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Dr. James Mandigo joined UFV in Fall 2019 as Provost and Vice-President, Academic. The Provost is ultimately responsible for setting overall academic priorities in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and the quality of the university’s educational programming. The Provost also oversees the recruitment and retention of outstanding and

diverse faculty and staff. Mandigo holds a PhD from the University of Alberta in Physical Education and Recreation, a Master of Arts in Child and Development Studies from Laurentian University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from Wilfrid Laurier University. He joins UFV from Brock University, where he most recently held the position

of Vice-Provost for Enrolment Management and International. His deep and varied postsecondary background includes roles as full professor, associate dean, and dean. He was also a visiting scholar at the University of Tsukuba in Japan, a visiting associate professor at UBC, and associate faculty member at the University of Toronto.


UFV’s newest building was formally opened this year with a ceremony grounded in Stó:lŌ cultural traditions. Building K, the former Phoenix restaurant and Finnegan’s pub that UFV purchased from the Esposito family in 2018, has been transformed into a classroom and lab complex after a major renovation. A total of 10 classrooms, two drop-in student labs, and one meeting room have shifted into the renovated and renewed Building K, bringing students, staff, and faculty from multiple departments into new spaces. At the opening ceremony, following Stó:lŌ protocols, witnesses were called to observe the ceremony and share their insights about the

Although they didn’t get to enjoy the traditional Convocation ceremony in June, our academic medalists were recognized by UFV. The Governor General’s Gold Medal went to Kelly Ridder, who earned a Master of Social Work. The Governor General’s Silver Medal was received by Shanna Yaroshuk, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care. The Governor General’s Bronze Medal was earned by Shelby Klassen of the Agriculture Technology diploma program. And the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal was won by Tsandlia Van Ry of the Bachelor of Education program.


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new building and the work that went into the transformation. Witnesses included carver Rocky LaRock, UFV President Joanne MacLean, UFV janitorial coordinator and Haida Nation member

James White, SUS President Tripat Sandhu, associate director of building systems Sheldon Marche (who is Qualipu from the Mi’kmaq in Newfoundland), and Provost James Mandigo.

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