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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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