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I’m Lyssa and while my family roots are in the Eastern Townships region, I grew up in London, ON and I graduated from BU with a double major in Political Studies and International Studies with a minor in French Language Studies. Bishop’s was perfect for me, not only on a social level, but in terms of academics as well. I learn best with a personalized teaching approach and this is exactly what Bishop’s provided. I would not change my Bishop’s experience one bit.
I am the Campus Tours and Events Coordinator but I also visit with students across the Eastern Townships region of Quebec, so watch for me at your local CEGEP. My fun fact is that I LOVE horses! So much so that I participate as a barrel rider in rodeos throughout Quebec!
My name is Clare Murphy. I grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and graduated from Bishop’s in 2016 with a Degree in Neuroscience. I would describe Bishop’s as a supportive place to learn and grow as a student and as a person! As a student, I played on the Varsity Basketball Team for two years before getting involved with Student Council. I got to be the representative for my fellow science students, as well as start our Annual Mental Health Week, organize fundraising events for a couple charities and help run Orientation Week. In my final year of university, I was able to go on two exchanges – to England and Malta – and received an experiential learning fund to do research in Madagascar. I’m so grateful for the university experience Bishop’s provided me, and hope to pass on the purple pride to the next group of Gaiters. Watch for me and my purple car in Eastern Ontario!
Hello! My name is Jessica and I graduated from Bishop’s University in June 2016, majoring in Arts Administration, concentration Drama. Originally from Longueuil, Québec, I was fortunate to grow up in a trilingual setting: I learned French in school, English from the community, and Slovak from my parents. I went to Champlain St-Lambert for CEGEP and then UQAM and Concordia for university, before finally arriving at BU in 2013. The unique blend of the program, part business and part arts concentration, really sold me, and the rest of the experience was just extra! In my 3 years at Bishop’s, I got involved with the Women’s Volleyball club, the BU Singers choir, went on exchange to Australia and worked for Centennial Theatre. Some things I am passionate about are sports, culture and travelling. I am very excited to be part of the recruitment and admissions team this year and to meet students from across Québec, New-Brunswick and Ontario. And that’s me folks! Have a great year Gaiters!
My Favourite spot on campus: Centennial Theatre.
There’s nothing more rewarding than meeting a student, telling them about Bishop’s, seeing their eyes light up and realizing that you might have just changed their life. I experienced this moment when I set foot on campus for a tour and instantly fell in love. Ever since that moment, Bishop’s has held a special place in my heart.
I grew up in Quebec City and attended French school. I graduated from Bishop’s with a Bachelor of Business Administration with Concentrations in Marketing and International Business. I took several classes outside of my program and discovered a passion for other subjects, such as politics and nutrition, which the liberal education model allowed me to do. I completed my last semester on an international student exchange in England.
I fully took advantage of what Bishop’s has to offer and formed lasting memories and relationships. I was involved in various ways. I was a member of several clubs, such as the Business Association, the Ski and Snowboard Club, I helped organize Orientation Week, I worked for a professor, I was a lifeguard, I completed an independent study and several internships, and so much more. Finally, I was a student ambassador, which developed my passion for sharing my university experience with future Gaiters and led me to become a Recruitment and Admissions Officer. I’ll be meeting future Gaiters in the Montreal region as well as in France and the Middle East.
Hey there Future Gaiters! My name is Nelson and I am a first generation Congolese-Canadian. I was born in Montreal but grew up in Toronto therefore I don’t cheer for the Canadiens or Maple Leafs – I like NASCAR instead. Travelling has been a big part of my life having lived In Tanzania, Kenya, Democratic republic of Congo and in France. After High school I got hired by an NGO called CUSO and moved to Africa to work. I also have experience as an entrepreneur starting 2 small businesses which employed a total of 6 people. Working with NGOs fuelled my interest to know how Government works and how society organizes itself, thus I really wanted an education in which I would be able to explore this in depth. I decided to go to Humber College and take the General Arts and Science program due to the fact that the class sizes where relatively small, and the teachers really supported and were engaged with the students. Once I completed my diploma my Dean strongly recommended that I go to Bishop’s as it had a similar atmosphere and style of education. While at Bishop’s I took part in the Model UN and went to the major competition in New York City in the UN National Assembly. I also had the opportunity to learn about the political climate between Francophones and Anglophones due to the research I did thanks to the Nicholas Bachand Canadian Civil Society Internship. I love cars and am looking forward to driving the purple mobile throughout Atlantic Canada and Ontario. Looking forward to speaking with you about what sets Bishop’s apart and what made it the right fit for me!
3M Coaching Award Recipient ’98
I am going onto my 33rd year being associated with Bishop’s. For 24 of those years I was Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball team where I helped graduate 125 student athletes. I was proud to be part of 4 Québec championship teams and in 1998 our Gaiters won the Canadian National championship. My Best Bishop’s highlight is being married to my wife Heather in St. Mark’s Chapel and receiving our wedding guests at Dewhurst dining hall.
My favourite Bishop’s student of all time is my step son Justin (’06) who graduated with Honours B.A. major in Business.
I primarily look after the USA market (east of the Mississippi) so watch for my purple car throughout New England. Toujours la vie en mauve!
I began working as the International Student and Exchange Coordinator from 1995-2000, again in 2008-2009, and have been the International Student Mobility Officer since 2013. I was Bishop’s representative on the International Relations Committee at the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities from 1995-2006, and a member of the National Education Marketing Roundtable at the Department of International Trade and Foreign Affairs in Ottawa from 2004-2007. I am a member of the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) from 1996-present. Completed a Certificate in Intercultural Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2000, graduated with a Bachelor’s Honours in Sociology and Minor in Criminology from Bishop’s in 2003, and a Maîtrise en sciences humaines, formation interculturelle from the Université de Sherbrooke in 2015.
Five words to describe Bishop’s: Bishop’s develops essential critical thinking.
BEd ‘10, MSc ’14
Hi! I graduated from Université de Sherbrooke with a Bachelor of Education and Master’s Degree in Vocational Counselling. I joined the Recruitment and Admissions Team at Bishop’s University as the Campus Tours and Events Officer and am now an Admissions Officer reviewing and evaluating all applications.
One of My Favourite BU Moments: Sharing my love for Bishop’s University with prospective students and their families on a daily basis or at bigger events like our open houses or admitted students receptions.
Words to Best Describe BU: Engaging, unique, learning and close knit.
Born and raised in the Eastern Townships I have had the privilege of having the beautiful scenery of the area as my backyard my entire life. My earliest memory of Bishop’s University was driving by the campus everyday of high school. I remember driving past on weekends to sporting events and loved all the school spirit that seemed to be all over town. I began my journey at Bishop’s as a temporary replacement for 2 weeks as the receptionist, which was nearly nineteen years ago. I guess it’s true what they say “We’ll stay here forevermore!”. I remained at reception until 2011, when I moved upstairs to my current role as the Admissions Office Assistant. I really enjoy the daily contact with the students.
Born in Newfoundland and raised in the West-Island of Montreal, I am a proud Bishop’s University alum, having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Major in English: Cultural and Media studies. During my time at BU I was captain of the Varsity Men’s basketball team, a writer and editor for The Campus newspaper, and helped organize the inaugural ALS walk during Orientation week, to name a few things. I oversee the day-to-day operations in our Recruitment, Admissions, and Student Exchange offices as well as participate and help organize a myriad of other events on and off campus. Married at the St Mark’s chapel on campus to a proud BU alum, I live in Lennoxville with my wife Christine and our three kids.
BA ’94 MCS ’05 UTC ’05
Originally from Kitchener, Ontario but I’ve lived in three other provinces since then and have spent the last 17 years working in higher education for four Canadian universities including my alma mater, the one and only Bishop’s University. I completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in History at BU before I went on and completed a Masters in Communications Studies degree and a University Teaching Certificate. Although my time as a student at Bishop’s was so long ago I fondly remember being involved in a variety of things such as being a member of the now defunct Varsity Men’s volleyball team, a DJ for the radio station, Orientation leader, member of the history, geography and ski & snowboard clubs, and a campus tour guide. I also lived in residence – Norton 4th floor with my roommate Paul who I still keep in touch with 25 years later! Today I’ve taken my residence experience to a whole new level as my wife and two children live in one of the houses located right on campus – nothing beats a five minute walk to work. There is no colour in the world better than Purple and no better place to be than in Lennoxville on the Bishop’s campus! Raise a Toast.