International law: Research tackles same-sex unions, surrogacy and adoption

 June 18, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

International migration, technology and human rights norms have changed the nature of the family. While Canada and other countries have legalized same-sex marriage, and regulate surrogacy agreements, other countries (including many in Commonwealth Africa) have not followed suit. This state of affairs has left in its wake complex cross-border legal questions. For example, will a Canadian same-sex couple that moves to South Africa be considered married? How might this impact their estate planning …


That’s a wrap. Videos and photos from spring #TRUgrad 2018

 June 15, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

Wow, what a celebration! Spring #TRUgrad 2018 amounted to six ceremonies over three days and more than 1,200 graduates crossing the stage to receive their credential—anything from a certificate to a masters degree. More than 2,000 family, friends and guests attended or watched online. What follows is a list of links to photos and speeches to help you relive the proud moments, the joy, the excitement, the pomp and ceremony, inspiring words, the enthusiastic supporters and more.   Misse …


Spinning anticipatory anxiety into peaceful productivity

 June 14, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

Nearly one year after a smoky summer of evacuations, destroyed landscapes, and emotional trauma, one must wonder – what can we learn from a natural disaster?  To Kathy Lauriente, Counselor and Interim Associate Dean at the Williams Lake TRU campus, “As summer approaches, it’s important not to get caught in the drama when it comes to imagining worst case scenarios in regards to displacement, upheaval, loss and compromised air quality.” Having experienced the impact of …


Love for teaching STEMs from science

 June 12, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

Six newly-minted TRU science grads have the rest of June to savour their accomplishment before diving into what will be one of the most intense and educational 12 months of their lives. Accepted into TRU’s new Bachelor of Education (Secondary) STEM degree, the six are part of the first cohort of 24 students who will learn to teach science and math in ways that bring the subjects to life. And in a large part, they’ll be using examples from …


Research sends TRU grad student to Australia

 June 12, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

Syeda Sonia Parvin arrived at TRU from Bangladesh to complete her Master of Science in Environmental Economics and Management (MScEEM), and now, thanks to a Mitacs Globalink Research Award, she’s once again on her way, this time to Australia.   Syeda will spend three months working under the supervision of Dr. Mamta Chowdhury at Western Sydney University, studying the relationship between capital structure and financial performance of microfinance institutions before she returns to TR …


TRU abuzz with bee friendly initiatives

 June 11, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

TRU was the place to ‘bee’ on Thursday, May 31, when the campus was visited by Shelley Candel, the Director of Bee City Canada, on her tour of Kamloops. Kamloops is one of 15 Bee Cities across the country and became the first Bee City in British Columbia in 2017, which means it has pledged to plant bee-friendly flowers that encourage pollination, increase green spaces and other initiatives throughout the city. Candel was excited with what she saw on the TRU campus when visiting the b …


Robots, apps, websites and more. Make ’em during affordable summer workshops for everyone

 June 11, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

Have you ever wanted to learn how to program robots, or make the next number one app in the App Store? With TRU’s Short-Term Coding Workshops, here is your chance. For the second year in a row, TRU’s computing science department is holding the workshops over the summer, thanks to a BC Government Advanced Education Grant provided to public post-secondary institutions across BC. This grant is intended to make coding and programming more accessible to the general public. workshop schedu …


No Straight Lines an inventory of small city social assets

 June 11, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

  There’s quality of life, and then there’s “equality of quality of life,” and it is this research that is at the very heart of No Straight Lines: Local Leadership and the Path from Government to Governance in Small Cities. “The goal was to gain greater understanding of what it means to create quality of life in a small city, and it reveals and exposes a lot of the activities that go on within our community, and within our university,” said Dr. Terry Kadi …


TRU Law students in historic tie for gold medal

 June 8, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

The dust settled following three long years of study in pursuit of Juris Doctor degrees and Danielle Ching and Brandon Harrison found themselves at the top of the class, tied for the top spot. Every year, the Law Society of BC awards gold medals to stand-out students from Thompson Rivers University, the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia. Gold medals are bestowed to the student with the highest cumulative grade point average over three years. For the first time in TRU …


Serving, learning and rocking for peace

 June 7, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

Alex Horsman wanted a course where she could combine real-life experience, her educational goals and do something good for the planet. She found all that in a third-year service learning course this summer. And like any course you pour yourself into, it’s been a lot of work and the rewards have been plentiful and unexpected. “This experience has taught me that I like getting the chance to step out of my comfort zone. It can be stressful, but it’s worth it. I’ve been able …



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