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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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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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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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Important Ministerial announcement at Bishop’s – Minister of Education and Higher Education

Members of the media are invited to attend an important announcement by the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Mr. Jean-François Roberge, that will take place in the McConnell Agora of the Library Learning Commons on October 4th.

WHAT:  Ministerial announcement

WHERE:
McConnell Agora
Library Learning Commons
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, QC

WHEN:
Friday, October 4, 2019
10:00 a.m.

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Orange Shirt Day March on September 30 – Students raise awareness of residential schools

Students of Bishop’s University, Champlain Regional College, Bishop’s College School and Alexander Galt Regional High School will gather to march on Orange Shirt Day, which aims to honour and remember the memory of residential schools survivors and victims, and raise awareness of residential schools among members of the public.

Orange Shirt Day commemorates the experience of Phyllis Webstad, from Dog Creek reserve in British Columbia, who had the new orange shirt her grandmother had given her taken away from her on her first day in residential school.

The march will begin on the Bishop’s University Campus, and will end at Bishop’s College School, crossing the St. Francis bridge.

WHAT: Orange Shirt Day march

WHERE:
March begins in front of McGreer Hall
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, QC

WHEN:
Monday September 30, 2019
12:30 p.m.

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Ten Quebec universities unite to declare climate emergency

At the invitation of the Réseau universitaire québécois en développement durable, ten Quebec universities are joining the worldwide movement of higher learning institutions that aims to declare a state of climate emergency. By signing the declaration, these universities recognize the need for societal change in the struggle against the growing threat of climate change by making three overarching commitments:

  1. A commitment to become carbon-neutral by 2030 or 2050 at the very latest.
  2. Allocating more resources for research aiming to fight climate change and related skills.
  3. Increasing the availability of environmental and sustainability education in academic programs, on campuses, and in community-awareness programs.

This movement was initiated by The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education (EAUC), Second Nature and the Youth and Education Alliance of the UN Environment Program. It represents 45 higher education learning networks spanning 8,411 institutions on six continents. In addition to these, 164 higher learning institutions have signed the declaration on an individual basis.

This declaration will be made official and broadcast to the main government representatives and media during the Conference of Parties (COP 25) which will take place from December 2nd to 13th, 2019 in Santiago, Chile. This collaboration between many Quebec universities illustrates the necessity of acting all together to face this global challenge. Universities signing the declaration intend to deploy every effort necessary to support this commitment with concrete, measurable actions in order to play a leadership role and to set an example within their community.

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Human rights of federally-sentenced persons

Bishop’s University will host Senator Kim Pate as well as Sheri Pranteau, an Anishnaabe and Cree woman who was formerly federally incarcerated, for a conference about the human rights of federally-sentenced persons at the inauguration of Incarcerated Spirits, the third annual prison art exhibition at Bishop’s University.

The event, hosted by the Centre for Justice Exchange and Bishop’s University’s Department of Sociology is free and open to all, and will take place at the McConnell Agora of the Library and Learning Commons on Wednesday, September 25, starting at 6 p.m.

WHO:
Kim Pate
Senator

Sheri Pranteau
Anishnaabe, Cree and formerly incarcerated

WHAT:
Centre for Justice Exchange presents: Incarcerated Spirits
Third annual prison art exhibition
Conference on human rights of federally-sentenced persons

WHERE:
McConnell Agora
Library and Learning Commons
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, QC

WHEN:
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
6 p.m.

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Donald Lecture Series: Dr. Charles Taylor, C.C.

World-renowned philosopher Dr. Charles Taylor, C.C. will launch the 2019-20 Donald Lecture Series at Bishop’s University’s Centennial Theatre on Thursday, September 26, at 7 p.m.

The McGill University Professor Emeritus has been recognized for his contributions to many branches of philosophy. He was co-Chair of the Bouchard-Taylor commission on reasonable accommodation and he is an outspoken critic of Quebec legislation prohibiting some public sector employees from wearing religious symbols.

WHO:
Dr. Charles Taylor, C.C.
Philosopher

WHAT:  Donald Lecture Series

WHERE:
Centennial Theatre
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, QC

WHEN:
Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:00 p.m.

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The Eastern Township’s best kept cultural secret celebrates 35th anniversary

The 35th Season of the Musique chez nous concert series continues to feature seasoned and emerging artists in a cultural space like no other to further the legacy of its founder, Howard Brown.  

The 2019-20 Musique Chez Nous concert season will be launched at Bandeen Hall with the Howard Brown Memorial Concert on Friday, September 20, 2019. Faculty members from the Music Department and their guests will perform in our annual tribute to the founder of the department. Season brochures will also be available at the event. All are invited to a reception following the concert to meet the artists.

The program includes appearances by pianists Ross Osmun, Francine Leng, and Fannie Gaudette, guitarists Mike Gauthier, Guillaume Gilbert and Andrew MacDonald, bassists Dave Gelfand and Guy Breton, soprano Melinda Enns and the Northern Comfort Duet with singer Sonia Patenaude and guitarist Ben Kinsley.

This year, proceeds raised from the Howard Brown Memorial Concert admission price and donations will go to the Canadian Friends of University of the Bahamas.  The money will be used to support relief and restoration efforts for North Campus of the University of the Bahamas in East Grand Bahama, which was severely affected by Hurricane Dorian. Bishop’s has a special connection to the University of the Bahamas through a previous Principal of ours, Janyne Hodder, who has actually worked on the North Campus in recent years.

Alongside Dr. Osmun, co-Artistic Directors Sonia Patenaude and professor Jack Eby have created an enthralling 35th season for Musique Chez Nous which will feature many highlights, including performances by well-known local musicians such as Sherbrooke’s Fannie Gaudette, who takes on an additional role as a singer-songwriter  under a singular stage name, Fannie, to perform original music composed on the text of local lyricist Normand Achim; former Sherbrooke resident, Olivier Hébert brings the LoFi Octet project (string quartet combined with jazz ensemble); a unique performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by a quartet of violas de gamba, Les Voix Humaines Consort; composer and Bishop’s University professor Dr. Andrew Paul MacDonald will premiere,  not one but two, new works performed on separate occasions (baritone Jeremy Hyw Williams with pianist Paula Fan in October 2019 and Duo François in January 2020, the Bishop’s University Singers welcome guest director Jean-Philippe Dutil and will also join several local choirs in a performance with the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra.

Admission for students, from Bishop’s as well as other schools, is free. Subscriptions for the series are available for adults (six concerts for $90) and seniors (six concerts for $60). Individual tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and can be purchased in advance at the Centennial Theatre Box Office in person or by phone (819-822-9692), or at Bandeen Hall the evening of the concert. Tickets prices differ for concerts by the Bishop’s University Singers. Parking on Bishop’s campus is free on concert nights.

Created by former music professor Tom Gordon, Musique Chez Nous is a student-run concert series of the Bishop’s University’s Music Department, designed to showcase the talents of local musicians, visiting artists, and the academic excellence of Bishop’s own music faculty and students.

For more information about the Musique chez nous program, visit our website.

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Philosopher Dr. Charles Taylor C.C. launches Donald Lecture Series – Activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and physicist Dr. Victoria Kaspi to follow

The 2019-20 edition of the Donald Lecture Series at Bishop’s University will offer members of the community expert insight on burning current event topics.

World-renowned philosopher Dr. Charles Taylor, C.C. opens the series at Bishop’s University’s Centennial Theatre on September 26. The McGill University Emeritus Professor, co-Chair of the Bouchard-Taylor commission on reasonable accommodation, and outspoken critic of Quebec legislation prohibiting the wearing of religious symbols by some public sector employees has also been recognized for his contributions to many branches of philosophy.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, an indigenous climate activist and hip-hop artist from Colorado, will be speaking at Bishop’s on January 14, 2020. He has also spoken at the UN Summit in Rio de Janeiro and addressed the UN General Assembly in New York City. He advocates for the removal of pesticides from parks, coal ash containment, moratoriums on hydraulic fracturing to exploit fossil fuels, and is a plaintiff in a youth-led lawsuit against the U.S. federal government for its inaction on climate change.

Dr. Victoria Kaspi, a distinguished physics professor at McGill University, will visit Bishop’s on February 5, 2020. A graduate of Princeton University who completed her Ph.D. under the supervision of Nobel-prize winner Joseph Taylor, she held positions at the California Institute of Technology, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before returning to McGill, where she was named Lorne Trottier Professor of Astrophysics. She is also the recipient of numerous prizes and awards.

The Donald Lecture Series are free and public events that everyone is welcome to attend. Parking is free at Bishop’s on lecture evenings.

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