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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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Give up on girl engineers

9:20 am - July 29, 2014

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

At a recent convention of the British Education Studies Association, psychologist Dr. Gijsberg Stoet suggested that we (society at large) should give up on encouraging girls to become engineers. She states that efforts thus far have been futile and fly in the face of gendered preferences and abilities. Well, Dr. Stoet, allow me to refute your claims of futility and unhappiness.

In my most generous of thinking, I can only presume that Dr. Stoet has made these statements in an effort to gain her 15 minutes of fame. In my less generous views, I must presume that Dr. Stoet is ill-informed, inexpert, and ignorant.

Stoet is quoted as saying, “What is better? To have 50 per cent of female engineers who do not really like their work but say, ‘Yeah, well, I did it for the feminist cause.’ Or do you want three per cent of female engineers to say ‘I really like my job?”. Her declaration of the issue in binary terms is both faulty and irresponsible. It’s not an “either or” kind of issue. There is no reason we can’t achieve a much higher number of female engineers and also expect those women to be happy and fulfilled in our career choice.

Engineers Canada has set a goal for 30% registered female professional engineers by 2030. According to Stoet, it is impossible to achieve that goal without disenfranchising and embittering girls and women who don’t really want to be engineers. Rather, I would say that the goal is achievable by encouraging girls and boys to choose educational pathways and careers that will make them happy and feel like they’re contributing to society in a way that’s important and valuable to them, regardless of sex.

Helping youth see the wide range of possibilities results in more diversity in classrooms and workplaces. It’s all about making sure there are equal opportunities to be informed and make a choice. Our quest should be one that encourages everyone and anyone to choose any career, to have the opportunity to enjoy that career, and be fulfilled and supported in that career.

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Make a difference this summer

9:58 am - July 16, 2014


Submitted by Mike Zylak
Events and Fundraising Coordinator

My name is Mike Zylak and I am a student at the University of Regina, currently assuming the position of the Events and Fundraising Coordinator at Carmichael Outreach, for my Co-op Work term. I am organizing a Kid’s Summer Camp at Lumsden Beach Camp on August 26-29. We plan on departing Regina around 5:00 p.m for Lumsden Beach Camp on August 26th and returning to Regina on August 29th around 12:00p.m. Last year the camp hosted 40 kids in attendance and this year we are hoping for a similar number.

We are looking for volunteers to help us in assisting the kids participate in camping, swimming, hiking, canoeing and archery. Kids are divided into 4 groups, typically groups 1 & 2 are ages 7-9 and groups 3 & 4 are ages 10-12. The groups then attend different activities each day and are assisted by volunteers. The Lumsden Beach Camp is NOT offering their camp councilors service this year so we are requesting extra volunteers from the University. Carmichael Outreach will have roughly 8 staff members in attendance, and we require on-site volunteers to be group leaders and assist in the daily activities. I hope to obtain at least 20 volunteers from the University to assist us with making sure this year’s camp visit is the best one yet! It is important to make sure there are enough volunteer councilors to insure the children’s safety.

The camp is a great opportunity for students to get extensive volunteer experience. Students in Education, Arts, Psychology, Sociology, Kinesiology and any other faculties are strongly encouraged to apply as this is a fun opportunity for students to get involved with the community and have hands on experience dealing with Regina’s youth.

Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to seeing you out there!

Mike Zylak
Events and Fundraising Coordinator
Carmichael Outreach Inc
Business: 306-757-2235
Cell: 306-527-0976

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Chilean dancers perform on campus

11:10 am - June 13, 2014


Chilean dance group “Arcoiris” performing a traditional folk dance at the Global Learning Centre. Photo: Jeff Sun, UR International

Chilean dance group “Arcoiris” performing a traditional folk dance at the Global Learning Centre. Photo: Jeff Sun, UR International

Submitted by: Arturo Segura
International Relations and Partnerships Specialist

UR International and the Faculty of Social Work invited faculty and staff to a special performance of folk dances from Northern, Central, and Eastern Islands of Chile, performed by a troupe of six dancers from Maipu, Chile on Wednesday June 11, 2014 at the Global Learning Centre (CW115).

“This event fits perfectly in line with U of R`s international strategy to enrich our campus through diversity, showcasing the fascinating cultures that it accompanies and highlighting our campus community’s willingness to embrace diversity through our willingness to learn about it”, explained Dr. Miguel Sanchez, a professor and associate dean in the Faculty of Social Work.

University of Regina – Chile relations date back to 1998 with the signing of the first Memorandum of Agreement with Universidad de La Serena. Today the U of R partners with the following universities in Chile through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP): Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Universidad Católica del Norte – Antofagasta, Universidad Católica del Norte – Coquimbo, and Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María. In addition, the Faculty of Social Work has a strong relationship with Universidad Católica de Temuco, Universidad de La Frontera – Temuco, and the Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana – Santiago.

For more information regarding Study Abroad, please visit

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Our changing campus

9:56 am - June 10, 2014

Submitted by: Kyle Hodder
Professor, Geography
Director, Prairie Environmental Process Laboratory

Since October 2013, the webcam tied to Zephyr, the meteorological station here at the University, has been looking out the window on our campus. In the video below, you can see a time-lapse video of our changing campus, including:Campus

  • construction of the new residence project
  • complete loss of snowpack at about April 30th
  • disassembly of the tower cranes for the residence project between May 24 – 28th
  • campus trees undergo “leaf on” at about May 25 – 28th
  • …and a variety of rain, snow and changing prairie skies

The date/time of each image is visible in the upper right corner of the video, and began on 17 October 2013.

About this station: Two years ago, the Geography and Environmental Studies Department installed a meteorological (“weather”) station, nicknamed Zephyr, on the rooftop of the Classroom Building. The rooftop station transmits data wirelessly to the Prairie Environmental Process Laboratory, located in the Research and Innovation Centre, and posts the data to Twitter and a webfeed. Our support laboratory also operates a webcam overlooking the Lloyd Barber Academic Green.

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Join us this summer at Camp fYrefly!

11:04 am - June 4, 2014

Submitted by: Laurie Sampson
2014 Coordinator, Camp fYrefly Sask

There is still time to apply to attend Camp fYrefly!

Camp fYrefly is Canada’s only national leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, questioning, and allied youth. It is designed to give campers the leadership skills and personal resiliency they need to create positive change in their communities.  We are also excited to announce that this year’s Artist-in-Residence will be JMase III, a self-described “Black/Trans/Queer/Rowdy-as-hell poet based in New York City who will lead workshops that encourage creative expression and solidarity. This year’s Camp fYrefly Saskatchewan will take place August 1-4, 2014 at the beautiful Lumsden Beach Camp, just outside of Regina.

For details about the Camp or to apply email or visit our website at

To give you a sense of the difference the camp can make in people’s lives I’ve included a few words from past campers:

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VIDEO: University of Regina budget forum

3:39 pm - May 21, 2014

The above video is a recording of the open forum that took place for people to discuss the 2014-15 University of Regina budget on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

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Is our faculty and departmental structure appropriate?

1:35 pm - May 20, 2014

Submitted by: Joe Piwowar
Chair, Strategic Planning Facilitation Team

The Strategic Planning Facilitation Team has heard a great deal about the growing importance of inter/multi/trans disciplinary initiatives to the future of the university. What role do faculties and departments play in this new way of understanding the university? Are departments and faculties fundamental? Are they the best way of organizing the university?

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