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Monthly Archives: April 2011
With a wave of new and returning students wishing to register for summer courses, it has come to my attention that some people don’t find TRU-OL’s new registration process as fun as a day at the beach. Because OL students are so different – some taking whole programs, others a single course; some taking paced courses with specific start dates; and others taking courses they can start whenever they like (Christmas Day, anyone?) – the process can seem littered with details that don’t immediately make sense. We’re working on this, but in the meantime, maybe this will help. Here’s a … Continue reading
I rarely experience epiphany in the liquor store. I don’t often get upset at the state of the world there, either. But both happened last year when I wandered in one evening and saw a large display of Canadian Club Whisky blocking my route to the Chilean wine. There were a few single bottles for sale alongside a few dozen packaged in a large rectangular box. On closer inspection, I saw the box was selling for $24.99, and it included a subscription to Esquire magazine. Since it costs Canadians about $40 to subscribe, this was a steal, even if, like … Continue reading
One of this year’s Distinguished Alumni winners is Shima Iuchi, BFA ’03, an internationally-exhibited artist, TRU Lab Faculty Member, and former TRU-OL student who took course through Open Learning during the summer in order to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts. I thought Iuchi’s story was interesting for a few reasons. One, her route to art, and to Kamloops, has been circuitous: a BFA is her second post-secondary credential. After high school, she received a Diploma in Art Management from the Seian University of Art and Design in her native Japan. And two, working on the creative side of the … Continue reading