Regina and District Chamber of Commerce hears about the University’s growth

Posted: January 26, 2017 3:00 p.m.

President Vianne Timmons delivers her annual State of the University Address at the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
President Vianne Timmons delivers her annual State of the University Address at the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Photo: U of R Photography

In a speech he gave just before the University of Regina gained its autonomy in 1974, then-Principal Dr. John Archer said: “Regina is not seen as a university town, as yet. The Regina campus is still a question mark in some people’s mind. This, too, will pass. Regina, ere long, will be proud of this rugged brat that squats so starkly in the southeast environs of the city.”

Today, University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Vianne Timmons built on Dr. Archer’s words by sharing the University’s coming-of-age story at her third annual State of the University Address at the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce.

“While I like to think we still possess a little bit of that 'rugged brat' attitude, the University of Regina has evolved into a hub of intellectual and academic activity, and is a crucial contributor to our local and provincial economies,” said Timmons. “With the encouragement and support of our community partners, we are serving our growing and increasingly diverse student population, addressing social issues, supporting innovation through research and helping to grow our province.”

Highlights of the speech included: illustrations of the physical growth of the campus and development of new programs; examples of community-focused teaching, research and public service; an update on the University’s College Avenue Campus Renewal Project; and a call for community partnerships as the University prepares to host the 2018 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Canada’s largest academic gathering.

Timmons spoke to the growth in the number of international students on campus; there are now nearly 2,100 international students from 120 countries studying at the University of Regina. She also spoke about the increasing number of self-declared Indigenous students, who now comprise 13 percent of the student body.

Close to 300 community members attended the presentation held at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina.