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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Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship
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!”
Up for Debate
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
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, 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…