February 6, 2006      
Highlighting Recent Achievements

Staff Awards: It gave me great pleasure to present Sandra Gallichon with the Bishop’s University Staff Award at the party on December 16th. This award was not the only good news for Sandra; earlier in the day she learned her cancer is in remission. I am sure you join me in sending Sandra best wishes for continued good health and a speedy return to Bishop’s. Sandra has contributed greatly to the University over the past 25 years and will continue to play a vital role in the Registrar’s Office for years to come.

Over 30 staff members received service pins recognizing their years of service to Bishop’s University. These individuals play a major role in making Bishop’s a wonderful place to study and/or work. A complete list of recipients may be found at the HR website.

The SRC has been extremely active in the last few months. In December they led a successful campaign to collect gifts for children of less fortunate families to be added to the Lennoxville Elementary Christmas Baskets. In January “The Gait”, the newly renovated campus bar, opened to much praise. I am pleased the SRC is planning to organize events for faculty and staff in the near future.

Centennial Theatre was recently named recipient of the prestigious Opus Prize for Presenter of the Year 2004-2005, given by the Quebec Music Council. This prize is awarded to the Quebec venue that offers the best selection of concert music throughout the year.

Thirteen Sherbrooke police officers are registered for English Second Language classes provided by our Continuing Education Department. Ten took the class (one night a week) last semester. Bishop’s is offering this course free of charge in an effort to improve the relationship (and communication) between the police and our students.

Congratulations to our women’s and men’s basketball teams who are having great seasons. In mid January both teams were tied for first place, the first time since 1988 that both teams have held first place simultaneously. Best wishes for a continued strong season. On a related note, commendations go to France Lanoie, Laure Pitfield and women’s coach Rod Gilpin for their participation in the Jeux de la Francophonie, held in Niger (Africa) in December. Team Quebec finished 5th with a 5-2 record.
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