On January 23, 2018, St. Thomas More College signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Saskatchewan and the Voldymyr Hnatiuk Ternopil National Pedagogical University (TNPU) regarding the college’s Ukraine Study Abroad Program. The five-year agreement establishes the institutional basis for a continuing partnership with TNPU to offer STM’s Spring Session In Ukraine (SSU), which has been in existence since 2001. The SSU is an intensive language and cultural immersion program offered overseas in Ternopil, Ukraine. The program is co-ordinated by Dr. Natalia Khanenko-Friesen and supported in part by the PCUH. Dr Olena Huzar, the local Ternopil coordinator, represented the TNPU at the signing ceremony. Dr. Arul Kumaran (Dean) and Dr. Anthony Vannelli (Provost) signed the agreement on behalf of STM and the University of Saskatchewan respectively. The PCUH provided funding in support of Dr. Huzar’s visit. While in Saskatoon, Dr. Huzar spoke with several stakeholders regarding additional steps to strengthen the program and explored other academic opportunities.
The 2nd Annual Ukrainian Studies Research Showcase hosted by the University of Saskatchewan Ukrainian Students’ Association (USUSA) in association with the PCUH was held on the evening of January 16, 2018. The event helps showcase both undergraduate and graduate research in the field of Ukrainian Studies on the UofS campus, providing a unique academic opportunity for students to communicate with their peers and the community at large the work being undertaken as part of their course of study at the university.
The event commenced with a roundtable discussion. Jakob Yuriy, Mykan Zlipko, Alexander Clark and Alexa Kowaluk – Spring Session in Ukraine 2017 program participants – offered perspectives on health and wellbeing in Ternopil where the students conducted original research during their study abroad program. The roundtable was followed by graduate presentations. Iryna Kozina, an MA candidate in History, shared her research on the Yorkton Ukrainian Redemptorists and their response to sociocultural changes on the Prairies during the 1960s. Mitchell Dowie, a recent MA graduate in Political Studies, subsequently spoke on the findings of his thesis: Canada’s relations with Ukraine in the immediate post-Maidan period under the Conservative government of Stephen Harper. The evening ended with a reception organized by the USUSA, allowing the conversation to continue freely in a more informal setting.