DONOR'S eNewsletter December 8, 2006

Note from the Principal

Another active semester is coming to a close at Bishop’s – it seems only yesterday that I welcomed the 2006 entering class to campus in September. The fall has been filled with notable events. Dr. Lorne Nelson opened a new observatory on the roof of the Nicolls Building. Renovations aimed at making the Library more hospitable to students were completed early this semester. You will read about a national scholarship winner below. Bishop’s hosted a number of conferences on campus this semester, bringing professors from around the world to Bishop’s. Our students continued their outstanding performances in the classroom, on stages, on the playing fields, and in the community.

The support of alumni and friends makes all of this possible. Your gifts allow us to recruit the best students and faculty, make continuous improvements to our campus, and support the extra-curricular activities that enhance the Bishop’s experience.

The holiday season is a time to give thanks, so please allow me to thank you for your continued support of Bishop’s University. The students, faculty and staff of this venerable institution are grateful for the opportunities your support provides.

Best wishes for the holidays,
Robert Poupart
Principal and Vice Chancellor

A Bright Future

Each year, Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year awards program provides scholarships of $5,000 to ten exceptional students from select Business schools across the country to further their educational ambitions. These Future Funds Scholarships encourage and support the next generation of leaders. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on their academic achievements, leadership qualities, and extracurricular activities.

Robb Schaefer, a fourth year Business student from Williamstown ON, is the deserving Bishop’s recipient of the Future Funds Scholarship this year. Robb has been on the Dean’s List for his four years at Bishop’s. In addition to excelling in the classroom, Robb has been involved in a myriad of extra-curricular activities: member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, academic tutor, participant in ICBC (Inter-collegiate Business Competition), Vice President of ACE (Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship), and Vice Chairman of the SEED Portfolio.

“Bishop’s offers an incredible experience,” says Robb. “The opportunities are endless. I would never have achieved the same at another university.” Both of Robb’s parents are Queen’s grads who were disappointed when he did not choose their alma mater; now Robb’s younger sister is enjoying her first year at Bishop’s. “My parents have grown to love Bishop’s as well,” he says.

Robb’s experience has not been confined to the campus. Last year he attended an international conference in Ohio for undergraduate universities with investment programs, participated in the ACE Competition in Toronto (where Bishop’s placed 2nd), and presented at a CEDEC Entrepreneurship Conference in Montreal. Robb also traveled to Toronto for the Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year/Future Funds Scholarship dinner where he met Jim Balsillie, Chairman and Co-CEO of RIM. (pictured above)

“Robb is truly an exceptional student,” states Sylvie Bequet, Dean of the Williams School of Business. “He has a global perspective with a broad focus. Robb has gifted analytical capabilities. He is both qualitative and quantitative, excellent at seeing problems, tackling issues, and making points.”

Last year Robb developed a financial literacy curriculum for high school students. A $1000 grant from HSBC allowed him to develop the course material and test the program at BCS and the Entrepreneurship Conference in Montreal. The program was named one of the top 100 financial literacy programs worldwide. “I hope to develop the program further by bringing it into more schools,” says Robb. “We may develop a university level module as well.”

Robb graduates next Spring with a concentration in Finance and a Major in Economics. He plans to write his CFA exam in June and has already been hired by BMO Nesbitt Burns in Cornwall. “I have known since I was in Grade 7 that I wanted to be a CFA and manage money,” says Schafer. “The SEED Portfolio was a big reason why I chose Bishop’s and was also a factor in BMO hiring me. They could not believe the real world experience I have had as an undergraduate at Bishop’s.”

Community Spirit

One aspect seldom mentioned about Bishop’s is the tremendous impact our students have in Lennoxville and surrounding communities. Although community service is not mandatory for our students, one might think it is when reviewing some volunteer efforts of Bishop’s students.

One of the largest organizations on campus is Big Buddies, a program which matches over 85 Bishop’s students with a little buddy from the community. Group events are held during the semester, but the big buddies are also expected to be in contact with or visit their little buddy at least once per week. The Best Buddies program involves 15 to 20 Bishop’s students who develop friendships with community members with intellectual disabilities. Students have also raised close to $3000 to support individuals in the community. In fact this support covered the travel costs for a buddy to compete in the Special Olympics last summer.

Over 20 students are involved in the Bishop’s University Mentoring and Tutoring group which provides a fun and positive learning environment for local students seeking extra help with school work. Many more coach sports teams in local elementary and high schools. The women’s basketball team also runs a Saturday morning program called Small Ball – basketball for children aged 6 - 11.

Students of the Bishop’s University Environmental Club organize an entire environmental focused weekend each fall. Community clean-ups, awareness programs, and hazardous waste drop-off days make up some of their programs, and each spring the popular Rock for Recycle (or the River) takes place to raise awareness.

Bishop’s students also lend a supportive hand to a number of charities in Lennoxville and abroad. Over the past twelve months student-initiated campaigns or activities have taken place to support United Way/Centraide, Canadian Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis Research, the Lennoxville Elementary Christmas Basket Program, the Lennoxville and District Women’s Centre, Operation Shoebox, a food drive for Moisson Estrie, and a blood drive. Students have also raised money to help with efforts following Hurricane Katrina, for child victims of the August flood in Ethiopia and for AIDS victims in Tanzania.

“I often hear the comment that students are apathetic,” says Bruce Stevenson, Dean of Student Affairs. “My experience, especially with our Golden Key International Honor Society, has shown me that students do give back a great deal, supporting each other, local and global communities. The Bishop's Golden Key Chapter was awarded a US$500 Chapter Service Grant (one of ten recipients out of 350 chapters) for their English Conversational Meetings Program with the Sherbrooke Police."

The three Greek organizations are all also involved in community service; in fact as part of their charter each one supports an international philanthropic organization The Alpha Delta Phi sorority raises funds for Ronald McDonald House but is also involved in work with the Lennoxville and District Women’s Centre. The Sigma Chi fraternity supports the Children’s Miracle Network and is also involved with the Lennoxville Youth Centre and the local Meals on Wheels program. The Alpha Phi sorority support Women’s Cardiac Care and a number of other projects in the Lennoxville community.

Some academic courses do include a component of community outreach. An upper year course in the Williams School of Business (The Successful New Venture: Feasibility Analysis and the Management of Risk) involves teams of students providing free consulting services to local entrepreneurs and small businesses. Student teams have worked with Bull’s Head Ginger Ale, a major maple syrup producer, and Quebec Lodge, among others. In the course of a year students will work with between 20 – 30 local companies. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain real life experience,” says the course’s professor (and Bishop’s graduate) Steve Karpenko ‘84. “But it is also great for the community and the economy. The free consulting of our students helps to keep business – and jobs – in the area.”

The Bishop’s mission statement reads “Bishop’s offers students...the opportunity to exercise the rights and responsibilities of good citizenship….” A majority of our students live the mission.

Did You Get The Call?

For five weeks this fall 20 student callers tore themselves away from their studies so they could talk on the phone. Not with their friends but with you, our alumni. The students dialed over 6000 alumni to follow up on the early October mailing for the Bishop’s University Annual Campaign.

Calling for the Annual Campaign is arguably one of the most challenging student jobs on campus. Calling takes place from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm from Sunday to Thursday, when we hope that people are home. With the advent of caller ID, cell phones, and busy families, it is becoming increasingly difficult to reach people by telephone. “If I get to actually talk to a live person 20% of the time, it’s considered a good night,” says Christine Schleifer, a three year veteran of calling. The callers keep dialing and stay positive, knowing that the next call could be a great one. “Some nights are really difficult,” says Christine, “but I know that I am playing an important role for my University.”

But when they do get through to someone, it is normally a great experience for the callers. “I love hearing Bishop’s stories from our graduates,” says Liz Mazurek, an Arts Administration student from Calgary. “Grads were also really interested in learning about my program and what I do at Bishop’s. Most did not know we have an Arts Administration program so they asked a lot of questions. Some even decided to direct their gift to my academic program because they liked what they heard!”

The Annual Campaign calling remains an integral part of the Alumni & Development operations at Bishop’s University. “I often remind our callers that they will likely speak to as many graduates during the calling as our office staff does all year,” says Dave McBride '93, who oversees the fall calling program. “These calls are a great chance to update graduates on Bishop’s news, but also to get your impressions or feedback – which we really value.”

What were some of the observations this year’s calling? A larger number of graduates were fearful that the call was some type of “scam”, and were reluctant to give their credit card (preferred method of giving) over the phone. There was also an increase in the wrong numbers or individuals who did not get the mailings. Please remember to update Bishop’s if any of your contact information should change. This may be done online. Lastly, it appeared to be more difficult to reach people at home…suggesting that Bishop’s grads are extremely busy leading fulfilling lives! Many thanks to those of you who have taken the time to make your gift to the 2006-07 Annual Campaign – Bishop’s truly appreciates your support.

To alumni who have not yet made their annual gift, please act today!


The tax year is quickly drawing to a close...

December 31, 2006

The capital gains tax on donations of publicly listed securities to charities was eliminated - have you considered making a gift of securities to Bishop's? Please contact Pam McPhail to discuss how you can save money while supporting Bishop's.

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