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Road to higheR leaRning Creative art and technology intersect at the U of R

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Father John Meehan, president of Campion College, meets with students. Campion College

Campion College celebrates 100 years by Jonathan hamelin

In the early days of Campion College, paying the admission fee wasn’t always a matter of dollars and cents. Campion College, legally known to this day as the “Catholic College of Regina”, came into existence by a special Act of the Legislature of the Province ofSaskatchewanonDec.15,1917.TheJesuit institution began as a high school for Catholic boys. In 1923, the college was recognized as a junior college by the University of Saskatchewan and started offering courses at the university secondary arts level. Of course, with The Great Depression hitting the province soon after, many didn’t have the money for an education. “Studentsactuallypaidinkindwith animals or produce from the farm,” said Father John Meehan, Society of Jesus (SJ), president of Campion College. As Meehan explains, this gesture aligned with Campion’s vision of “forming people for others” and its mission of “providing a liberal arts education dedicated to the development of the whole person —intellectually, spiritually, socially — for service within society.” Campion is celebratingits100thanniversaryin2017, and Meehan said that the college has been able to survive by staying true to its roots. “I would call it an inclusive Catholicism,” he said. “Over the years, we’ve welcomed people of all faiths and no faith. We invite them to enroll and reflect on what it means to be human, following the Jesuit humanist tradition. When they come here, they feel part of a community. We offer personal advising and they can get to know their professors because the classes are small. It’s that personal treatment that students often comment on.” In 1965, Campion was granted federation with the Regina campus of the University of Saskatchewan, which allowed students to access

the extensive resources of the university’s campus while still enjoying a personal atmosphere. A new college building was opened on the university’s campus in 1968; the former college building became solely Campion High School and remained so until its final graduation in May 1975. Building on its core beliefs, the college has branched out from teaching solely the liberal arts over the years. Today, Campion College offers preprofessional courses in areas such as astronomy, English, film studies, political science and theatre studies. Approximately700studentsattheUniversity of Regina are enrolled through Campion College and the college employs 20 full-time professors. “We give students a very solid foundation so they can be good professionals in their chosen career,” Meehansaid.“Throughourengagedlearning program, our students also have the opportunity to volunteer their time with a local service agency. While your resume is important, we believe that your education should give you the ability to give something back to society and make it a better place.” Campion kicked off the centennial celebration on Dec. 1, 2016, the Feast of St. Edmund Campion – the 16th century English martyr who is the college’s namesake – with the opening of a new elevator and entryway, as part of an accessibility project, and a gala evening with Chris Lowney, a former Jesuit and bestselling author on servant leadership. Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Greg Boyle, SJ, founder of Homeboy Industries, the world’s largest gang rehabilitation program, is scheduled to give a lecture in the college’s Education Auditorium. The following week on March 21 at the same time and location, a lecture is to be given by Arlette Zinck, associate professor of S e e C a m p i o n C o l l e g e o n B8 B4

In a university setting, you usually won’t find computer science, engineering and arts students working together on projects. At the University of Regina (U of R), however, these students now have the opportunity to come together for a diverse interdisciplinary program. The Creative Technologies program gives students a perspective on technology and the arts, teaching them how to be innovative and adept with new technology while integrating new mediums. “Creative technologies is a phrase that’s being used increasingly to describe this intersection of creative art practices and emerging technologies,” said Rebecca Caines, associate professor in Creative Technologies. “Our program supports people who are going to work in computer science and people working in creative fields at the points in which those two overlap.” She adds that “we’re increasingly finding that the skillsets employers are looking for in employees are

we’re trying to teach across both areas,” said Caines. “We have a class called The Tablet Orchestra that is taught by a computer scientist, a musician and an interdisciplinary artist. Students learn about creating media on smartphones and tablets, and learn about the creation, design and marketing of apps. They then use iPads to create music, using instruments and interfaces. One or two students have developed their own apps or interfaces. At the end of the course, we put on a concert where students perform using tablets combining them with other new technologies.” The U of R began running experimental Creative Technologies classes in 2012, including electives in other programs, before creating an official program. Students now have the option to work toward a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts - Creative Technologies or Bachelor of Computer Science - Creative Technologies. There is also the option to receive a minor in the program. In the first year of the program,

both creative and technical, and that people need to feel comfortable with and adapt to new and emerging technologies. Some of the places these areas overlap include: digital media content development, app and game design and social media. We’re also finding that more and more of this work is happening in collaborative teams, and a program was needed where students could experience working on projects with people from different backgrounds.” Caines can speak personally to the intersection of arts and technology. She started off in theatre before exploring new media and contemporary art practices, along with using the internet and audio technologies. Caines notes that she would have greatly valued a program that allowed her to explore multiple disciplines when she attended university. In creating this program, she said the U of R is giving students that option. “There are new media and creative digital programs at lots of universities, but they tend to be located in the computer science area. Our program is unique because

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Students of the Creative Technologies program have access to innovative facilities, including the Makerspace: a hacking and creating space with access to 3D printing, virtual reality headsets and electronic prototyping. Students can also access the Interactive Media and Performance Labs, which consist of DJ and audio labs. U of R

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Weaving careers into curriculum This spring, a new cohort of University of Saskatchewan graduates will cross the stage at convocation with a diverse set of employable skills. Connecting new grads to their future careers involves more than handing them their parchment, however. Those with a job already lined up when they receive their degrees will have taken advantage of the university’s career planning and skills training resources, and many will be graduating with on-the-job experience built in to their program. Helping students to find a return on investment for their education is a focus at the university’s Student Employment and Career Centre (SECC). For manager John Ault, ensuring students are exposed to career planning and readiness at the right steps along the way is critical to this goal. “Careers are just one part of the student life cycle,” he said. “They’re balancing many priorities and our programming has to be flexible to meet different needs.” While Ault and his team encourage students to engage early and often with the SECC and other campus supports, they recognize that students aren’t always quick to set aside time to come in to the office. Ault and his team work with colleges to embed career readiness pieces into the curriculum, as well as connect students to employers that offer internships and co-ops. AnneMarie Dewar, a chemical engineering student in her final year took part in the Engineering Professional Internship Program (EPIP) last year. Dewar says the internship helped solidify her decision to work in the oil and gas industry. The twelve-month internship, which she applied for through the

Careers are just one part of the student life cycle, they’re balancing many priorities and our programming has to be flexible to meet different needs. SECC, was an eye-opening experience and provided the chance to work with other departments in her industry. “I applied for every internship that was available,” she laughed. “Reading the job descriptions? They were all foreign to me. But working in the job I had, I found different things I liked and I’ve applied for jobs in a couple areas.” Though the EPIP added a year to her degree, Dewar’s work as an intern counts towards her professional designation. “In the end, you’re in the exact same spot as someone who graduated and then got a year of experience. It’s just nice that you’re considered a full-time student when you’re doing it,” she explained. Of the service she received at the SECC when applying for the EPIP and now that she is looking for her first job as an engineer-in-training, Dewar says, “students don’t always recognize how helpful it is until they’re pushed to go. Take the advantage.”

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Road to higheR leaRning Faculty mentorship contributes to teaching excellence both the mentor and the mentee, Hubbard Murdoch says you have to have a willingness to hear criticisms and grow from that feedback. These days, she and her mentor Lynn Sheridan don’t talk as much as they used to, but Hubbard Murdoch will

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Me n t o r - m e n t e e r e l a tionships are often thought of as teachers mentoring students; at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, teachers mentor teachers. The school’s unique mentorship structure creates a culture where learning new skills applies to everyone, not just students. Natasha Hubbard Murdoch, faculty at Sask Polytech, has experienced this firsthand. She has been in a mentorship under Lynn Sheridan for the past 14 years. “I was brand new faculty when we started that mentorship,” Hubbard Murdoch says. “She mentored me as brand new educator. Coming from bedside nursing, it felt like huge leap, and it was great to have her there.” Hubbard Murdoch was also part of the team that started the mentorship program in the School of Nursing, when she first started working there. “Most of us were new, there was a lot of turnover, and we were feeling the need for mentors,” she says. Since then, the teacherto-teacher mentorship structure is available at Sask Polytech campuses throughout the province. New faculty members can be paired with someone more senior, and so are senior faculty members teaching a new course. Hubbard Murdoch has been with the school for more than a decade, but if she taught a new course, she’d be considered a novice, and paired with someone who had taught the

still call when she needs advice. “She’s very upfront and willing to challenge me…. It hurts sometimes to hear your mentor doesn’t agree with you, but then you can also grow exponentially if you’re willing to be reflective.”

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A strong culture of mentorship has evolved over the past decade at Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Schools of Nursing and Health Sciences. Sask Polytechnic

course before her. The mentorship helps teachers do their job better, which is especially important at a technical school, where most of the faculty are second career educators with an employer-based background. “They have not had education on how to teach,” Hubbard Murdoch says. “We want our mentors to help transition that learning from being a professional to being a professional educator.” Mentors can also learn from the experience: They might discover that their way of teaching is outdated, or there are new ways of approaching a task. The result is an overall improvement in the teaching abilities of faculty. Through the program, students also see team teaching in classrooms regularly, and Hubbard Mur-

doch says they carry that forward into their own lives and work experiences. “I’ve seen that role modelling in student councils; I’ve heard stories about how they are out and about with community groups or organizations they’re working with. It’s experiential learning.” Students and teachers still have a special mentorship-like relationship, which Hubbard Murdoch describes as a preceptorship – a term most often used in nursing that describes the relationship between a student and experienced staff. Hubbard Murdoch says thinking of the teacher-student relationship in terms of a preceptorship is important because the students will become her colleagues in a few years – she’s currently working with students she taught only four years ago.

“I love anything that reduces that power differential between faculty and students. Eventually you’re going to be in a professional relationship together as colleagues, so we should be treating you that way from the get go.” Sask Polytech has an online platform to support the people in the mentorships, giving them a place to set goals, assess progress, and address conflicts. To participate in a successful mentorship, Hubbard Murdoch says there has to be some reflection, and the formal parts of the program can help with that. “There does have to be some focus…. How willing are you to share as a mentee? You might not want to share your fears.” A mentorship is more than a friendship, and it’s a professional relationship. To get the most out of it, for

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students take introductory classes that provide a history of creative technologies. As the students progress in the program, they have the option to focus on an area of interest, such as digital manipulation, audio software or graphic design. Students also have the opportunity to develop larger bodies of work to show potential employers, which Caines said is a huge asset. Students in the programs have access to some innovative facilities, including the Makerspace: a hacking and creating space with access to 3D printing, virtual reality headsets and electronic prototyping. Students can also access the Interactive Media and Performance Labs, which consist of DJ and audio labs. “For students from both the arts and sciences, it can be a challenge to take a step into an unknown, but again that’s the kind of graduates that employers are looking for: people who want to try new things, be adaptable, self-learning, curious, flexible,” said Caines. “Our course is a combination of learning basic skill sets and building confidence to find your own pathway through.” Interest in the program is increasing every day. “The reason we developed these pathways was that we were getting high numbers of students in the experimental process and elective classes,” she said. “People have often had to choose between being a computer scientist and being a creative designer or artist, and now there’s a degree where they get to do both. Students have the opportunity to cross the boundaries between disciplines and take themselves in directions they never expected to go when they entered the program.” For more information, visit www.uregina .ca/mediaartperf o r m a n c e /a re a s - s t u d y /c re a tive-tech/ct-programs.html.

English at The King’s University in Edmonton and the former tutor of Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr. The 100th Anniversary Weekend is scheduled for Oct. 4-8 and includes socials, an open house and a gala dinner. Meehan said they are expecting 500 people to attend the celebration. Campion has dedicated a portion of its website to the celebrations (ht-

tp://campioncollege.ca/aboutus/100 th-anniversary), which includes 100 stories from various students, alumni, faculty, staff, and members of the community who are part of the college’s rich history. “It’s a wonderful anniversary that obviously doesn’t happen very often,” Meehan said. “It’s quite humbling when you consider the legacy we have in this city on many, many levels through our alumni, as well as the national and international impact.”

Meehan said Campion, as it reflects on its 100 years, is also focused on the future. He acknowledged that there are various challenges in the current climate when it comes to liberal arts and public funding of higher education. However, he said the college plans to move forward by continuing to stress its unique mission, values and global networks as Canada’s only Jesuit undergraduate college. That’s one of five desired outcomes in the college’s new strategic plan, which

also includes being a diverse and accessible college, building and maintaining strong relationships with Indigenous Peoples, having a detailed strategic academic plan and ensuring the college’s financial stability and sustainability. “Young people today are still excited about the values that we share,” Meehan said. “The generation we teach now wants more than a career. They’re even looking at more than a salary. They want work that’s going to fulfill them and transform the world.”

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