Dear members of the University community / Boozhoo / Aanii / Kwe kwe,
As this is my first blog posting for 2011, I want to offer you my best wishes of health, success and happiness for the new year.
I was honored to join faculty and students at Laurentian’s 19th Model Parliament at the House of Commons on January 7th. About 60 students from the Sudbury campus and 30 students from the Barrie campus were in attendance. Laurentian is one of only two universities that have the privilege to hold their Model Parliament in the House of Commons itself. Next year will be the 20th edition and it will be a great opportunity for our Chancellor to invite the 1,500 Laurentian alumni who participated in this great activity since its inception. Kudos to the students for their impressive preparation for the debates, Members’ statements and the logistics. I would like to convey my appreciation in particular to Thomas Sutton, chair of the Laurentian University Political Science Association (LUPSA) who chaired the Central Committee organizing the Model Parliament, the many students who volunteered their time to ensure this success, as well as Dr John Peters, Dr Gina Comeau, Julian Ammirante, Dr Michael Dartnell and Dr Rand Dyck for the guidance and support provided to the students. This is another great example of student engagement at Laurentian. You can find pictures of the event on my Facebook and Twitter pages.
It was also a pleasure to give a talk on Monday in Dr Bob Segsworth’s public administration course on “The Relationship Between Senior Civil Servants and Ministers”. I always enjoy these invitations to exchange with students in class on matters related for instance to policy, management, education or French-language learning.
As we begin the new year, I invite all students, faculty and staff to a university community meeting on Wednesday, January 19th from 1 to 2 pm in the Governors’ Lounge on the 11th floor of the Parker building. During this meeting, I will provide an overview of what to expect in the coming year as we continue making progress towards our four key goals of national recognition, university of choice, student engagement and community responsiveness. Along with the Acting Vice-President, Administration, Normand Lavallée, I will also discuss the process and the parameters associated with the development of the University’s 2011-2012 operating budget.
As usual, I welcome comments and questions on the topics discussed in my blog postings, or any other matter that may be of concern to you. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.