Student Presentation on experience at the Washington Center

Student Presentation on experience at the Washington Center

By judyk on September 22, 2017
Reminder:
CUE student Emma Bott will be doing a presentation to the university community Wednesday, September 27 in HA 021 at 12 noon on her experience as an intern  in Washington DC last fall with the Washington Center .
Everyone is welcome!

Okanagan Charter Meeting Today in HA017

By dschalin on September 22, 2017

Okanagan Charter Meeting

September 22 at 12:00 – 1:00 in HA017

All staff, faculty and students are invited to attend a meeting to consider the merits of CUE becoming a signatory to the Okanagan Charter.

Canadian Universities and Colleges are invited to formally adopt the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges.

For more information see http://www.healthpromotingcampuses.ca/

 

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Okanagan Charter Meeting

By dschalin on September 15, 2017

Okanagan Charter Meeting

September 22 at 12:00 – 1:00 in HA017

All staff, faculty and students are invited to attend a meeting to consider the merits of CUE becoming a signatory to the Okanagan Charter.

Canadian Universities and Colleges are invited to formally adopt the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges.

For more information see http://www.healthpromotingcampuses.ca/

 

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Today at 12:00 – State of the University Address

By dschalin on September 13, 2017

Nominations for Honorary Doctorate

By judyk on September 11, 2017

Nominate someone who inspires you as our next Honorary Degree recipient

Concordia University of Edmonton invites you to nominate an inspiring individual for its honorary doctorate, which will be conferred at Spring Convocation in 2018.

Honorary degrees are intended to honour individuals whose extraordinary achievement in community, national or international service, intellectual or artistic achievements or significant service to society set a standard of excellence and merit the institution’s highest honour. The individual’s accomplishments are of such excellence that they provide, through example, inspiration and leadership to the graduates of the university. In accepting an honorary degree the recipient also honours the spirit of the university.

Candidates must normally have an exceptional record of distinction in at least one of the following:

  1. Scholarship
  2. Research
  3. Teaching
  4. The Arts
  5. Public Service
  6. Business
  7. Athletics
  8. Health Services
  9. National or international leadership
  10. Professional and/or voluntary service in the community at large
  11. Professional and/or voluntary service to the Church

NOMINATION PROCESS

Applications will be reviewed by the Governance Committee of the Board of Governors (the Committee), and their selection is recommended to the Board of Governors for approval.

Nominations are not awarded posthumously and generally not to any of the following: current faculty or staff; current members of the Board of Governors; and current holders of political office.

In approving candidates for honorary degrees, the Committee strives for diversity of backgrounds, disciplines and spheres of contribution. The Committee seeks those whose merit is extraordinary and not merely impressive.

Please submit the following documentation for each nomination:

  • Nomination letter including detailed specification and documentation of the candidate’s distinctions and achievements
  • Name and contact information of the candidate
  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of support for the candidate

Normally, the recipient of the Honorary Doctorate will be the Convocation Speaker at the May Convocation Ceremony.

DEADLINE

Please send all nominations by October 1 to:

By mail: 
The President’s Office
Concordia University of Edmonton
7128 Ada Boulevard
Edmonton, AB T58 4E4

By email:

board@concordia.ab.ca

 

President Loreman’s report to GFC, September 8, 2017

By Tim Loreman on September 8, 2017

Enrolments

We are going into this fall semester with record student enrolments, with 2048 headcount being the most recent number.

Meeting with the Deputy Minister of Alberta Advanced Education.

On August 22 our Board Chair Mike Wade and I met with Deputy Minister Rod Skura. During this meeting Mr. Skura updated us on priority projects in the Ministry, which included the tuition review, the funding review, and the Alberta Boards and Commissions Review. We highlighted Concordia’s desire to move towards being a fully public institution, with Mr. Skura indicating that further discussion on that matter could be expected towards the end of this calendar year.

Canadian University Survey Consortium results

We are now in receipt of the 2017 CUSC results. The survey this year was conducted on middle-years students, with a response rate of 30.7%. Consistent with past years Concordia was superior to the Canadian average on every measure that really matters. These included high levels of satisfaction with the quality of teaching and education at Concordia, the quality of our student services, and the friendly and welcoming atmosphere that we are known for.

Budget

A review of our budget has revealed the potential for a significant deficit at the end of the 2017-18 financial year if we do not take action now. With that in mind I have implemented:

  • A freeze on all unbudgeted travel
  • A hiring freeze
  • A review of planned renovations
  • A review of all budget lines

These measures may be lifted once our financial situation becomes clearer, with the receipt of additional information such as final enrolment numbers being key to moving forward.

Capital campaign

We are working hard behind the scenes during the ‘quiet phase’ of our capital campaign for the CSRI. It is clear, however, that our fundraising efforts will not be successful without the support of our entire community. Please assist us by considering a gift to Concordia, and also by providing us with access to your connections who might be interested in supporting our capital campaign. Please contact Rhonda Newman for details: rhonda@newmanconsulting.ca

Research

The Research Office is leading, with the RFDC, a comprehensive restructuring of our internal research grant procedures and aligning them with Tri-Council procedures in order to provide a more efficient process.

CUE’s most promising student entrepreneur competed in Calgary against 15 other post secondary student entrepreneurs. Irshad Shariff won his division and placed within the top 5 most promising student entrepreneurs in the province. The CIAR along with an A100 member continues to provide mentorship assistance to Irshad who will officially launch his business on Sept. 1, 2017.

The CIAR has begun to strategically market customized training solutions to industry.  AHS has expressed interest in Advanced HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) and Enterprise Risk Management Training.

International

This summer we had two student groups visit our partners in Brazil (5 students in May, 4 students in June). Dr Xin Chen and his group are true pioneers in Faculty led Study Abroad and had the best enrichment possible, allowing for interaction with another culture, and a learning experience that could not be had elsewhere. Such connections between the partners allow for new research and teaching opportunities. We also hosted a group of almost 40 students from China over the summer, who had a positive experience interacting with Canadian students in their classes.

We now have a partner in the University of Southern Queensland. Australia is not one of the regions we are emphasizing in our international efforts (those areas are Brazil, Europe, and China) but nevertheless there is demand from students to study there and this agreement facilitates that.

State of the University address

Following practice at universities in the United States I plan to give a ‘State of the University’ address at noon on September 13 in the Trish & Al Huehn Theatre. I want to provide the Concordia community with an overview of our institution, including the work of our Board, our financial situation, enrollments, academics, student services, and research and international efforts as a context for our focus moving forward into the 2017-18 academic year. I think this is part of transparent administration and improved communication. Please attend if at all possible.

 

 

Office Supply Give Away – August 31

By judyk on August 30, 2017

There is an office supply give away in Tegler on Thursday, August 31 from 10:00am-4:00pm.

Need office supplies?

Come to Tegler on August 31 between 10 and 4 and take what you can use.

Got office supplies you no longer need?

Bring them to Tegler on August 31 between 9:30am and noon.

Publication: Atheism and the Christian Faith

By judyk on August 25, 2017
Dr Bill Anderson is pleased to announce the publication of his third book Atheism and the Christian Faith. This is an edited anthology of the proceedings from the 2016 conference of the same name published by Vernon Press. The foreword is by Richard Swinburne of Oxford University who contributed two chapters to the book. A notable contributor is CUE’s very own Dr Jonathan Strand on “Theism, Atheism, and the Ethics of Hope”. The book is largely driven by philosophers and philosophy—and represents a wide gamut of views from atheists, agnostics and theists. The book is dedicated to a beloved CUE faculty member . . . “In Loving Memory of Russ Nelson: A Truly Brilliant Scholar and the Epitome of Christian Faith”. For more information, please visit https://vernonpress.com/title.php?id=247#.WZyVVz6GOcM.

 

Office Supply Give Away

By judyk on August 21, 2017

 

There will be an office supply give away in Tegler on Thursday, August 31 from 10:00am-4:00pm.

Need office supplies?

Come to Tegler on August 31 between 10 and 4 and take what you can use.

Got office supplies you no longer need?

Bring them to Tegler on August 31 between 9:30am and noon.

President Loreman’s August 11 Report to GFC

By judyk on August 11, 2017

I am on vacation and absent from GFC this month so our VPA and Provost, Dr. Valerie Henitiuk, will be chairing the meeting.

Harvard Seminar for New Presidents

I attended this week-long program at Harvard in early July and found it to be most beneficial. Each session was strong, and the cohort-based approach and long days allowed for bonding with the class of 49 new presidents from around the world. Of particular value for me were the sessions on financial leadership, fundraising, and governance. I have been and will continue to be deliberate in sharing what I learned with the Board and Concordia’s administrative team.

Research

Concordia’s 2017 internal research grant recipients are posted on our web page. The RFDC adjudicated the applications and in order to be consistent with the new Collective Agreement awarded an 70 additional hours for teaching release to bring the total to 106hrs for 2017-18. Another SSHRC grant application was submitted for August 1, and we await the results in the fall.

International

CUE is about to sign a new Mobility+2 agreement with our partner the University of Porto since CUE may be sending a faculty, staff, and student once again. We are grateful for this newly deepened connection with Portugal and their generous outreach to CUE, which is not a minor thing considering the size and ranking of UPorto.

CUE is now in the phase of defining strategic partnerships amongst our current partners, with a focus on three regions of Europe, China, and Brazil. We are also about to sign a long awaited agreement with the University of Southern Queensland thanks to assistance from the Australian Government in Canada.

CUE students have been returning from positive study abroad experiences in Brazil (2 groups), Iceland, Spain and other countries.

Speaker series

Our Institute for Christian Studies and Society is instituting a new speaker series for 2017-18 on the topic of western thought and the influence it has had on our society. A range of speakers are being planned for what we hope will be a vibrant and exciting program where the open and free debate of ideas will be encouraged.

Dean of Management

Dr. Alison Yacyshyn has agreed to take on the role of Interim Dean of Management. I thank Alison for her willingness to serve as Interim Dean and look forward to working with her in the context of our strong administrative team.

Northlands

Board Chair Mike Wade and I had lunch on July 19 followed by a tour of CUE with Mo Bot, the senior planner at the City of Edmonton engaged with the Northlands re-development plan. We reinforced Concordia’s desire to play a lead role in any decisions relating to re-development, and put forward a case for partnerships around sporting facilities, residence space, and transit.

Budget

Our first quarter budget report showed larger than anticipated expenditures, prompting a revision of our forecast from small surplus to a $45,000 deficit for 2017-18. This is very small in the context of a $30 million operating budget but I am not willing to risk running a deficit. Therefore, a number of measures are being taken to ensure that our budget is put back on course for a small surplus at year end (which can then be put towards capital projects). These include a revised budget (Budget 2.0), a closer examination of our revenues and expenses, a re-evaluation of approved but unfilled hires, and the potential postponement of some renovation projects. We are on solid financial footing and there is no reason for alarm, but we do need to be careful with respect to our expenditures.

Visit from local MP

On July 21 I hosted Edmonton Manning MP Ziad Aboultaif on campus for a tour and meeting. He spent nearly 2 ½ hours here and was most interested in our progress at CUE. He has invited me to an informal function in late August that I plan on attending. We are continuing to steward good relationships with politicians at all levels and from all political parties.

Mental health funding and increase in funding for students with disabilities.

The Ministry of Advanced Education has provided Concordia with the opportunity of receiving a grant of up to $90,000 per year to support student mental health initiatives. While this is still a significant way off of covering our actual costs, we are grateful for the opportunity to access these funds as none were available in the past. In addition, the Ministry has provided us with an additional $46,000 to support the needs of students with disabilities, bringing the total annual amount for this to approximately $87,000. Once again, our actual costs far exceed this, but the additional funds are very helpful.

State of the University address

Following practice at universities in the United States I plan to give a ‘State of the University’ address at noon on September 13 in the Trish & Al Huehn Theatre. I want to provide the Concordia community with an overview of our institution, including the work of our Board, our financial situation, enrollments, academics, student services, and research and international efforts as a context for our focus moving forward into the 2017-18 academic year. I think this is part of transparent administration and improved communication. Please attend if at all possible.

Student Success Centre

The old ‘Welcome Centre’ is in the process of being renovated and re-designed as a ‘Student Success Centre’. This centre will house our International Office, Career Services, CSA Student Benefits, Counselling, Inclusion Alberta, and Learning Accommodations. The space has been designed to provide optimal service to students and will be complete by November or earlier.