March 6, 2007      
News from around campus

In an effort to encourage more returning students to stay in residence two new policies are now in effect. First, all students living in residence this year can take advantage of a rent freeze for the 2007-08 academic year. Second, all Golden Key and returning students holding academic scholarships will receive a $1000 scholarship towards their residence fees.

Work has begun on the implementation of a new Financial Management System at Bishop’s. This will replace the current system which is 14 years old, and will eliminate the risks associated with running a system that can no longer be adequately supported. The new system will better allow the University to use “best practice” business processes in the financial management of Bishop’s University. The first phase of the implementation is expected to go live in July 2007 and will include the core financial modules (General Ledger, Funds Management, Budgeting, Accounts Receivable/Payable). By November 2007 the ITS department plans to be in the pilot testing phase of the Procurement module (Portal, Requisition, Purchase Order).

A dynamic day-long symposium on entrepreneurship was held on campus January 31. Over 120 high school aged students and staff from English secondary schools and Adult Centers within the Eastern Townships, New Frontier and Riverside school boards were present. The entrepreneurship symposium, which was hosted by Bishop’s University and Champlain College Lennoxville, offered hands-on learning experiences and created an opportunity for students to build networks with individuals from other schools on the theme of entrepreneurship.

A special thanks to ACE (Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship), Conferences, the Liaison Office, Facilities, and Security – all of whom contributed to the success of this event to build entrepreneurial leadership for youth.

As part of our new Leadership Development program, the Co-Curricular Profile is a new initiative brought to our students through the Student Affairs Office. It will be an opportunity for students to officially document their involvement in activities outside the classroom. Official copies of the Co-Curricular Profile can be used to complement a student’s resume and academic transcript when applying for employment or graduate school. Registering for a Co-Curricular Profile will be voluntary and the responsibility of each student. Please contact Diane Houde for more information on this new program.

Valentine’s Day was certainly a day at Bishop’s to seek out a match! Over 30 companies visited the campus for Gait 2 Job, the largest career fair on campus in recent memory.

The ASK program – Alumni Sharing Knowledge – kicks off this semester. Organized through the Alumni & Development Office, this initiative hopes to bring more Bishop’s graduates back to campus during the academic year to meet with students, attend classes as guest lecturers/presenters, or simply become more engaged in campus life. A number of visits by graduates have been organized with the Williams School of Business, including a motivational presentation to a first year Business course and a successful entrepreneur speaking to an entrepreneurship class. The company of one of our graduates will be used for the final Business Policy case presentation. Another graduate and former Gaiter will be speaking to graduating Gaiter athletes about the job search process.
If you are interested in getting involved in ASK please contact Matt McBrine in the Alumni & Development Office.

The Alumni & Development Office is taking the best of Bishop’s on the road. In February four Business students presented their winning case competition at an Alumni Networking Lunch in Montreal. In March the University Singers will be heading to Toronto for a show to which prospective students, alumni, and parents of current students will be invited. The Office will continue to explore opportunities to take Bishop’s students and faculty “on the road”.

Bishop's University, as a member of the Réseau québécois de calcul de haute performance (RQCHP), has access to a supercomputer that is the most powerful system of its kind in Canada. The RQCHP is a network of researchers in high-performance computing at the Université de Montréal (home to the supercomputer), Université de Sherbrooke, Concordia University, Bishop's University and the Ecole Polytechnique. The network comprises a pool of advanced computer facilities that provide its members with the computing resources crucial to the progress of their work in various fields, including astrophysics, medicine, nanotechnology and transportation.

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