Manfred Conrad to be installed as Renison chancellor

Manfred Conrad, President, CEO and founder of The Cora Group Inc., will be installed as Renison University College’s ninth chancellor this spring. Beginning on May 7, 2016, he will serve a four-year term of office at Renison, an affiliate of the University of Waterloo. Conrad will be succeeding The Right Reverend Ralph Spence, who has served in the role since 2008. “I am honoured to be invited to step into the role as Chancellor of Renison University College,” says Conrad. “As a member of the Board for the past seven years, I have been able to witness the importance of the education Renison provides at the community, national, and international level and look forward to continued growth in the future.” Conrad, one of Waterloo’s top business leaders, is a founding member of Communitech. He supports many initiatives and institutions within our community including The Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre (University of Waterloo), The Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy and Research (Wilfrid Laurier University), and the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts. (Read more about the installation of Manfred Conrad as Chancellor)

Donation launches fund to provide university level English instruction for Syrian refugees 

A $15,000 donation has launched a fund that will support English language learning for Syrian refugees in the region. The donation will cover tuition at Renison’s English Language Institute (ELI). Donors Dr. Barbara Schumacher and Carrol Hicks say they wanted to help make post-secondary education accessible to incoming refugees, and university-level English skills are part of that. “We have made this donation as a positive step in helping the Syrian refugees settle into their new lives as quickly as possible,” says Schumacher. The initial donation is enough to cover a year of tuition for two students who have little English experience or knowledge, taking them through three different programs: General English at Renison (GEAR), English for Success (EFS), and English for Academic Success (EFAS). (Read more about this donation to support Syrian refugees in learning English)

Join us Tuesday evening to support Syrian refugees

Poster for Refugee eventDon't forget to come to the Refugee Awareness Event on Tuesday, February 2 from 6:00-7:30 in Renison's Atrium. It will feature guest speakers who talk about their experiences with the refugee crisis, either as refugees themselves or as the social support workers who help ease the transition of newcomers to Canada. Renison has set a goal of raising $10,000 for the S.O.S. for Syria campaign (with an incredible $650 raised at the bake sale last week). You can donate at the event or donate online anytime

Professor Yan Li talks about a unique interpretation of literature

Yan Li talks about her literatureLast month, China.com featured an interview with Professor Yan Li. The article, Unique Interpretation of Feminine Experiences in New Immigrant Literature, was written based on an interview Li gave last fall. 

Renison hosts book launch

Western Ontario Press held a book launch on January 17 in Renison’s Atrium. O, Chinada, is a collection of thirty essays in Chinese by different authors living in Ontario who wrote about life as a new immigrant in Canada. The book cover was a painting donated by Principal Wendy Fletcher, who greeted the people attending the book launch and highly praised the power of words in shaping human history. Perry Long, the publisher, expressed sincere thanks to Wendy for her generous donation and support to the community work. Professor Yan Li, as Director of the Confucius Institute co-sponsoring the event, issued awards to the six winners of the best essays and encouraged more people to be involved in reading and writing. View pictures of the event here and here.

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