Canadian University College Officially Changes Name To Burman University

(Spectrumbot) #1

The following release was issued on the Canadian University College website:

December 15, 2015 - On December 15, 2014 the CUC Board of Trustees approved changing its name from Canadian University College to Burman University.

The university is named after Charles A. and Leona Burman the husband and wife team who founded the institution in 1907. Charles A. Burman served as the first and third President (Principal) of the school that would be known as CUC. Leona Burman taught English, science, language, geography, physiology, and acted as school nurse. Both Charles and Leona devoted their entire lives to the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

‚ÄúIt was because of their selfless dedication and sacrifice that the first school on this hilltop was established,‚ÄĚ said CUC President Mark Haynal. ‚ÄúIn every season of their ministry both of these individuals exemplified the mission of our school. They thought with discernment, believed with insight and commitment, and acted with confidence, compassion and competence.‚ÄĚ

On July 2, 2014 the Alberta government granted CUC permission to change the institutions status and name from ‚Äúuniversity college‚ÄĚ to ‚Äúuniversity.‚ÄĚ

"Referring to ourselves simply as a university will more clearly reflect our degree-granting status and enable our students to pursue graduate school and employment without having to repeatedly explaining what a ‚Äėuniversity college‚Äô is,‚ÄĚ says Haynal. "Because ‚Äėuniversity college‚Äô means markedly different things in different regions, potential students and administrators of post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world have always been uncertain and often confused by our name.‚ÄĚ

The name "Burman University" was chosen after an intensive process of focus groups held in three regions of Canada. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and citizens of Lacombe joined the process, suggesting more than a hundred possible names.

CUC will continue as Canadian University College for the remainder of the 2014-2015 academic calendar year. Full implementation of the new name will take place May 1, 2015. The name change process will be fully complete after petition for amendments through a private bill moves through the Alberta legislature.

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(jeremy) #2

i think this change makes sense…canadian union college, while suggesting sda affiliation to some, always sounded like a technical school facility…canadian university college was even more confusing, actually…burman university, as in brrrrr-men university - it really gets freezing cold in lacombe in winter, as in -40 C - has a nice ring to it…and it’s a great tribute to what sounds like an outstanding couple…

(Winona Winkler Wendth) #3

Wow. Terrific. More of this should happen. Sends the right message.

(Thomas J Zwemer) #4

does Andrews still have a Burman Hall? Tom Z

Once, but long ago torn down. - website editor

(Ian Cheeseman) #5

Thanks to the board for getting a meaningful name at last for the college.

(Bille) #6

One of the original wooden buildings was named Burman Hall‚Ķ I recall my parents talking about it when they recalled their days at EMC in the late 1920‚Äôs. The building was still the men‚Äôs residence hall in the 1950‚Äôs when I was there as a student. It was among the last of the wooden buildings to go. The current men‚Äôs residence, a very large brick structure, is also known as Burman Hall. So, yes, Andrews does ‚Äústill have a Burman Hall‚ÄĚ.

(Thomas J Zwemer) #7

Elder Burman led my baptismal class. He was so weak from terminal cancer that we were baptized by Dr. Thiele. mrs Burman was the Principal of the E M C Academy. She also taught Senior Enlish. What a great couple. She introduced me to some great writers. Many may recall the table that Elder Burman made using hardwoods from all the mission flields his former students sent him. it was on display at the Chicago Worlds Fair. They were Christians first and formost. Tom Z

(jeremy) #8

meier hall was the men’s dorm at andrews when i was growing up as a kid, and when i attended later as a student…meyer is still a men’s dorm…but the newer university towers holds a burman hall, which from the andrews website appears to be a men’s dorm for older students…it also appears to be a summer residence…it would be interesting to know if this burman hall is named for either charles or leona burman, or both…

(Thomas J Zwemer) #9

the original Burman Hall was named for Charles. both were giants of Christian virtue. Tom Z.

(Drhoads) #10

Aw, I always liked the name ‚ÄúCanadian University College‚ÄĚ. It sounded like a serious institution but without the pretension of calling itself outright a ‚ÄúUniversity‚ÄĚ. O well, it‚Äôs just a name.

Tom, when I went to EMC, I lived in Birch Hall, across the green from Burman. Both gone now, of course. Even though it was an old wooden building, we kept warm, and the open window made a nice refrigerator to keep milk cold overnight. Don