News Releases http://www.pochnews.com/news-releases/feed en “After the pandemic … recovery is possible” http://www.pochnews.com/news-releases/%E2%80%9Cafter-pandemic-%E2%80%A6-recovery-possible%E2%80%9D-0 <div class="news-events-details date"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2020-09-28T00:00:00-07:00">September 28, 2020</span></div><div class="news-events-author"><div class="label-inline">By:&nbsp;</div>Lisa Weighton</div><div class="news-events-tags"><span class="label-inline label-inline">Tags:&nbsp;</span><span class="news-events-tags-item"><a href="/tags/doctor-social-sciences" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doctor of social sciences</a></span></div><div class="field field-name-field-release-image-top field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.pochnews.com/sites/default/files/styles/525x300/public/yvette_mucharraz_2020_small_4.jpg?itok=fVhhgj8L" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>When it comes to post-pandemic recovery, <a href="https://www.ipade.mx/author/yvette-mucharraz-y-cano/">Yvette Mucharraz y Cano</a> could tell you which business are more likely to bounce back, and which could potentially fail.</p> <p>Thriving has little to do with chance, says the <a href="http://www.pochnews.com/prospective-students/doctor-social-sciences">Doctor of Social Sciences</a> student and professor at Ipade Business School in Mexico City.</p> <p>The difference, she says, is organizational resilience.</p> <p>“After the pandemic, it will take time to recover fully… but recovery is possible,” she says.</p> <p>That’s the topic of her recent <em>Harvard Business Review</em> article <a href="https://hbr.org/webinar/2020/09/how-resilient-organizations-respond-to-catastrophes"><em>How Resilient Organizations Respond to Catastrophes</em></a> and Sept. 30 <a href="https://hbr.org/webinar/2020/09/how-resilient-organizations-respond-to-catastrophes">webinar</a>, also hosted by <em>HBR</em>. Her article has also been published in HBR’s latest book, <em><a href="https://store.hbr.org/product/climate-change-the-insights-you-need-from-harvard-business-review/10404">Insights you need from Harvard Business Review: Climate Change</a></em>.</p> <p>Mucharraz’s research points to three distinct phases in dealing with catastrophes: anticipation, coping and adaptation.</p> <p>While there’s no way of knowing when an earthquake, environmental disaster or global pandemic may strike, leaders can take steps to mitigate risk of “high consequence, low probability” events, she says.</p> <p>“Addressing the psychological needs of the employees, including the grieving process, and how the organization promotes wellbeing, is fundamental to be ready for different types of disasters,” she says.</p> <p>While preparedness action is key, it’s not too late for businesses to act now when it comes to post-pandemic recovery, she says.</p> <p>“Resilient organizations can act before, during and after a disaster,” she says.</p> <p>Business continuity plans are fundamental, Mucharraz notes, as well as strengthening the human connection among the organizational community members, while cooperating with other organizations to build sustainable networks.</p> <p>“Inter-sectoral alliances have been very good for organizations to survive and support the workforce,” she says. “Part of the learnings from my research are also associated with the importance of reflecting and learning, and [I’ve seen] how organizations that were immersed in this process, were more likely to thrive.”</p> <p>Read <a href="https://hbr.org/webinar/2020/09/how-resilient-organizations-respond-to-catastrophes"><em>How Resilient Organizations Respond to Catastrophes</em></a> and learn more about the Sept. 30 <a href="https://hbr.org/webinar/2020/09/how-resilient-organizations-respond-to-catastrophes">webinar</a> hosted by <em>Harvard Business Review</em>.</p> </div></div></div> Mon, 28 Sep 2020 17:29:29 +0000 lweighton 132783 at http://www.pochnews.com Moving from the bedside to webside during COVID times http://www.pochnews.com/news-releases/moving-bedside-webside-during-covid-times <div class="news-events-details date"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2020-09-23T00:00:00-07:00">September 23, 2020</span></div><div class="news-events-author"><div class="label-inline">By:&nbsp;</div>Lisa Weighton</div><div class="news-events-tags"><span class="label-inline label-inline">Tags:&nbsp;</span><span class="news-events-tags-item"><a href="/tags/master-arts-learning-and-technology" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Master of Arts in Learning and Technology</a></span><span class="news-events-tags-item"><a href="/tags/education-and-technology" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">education and technology</a></span></div><div class="field field-name-field-release-image-top field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.pochnews.com/sites/default/files/styles/525x300/public/christy_boyce.png?itok=MydSbepz" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>A <a href="http://www.pochnews.com/prospective-students/master-arts-learning-and-technology">Master of Arts in Learning and Technology</a> student has created British Columbia’s first clinically focused virtual health course to support health authority professionals transition their practice from the bedside to webside.</p> <p>“Health care video consultations were being done pre-COVID, but it just exploded,” says Christy Boyce, a member of the virtual health team for Fraser Health and former respiratory therapist. “We really needed to get them something clinical and supportive online quickly.”</p> <p><em>Integrating Virtual Health into your Practice</em>, a 45-minute interactive multimedia course, has supported more than 100 providers in Fraser Health since it was launched in late July. While currently only available in Fraser Health, Boyce is hoping to work with other health authorities to adapt the course to their needs.</p> <p>The rapid increase in virtual health visits solved one problem—the risk of potential transmission between patient and provider—but it created others, she says.</p> <p>“We got a lot of questions in our inbox—clinical questions—about things like ‘how do I talk to my patient about risk and privacy?’ ‘How do I teach patient groups using Zoom?’ ‘What about patient care and quality?,’” Boyce says.</p> <p>The course includes simple pre-and post visit checklists to assess individual patient needs and covers everything from reading body language cues, to creating a trusting relationship online, to how to annotate on screen and create engaging discussions.</p> <p>“It’s natural to get overwhelmed using a tool that you're not comfortable with and you forget how good you are at patient care,” Boyce says. “This [course] walks our practitioners through staying patient-centred instead of becoming overwhelmed by the technology.”</p> <p>It also addresses the social barriers that come with a dramatic shift to online care.</p> <p>“Patients don't always have Wi-Fi, they don’t always have devices and so now we've created a disparity,” she says. “It’s important to be thoughtful and creative and think about how we can get around that.”</p> <p>Boyce says she drew heavily on the design thinking and values-based leadership approaches she is learning at Royal Roads to create a course focused on compassionate, patient-centred care.</p> <p>“[We learned] education can occur through these various technologies but foundationally, there is a need to understand the teaching and learning relationship and that mirrors the patient-clinician relationship,” she says.</p> <p>“We’re marrying clinical caring and the use and adoption of a technology, so doing that through a really informed lens of best possible user design is really vital.”</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-pull-quote field-type-text-long field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Pull quote:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">“It’s natural to get overwhelmed using a tool that you&#039;re not comfortable with and you forget how good you are at patient care.” Christy Boyce, MALAT student.</div></div></div> Wed, 23 Sep 2020 19:28:44 +0000 lweighton 132623 at http://www.pochnews.com Seeing the world as a garden http://www.pochnews.com/news-releases/seeing-world-garden <div class="news-events-details date"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2020-09-22T00:00:00-07:00">September 22, 2020</span></div><div class="news-events-author"><div class="label-inline">By:&nbsp;</div>Erin Baxter-Melo, Faculty of Social Sciences, McMaster University</div><div class="news-events-tags"><span class="label-inline label-inline">Tags:&nbsp;</span><span class="news-events-tags-item"><a href="/tags/doctor-social-sciences" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doctor of social sciences</a></span></div><div class="field field-name-field-release-image-top field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.pochnews.com/sites/default/files/styles/525x300/public/lickers-1.jpg?itok=IfGbb_Th" alt="Adrianne Xavier" title="Adrianne Xavier" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Royal Roads doctoral student Adrianne Xavier is bringing garden-fresh perspectives to McMaster University’s <a href="https://indigenous.mcmaster.ca/">Indigenous Studies Program</a> in her new role as acting director.</p> <p>Xavier, an Onondaga woman from the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nations Territory, is a candidate in Royal Roads’ Doctor of Social Sciences program. A graduate of McMaster’s undergraduate anthropology program, Xavier first returned to McMaster in 2017 to teach a course on Traditional Ecological Knowledge during her doctoral studies at Royal Roads. Two years later, she joined the Faculty of Social Sciences to teach in the Indigenous Studies Program.</p> <p>Xavier’s unique teaching methods (which earned her an MSU Teaching Award nomination), her community work and her research find common roots in the image of a Three Sisters mound garden, a model of knowledge developed by Xavier.</p> <p>“The Three Sisters, in traditional Haudenosaunee communities, are corn, beans and squash. They are related back to our creation story, our culture and our communities,” explains Xavier.</p> <h2>A garden, a worldview</h2> <p>In a mound garden, each Sister has a unique role and contributes to the health and wellbeing of the garden. The corn provides structure for vines, the squash vines provide protection from predators and the beans provide nourishment for the soil.</p> <p>“It’s a synergistic, beautiful process of interpersonal care,” says Xavier. “And I look at people that way. I look at almost everything that way. I see those connections for people in all facets.”</p> <p>The Three Sisters mound garden model became the basis for Xavier’s doctoral research. As part of her dissertation, she used the mound garden framework to examine the development of <a href="https://oursustenance.ca/">Our Sustenance</a>, a food security program she led at Six Nations.</p> <p>“[At Our Sustenance] I saw people in the community being able to increase their food security, understand themselves better and gain a connection to food, their health, their culture and community, and create pockets of connections. They were coming to share vegetables and recipes and reaching out socially,” she explains.</p> <p>The community embodied the mound garden system of knowledge with participants connecting and caring for one another, each person playing a role.</p> <p>Xavier noticed a similar environment when she joined the Indigenous Studies Program, which was one of the reasons she agreed to pursue the acting director role.</p> <p>“I had found a place to work where people were treating me like I already thought about that system of knowledge, having that connection and ability to care for each other, like in my theoretical framework.”</p> <p>Xavier sees potential to apply her framework to the entire university.</p> <p>“Indigenous Studies, for its students, provides structure so they’re the corn. The university-at-large and the funding bodies are the squash, they protect [students] and give them assistance, providing water, or money as the case may be.</p> <p>“The students are the beans—they are strong, but also young. We see them as important and worthy of being cared for, they are our newest hope for sustaining the future whether that’s food for winter or as leaders in the world.”</p> <p>While it may take a moment to see McMaster’s potential as a synergistic mound garden, for Xavier, the connection is obvious.</p> <p>“Because I see the world that way, it’s just how things are. I can’t ‘unsee’ it,” she says.</p> <p>In a season when community, interpersonal care and relationships are even more important, Xavier and her mound garden framework are wonderful, timely additions to the Faculty of Social Sciences leadership team, says Dean Jeremiah Hurley</p> <p>“I am delighted to have Adrianne in this new role in the Indigenous Studies Program and the Faculty of Social Sciences,” he says “As the acting director and the Indigenous Scholar-in-Community, Adrianne has the platform and expertise to lead initiatives that enhance the experiences of Indigenous students, scholars and knowledge keepers at McMaster.”</p> <p>Adrianne Xavier’s appointment began on July 1, 2020.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission from <a href="https://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/">McMaster Daily News</a>.</em></p> </div></div></div> Tue, 22 Sep 2020 23:37:35 +0000 Anonymous 132448 at http://www.pochnews.com Veronica Thompson appointed Royal Roads VP Academic and Provost http://www.pochnews.com/news-releases/veronica-thompson-appointed-royal-roads-vp-academic-and-provost <div class="news-events-details date"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2020-09-18T00:00:00-07:00">September 18, 2020</span></div><div class="news-events-author"><div class="label-inline">By:&nbsp;</div>Lisa Weighton</div><div class="news-events-tags"><span class="label-inline label-inline">Tags:&nbsp;</span><span class="news-events-tags-item"><a href="/tags/vice-president-academic-and-provost" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Vice-President Academic and Provost</a></span></div><div class="field field-name-field-release-image-top field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.pochnews.com/sites/default/files/styles/525x300/public/thompson1_0.jpg?itok=Idft3ZXe" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Royal Roads University’s Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. <a href="http://www.pochnews.com/about/vice-president-academic-and-provost">Veronica Thompson</a> as the university’s new vice-president academic and provost, effective Jan. 1, 2021.</p> <p>Thompson follows Dr. Stephen Grundy in the role, who served as VPA and provost for nine years and stepped down to return to teaching in April 2020. Dr. William Holmes, dean of the Faculty of Management, has since served as interim in the role.</p> <p>Thompson has served in a variety of academic and administrative positions at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal College, Red Deer College and Athabasca University. She is the current dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS) and associate professor of English at Athabasca University, where she has also held the role of chair of the Centre for Language and Literature.?</p> <p>“I’m thrilled to welcome Dr. Thompson as our new vice-president academic and provost,” says Royal Roads President Philip Steenkamp. “Her wealth of academic leadership experience and demonstrated commitment to diversity, collaboration and inclusion makes her a natural fit for Royal Roads as we move into our next 25 years and embrace our new Vision.”</p> <p>With a background in postcolonial literature, Thompson’s research explores power, injustice, identity and belonging.</p> <p>Having studied diverse topics from maternity and imperialism, to postcolonial South African literature, to literary representations of terrorism, all through a postcolonial lens, Thompson says she’s drawn to understanding stories—both in terms of who holds the pen and who is central to the narrative.</p> <h2><strong>Interrogating power</strong></h2> <p>“We must constantly interrogate power—who is in the centre, whose voices are being heard, and who is marginalized,” she says.</p> <p>Her interest in this subject has been at the core of her academic work but was reinforced by Anita Rau Badami’s 2007 novel, <em>Can you hear the nightbird call?, </em>which ends in the 1985 explosion on board Air India Flight 182. Everyone was killed. Most of them were Canadians.</p> <p>It was the first time Thompson learned the details of Canada’s worst terrorist attack in history and she was struck by how unknown the event was.</p> <p>“It was in ways erased from narratives of Canadian history. In the responses to the event, there was a whole exclusion of people who had long histories in Canada,” she says, adding that this demonstrates the ongoing legacies of colonization.?</p> <p>“My scholarship unpacks that to find space for the inclusion of all voices,” she says.</p> <p>It’s a thread she’s tied into her work over the last nine years as FHSS dean at Athabasca University as well.</p> <h2><strong>Collaborative leadership</strong></h2> <p>In the last nine years, Thompson has mobilized an increasingly diverse complement of faculty at Athabasca, with more than 80 per cent of new positions in FHSS being filled by those with diverse or intersectional identities.</p> <p>“It’s important to me to ensure there’s a diversity of voices at the table and in the conversation,” she says.</p> <p>Collaboration has always been a distinguishing characteristic of Thompson’s leadership style.</p> <p>“No one person can have all the answers,” she says noting the importance of wide representation on planning and decision-making.</p> <h2><strong>Shared values</strong></h2> <p>It’s a value key to Royal Roads and its leadership as well—one of the many ways Thompson and her work at Athabasca University align.</p> <p>“The two institutions share a commitment to online blended teaching and learning and the transformative nature of education for non-traditional learners who are able to have access in this kind of delivery model,” she says.</p> <p>“Royal Roads’ core values of creativity and caring and courage are very inspiring values. I feel they align with many of us personally, but they’re also what this world needs to address the challenges we face into the future,” she says, referencing the university’s new Vision launched in celebration of its 25th anniversary.</p> <p>“I’m very excited about the direction that Royal Roads has already set for the next 25 years and the contributions I can make to that.”</p> </div></div></div> Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:49:03 +0000 lweighton 131533 at http://www.pochnews.com Safe, affordable, sustainable http://www.pochnews.com/news-releases/safe-affordable-sustainable <div class="news-events-details date"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2020-09-17T00:00:00-07:00">September 17, 2020</span></div><div class="news-events-author"><div class="label-inline">By:&nbsp;</div>Andrea Boyes</div><div class="news-events-tags"><span class="label-inline label-inline">Tags:&nbsp;</span><span class="news-events-tags-item"><a href="/tags/sshrc" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">SSHRC</a></span><span class="news-events-tags-item"><a href="/tags/interdisciplinary" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">interdisciplinary</a></span></div><div class="field field-name-field-release-image-top field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.pochnews.com/sites/default/files/styles/525x300/public/runa_das_picture.jpg?itok=h4dyB0dE" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>A Royal Roads sustainability researcher is part of a team that has been awarded a $1.37-million grant to address the issue of increased need for community housing in Canada.</p> <p>Assist. Prof. Runa Das of the College of Interdisciplinary Studies is part of a research team led by the University of Alberta’s Dr. Damian Collins, focused on making Canada’s community housing options sustainable and resilient.</p> <p>The new research partnership, called Community Housing Canada: Partners in Resilience, will examine Canada’s system of community housing, which includes non-market housing that is operated by non-profit organizations, co-operatives and all levels of government.</p> <p>Das is responsible for studying the environmental sustainability component of housing. Das says she seeks to understand how people can have their well-being supported through proper shelter, and at the same time move towards a sustainable world.</p> <p>“I want to start by talking to people living in community housing, to involve them and find out what well-being means to them. That’s important to better understand the types of housing that can best support them,” Das says. “Next, I want to have conversations with community housing providers to see what they envision in terms of sustainable housing and see if it fits with concepts held by those living in community housing.</p> <p>“Essentially it will be very important to involve many actors and stakeholders, including the team of researchers comprised of building scientists, engineers, and social scientists, to hopefully arrive at an overlapping definition of sustainability that can achieve people’s well-being.”</p> <p>“Safe, affordable housing is a foundation for life and should be accessible to everyone, regardless of income,” says Collins, the project director and professor of human geography at the University of Alberta. “Canada’s current housing system, with its widespread challenges, does not allow many households in low-to-moderate incomes to realize their right to housing.”</p> <p>The research is funded by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The research team will work alongside 7 university partners and 12 community housing organizations across the country, from Vancouver Island to New Brunswick.</p> <p>Das says sustainable housing must be affordable – for those who live there and for the organizations that manage and operate these types of homes.</p> <p>“That is housing that people can call home, “she says. “A home that provides people with comfort, safety and happiness with minimal to no negative environmental impact.”</p> <p><em>- With files from Katie Willis, Communications and Engagement, University of Alberta Faculty of Science</em></p> <div>?</div> </div></div></div> Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:45:03 +0000 a1boyes 131315 at http://www.pochnews.com Royal Roads’ 47th convocation ceremony goes online http://www.pochnews.com/news-releases/royal-roads%E2%80%99-47th-convocation-ceremony-goes-online <div class="news-events-details date"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2020-09-16T00:00:00-07:00">September 16, 2020</span></div><div class="news-events-author"><div class="label-inline">By:&nbsp;</div>Lisa Weighton</div><div class="news-events-tags"><span class="label-inline label-inline">Tags:&nbsp;</span><span class="news-events-tags-item"><a href="/tags/convocation" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">convocation</a></span><span class="news-events-tags-item"><a href="/tags/alumni" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">alumni</a></span><span class="news-events-tags-item"><a href="/tags/covid-19" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">COVID-19</a></span></div><div class="field field-name-field-release-image-top field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.pochnews.com/sites/default/files/styles/525x300/public/gettyimages-1150975145-2_2.jpg?itok=MBapXFcs" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Royal Roads University will celebrate more than 1,000 spring and fall graduates at its first <a href="http://www.pochnews.com/news-events/convocation">Virtual Convocation</a> ceremony Nov. 6, 2020.</p> <p>In accordance with public health guidelines, face-to-face celebrations are postponed until it is safe to gather.</p> <p>The unique, interactive ceremony will put new grads, and their extraordinary accomplishments, front and centre. The formal celebration includes a chance to cross the virtual “stage”, an alumni speaker and a prominent leader who will receive an honorary degree and speak directly to graduates</p> <p>Graduates will have the opportunity to be featured with their photo, video and short message and can watch the entire procession or find their individual clip to share on social media with family and friends.</p> <p>“Each one of these graduates have worked exceptionally hard for their credentials and they have met the challenges before them with great courage and resilience,” says Royal Roads President Philip Steenkamp. “In this constantly changing world, this is a special opportunity to come together and celebrate.”</p> <p>The university’s 47th convocation will confer degrees, certificates or diplomas in the Faculty of Management, the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences and the College of Interdisciplinary Studies. The event will also feature the installation of Royal Roads’ newest chancellor and chair of the Board of Governors, Nelson Chan, who assumed the role Jan. 1, 2020.</p> <p><a href="http://www.pochnews.com/news-events/convocation">More details are available online</a>.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-pull-quote field-type-text-long field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Pull quote:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">“In this constantly changing world, this is a special opportunity to come together and celebrate.” - President Philip Steenkamp.</div></div></div> Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:18:39 +0000 lweighton 131116 at http://www.pochnews.com Courage at the core: Royal Roads launches new 25-year Vision http://www.pochnews.com/news-releases/courage-core-royal-roads-launches-new-25-year-vision <div class="news-events-details date"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2020-09-10T00:00:00-07:00">September 10, 2020</span></div><div class="news-events-author"><div class="label-inline">By:&nbsp;</div>Lisa Weighton</div><div class="news-events-tags"><span class="label-inline label-inline">Tags:&nbsp;</span><span class="news-events-tags-item"><a href="/tags/25th-anniversary" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">25th Anniversary</a></span><span class="news-events-tags-item"><a href="/tags/royal-roads-vision" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Royal Roads Vision</a></span><span class="news-events-tags-item"><a href="/tags/leadership" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">leadership</a></span></div><div class="field field-name-field-release-image-top field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.pochnews.com/sites/default/files/styles/525x300/public/20-5404_comms_vision_crossroad_banners5.jpg?itok=cMnIsIAU" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p class="Default">In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Royal Roads University has released its <a href="http://www.pochnews.com/mission-vision-goals-and-values">new strategic Vision</a>. <a href="http://www.pochnews.com/sites/default/files/files/marketing/20-5347_vision_document_out_1.pdf"><em>Learning for Life: 2045 and beyond</em></a> puts courage at its core and builds on Royal Roads’ history as a leader in online, on campus and blended education over the last two decades.</p> <p class="Default">With goals and actions crafted to ensure Royal Roads continues to deliver life-changing education, the university’s new Vision statement is: <strong>Inspiring people with the courage to transform the world.</strong></p> <p class="Default">“Royal Roads produces transformational leaders and we have some of the best faculty and staff in the post-secondary landscape,” says Royal Roads President Philip Steenkamp. “We’ve accomplished great work in our first quarter century. It’s time to look to the future and envision who we will become in the next 25 years.”</p> <p class="Default">Guided by the values of being caring, creative and courageous, the new Vision includes a set of goals and commitments to guide learning, teaching and research, and community engagement to 2045 and beyond.</p> <p class="Default">“We couldn’t have predicted the pandemic, but we knew the future would be full of unknown challenges and the Vision would have to be nimble and adaptable,” Steenkamp says. “These are unprecedented times and our new Vision is focused squarely on providing opportunities for lifelong learning for a workforce dealing with significant economic disruption and change.”</p> <p class="Default">Royal Roads seeks to be an engine of lifelong learning for students no matter where they are in the world, their careers or their lives. Our research is purposefully designed to directly benefit the communities in which we live. Our inclusive campus welcomes all people, and we honour the history and culture of those who have come before us while looking toward a sustainable future.</p> <p class="Default">Read the <a href="http://www.pochnews.com/mission-vision-goals-and-values">full document</a> and view a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&amp;v=phiBLUMuVTA&amp;feature=emb_logo">short animated video</a> for more about the new Vision.</p> <p class="Default">?</p> </div></div></div> Thu, 10 Sep 2020 20:23:21 +0000 lweighton 129881 at http://www.pochnews.com Royal Roads welcomes new board member Monique Gray Smith mstikwaskihkos http://www.pochnews.com/news-releases/royal-roads-welcomes-new-board-member-monique-gray-smith-mstikwaskihkos <div class="news-events-details date"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2020-09-08T00:00:00-07:00">September 8, 2020</span></div><div class="news-events-author"><div class="label-inline">By:&nbsp;</div>Andrea Boyce</div><div class="news-events-tags"><span class="label-inline label-inline">Tags:&nbsp;</span><span class="news-events-tags-item"><a href="/tags/board-governors" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Board of Governors</a></span></div><div class="field field-name-field-release-image-top field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.pochnews.com/sites/default/files/styles/525x300/public/monique_gray_smith_rru_bog_aug_2020_small_1.jpg?itok=tNekVz40" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>An accomplished author and leader in Indigenous relations has been appointed to the Royal Roads Board of Governors.</p> <p><a href="http://www.pochnews.com/people/bio-monique-gray-smith-mistikwaskihkos" target="_blank">Monique Gray Smith mstikwaskihkos</a>, who is Cree, Lakota and Scottish, has accepted a one-year Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council appointment to the board effective July 31. She says she plans to focus on heart-based decision making in her work on the board.</p> <p>“I believe love is medicine and love in education is really where change happens. When students and staff feel seen and valued and heard, change is really powerful,” Gray Smith says. “Not just because of COVID, but because of all that is unfolding in this world, we need some really powerful positive change.</p> <p>“I hope to be able to bring that continued reminder that love is medicine – and how are we making decisions from an intellectual decision base, but also with our hearts.”</p> <p>Royal Roads Chancellor and Board Chair Nelson Chan says he looks forward to the contributions Gray Smith will make to the board.</p> <p>“We are excited to welcome new appointee Monique Gray Smith to our Board of Governors,” Chan says. “Monique is an award-winning, best-selling author and known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience – all essential elements of our focus at Royal Roads University. Monique's professionalism and experiences will bring new energy to our board and strengthen our focus on 2045 and beyond.”</p> <p>The author of six books, Gray Smith has won a number of awards for her literature, including the 2014 Canadian Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature for her novel <em>Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience</em>. Gray Smith teaches courses in resilience and reconciliation and has worked in truth and reconciliation in education, business and government. She was awarded the 2019 Victoria Leadership Award for Extending Reconciliation.</p> <p>In other Board of Governors news, employee-elected member <a href="http://www.pochnews.com/people/bio-dranna-andrews-brown">Dranna Andrews-Brown</a> joined the board in April 2020. Board member <a href="http://www.pochnews.com/people/bio-geoff-pearce">Geoff Pearce</a> has also been reappointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council for a second term. Pearce joined the board in 2018.</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 08 Sep 2020 18:46:15 +0000 cmacdougall 129481 at http://www.pochnews.com Changemakers speakers series launches online http://www.pochnews.com/news-releases/changemakers-speakers-series-launches-online-0 <div class="news-events-details date"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2020-09-04T00:00:00-07:00">September 4, 2020</span></div><div class="news-events-tags"><span class="label-inline label-inline">Tags:&nbsp;</span><span class="news-events-tags-item"><a href="/tags/changemakers" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Changemakers</a></span><span class="news-events-tags-item"><a href="/tags/25th-anniversary" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">25th Anniversary</a></span></div><div class="field field-name-field-release-image-top field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.pochnews.com/sites/default/files/styles/525x300/public/tad-040-ps1200_1.jpg?itok=k3a4_u07" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>This year marks Royal Roads’ 25th anniversary as a university and leader in online learning. To celebrate this milestone and as an anniversary gift to the community, the university is launching the Changemakers Speakers Series online this September.</p> <p>We begin the series <a href="https://homerdixon.com/">with Thomas Homer-Dixon</a>, complexity scientist, <a href="https://homerdixon.com/writing/">best-selling author</a> and director of the <a href="https://cascadeinstitute.org/">Cascade Institute</a> at Royal Roads. Please join us:</p> <p><strong>Wednesday, Sept. 16, 4 p.m.<br /> Live from the </strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/royalroadsu/"><strong>Royal Roads Facebook page</strong></a><strong><br /> </strong><em>(Please note that you do not need to have a Facebook account to see a Facebook live event.)</em></p> <p><em>Commanding Hope: The Power We Have to Safeguard a World in Peril</em> is both the focus of his speech, and <a href="https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/221940/commanding-hope-by-thomas-homer-dixon/9780307363169">the title of his latest book</a>, which was released Sept. 1.</p> <p>Calling on history, cutting-edge research, complexity science and even <em>The Lord of the Rings</em>, Homer-Dixon lays out the tools we can command to rescue a world on the brink. In his speech, he will call on his extraordinary knowledge of complexity science, of how societies work and can evolve, and of our capacity to handle threats. And he’ll show that we can shift human civilization onto a decisively new path if we mobilize our minds, spirits, imaginations and collective values.</p> <p>The Changemakers series will feature speakers on topics that explore the complex challenges facing humanity and innovative ideas about how we might solve them – even more relevant as the world considers living with, and looking beyond, COVID-19. All talks will be hosted by President Philip Steenkamp and streamed live on the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/royalroadsu/">Royal Roads Facebook page</a>.</p> <p>“We had planned to launch in March, but the pandemic had other plans and we had to put the series on hold,” says Royal Roads University President Philip Steenkamp.</p> <p>“While the pandemic certainly changed our plans, the spirit of the series, bringing dynamic, exciting speakers to south Vancouver Island and to our alumni and friends around the world, remains intact. These talks are free to the public and for students, professionals, alumni and concerned citizens. The series is about ideas for everyone.”</p> <p>The series will be hosted entirely online, ensuring safety for the speakers and the audience – and allowing people throughout the country and the world to join.</p> </div></div></div> Fri, 04 Sep 2020 20:17:28 +0000 cmacdougall 128649 at http://www.pochnews.com Royal Roads grad gets to the heart of the message in pandemic http://www.pochnews.com/news/royal-roads-grad-gets-heart-message-pandemic <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Chris Shewchuk was living his own version of the film <em>Groundhog Day</em>. Up before six a.m. each morning, the day began by looking at the media reports from the day before. The news conference with the numbers happened every day at 3:00 p.m., six days a week. And that was just the “middle” part of the day.</p></div></div></div> Thu, 03 Sep 2020 17:33:44 +0000 jrathwell 128412 at http://www.pochnews.com 中文字幕亚洲综合小综合,92午夜福利免视频100集2019,秋秋影视午夜福利高清