News in Brief
A Path Forward: Connecting our Communities
This past year, the Campion Board of Regents completed work on a new three-year strategic plan for the college. A Path Forward: Connecting our Communities builds on the work of previous planning documents and the strengths of our institution to position Campion as a leading Jesuit university college.
Firmly grounded in our Jesuit mission and values, the plan envisions a college that is diverse, accessible, and a welcoming space for
all. It looks to building a stronger relationship with our Indigenous population and establishing an environment that encourages learning and growth through shared dialogue.
The plan acknowledges the college’s 100-year history of forming people for others through its commitment to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, and programs that encourage the development of global leaders who are making a difference in their local, national, and international communities.
Finally, we will achieve our goals through a plan that promotes openness, transparency, financial stability, and environmental sustainability. Among the plan’s key initiatives are greater connections with our global Jesuit networks, exploring opportunities for alumni/student mentorship, enhancing support systems that promote student success, engaging in dialogues and celebrations that are inclusive of our diverse student population, seeking opportunities to involve and be involved in Indigenous-based culture and activities, and creating a supportive research environment for Campion faculty members.
Friends and alumni are an important part of the Campion College community and play an integral role in our success. A Path Forward: Connecting our Communities looks to draw on the strength of our partnerships and connections with our alumni and stakeholders. I thank all those who provided valued input to the planning process and helped to guide our path forward. We are excited to be moving in a direction that continues to build on the strength of our collective communities as we begin the next century of educating our future leaders.
You can view the complete report on the Campion College website at http://campioncollege.ca/
Building Enhancement Project Update
Construction on the Building Enhancement Project to improve accessibility throughout the college building is nearing completion.
“At the end of October, the project was 90% complete. The main floor corridor is now open and the new elevator is operational,” says Ken Yanko, Director of Facilities and Operations, Campion College.
Roadwork outside the entryway is in progress and expected to be completed in November, at which time the new north entrance to the college will open.
A decision was made last summer to expand the new entryway to allow for the creation of an underground pedestrian corridor connecting Campion College and Kīšik Tower. This joint initiative further enhances accessibility on campus while providing an additional service support tunnel and improvements for a safer working environment for university maintenance personnel. The expansion of the new entryway required the addition of a wheelchair lift. Campion College is grateful to the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus councils of the Regina chapter that helped to make this addition possible with funds to support the purchase of the lift. The underground pedestrian corridor and extended entryway area are expected to be open in February 2017.
Work over the summer months to the second floor and Campion College Library are complete. The Campion College Library is a beautifully transformed space with the addition of new carpeting throughout and creation of a more open and inviting area. Since the start of classes, students are enjoying the renovated area and finding their customary quiet study spaces within the Campion Library.
The project is partially funded by the generous support of our annual campaign donors, and with funding received from the Ministry of Advanced Education Preventative Maintenance and Renewal Fund. Friends and alumni can help the college reach its fundraising goal through the Building for our Future or the 100 for 100 campaigns. Cumulative donations over $5,000 are recognized on the donor wall at the entrance of the college, while pledges of $1,000 from alumni to the 100 for 100 campaign are recognized on a special plaque in the Alumni Hall of Honour.
Spring 2016 Convocation
Congratulations to the seventy-nine Campion College students who were among the graduates at the University of Regina's 42nd annual Spring Convocation.
Three Campion graduates—Kristen Gray, Shina Hom, and Zachary Horvath—were presented student awards for their high academic achievement and deep commitment to their community at the UofR ceremony on June 2.
Kristen Gray received the Faculty of Science Dean’s Medal, Shina Hom received the W.A. Riddell Award in Media, Art, and Performance, and Zachary Horvath received the University Prize in Science.
At the Campion College ceremony, honours were bestowed on Alexander Cameron and Zachary Horvath, recipients of the Award of Merit and the Reverend Gerald F. Lahey, S.J. Prize, respectively. The Campion College Award of Merit is a distinction given to a graduating Campion student who has consistently manifested a spirit of working generously for the good of the College, or an exemplary spirit of extraordinary spiritual courage, and the Reverend Gerald F. Lahey, S.J. Prize is awarded to the year's most outstanding Campion College graduate.
The St. Edmund Campion Medal was presented to Fr. Frank Obrigewitsch, SJ, at the Campion College convocation ceremony. This distinction is given to individuals whose life and activities have exemplified in an outstanding way the service of faith and the promotion of justice—ideals championed by St. Edmund Campion and embedded in the Jesuit philosophy of education at Campion College.
Campion Controversies Lecture Explores Building Indigenous Relations
The Campion Controversies Lecture series welcomed Fr. Patrick Twohy, SJ, and Dr. Christine Roberts from Seattle to deliver a talk entitled Building a Future Together with Indigenous Peoples: Widening the Circle of Friendship. Many community members attended the event, which was hosted by Campion College Campus Ministry and the Jesuit Vocations Committee.
Following an introduction by Dr. John Meehan, SJ, Campion College president, and a prayer delivered by Noel Starblanket, life speaker at the University of Regina Aboriginal Student Centre, Dr. Roberts and Fr. Twohy shared their life experiences. They each highlighted the importance of building understanding, and walking together in our journeys.
Fr. Twohy is a Jesuit priest who, for the past 42 years, has worked with Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest. He has written two books: Finding a Way Home: Indian and Catholic Spiritual Paths of the Plateau Tribes and Beginnings: A Meditation on Coast Salish Lifeways. His greatest joy is being with the Salish Peoples, and learning and practicing the Coast Salish Lifeways. He experiences a oneness of the heart of the Coast Salish Lifeways with the heart of Jesus' Lifeway.
Dr. Roberts (Gros Ventre/Assiniboine) is an associate professor of English at Seattle University and an enrolled member of the Fort Belknap Indian Community. Her areas of expertise include early through 19th-century American literature, Native American literatures, ecofeminism, and community-based research. At Seattle University, she focuses her efforts on raising campus awareness about Indigenous rights and building networks of support for Native American, First Nations, Alaskan Native, and Indigenous students and youth.