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In August 2017 Bishop’s University will welcome young English-speaking Quebecers to its Lennoxville campus for a week-long Civic Leadership Institute. This initiative is being supported by the Quebec Government as part of its Stratégie d’action jeunesse 2016-2021.

The Institute, which is part of the action plan announced on Monday by Premier Philippe Couillard and Karine Vallières, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier (Youth) and MNA for Richmond, is being led by Bishop’s Dean of Education, Marie-Josée Berger with the support of the Quebec Community Group’s Network (QCGN).

“One of the most important challenges facing Quebec’s English-speaking community is its capacity to retain its young people,” said Michael Goldbloom C.M., Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop’s University. “As for all young Quebecers, the economic health and social dynamism of Quebec society will be critical determinants in whether young English-speaking adults choose to make their lives here.”

“There are additional factors which impact young English-speaking Quebecers and their decisions to remain in Quebec,” commented Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director General of the QCGN. “Three of the most important factors are their capacity to communicate effectively in French; their employment opportunities; and their sense of engagement in – and capacity to contribute to – Quebec society.”

“Bishop’s University believes that it can contribute to this third element by enhancing their understanding of how some of the fundamental institutions of Quebec society function,” Goldbloom said.

“We are looking forward to working with the QCGN and English CEGEPs to organize a program which will give young people a better understanding of how their society operates,” said Berger, noting the program will give the students insight into how some major Quebec institutions operate, such as the National Assembly, political parties, the education and health care systems, community and not-for-profit organizations and the media. “The goal of the program will be to give young people not only a sense of what it is like to work in these major sectors but also how to influence change.”

“We believe that the more engaged that young people are in Quebec society the more likely they are to choose to make their lives here,” said Martin-Laforge.

During the Institute, participants will be asked to identify a change that they would like to see in an aspect of Quebec society and they will be given guidance about how to develop and implement a strategy to help effect that change.

This week-long Institute, to be held on the Bishop’s campus in Sherbrooke (Lennoxville), will take place in August of 2017. This opportunity for CEGEP students will be at no cost to the participants. Instructors will include a cross section of Quebec’s institutional and organizational leaders.

Contact: Denise Lauzière
Principal’s Office
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2201

Bishop’s University Invites Community to Learn How to Support Reading Development in Bilingual Children

As part of its Café Scientifique Series, Bishop’s University invites members of the community with an interest in literacy development and bilingualism to take part in a free discussion and exchange of ideas on the topic “Supporting Reading Development in Bilingual Children”.

Hosted by the University’s Research Office, the event promises to tackle the following questions:

  • How reading works, with a particular focus on bilingual readers;
  • How to identify students/children who may be at risk for reading difficulty and some general ways to support them;
  • How to promote literacy development in general;
  • Some factors to consider when deciding what educational model (e.g. monolingual, immersion, bilingual) works best for a given child or student.

The talk will be led by Dr. Corinne Haigh of Bishop’s University’s School of Education. Dr. Haigh holds a Ph.D. in Educational and Cognitive Psychology from the University of Waterloo, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at McGill University’s Centre for Research on Language, Mind and Brain, where she led a study on literacy development in elementary school students in French immersion programs, with a particular emphasis on children at risk for difficulty with decoding, reading comprehension, or a combination of these skills. This talk stems from her Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded extension of this project, which followed this same group of students from kindergarten to the end of Grade 6.

Anyone with a general interest in bilingual learning, reading development and fostering literacy skills in young children can attend and participate actively in what will surely be a lively and enlightening discussion.

Event details

Wednesday, December 7, 7 p.m.
Lennoxville Elementary School, 1 Academy St., Lennoxville
Public Talk: Supporting Reading Development in Bilingual Children

This event is free of charge and open to the public.


Contact : Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2840


Bishop’s University is pleased to announce that Quebecor has made a $100,000 donation to support the Bishop’s University Singers Choir.

Spread over three years, this gift will help fund the choir and provide financial support to its musicians. Some of the money will be directed to marketing and promotion of the choir.

“This gift is a huge boost for our choir and our musicians,” said Fannie Gaudette, Director of the Bishop’s University Singers Choir. “It will go a long way to sustain our activities and improve the overall financial health of the choir. We are very grateful to Quebecor for this fantastic investment in our choir.”

‘‘As an engaged company, Quebecor firmly believes in the importance of forging enriching and long-lasting relationships. We are proud to support the Bishop’s University Singers Choir, which brings people from all backgrounds together in a shared passion for music’’, said Pierre Dion, President and CEO of Quebecor.

BU Singers Fall 2016

About Bishop’s University

Bishop’s University, which was founded in 1843, is a predominantly residential, undergraduate university in Sherbrooke, Quebec. It provides a high quality education in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, business, and education. Its small size (2,300 full time students) allows students to develop close relationships with their professors and each other.

About Quebecor

About Quebecor

Quebecor, a Canadian leader in telecommunications, news media, entertainment and culture, is one of the best-performing integrated communications companies in the industry. Driven by their determination to deliver the best possible customer experience, all of Quebecor’s subsidiaries and brands are differentiated by their high-quality, multiplatform, convergent products and services. Quebecor (TSX: QBR.A, QBR.B) is headquartered in Québec. It holds a 81.07% interest in Quebecor Media, which employs close to 11,000 people in Canada. A family business founded in 1950, Quebecor is strongly committed to the community. Every year, it actively supports people working with more than 400 organizations in the vital fields of culture, health, education, the environment and entrepreneurship.


For additional information:

Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, ext. 2840

The U4 League ─ Acadia, Bishop’s, Mount Allison, and StFX ─ is now the Maple League of Universities

Maple League of Universities logo

At a gala dinner on Wednesday night in Toronto, the U4 League announced that it was adopting a new name – the Maple League of Universities.

The U4 League was formed in May 2013 as an association of four small, residential, primarily undergraduate universities in three provinces.

Michael Goldbloom, Principal of Bishop’s University and Chair of the Presidents’ Group, said: “When we formed our alliance three years ago, we considered calling ourselves the Maple League, but we feared that we might be seen as being overly ambitious. Based on what we have accomplished and our agenda of new initiatives, we are now comfortable adopting a name which reflects our ambitions.”

“Working collaboratively allows us to expand the breadth and depth of opportunities we provide for our students,” Goldbloom said. “We have held joint academic conferences and student competitions, shared significant lectures and will be making it possible for students to take a course at another Maple League university without leaving their own campus.”

Next spring, each of the four universities will be offering a unique course for students from the four universities.

Goldbloom said: “I am confident that many more opportunities for collaboration will emerge as our universities work together to offer the best possible undergraduate experiences in Canada.”

Contact: Katie Edwards, Executive Director


Second consecutive ranking from annual Maclean’s University Rankings

Bishop’s University is ranked #1 in Canada for student satisfaction according to the Maclean’s University Rankings published today.

This is the second year in a row that Bishop’s has topped the Student Satisfaction category for primarily undergraduate universities.

Bishop’s also cracked the top ten in the overall ranking of primarily undergraduate universities, jumping from twelfth to ninth place this year.

Dan Seneker, Director of Enrolment at Bishop’s University states, “This survey reaffirms what our students and alumni have been telling us for years: that Bishop’s is simply the best place to get a superior education at the undergraduate level and enjoy a diversity of experiential learning and extracurricular experiences all while being part of a unique and tight-knit community.”

He adds: “At Bishop’s, our students don’t feel like a number. It’s about the people, and that’s what makes our campus so extraordinary.”

Just last month, Bishop’s welcomed its largest incoming class in its 173-year history.

Applications for Fall 2017 admissions are now available online.


Contact: Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2840

ENROLMENT NUMBERS UP AGAIN AT BISHOP’S UNIVERSITY – Largest ever incoming class in university’s history

Bishop’s University experienced a 9.4% increase in new full-time student enrolment from Fall 2015 to Fall 2016, welcoming 919 incoming students including 146 international exchange students (20 more than last year).

Overall full-time enrolment grew to 2,428 students, while part-time enrolment rose to 342 students. This is an increase of 1% from Fall 2015 and a 4% increase from Fall 2014.

Fifty-three percent of students are from Quebec, with Francophones and Anglophones represented equally. Thirty-two percent of students come from the rest of Canada, while 15% hail from 60 other countries (the United States, France and China are the top three countries represented).

This is the university’s largest incoming class in its 173-year history.

Dan Seneker, Director of Enrolment at Bishop’s University states, “While we have seen an increase in enrolment over the past two years, I’m proud to say that it has been accomplished without jeopardizing our academic standards. Our minimum admission standards remain at an R-score of 23 or a 75% for general entry to the university, with some programs requiring a higher average and/or supplemental materials. Admission to Bishop’s will increasingly become more selective and competitive.”

While the increase in overall enrolment demonstrates a worldwide appreciation for our liberal education model and the quality of education at Bishop’s, we are still projecting a budget shortfall for the 2016-17 fiscal year. The University is now assessing the financial impact of this enrolment growth. Nevertheless, it appears clear that this growth will help Bishop’s in its financial recovery and sustainability efforts.

Applications for Fall 2017 admissions are now available online.


Contact: Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2840


Bishop’s University is proud to announce the 2016-17 season of the Donald Lecture Series. Maureen Dowd, Amanda Lindhout, Senator Murray Sinclair and Marie Henein, this year’s headliners and social commentators, promise to keep the Bishop’s community engaged as ever by addressing some of the most compelling topics of our time.

The series will kick off on Thursday, October 20, with Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd in conversation with Carl Hulse. Ms. Dowd will share her wry humour and acerbic insights into the most controversial presidential race in modern history, just a few weeks before the American election. Chief Washington Correspondent of the New York Times Carl Hulse will lead the conversation.

On Wednesday, November 16, Amanda Lindhout will tell the searingly intimate story of her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity. A captivating, unforgettable speaker, Ms. Lindhout alights on the positive and leaves the audience with a fuller understanding of the freedom we can all experience when we choose to embrace compassion. What emerges is a celebration of resilience — a powerful portrait of the strength of the human spirit.

On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Senator Murray Sinclair will speak about his 25 year experience in the justice system in Manitoba and his role as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Finally, on Friday, February 10, 2017, Marie Henein will share her experiences as a defense lawyer in Canada. Ms. Henein has been repeatedly recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine and was the 2013 recipient of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Laura Legge Award.

Into its 9th season, the Donald Lecture Series brings speakers of national and international renown to the Bishop’s campus to provide insight, provoke thought, and stimulate debate on the most compelling issues and events in the world today.

The series is made possible thanks to the generous support of Bishop’s alumnus John Donald ’60, DCL ’12. All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For more information on the series, including speaker biographies and lecture descriptions, visit the Donald Lecture Series website.

Donald Lecture Series – 2016-17 Season
All four lectures are free and will take place in Centennial Theatre.

Maureen Dowd with Carl Hulse
Thursday, October 20, 2016
7 p.m.

Amanda Lindhout
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
7 p.m.

Senator Murray Sinclair
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
7 p.m.

Marie Henein
Friday, February 10, 2017
7 p.m.


Contact: Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2840


SHERBROOKE – Champlain College Lennoxville and Bishop’s University have joined forces to organize the third Empty Bowls/Bols du Partage Project that will be held at the Hope Community Church on October 15th 2016.  Dating back to the 1990’s the Empty Bowls international project has been adopted by many communities to fight hunger in their very own neighbourhood.  This event invites you to share in a bowl of soup to support those in need.

Several hundred beautiful handcrafted bowls have been made by local potters. Each bowl is hand painted and unique. Some of the bowls have been decorated by well-known artists and local dignitaries. Delicious homemade soups and breads have been made by a local chef, Billy Lidstone Chef a Domicile. Local musicians Jonathan MacAuley and Jason Drew will also be performing.

You are invited to come choose one of the hundreds of bowls, fill it with soup, grab a homemade bun and enjoy. You then take the bowl home as a reminder that your contribution has gone directly into your community. All the money we raise goes to Lennoxville Elementary School Breakfast Program, The Cornerstone Food Bank and the BU/CRC Pastoral Fund.

Soup is truly food for the soul, so help feed another soul and enjoy an autumn afternoon in Lennoxville on October 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hope Church, 102 Queen Street. Tickets are available for $25.00 each at the Bishop’s University Bookstore, or 819-564-3666, ext 119.

This event is made possible by BU/CRC, Sodexo, Provigo Lennoxville, Pâtisseries et Gâteaux Lorraine and Lucy Doheny Potter.

Heather Thomson
819-822-9600, ext. 2718
Champlain College-Lennoxville
2580 College Street
Sherbrooke, Quebec
J1M 0C8


Bishop’s University is launching its annual campaign for Centraide today, setting its goal at $12,000. Five percent of the funds raised will be directed to student services to help students with urgent needs.

The Dean of the Williams School of Business, Ms. Francine Turmel, is spearheading this year’s campaign. “Our team of volunteers will be canvassing everyone on campus, including faculty, staff, and students,” she said. “We’re fortunate to be able to count on so many people, many of whom worked for the campaign in previous years.”

Ms. Nadia Choubane, campaign director for the public sector at Centraide, and Mr. Yves Jodoin, chairman of the board of directors at Centraide and former Secretary General at Bishop’s, were present to launch the campaign with Principal Michael Goldbloom, C.M., and Dean Turmel.  Two individuals gave heartfelt testimonials about what Centraide means to them and how past campaigns have impacted the Lennoxville organizations that have helped them.

In addition to the launch, the organizing committee has planned two fundraising activities on campus during the three-week campaign, including a fun-filled lunch hour on Wednesday, October 12 where everyone on campus can participate in a run, a yoga class or a zumba class.

“We are counting on the spirit of generosity that is synonymous with our University and its people,” said the Dean. “We invite everyone to consider a donation and to participate in the upcoming activities.”

Centraide is a not-for-profit organization that raises money to support local organizations that help break the cycle of poverty and social exclusion.

For more information on the campaign’s activities on campus, follow the Bishop’s University Facebook page, or check out the University’s online events calendar.


Contact: Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, ext. 2840


Bishop’s University will launch an unprecedented campaign in September to prevent sexual violence on its campus. The campaign comes at a time when the University is mobilizing to offer additional resources and tools to students in the hopes of eradicating sexual violence from its campus.

The campaign’s cornerstone effort will be the mandatory Bystander Intervention Training, which will be given to the entire incoming class just days after the students move to their new homes on- and off-campus. The training aims to educate and empower students to act when they witness a potentially dangerous situation. The University is expecting its entire incoming class and over 100 senior students to attend the training.

“Studies show that bystander intervention decreases attempts of sexual assault as well as successful assaults,” says Dr. Jackie Bailey, the Dean of Student Affairs. “ Incidents of sexual violence have been shown to be disproportionately high in the first year of University, which is why we are targeting our initiatives during Orientation Week. Our hope is that within the next 4-5 years the entire student body will be trained in bystander intervention.

“My goal is to have zero assaults on our campus,” declares the Dean. “We want to create a culture of sexual health and safety.”

Dr. Bailey is spearheading the campaign to create a safe environment for new and returning students on campus. “We have great collaborative relationships with several local organizations, including CALACS Agression Estrie, and we’ve partnered with MESSAGE, a campaign that involves other Sherbrooke post-secondary institutions, organizations, and community outreach workers, representing over 40,000 students,” says Dr. Bailey. “We’ve also partnered with the Sans Oui C’est Non! campaign.”

Another key partner is the Students Representative Council (SRC). “We are proud to associate ourselves with this important campaign,” says Heather Barlow, Vice-President of Student Life. “Over 100 of our student volunteers have been trained in time for Move-In weekend and Orientation Week. We are ready to assist our fellow students should they witness or be involved in a sexual assault.”

Bishop’s has also hired a dedicated full-time sexual health coordinator, Katherine Hébert, who will draft a stand-alone policy on sexual violence. Ms. Hébert will also be responsible for growing programs dedicated to education, prevention, awareness and support around sexual health, as well as working with partners in the region. Students will be able to make disclosures of sexual violence to her.

As was the case in the last two years, Mike Domitrz will return to campus to present “Can I Kiss You?” on Move-In weekend. The founder of the DATE SAFE Project will share the keys to handling intimacy in his blunt, thought-provoking, and entertaining presentation.


Contact : Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, extension 2840