013 culminated with a silver medal at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association national championship. An admired and respected coach and social worker, he left a lasting impression on the many people whose lives he touched.

Cameron Reid was an Open Learning Faculty Member and course developer. A former sessional in the Faculty of Arts, his colleagues had known him since 1999, when his late partner Dr. Rachel Nash first began teaching at TRU. His research interests were in critical pedagogy and contemporary continental philosophy, and his identity was very much grounded in writing. His scholarship, wide-ranging erudition and ability to engage with students brought him into the spotlight.


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. 


Tracy Christianson, Nursing

Christianson, Tracy. "Faculty Development for Interprofessional Education: An Incidental Finding." Proceedings, International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED2017), Mar. 6-8, 2017, Hotel Meliá Valencia, Spain. 

Tracy Christianson and Tracy Hoot, Nursing

Christianson, Tracy, and Tracy Hoot. "What Makes a Successful Online Doctoral Program?" Proceedings, International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED2017), Mar. 6-8, 2017, Hotel Meliá Valencia, Spain. 

Marion Hannaford, Registrar’s Office

Hannaford, Marion. "You Need What by When? Timely Presentation of Critical Data." Evisions Conference, Mar. 18, 2017, Hyatt Regency Orlando.

Stan Miles and Derek Pyne, Economics

Miles, Stan, and Derek Pyne. "The Allocation of Prosecutorial Resources when Defendant Incomes Differ." Economics Research Workshop, Mar. 30, 2017, Athens University of Economics and Business.


Rosalie Hilde, Marketing & Management

Hilde, Rosalie K., and Albert Mills. "Making Sense from the In-between State: Immigrants’ Identity Work and the Micro-processes of Resistance." Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, vol. 36, no. 2, 2017.

Derek Pyne, Economics

Pyne, Derek. "The Rewards of Predatory Publications at a Small Business School." Journal of Scholarly Publishing, vol. 48, no. 3, 2017, pp. 137-160.

Tom Pypker, Natural Resource Sciences

Sadeghi, Seyed Mohammad Moein, et al. "Canopy Hydrometeorological Dynamics across a Chronosequence of a Globally Invasive Species, Ailanthus altissima (Mill., tree of heaven)." Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, vol. 240, pp. 10-17.


Visual arts year end exhibitition

Apr. 21 to May 5

Ambiverts is the title of this year's exhibition of works by students graduating from the Bachelor of the Fine Arts program. Read more

Western Canadian 3MT

Apr. 28

Watch online as Master of Science student Sarah Whitehouse competes in the Western Canadian Three Minute Thesis, and vote for People's Choice. Read more

Day of Arts and Science

May 4

Grade 11 students have the opportunity to sample a variety of arts and science courses and programs available at TRU. Read more

Math Contest Final Round

May 5

Grade 8 to 12 students from School District 73 are on campus for the BC Secondary Schools Mathematics Contest. Read more

Plant Sale

Friends of the Gardens Plant Sale

May 6

Support the TRU Horticulture Gardens and Horticulture students at the annual FOG plant sale, offering annuals, perennials, grasses, herbs and vegetables. Read more

Annual Retirement Dinner

May 10

Celebrate faculty and staff who have recently retired or are about to retire.

Trash Bash

May 11

Faculty and staff get together to beautify campus and win fun prizes at the annual cleanup and BBQ organized by the Sustainability Office. Read more

Music in the Round 2017: Broadway to Brass

May 12

Enjoy live music by MASK (Musical Actors and Singers of Kelowna) as they present Broadway medleys from Phantom, Jersey Boys and more. Read more

OLFM Workshop and Open Meeting

May 13

During the annual OLFM Workshop there will be an Open Governance meeting from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Coast Hotel theatre.

Chemistry Contest

May 17

Local Grade 11 chemistry students are on campus for a laboratory experience as part of the annual Chemistry Contest. Read more

Victoria Day

May 22

Most campus services will be closed for Victoria Day. Read more

Dish Up Downtown

May 25

Join Alumni & Friends on a walking tour through four downtown Kamloops eateries, featuring food and drink tasting, a silent auction, door prizes and friendly competition. Read more

Open Meeting at Williams Lake

May 26

The TRU Williams Lake community is invited to a lunch and open meeting on Open Governance, 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Williams Lake Commencement Ceremony

May 26

Celebrate the successes of TRU Williams Lake students at Commencement. Long-Term Service Awards will be presented to faculty and staff at the ceremony. Read more

Charter Alumni Brunch

June 3

Those who attended TRU when it was Cariboo College from 1970-1990 are invited to the second annual charter alumni event to share memories and memorabilia. Read more

Spring Convocation

June 7-9

Celebrate the success of graduates in six ceremonies across three days. See for the schedule, volunteer opportunities and livestream link. Read more