We are in need of volunteers for the Christmas Tree Lighting and the Installation of Chancellor Stephen Mandel.
Christmas Tree Lighting:
Saturday, November 25 at 2:45 PM – 6:00 PM
*Please identify if you have first aid training. We need one person on the sleigh rides with first aid.
Thursday, November 30 at 6:00 PM
Please contact Danielle Schalin (email@example.com) if you are available on either or both of these days.
Senior administration ‘Cabinet re-shuffle’
On October 25 I announced, via the CUE Home Page, a shift in portfolios for two members of our senior administration. Dr. Manfred Zeuch is now our VP External Affairs and International Relations. The research portion of his portfolio has been moved over to the Office of the Provost. To help Dr. Henitiuk with her expanded duties our Dean of Graduate Studies has, in addition to this role, taken on the role of Assistant Vice-President Academic. This re-alignment of duties will help administration to better serve our institution, and comes at minimal cost and without expanding the number of administrators at CUE.
Faculty and staff hires
We have been implementing a new process for faculty and staff hires at Concordia. For faculty hires I am now expecting a detailed justification for any requests to be submitted early each Fall, which will ultimately end up at PEC. At PEC we will prioritize hires and authorize some for advertisement with a start date of July 1. However, even these positions will be subject to final budget approval, likely in March. Depending on the outcome of the budget process, it may be possible to authorize further hires at that time.
The process is similar for new staff. For replacement staff, requests will be considered at any time of the year. It is most helpful if all requests are clear, detailed, focused on the position only, remain objective, and provide all of the information requested. This year we are not anticipating any funding increases in our budget, and that being the case it is unlikely that any area will have its full staffing and faculty hire requests realized.
In my last report to GFC I indicated concern about the lack of/delay in consultation from the city of Edmonton regarding Northlands. In response I met with the presidents of the District G Community Leagues on October 19 to see if there is any possibility for cooperation. We agreed to present a joint request for a meeting on the Northlands issue to the Mayor and our Councillor Tony Caterina. In addition, Dr. Zeuch and I plan to meet separately with Tony Caterina in the near future. I will also be meeting with Cr. Mike Nickle towards the end of this month. I have also met with representatives of Economic Development Edmonton who will be taking over the Expo Centre on January 1, 2018. We have agreed to remain in contact and look for areas of mutual cooperation.
CSRI and office space
We are starting to consider the allocation of office space in the CSRI, and last week I emailed out a request form and guidelines for those who feel that their research work would benefit from an office in the new building. No assumptions should be made regarding who will and who will not have an office in this building. We are going to be allocating them based on criteria relating to the research program of the faculty member, and offices may be occupied for renewable 2-year terms. Faculty offices in the CSRI will be the sole campus office of the faculty member.
Elders Counsel (Council) inaugural meeting
CUE has been moving forward in very meaningful ways in implementing our Indigenous Strategy. We held our first Round Dance on October 20 that was very successful, being attended by 250-300 people. On October 31 we held the first meeting between CUE administration and our four-member Elders Counsel. Instead of a single ‘Elder in Residence’ we plan to have a rotating schedule of the members of our Elders Counsel on campus, in addition to a number of other Elders and specialists on a list. Our Elders Counsel consists of Francis Whiskeyjack, Wil Campbell, Pauline Paulson, and Theresa Cardinal. They are available for advice, student counseling, ceremony facilitation, and other matters (to request an Elder’s assistance, please speak with Lewis Cardinal). At our meeting Wil Campbell presented CUE with an eagle’s feather for our new Indigenous Knowledge and Research Centre, along with a pouch of tobacco and sage to be used at the inauguration of the Centre.
When we were a Lutheran institution we held various Christmas celebrations on campus. This tradition still forms part of our heritage, but as a more open institution we also recognize the important celebrations of other religious traditions. I have no difficulty giving and receiving greetings of ‘Ramadan Mubarak’, ‘Happy Hanukkah’, ‘Merry Christmas’, and other forms of greeting depending on the time of year. We are not shying away from our Christmas traditions at Concordia, but in addition are taking a wider view.
With that in mind, we will be hosting two events in December, both fairly closely connected to our Christmas traditions. The first is a Christmas tree lighting on November 25 (3pm-6pm) that will be a nice family and community outreach time involving children’s crafts, hot chocolate and treats, carols, horse drawn sleigh rides on Ada Boulevard, and…the lighting of our tree. The second is the potluck on December 20, at which we enjoy a good lunch together and some Christmas carols (I promise NOT led by me).
But what of our traditional CUE funded Christmas get together? In the interests of consistency and fiscal responsibility each CUE employee has been allocated a maximum of $35 for a social event in their faculty, department, or unit. This event may occur at the discretion of the leader of that administrative unit at any time of the year.
We are looking for volunteers to help setup CUE’s Christmas decorations on Wednesday, November 15 at 9 AM – 12 PM
If you are available to help any anytime between 9 AM – 12 PM, please let Danielle Schalin know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The formal invitation can be found here: Invitation for Installation of Chancellor Stephen Mandel
Please reply with your attendance here.
As you are aware all institutional travel requires authorization by my office. This does not include travel from internal research grants, PD accounts, or by recruiters in the course of their duties. In the case of international travel, our VP External Affairs and International Relations Dr. Manfred Zeuch must first approve prior to a final approval by me.
The Travel Request Form has been modified. Please use this version from now on. It is important to remember that travel must be approved prior to making any booking arrangements. If no booking arrangements are required, the form must be submitted for approval at least two weeks prior to the expected travel date. We have had some late submissions, with some only coming to my office the day prior to the planned travel. This does not give me adequate time to issue the approval. It will be helpful in facilitating a smooth process if we are all mindful of the two week deadline moving forward.
Thank you, Tim Loreman
In order to ensure that CUE has an administration that is able to best respond to our constantly shifting internal and external circumstances it is sometimes necessary for us to do a ‘cabinet shuffle’ in our senior administration. This is one of those times.
In order to adequately address burgeoning needs in the area of external relations Dr. Manfred Zeuch will be engaged in a new portfolio. He will move from being our ‘Vice-President International and Research’ to ‘Vice President External Affairs and International Relations’. This will bring many of our outward-facing administrative units under one office, providing for greater opportunities for collaboration and coordination and making best use of Dr. Zeuch’s significant diplomatic skills. The organizational chart linked here shows the structure of this new office.
Research will move under the auspices of the Office of the Provost. In order to facilitate the increased work that taking responsibility for research will entail, Dr. Colin Neufeldt will become our Assistant Vice-President Academic in addition to retaining his role as Dean of Graduate Studies. Our VPA and Provost, Dr. Valerie Henitiuk, has a strong research background (including a current SSHRC Insight Development Grant) and is a good fit for this additional area of administrative responsibility. This second linked organizational chart shows the new structure of her office.
In making these changes I have been mindful of not increasing the overall size of our administration. We have re-allocated roles and arrived at a new structure that is almost cost neutral when compared with our former structure, and that involves no more individuals. This new arrangement will help to optimize the contributions of the very talented people we have working in administration at Concordia, helping our institution to move forward even more effectively than we already have been.
The honour of your presence is requested at the installation of Stephen Mandel as the second Chancellor of Concordia University of Edmonton.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
The Installation Ceremony will begin at seven o’clock at Concordia University of Edmonton’s
Robert Tegler Student Centre.
Reception to follow.
Information for faculty who plan to process will be sent out closer to the date of the event.
The formal invitation can be found here: Invitation for Installation of Chancellor Stephen Mandel
Please reply with your attendance here.
Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) has made a deep commitment to respecting and infusing Indigenous knowledge and wisdom into the entirety of the university from curriculum to administration and policy development. CUE is striving to become the Indigenous community’s choice for post-secondary education and a welcoming and embracing campus community for Indigenous students.With this bold strategy we have retained Lewis Cardinal as our Indigenous Strategy Advisor to guide us and connect us to the Indigenous communities in Edmonton and across Alberta to ensure we do things right and with the upmost respect. Lewis Cardinal is Woodland Cree from the Sucker Creek Cree First Nation in northern Alberta. Lewis’s office hours are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 AM to 12 Noon in G302. If you have any questions or are interested in meeting with Lewis, please email him at email@example.com, or call him at 780-288-0314.
Canada’s pre-eminent small university
In January I said that our focus at CUE could be on becoming Canada’s pre-eminent small university, and having discerned buy in from our community I have often repeated this goal since then. I have, however, demurred when asked what the phrase means. This has been deliberate. While I have publically mused on various aspects of what I think it might mean to be Canada’s pre-eminent small university, I have never explicitly outlined criteria for success. This is because I believe that our community should set those criteria before we work together to accomplish the goal. This has provoked an ongoing conversation with many groups and individuals throughout 2017, a conversation that is not over yet. Our new five-year academic plan, due in the spring of 2018, should bring that phase of the conversation to a conclusion. It will outline what we mean when we say ‘Canada’s pre-eminent small university’ and will provide a road map on how we are to get there. Then we can get to work on implementing the plan together.
New program in Education
Deputy Minister Rod Skura has now approved Concordia’s proposed Master of Education in Educational Leadership, effective July 2018. This follows hard work, patience, and perseverance from all members of our Faculty of Education, including our previous Dean Dr. Maureen Stratton. Our new Dean, Dr. Edgar Schmidt and his team, along with our Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Colin Neufeldt, are to be warmly congratulated for their contributions to this success. This represents another important marker in the history of CUE.
Unfortunately the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year has been marked by a number of serious incidents involving students. These include alleged assaults and mental health difficulties. In some instances the Edmonton Police Service has been involved. Please be assured that our Student Life and Learning team and Campus Security, led by Dr. Barb van Ingen and Mr. Andrew Sterne, are doing an exemplary job of managing each situation and providing appropriate service and care to those in need of it. Preventative programs are also being implemented across campus.
Although I am on the Stakeholder Engagement Committee with respect to Northlands, this committee has yet to be convened. A recent email from the City of Edmonton said “We are currently reviewing the plan development process to ensure we hear from the broadest range of perspectives in considering the future of this site. This committee will still be a part of future conversations, but we are unable to provide a start date at this time.” I am concerned about what is happening at Northlands. With this in mind I am:
In September I reported that a review of our budget revealed the potential for a significant deficit at the end of the 2017-18 financial year if action was not taken. In response the office of our VP Finance and Operations, led by Richard Currie, reviewed all budget lines in consultation with budget managers throughout the institution. I am pleased to report that resulting from this review we were able to gain greater clarity about our financial position and in doing so to bring our projected deficit down to below zero. Thank you to everyone in the institution who assisted us in doing this.
That said, we still need to be very careful with our spending this year, and we need to continue to find savings where we can. We can, however, lift the hiring freeze in a limited way and in order of priority. A restriction on unbudgeted travel and the postponement of some capital and renovation projects will remain.
We hosted a very successful information breakfast about the capital campaign for approximately 75 people generously donated by Dr. Prem Singhmar at his new Hyatt Place hotel downtown on September 26. Many of those in attendance were people representing companies with significant philanthropic agendas. With the help of Trish Bronsch (campaign co-chair) and Rhonda Newman I will be following up with each of these potential donors on an ongoing basis. Those wishing to support our campaign should contact Rhonda Newman for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Research Office is half way through restructuring, streamlining operations with tri-council structures and procedures. We are also implementing a program of faculty support for research via workshops and information sessions, in addition to personalized help directed at applying to external research grants.
CUE has received the offer of cooperation in regards to a research cluster on Indigenous Studies from the State University of Alagoas (UNEAL) in Brazil, whose president will be a speaker at Model UN Banff conference in November.
The Research Office, together with the library and the VPAP, will be hosting a first CUE author celebration event on October 26 in the library.
CUE’s recent Europe mission, through our VPIR, was very fruitful. Five partners were visited in France and Spain and cooperation was discussed. At
the European Association of International Educators (EAIE) in Seville, CUE had conversations with partners from Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Spain, France, UK, Germany, Italy, again about our cooperation and mobility.
Three Brazilian partners want to offer a 3-4-week free program for 10-15 CUE students in May of 2018 (free of tuition and probably free of accommodation expenses). We are working on the program and areas. Our VPIR is currently representing CUE, for the first time, at the important Conference of the Americas for International Education (CAIE), held in Montreal this year. This helps to build important (new) connections, and also provides an opportunity to clarify the mystery of “A Concordia in Edmonton?”
As reported last month Deputy Minister of Advanced Education Mr. Skura indicated that further discussion on the matter of CUE becoming a fully public institution could be expected towards the end of this calendar year. Discussion with other post-secondary presidents at a meeting on September 29 indicated that all institutions seeking a change in status have been given this same message from the Ministry.
On behalf of Inclusion Alberta, you are invited to attend our annual Changing Lives, Changing Communities Fundraising Breakfast. By attending this event, you will have the opportunity to hear from families whose lives have been dramatically enhanced through the work of Inclusion Alberta.
Your support helps us Change Lives and Change Communities
Join Inclusion Alberta on Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Westin Hotel.
Please RSVP to Colin Saby at email@example.com by Thursday, October 5.