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Bilingual Workshop for Parents of Preschool-aged Children – Activity presented by Collectif CLÉ

Dr. Sunny Lau from Bishop’s School of Education and recently appointed new Canada Research Chair on integrated plurilingual teaching and learning will present an online bilingual workshop with the collaboration of Dr. Geneviève Brisson, from the Faculty of Education at Université de Sherbrooke, through a partnership with Collectif CLÉ.

Created for parents of pre-school aged children, the workshop “Teaching your Child How to Think / Aidez votre enfant à apprendre et à penser”, will be presented on the Teams platform on Saturday, February 19 at 10 a.m.

What: Bilingual activity  “Teaching your Child How to Think / Aidez votre enfant à apprendre et à penser”

When:
Saturday, February 19, 2022
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Online: Presented by Collectif CLÉ

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Bishop’s University launches online reporting for campus sexual violence

Bishop’s University is pleased to announce that it has partnered with REES (Respect, Educate, Empower Survivors) to make online reporting available to the campus community.

REES is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week centralized online reporting and information platform that provides increased options for students, staff, and faculty to report sexual violence.

REES includes multiple reporting options and critical information about resources and supports available both on campus and in the community.

“We are committed to preventing sexual violence and to removing barriers to reporting acts of sexual violence,” commented Michael Goldbloom, C.M., Principal and Vice-Chancelier at Bishop’s University. “REES is a survivor-centric tool that provides students with an additional reporting option. We encourage the members of our community to familiarize themselves with this new tool which will complement our policies and our support network.”

According to a 2019 Stats Canada Survey on Individual Safety in the Postsecondary Student Population, 71 percent of postsecondary students witnessed or experienced unwanted sexualized behaviours over the past year, yet less than one in ten spoke about what happened with someone associated with the school.

Bishop’s University is the first post-secondary institution in Quebec to adopt REES and joins Mount Allison University, St. Francis Xavier University, University of Windsor, the University of Winnipeg, and Okanagan College, and others in implementing REES.

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REES Technology Group Inc.
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Canada Research Chair for School of Education’s Dr. Sunny Lau

Integrated plurilingual teaching and learning 

Dr. Sunny Lau of Bishop’s University’s School of Education is awarded a Canada Research Chair to continue her work on plurilingual pedagogies, working with teachers to co-create teaching and learning conditions that promote the use of transferable strategies, metalinguistic awareness, intercultural education, and critical literacy learning. 

 Dr. Lau’s research highlights how language strategies used in one language can be applied in another language for more in-depth learning, and how this helps lessen the fear of acquiring a second or even third language. 

Dr. Lau’s research focus is especially relevant in a context where students’ mother tongue is neither English nor French and are rapidly increasing in the Eastern Townships and elsewhere. 

 “Many immigrant learners have competence in more than one language and culture, but these resources are often not being fully recognised and mobilized by teachers in language and content area classrooms,” argues Dr. Lau. “Most of these students are already plurilingual in the sense that they have competence in more than one language, and students are constantly making links to languages they know and use language strategies and learning strategies that they know to help themselves learn a new language.” 

Dr. Lau has previously worked with teachers in an Anglophone elementary school to integrate English and French second language (ESL and FSL) teaching and learning to achieve linguistic and cognitive coherence. Based on a year-long theme, the teachers read storybooks with children alternately in English and French to deepen their understanding. The English and French storybooks were different but shared similar themes that address social topics including poverty, homelessness, ablism, racism, to name a few. “When we teach languages in such a connected way, we are constantly building on what students already know and integrating concepts and ideas in a coherent way”, Dr. Lau explains. 

 Dr. Lau’s new Canada Research Chair on integrated plurilingual teaching and learning is another illustration of Bishop’s University’s commitment to   academic excellence and reflects on Bishop’s University’s focus on its local community, as it offers great potential for knowledge mobilization with education stakeholders locally and beyond. 

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Government of Québec invests $1.8M in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

The Government of Québec is providing financial support to Bishop’s University to further advance the development of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) program.

Minister of Higher Education Danielle McCann has announced a recurring yearly grant of $600,000 for the next three years aimed at developing regional expertise in the field of sustainable agriculture and food systems. The funds will be used to recruit professors and researchers that will strengthen the ongoing development of Bishop’s new SAFS program.

“Our universities have a role to play not only in training future workers, but also regarding research and innovation. The development of expertise in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems of biological agriculture is important for our economy and that’s why I’m glad for the support offered to Bishop’s. I’m confident the University’s expertise will allow for the development of this promising agricultural segment in developing knowledge that can benefit the entire population of Québec,” remarks Danielle McCann, Minister of Higher Education.

“The world is experiencing the devastating impacts of climate change. As individuals and institutions, we must act to address the climate crisis.  The SAFS program is an important initiative to help us respond locally to this global challenge. Many of our students are keen to learn the principles and practices of sustainable agriculture,” remarks Michael Goldbloom, C.M. Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop’s University.

The support of the SAFS program by the Government of Québec will allow Bishop’s to accelerate the development of this program. Already led by a team of highly qualified academics, the additional professors and researchers will contribute to the expansion of knowledge in the Eastern Townships of this emerging academic discipline.

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Bishop’s students to travel to Belize and Japan – An opportunity to learn across Indigenous cultures

Bishop’s University has been awarded two Global Skills Opportunity grants for two international mobility programs for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to come together and learn about Indigenous cultures in Belize or Japan.

The $800,000 Belize program grant has been awarded to the Maple League of institutions (Acadia University, Mount Allison University, and Bishop’s University) to develop and launch a program for Indigenous students to participate in an international experience together. The program known as “Nation to Nation: Building Indigenous Knowledge Across International Borders” will see 60 students from the four institutions travel to Belize to learn about the experiences of the Yucatec, Mopan, Garifuna, and K’eckchi peoples. Collaborating with Galen University in Belize, students will learn about language preservation, Indigenous governance, the environment, land rights, Indigenous innovations, and cultural heritage through food and education.

The Japan project entitled “Communicating Across Cultures: Building Intercultural Competencies and Lasting Partnerships in Japan Using an Indigenous Wholistic Framework” will allow 12 Bishop’s students to travel to Japan for three weeks each year. The grant received for the Japan program totals $274,000. In collaboration with Hokkaido University’s Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies, students will gather in talking circles, attend seminars and engage in meaningful dialogue and land-based and community activities. Learning will be facilitated both inside and outside of the university setting, with experiences that will foster a greater understanding of Japanese and Ainu history, land and cultures.

The federal government’s new Global Skills Opportunity (GSO) program, officially launched in early November, is expected to enable more than 16,000 Canadian college and undergraduate-level university students to acquire the global skills employers want and the Canadian economy needs.

The $95 million GSO program is a component of the Government of Canada’s International Education Strategy and is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada. Administered jointly by Colleges and Institutes Canada and Universities Canada, the program has been designed to allow participating colleges, universities and institutes to customize projects to their students’ needs.

While open to all Canadian postsecondary students, the program targets groups for whom such experiences have traditionally been less accessible – specifically Indigenous students, students from low-income backgrounds and those living with disabilities. It also aims to diversify destination countries where Canadian students pursue international learning.

Bishop’s will begin recruiting students for both programs in December, with the selection to take place in early January. Both projects will take place in May 2022, 2023 and 2024.

“We hope that students will have the chance to discuss these opportunities with their communities, Elders, families and friends over the December break. For instance, we know that many Indigenous students have various commitments in their home communities after the Winter semester, and that community support will be important for them to dedicate time to travel in May,” indicates Annick Corbeil, Manager of Bishop’s International and Student Life.

“We are looking for students who are eager to learn as much in Japan or Belize as they will from one another.  This is very much a group learning experience that will require tremendous curiosity and humility from each participant,” Corbeil adds.

The Maple League Global Skills Opportunity Belize program, along with the Bishop’s Japan GSO program, are two among the 124 such programs offered through 56 Universities across Canada.

The participation in this Global Skills Opportunity demonstrates Bishop’s University’s commitment to offering an outstanding learning experience centred on its students’ quest for academic excellence, strongly focused on the need of its diverse and inclusive community.

“The Belize and Japan programs are also another step on the path to reconciliation and decolonizing international education,” says Corbeil.

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Bishop’s students buckle down for success – Support events and resources mobilized for Student Success Week

Next week Bishop’s students won’t be attending classes, but they have a lot of tools at their disposal to help ensure they succeed in the final stretch of the Fall 2021 Semester.

Morning workouts and yoga session from 9-10 a.m., Study Café with free coffee and tea offered at the Gait between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., workshops and activities hosted by the Writing Centre and Student Success Centre, as well as Indigenous awareness activities, recreational sports and games, pumpkin carving, movies and more hosted by clubs and student life groups are on the agenda for all Gaiters thanks to the efforts of members of the Student Representative Council and the many event organizers from October 25-29.

“Student Success Week is a nice snapshot of what Bishop’s University is all about,” points out Dr. Stine Linden-Andersen, Dean of Student Affairs. “It is meant to give students the time they need to put in the work and effort required as they reach for academic excellence, but it balances this hard work with opportunities for social engagement and interaction within our close-knit community.”

“Student Success Week will include a mix of academic and leisure activities to provide students with a stimulating break from classes,” explains Bishop’s University Student Representative Council President Enzo Evangelisti. “The goal is to take a proactive approach to student success.”

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$1.1 million towards a new Canadian space telescope – Western University and Bishop’s University research team

Dr. Jason RoweDr. Jason Rowe, Canada Research Chair in Exoplanetary Astrophysics at Bishop’s University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and, Dr. Stanimir Metchev, Canada Research Chair in Extrasolar Planets at Western University’s Institute for Earth and Space Exploration are the recipients of a $1.1 million (tax included) contract from the Canadian Space Agency to develop the prototype of what could become Canada’s next space telescope mission.

If the project’s development goes as planned, the Photometric Observations of Extrasolar Transits mission (POET as it is provisionally titled) could be in orbit, characterizing known extrasolar planets, or perhaps even discovering Earth-like exoplanets, by 2026. Unlike the Hubble Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope, which are collaborations between different space agencies, POET would be entirely Canadian-funded and Canadian-built.

“The Canadian Astronomical Society recently-published decadal report includes an endorsement for a new Canadian space telescope mission,” points out Dr. Metchev, Co-Principal Investigator of the project. “The proposed mission to detect and study extrasolar planets received high ranking in the small-mission category, and could be Canada’s next space telescope.”

The two main goals of the POET mission are to measure the extent and composition of the atmosphere of extrasolar planets closely orbiting their stars, and to detect Earth-like, potentially-habitable planets around the nearest, dimmest and coolest stars, which offer the best chance of detecting signs of possible life on other planets.

“We are very pleased to see the Canadian Space Agency support this project through their Space Technology Development Program, along with ABB and the University of Toronto Space Flight Laboratory (UTIAS-SFL),” indicates Dr. Rowe, who is the Principal Investigator. “A new Canadian space telescope would be an invaluable tool to discover even more about the many planetary systems that have been discovered beyond our own solar system in recent years.”

UTIAS-SFL would provide the spacecraft, and ABB the telescope and control systems. Unlike the other space telescopes referenced above, which are collaborative efforts designed to support many different scientific missions, POET would be dedicated to its two very specific missions, making the project nimble and cost-effective.

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Bishop’s breaks ground for new residence construction – $16M project for new building on campus by Fall 2022

Bishop’s University is breaking ground on a new residence. The new building will include 93 rooms. The building will replace Mackinnon Hall which was built in 1959.

New residence construction

For the first time since Paterson Hall student residence was built in 2003, a new building will appear on Bishop’s University’s campus. The $16 million residence building will be constructed with a target project completion date of Fall 2022.

This project is almost entirely self-funded through Bishop’s University’s operating budget, though some funding has been provided by donors, notably to take great care in ensuring this new residence will become the most accessible building on campus for persons with disabilities.

This new residence building is necessary to replace the capacity of the aging Mackinnon residence building. The new building will stand across from Dewhurst Dining Hall and the John H. Price Sports and Recreation Complex.

“Although the buildings themselves and living arrangements have undergone significant changes throughout the ages, living in residence has always been a key part of the Bishop’s experience,” explains Bishop’s University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Michael Goldbloom, C.M. “This latest project follows the renovations of the Abbott, Kuehner and Munster residences in recent years.”

A consultation process to select the name of the yet-unnamed new building is underway, with the Chair of the Bishop’s Council Yolande James soliciting suggestions from the community.

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Women in Governance: delivering results on gender parity – Year-long certification process illustrates commitment to EDI

Bishop’s University is proud of having achieved a Silver-level Women in Governance Parity Certification.

Research has shown that a diverse pool of talent at all levels of an organization, especially in decision-making bodies, supports better performance and improves the potential for innovation and adaptation in the face of changing circumstances.

“Bishop’s University more than ever is committed, and continues along the path to become the truly inclusive community it desires and deserves to be,” indicates Principal and Vice-Chancellor Michael Goldbloom, C.M.

The Women in Governance Certification was achieved through the leadership of the Dean of Bishop’s University’s Williams School of Business, Reena Atanasiadis, who concludes that “achievements such as this one need to be celebrated and their positive story to be told far and wide, if we want to keep the momentum going forward and showing that with good will and hard work, we can ensure everyone feels and are treated as equals within our institutions.”

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Georges-Philippe Gadoury-Sansfaçon awarded 3M Fellowship – Fifth Bishop’s recipient in six years

Georges-Philippe Gadoury-SansfaçonGeorges-Philippe Gadoury-Sansfaçon, a graduating student in Mathematics and Applied Psychology at Bishop’s University from Bedford, Quebec, has been awarded the prestigious 3M National Student Fellowship.

The 3M National Student Fellowship recognizes up to ten full-time students at Canadian post-secondary institutions who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their lives, at their post-secondary institution, and in their communities. These students embrace a vision of education that enhances their academic experience through leadership and community engagement. Five Bishop’s students have been awarded the 3M prize in the last six years, including alumni Jason Earl (2015), Chloé Soucy (2018), Ethan Pohl (2019) and Maxim Jacques (2020).

Georges-Philippe has had a profound impact on campus as a student at Bishop’s University. As a Jarislowsky Student Leadership Fellow (2019 – present), his contribution as a Maple League Student Fellow (2020 – present), and through his role as an elected representative as Students’ Representative Council Vice-President of Academic Affairs (2020 – 2021), he has contributed significantly to student leadership and advocacy on campus and beyond. His work has been recognized internationally: he was selected to attend the 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum as one of the top 100 young researchers in mathematics worldwide. Georges-Philippe was awarded the Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship at Bishop’s in 2018, renewed every year since. He was also recently awarded the Joseph E. Cassar award which is given to the student who has contributed the most to the Students’ Representative Council during the past year.

Georges-Philippe’s achievements are impressive, but his leadership is best exemplified through his role in designing an innovative response to COVID-19 called Online Learning and Technology Consultants (OLTC). Georges-Philippe, alongside Dr. Jessica Riddell (Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence) and Scott Stoddard (Director of Information Technology), hired and trained 23 undergraduate students in pedagogy and technology to work with faculty on building COVID-19 classrooms for this academic year.

“Georges-Phillipe’s collaboration this year in the development of our OLTC program has been invaluable to me personally, but will also shape techno-pedagogical support at Bishop’s for years to come. His insistence that the student voice become a first-class consideration in the development and running of classes brings us closer to the student-centred goals of modern education,” noted Mr. Stoddard.

Dr. Jessica Riddell, 3M National Teaching Fellow (2015) and Full Professor of the Department of English at Bishop’s, nominated Georges-Philippe for the 3M National Student Fellowship. “He builds communities of learners and leaders who more fully grasp the ambiguity of advocacy and complexity through his guidance and facilitation, so that students, colleagues and collaborators take a leap of faith with him in order to exercise empathy. This act of opening themselves up to see and think differently is difficult – even scary – and it is a testament to his leadership that he builds the trust and safety so that these are positive transformative experiences for all. In doing so, he has transformed not just our university but also higher education in Canada through his national and international engagement.”

Bishop’s University is a member of the Maple League of universities, a consortium of four universities that also includes Acadia, Mount Allison and St. Francis Xavier. Together, this alliance of small, primarily undergraduate institutions collaborate to deliver an extraordinary 21st century liberal education. In 2020 four of ten 3M NSFs were from Maple League institutions and in 2021 three out of the ten 3M Student Fellows were from these four, primarily undergraduate institutions. This remarkable achievement is a testament to the focus on extraordinary student experience at Bishop’s and across these four universities.

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