Summary: President's Message - July 2011
According to the calendar, last week's summer solstice officially marked the beginning of
another Saskatchewan summer. That's hard to believe, considering the unusually wet weather
we've endured this past month. My thoughts and best wishes go out to all those affected by
flooding in the province. We were impacted ourselves when, on June 17, the main and College
Avenue campuses had to be closed due to excessive rain and the threat of sewer backup.
Closing the University was disruptive for a large number of faculty members, staff and students
alike something that made me think about a common misconceptionpeople have about
universities. There is a long-held belief among many members of the general public that during
the summer months, the activity around the University of Regina grinds to a near halt. This is
simply not so.
The University of Regina is a 12-month-a-year campus. While it is true that the number of
students on campus declines at this time of year, it's also true that the decrease allows us to open
our doors to the community at large.
One of the key differences you see at the University during summer is the number of elementary
and high-school students on campus. Young people from all over southern Saskatchewan make
the Universityof Regina their summer destination of choice. In the weeks to come, hundreds of
youth will arrive for the summer camps offered on campus. Programs like the Summer Sports
Camp, Summer Performing Arts Creative Experience (SPACE) Camp, Cougar Athletic Camp or
EYES (Educating Youth in Engineering & Science) provide great summer activities for young