Hilary Horan will be remembered:
Vice President of Student Affairs’ term almost done
by Steven Kiser
Student Affairs Vice-President Hilary Horan will be remembered for his integrity after his term ends in June, 2004.
Hilary Horan came to the University of Regina from the University of Ottawa in 1999, to fill the recently created position of Vice President of Student Affairs.
The position placed him in charge of the student portfolio, ensuring that the students are heard at a higher level. During his time here, Horan has ensured a strong student presence in the board room by meeting and surpassing expectations.
Throughout his tenure in office, Mr. Horan has brought numerous projects and ideas from the drawing board to reality.
He was one of the driving forces behind the new residences being built. These residences will increase the capacity of the student population living on campus from 5 per cent to 10 per cent. Prior to the new residences being built, the University of Regina was ranked almost at the bottom of the list in terms of residential capacity.
"Residence allows us to create a sense of community, which will make the university experience better overall," says Horan
Another thing that Mr. Horan will be remembered for his role in bringing the summer games to the University of Regina campus in 2005.
"This will be a great way to attract students from outside the province by showcasing the university and its facilities," says Horan.
He continues, "It is also a great way to promote the province as well."
One aspect of the university that Mr. Horan spends a great deal of time working with, is the Co-operative Education program. This program allows students in various faculties to receive internships at different companies in order to gain work experience in their specific field.
Aside from the Co-op program itself, Mr. Horan is working on an Aboriginal Co-operative Education program that will allow Aboriginal students more possibilities for their education and future in the work force. The possibility of an aboriginal Co-op is a very strong since Mr. Horan sits on the provincial Aboriginal Work Force Council.
Excluding his various accomplishments, Mr. Horan is a person of great pride in the the university itself. "I have spoken with various educators from across the province and from Alberta as well, and they agree that we turn out the best education graduates," says Horan.
The Rams appearance at the Vanier Cup, as well as the women's Cougars basketball team winning a championship are just a couple of accomplishments by students at the athletic level that have amazed him.
As well, the various successes that the students have accomplished both academically and athletically, the Vice-President of Student Affairs feels that they have other reasons to be proud as well.
"The serious attitude that the students of this university show towards this university shows a lot," says Horan, "The spirit of this province in general is amazing, from the politicians to the support everyone shows for the Roughriders."
His devotion to his work and the people around him shows a lot for who Hilary Horan is as a person and as a member of this university. It is safe to say that the people behind the scenes at this university make it that much better.