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BISHOP’S UNIVERSITY RANKED #1 IN CANADA FOR STUDENT SATISFACTION

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.

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Contact: Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
csneath@ubishops.ca
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.

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Contact: Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
csneath@ubishops.ca
819-822-9600, extension 2840

2016-17 SEASON OF DONALD LECTURE SERIES WILL FEATURE DOWD, LINDHOUT, SINCLAIR, HENEIN

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.

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Contact: Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
csneath@ubishops.ca
819-822-9600, extension 2840

CHAMPLAIN LENNOXVILLE AND BISHOP’S UNIVERSITY ORGANIZE EMPTY BOWLS PROJECT

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.

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

BISHOP’S UNIVERSITY KICKS OFF ANNUAL CENTRAIDE CAMPAIGN

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.

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

BISHOP’S UNIVERSITY LAUNCHES SEXUAL VIOLENCE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN

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.

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Contact : Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
csneath@ubishops.ca
819-822-9600, extension 2840

RETURN OF BISHOP’S UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IS GOOD NEWS FOR CAMPUS AND LOCAL ECONOMY

Bishop’s University will welcome new and returning students this Saturday, September 3 when they will move into on- and off-campus housing. Classes begin on Wednesday, September 7.

Bishop’s is expecting one of the largest incoming classes in its history. The makeup of the student body for Fall 2016 is as follows:

  • 875 first year students with a total enrolment of 2,350 (projected)
  • Provenance (entire student body):
    • Within one hour of campus: 15%
    • Quebec: 50%
    • Rest of Canada: 33%
    • International: 17% (representing over 60 countries)
  • Residence:
    • 76% of rooms occupied by new students
    • 24% of rooms occupied by returning students
    • 38 countries represented in our on-campus residences
    • Abbott Hall will house students for the first time since renovations were completed in May 2016
    • 685 total beds available in our seven on-campus residences

Michael Goldbloom, C.M., Principal and Vice-Chancellor, comments: “One of the exceptional aspects of Bishop’s is that our returning students are largely responsible for Orientation Week. I have been impressed by their efforts to welcome the new students and to communicate the fundamental values of the University such as mutual respect, social engagement and academic excellence.”

Bishop’s and Champlain College double their number of sponsored students

Bishop’s continues its tradition of welcoming refugee students through the Bishop’s University/Champlain Regional College Refugee Student Sponsorship Committee. With the continuing refugee crisis resulting from the war in Syria, the committee and the campus community decided to double their efforts and welcome four sponsored students (two were welcomed in 2015-16).

The first student, a Syrian, is continuing his year of sponsorship that began in January 2016. A second sponsored student, a Syrian who sought asylum in Jordan, will arrive during Move-In weekend.  Two more students who will attend Champlain College were recently welcomed: the first is from Burundi but grew up in a refugee camp in Malawi, while the second is from Syria.

Heather Thomson, campus minister and member of the committee, says: “Our group is very excited to welcome our new sponsored students. They enrich our campus and community. We greatly appreciate the tremendous support we receive from both Bishop’s and Champlain.”

Benefits for local economy

The local economy in Lennoxville experiences a lift every Fall semester when the area swells with Bishop’s students. The impact these students have on local businesses in both Lennoxville and Sherbrooke is significant. Indeed, in 2014, Canadian students from outside Quebec spent a total of $22 million on tuition, accommodation, food and other items.

Robert Lafond, the owner of the Provigo grocery store in Lennoxville, welcomes the arrival of Bishop’s students this weekend. “There is no doubt that the students’ presence has a very positive impact on my business,” says Mr. Lafond. “When they’re in town, we have to adjust the volume of inventory in our store to keep up with the demand.”

He adds: “The students bring a positive energy to the area. They create a buzz which I’m sure all other business owners in Lennoxville appreciate.”

Reminder: The Gaiters will inaugurate the football season at Coulter Field on Saturday, September 3 at 7 p.m. against the Vert et Or of the Université de Sherbrooke, in the annual Mayor’s Cup match.

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Contact : Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
csneath@ubishops.ca
819-822-9600, extension 2840

MICHAEL GOLDBLOOM, PRINCIPAL AND VICE-CHANCELLOR OF BISHOP’S UNIVERSITY, FOREGOES SECOND ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE

Principal Michael Goldbloom, C.M., has advised the Chair of the Board of Governors of Bishop’s University that he will forego one of the two years of administrative leave to which he would be entitled at the conclusion of his second five-year mandate as Principal of Bishop’s University.

Principal Goldbloom explained that he made this decision because he did not want his deferred salary allowance to be an impediment to the Government’s willingness to help Bishop’s address the serious financial challenges it is facing.  “It would not be possible for me to continue as Principal if I am compromised in my ability to represent the University in what will be critical negotiations with the Quebec Government”, he said.  “Consequently, although the provisions of my contract are consistent with the norms for university heads in the rest of Canada, I have decided that it will be best to forego the additional leave.”

Me Robert Hall, Chair of the Board of Governors of Bishop’s University, has accepted Principal Goldbloom’s decision, albeit with regret.  “I want to emphasise that the Board and the Principal have been transparent about the terms of Principal Goldbloom’s contract with the Bishop’s community and with the government,” added Me Hall.  “His decision to forego part of the leave to which he’s entitled is another example of the thoughtful and responsible leadership that Michael Goldbloom has provided since taking on the role of Principal at Bishop’s University.”

For additional information :
Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
csneath@ubishops.ca
819-822-9600, extension 2840

FORMER CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF BISHOP’S UNIVERSITY DR. ROBERT GORDON NAMED OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

Dr. Robert “Squee” Gordon, C.M., B.A. ‘60, M.A. ’70, D.C.L. ’04, former Chair of the Corporation and first Chair of the Board of Governors of Bishop’s University, will be invested as Officer of the Order of Canada.

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced the honour would be bestowed on Dr. Gordon for his contributions to the Canadian college system as a long-time academic administrator. The Order of Canada was created in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Its motto is DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country).

“We are very proud of Squee and delighted that he will receive this honour,” said Michael Goldbloom, C.M., Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop’s University. “He is an outstanding member of our community, and we congratulate him on this exceptional achievement.”

Dr. Gordon’s service to Bishop’s University has been recognized through the conferral of an honorary doctorate in 2004, the Award of Merit in 2000 and the Alumnus of the Year award in 1971. He was chosen the best all-around athlete in the University upon his graduation in 1960.

Dr. Gordon is a member of the Post-secondary Education Quality Assessment Board of Ontario. He has acted as a consultant for the Canadian International Development Agency, as a Policy Advisor to the federal government on post-secondary education, and as ‘Leaderin-Residence’ of the Council for Emerging Leaders of the Conference Board of Canada.

The President of Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (Ontario) for 25 years, he has served as President of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges and of the American-based League for Innovation in the Community College. He has chaired the Ontario Technology Fund and the Committee of Presidents of Colleges Ontario, and has served as a member of the Premier’s Council of Ontario. He has also served as President and Chair of the Board of Canada Basketball.

Dr. Gordon’s many contributions have been recognized by the Government of Ontario through the award of the Order of Ontario.
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For additional information:
Contact: Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
csneath@ubishops.ca
819-822-9600, extension 2840

Download:
The official press release here in English or French.

BISHOP’S UNIVERSITY SURPASSES ITS $30 MILLION CAPITAL CAMPAIGN GOAL

OBJECTIVE NOW RAISED TO $36 MILLION

Bishop’s University announced today that it has surpassed its Capital Campaign goal of $30 million, one year ahead of schedule.  (The Campaign was launched on March 1, 2012.)

Amongst other initiatives, this will enable the University to:

  • Increase its endowment for financial aid for students by $9 million
  • Fund the Donald Lecture Series in perpetuity. (Recent speakers have included Chris Hadfield, Edward Snowden and Olympian Clara Hughes.)
  • Endow the B.E.S.T. program which gives students up to $7,000 each to undertake projects in Canada and abroad over the summer, and helps them determine their career paths.
  • Fund the purchase of equipment in the John H. Price Sports Centre ($2.5 million)

The University has decided to raise its objective to $36 million in order to support projects such as residence renovations and the revitalization of the John Bassett Memorial Library.

“We are very grateful to all of our donors for their extraordinary generosity,” said Michael Goldbloom, C.M., Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “I am particularly pleased that these funds will allow more students to attend Bishop’s, who might not otherwise be able to do so.  The support of our donors will significantly enhance the educational experience for all of our students.”

“Our previous campaign raised $18 million, so this is a very significant achievement in the history of the University,” declared Tim Griffin ’71, who co-chairs the campaign with Daniel Fournier. “I want to congratulate our students, staff and volunteers who helped us reach this ambitious goal.”

The University hopes to reach its new goal in Fall 2017.

For additional information:

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

Download:

The official press release here in English or French.