Author Archive | Greg Laychak

Learning Through Experience – CECE helps students be career ready

UFV’s Centre for Experiential and Career Education aims to help students be career ready Standing at his desk in a large shared office space surrounded by bold blue walls, Paras Kalra is in his element. His is a world of IT user support, firewall configuration, and storage and backup solutions. “You see all sorts of […]

Online orientation events and resources preparing students for Fall

As we prepare New Student Orientation for the Fall semester, it’s vitally important to support students with timely, consistent, and clear instructions for the start of the academic year. Collaboration across departments is essential for students’ success, and so we invite all departments to contribute to this essential Orientation programming. Unified The Orientation Team is […]

Research Excellence Award 2020: Robert Harding is recognized for his extensive work

Three decades ago, in a different life, professional actor Robert Harding sat with a friend — one of New Zealand’s top Maori actors — watching a news report showing Indigenous peoples protesting Columbus Day on New York City streets.  “Pete turned to me, and said, ‘What’re the Indians so upset about, mate?’” Harding recalls. “When […]

Teamwork Excellence: PD Day crew went big and had fun

The secret to putting together a great event team is all about the mix of people.  There should be a variety of different personalities and character traits so all aspects of planning are covered. Each team member should bring a set of unique skills and strengths. And it doesn’t hurt if the group has a […]

Solar wall installation continues UFV’s climate action

 Today, as Earth Day turns half a century old, “climate action” is the annual event’s chosen theme. While much of UFV’s environmental improvements are hidden behind the scenes, the latest big climate action achievement on campus is easy to spot. Through the month of March, a solar thermal collector (solar wall) was installed on […]

Long Night Against Procrastination returns with more to offer students

October is almost over, and that means students are starting to feel a bit of end-of-semester pressure. UFV’s Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP) is back again and set to help assist those in need over the academic finish line. This year’s fall LNAP is on Wed, Nov 6 at both Abbotsford and Chilliwack campuses, and […]

New Student Orientation: More than 1,000 new students welcomed this fall

UFV and the Student Union Society (SUS) will be welcoming over 1,000 new-to-UFV students at New Student Orientation (NSO) on September 3 on the Abbotsford campus. NSO is designed to facilitate students’ transition into our campus culture by offering programming that supports holistic wellness and success. This year’s event will feature an invocation ceremony (mirroring […]

Trees removed for building project find new purpose

Local Indigenous youth transformed cedar trees into repurposed materials while learning about their culture recently at UFV’s Gathering Place. The participants used coffee grinders to process cedar leaves into powder for medicine, and their families will receive wood from the trees for firewood. The tree gives up its life so that we can sustain ours […]

New Principal of UFV India announced

The appointment of Dr. Shyam Vyas as the new Principal, UFV India was announced this week by Eric Davis, Provost and Vice-President, Academic. “Dr. Vyas will work collaboratively with UFV Deans, Directors and Heads to ensure that UFV India is engaging learners, transforming lives, and building community in northern India,” says Davis. The Principal provides […]

Matthew Harty awarded Governor General’s Gold Medal with perfect GPA

Early on in his career at the Vancouver Police Department (VPD), an aspiring Matthew Harty would occasionally help in street-level undercover work during a patrol shift. “I was quite young, so I was always a student, that was my story,” he says remembering the start of his police career. He would give the buy money […]

Master carver Francis Horne Sr. to receive UFV honorary degree

Francis Horne Sr. is a world-renowned Coast Salish master carver whose stirring work has been represented in a range of top Vancouver galleries since his professional career started almost 50 years ago. For his sculpting legacy and his lifelong commitment to helping and healing others, Horne was recognized with an honorary Doctor of Letters degree […]