Upcoming Events

WLURA hosts regular presentations on the last Friday of most months of the year. The next few gatherings will be a hybrid of in-person and by Zoom. Keeping with university policy, masks should be worn at the in-person gathering in the 202 Regina lounge. Zoom invitations are sent out a few days before the event.

Friday, November 25, 2022, 2:00 p.m.
David Peirson on travels in the Arctic

Not your usual road trip: driving the roads of the Yukon and Northwest Territories, with David Peirson, retired Professor of Biology. Join us for David’s narration and slide show of his trip and adventures along the way. Get to know Yellowknife, Fort Providence, Fort Simpson, the Mackenzie River, Victoria Falls in Nahanni National Park, the Alaska Highway, Whitehorse, Dawson City, and Mount Logan – parts of Canada not visited by most of us.

This will be a hybrid gathering, in-person in the first-floor lounge of the 202 Regina St. building as well as on Zoom. In keeping with the university policy requiring masks in classrooms, masks will be required at our in-person gathering.

Friday, January 27, 2023, 2:00 p.m.

Fred Leutenegger, apiarist

Friday, February 24, 2023

Lyle Friesen, songbird biologist, retired from Environment Canada

Friday, May 26, 2023

Brad Dunbar, Certified Public Accountant, on tax advice

Past Events

Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 2:00 p.m.
The Annual General Meeting of Members of the WLU Retirees’ Association

Election of Officers, Receipt of the Financial Statement, and Speaker (TBA).

Friday, April 22, 2022, 2:00 p.m.
The Worldwide Destruction of Our Cultural Patrimony: Wars, Treasure Hunters, and Metal Detectors

By Gerry Schaus, Professor Emeritus, WLU.

Today, it’s the indiscriminate bombing of Ukrainian cultural monuments; a couple of decades ago, it was the looting of the National Museum in Baghdad and the blowing up of the giant Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan that caught the world’s attention. In between, largely unnoticed, pillagers and treasure hunters have destroyed countless archaeological and historical sites for their own personal gain. It’s impossible to document all this destruction of world cultural patrimony, but at least we can glimpse this tragic loss from one archaeologist’s sad personal experience.

Thursday, April 28, 2022, 2:00 p.m.
Meeting with Nela Petkovic, WLU’s Chief Information Officer, regarding WLU email system usage

Nela Petkovic, Chief Information Officer for WLU, Scott Elliott, Director of Information and Computer Technologies Infrastructure and Information Security, and Yi Ruan, Internet Download Manager and Security Manager, will join us in a special session to provide information about the WLU email system and how best to continue using it. Nela and her colleagues will be addressing two major issues. The first is cyber security, of interest to all members. The second topic, more specific to users of the WLU email system, is steps recently taken to provide additional security for users of the system. This includes not only access to the system through regular login procedures, but also includes access to the WLU email archive, i.e., access to all of one’s email history for the past 25 years or so. WLURA members will have the chance to learn about the issues involved in having a secure email system.