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 – December 2018

Members of the University community,

As we near the end of the Fall 2018 semester, it is an appropriate time to reflect on the past year and take stock of some of the milestones we have realized together.

Looking back at our many achievements, I am reminded that nothing at the University happens in isolation. The journey of our students toward their degrees, diplomas and certificates relies on the work of countless people – faculty, staff, students, alumni, Senate, Board of Governors and members of the larger community. Everyone contributes to our students’ success and our collective achievements because, as our strategic plan states, together we are stronger.

At the beginning of the year, I delivered the fourth annual State of the University address to members of the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce. The address is my yearly opportunity to share our many achievements of the past year with this important constituency. I also used the opportunity to inform the audience of the collegial and cooperative nature of our work and appealed to them to continue to support the University because of the positive difference we make in our communities.

In early March it was my pleasure to help announce another collaborative effort. In this case, it was a research initiative in which the University’s Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment is leading a pan-Canadian consortium devoted to addressing first responders’ and public safety personnel’s mental health concerns.

Many of our faculty members have a reputation for excellence in evidence-based Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder research, so it is fitting that our University is leading this research collaboration. It is especially important research in a Saskatchewan context in light of the first responders who were so profoundly affected by the Humboldt Broncos tragedy that occurred about a month after the announcement.

Also in March, students, alumni, faculty and staff came together to help the University host the U SPORTS Women’s Basketball Final 8 – the women’s national championships. This was our third time hosting the tournament in the past 10 years. It’s clear why USPORTS continues to look to us to host Canada’s most important women’s basketball event – because we do it better than anyone else in the country! Our Cougars thrilled the tournament crowds, eventually earning a bronze medal with a 66-63 win over McGill.

About the same time, our Hill Business School students were once again doing great work in the community. The students got together and raised a record amount of funds during the “Five Days for the Homeless” campaign. The students exceeded all expectations by raising $53,514.07 – the most money raised by any of the 19 institutions that participated in this year’s event. All of the money raised goes to Carmichael Outreach, a non-profit agency providing emergency services and long-term supports with a goal to ending poverty and homelessness in Regina.

Undoubtedly, the largest event of the year – and the one that required the most effort from across the University – came to campus in late May. The 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences took four years of teamwork to organize, but because of all your hard work, it was one of the most memorable. The Queen City’s largest-ever conference saw more than 5,000 delegates and hundreds of volunteers converge on our campus. As I have stated before, if it weren’t for your help and dedication, we would never have been able to host the event. Thanks to you, our visitors gave rave reviews of our city, our campus, and our hospitality. We can all take pride in knowing that we worked together to stage this important academic event.

Another important and long-awaited event took place in early October as we marked the grand re-opening of the newly renovated College Building on the College Avenue campus. After more than a century of use, the building had deteriorated to the point where we had to do something or face its ultimate demise. Thanks to a $63.6 million restoration project that included funding from the federal government, the larger community, and many of you, the historic College Building will continue to provide a place of higher learning for generations to come.

Later in October, Dr. Sheldon Kennedy was on campus to help the University launch UR Respect, our new-and-improved “respect in the workplace” program. In the coming months, UR Respect will be rolled out to different units and student groups on campus, helping us make our learning and work environment as welcoming, safe and respectful as possible for everyone.

This only scratches the surface of everything that took place at the University of Regina throughout the year, so I want you to know that I appreciate everything you have done – often quietly and without public recognition – in support of our academic mission. As we near the end of 2018 I would like to thank each of you for your efforts on behalf of your University this year and every year. Without your contributions, we would never realize the success that we do.

I wish you and your family the very best as the holiday season approaches, and hope you will be able to surround yourself with the important people in your life and reflect on those things for which we are all grateful.

Sincerely,

Dr. Vianne Timmons

President and Vice-Chancellor