And now for something completely different: Youth and electoral politics

Submitted by Sam Schechter When a new national sensation sweeps through the collective consciousness of a generation, everything that unifies that generation seems to instantly make sense. When Barack Obama pledged to bring hope to America, musicians, celebrities, and even well-funded admirers threw their voices, music, reputations, and money into the wave of enthusiasm and […]

The new Canadian PM and cabinet: Implications for group dynamics

Tonight my intercultural communication class is taking on the topic of conflict and group dynamics in situations where there are a mix of cultural backgrounds. The installation of the new Canadian government, with its new makeup of gender balance, Francophone/Anglophone, First Nations, Afghani, Sikh cultural backgrounds (and more), got me thinking about what the cabinet […]

Spirituality in the classroom: What?

Thank you to former UFV student Charlene Leon* for inspiring me to investigate the use of the place of the Medicine Wheel in the scholarship of teaching and learning. I have been working on this  project for four years and this month, on November 13, I am presenting a four domain model at the Symposium […]

Lindsay Lindholm: Recipient of the 2015 Undergraduate Research Excellence Award in Communications

Lindsay Lindholm’s project, “Urban vs. rural opinion toward B.C. Agricultural Land Reserve legislation: An analysis of comments on online news stories” was recognized for research excellence at the Monday June 1, 2015 awards dinner. An invitation to the dinner, an event hosted by the University of the Fraser Valley’s Research Office, is much coveted by […]

What do you really know about Canadian culture?

The students in Communications 180, Introduction to Intercultural Communication, found out a bit of the answer to that question during the Fall 2014 term at the University of the Fraser Valley. At first it seems strange, but in order to really understand the impact of culture on communication every individual needs to start with learning […]

Teamwork on trial: Search for the perfect app

Endless meetings are just not cutting it for me these days. I need to be able to do continuous work with the various committees, task groups and projects that are on my plate at any given moment. Waiting to see everyone face-to-face just doesn’t seem very efficient in this digital age. Once again I decided […]

What it takes to be a freelance writer: Promotion tips with Heidi Turner

At a recent meeting of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC Fraser Valley chapter) local freelance writer, Heidi Turner shared her top tips on business promotion for professional writers. Here are her top ten: Create an optimised website. Heidi recommends including all search terms that you think your clients will use in the Search […]

Communicating Professionally: Asma Farooq

1. When did you graduate, and what did you study at UFV? I graduated in December 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology and a minor in Communications. Along the way I also completed a Liberal Arts Diploma and certificates in Business Administration and Professional Communications Essentials. 2. What is your current role, and […]

Talia Wiebe – Recipient of the Communications Undergraduate Research Excellence Award for 2014

Each year the Communications Department chooses one student to receive the Undergraduate Research Excellence Award, sponsored by the UFV Research Office. For the 2013/14 academic year the award went to Talia Wiebe for her Directed Studies project on social media as a vehicle for promoting independent artists and musicians. Talia looked at existing technologies available to independent musicians including […]