Summary: Message from the President June 2009
What an exhilarating year it has been for our campus community! The introduction of new academic
programs, the impressive contributions of our researchers across all faculties, the daily demonstration
of our commitment to teaching and service, and above all, the outstanding achievements of our
students these are all markers of a successful year.
A good university can clearly demonstrate it has fulfilled its academic mission by pointing to the
success of its students. A great university fully understands that all people matter, and that the
academic mission is only fully realized when we, as a community, progress and offer hope for a
greater future. Throughout our history, the University of Regina has evolved as a significant
participant in and contributor to the cultural, social, and economic progress of our province and the
world beyond our borders.
Convocation is the "official" time of year where we celebrate and recognize our students who have
achieved their academic goals and who are about to go forward and make a difference in the world.
This spring Convocation, we will also recognize Dr. Don Lee with the Board of Governors Distinguished
Service Award for his lifetime of service to the University of Regina, and Dr. Scott Thompson, who is
receiving the Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching. As well, we will present honorary
degrees to educator Anne Luke, singer/songwriter Connie Kaldor, and journalist Craig Oliver.
You have heard me speak many times about the University of Regina as a community. We all bring
different expertise, knowledge and understanding to the University. That difference our diversity and
the respect we hold for each other makes our campus community strong. It is a strength that is