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Published by Booth University College, 2017-11-30 16:49:58

President's Update Fall 2017

President's Update Fall 2017



Students choose DONOR SPOTLIGHT
Booth UC as their
“home away A heartfelt thanks to our recent donors
from home.”
Dr. Marjory R. Kerr $250,000 FOR CLASSROOM RENOVATION

As the Christmas season approaches, I want to take time to share some of the JEWISH FOUNDATION OF MANITOBA
celebrations we’ve experienced in the first few months of this academic year. GIVES $3,000 GRANT FOR
We welcomed 284 students to the Winnipeg campus this past September, the
highest number yet to choose Booth University College as their “home away from
home”. Increasing Student Enrolment is one of the six priorities of our Vision 2020
strategic plan and that’s something to celebrate!

Ensuring our campus facilities foster a positive learning environment for all of
our students is a priority. We are fortunate to have received a generous donation
from The Salvation Army BC Division for the renovation and refurnishing of
Classroom D, our largest in Waldron Building. The refurbished classroom is
bright, flexible, spacious and energizing. Enhancing the Student Experience and
Strengthening the Resources to Achieve our Mission are two of the priorities in our
strategic plan. That’s something to celebrate!

The majority of our students come from Manitoba and communities across
Canada. We are also enrolling an increasing number of international students
from around the world (United States, India, Kenya, Brazil and more) which
broadens the diversity of perspective, culture and experience on campus. Growing
our University Profile is another of our strategic priorities and that’s something
to celebrate!

Some of our students are away from home for the first time, which can be
challenging. Most will be travelling home during the Christmas season to be with
family and friends but some will not be able to. With prayer being the foundation
for all we do at Booth University College, I invite you to join me in prayer for all of
our students, staff and faculty as they prepare for the end of this semester,
experience the holiday season and for their safe return in January.

I wish every one of you a blessed and joyous Christmas and pray that God will use
this time to refresh us all as we once again reflect on the miracle of our Saviour’s
birth. That’s something to celebrate!

Booth UC Faculty Students’
& Staff News corner
I first heard about Booth when I was 12 at a
Louis Svenningsen is a new addition to Salvation Army youth event. Ambassadors
our Booth team as an Instructional would visit my home province giving
Designer. He is available to support information on Booth and all it had to offer. I
instructors on all aspects of teaching and found myself very intrigued. After looking
course design. He earned his PhD from the through my university options, I knew one
University of Manitoba, with a focus on post-secondary smart choice that covered off all of my
teaching and learning. He has been an instructor at several requirements: Booth University College. I
universities, teaching in face-to-face, blended and online moved to Winnipeg in Fall 2016 to attend
environments. His work history has included being an Booth UC in the pre-social work program. Now
Instructional Designer with the University of Manitoba, accepted into the program of Social Work, I am
followed by appointment at the University of Winnipeg as an Julia Thorne eager for what my future holds, knowing Booth
Instructional Technologist. He has been a co-author of
several research articles, a book chapter on digital and has such an enriching program within my reach. Studies keep me busy but that
personalized learning, and has been a presenter at hasn’t stopped me from being the Communications Representative on our
numerous conferences. His educational interests involve Student Life Committee and doing paid work as a Student Ambassador in the
assessing and developing newer approaches to post- Admissions Department. I love planning and organizing events, as well as
secondary education in combination with standard and sharing great stories of my Booth experience with those inside and outside our
well-supported theories and designs. Louis has enjoyed a grounds. I followed in the same footsteps as those who once persuaded me to
long and happy marriage and relishes spending time with attend here. My favourite thing above all is the strenuous education they provide.
his three adult children. His interests include reading It comes as no surprise when I hear other transfer students declare that Booth
whatever strikes his current curiosities, the arts in whatever expects higher work from their students, and it makes me proud to know I’m
formats and taking his dogs for walks in the park. getting such a fantastic, well-rounded education. Meeting others from around
the world is a gift and being surrounded by students and staff who encourage me
Poema Kazazi is our new International to reach for the stars, and who share a compassion for the world around us is a
Admissions Counsellor at Booth UC. gift. These are just a few great things Booth has given me. If I were to reach out
Originally from Kosovo, Poema has lived to those who are not yet at Booth, I would encourage them to consider what we
all over the globe including: Albania, have to offer. From small classes to a personal connection with the professors,
Belgium, USA, and now, Canada. She Booth provides an education with no parallels.
recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in
Child Psychology. Poema brings four years of experience START YOUR
having worked on the Admissions team as a Student VIRTUAL
Ambassador, while attending university. She loves guiding
and assisting students through the application process and EXPERIENCE
looks forward to meeting all of the students at Booth. When
she's not reading over students’ transcripts, you can find
her cooking yummy food, practising yoga, or travelling with
her fiancé. TAKE A VIRTUAL
Publishing News
Whether you are a student interested in
"Settled Views: The Shorter Writings of coming to Booth University College or a donor,
Catherine Booth", Edited by Andrew M. Eason alumni or friend of Booth UC who wants
& Roger J Green to explore our campus and the city of
We congratulate Dr Andrew Eason on Winnipeg, you can now take a virtual tour!
publication of this new book on the writings Visit to explore 20
of Catherine Booth. Dr Eason is Head of the different tour stops, watch videos and 360s,
Religion Program and Director of the Centre and look through photos.
for Salvation Army Studies at Booth
University College. This is Dr. Eason’s fourth book in addition
to several scholarly articles on various aspects of The Salva-
tion Army, and he is presently writing a monograph on the
history of The Salvation Army in British India.


Campus news Fall highlights

Captain Gordon Taylor, Applied Opening
Area Commander, Prairie Leadership Convocation
East Salvation Army Program
Opening Convocation went off
This fall, Booth UC's School with a splash! The Installation of
for Continuing Studies welcomed Dr. Michael W. Boyce as the Vice
its first cohort to the Certificate President Academic and Dean
in Applied Leadership. This drew a large crowd of faculty,
Certificate is a companion staff, students and Salvation-
program to the certificate in ists. In his new role, Dr. Boyce will
Not-for-Profit Management. provide leadership for the
Members of the initial class academic programs and serves
include a significant represen- as a key member of Cabinet for
tation of Area Commanders, Booth University College.
and began with an intensive
course on our Winnipeg Rachel Twigg Boyce and her husband Dr. Michael W. Boyce
campus called "Personal enjoying some tasty cuisine in the Bistro after the Installation.
Foundations of Successful
Leadership." The program Coffee and Conversation
continues throughout the year using online sessions which deal with
subjects like "building collaborative teams" and "leadership in action." The cold weather on Oct. 26 didn't stop guests from coming to hear
Dr. Cynthia Sottie speak, an Associate Professor in the Social Work
program. Her presentation, Parenting in a New Land: Finding a
balance between Canadian and immigrant cultural values,
sparked some interesting conversation. It was an engaging
dialogue that left everyone wanting more. Our Coffee and
Conversation series takes place several times throughout the year.
The next one will be in March 2018. Check out

Bachelor Of Business Administration Engaged audience listening to Dr. Cynthia Sottie, Associate Professor, Social Work at
Booth UC talk about parenting struggles in a new country.
As of this fall, Booth UC’s business students had four new business majors
to choose from: Accounting, Financial Crimes, Management & Innovation, Toy Mountain is back!
Marketing & Communications.
This much-needed campaign brings Christmas cheer to the less
The students are excited at the choices. fortunate across Canada. The Salvation Army relies on the
generosity of the public to drop off new, unwrapped toys so that
First-year student Brunna Porcote says, “Being in the business program every child has something to open for Christmas. The Booth
has helped a lot, I started to notice markets, transactions, operations, University College Student Life Committee has an appeal out to
marketing events and it is still the beginning! I am pretty interested in faculty, staff and students to support this event locally by dropping
finding more about the business world and Booth UC will definitely help me off toys in the donation box at the Student Services Info Desk.
achieve that!!!”
Poema Kazazi , Jerica Isla and Caitlyn
Gillingham of the Admissions Department
make the first toy donation for the
Toy Mountain campaign.


Out, About & Abroad

Holiness & Holy Habits

This fall Majors Philip and Sheila Davisson went to Costa Rica
and Cuba on behalf of Booth UC to teach a course on Holiness
and Holy Habits to cadets, soldiers and officers in the Latin
American North Territory. The students were engaged and eager to
learn, and the Davissons enjoyed the opportunity to learn from
them as well. These recent courses demonstrate one of the ways
Booth UC continues to fulfill its mandate to support the
international Salvation Army.

Major Sheila Davisson teaching cadets in Costa Rica

Delegates from Cuba at the Training College including cadets, soldiers and officers. Q&A:
Centre front (Majors Phil and Sheila Davisson)
With Dr. Roy Jeal,
Flashback Professor of Religion,
Booth University College
Founding class of Booth (1982) and staff in the cafeteria of new college on
Assiniboine Avenue in Winnipeg for the formal Welcome Supper. First students Congratulations on your recent membership into the prestigious
arrived in early September. Formal supper was held September 10, 1982. Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (an international society of
biblical scholars)!
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Q: Can you share with us what the membership is all about?

A. SNTS is a society of New Testament scholars. Members

of the society engage in advancing New Testament studies

Q: What does it mean to you receiving this honour?
A: It is a great honour to have been nominated and elected to

the society. It indicates recognition of my scholarship and body
of published work.

Q: What does your prestigious membership mean for Booth UC?
A: It means that Booth faculty do good scholarly work that is

recognized in the academic world.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

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