October 2018

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you the October President's Report. Highlights of the past month include the official opening of the new Industrial Training and Technology Centre facility, our campus Orange Shirt Day event to recognize Residential School Survivors, and the launch of the annual TRUly United Campaign on Oct. 9. The campaign closes on Oct. 26—please consider giving to our students and our community.

Read on for a digest of recent news, the TRU community's publications and accomplishments, and a reminder of upcoming campus events. If you would like to share a publication, presentation, external award or other recognition from within the past six months, please send the details to president@tru.ca. This report covers up to Oct. 5; the deadline for submissions to the next report is Nov. 8.

Warm regards,

Christine Bovis-Cnossen, President and Vice-Chancellor (Interim)


ITTC Building Ribbon Cutting

Industrial Training and Technology Centre officially open for learning

The new Industrial Training and Technology Centre (ITTC) was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 26, led by Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA for Courtenay-Comox on behalf of Melanie Mark, BC’s Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The new facility enables TRU to increase both the number of student spaces and programs available. Read more

TRU researchers share $355,000 in federal awards

TRU researchers share $355,000 in federal awards

TRU researchers Matt Reudink (Biology), Mateen Shaikh (Mathematics) and Thomas Pypker (Natural Resource Science) received a total of $355,000 through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Discovery Grants program, which funds innovations in chemistry, physics, life sciences, mathematics, computer science, geoscience and engineering. These newly funded researchers bring the total to 18 TRU faculty currently supported by the Discovery Grant program. Read more

Committed to community

Committed to community

TRU's sixth annual report on research, released on Oct. 12, showcases the world-class research taking place right at our front door. Research at TRU: Committed to Community highlights ground-breaking work in the sciences, humanities, social sciences, law, education, and business, and pays special attention to the growing contributions of our researchers and their students in community-driven projects. Read more

Salmon run puts Indigenous issues into perspective

Salmon run puts Indigenous issues into perspective

A full class of 110 third-year law students and law faculty member Nicole Schabus travelled to Tsútswecw Provincial Park on the Adams River on Oct. 2 to see the sockeye first-hand in their spawning grounds, and learn from Indigenous leaders and knowledge keepers about the importance of the fish to their economy and their culture. Read more

Lepin awards let grad students focus on research

Lepin awards let grad students focus on research

Kamloops philanthropist Ken Lepin presented $51,000 to nine exceptional graduate students during an Oct. 10 ceremony. The recipients (shown with Lepin) are: Dana Michelle Eye, Eric Prytula, Shannon Mendt and Brandon Turner, Master of Science; Jeannine Chung, Master of Nursing; Robline Forsyth, Samta Dhanjal-Suhag and Sarah Ladd, Master of Education; and Bhreagh Huber, Master of Business Administration. Read more

Students recognized for new PHP journal

Students launch new journal

Arts students Abby Dunlop, Shawna-Rae McLean, Tim Burris (shown with Dunlop) and Matt Arkinstall were given Recognition of Excellence certificates at the TRU Board of Governors meeting on Oct. 5. The students led the creation of a new peer-reviewed journal, Dialogues: Undergraduate Research in Philosophy, History and Politics, arising from TRU’s annual student-organized Philosophy, History, Politics (PHP) Undergraduate Conference, which has become Canada’s largest undergraduate conference in social sciences. Read more

Orange Shirt Day 2018 holding hands

Celebration and reconciliation go hand-in-hand on Orange Shirt Day

TRU's on-campus Orange Shirt Day event on Sept. 27 recognized Residential School Survivors, their families, communities and those who didn't survive. Phyllis Jack Webstad, the founder of Orange Shirt Day, was the keynote speaker at the event. Read more

School of Business Connect poster on a table top

Human resources students can now skip key exam

TRU’s Human Resources Management (HRM) programs have received accredited institution status from the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon. As a result, graduating students aiming for the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation are exempt from writing the National Knowledge Exam, provided they achieve a 70 percent average in their HRM courses. Read more

An early start to the giving season

The TRUly United campaign kicked off earlier than usual this fall, with a Champion Breakfast on Oct. 4 and official launch on Oct. 9. Shown at the launch are Karen Gamracy, Advancement, and Danalee Baker of the United Way.

This year's goal is to raise $200,000 for student awards and the United Way's 46 programs in the region. During the campaign, which will wrap up on Oct. 26, the KPMG Foundation and Kamloops KPMG office are tripling new and increased donations to the TRU Foundation on several matching days, helping TRUly United make an even greater impact.

Vancouver Island couple donates jade Chinese dragon boat

Vancouver Island couple donates jade Chinese dragon boat

Anyone visiting the third floor of the International Building will be welcomed by a replica Chinese dragon boat, handcrafted using solid jade from Manchuria. Standing five feet tall and stretching seven feet wide, the sculpture was donated to the university by Claire and Robert Murphy and unveiled at TRU World on Sept. 24. Read more

Cariboo Child Care toddlers look at a view of Kamloops

Campus daycare earns excellence award for collaboration

The Cariboo Child Care Society's 45-year partnership with TRU's Early Childhood Education (ECE) program earned the on-campus daycare a 2018 Child Care Award of Excellence from the provincial government. Read more

Celebrating 40 years of access to education

The Provost's Office recognized Open Learning's 40th Anniversary with a celebration of past and present Open Learning faculty members and staff on Sept. 18. Eighty guests were in attendance at the Grand Hall, with addresses by Interim Associate Vice-President Open Learning Don Poirier, and President and Vice-Chancellor (Interim) Christine Bovis-Cnossen.

Faces of academic excellence

Thirty-six exceptional students had a chance to connect with each other, faculty, staff and President and Vice-Chancellor (Interim) Christine Bovis-Cnossen at the annual President's Reception for Scholarship Students on Sept. 18. Attendees (shown above) included federal research scholarship recipients, entrance scholarship winners, Undergraduate Research Experience Award Program (UREAP) recipients, Grunert Scholars, and athlete-scholars.

WolfPack Scholarship Breakfast

The annual fundraiser for WolfPack Athletics on Sept. 27 featured a keynote address by Olympic medalist Kelsey Serwa on what it takes to become a champion in the world of ski cross. The event raised $86,540 for athletics scholarships.

Students learn to lead change

Over 80 students attended this year’s TRU LEADership Conference on Sept. 29 to hear students, faculty, staff and community members speak on the theme of Lead to Change. Certified leadership coach Janice Otremba (shown) gave the keynote address. Students learned about leadership, public speaking, and using leadership abilities to begin change in themselves and the world around them.

TRU Connections mentorship

Human Resources launched the TRU Connections mentorship program on Sept. 10 to support employees in meeting their professional development and personal goals through mentoring relationships. Applications for mentorship were submitted in October, and a pilot program from January to June for the first 10 pairs will include a mix of scheduled events and flexibility for pairs to meet on their own.

Lunch with the President

Students were invited to lunch with President and Vice-Chancellor (Interim) Christine Bovis-Cnossen on Oct. 9.


Cindy James, Counselling, Academic Support and Assessment, was elected to served as the founding president of the Canadian Higher Education Testing Association (CHETA), a network of professionals involved with testing services at post-secondary institutions in Canada, at their inaugural meeting in May. James organized and hosted the meeting with 28 testing professionals representing 21 different higher education institutions.

Cindy James, Counselling, Academic Support and Assessment, received the National College Testing Association (NCTA) President’s Award for outstanding service and contributions to the association at the 2018 conference in Scottsdale, AZ on Sept. 5.  

Stacey Jyrkkanen, Safety and Emergency Management, was appointed to the BC Post-Secondary Emergency Planners (BCPSEP) Working Group initiated by the Ministry of Advanced Education Skills and Training for the purpose of developing two publicly available reports that support integrated emergency planning, preparedness, response and recovery in the post-secondary sector.

Karl Larsen, Natural Resource Sciences, was presented with the Canadian Herpetological Society’s Blue Racer Award for significant contributions to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Canada. One of his graduate students, Stephanie Winton, made the presentation at the society's annual meeting Sept. 21-24, which was organized by Larsen and held at TRU.

Matt Milovick, Vice-President Administration and Finance, was elected for a two-year term as secretary/treasurer of the board of BCNET—the shared technology services organization for BC's higher education institutions—at its annual general meeting on Sept. 27.

Madison Steenson and Karen Perry, TRU Law alumni, authored a sports law paper that has been accepted for publication in the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law. The paper arose from their successful presentation at the Play the Game Conference in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Read more


Note: These citations follow MLA Handbook (8th edition) format. We respectfully ask that you please format citations for your work in MLA prior to submitting them for inclusion in the President’s Report. Thank you!


Cindy James, Counselling, Academic Support and Assessment

James, Cindy L. “How Can a Small Testing Center Survive and Thrive?” 2018 National College Testing Association (NCTA) Conference, 5-7 Sept. 2018, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch, Arizona.

Matti Haverila, Marketing and International Business

Haverila, Matti, et al. “Customer Satisfaction in Winter Resort Destinations: Measures for Different Types of Customers at a Winter Ski Resort in Canada.” Tourism Naturally Conference, 16-18 May 2018, Zell am Zee, Kaprun, Austria. 

Samira Keivanpour and Salman Kimiagari, Marketing and International Business

Keivanpour, Samira, et al. “Market Deployment in Offshore Wind Energy: A Global Perspective.” International Conference on Clean Energy and Electrical Systems, 25-27 July 2018, Best Western Plus Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites, Vancouver.

Muhammad MohiuddinMarketing and International Business

Mohiuddin, Muhammad, and Zhan Su. Students Perception in Green Consumption. Academy of International Business (AIB) Conference 2018, 24-29 June 2018, Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis.

Mohiuddin, Muhammad. “Strategy of Location Choice of FDI from MNCs in China: A Comparative Study between USA and European MNCs.” Academic Conference on Economics, Management and Marketing (AC-EMM 2018), 10-13 Aug. 2018, CSVTS - Czech Association of Scientific and Technical Societies, Prague. 


Cindy James, Counselling, Academic Support and Assessment

James, Cindy L. “Exploring Changes in the Emotional Intelligence of Law Students.” Legal Education Review, vol. 28, no.1, article 3, 2018, n. pag. 

Samira Keivanpour and Salman Kimiagari, Marketing and International Business

Kimiagari, Salman & Samira Keivanpour. “An Interactive Risk Visualization Tool for Large-scale and Complex Engineering and Construction Projects under Uncertainty and Interdependence.” International Journal of Production Research. 03 Aug. 2018.

Muhammad Mohiuddin, Marketing and International Business

Khanam, D., et al. “Financing Micro-entrepreneurs for Poverty Alleviation: A Performance Analysis of Microfinance Services Offered by BRAC, ASA, and Proshika from Bangladesh.” Journal of Global Entrepreneurship Research, vol. 8, issue 27, 18 Sept 2018.

Mohiuddin, Muhammad, et al. “Back-shoring or Re-shoring: Determinants of Manufacturing Offshoring from Emerging to Least Developing Countries (LDCs).” International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications. 17 May 2018.

Bala Raju Nikku, Social Work and Human Service

Jafar, Muhammad, et al. “Integrating Welfare Economics in Social Work Curriculum: A Malaysian Case.” Social Work Education, vol. 37, no. 5, 2018, pp. 652-664.

Nikku, Bala Raju, and Zain Rafique. “Empowering People: Role for Political Social Work in South Asia.” International Social Work, 13 February 2018. 

Rosilawati, Yeni, et al. “Civil Society Organizations and Participatory Local Governance in Pakistan: An Exploratory Study.” Asian Social Work and Policy Review, 19 July 2018.

Nikku, Bala Raju. Review of Migration and Worker Fatalities Abroad, edited by A. K. M. Ahsan Ullah, et al. Transnational Social Review, vol. 8, no. 2, 2018, pp. 218-226.

Nirach (Nic) Suapa, Williams Lake Learning Centre

Young, Amber, et al. “Exploring and Building Autism Service Capacity in Rural and Remote Regions: Participatory Action Research in Rural Alberta and British Columbia, Canada.” Autism, 5 Oct. 2018. 

Peter Tsigaris, Economics

Teixeira da Silva, Jaime A., and Peter Tsigaris. “Academics Must List All Publications on Their CV.” KOME - An International Journal of Pure Communication Inquiry, vol. 6, no. 1, 2018, pp. 94–99.


Bala Raju Nikku, Social Work and Human Service

Dominelli, Lena, et al. Introduction. Why Green Social Work? The Routledge Handbook of Green Social Work, edited by Lena Dominelli, Routledge, 2018, pp. 1-6. 

Nikku, Bala Raju. Social Work Response to Himalayan Disasters. The Routledge Handbook of Green Social Work, edited by Lena Dominelli, Routledge, 2018, pp. 110-120.


Startup Legal

Oct. 23

Start your business on the right foot legally with a workshop from a local expert in startup law, part of the Kamloops Innovation Startup Basics Series at the TRU Generator.

Arts Pedagogy in Poetic Form

Oct. 24

Sarah Ladd of Career and Experiential Learning presents Arts Pedagogy in Poetic Form: Engineering Co-op Student Exploration of Professional Ethics, as part of the Arts Colloquium Series.

Biogeography of Mycorrhizal Symbiosis

Oct. 25

Mari Moora from the Department of Plant Ecology at the University of Tartu, Estonia, presents Biogeography of Mycorrhizal Symbiosis: Plant Mycorrhizal Traits in Space and Time, as part of the Science Seminar Series.

Global Diversity of AM Fungi: A Plant Ecologist's View

Oct. 25

Martin Zobel from the Department of Plant Ecology at the University of Tartu, Estonia, presents on the biodiversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi, as part of the Environmental Science Seminar Series.

Plants on the Move

Nov. 1

Jennifer Williams from the Department of Geography at UBC presents Plants on the Move: Roles of Landscape Structure and Evolution in Spreading Populations, as part of the Environmental Science Seminar Series.

Memory, Identity and the Catastrophic

Nov. 7

Annie St. John-Stark of the history department presents Memory, Identity and the Catastrophic: Problems and Debates in Research and Teaching in Historical Trauma and Catastrophe, as part of the Arts Colloquium Series.

TRU Remembrance Day ceremony

Nov. 8

Honour fallen, retired and still-serving members of Canada’s military. The campus event is held Thursday rather than Sunday, so as many members of the TRU community can attend as possible.

Darwin’s Voyage Revisited: A Biologist’s Reflections Part 2

Nov. 8

Dean of Science Tom Dickinson presents Darwin’s Voyage Revisited: A Biologist’s Reflections Part 2, as part of the Deans' Lecture Series. At the Kamloops Library.

Live at TRU! Jazz Affair

Nov. 8

Be wowed by the versatility of Jazz Affair, a French a cappella ensemble singing six-part harmony. The only instruments they have are their voices and the only thing they carry is a tune. Live at TRU! Series performances are free and open to all.

Palaeozoic Volcanism and Mineral Deposits of Selwyn Basin

Nov. 8

Nancy Van Wagoner, Geology, presents Palaeozoic Volcanism and Mineral Deposits of the Selwyn Basin, Yukon, as part of the Science Seminar Series.

Campus closure: Remembrance Day

Nov. 12

Most of TRU is closed Monday in lieu of the Remembrance Day statutory holiday on Sunday, Nov. 11. If you need assistance, phone campus security at 250-828-5033.

How Do We Build and Maintain Resilient Landscapes?

Nov. 15

Bob Gray, fire ecologist, R.W. Gray Consulting Ltd., presents In the Face of Increased Wildfire Activity, How Do We Build and Maintain Resilient Landscapes? Part of the Environmental Science Seminar Series.

Extending Legacies

Nov. 21

Blair McDonald, Journalism, Communications, and New Media, presents Extending Legacies: Reappraisals of McLuhan's Understanding Media, as part of the Arts Colloquium Series.

Testosterone Rules

Nov. 29

Lisa Dawn Bavington, University of Otago, presents Testosterone Rules: On Science, Fairness and the Problem with Slowing Women Down, part of the Environmental Science Seminar Series.