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Bishop’s Gaiters Women’s Hockey join RSEQ for 2020-21 – Molson Family Foundation and Molson Coors support program

Thanks to the generous support of important donors, the Bishop’s Gaiters hockey team will compete at the U SPORTS level in the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Quebec (RSEQ) University Women’s Hockey Conference at the beginning of the 2020-21 season.

With a lead gift from the Molson Family Foundation as well as support from Molson Coors, the Bishop’s University Foundation and other donors, the Gaiters women’s hockey can aim higher.

“To this day the name of the Jane and Eric Molson Arena testifies to the Molson family’s unwavering support for Bishop’s. For all they have done – and continue to do – for Bishop’s University, we owe them our most heartfelt thanks,” said Bishop’s University Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Michael Goldbloom, C.M.

“We wanted to make sure we had a viable long-term plan before committing,” said Bishop’s University Director of Athletics and Recreation Matt McBrine. “Thanks to the Molson Family Foundation, that became possible. We will continue our fundraising efforts, but we can confidently say that we embark on this adventure knowing the program has what it needs to evolve and thrive.”

“I think this is great news,” said Gaiters hockey Head Coach Dominic Desmarais. “We have been looking forward to hearing this was going to be the next step and now can focus on the future. I think Bishop’s is a great place to attract student-athletes from all over. There is also a lot of talent in the Sherbrooke area that will now have an option to stay closer to home while competing at the U SPORTS level.”

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Women's Hockey team in 1933
From 1933 Bishop’s University yearbook, plausibly the oldest photo of a Gaiters’ women’s hockey team in our possession.

BACKGROUNDER

The Bishop’s University Gaiters becomes the first Quebec team outside of Montreal to enter the RSEQ that now features six U SPORTS schools including current national top-10 teams Concordia, Université de Montréal and McGill. Carleton, Ottawa and now Bishop’s round out the six-team conference.

Women’s hockey at Bishop’s dates back to 1915. Since then it has taken a number of forms. Most recently the Gaiters competed in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) where they were Division 2 semifinalists in 2018 and 2019. The Gaiters’ 2019-20 schedule consists of a series of exhibition games.

Dominic Desmarais is in his second year as head coach and will lead the Gaiters as they embark in the next stage of their history.

The 2019-20 edition of the Bishop’s Gaiters will continue to play a number of exhibition games in preparation of next year. The 2020-21 RSEQ schedule will be released later this year. Conference regular season games begin in October and culminate with the U SPORTS Women’s Hockey Championship in March.

According to a 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation report, there are about 86,925 women hockey players in Canada.

In its 2018-19 annual report, Hockey Québec counts 6,353 female hockey players at all stages, from Initiation to Midget categories; 668 of them are in the Eastern Townships region.

In 2016, according to a your-college-hockey.com website tally, of 775 college level Canadian women hockey players, about 300 were playing for American university teams.

The Gaiters will be the 37th U SPORTS-level women’s hockey university team in Canada. There are also currently 35 men’s hockey teams at the same level.

Female student ratio as percentage of total student population at Bishop’s currently: 55 per cent (1,458/2,867).

Female varsity athlete ratio as percentage of total varsity athlete population at Bishop’s currently: 39 per cent (125/322). This includes the current women’s hockey team.

Average GPA of Gaiters women hockey team last year: 72,4 per cent.

Three Women’s hockey Gaiters would have qualified as Academic All-Canadians last year had they been eligible.

Recent evolution of the Gaiters Women’s hockey team:

  • 2019-20 season: exhibition games only vs. teams from U SPORTS, NCAA and various other opponents.
  • 2018-19: American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division 2; Semifinalist at National Tournament in Frisco, TX.
  • 2017-18: ACHA Division 2; Semifinalist at National Tournament in Columbus, OH.
  • 2016-17: Independent women’s Club Hockey League (IWCHL).

The first Men’s Gaiters hockey team was formed in 1892-93, and joined a league in 1895-96. The last season played was 1981-82.

Bishop’s University Gaiters announcement

Members of the media are invited to attend an important announcement by the Bishop’s University Gaiters.

The announcement will take place at the John H. Price Sports and Recreation Centre’s mezzanine at 11:30 a.m.

WHO:
Michael Goldbloom, C.M.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Bishop’s University

WHAT:
Announcement by the Bishop’s University Gaiters

WHERE:
Mezzanine
John H. Price Sports Centre

WHEN:
Thursday, January 16, 2020
11:30 a.m.

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MEDIA INQUIRIES:
Olivier Bouffard
Director of communications
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Bishop’s researchers help discover Earth-sized planet – Orbiting a nearby star, TOI-700d is located in the “habitable zone”

Dr. Jason RoweDr. Jason Rowe, Canada Research Chair in Exoplanet Astrophysics at Bishop’s University, as well as Bishop’s Physics and Astronomy Department’s Visiting Scholar Dr. Kelsey Hoffman and undergraduate researcher and Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) recipient Danielle Dineen played a key role in the recent discovery of an Earth-sized planet located in the “habitable zone” of a nearby star. TOI-700d is the first habitable zone Earth-sized planet found by NASA’s planet hunting TESS mission.

“We are very proud to be part of this exciting new development in exoplanetary discovery,” said Dr. Rowe. “The catalogue of exoplanets keeps growing as we master the techniques involved in detecting and characterizing them. This is the first discovery by the TESS Mission of an Earth-sized rocky planet in a star’s habitable zone and is likely to be followed by more similar cases, all of which may eventually help us answer the fundamental question of whether there is life elsewhere in the universe.”

Dr. Rowe’s team are among the co-authors of “The First Habitable Zone Earth-sized planet from TESS. I: Validation of the TOI-700 System,” a research paper recently submitted to the Astrophysics Journal. News of the results was announced publicly by the NASA, whose Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is the foundation of the team’s research. Dr. Rowe and his collaborators performed a photodynamical analysis which helped measure the planet’s composition.

The Bishop’s team measured the orbital period and radius of the planet and placed important limits on the mass. The mass is important to determine whether the planet in question is composed of rocky material, like the Earth, instead of gas, such as Jupiter, Saturn or Neptune. Moreover, the planet’s distance from its star places it in the “habitable zone”, far enough from the star to retain water and an atmosphere, but close enough to permit the presence of liquid surface water, which is understood to be a key factor for the possibility of life evolving on a planet.

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Frostiana: Bishop’s University Singers’ poetic Holiday homage – A modern classical program featuring poet Robert Frost

As the Holiday season draws near, the Bishop’s University Singers will be offering a dose of musical magic to concertgoers with two concerts at Bishop’s University’s Bandeen Hall on December 5 and 6, 2019.

Under this year’s theme, homage will be paid to the work of Poet Robert Frost set to music by Randall Thompson. The concert will also feature Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols as well as a selection of John Rutter carols.

The Bishop’s University Singers will be directed by guest conductor Jean-Philippe Dutil, and accompanied on piano by their Director, Bishop’s University’s Fannie Gaudette for the first part of the concert. Harpist Matt Dupont will accompany the second part.

Concertgoers will have the opportunity to purchase Holiday poinsettias to the benefit of Maison Aube Lumière. Tickets for the concerts are available through the Centennial Theatre’s Box Office, in person or by phone at 819-822-9692.

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Fine Arts Open House at Bishop’s University – A week-end of student talent on full display

Bishop’s University’s Fine Arts Department invites members of the community to take in the talent and creativity of its students during the Fine Arts Open House opening Friday afternoon at the Molson Fine Arts Building.

Students’ drawings, paintings, sculptures, photos and many other media will be displayed for the public. The exhibition opens on Friday, November 29, 2019 at 4 p.m. and will continue throughout the week-end, with student guides welcoming visitors from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday November 30 and December 1st.

WHAT:  Fine Arts Open House

WHERE:
Molson Fine Arts Building
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, QC

WHEN:
Opening Friday November 29, 2019
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Open Saturday and Sunday
November 30 and December 1st
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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MEDIA INQUIRIES:
Olivier Bouffard
Director of Communications
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olivier.bouffard@ubishops.ca

Transit of Mercury observation at Bishop’s University – To avoid risk of serious eye injury, proper equipment and precaution required

Bishop’s University’s Physics and Astronomy Department invites members of the community to come observe the transit of the planet Mercury across the Sun’s disk from the Quad, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. today, weather permitting.

Directly observing the Sun without proper equipment and precaution can cause serious eye injury and should be avoided at all costs. However, members of the community can safely observe this astronomical phenomenon with the help of telescopes operated by faculty and students of Bishop’s University’s Physics and Astronomy Department.

The observation will pause at 11 a.m. for a few moments of silence to honour the memory of those who died for our country as is customary on Remembrance Day.

A planetary transit occurs when a planet passes between the Sun and the Earth, obscuring a small portion of the Sun from the Earth’s view as the planet’s orbit takes it across the diameter of the Sun. It is the same principle as a Lunar eclipse, but although planets are much larger than the Moon, they are also much further away, and planetary transits obscure a much smaller portion of the Sun than Lunar eclipses.

Although transits of Mercury are more frequent than transits of Venus, they are still relatively rare celestial events. The last transit of Venus occurred in 2012, which was 121 years before its next occurrence. The next transit of Mercury will take place in 2032.

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Observing the transit of Mercury at Bishop’s University – The phenomenon won’t be observed again before 2032

Bishop’s University’s Physics and Astronomy Department invites members of the community to come observe the transit of the planet Mercury across the Sun’s disk which will take place on November 11, from the Bishop’s Observatory at the top of Nicolls building and once the Sun is high enough in the sky from the Quad, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., weather permitting.

Directly observing the Sun without proper equipment and precaution can cause serious eye injury and should be avoided at all costs. However, members of the community can safely observe this astronomical phenomenon with the help of telescopes operated by faculty and students of Bishop’s University’s Physics and Astronomy Department.

WHAT:  Observing the transit of Mercury across the Sun

WHERE:
Bishop’s Observatory (Nicolls 401) & The Quad
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, QC

WHEN:
Monday, November 11, 2019
8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Observatory NIC 401
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Quad (weather permitting)

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MEDIA INQUIRIES:
Olivier Bouffard
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olivier.bouffard@ubishops.ca

Library Learning Commons awarded architecture prize – New facility inaugurated in 2018, designed by architectural firm Lemay

A little over a year after its inauguration, Bishop’s University’s new Library and Learning Commons is again making news, this time being awarded the Prix Architecture 2019 de bibliothèques et de centres d’archives du Québec.

“Architecture is one of the critical ways that we express the enduring values of our university. Our new Library and Learning Commons reflects our love of learning and communicates our commitment to transparency, collaboration and academic excellence. I am very grateful to everyone – librarians, staff, students, faculty, administrators and professionals who contributed to this transformative project for Bishop’s. I would particularly like to thank our architect, Eric Pelletier and his colleagues at Lemay for translating our aspirations into a beautiful and functional reality,” said Bishop’s University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Michael Goldbloom, C.M.

Bishop’s Librarian Catherine Lavallée-Welch accepted the prize, along with Lemay architect Eric Pelletier, at the Congrès des professionnels et professionnelles de l’information taking place in Montreal.

The prize aims to highlight architectural achievements in libraries and archive centres. It is awarded once every two years by a jury that considers a number of criteria, such as innovative solutions and practices in space usage, aesthetic quality of the architectural concept, environmental protection and integration, as well as user service improvements, among others.

The evaluation process involved incognito visits by jury members. The jury noted the decision to award the prize to Bishop’s University’s Library Learning Commons was motivated in part by the harmonious integration of the building with the campus as well as the surrounding forest, the emphasis on natural light, as well as pleasant and comfortable, student-centred spaces.

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MEDIA INQUIRIES:
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Bishop’s hosts the “Electric Ride” event

Bishop’s University will host the “Electric Ride” event which will take place on Thursday, October 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the John H. Price Sports and Recreation Centre.

Launched by Équiterre, supported by Transition énergétique Québec and deployed in Estrie by the Conseil régional de l’environnement de l’Estrie (CREE), the “Electric Ride” campaign supports the government’s goal to have 100,000 electric vehicles on Quebec roads in 2020.

Bishop’s University’s students, faculty, staff member as well as members of the broader community who wish to try an electric or hybrid car for free will be able to do so for a 15 minutes test drive. For the occasion, JN Auto, Audi Sherbrooke, Thibault Chevrolet, Nissan Sherbrooke, Hyundai Sherbrooke and Val Estrie Ford will present the seven following models:

  • Tesla (3, S or X)
  • Audi e-tron
  • Chevrolet Bolt EV
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Hyundai Kona electric
  • Hyundai Ioniq electric
  • Ford Fusion Energi SE

Electric bikes from Café-vélo des nations will also be available for trials.

It is strongly recommended to book a test drive ahead of the event through the online platform www.roulonselectrique.ca. This will ensure the availability of the desired vehicle at the desired time. All drivers must be over 21 years old and have a driver’s license valid in Quebec.

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Did you know?

Québec’s transportation sector contributes 43 per cent of the province’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)? One of the ways to reduce these emissions is to opt for an electric vehicle. Indeed, over its entire life cycle, an electric car emits less GHGs than a gasoline vehicle. Over 150,000 km, an electric car emits 65 per cent less GHG than a gasoline car and over 300,000 km, it’s 80 per cent less!

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Marie-Josée Laforge
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Divinity House to become Indigenous Gathering Space – Quebec Government’s $ 5.9 M investment greenlights project

Jean-François Roberge, the Quebec Minister of Education and Higher Education announced an investment of $5.9 M to transform Bishop’s University’s Divinity House into an Indigenous Students’ Gathering Space and Resource Centre.

Bishop’s University is proud to be located on the traditional territory of the Abenaki people. Divinity House, built in 1892, is one of the oldest and most iconic buildings on campus. However, it has been vacant since 2014, when structural damages forced its shutdown for security reasons. Following the calls to action of the 2015 Commission on Truth and Reconciliation, Bishop’s University has sought to create a dedicated space for its Indigenous students – including the Indigenous Cultural Alliance student club – and to foster the exchange of ideas and knowledge between Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the community.

“As an indigenous student here at Bishop’s University, I am deeply grateful personally for further initiatives such as this one being put forward for the Indigenous students and community, and I know my feelings are shared by many of my peers,” declared Shawna Chatterton-Jerome, co-Lead of Bishop’s Indigenous Cultural Alliance and Turtle Island intern.

“Our hope is that this Indigenous Students’ Gathering Space and Resource Centre will be a place of discussion, learning and sharing for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of our community to help foster reconciliation, healing and understanding” said Bishop’s University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Michael Goldbloom, C.M.

The Indigenous Gathering Space and Resource Centre will help ensure Bishop’s University’s Indigenous students have the most adequate resources available in their journey towards academic excellence. It illustrates Bishop’s University’s deep commitment to seeing them succeed and reach their full potential.

The Indigenous Gathering Space and Resource Centre will feature spaces for seminars and resource centres, and classrooms and offices for faculty and staff. It will also feature apartments for visiting elders and academics, as well as areas for rest and quiet recreation and other resources.

In addition to the Quebec Government’s $5.9 M investment, Bishop’s University has also committed to raising $1M in private donations towards project completion. To date, about $100,000 has been raised to that end.

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