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Remembering the École Polytechnique Massacre

1:04 pm - November 20, 2014

Maundy Thursday in the Garden of Gethsemane

Submitted by: Dena McMartin
Associate Vice-President (Academic and Research)
Professor, Environmental Systems Engineering

What would I have done if I was the professor at the front of the room at the École Polytechnique of the Université de Montréal, on December 6, 1989? What would I do if I was confronted in a similar way today?

When I first started teaching at the U of R, I played out a potential scenario in my head to figure out what I would do, how I would react, what my options might be.

The Scenario: a gunman bursts into a lecture hall. He screams for all the men to leave, claims to be fighting against feminism and shoots all of the women in the room (9 shot; 6 killed). He then moves down the corridors and succeeds in shooting 28 people and killing a total of 14 before shooting himself.

I still don’t know what I would do. I like to think I’d respond bravely. I like to think I’d get all the students out of the room before a killer opened fire. I like to think the students, too, would stand up for each other. I like to think a lot of things, but none of us can really know how we would react in a situation like the one on December 6, 1989 without having been there.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the École Polytechnique Massacre. For years, we’ve marked the day as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This year, the UofR and our partners at the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) and the SK Status of Women Office will commemorate the 25th anniversary with a series of events, including a vigil, an open house at APEGS, guest speakers in classes, and a blog series that will be populated with stories from engineers and engineering students.

Please join us in remembering the 14 young women gunned down in 1989 and all people who continue to live under violence today.

To learn more about what to do if an armed intruder is in your immediate area on campus watch the University of Regina Armed Intruder Preparedness video below. You can view this same video in Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean and Portugese here:


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Top 5 ways to be green and save green

1:36 pm - November 3, 2014


Submitted by RPIRG, URSU and UR Sustainable Campus

Simply put, sustainability is wellbeing for all, forever. Problem is most people tend to shy away from sustainability because they think it requires “sacrifice” and “hard work”. But we want to tell you how you can easily maintain Mother Earth’s healthy glow while sustaining some serious scratch in the Ol’ Wallet.

So we’re giving you the ‘TOP 5 WAYS TO STAY GREEN AND SAVE GREEN’. We’re talking about little changes that can save you big money — yes, MONEY— that thing students don’t have a lot of. And we don’t mean ‘SARCAN TRIP = BOOZE MONEY’ (not that there’s anything wrong with that), we mean ways you can have a big impact down the road by making small alterations today! Speaking of alterations:

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Exploring the relationship between social anxiety and traumatic social experiences

11:28 am - October 14, 2014

Submitted by: Michelle Teale Sapach
Anxiety & Illness Behaviours Lab

We are looking for volunteers to partake in a study examining the relationship between social anxiety and traumatic social experiences being conducted through the University of Regina by graduate student, Michelle Teale Sapach (, under the supervision of Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton.

As a participant in this study you would be asked to complete a set of anonymous web-based questionnaires. Your participation would involve one session, lasting between 30-60 minutes.

Participating in this research will help improve our understanding of how social anxiety disorder develops and the consequences of traumatic social experiences like peer victimization and cyberbullying.

Participants need to live in North America and be between the ages of 18-25.

To participate or find out more about the study, please follow the link below.

Participation is anonymous, but you can contact the researchers if you have questions (detailed contact information can be found by following the link).

This study has been reviewed and received approval through the Research Ethics Board, University of Regina.

Thank you for your support!


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An Unsung Hero(ine)

2:51 pm - October 6, 2014

Geraldine (Jerrie) Mock in 1964, the first woman to fly solo around the world. Photo: public domain

Geraldine (Jerrie) Mock in 1964, the first woman to fly solo around the world. Photo: public domain

Submitted by: Dena McMartin
Associate Vice-President (Academic and Research)
Professor, Environmental Systems Engineering

Last week the first woman to circumnavigate the globe in a solo flight died. Most of us didn’t know her story, much less her name. In 1964 – and remembering the times of that era – “the flying housewife”, aka Geraldine (Jerrie) Mock, successfully completed what Amelia Earhart did not – she flew around the world on her own. It took her 29 days to complete the 37,180 kilometre journey. And while she didn’t seek out fame and glory, her trailblazing actions would have, no doubt, inspired young pilots, engineers (Jerrie earned her degree in aeronautical engineering…”flying housewife” indeed), and adventurers to broaden their horizons.

Mock wrote about her experiences in a book, Three-Eight Charlie, which was republished in 2014 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her groundbreaking flight. Her plane, the Spirit of Columbus, is on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. Women like Geraldine (Jerrie) Mock may not be household names but, regardless, they have opened opportunities for everyone interested in following their dreams, even if it means taking the road less travelled…or, in this case, the skies less flown.

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Volunteers needed for Online Health Survey – WIN $50

2:23 pm - October 1, 2014

Submitted by: Jocelyne Leclerc
Department of Psychology

We are seeking volunteers (18 years old or older & residing in Canada) to take part in a study to aid with the development of a measure of health-related anxiety. As a participant, you would be asked to complete an anonymous 45-minute online questionnaire.

In appreciation for your time, you will have the option to enter a draw to win a $50 gift certificate (24 available) from a variety of retail/food stores (your choice) such as Best Buy, Sephora, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Tim Hortons, iTunes, Safeway, Amazon, etc.

To participate in this study click on the link below:

This research is being supervised by Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos, Department of Psychology, University of Regina, Regina, SK. This study has been approved by the University of Regina Research Ethics Board.

For more information contact Jocelyne, Department of Psychology at 306-585-5369 or email:

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Do you worry or experience anxiety or panic?

9:53 am - September 29, 2014

Submitted by: Jocelyne Leclerc
Department of Psychology

We are seeking research participants who experience significant worry, anxiety or panic of any kind (including worry about health, social situations/events or everything) to take part in a study to help with the development of a measure of health-related anxiety. You may be eligible if you are 18 years of age or older and reside in Saskatchewan.

As a participant in this study, you would be asked to complete a 30-60 minute telephone interview followed by an anonymous 45-minute online survey. Eligible participants may also be asked to complete a brief 5 minute online questionnaire 2-weeks later.

After completion of the survey, you will have the option to enter a draw to win a $50 gift certificate (1 in 5 chances of winning) from a variety of retail/food stores (your choice).

To participate in this study or for more information please contact:

Jocelyne ,
Department of Psychology
Email:  or
Phone: 306-585-5369

This study has been approved by the University of Regina Research Ethics Board and is being supervised by Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos, Department of Psychology, University of Regina, Regina, SK.


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UR International launches first international staff program

9:33 am - September 23, 2014

Submitted by: Arturo Segura
International Relations and Partnerships Specialist, UR International

UR International, in collaboration with Universidad Panamericana, is pleased to offer the first International Leadership Program for University of Regina staff in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of our partnerships with Mexican institutions and the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994. The first staff cohort will  travel to Mexico City during the upcoming Winter Break (February 14 – 21, 2015) to get training from the Escuela de Administración de Instituciones – ESDAI (School of Administration of Institutions) at Universidad Panamericana.

Since its establishment in 1969, ESDAI’s mission has been to train administrators and staff through a curriculum that combines practical skills with administrative, scientific and human fundamentals to form individuals capable of achieving hospitality as a lifestyle in institutions and service-oriented companies; preparing them for a professional, ethical, and socially responsible performance at work – characteristic of our APT and OOS managers’ group.

Throughout the International Leadership Program, U of R staff will be introduced and provided with selective topics related to hospitality, global leadership, cross-cultural communication strategies, and Mexican culture & traditions through seminars, workshops, and field trips. The objective of the program is to promote intercultural dialogue, tolerance, respect, as well as solidarity among university community from multiple backgrounds and countries for mutual comprehension; and to build respectful attitudes towards cultural diversity.

We invite our APT and OOS managers to join us for a lunch information session hosted by Dave Button, Vice-President (Administration), and Livia Castellanos, Director of UR International, on Friday September 26, 2014 at the Global Learning Centre – GLC (College West 115) at 12:00 p.m. to learn how to participate in this program.

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Your views about graduate studies needed

10:31 am - September 17, 2014

Submitted by: Joe Piwowar
Chair, Strategic Planning Facilitation Team

The Draft Strategic Plan identifies Student Success as a core priority, with decreasing completion time as one indicator of fulfilling this objective.

The University of Regina Graduate Students Association (URGSA) and the Strategic Planning Facilitation Team would like your thoughts on:

  1. What are some of the factors that could cause prolonged graduate studies at the UofR?
  2. What can the institution do to foster an environment where graduate students can complete their programs in a timely fashion?
  3. What other metrics could be used as an indicator of graduate student success on campus?
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Advice for new students from someone who has been there

9:52 am - September 5, 2014

become an ambassador

Submitted by Rebbeca Marroquin,
Undergraduate student, Arts

My name is Rebbeca and I am a second year student. I graduated high school with only 11 other classmates, so I knew that getting accepted into university was going to be a dramatic change… but I was ready. However, during my first day of university I was feeling exactly how you are going to feel on your first day because you are adapting to something new. I’d like to share with you my experience during Welcome Week so you can have a better understanding of what to expect!

Orientation 2013 was the beginning of my transition to the U of R. I was feeling exactly how every other first year student was feeling that morning; excited, anxious, and nervous. Why? Because it was something totally new and I had no clue what to expect. I attended the event with my friend Courtney and when we arrived, she realized her phone’s battery was dead and decided to run up to her Rez room and leave her phone charging. So there I was, nervous as ever, left alone in a gym full of thousands of students. I felt awkward so I approached two ladies wearing yellow “Ambassador” shirts, and let me tell you, it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I signed up for the UR Ambassador program and got involved right away. I learned so much about the services offered by the university and met friends I know will last a life time. So this is my first piece of advice to you, be open minded and willing to learn new things, you will be surprised at what you’ll find!

I also strongly advise you to attend at least one of the workshops during orientation week. The first one I attended talked about surviving your first year of university. One thing I learned and kept in mind throughout my first year was: you NEED to balance your life. Understand School comes first, but there are other things you need to consider, such as your health and your social life. My second piece of advice is to be consistent. Time management is key, friends! Don’t waste your time on things that don’t matter and go buy a calendar and write down your schedule.

Making friends can be tough, especially during your first year of university. I know that approaching people you don’t know may be something you’re not used to, even if they’re just a couple of friendly ambassadors! But remember that chances are they are in the same boat as you; feeling nervous. Attend at least one of the events during welcome week alone or with a friend, and challenge yourself to introduce yourself to at least one person! One of the coolest experience I had during orientation was meeting a girl from Germany. We were challenged to find someone random and chat with them for about three minutes. Even though this was a year ago, I remember most of our conversation. She had just visited Montreal, and so did I. We talked about the places we both visited and why we liked them. Once you find something in common with someone, the conversation progresses.

So get involved and make your university experience that much better!  Find a list of all the events online:

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VIDEO: President Timmons participates in ALS ice bucket challenge

2:08 pm - August 25, 2014

Today Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina, participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

She challenged:

  • President John Meehan, Campion College
  • President Bryan Hillis, Luther College
  • President Mark Dockstator, First Nations University of Canada
  • President Devon Peters, University of Regina Students’ Union

You can help create a world without ALS by donating here:

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