THE BISHOP'S EXPERIENCE eNewsletter December 2005

University terminology

Academic Calendar: The document provides all the information about academic programs, fees, regulations, admission requirements, course descriptions, and much more.

Awards & Bursaries: Monies awarded to students based on financial need and / or involvement.

B.A.: A Bachelor’s of Arts degree is awarded by the university upon successful completion of academic programs in Arts, Business, and Education.

B.Ed.: A Bachelor’s of Education degree at Bishop’s University is normally obtained after successful completion of a first undergraduate degree and a one year program in Education.

B.Sc.: A Bachelor’s of Science degree is awarded by the university upon successful completion of academic programs in the Sciences.

Entrance Scholarships: Monies awarded to first-year students based on academic merits.

Full time student: A student enrolled in more than 4 or more courses (12credits) per semester.

Honours: An honours is the most highly specialized concentration of courses within a degree. (It normally requires 20 courses (60 credits)).

Major: A major is the concentration of courses within a selected degree. (It normally requires that a student take 16 courses (48 credits) within one discipline.

Minor: A minor is the lowest concentration of courses formally recognized. (It normally requires eight course (24 credits)).

Part-time Student: A student enrolled in fewer than 3 courses (9 credits) per semester.

Transfer Student: A student that has attended any other post-secondary institution.

Visiting Student: A student who is admitted to Bishop's University to take courses for transfer to a degree program elsewhere.

Come for a visit

The Liaison Office offers you two choices:

1) Your own personalized tour. Our trained Student Ambassadors will give you a tour of our beautiful campus you won’t forget. Come see our classrooms, our outstanding facilities, and our residences. We can even arrange for you to sit in on a class. Arrange a campus tour on-line now!

2) Super Saturday – Bishop’s version of an open house! At Bishop’s we understand not everyone can visit on weekdays. That’s why we’ve organized an open house (Saturday, February 18, 2006).

You’re invited to visit one of Canada’s premier undergraduate universities. The Open House includes academic information sessions, a campus tour, and a chance to meet representatives from the: Admissions Office, Financial Aid Office, Residence Office, SRC (Students’ Representative Council, Athletics Office. Don’t forget to witness first hand Bishop’s school spirit - stay and cheer our men's and women's basketball teams on to victory as they play UQAM.

New minor

The new Minor in Sports Studies provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of sport and promotes the understanding of the psychological, physiological, and business implications.

The liberal approach will allow students to examine sport from a number of perspectives, as well as to understand the relationship between social, behavioral, biological, and marketing processes as they relate to sport.

The minor, which will usually be taken in conjunction with a major in another discipline, is designed to provide students with a general introduction to sport studies. This minor would be useful for students with an interest in exercise and sport and for those considering graduate study and / or a career in exercise sciences or health sciences (e.g. physical therapy).

For more information on this new program contact Dr. Stuart McKelvie or Dr. Dale Stout both in the Department of Psychology.


Do I need to speak French to go to Bishop’s?
No. Although we are located in Quebec, Bishop’s is an English Language university in a bilingual setting. If you want to work on your French it is a great opportunity. It is neither mandatory nor a requirement for admission.

What is Bishop’s student enrollment?
Bishop’s is one of Canada’s smallest universities with a full-time enrollment of 2188 students.

What is the average class size?
The average class size is 23. Last year only two classes at Bishop’s had more than 100 students. Last year there were three classes at Bishop’s with only one student – that could be you!

Does Bishop’s have scholarships?
Bishop’s has a very generous entrance scholarship program. All applications received by the March 1 deadline will be considered. No separate application is necessary. Only Canadian high school and CEGEP students are eligible.

What about residences?
Bishop’s guarantees all first-year students residence accommodations. You will receive an application for residence with your letter of acceptance to the University. Room assignments are done on a first-come, first-served basis.

BU student attends conference in Mexico

Both events, that take place only every two years, were held in Mexico from August 10th to the 21st 2005.

One of the things that made the strongest impression on me was the diversity reflected in the IYA and ICM. There were of course discussions and debates between people of different cultures and of all ages, but it went beyond that, as diversity created a fascinating challenge.

How can an inclusive worldwide movement like Amnesty International reconcile diverse views on its mission? A particularly interesting example of this were the debates we had on sexual and reproductive rights, where delegates from different countries expressed different opinions on the rights of women depending on their cultural background.

However, even more fascinating than diversity was the determination of all delegates to find a consensus. Despite the sometimes-heated debates, delegates did their best to make sure everyone was heard during the plenary sessions, as well as in the working parties. Be it in the Financial Strategy working party (dealing with resolutions related to the movement's income and its distribution), the Organizational Strategy working party (where resolutions related to research and work on own country were presented), or in the Human Rights Strategy working party (discussing Amnesty's position on the use of military force and the role of the organization in conflict prevention, among other things), divergent opinions were always reconciled in the end. The delegates' desire to see Amnesty work in an ever more strategic and effective way took precedence over everything else.

My participation to the IYA and ICM taught me a lot about Amnesty International, but also more generally on the role and functioning of NGOs, as well as on international meetings, which play an important role in world politics. I realized, for example, the impressive logistics that such a meeting demanded in terms of transportation, food, accommodation, or translation. With close to 400 people from about 80 countries, more than a week of meetings, and hundreds of pages of documents (resolutions, reports, consultations, studies, articles) , translation into English, French, Arabic, and Spanish was provided by 42 interpreters - all volunteers. But above all, my participation in the IYA and ICM confirmed once again something I know to be true: education is more than what we learn in school.

So get involved, engage in first-hand experiences. Who knows, you might be one of the next recipients of the McConnell Student Opportunity Fund.

Christina Lazarova, a second year politics student from Montreal, QC

A Kiwi's Perspective of Bishop's!

I was expecting to arrive at Bishop's, settle into rez and have a laid back week of orientation. A standard orientation would, I thought, be a campus tour, some free student stuff and maybe a concert or two, let alone a whole week of raising toasts, wearing a gown, watching others raise hell, quaffing ale, watching the Gaiters roar and giving poutine a try!

I certainly prefer the Canadian interpretation of "Frosh Week". It was also good to experience a "football" match first hand, a game that at first seemed quite strange to grasp, although I now no longer compare it to rugby, coming from a rugby crazed nation where "football" is relatively unknown. Win or lose, or whether you understand the game or not, the atmosphere and spirit in the stand makes it all worthwhile.

The Bishop's school spirit came as a surprise. Seeing the level of support and the pride of students for their university made me realize how different university life is in North America. The fact that students dress up in the Bishop's colors to support the Gaitor's, sing the school song, and are even willing to wear Bishop's merchandise is a new phenomena to understand. I think it's great; it seems to be so much of what you gain here at Bishop's and the memories you have when you graduate come from outside the classroom!

The Bishop's campus for me has made the transition to Canada so much easier as well as the grueling task of getting back into studying after 3 months holiday easier. Coming from a university in downtown Auckland, it has been great to be able to leave the classroom to go relax or read in the sun under a tree, or walk across campus with the picturesque backdrop of trees and countryside, even academic squirrels!
It all makes a pleasant change to bright lights, congested traffic, and towering sky scrapers. It is also great to be part of a community that extends from the campus into Lennoxville and not feel like just another number on a university roll, but rather see the same familiar faces every day.

The number of bilingual students at Bishop's and within the Lennoxville community came as a surprise, one that I admire. Coming from only a small country in the south pacific, often the only bilingual encounter we have would be with tourists or international students. My first few weeks here at Bishop's has certainly made the 17 hours flying time well worthwhile and I look forward to experiencing what the rest of the semester brings, and to make the most of it. I have a feeling my only regret when I leave Bishop's will be that I did not tick the box that said exchange for one year!

Andrew Whalley is an exchange student from AUT, Auckland, New Zealand.

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