Program orientation brings together students from across Canada and the USA

September 19, 2016

SFU Archaeology's new Professional HRM Program got off to a great start with three days of learning, planning, and team-building, September 6-8, 2016. Each of the 11 members of our first cohort —traveling from as far away as Ontario, Wisconsin, Wyoming, the Yukon, and Fort Saint John— made the trip to SFU's Burnaby campus.

Once assembled, we settled in to the business of "eliminating disorientation" by working through the new Program's designs, possible stumbling blocks, and student expectations. Day One was capped off with a panel discussion on “Desired (and Less Desired) HRM Futures,” led by John Welch and panelists Kim Christenson, Christopher Dore, Joanne Hammond, Geordie Howe, Dave Schaepe, and Alice Storey, followed by the world premier of WILD ARCHAEOLOGY, hosted by Rudy Reimer at the SFU Highland Pub. 

On Day Two, we launched in to the essential work of thesis planning, with an overview of the Program's thesis rubric and a peer-review workshop to finalize each student prospectus in preparation for their first meeting with their faculty supervisor. With that challenge met, we rewarded ourselves with an afternoon tour of Stanley Park, led by Vancouver Park Board Archaeologist, Geordie Howe. 

Day Three focused on the nuts and bolts of online learning via the Canvas system, professional development with a resume/cv workshop, thesis development via individual meetings between students and supervisors, and learning more about graduate life at SFU within the Department of Archaeology. We closed out the orientation with a final reception at the Highland Pub. 

Good humours, attitudes, and colleagues easily overcame the disorientation of a complex and challenging graduate program. 

John Welch, HRM Program Director