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Interim President's Friday Message

Updated on Apr 23
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Pandemic situation leads to change of plans for early May

As you will have seen in yesterday afternoon’s communication to campus from the Vice-Presidents, the University will begin the Spring/Summer term on 3 May with all teaching and learning taking place remotely. This decision was made to protect the University and wider communities given the worrisome current course of the pandemic in the province.

Plans for the delivery of the 22 in-person courses originally scheduled for approximately 300 students will be reassessed and communicated to campus by 10 May. In the meantime, I want to thank the affected instructors and students for their patience and understanding.

I also want to express my appreciation to any researchers whose work is delayed by the decision to halt research activities requiring travel out of Regina until at least 12 May. Again, the goal is to minimize the possibility of COVID-19 transmission as variants, including the P1 variant, continue to spread.

Despite these changes to in-person activities as we begin the Spring/Summer term, we remain optimistic that for Fall 2021 we will continue as planned with a transitional term that sees a carefully managed and safe re-opening of our University.

Development of the 2021-2026 Sustainability Action Plan

As we mark Earth Day this week, it is an appropriate time to note that everyone will have the opportunity in coming months to participate in the development of University’s 2021-2026 Sustainability Action Plan. The creation and implementation of this plan will be an important initiative emerging from kahkiyaw kiwâhkômâkaninawak and its commitment to environment and climate action.

Vice-President (Research) Dr Kathy McNutt and Interim Provost Dr david Gregory, who co-chair the President’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (PACS), sent an email to campus earlier this week detailing how you may become involved. PACS encourages you to review the final report on progress made toward sustainability over the past five years, and to consider volunteering for one or more of the nine working groups who will help develop the plan. The deadline to volunteer is 14 May.

You can learn more about the forthcoming plan and how to volunteer by visiting the Sustainability Action Plan section of the University website.

Thank you in advance for your contribution to this important initiative.

 

Quick notes

  • ... 2012 honorary degree recipient, two-time Governor General’s Award winner, and alumnus Dr Ross King recently released his 12th book, The Bookseller of Florence. The book provides a detailed and fascinating look at the book trade in 15th-century Italy, and received an enthusiastic review in the New York Times from eminent historian Simon Schama ...
  • ... another distinguished alumnus of the U of R, Ralph Goodale, has been named Canada's High Commissioner to Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He is the first U of R graduate to occupy this key role. Members of the campus community will be aware of Mr Goodale's longstanding support for the University. Most recently he was a strong advocate for the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project that transformed aging Regina College buildings into a beautiful and energy-efficient home for the Centre for Continuing Education, the Conservatory of Performing Arts, and the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.