Academic News and Other Notes

Fall 2016

Banner photo by Stephen J. Edgar

New elective for St. Paul's residents

As a university college, St. Paul's has the dual mandate of providing students with an enriched residence experience while also offering specialized academic programming relating to our mission. Ideally, these two mandates should intersect, with individual students who live at the College also taking courses at the College. 

With that objective in mind, St. Paul's will offer a new course to provide its residents with the opportunity for a uniquely St. Paul's academic experience. Our faculty have arranged to offer ARTS 122, The Quest for Meaning in the Modern World, beginning next September.

The primary instructor for the course will be our new Principal, Dr. Richard Myers, but the course will be arranged to include modules from each of the full-time members of the St. Paul's faculty. 

This course will give students a terrific opportunity to connect with all College faculty in a meaningful academic experience, thereby building a stronger St. Paul's community," says Dr. Myers​

The course will be open to any student at the University of Waterloo, but St. Paul's will especially encourage the students who live at the College to select it as an elective. The course has no prerequisites and is suitable for students in any program or Faculty.

Board of Governors elects Brenda Simpson as Chair

Brenda SimpsonSt. Paul’s is pleased to welcome Brenda Simpson as our new Board of Governors Chair. Brenda has been sitting on the Board as a community representative for five years, as well as on the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre’s Indigenous Advisory Council since its inception in 2013. She takes over from Rod Barr, who has served the Board with dedication.

We are grateful to have Brenda’s calm and thoughtful leadership,” said Rick Myers, St. Paul’s Principal. “Her extensive experience with St. Paul’s, the Aboriginal Centre, and Indigenous issues means the Board is in good hands.

Brenda was born and raised near North Bay, Ontario, and is Ojibway of Nipissing First Nation, with German heritage on her mother’s side. She chairs the ministry and personnel committee at Etonia United Church near Paris, Ontario, and is a retired principal of the Francis Sandy Theological Centre, which trained ministers for Aboriginal communities in southern Ontario and Quebec.

Teaching has been a lifelong passion, and she shares a strong connection with the Aboriginal community in Brantford through the Women’s Wellness Circle at Brantford Native Housing and the Board of Nations Uniting in Six Nations.

She is also program director of the Paris Horticultural Society and considers yoga an essential element in her life.