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#TerryInTheValley: CBC’s Terry O’Reilly here March 1 for the President’s Leadership Lecture Series

On March 1, the Communications department is bringing Terry O’Reilly from CBC Radio’s Under the Influence, an internationally renowned marketer and radio host, to speak in the University of the Fraser Valley’s, President’s Leadership Lecture Series. Terry’s accomplishments are extraordinary: – Co-founder of Pirate Radio – Hundreds of national and international awards – Lifetime achievement […]

CMNS Department members, Sam Schechter, Kim Norman and Michelle Riedlinger

Welcoming students at Abby’s U-Join event

Communications Department members welcomed new and returning UFV students at the Student Union Society’s Clubs and Services Fair. The Great Hall event on Tuesday, 12 January offered students a chance to find out about different associations and opportunities at UFV, and enjoy plenty of snacks, interactive activities, and giveaways.     Winners of the CMNS scrabble […]


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 […]

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, fifth from left, and Governor General David Johnston, centre, pose for a group photo with the new Liberal cabinet at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Front row, left to right: Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion, Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, also minister of intergovernmental affairs and youth, Governor General David Johnston, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship John McCallum, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Judy Foote, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett and Minister of Veterans Affairs Kent Hehr, also associate minister of National Defence. Second row, left to right: President of the Treasury Board Scott Brison, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, Minister of Finance William Morneau, Minister of Canadian Heritage Melanie Joly, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons Dominic LeBlanc and Minister of Health Jane Philpott. Third row, left to right: Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Natural Resources James Carr, Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Small Business and Tourism Bardish Chagger, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Status of Women Pa

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 […]

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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 […]