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An ounce of prevention


Raising awareness for World Kidney Day (L-R): Pamal Serown, Sonika Judge, Dr.Florriann Fehr, City Council Member Arjun Singh, Executive Director of the North Shore Business Improvement Association Steven Puhallo, Madison Beecroft, and Sandra Dessau.

Nursing students raise awareness of kidney health

By Pam Erikson

The World Kidney Day health fair was a success, thanks in part to TRU Nursing students Pamal Serown, Sonika Judge, Madison Beecroft and Sandra Dessau.

For a third-year course in community projects, the four students organized the annual fair in collaboration with their field guide, Dr. Florriann Fehr and the Kamloops branch of the Kidney Foundation.

“The goal of the event was to spread awareness about the important role our kidneys play to our overall health, along with providing prevention strategies to Kamloops residents,” said Beecroft.

Approximately 300 people attended the event on Mar. 12 at Northills Mall, participating in cholesterol checks provided by a volunteer Extra Foods pharmacist, and blood pressure and blood sugar screenings from first- and second-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing students.

The health fair project appealed to the student organizers as a chance to draw attention to the significant impact of kidney disease, explained Serown, and to reduce its frequency in Kamloops through prevention and early detection.

Fehr first got involved with the Kidney Foundation eight years ago by bringing in nursing students from her clinical group to offer blood pressure clinics. This year’s health fair was the second year of the community projects course where her students took a greater role in marketing and organizing the event.

World Kidney Day was also attended by TRU President Alan Shaver, City Council Member Arjun Singh and Executive Director of the North Shore Business Association Steven Puhallo.


Engineering Transfer Program Adds Second Year of Study


TRU’s Engineering Transfer Program will now offer second year courses in an agreement signed with the University of Victoria.

Thompson Rivers University will offer a second year of engineering with the recent signing of an agreement with the University of Victoria’s School of Engineering.

“TRU is now better poised to help meet the growing demand for engineers in industry and the demand from students for seats in engineering schools,” said Alan Shaver, TRU President and Vice-Chancellor.

Starting this September, TRU engineering transfer students will be able to complete two years in Kamloops. After second year, these students will study in Victoria for the last two years of their degree with excellent preparation and an added perspective on engineering that non-transfer students do not have.

This step in the evolution of the engineering program is the work of a task force of academics and administrators chaired by President Shaver to position TRU to meet the changing needs of students and the economy. The committee’s work also helps determine the feasibility of TRU eventually having its own school of engineering.

Historically, TRU has offered the first year of an engineering program from which students can transfer to existing programs in BC or (space permitting) Alberta. In 2013, negotiations began with UVic for TRU to offer courses at the second-year level, allowing up to 20 TRU students to transfer directly into the third year of UVic’s Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering programs.

With the transfer agreement now formally signed, the path is set for aspiring engineers to get a great start to a career studying at TRU in Kamloops.

The new tuition fee for the program (for both years 1 and 2) will be set at $166.67 per credit for domestic students and $500/credit for international students (approximately $8,625/semester on a flat fee basis).


For more information contact:
Tom Dickinson
Dean, Faculty of Science
(250) 852-7137
[email protected]

TRU launches Undergraduate Research Journal

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The TRU Undergraduate Research Journal, TRU-URJ, launched during the Undergraduate Research & Innovation Conference held March 27-28. Submissions are now being accepted for the first edition.

Undergraduate students can now share their outstanding research in a meaningful and productive way.

The new TRU Undergraduate Research Journal (TRU-URJ) is an academic for-student and by-student journal, developed with the philosophy that students should not only have a chance to disseminate their research in a journal, they should also get firsthand experience organizing such a publication.

“The way this journal has been designed will not only encourage students in becoming more involved in research, but also in the process of organizing the journal,” said Dr. Mohammad Mahbobi, Provost’s Fellow in Student Retention and Engagement. “The faculty only participates at the mentoring and reviewing capacities.”

Mahbobi has been working with selected TRU students on the development of TRU-URJ, which launched during the Undergraduate Research and Innovation Conference Mar. 27-28. The journal is now accepting submissions for the inaugural 2015 issue. Alongside Mahbobi, psychology major Esther Briner and history major Justin Greer will work to ensure that the selected papers meet the standards of the journal. Faculty members will be enlisted to review and provide input, and the students will then prepare the papers for publication. For this year, Briner and Greer have been actively involved in establishing and maintaining the website, and creating guidelines for the papers.

“Next year, we will recruit a new group of junior and senior students in order to engage more volunteers from across the disciplines,” Mahbobi said, calling on students to volunteer for open positions in the student governance body of the journal for fall 2015.

Briner has already learned so much from the process of launching the call for submissions and setting up the website, and is looking forward to participating as a member of the governance body for the first issue.

“I think the TRU Undergraduate Research Journal provides an amazing opportunity for students to publish their research and scholarly articles at the undergraduate level.”

While TRU-URJ will first publish electronically via a website developed in cooperation with the Centre for Student Engagement and Learning Innovation’s Brian Lamb and Alan Levine, once established, Mahbobi expects there will be a print version of the journal made available.

For information

Mohammad Mahbobi, Ph.D.
Provost Fellow, Student Retention and Engagement
Senior Lecturer, School of Business and Economics
[email protected]


President’s Report, March 2015

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An Evening in Wonderland was the theme of the 23rd annual TRU Foundation Gala on Feb. 14.

The President’s Report is produced each month for presentation to the TRU Board of Governors and TRU Senate.

Read the March 2015 President’s Report for an overview of recent university news, accomplishments and publications by the TRU community, and a list of upcoming campus events.

Among the highlights in March, TRU released its new Strategic Research Plan, and the campus celebrated cultural diversity with Aboriginal Awareness Week Mar. 1-7, and IDays Mar. 10-13.

We congratulate the winners of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards—Kevin Loring, Jokull Bergmann, Dylan Robinson, and Daley & Company—who will be recognized for their accomplishments at the ceremony on April 10. Among many other achievements this month, congratulations to all the WolfPack players who have distinguished themselves in the Canada West and Canadian Interuniveristy Sport (CIS) leagues.

This issue also features presentations and publications from business, ESLlaw, nursing and science, including a new book co-edited by Karin Sykes, Law, called Canadian Perspectives on Animals and the Law.

To view past reports, visit the President’s website. To submit news, achievements or publications to the next report, send an email to [email protected]

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