THE BISHOP'S EXPERIENCE eNewsletter February 2006

On-line applicants

Information about your application to Bishop's University is available 24/7 at your finger tips on the BU Admissions portal. The admisisons portal is easy to use and provides applicants with the most up-to-date information about your application including missing documents and admission decisions.

Only students who have submitted an on-line application can log into this service. All you need is your username and password to find out more about your application to Bishop's University.

Plans for March break?

Choosing a post-secondary institution is a difficult decision to make.

As you make plans for your March break, why not come and take advantage of what the Eastern Townships, home to Bishop’s has to offer.

The Eastern Townships of Quebec – a region blessed with some of the finest outdoor recreation opportunities in Canada – is also less than a day’s drive from Ottawa, Toronto, Boston, and New York City. Nearby you will find the dynamism of Montreal, Quebec City, and the American border states of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

The region also offers some great downhill skiing! The following ski centers are within a two hour drive of campus: Bromont, Jay Peak, Mount Orford, Owl’s Head, Smuggler’s Notch, Stowe, Sugarloaf, Sutton and Mont Joye

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

Important reminders

The Admissions Office has begun processing applications. Letters of acceptance are being mailed daily – yours should be in the mail shortly!

Keep the following dates in mind:

  • Education students: March 1: Resume and letter of intent deadline*
  • All Students: May 5: Awards & Bursaries application deadline
  • Scholarship Students:May 5: $100 deposit due (applicable to tuition)
  • Fine Art Students:May 5: Portfolio deadline
  • Music Students:May 5: Audition deadline
  • Other Students:June 23: $100 deposit due (applicable to tuition)
  • All Students:June 23: $500 Residence deposit for guaranteed room in residence

*The letter of intent for applicants to the Education program should address the following questions:
• Why do you think you are right for the teaching profession?
• What is the basis for this decision?
• What experiences have led to this decision? Please indicate any past teaching, teaching-related or leadership experiences?

The resume should include any teaching, substitute teaching or leadership experiences.

Photo credit: Grant Simeon

Bishop’s University will host the Bell Expo Science fair.

Young scientists from the Eastern Townships will come to Bishop’s University and compete in the 2006 Bell Expo Science Fair. Over 130 participants 21 years of age and less will compete alone or in teams and will present their projects to the public. The young scientists will present projects on: Biotechnologies, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering and Computer Science, Life & Health Sciences, and Humanities.

The winners will be awarded prizes, and have a chance to compete in other provincial, national, and international science fairs.

Research @ Bishop’s in full swing:

The week of March 20 marks the first annual Research Week. This is a chance for students doing an Honours Thesis, working as Research Assistants or conducting an independent study to share their work with the Bishop’s community.

Research Week will also be an opportunity to see what Bishop’s professors have been up to outside their teaching hours. Professors from various departments will be giving short presentations showcasing the research projects they are currently working on.

Sports Highlights

With the regular season now behind them, Rod Gilpin and the second-place Bishop's Lady Gaiters (13-3) are getting set to host the third-place McGill Martlets (6-10) this Wednesday evening (7 p.m.) in the QSSF women’s basketball semi-finals.

Bishop's enters the post-season boasting one of the deepest and most talented line-ups in the country and their 13-3 record represents the best regular season record in Rod Gilpin's tenure at Bishop's. Led by Crofton's 15.2 points per game (tops in the QSSF) and Pitfield's 13.9 (3rd), the Lady Gaiters boast the second-highest scoring team in the conference (64.3 points per game) while Boulanger (5.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals per game) helps anchor the conference's second-ranked defense.

Currently ranked third in the conference, the Bishop’s Gaiters men’s basketball team will enjoy a brief break before facing the Laval Rouge et Or in the QUBL semi-finals on Friday, March 3rd. The location of the game has yet to be determined. In the event of a Laval loss this weekend, Bishop's will finish the season in 2nd place and host the Rouge et Or. If Laval sweeps their weekend games, however, Bishop's will travel to Quebec City to face Laval.

Spring break got off to a good start for the Bishop's University ski team, as they enjoyed a highly successful performance at the Le Relais du Lac Beauport ski resort this past weekend.

On Saturday, the women's team saw four of their skiers finish in the top thirteen and finished the day in 2nd place.

Good luck to all our teams – Go Gaiters Go!

For more information on Gaiter news please visit their website.

Excerpts taken from the Sports Information website.
Photo credit: Nathalie Vachon

Over $1.5 Million investment

January 13, 2006 the University saw its campaigning efforts answered. The Ministry of Culture and Communications of Quebec, Heritage Canada, the City of Sherbrooke, the Conference regionale des élus, and Bishop’s University collectively granted $1.5 million to the renovations of Centennial Theatre.

Not only will the interior of Centennial’s Theatre receive a makeover, but new seating, house lights, and carpeting will be installed. The new theatre will have a new sound system that includes mixing boards, microphones, and lighting that will allow for larger productions to be accommodated on campus.

Centennial Theatre seats 575 and accommodates a variety of theatrical productions, concerts and guest speakers as well as weekly films.

Also, the Film Studies department announced the renovation of Nicolls 5 (N5) in order to properly accommodate the department. When asked about the new room, Dr. Wickens stated: “The renovations will allow students to get the complete “movie experience”." The makeover will include aisle seating for easier accessibility, comfortable chairs, and drink holders.

"The renovations to N5 are not solely for the use of the department. Keeping with the Bishop’s “do it” spirit, any student who is interested in setting up a private viewing among his/her peers, or organizing a weekend film festival will be more than welcome" says Dr. Glen Wickens, Director of the Film Studies program.

Photo credit: Grant Simeon

Heads razed for Cancer support.

Over the past month, Jenn Kang a BU Education, Drama and Psychology student along with the SRC and the Canadian Cancer Society planned a fund-raiser for this worthy cause.

The fund-raiser called “Fresh-Start” was a head-shaving fundraiser to support Canadians living with cancer.

On February 18, the Bishop’s community collectively more than doubled the $5000 objective and nine volunteers had their heads shaved between the men’s and women’s basketball games. The now hairless volunteers were:
Jenn Kang, SRC President Louis Ialenti, Dean of Student Affairs Bruce Stevenson, University Principal Dr. Robert Poupart, Advancement Officer David McBride, Vice-Principal Finance Mark McLaughlin, Psychology professor Dr. Stuart McKelvie and Help Desk Coordinator Ian Kent.

After their shaves the volunteers presented the Canadian Cancer Society with a cheque of $10 084.

Photo credit: Jenn Poole

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