Annual Report 2015-2016
This Is the Face of Change
Two years have already elapsed since we released our strategic plan 2014–2019, This Is the Face of Change. Saint Paul University continues to evolve into an institution whose primary focus is on the multiple facets of the human experience—a priority that is also at the heart of our study programs. Our vision, Guiding transformation. Together, is built on three fundamental principles:
- contributing to the movement of transformation in the world, in a context of social justice and following the Oblate missionary tradition;
- participating in a public debate about the positive role major religions can play in society, based on a long tradition of dialogue between faith and reason;
- building institutional and community leadership rooted in Christian values and spirituality.
The collaboration of the members of the Council of Administration and the Senate, coupled with the commitment of our faculties and teaching and administrative staff, support our approach and our efforts to implement our action plan. Our periodic assessment confirms that Saint Paul University is in a strong position: registration is on the rise, and faculties are developing new programs and partnerships on an ongoing basis.
This past year also marked the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, which has been associated with the University since 1848, when Mgr. Joseph‑Eugène Guigues, OMI, established Bytown College. Several commemorative events were held to recognize the contributions of some exceptional individuals, notably:
- the conferring of an honorary doctorate on Father Louis Lougen, OMI, superior general of the Congregation of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate;
- the awarding of the Eugène de Mazenod Medal to Caroline Andrew, professor emeritus in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa; and
- the presentation of Saint Paul University’s Alumnus of the Year Award to Jean La Rose, chief executive officer of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).
The high point of 2016 was the closing ceremony of the academic year, where we applauded the success of our 259 graduates.