Message from the President

The President's Message is sent out to faculty, staff and students by e-mail regularly throughout the year. The most recent message follows.  For previous messages, go to the President's Message archives in oURspace.

President’s Message – October 2017

Members of the University community,

On Friday, October 20, we will hold our 44th annual Fall Convocation.  With three ceremonies each spring and one each fall, this will be the 37th Convocation ceremony in which I have participated at the University of Regina – and I am just as excited about it as I was when I attended my first one here nine years ago!

Convocation is always something I look forward to because it is an occasion to celebrate our students’ achievements, and to recognize the dedication, sacrifice, and hard work that have brought them to this important point in their lives.  It’s a joy to see our graduates join with their proud family members and friends to celebrate their success, and I want to thank the University’s faculty and staff for your continuing commitment to our students.

The upcoming ceremony will feature our largest-ever graduating class.  758 students will receive a total of 776 degrees, diplomas, and certificates, with eighteen students being awarded more than one parchment.

At Convocation, the President's Medal will be awarded to Cyrena Cherise Lockert, an undergraduate student receiving her degree through the Faculty of Business Administration’s Paul J. Hill School of Business. Throughout her studies toward her first degree, Cherise was the embodiment of academic excellence, leadership and community involvement.  Cyrena will also be presented with the Faculty of Business Administration Dean’s Medal.

The President's Distinguished Graduate Student Award is given to the most outstanding Master’s or doctoral student, and this Fall’s deserving recipient is Sylvia Rose Smith.  A retired teacher, Sylvia received a Governor General's Award in 2011 for developing Project of Heart, an interactive teaching tool used across the country to tell the story of the troubled history of Canada's residential schools.

Faculty prizes are presented at each Convocation to the top graduating student in each undergraduate faculty. The following individuals are this Fall’s recipients:

-  Bachelor of Education After Degree Convocation Prize – Adam Maurice Laforet

-  Faculty of Arts Dean's Medal – Olivia Grace Krinke

-  Faculty of Business Administration Dean's Medal – Cyrena Cherise Lockert

-  Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Dean's Medal and University Prize in Engineering – Aaron Kenneth Husband

-  Faculty of Kinesiology Dean's Medal – Brooke Mikala Pachal

-  Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association Gold Medal For Excellence in Clinical Practice and Faculty of Nursing Dean's Medal – Shalla Vera Sharma

-  University Prize in Arts – Carina Muriel Florenti Sterzer

-  University Prize in Business Administration – Troy Jackson Holfeld

-  University Prize in Kinesiology and Health Studies – Brooke Mikala Pachal

-  University Prize in Science – Obadah Diar Bakerli

-  University Prize in Social Work – Julie May Marie Henrikson

Also at Convocation, an honorary degree will be awarded to Murad Al-Katib.  The son of Turkish immigrants, Murad – now an entrepreneur, business leader, and humanitarian – founded the Regina-based AGT Foods and Ingredients Inc., one of the largest suppliers of food ingredients in the world.

Business success has prompted Murad to help those in need at home and around the globe.  His company has joined with the United Nations World Food Program and the International Committee of the Red Cross to help deliver more than 4 million family-ration cartons to Syrian refugees.  Through its sponsorship of the Canadian Red Cross, AGT is also involved in Imagine No Bullying, a program delivered by members of the Saskatchewan Roughriders that reaches 20,000 students in the province annually. Murad also chairs the Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business Advisory Board to the Dean.  He becomes the 208th honorary degree recipient in University of Regina’s history.

Another celebratory event this month is the 16th annual Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards, which will take place on Thursday, October 5.  Again this year, we will be honouring five extraordinary University of Regina alumni who continue to make important contributions in Saskatchewan and beyond:

-  Outstanding Young Alumni – Thomas Benjoe CA'09, CHTGEM'09, DAdmin'09, BBA'11 (FNUniv)

-  Distinguished Professional Achievement – Dr. Greg Krätzig BAHons'04 (Campion), MA'06, PhD'16

-  Distinguished Humanitarian and Community Service - Dr. Joan Halmo BA'77 (Campion)

-  Dr. Robert and Norma Ferguson Award for Outstanding Service – Dr. Margaret Dagenais CVTED'87, BVTED'91, MEd'97, PhD'11

-  Lifetime Achievement – Guy Vanderhaeghe BEd'78

On behalf of the University, I would like to congratulate our Alumni Crowning Achievement Award recipients, as well as our soon-to-be graduates and honorary degree recipient.  Your accomplishments make us proud, and we look forward to seeing the contributions you will continue to make in our province, throughout Canada, and around the world.


Dr. Vianne Timmons
President and Vice-Chancellor