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Interim President’s Friday Message

Updated on Feb 19
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The Conversation Canada raises awareness of University research

In my 4 December message I highlighted the University’s participation in The Conversation Canada – a knowledge mobilization platform that allows scholars to disseminate their work widely. While it is only one part of the University’s larger strategy to promote our research, it is an increasingly important one.

That importance was demonstrated earlier this week when The Conversation Canada sent its 2020 annual report. Members of the University and federated colleges published 25 articles with The Conversation Canada in 2020, garnering a total annual readership of more than 960,000. Nearly 70% of those readers were from outside Canada, and year-over-year audience growth was almost 750%. Since University researchers began submitting to The Conversation Canada, the number of “reads” on the platform has totalled more than a million.

Those numbers – and more importantly, the public’s awareness of University of Regina scholars’ work – continue to grow. Most recently, Dr Helen Pridmore, associate professor of music in the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance, published an article on society’s continuing fascination with falsetto singing. A quick Google search demonstrates just how widely Helen’s work is being cited and shared online. Likewise, Dean of Education Dr Jerome Cranston’s article on pathways to countering systemic racism in Canadian education is attracting media attention.

As noted previously, while researchers submitting to The Conversation Canada write their own articles, Krista Baliko, research communications strategist in University Advancement & Communications, can work with them on their initial “pitch.” If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please reach out to Krista at

Housing Services recognized with international marketing award

Each year, the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) announces a series of residence-related marketing awards in categories such as best brochure or booklet, email marketing, social media marketing, and overall campaign. Participating universities from across North America include the University of British Columbia, the University of Arizona, Portland State University, and UCLA.

I’m pleased to report that the Housing Services unit of Student Affairs was recognized with a third-place 2020 ACUHO-I marketing award in the “Brochure/Booklet” category for its “Live. Learn. mîkiwâm” residence guide.

This follows 2019, when Housing Services was awarded second place in the “Printed Handout” category for a postcard used to promote the University and UR Pride’s Colourful Campus Housing residence community for 2SLGBTQIAP+ students.

Both marketing pieces were designed by James Hsieh, assistant manager of residence life. Thank you, James – and your colleagues in Housing Services – for your work to build and promote such a diverse and inclusive residence environment for our students.

Town hall – today at 1:30 p.m.

This is a reminder that the next University town hall takes place today at 1:30 p.m. It will include: a teaching and learning update from Interim Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Dr david Gregory; updates on the Centre for Teaching and Learning from CTL director Dr Alec Couros and on the Open Educational Resources Publishing Program from OER program manager Isaac Mulolani; and a budget development update from Vice-President (Administration) Dave Button.

Zoom co-ordinates follow below. For those unable to attend, like past town halls it will be recorded and posted on UR Source.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 930 7075 1634
Passcode: 617714

Virtual President’s Breakfast for Athletics – March 23 at 10:00 a.m.

On behalf of the Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies, I am happy to say that an important annual event at our University is going ahead in a virtual format.

Each year, the President’s Breakfast for Athletics raises funds for student-athlete scholarships and program enhancements in Athletics. With the pandemic having disrupted our Athletics programs and their usual fundraising efforts, this year’s President’s Breakfast is more important than ever.

This year’s virtual event takes place at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday 23 March, with three high-profile speakers:

  • Mark McMorris, who hails from Regina and has become one of the world’s most decorated snowboarding athletes by winning 17 X-Games medals, 2 Olympic medals, and 4 US Open Championships;
  • Brian Burke, current Hockey Night in Canada analyst and former NHL executive with various teams, including the 2007 Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks; and
  • Kevin Bieksa, also a current Hockey Night in Canada analyst, and an NHL defenceman from 2004-2018 with the Vancouver Canucks and the Anaheim Ducks.

Event access links are $75 each and available here until 16 March. Attendees may designate their ticket purchase to support all teams or any individual program. As in past years, my office has committed to match funds raised to support our student-athletes.

Should you require further information about the event, please contact Jill Fulton at or 306-585-4018.


Thomas Chase

Interim President and Vice-Chancellor