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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 […]

Crim students and prof present at UN Commission on Status of Women

Criminal justice students had the chance to share their research on the global stage recently. Amanda McCormick, director of the UFV School Criminology and Criminal Justice, travelled to New York with BA Criminal Justice student Lauren Kempers and MA Criminal Justice student Caleigh West to present at the United Nations 63rd Session of the Commission […]

UFV Alumnus Seamus Heffernan releases debut novel Napalm Hearts

As a kid who feasted on pulp fiction, Seamus Heffernan thought the coolest guy in the room only needed two things – a tan trench coat and enough grit to pave the Trans-Canada Highway. Seven years, 7,000 kilometers and one master’s degree later, and Heffernan finally has his own flawed hero in Thaddeus Grayle, the […]

Transit Police Chief LePard goes back to school and earns gold medal

Chief Doug LePard didn’t need a master’s degree. But he wanted one. The Chief of the Metro Vancouver Transit Police force decided it was “now or never” two years ago and joined the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program at the University of the Fraser Valley. On June 6, he will cross the UFV […]

DAA winner Gary Bass

Distinguished Alumni winner Gary Bass embraces midlife learning

He might not match your vision of a university student, unless your default is a high-level, mid-career RCMP leader in his 50s. That’s the stage of life Gary Bass was at when he first attended the University of the Fraser Valley. Bass, the 2016 winner of the UFV Distinguished Alumni award, was part of the […]

UFV presents Future of Our Cities forum — Oct 25

Urbanization is a driving force of change, as well as a source of development with the power to change and improve lives. By 2050, the urban population alone will be larger than the current total world population, posing massive sustainability challenges in terms of housing, infrastructure, basic services, and jobs, among others. Urbanization affects us […]

UFV alumni panel to examine impact of drug addiction — March 2

Drug addiction impacts individuals, families, and the community. A panel discussion at UFV on Wed, March 2, will delve into this troubling issue, examining the physiology of addiction, types of addictive behaviours, and the management of addiction through pharmaceutical and other methods. The event runs from 5:30 to 7 pm in the Aboriginal Gathering Place […]

UFV endorses new national guidelines for incarcerated women with children

When parents are sent to prison, their children are often sentenced to suffering. That was the conclusion of a study by criminology and social work researchers at the University of the Fraser Valley last year. Now a coalition of researchers has released a set of guidelines that recognizes this and sets national standards for the […]