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Give up on girl engineers

9:20 am - July 29, 2014

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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.

http://sourceable.net/give-up-on-girl-engineers-says-psychologist/

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Make a difference this summer

9:58 am - July 16, 2014

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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
mikezylak@gmail.com
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 http://www.uregina.ca/international/study-abroad/index.html

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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 campfyreflysask@hotmail.com or visit our website at www.usask.ca/education/fyrefly

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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Conference to feature empowering speakers

9:01 am - May 12, 2014

The 2014 Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology conference will kickoff with speaker Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first woman in space. Photo via the Wikimedia Commons (originally created by NASA).

The 2014 Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology conference will kickoff with speaker Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first woman in space. Photo via the Wikimedia Commons (originally created by NASA).

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

For the past 2 years (OMG, 2 years!!), I’ve been working on the planning and organization of a national conference to promote women in engineering, science, trades, and technology. Hard to believe that it was that decision that prompted me to also make the 2-year commitment to a monthly blog about women in engineering, science, trades, and technology. And so far, both projects have stayed the course. Turning into a body of work that I think is interesting and has been empowering for me, if not others.

“My” conference, CCWESTT 2014 (the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology) runs May 22-24, 2014. I’m as proud as I could be to announce our amazing line up of women and men who support, promote and empower women in non-traditional career choices.

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Should the U of R increase support for international students?

9:23 am - May 7, 2014

Submitted by: Joe Piwowar
Chair, Strategic Planning Facilitation Team

International students are an important part of our university community. At a time when domestic student enrollments are falling the Strategic Planning Facilitation Team has heard that unless we increase our international student complement some academic programs will close because of declining enrollments. However, some highly qualified international students struggle academically at the U of R because they have difficulty adjusting to Canadian culture and the North American educational system. Should the U of R increase its support for international students, even if that means diverting resources away from hiring new faculty?

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Should the U of R invest in document management systems?

4:33 pm - April 25, 2014

Submitted by: Joe Piwowar
Chair, Strategic Planning Facilitation Team

Assuming we can’t afford to do both, should the U of R:
(i) invest in document management systems to improve the archaic U of R paper-based practices of HR, Financial Services, and FGSR (among others); or,
(ii) undertake an administrative review to evaluate the efficiency and resource allocation to non-academic units?

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