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Open House: Not a typical Friday on campus

Fall 2014 Open House is coming

This Friday will be anything but a typical one at Thompson Rivers University when up to 250 guests descend on campus for Fall 2014 Open House on Oct. 24.

The guests will be a combination of high school students and their parents, and all eager to learn more about TRU and all the university has to offer. The majority of visitors will be from Kamloops, the Okanagan, the Lower Mainland, and Alberta.

“We have some great activities planned including a Career Planning Workshop in the morning and two Transitioning to University student panels,” said Kyri Alves, TRU’s Student Recruitment Coordinator.

Schedule of events and more

“It’s going to be a fantastic day to meet new people and just explore what TRU has to offer,” said Alves.

Tours of the campus and the residence are available as is a range of short information sessions that include learning more about programs and courses, studying abroad for a semester or two, financing your education, and more. Professors, staff, and current students will be available to answer questions and a resource fair will highlight the range of services and resources available to students.

Media inquiries

Kyri Alves
Student Recruitment Coordinator, Thompson Rivers University
Phone: 250-828-5013 (office)
Mobile: 250-574-5974
Email: [email protected]


Humans of TRU celebrates campus diversity

Eric Rankin: Humans of TRU creator

Eric Rankin

Eric Rankin was looking for a way to celebrate the diverse student population while practising his photography skills. Recalling the “Humans of” trend on Facebook, he decided to create a page of his own and Humans of TRU was born on Oct. 10.

Generally modelled after other Humans pages—Humans of New York being the biggest of all with more than 10.3 million likes—Rankin randomly asks students questions and takes their photo. That’s it. The response has been enthusiastic, with no one refusing an interview and the page likes greater than 800.

“Having a page like this is a way for people to learn other people’s stories and for us as students to learn about each other,” said Rankin, who is in his second year of Psychology and is a graduate of Kamloops Secondary. “I’m happy to be part of something like this because it shows what a positive place TRU is and that we have such a diverse campus here. I didn’t really know where this was going to go, and so far it’s been amazing.”

As a bonus, Rankin has improved a few skills along the way. He is more confident approaching strangers, striking up conversations and find common ground to keep the talk going.

“I usually have a specific question in mind, but I’ll stay and chat for as long as it’s comfortable. I leave when the conversation naturally ends.”

With an instant hit on his hands, what plans does he have for Humans of TRU?

“I have no expectations and just want to see where it goes. I’m a hobby photographer and this is a good way to expand my portfolio and get better at it. I’ll keep doing Humans of TRU and keep doing it on the fly. Sometimes I talk to one person a day and some days more than one. I’m just happy to be part of this.”

Documenting diveristy

Eric Rankin looks for new subjects to profile on the Humans of TRU Facebook page.

Get your TRU green idea funded

Get your green initiative funded

This is a screen grab from one of the successful video entries from last year’s submissions to the Sustainability Grant Fund.

Have a green idea that could fly at TRU? Applications are now being accepted in the latest round of the Sustainability Grant Fund for sustainability-related projects, initiatives or research.

TRU students, staff and faculty can access up to $100,000 through the fund overseen by TRU’s Environment and Sustainability department.

New this year is $20,000 set aside for sustainability-related research or curriculum development. This money is available to students and faculty.

Key Dates and Deadlines

November 16—Pre-Proposal due. This 500-word snap-shot of the project is an outline of the who, what, why, where, when, how much, etc.

November 21—Pre-Proposals returned with comments.

November 27—Grant Writing Workshop from 4:30 to 5:30pm in the TRUSU Lecture Hall. This is a voluntary workshop and open to anyone.

February 10, 2015—Full Proposals due and this includes an original video of the project and 90 seconds to  two minutes in duration. Videos are to be posted to YouTube.

February 25, 2015—Proponents notified

More details and to review the grant criteria

View two successful proposals from last year

Watch the videos below to learn more about two proposals that went through the process last year and were chosen as winners.

BDMS Licenses & Scanners—Scan paper documents to digital to decrease time searching for documents and decrease space needed to store paper files.


The Green Hands Project—Reduce amount of paper towels used in washrooms and use that saved money for other projects.

More information and media enquiries

TRU Office of Environment and Sustainability
Phone: 250-852-7153
Email: [email protected]


Gift to inspire support for students and community

TRUly United campaign kickoff 2014

Kelson Group is contributing upwards of $40,000 to this year’s TRUly United campaign by matching contributions through the TRU employee contribution program. Kelson Group is a local property management company.
Holding the cheque, left to right: Danalee Baker, United Way Thompson-Nicola-Cariboo’s Director of Community Impact; Jason Fawcett, Kelson Group’s Vice-President; and Alan Shaver, TRU’s President and Vice-Chancellor.

Knowing that the need is great for both their causes, the TRU Foundation and the employee led United Way campaign have joined forces as the TRUly United Campaign.

Last year 596 Thompson Rivers University employees contributed to the TRU Foundation and United Way through payroll deduction and payroll lottery. This year the goal of the campaign is to raise a combined $150,000, increasing scholarships and bursaries and making a greater impact on dozens of UW community initiatives.

This year the Kelson Group, to commemorate their 40 anniversary, is increasing their annual contribution to $40,000 adding funds to be used as matching as an incentive for TRU employees to support students on campus and the agencies throughout the wider community.

View more photos from the Oct. 20 kickoff

“We pledge to match new or increased gifts to either of these worthwhile community causes,” said Jason Fawcett Vice-President of the Kelson Group, a local property management organization that has supported both the United Way and the TRU Foundation for many years.

“We are hoping to inspire others to support students at TRU or community agencies through the United Way. Either way, there is no more effective way to make more fundamental improvements to the lives of deserving people in our community,” Fawcett said.

“We know that many employees of TRU care and we appreciate the Fawcett family stepping forward to help us support more students and families in our region,” said Alan Shaver, TRU President and Vice-Chancellor.

Last year the Foundation was able to provide scholarships and bursaries to 688 students. Yet, due to a shortage of funds, another 318 eligible students did not receive aid.

The United Way has touched the lives of over 42,000 people in our region. This year’s campaign goal is $2.5 million.

Media inquiries

Diana Skoglund
Manager Media Relations and Communications
Thompson Rivers University
Phone: 250-371-5897
Email: [email protected]

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