Recent Communications


Dec 19, 2013

Holiday greetings from President Mark Evered

Thank you for all you bring to our academic community. Thank you for your commitment to our common values and goals, and for the many ways you enrich our time together, whether you are studying here, or serving our students and our University. Let’s not be shy about taking pride in our individual contributions and achievements, but let’s also remember to thank the many others who make our successes possible and meaningful. I thank you all!

In that spirit, I thought you might enjoy this short video greeting prepared by our colleagues in Marketing and Communications.

All the very best of the season and very best wishes for the new year,
Mark Evered
President and Vice-Chancellor

Dec 6, 2013

Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

UFV students, staff, faculty and friends,

It is with deep sadness that we recall the 13 students and one staff member who lost their lives on this day 24 years ago at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.

British Columbia has proclaimed December 6 as the Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The UFV Board of Governors and Senate observed a moment of silence at their respective meetings yesterday and today.

The safety of women is a commitment to be shared by each and every one of us. On this day, please reflect on the role and obligation we all have to support a safe environment for women here at UFV, in our communities, and in our families.

Dr. Mark Evered
President and Vice-Chancellor

Oct 23, 2013

2014-15 Budget Information Forum

The 2014-15 budget planning process is underway. The current BC government message remains focused on cost containment, fiscal discipline, and balanced budgets. Provincial funding to the post-secondary sector will be reduced by $50M over the three-year period, 2013/14 – 2015/16. At the same time, the cost of delivering high quality post-secondary education continues to rise.

Given reduced grant funding, inflationary costs and tuition limits we are faced with a tough budget environment over the next couple of years. We face challenging times and tough decisions.

I invite all members of the UFV community to attend one of two forums for a presentation on the 2014-15 Budget preliminary position and environmental scan. This will be an opportunity to understand the budget process, the key drivers to building the budget, and the principles that guide budget decisions.

Abbotsford Forum: Monday, Nov 4, 2013
11:00am – 12:00pm

Chilliwack Forum: Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013
9:30 – 10:30am
CEP A2428

The forum will be captured on video for those unable to attend.

I hope you will be able to attend one of these presentations.

Dr. Mark Evered
President and Vice-Chancellor

April 11, 2013

Political Activities Statement

Faculty, Staff and Students of UFV,

As the provincial election draws nearer, I have received several questions about how we can or should be involved as a University.  It is imperative that we recognize that the University of the Fraser Valley is a publicly supported organization operating in BC under the University Act.  This legislation demands that we be “non-sectarian and non-political in principle” (section 66 [1]).  Therefore, we must first recognize that UFV must not participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office, or be perceived to do so in any way.

We do, of course, encourage all members of our UFV community, individually and personally, to engage actively in this important democratic process.  I applaud our colleagues who have agreed to stand for public office.  I know that some of you volunteer on your own time to work on election campaigns. I know that some departments and student organizations are planning to host forums or debates.  These are all valuable contributions.  At the very least, I hope everyone will take every opportunity to learn about the issues, and vote! 

But I cannot emphasize strongly enough that we must recognize that none of us speaks for the University with respect to support for any particular party or candidate, and we must avoid all perception that we do.  We must also be especially careful not to use our positions within the University or our affiliation with the University in any way that implies we represent the view of the University or any of our divisions or organizations.

As you plan your activities, please keep the comments above in mind and review UFV’s guidelines regarding the use of university facilities and resources for political activities.  

If you have any questions regarding UFV’s statement on political activities, please contact my office.

Thank you,


Dr. Mark Evered
President and Vice-Chancellor

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