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A Full House for Merit and Service Awards

Bruce Baugh

Dr. Bruce Baugh was recognized April 22nd with a TRU Master Scholar Award at the President’s Annual Merit and Service Awards reception.

Recipients of the President’s Annual Merit and Service Awards were applauded by a packed house at the afternoon reception on April 22. This year’s event recognized 168 TRU employees, including 159 staff and faculty who received Long Term Service pins. Master of ceremonies Uli Scheck, Provost and Vice-President Academic, also congratulated the English As a Second Language department for its enthusiastic cheering section. Awardees in attendance received plaques or pins from President Shaver and Board of Governors member Hoberly Hove.

2014 Merit Award Winners:

Master Scholar Award
Dr. Bruce Baugh, Philosophy, History and Politics

Award for Excellence in Scholarship
Dr. Ehsan Latif, Economics

Teaching Excellence Award, On Campus Instructor
Ms. Robin Reid, Tourism Management

Award for Excellence in Internationalization
Ms. Emma Bourassa, English as a Second Language

Environmental Achievement Award for Faculty and Staff
Dr. Peter Tsigaris, Economics

2014 Distinguished Service Award Winners:

Ms. Sherri King, TRU World
Ms. Barb Pillar, School of Business and Economics
Ms. Wendy Krauza, English as a Second Language
Ms. Julie Bowser, Community U, Williams Lake

2014 Service Awards for Long-Term Service

Celebrating 40 Years of Service
Jeanette Murray, Susie Safford

Celebrating 35 Years of Service
Rosalyn Alexander, Lloyd Bennett, Ken Lum

Celebrating 30 Years of Service
Kerry Cook, Bryan Daly, Star Mahara, Jackie Mullen

Celebrating 25 Years of Service
Dennis Acreman, Leanne Amendola, Celia Armour, Kevin Barrie, Doug Bickley, Connie Brim, Jane Bryson, David Burkholder, Carol Costache, Lori de Frias, Surinder Dhanjal,
Tom Dickinson, Susan Duncan, Catherine Hall-Patch, Robert Higgins, Peter Inglis, Bernard Igwe, Bruce Irving, Joanne Jones, Judy Kress, Tony Kurzma, Don Lawrence, Marten Lettinga,
James Lewis, Norm Logan, David MacLennan, Robina Manfield, Peter Moyls, Linda Mueller,
Mervin Nicholson, Wayne Nickel, Susan Purdy, Peter Poeschek, Norm Reed, Veda Roodal Persad, Karen Ross, Barbara Smith, Janis Setka, Gwen Schaffer, Bernard Warren

Celebrating 20 Years of Service
Paula Adkin, Tracy Barth, Sharon Brewer, Peggy Broad, Mike Burke, Lian Dumouchel, Anne Gagnon, Debbie Gill, Heather Hamilton, Ruth Hughes, Bruce Kirkley, James Lindfield, Andre Le Dressay, Doug Loblaw, Ardie Lush, Walter Prescott, Lesley Robinson, Susan Ross, David Trevitt, Eric Villeneuve

Celebrating 15 Years of Service
Connie Alger, Alan Bass, Hugh Burley, Donna Daines, Susan Daykin, Rick Deleeuw, Steven Earle, Wesley Eccleston, Teressa Fedorak, Kathy Felton, Allan Fletcher, Karl Fultz, Per Gabrielli, Kathy Gaynor, Rose Gountas, Trent Hammer, Heath Hamoline, Lee-Gaye Hicketts, Lyle Hirowatari, Susan Howie, Stephen Joly, Terry Kading, Brian Mackay, Dennis McGuire, Derrick Moffat, Elliott Musicar, Don Nelson, Evelyne Penny, Terrance Power, Maxine Ruvinsky, Linda Sheehan, Annie St. John-Stark, Kimberly Tamblyn, Brenda Thompson, Leanne Walker, Verlinda Wale, Denise Weisgerber

Celebrating 10 Years of Service
Debra Andrews, Wade Archambault, Warren Asuchak, May Auger, Lyn Baldwin, Allison Barnes, Robin Bercowski, Dorine Berube, Joanne Brown, Darryl Carlyle-Moses, Krista Cochrane, Dwayne Congdon, Chelsea Corsi, Donald Dickinson, Larry Franzen, Lauchlan Fraser, Michelle Funk, Karen Grigoleit, Mark Hardy, Wendy Hulko, Crystal Huscroft, Selina Knorr, Che-Hui (Eric) Lien, Krista Lussier, Mohammad Mohbobi, Louise Marcelet, Izabela Mazur-Oraniewicz, Shirley McCaffrey, Linda McClure, Wendy McKenzie, Dawn-Louise McLeod, Stanley Miles, Waldi Miszkurka, Robin Nichol, Linda Parent, Regina Parker, Steven Powrie, Anne Redford, Cynthia Ross Friedman, Richard Roy, Duane Seibel, John Sparks, Peter Smoczynski, Anne Terwiel, James Thomson, Sandra Trawin, Betty Turatus, Susan Turner, Josey Westran, Michael Woloszyn, Cindy Wozney

View photos from the 2014 Merit and Service Awards reception


Putting The Boiled Down Thesis To Another Test

Erika Dufort-Lefrancois: 3 Minute Thesis winner

Erika Dufort-Lefrancois, right, with Associate Vice-President of Research, Will Garrett-Petts.

Master of Environmental Science student Erika Dufort-Lefrancois will be putting her boiled down thesis to another test at the Western Canadian 3 Minute Thesis championships next week in Calgary.

Dufort-Lefrancois will present against 10 other regional winners on May 2, including the representative from the host University of Calgary. From there, three will advance to the national championships where they will face off against the top three from each of the Ontario and Eastern regions in what will be a field of nine finalists.

The Canadian championship will be a virtual video competition judged by a panel of non specialists. The public will also be able to participate by voting for the People’s Choice Award.

The national finalists will be viewable here.

The thesis competition is also known as 3MT and was developed by the University of Queensland in 2008. It has since risen in popularity, with UBC hosting the first university competition in 2011. In 2013, 16 Ontario universities sent representatives to the inaugural Ontario competition.

Dufort-Lefrancois earned the right to represent TRU when she won TRU’s 3MT on March 28 with her presentation “How Tightly do Indole and LPS Hug? Determining a Binding Constant”.

Coelho second at TRU
Aaron Coelho, who is also an MSc Environmental Science student, was runner-up with his presentation “Evaluating the decline of closed-basin ponds in BC’s semi-arid grasslands”.

Aaron Coelho: 3 Minute Thesis runner-up

Aaron Coelho, right, with Associate Vice-President of Research, Will Garrett-Petts.

More information
Will Garrett-Petts
Associate Vice-President Research and Graduate Studies
Thompson Rivers University

Tel: 250-828-5410
Email: [email protected]

Two Grads To Kayak The Demanding Yukon Quest

Alumnus Matt Kellow

Adventure Studies alumnus Matt Kellow will be teaming up with another alum, Sharman Learie, in late  June for Yukon Quest, which one of the word’s demanding races. The two will paddle the 715-kilometre journey from Whitehorse to Dawson City in a tandem kayak. Learie is a faculty member in Adventure Studies as well as being the program’s chairperson.

Two TRU Adventure Studies alumni have signed up for one of the world’s toughest endurance races, the 715-kilometre Yukon Quest.

Sharman Learie, and Matt Kellow will race a tandem kayak in an event that has kayakers and canoeists paddling day and night from Whitehorse to Dawson City from June 25-29.

To further add meaning to the journey, the longtime friends and former roommates during their second year at TRU, are turning the race into a fundraiser to create a student bursary. It will be for an Adventure Studies student entering their second year, and the goal is to raise $10,000.

“We’ve seen first-hand the positive impact adventure activities and getting outside can have on a person’s life. The program can be profoundly transformative for students,” says Learie, who also serves as chairperson of TRU’s Adventure Studies program, and has been an instructor at TRU for 11 years.

Kellow is the coordinator of Outdoor Recreation Programs at Vancouver Island University and also regularly witnesses the positive impacts the outdoors can have.

“With living costs continuing to go up, this is our small way of helping students with educational and professional goals,” says Kellow.

The award will be for those demonstrating financial need and preference will be given to those with a passion for paddle sports.

During their second year at TRU, the two paddled from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy and since graduation, have participated or led expeditions in a variety of countries.

To pledge
Go to and select “Specific Scholarship or Award” and then in “Award Name:” enter “Kellow & Learie Adventure Bursary.” Continue to follow the prompts to finish making your donation.

More information
Sharman Learie
Tel: 250-371-5841
Email: [email protected]


Kudos from the President March 2014

Alan Shaver, TRU President and Vice-Chancellor

Dear TRU Community,

I am pleased to send you this issue of “Kudos from the President” which celebrates external recognition for the outstanding achievements of Thompson Rivers University faculty, staff and students. This and past issues can be found on my website.

There you will also find President’s Reports to the Board of Governors and to Senate, which include Kudos plus many other achievements and news items.

My office relies on you to provide information regarding awards and recognitions to members of the TRU community received from external sources. These may include recognitions such as prizes, awards, honorary appointments etc., which transcend the earning of degrees and the award of grants.

If you have recently received special recognition, or know of a colleague who has, please submit this news to [email protected] so we can give them a well-deserved pat on the back.


Alan Shaver

Congratulations to Colin Carson, winner of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Dale Iwanoczko Student-Athlete Award for his outstanding achievement in volleyball, academics and community involvement as a fifth-year player for the men’s volleyball team.

Congratulations to Jim Cotter (Computer System Operation and Management Diploma, ’02) and his curling teammates, who took home silver for BC in the Tim Hortons Brier on Mar. 9 in Kamloops.

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Dagg, Vice-Chair of TRU’s Board of Governors, who was recently appointed to the Board of British Columbia’s Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission.

Congratulations to Cathy Elliot, Internal Audit Officer, who has been contracted by Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Canada as a Key Author – Instructional Design and Quality Assurance for the new, nationally developed CPA Professional Education Program. Since March 2013, she has been working with a talented group of CPAs and IT professionals from across the country to develop the first two core modules of the program, and co-authored and presented workshops across Western Canada to orient CPA facilitators to new program and facilitation tools.

Congratulations to Kyra Garson, Centre for Student Engagement and Learning Innovation, who was invited in November by the Colombian Ministry of Education to provide training in internationalization and interculturalization to directors of 20 Colombian institutions including some of TRU’s partners there.

Congratulations to Brad Gunter, the first WolfPack player in TRU history to be named Player of the Year by Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). The third-year player for the men’s volleyball team was formally recognized as Men’s Volleyball Player of the Year in Calgary on Feb. 26.

Congratulations to Jim Hu, English as a Second Language, who was selected for the second time by Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) International in Fall 2013 to adjudicate international applications for the TESOL/TEFL Travel Grant.

Congratulations to George M. Johnson, English and Modern Languages, a finalist in the San Francisco Writers Contest for his children’s book, Marisa and the Mountains, which will be published by Heritage House Press of Victoria in 2015.

Congratulations to Stacey Jyrkkanen, Manager of Health and Safety, who was named Volunteer of the Month in March by the Canadian Red Cross. She has been involved with the Red Cross since May 2010 and is currently completing her training to become a Disaster Response Team Leader.

Congratulations to Linda Kupp, Institutional Planning and Analysis, who was recently elected President of the Canadian University Consortium (CUSC), which assesses the Canadian university experience by surveying representative student populations enrolled in participating universities.

Congratulations to Jeff McLaughlin, Philosophy, who has been invited to give the keynote address at the 2014 Human Rights and Genocide Symposium, held in April for all high school students in Kelowna.

Congratulations to Donna Murnaghan, Dean, School of Nursing, elected to a two-year term on the board of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. She was nominated by the Canadian Nurses Association, and is the board’s only representative from post-secondary nursing education.

Congratulations to the School of Nursing, which has been approved for an accreditation review by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) in March 2015. The CASN Accreditation Bureau encourages greater collaboration among Canadian nursing institutions and this will include TRU in the national voice of nursing.

Congratulations to Kathie Ross, recipient of the Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia Chair’s Award for Education for 2013, for distinguished voluntary service to the organization as an educator.

Congratulations to Bobby Sangha (‘96), who was recognized by Business in Vancouver as one of their 2013 Forty Under 40, for demonstrating excellence in business, judgment, leadership and contributions to the community. The Respiratory Therapy alumnus was profiled in the magazine’s special issue in December.

Congratulations to Sydney Williams, who has been named the Canada West rookie basketball player of the year. A first-year player for the women’s basketball team, she is the first TRU player to win the award since TRU entered Canada West nine years ago.

Congratulations to the School of Trades and Technology Dream Home, which won gold at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) of BC’s Georgie Awards for Best Public-Private Partnership. Winners were announced at a gala event Feb. 1 in Vancouver. The Dream Home also won the Tommie Award for Excellence in Public or Private Partnership from CHBA Central Okanagan in Kelowna. The Training House is a partnership with CHBA Central Interior.

Congratulations to Ta’quan Zimmerman, third-year player for the men’s basketball team, who was named to the Canada West first all-star team on Feb. 27.

Related News: President’s Report March 2014

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