Summary: Message from the President December 2009
University of Regina people are everywhere across Saskatchewan. I had the great opportunity to meet
many of them during my first Community Connections Tour this fall when I visited North Battleford,
Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Estevan, Weyburn, Yorkton, Kawacatoose First Nation, and Prince Albert. I
talked with students and instructors engaged in our programs beyond our Regina campus and with
alumni who are making careers in their communities. As I met with high school teachers, counsellors
and community leaders, I learned a great deal about Saskatchewan and the role of our University in the
Above all, I came away absolutely inspired by the experience. It is clear that our people and programs
have a significant impact on the social, economic and cultural fabric of Saskatchewan. I also heard many
good ideas that we will follow up on to ensure we continue to grow as a provincial university.
On our tour, I was reminded over and over again that the U of R community is broad and extends
outside of Regina. It includes instructors who deliver our courses through the regional college network
or satellite campuses, and students who are learning closer to their homes. No matter where our
students happen to be studying, they are students of the University of Regina. We will be looking for
ways to improve and build on these important relationships in the future.
The leaders I met in each community were very welcoming and pleased with the impact the University
of Regina has locally in providing increased educational opportunities for their young people who can
begin their university education at home, and in helping make their communities a more attractive place
to live and work.