A Huge Thank You!

Dear members of the University community / Boozhoo / Aanii / Kwe kwe,

January 19 was a historic day for Laurentian University, with the official opening of the final capital phase of the $45 million 72,000 sq ft facilities for the McEwen School of Architecture. If you missed it, you can watch the webcast here and watch this video where you can get a glimpse of the facilities.

A huge thank you to colleagues from the McEwen School of Architecture, Facilities Services, Marketing, Communications, Advancement, Information Technology and so many other units for their exceptional work in getting us through the finish line!

The icing on the cake was the announcement by the Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, the Hon. Deb Matthews, of the approval of the new Master’s program in Architecture scheduled to begin in September.

In December, I posted a blog asking for people to step forward to help the University develop the strategic plan that will guide us for the next five years.

Wow did you respond!

As of the nomination deadline on Monday, we received 75 nominations for the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan Steering Committee. Thirty-four (34) nominations for 10 spots to be filled on February 14th by Senate for faculty and students and 41 nominations for seven other spots to be filled on February 15th by the Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors for administrators, staff, alumni and members of the community. The first meeting of the Steering Committee is scheduled for February 27th.

I am filled with a sense of humility and pride that so many of you want to be a part of this important process.

Not everyone will make the final cut, but I promise you that everyone who threw their hats into the ring will be invited to play an important role in the strategic planning process in some fashion.

So once again, thank you and I look forward to the “season of ideas”!

As always, I welcome comments on the blog or any other matter. You can reach me at dominicgiroux@laurentian.ca, or can join the 12,300 people who follow me on FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn.

Merci, Thank you, Miigwech.