Summary: Message from the President September 2008
Welcome to the start of the new school year at the University of Regina! Welcome to our new and
returning students, faculty and staff. We have an exciting time ahead and I am pleased and grateful to
be here, as I begin my new position as President of your university. I came to Regina and the U of R
only a few months ago, but in the short time I have been here I have learned that it is a dynamic
university in a wonderful and welcoming community.
If you are new to our campus and to Regina, welcome to your new home! You should know that you
have chosen to study or work in an environment that is friendly, supportive and innovative. While your
first days and weeks on campus may feel a bit overwhelming, they will be exciting as well! I know we
share much of the same excitement and optimism mixed with a touch of nervous anticipation as
To our new and returning students in particular, over the next few weeks you will quickly become
acquainted, and reacquainted, with the rigours of coursework assignments, essays, labs and exams.
While it's sometimes difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel when you're focused on
immediate tasks and deadlines, never lose sight of the bigger picture. Regardless of your area of
study you are receiving the best possible training to become a citizen of the world. You are learning to
think critically. You are learning to express yourself freely, creatively, and with conviction. You are
satisfying your intellectual curiosity. And by expanding your knowledge, skills and understanding, you
are preparing yourself well for the career of your choice.
This is a wonderful time of year, of new beginnings for many and also of transition following the