175th anniversary

175th anniversary

175th anniversary

1843 – 2018

On December 9, 1843, Bishop’s founders set it out on a mission to offer the country the benefits of a sound and liberal education. As the University marks its 175th anniversary, Bishop’s longevity speaks to its commitment to academic excellence.

This commitment is grounded in deeply held values: being an inclusive community that fosters engagement, favouring the search for truth and the transmission of knowledge, encouraging outstanding teaching, research and creative expression, as well as considering sustainability in all endeavours.

Bishop’s shares pride in celebrating its 175th anniversary with our local community, students, alumni, faculty and staff in the Eastern Townships, Quebec, Canada and the world. Happy 175th anniversary, Bishop’s University!

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Faculty-student collaboration: QUSC

Junru Bian

In February 2019, Bishop’s University students teamed up with students, professors researchers and practitioners from McGill University, Université de Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke and University of Ottawa to examine the effects of globalization on international security and the security functions of the nation-state in different regions around the world during the second annual Quebec Undergraduate Security Conference. This conference was initiated by Dr. Sarah-Myriam Martin-Brûlé, a Politics and International Studies Professor at Bishop’s as part of the International Security in the Globalization Era (ISGE) project which unites researchers from three Quebec-based Universities — McGill, University of Montreal, and Bishops. Continue Reading…

Spotlight on Dr. Vicki Chartrand, a criminologist of Bishop’s Sociology Department

Dr. Vicki Chartrand

Although teaching is a crucial part of Bishop’s University’s faculty, our professors are also deeply committed to research and knowledge mobilization. With the help of research grants, both professors and students are actively involved on campus working towards a better understanding of current affairs and raising awareness about crucial issues.

Prominent among our researchers on campus is Dr. Vicki Chartrand, a criminologist of Bishop’s Sociology Department. Dr. Chartrand recently received a grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture to conduct research on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Given that the problem has only recently received national and public attention, her research involves highlighting all the work the families and communities have done to address the murders and disappearances. “The historical lack of attention to the problem largely resulted in the families and communities developing their own initiatives and strategies, often with few or no resources or support” says Dr. Chartrand. “This work is an important area to consider because it not only highlights the vital strengths and resources of Indigenous communities in Canada, but it helps us develop a more collective understanding of justice.”

Dr. Chartrand is also the founding member of the Centre for Justice Exchange – a collective that advances more inclusive understandings of justice and accountability through education, research, and sharing of resources, Her work with the Centre involves working with diverse criminal justice stakeholders, including people who are or have been incarcerated, to develop alternative solutions to social harms and accountability. This includes providing resources of support to those in the criminal justice system and raising awareness of the barriers to justice. The Centre routinely involves Bishop’s students who assist with research and public education. One year, the students organized a prison art exhibition that brought awareness of the struggles faced by people in prison that are largely unknown to the public. Dr. Chartrand points out that “people in prison are isolated from the available supports and information needed to increase their quality of life and reduce the potential for further social harms to arise. Not only do we address a clear need for those who have been cut off from important resources in the prison, we also gain valuable, but often ignored, insight into the prison and criminal justice system” All in all, in her research, Dr. Chartrand’s attempts to capture and bring attention to some of the overlooked areas of criminal justice.

Spotlight on Ed Pomykala: promoting athletic and academic excellence

Ed Pomykala

Although several factors determine results in sports, coaches have a direct impact on the athletes. A long-standing figure in Bishop’s University student athletes’ experience is Ed Pomykala, who was the Gaiters’ Men’s basketball team Coach from 1984 to 2008, worked in Recruitment and Admissions afterwards until 2018, and remains a Consultant Coach with the Gaiters’ Women’s basketball team to this day, having also served as Sports Information Director and Interim Director of Athletics. As Bishop’s marks its 175th anniversary, Coach Pomykala talks about athletic excellence and his experience with our Gaiters. “Working with Bishop’s has been a wonderful opportunity and a rewarding experience. One of my favourite Bishop’s moments is when I got married in 1993 at the Chapel and when the men’s basketball team won the Canadian national trophy in 1998,” says coach Pomykala.

Athletes’ memories of their journeys are often based largely on the leadership they experience. How coaches create an environment to motivate the players is often key to a successful performance. “I don’t believe in the reward-punishment system. I believe in the reward-reward system. Catching the athletes doing something right and praising them instantly is an amazing reward. By doing this, other players on the team are motivated to do the right thing,” explains Coach Pomykala.

In a student athlete’s career, academic excellence is as important as athletic excellence. “Bishop’s has always been a wonderful academic institution that promotes overall growth for its students. It’s all one – it’s not just about reading a book. Bishop’s provides an environment where both academics and athletics are intertwined. When people think of excellence, they look for the level of academic success a person has achieved, but excellence includes many things and I define it as a way a person goes about everything they do. This is what Bishop’s stands for and promotes so well,” explains coach Pomykala.

Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship

Georges-Philippe Gadoury-Sansfaçon

As it has for generations, Bishop’s University continues to attract exceptional students of high academic standing. These impressive young students have a positive impact on their classmates, professors and the community and actively contribute to Bishop’s vision of providing the best undergraduate education in the country.

The Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarships were created to recognize and reward students with outstanding academic records and who truly embody Bishop’s fundamental values– sound learning, good citizenship, community, discovery, excellence, and sustainability.

First-year Bachelor of Science, double major Mathematics and Psychology student Georges-Philippe Gadoury-Sansfaçon is one of this year’s recipients. “Every day I aim to do, learn and help others more than before in all aspects of my life. After only a semester, I can’t keep myself from spreading the word that BU is the place for that. The countless opportunities one has while studying at Bishop’s put the emphasis on a huge motivation that’s everywhere here: trust. The trust I’ve received by being a Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship recipient has allowed me to focus on building my life at and outside BU, notably by participating in its community by being an assistant teacher and tutor, getting involved in research and so much more!”

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Up for Debate

Up for Debate 2019

From February 8-10, Students from Maple League Universities will be gathering at Bishop’s University, which is hosting the seventh annual Up for Debate week-end, to take part in a variety of debating activities, discussions and lectures on the theme of advancing human rights, and to benefit from a unique learning experience among peers from similar universities.

“Four similar Canadian liberal arts universities, Acadia, Bishop’s, Mount Allison, and St. Francis Xavier, have formed the Maple League because they believe that by collaborating rather than competing, they can offer students a richer and more relevant learning experience,” explains Dr. Jessica Riddell, of Bishop’s English Department and Executive Director of the Maple League. “The Maple League vision is to build critical thinkers and leaders through the delivery of an extraordinary 21st century liberal education.”

The theme this year is advancing human rights. The Up for Debate activities showcase many of the values of the Maple League such as collaborating to create new ways of learning, encouraging student collaboration in learning, as well as community engagement and global citizenship – both inside the classroom and beyond.

The Up for Debate week-end is a highlight of Maple League collaboration, during which students from Acadia, Mount Allison, and St. Francis Xavier Universities gather at Bishop’s for a week-end of debate competition for the Jane Blaikie Cup, Business School Case competition, TEDxUBishops talks and Donald Lecture by featured speaker Sally Armstrong, O.C.

Haywood NorAm cross-country ski competition

From January 18th to January 20th, Bishop’s University hosted the Haywood NorAm cross-country ski qualifying competition, in partnership with the Club de Ski de Fond du Parc du Mont-Orford.

This event hosted over 350 top athletes from all over Canada. “Bishop’s University has a very beautiful campus. The fact that it has its own Fédération internationale de ski-certified (FIS) ski trail makes it easier to focus on school as well as the sport itself. I would like to see more universities and colleges have this kind of facility in the future”, said Étienne Hébert, the 21-year-old from Longueuil who finished first in the Final B Senior Men’s skate sprints on the first day of racing, and represented Team Canada at the World Championships in Utah in 2017.

Bishop’s University announced the construction of its cross-country ski trails, located at the Old Lennoxville Golf Club, in 2017 in partnership with Club de Ski de Fond du Parc du Mont-Orford. As the first Canadian University to boast an FIS-certified course, the university offers 7 km of groomed ski trails, of which more than 5 km are FIS-certified.

In 2020, Bishop’s will host the Eastern Canada Noram Race with over 600 athletes expected to compete.

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An outstanding research experience

Sherman Peabody was a science major at Bishop’s University when World War II broke out. Leaving school without finishing his degree, he became a Lancaster-bomber pilot. On July 28th, 1944, while taking part in a raid on Stuttgart, his plane was shot down over Eastern France by a German night fighter. Two of his crew managed to bail out. The bodies of three more crew members were found at the crash site. Peabody and the seventh crew member, James Harrington Doe, were missing and have never been found.

In 2016 the family of Sherman Peabody commissioned the History Department to find out the truth about their fate. Three undergraduate students followed the trail of Sherman Peabody from the Old Library in McGreer, to National Archives in Ottawa, to the Public Record Office in London, to Cirey (pop. 48) in the Vosges Mountains of France. Continue Reading…

Bishop’s Professors are definitely part of The Conversation

The Conversation
An essential part of Bishop’s University is our professors’ commitment to research and their expert knowledge. Being a member of the ‘The Conversation Canada’ allows Bishop’s professors and researchers to share new knowledge and insights to a wider public.

Many of our professors are active contributors. Dr. Trygve Ugland of the Department of Politics and International Studies and currently Vice-Principal, Government Relations and Planning has published two articles. His article ‘How Canada is inspiring Scandinavian countries on immigration’ describes how Canada is a ‘Policy Lender’ when it comes to immigration. Published on January 31st, 2018, his article has reached more than 60,000 readers.

Dr. David Webster, a professor in the Department of History, has published four articles so far. His article ‘Canada’s checkered history of arms sales to human rights violators’ provides context on why our country’s $ 12 billion of arms sales to Saudi Arabia raises controversy, and the history of Canadian arms sales. This article was published on February 13th, 2018 and has reached almost 20,000 readers.

These are but a few examples of the articles published by our outstanding professors. These articles have been republished by numerous prestigious publications such as the World Economic Forum, Maclean’s, Flipboard and the BBC, among others. The Conversation has truly given Bishop’s professors and researchers international exposure.

BU Singers and Music Department celebrate 50 years of musical excellence

As Bishop’s University marks its 175th anniversary, the Bishop’s University Singers and Music Department mark their 50th anniversary. Enjoy excerpts from the BU Singers’ recent Christmas concert along with this interview of Artistic Director Fannie Gaudette.

Paleomission: In Search of the Ancient Sloth

Paleomission: In Search of the Ancient Sloth
Paleomission: In Search of the Ancient Sloth, a new exhibition at the Musée de la nature et des sciences de Sherbrooke (MNS2), is based on research by Dr Matthew Peros, Bishop’s University’s Canada Research Chair on Climate and Environmental change, and presents findings on the remains of two species of prehistoric sloths found in underwater caves in Cuba. Continue Reading…