Renison friend and supporter Keith Hipel recently received the prestigious Killam Prize for his work in Engineering. The prizes, presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, are awarded to scholars who have made significant contributions to their field.
Yesterday, on April 24, 2019, the annual Arts Awards for Service, Teaching and Research were presented to faculty, staff and students who have made exceptional contributions the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo. This year, Renison’s own Dr. Doug Cowan was recognized with an Arts Award for Excellence in Research.
After surveying over 2000 post-secondary students, researchers from four Canadian universities found that more than half of the students feel that they lack competence in the basic skills needed to succeed at university. Areas of perceived deficiency included writing, test taking, analysis, time and group management, research, presentation and numeracy skills.
In a project that is described by a group leader as “empowering,” Renison Associate Professor Trish Van Katwyk recently published a study that explores the way that youth see themselves in the term ‘resilience.’ “Resilience Beyond Risk: Youth Re-defining Resilience Through Collective Art-Making,” used art-making and conversation to explore the ways in which labels that are often applied to young people are understood by young people themselves.