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New President Dr. Jeff Keshen: Message to students

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: July 2, 2021 1:00 p.m.

New University of Regina President Dr. Jeff Keshen begins work on campus with his first message addressing U of R students.
New University of Regina President Dr. Jeff Keshen begins work on campus with his first message addressing U of R students. University Advancement and Communications

Dear University of Regina students,

As I begin my new role as President of your University, I want to extend my best wishes to all of you. To our returning students, congratulations on your post-secondary accomplishments to date. And to those  of you beginning your studies this year, you should take pride in gaining admission to university. I know this is an exciting time for all of you.

For Fall 2021 and beyond, our most important goal is providing you with the best possible post-secondary experience – and keeping you safe while we do so. It’s important that you know you’re part of a community that cares for your well-being and is committed to your success.

Each of you brings special qualities that create a rich diversity that we embrace and celebrate. Together, we can cultivate this! I encourage you to get involved on campus – take the dynamic and engaging courses and programs that interest you most, and take advantage of the tremendous opportunities to:

I also want to compliment you on your resilience and adaptability. So much of what defines the university experience was on hold over the past year, and it was a stressful and isolating time for many. And even in the best of times (which I am optimistic are ahead of us!) being a university student can still be challenging. But at the University of Regina, you should never feel alone in dealing with difficulties. No situation lacks a solution. Take advantage of our supports and services. Talk to your professors; they are not only teachers, but also mentors who are ready to listen and to assist.

Dr. Keshen

Whether you are a new or returning student at the University or at one of our Federated Colleges – Campion College, Luther College, and First Nations University of Canada – I know this year will provide you with opportunities to grow intellectually, broaden your perspectives and experiences, and feel pride and confidence in your abilities and accomplishments.

As we transition to more in-person classes and extra-curricular activities in the Fall (with the aim of returning to full in-person operations by the Winter semester), I hope your time here is engaging and enriching.  If you haven’t yet done so, I encourage you to follow the University on social media channels to learn more about what’s happening on your campus.

Please stop to say hello if you see me around campus. I very much look forward to meeting many of you in person, and to participating in student events with you whenever possible.

In the meantime, I wish each and every one of you an enjoyable summer, and an exceptional 2021-22 academic year.

Learn more about the new University of Regina President Dr. Jeff Keshen on his official page.