Lakehead University hosting Canadian Math Kangaroo competition

March 3, 2015 Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University’s Department of Mathematical Sciences is a regional host for the Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest for the third year in a row.  

The contest will be held in Thunder Bay on Sunday, March 29 in the University’s Ryan Building, from 11 am to 3 pm. New this year, the Thunder Bay contest is open to grades 9-12, in addition to grades 1-8.

 “The purpose of this competition is to introduce math challenges to youngsters from grades 1 to 12 in a fun and enjoyable way, to inspire even more interest and advancement in mathematics,” said Dr. Monica Ilie, Mathematical Sciences Associate Professor at Lakehead University.

Participating in math contests boosts a young person’s confidence and provides the opportunity to interact with like-minded peers.

The International Mathematical Kangaroo Contest is an international mathematical competition that takes place in more than 50 countries around the world. In 2014 more than six million students participated, including 3, 332 from Canada.

For more information about the Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest, including registration and fees, visit http://kangaroo.math.ca/. Registration ends Sunday, March 15. 

Top-achieving students will receive medals and certificates. For more information about the local competition, please visit http://math.lakeheadu.ca/2015-math-kangaroo-contest/.

For more information about this mathematics contest, please contact Dr. Ilie at (807) 766-7224 or milie@lakeheadu.ca.

 

 

 

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Media: For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177, or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

 

In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

 

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings places Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2014, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead 2nd in Ontario and 3rd among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

 

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

 

 

Lakehead University to welcome first Fulbright scholar

Dr. James Hollenbeck in Simcoe Hall

Lakehead University welcomes visiting Fulbright scholar, Dr. James Hollenbeck, to the Orillia campus this fall, where he will conduct research and teach with the Department of Sustainability Sciences. Dr. Hollenbeck is a professor of Science Education and Coordinator of Science Education at Indiana University Southeast.

September 16, 2015 – Orillia, ON 

Lakehead University is hosting its first Fulbright scholar this fall with the arrival of Dr. James Hollenbeck at the Orillia campus.

Dr. Hollenbeck comes to Lakehead from Indiana University Southeast’s School of Education through Fulbright Canada’s Visiting Research Chair Program, which is designed to encourage mutual understanding between Canada and the United States through academic and cultural exchange.

As the recipient of the program’s Visiting Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Solutions, Dr. Hollenbeck will work with Lakehead Orillia’s Department of Sustainability Sciences for the fall term.

“We look forward to having Dr. Hollenbeck at Lakehead,” said Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation. “He will make an excellent addition to the campus. His insight and experience will be of great benefit to our students, staff and faculty.”

One of Dr. Hollenbeck’s areas of research focus is on how to integrate environmental sustainability into a school curriculum. He is especially interested in how best to meet the changing needs and demands of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education for students in Canada and the U.S.

While at Lakehead University, Dr. Hollenbeck’s project will address questions about STEM education and environmental sustainability that will bring Canadian and American educators together. His research will involve Lakehead University, local community schools and the community at large. In addition to his research, Dr. Hollenbeck will teach a course in Environmental Sustainability for Society while at Lakehead.

"The appointment of Dr. Hollenbeck as the first recipient of the Fulbright Canada – Lakehead University Visiting Research Chair in Environmental Sustainability reflects Lakehead’s growing leadership in the area of sustainability and its commitment to developing a more nuanced appreciation for the critical social and ecological challenges that face modern societies," said Dr. Michael Hawes, CEO of Fulbright Canada.

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MEDIA:  For more information, please contact New Media Communications Coordinator, Derek Desroches, at 705-330-4008 ext. 2021 or ddesroch@lakeheadu.ca.

In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings places Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2014, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead 2nd in Ontario and 3rd among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

 

Love, Sex, and Mate Choice the topic of Lakehead’s next In Conversation event

November 26, 2015 – Orillia, ON

What are the differences between sex, romantic love, and attachment? Why is it sometimes difficult to integrate all three? Why do people often repeat dysfunctional patterns in love, despite saying “I will do better next time?”

These will be some of the questions that Lakehead University’s Dr. Les Fleischer will address at the next In Conversation event at the Orillia Public Library on Wednesday, December 2 at 6:15 pm.

Dr. Fleischer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Lakehead Orillia, and is also a psychoanalyst and member of the faculty of the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis. His research interests include adult and adolescent mental health, psychoanalysis, dreams, and the education of mental health professionals.

In his talk: Love, Sex, and Mate Choice: A Psychoanalytic Perspective, he will discuss how an understanding of the unconscious and neuro-biological factors can help us understand these complex phenomena.

Admission is free to the In Conversation events, but registration is required and is accepted by email at info@orilliapubliclibrary.ca; by phone at 705-325-2338; or in person at the Library (36 Mississaga St. West).

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 Dr. Les Fleischer

Dr. Les Fleischer, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work at Lakehead University, will be “In Conversation” at the Orillia Public Library on Wednesday, December 2 at 6:15 pm.

MEDIA:  For more information, please contact Communications Officer, Kathy Hunt, at 705-330-4008 ext. 2014 or kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca. 

In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings places Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2014, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead 2nd in Ontario and 3rd among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University’s 50th Anniversary celebrations offering “early bird” incentive

Lakehead University will celebrate its 50th Anniversary at a special 1960s-themed Dinner & Dance event. Early Bird ticket sales, with a chance to win Porter Airlines vouchers, ends on August 1, 2015.

Lakehead University will celebrate its 50th Anniversary at a special 1960s-themed Dinner & Dance event. Early Bird ticket sales, with a chance to win Porter Airlines vouchers, ends on August 1, 2015.

July 22, 2015 – Orillia, ON

Lakehead University is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2015 and the community is invited to join in the festivities. An incentive has recently been announced for those who would like to plan ahead.

This fall, Lakehead Orillia’s 50th Anniversary events will culminate with a Homecoming Dinner & Dance on Friday, November 13, 2015 at Casino Rama. This 1960s celebration will also kick off the upcoming 10th anniversary of Lakehead University’s Orillia campus in 2016. The Homecoming Dinner & Dance event is sponsored by TD Insurance and will feature entertainment by Lance Anderson’s “Hitsville Revisited – The Music of Motown.” All proceeds from the event will go to financial aid for Lakehead University students. 

Those who purchase tickets by Saturday, August 1, 2015, will be entered into a draw to win two Porter Airlines round-trip vouchers, valid for travel to any Porter Airlines destination – a value of $2,500.

In addition to having a chance to win the prize draw, early bird ticket purchasers will ensure their place at what is certainly to be a sell-out event. This will be the first time that Lance Anderson’s “Hitsville Revisited” show has appeared in Orillia, and based on the response to his other extremely popular shows, tickets will be in demand. The all-star ensemble includes featured singers: John Finley (Checkmates), Chuck Jackson (Downchild Blues Band), Jay Jackson (The Majestics), Quisha Wint, Cheryl Lescom, and a 7-piece band featuring some of Canada’s top soul and blues musicians.

To purchase tickets and for more information about Lakehead University’s 50th Anniversary events, visit 50.lakeheadu.ca, or call (705) 330-4008.

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MEDIA:  For more information, please contact Communications Officer, Kathy Hunt, at 705-330-4008 ext. 2014 orkjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca. 

In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings places Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2014, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead 2nd in Ontario and 3rd among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Award-winning Canadian poet to speak at Lakehead University

Gary Geddes

Gary Geddes 

October 5, 2015 – Orillia, ON

Award-winning Canadian poet Gary Geddes will visit Lakehead University’s Orillia campus this week for a reading and discussion. The event takes place on Thursday, October 8 from 1 to 2:15 pm and is open to the public.

Geddes will read from his 2014 collection, What Does a House Want?, followed by a question and answer discussion. Selections to be read from the collection include not only short poems, but dramatic monologues as well. 

Originally from British Columbia, Geddes has travelled and worked all over Canada and across the world. His long list of professional accomplishments includes university professor, writer-in-residence, critic, anthologist, translator, author, and editor. Geddes has been the recipient of countless awards for his work, most notably receiving the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence in 2008.

“It isn’t every day that such a seasoned and prolific writer comes to town, so it is an incredibly exciting experience for the Lakehead University community,” said Dr. Cheryl Lousley, associate professor with the English department.

Geddes has been described as one of Canada’s best political poets. “His travels to South and Central America, China, Palestine, and war-torn areas of Africa give shape to his many award-winning prose and poetry books,” added Lousley. “We are fortunate to have this seasoned traveller, poetic craftsman, and human rights advocate share his work with us.” 

The reading, which is sponsored by the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts, will take place at Lakehead University’s Orillia campus at 500 University Avenue, 1 – 2:15 pm in room 1022, Simcoe Hall. Members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend.

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MEDIA:  For more information, please contact Communications Officer, Kathy Hunt, at 705-330-4008 ext. 2014 or kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca. 

In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies. 

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings places Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2014, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead 2nd in Ontario and 3rd among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead’s Report to the Community celebrates important people, events

Lakehead Orillia's Report to the Community

Lakehead Orillia's Report to the Community

November 12, 2015 – Orillia, ON

Lakehead University’s Report to the Community luncheon recognized the influential people and events from the last year and celebrated the University’s 50th anniversary.

People from across Simcoe County gathered at Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club on November 12 to celebrate the release of the University’s special commemorative 2014-15 Annual Report.

Tony Gulmen was among the group of community members, students, faculty and staff who were interviewed by Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson in a talk-show format during the luncheon. 

Tony’s wife Yuksel, who passed away in 2013, helped launch Lakehead’s Humanities 101 program in 2012 by serving on the community advisory board.

Other participants included Humanities 101 graduate Annie Nakashuk, who described how the program opens doors for people who face barriers to post-secondary education and how it changed her life. 

Recent graduates Laura East and Quentin Evans outlined how the Audacity Movement – which they started as an anti-bullying campaign – has continued to promote a culture of kindness at the Orillia campus.

Dr. Doug West, Interdisciplinary Studies professor, discussed the new Ontario Master Naturalist program, the Orillia community gardens, and other community partnerships.

And, Lakehead Associate Vice-President Frank Cappadocia and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orillia Executive Director James Maxwell talked about the mutual benefits of partnering with Lakehead, which resulted in a national award in 2014.

Dr. Stevenson shared highlights from the annual report, and shared his vision for the future of the Orillia campus. “As we approach our Orillia campus’s tenth anniversary, next year, I am increasingly focussed and encouraged by what the future holds, including an expanding partnership with Georgian College, increased and rewarding community outreach, and the drive to bring even more international students to our classrooms and this community,” he said.

The Annual Report also stated that Lakehead Orillia’s operating expenditures had an economic impact of $44 million on the City of Orillia and the surrounding area in 2014.

Also highlighted in the Report, Lakehead received $22 million in external research funding in 2014, and Re$earch Infosource ranked the University second in Ontario and third in Canada in the undergraduate category.

The Report to the Community luncheon was the start of Homecoming events celebrating the University’s 50th anniversary.

There will be a free, community roller skating party on Thursday (tonight) from 6 to 9 pm at the Roller Skating Place in ODAS Park, and a 50th Anniversary Dinner and Dance Party at Casino Rama on Friday evening (Nov. 13). All proceeds from ticket sales for the Dinner and Dance will go toward student financial aid.

For ticket inquiries, please contact Jacquie Kent at 705-330-4008 ext. 2080 or email jkent@lakeheadu.ca. For more information, please visit 50.lakeheadu.ca.

All of these celebrations will lead to Lakehead Orillia’s 10th anniversary happening next year.

Click here to read more about the exceptional work by Lakehead’s researchers, students, and alumni.

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(back l-r): Orillia Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director James Maxwell; Lakehead Assoc. V.P. Frank Cappadocia; Lakehead Associate Professor Dr. Doug West; Dr. Stevenson; Tony Gulmen, Lakehead donor/supporter; Lakehead Orillia Principal Dr. Kim Fedderson; Lakehead graduate Quentin Evans; and seated (l to r): Humanities 101 graduate Annie Nakashuk; and Lakehead graduate Laura East.

Lakehead University launched its 2014-15 Report to Community at a luncheon on November 12 in Orillia. The event featured a talk-show type format with Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson as host. Guests interviewed included (back l-r): Orillia Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director James Maxwell; Lakehead Assoc. V.P. Frank Cappadocia; Lakehead Associate Professor Dr. Doug West; Dr. Stevenson; Tony Gulmen, Lakehead donor/supporter; Lakehead Orillia Principal Dr. Kim Fedderson; Lakehead graduate Quentin Evans; and seated (l to r): Humanities 101 graduate Annie Nakashuk; and Lakehead graduate Laura East.

 Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson (l) welcomes guests Annie Nakashuk, Humanities 101 graduate, and Tony Gulmen, Lakehead supporter, as guests during the University’s talk-show format Report to Community luncheon,

Lakehead RepToComm-Hum101: Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson (l) welcomes guests Annie Nakashuk, Humanities 101 graduate, and Tony Gulmen, Lakehead supporter, as guests during the University’s talk-show format Report to Community luncheon, held today at Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club.

Media: For more information, please contact Communications Officer, Kathy Hunt, at 705-330-4008 ext. 2014 or kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca. 

In 2015, Lakehead University celebrate s50 years of exceptional education. Guided by its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings place Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2015, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University’s 50th Anniversary Homecoming celebrations in Orillia

Cheryl Lescom

Cheryl Lescom, one of Canada’s top rhythm and blues singers, will be one of the featured performers at Lakehead University’s 50th Anniversary Dinner & Dance Party on November 13 at Casino Rama. Lescom is part of Hitsville Revisted: The Music of Motown, an all-star ensemble led by musician/producer Lance Anderson. Tickets for the event and information about other Anniversary events can be found online at 50.lakeheadu.ca. 

November 3, 2015 – Orillia, ON 

Lakehead University is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2015 and plenty of “Homecoming” activities are planned for the entire community next week in Orillia.

On Thursday evening, the fun will be 1960s style with a roller skating party at The Roller Skating Place at ODAS Park. The whole family is invited to join our students and alumni for a free evening of roller skating fun, complete with pizza and prizes. The party takes place from 6 – 9 pm.

For those who haven’t had a chance to see the Lakehead Orillia campus at 500 University Avenue yet, you’ll have your chance on Friday, November 13. The University is presenting an Open House from 1 – 4 pm, with campus tours taking place at 2 pm.  

The festivities wrap up on Friday evening with the much-anticipated Homecoming Dinner & Dance Party at Casino Rama. This 1960s celebration will feature entertainment by Lance Anderson’s “Hitsville Revisited – The Music of Motown.” Guests are welcome to wear casual attire or their favourite, fun 60s style. All proceeds from the event will go to financial aid for Lakehead University students.

“As we celebrate the exceptional history of Lakehead University, we also look forward to celebrating the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Orillia campus in 2016,” said Lakehead Orillia Principal Kim Fedderson. “We encourage everyone in the community to join the celebrations – our accomplishments could not have taken place without our students, alumni, faculty and staff, and community supporters. We are especially looking forward to a spectacular evening of dinner, music and dancing on Friday evening.”

For further information and to register for Homecoming events, or to purchase tickets to the Dinner & Dance, visit 50.lakeheadu.ca or call 705-330-4008.

Coinciding with the Homecoming celebrations is next week’s In Conversation event at the Orillia Public Library. Dr. Doug West, a professor with the departments of Interdisciplinary Studies and Political Science, will lead a “Lakehead University at 50” discussion about how Lakehead has become a leader in Canada and around the world.  The event takes place at 6:15 pm. Registration is required and is accepted by email at info@orilliapubliclibrary.ca; by phone at 705-325-2338; or in person at the Library.

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MEDIA:  For more information, please contact Communications Officer, Kathy Hunt, at 705-330-4008 ext. 2014 or kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca.

See schedule of events below.

Media are invited to promote this in advance and to attend the lunch for interviews and to attend events for interviews and photo/video coverage. 

In 2015, Lakehead University celebrates 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings places Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2014, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead 2nd in Ontario and 3rd among Canada’s undergraduate universities. 

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca. 

Orillia Homecoming Celebrations 2015 - Schedule of Events


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10
6:15 – 8 pm: In Conversation – Dr. West will lead a conversation among a distinguished panel of academics, students and community members in a discussion about how Lakehead University has become a leader in Canada and around the world. (Orillia Public Library)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12
 6 - 9 pm: Students, Alumni and Community Night - Calling all students, Alumni, community members, and families….Come celebrate Lakehead University’s 50th Anniversary and enjoy a FREE evening of roller skating at The Roller Skating Place!  Free pizza and beverages will be served at 7:00 pm. . Sponsored by: Heritage Place Apartments (The Roller Skating Place - ODAS Park)
 
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13
12 - 1:30 pm: Registration - Stop by the registration desk and pick up your complimentary 50th anniversary swag bag! (Lakehead University Campus - Cafeteria)
1 - 4 pm: Open House and Campus Tours. Sign up at the registration table for a guided tour at 2 pm (Cafeteria)
 
6 pm – 12 am50th Anniversary Homecoming Dinner & Dance Party – a ‘60s Celebration! Sponsored by TD Insurance (Casino Rama)
6 pm – 7 pm: - Cocktail Reception (Casino Rama)
7 pm – 12 am: '60s Dinner and Dance - Entertainment by Lance Anderson’s Hitsville Revisited: The Music of Motown, featuring Canada’s top rhythm and blues performers. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards student financial aid (Casino Rama) 

For details, visit 50.lakeheadu.ca.

Ontario Master Naturalist Program announces Fall Workshop schedule

Getting out into the field will be part of the fall workshops offered by the Ontario Master Naturalist Program (OMNP) at Lakehead University this fall. All workshops are open to the public and are separate from the OMNP certificate program. Photo: Ontario Nature

Getting out into the field will be part of the fall workshops offered by the Ontario Master Naturalist Program (OMNP) at Lakehead University this fall. All workshops are open to the public and are separate from the OMNP certificate program. Photo by Noah Cole, courtesy of Ontario Nature.

August 12, 2015 – Orillia, ON

The inaugural Ontario Master Naturalist Program (OMNP), which was launched by Lakehead University and Ontario Nature earlier this year, will be offering a series of workshops this fall based on topics of special interest to naturalists.

The workshops are open to the general public and are designed as general interest sessions and are not part of the OMNP certificate program. The topics range from Invasive Species and Mushroom Identification to Species at Risk and Field Sketching. 

“These are topics that we found were of special interest to our first class of Master Naturalists,” said OMNP coordinator Bob Bowles. “By dedicating an entire workshop to these specialized topics, we hope to enhance the skills and knowledge of participants through classroom discussion and fieldwork.”

The workshops take place at Lakehead University Orillia, 500 University Avenue, on four Saturday mornings beginning with Invasive Species on Saturday, August 29. The cost is $65 per workshop or $220 for the series (plus HST). For program details and to register online, visit: lakeheadu.ca/masternaturalist

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MEDIA:  For more information, please contact:

Communications Officer, Lakehead Orillia – Kathy Hunt, at 705-330-4008 ext. 2014 or kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca.

Communications Manager, Ontario Nature – John Hassell, at 416-444-8419 ext. 269 (work) or 416-786-2171 (mobile) or johnh@ontarionature.org. 

In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings places Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2014, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead 2nd in Ontario and 3rd among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca

Ontario Nature protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement. Ontario Nature is a charitable organization representing more than 30,000 members and supporters and 150 member groups across Ontario (charitable registration # 10737 8952 RR0001). For more information, visit ontarionature.org.

Partnership results in National Award for Lakehead University

Lakehead University Orillia was awarded the Scholastic Partnership Award by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada for their exceptional partnership with the Orillia branch, which involved Lakehead student volunteers in the agency’s school-based programs.  The award was accepted last month in Toronto by Lakehead’s Marian Ryks-Szelekovszky, Vice-Provost, Student Affairs, and Frank Cappadocia, Associate Vice-President, Lakehead Orillia. Also celebrating the award are Karen Shaver, Interim CEO, BBBS Canada (l), James Maxwell, Executive Director, BBBS Orillia; and Marilyn Watson, Chair, BBBS Orillia Board of Directors.

Lakehead University Orillia was awarded the Scholastic Partnership Award by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada for their exceptional partnership with the Orillia branch, which involved Lakehead student volunteers in the agency’s school-based programs.

The award was accepted last month in Toronto by Lakehead’s Marian Ryks-Szelekovszky, Vice-Provost, Student Affairs, and Frank Cappadocia, Associate Vice-President, Lakehead Orillia. Also celebrating the award are Karen Shaver, Interim CEO, BBBS Canada (l), James Maxwell, Executive Director, BBBS Orillia; and Marilyn Watson, Chair, BBBS Orillia Board of Directors.

July 27, 2015 – Orillia, ON 

A partnership between Lakehead Orillia and Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Orillia and District has resulted in the University receiving a national award – the Scholastic Partnership Award – from the BBBS national organization. The Award is a distinction presented annually to one school, school board and one university or college that has made it possible for BBBS agencies to serve increased numbers of children.

Initiated by James Maxwell, Executive Director with the Orillia organization, along with Frank Cappadocia, Associate Vice-President, Lakehead Orillia, the partnership helped to fill a gap in community services, while providing students with professional development opportunities. 

“Through our partnership with Lakehead, our agency has been able to double the number of children served through our school-based programs to a total of almost 200 children served during the past year,” explained Maxwell.

A volunteer engagement program was initiated by the two organizations that resulted in over 100 students expressing an interest in opportunities with Big Brothers Big Sisters, with 40% of those becoming actively involved in direct services of the agency.

Student volunteers assisted with the agency’s school-based programs, including In-School and After School Mentoring, Go Girls and Game On group programs. Co-op students from the University’s Social Work program were involved in the development and delivery of the agency’s After-School Mentoring program.

“This support helped us to meet our mandate of providing any child in Orillia who needs a mentor – with one,” said Maxwell. “This is truly making a difference in our community.”

The partnership is also making a difference to Lakehead students.

“Our students get as much, or more, from their experience as the children served,” says Cappadocia. “They are able to see the world from a different perspective and have the opportunity to see a compelling connection between their studies and real life experiences.”

The Scholastic Partnership Award was presented last month at a Celebration of Mentoring Banquet in Toronto.  The success of the program has gained the attention of other BBBS agencies and post-secondary schools across the country, which expressed interest in how to develop a partnership to achieve such positive results.

Lakehead and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orillia plan to continue to build on their combined efforts to support the delivery of quality programming to the children who need it. 

“We believe that the benefits to the school children served this year was enhanced by the caring and constructive efforts of some amazing post-secondary students,” said Maxwell.  “We should all be so proud that we are making a difference in the lives of so many in our community and equally to those young men and women that call Orillia home during their studies.” 

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MEDIA:  For more information, please contact: 

Kathy Hunt, Communications Officer, Lakehead Orillia – 705-330-4008 ext.2014 or kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca.

In 2015, Lakehead University celebrates 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings places Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2014, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead 2nd in Ontario and 3rd among Canada’s undergraduate universities. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

2015-2016 In Conversation Series Kicks Off with ‘Creating the Nazi Community of the People’

September 23, 2015 – Orillia, ON

Lakehead University’s popular In Conversation series is preparing for its first event of the 2015-2016 academic year.

During the first In Conversation talk, Pins, Potlucks and Paid Holidays: Creating the Nazi Community of the People, History and Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Professor Dr. Valerie Hébert will use images and artifacts to illustrate how the Nazis created and perpetuated the illusion of unified social support for the Third Reich.

This presentation about techniques used by the Nazis to create the feeling of a community of the Volk, or ‘people’, will take place at the Orillia Public Library, on Tuesday, October 6 from 6:15pm – 8:00 pm.

Admission is free to the In Conversation talks, but registration is required. Please register by email at info@orilliapubliclibrary.ca; by phone at 705-325-2338; or in person at the Orillia Public Library (36 Mississauga St. West). 

To learn more about In Conversation, about future topics and dates, please visit the Lakehead University website at https://www.lakeheadu.ca/about/orillia-campus/community-programs/public-lectures.

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Dr. Valerie Hébert

Lakehead University History and Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Professor Dr. Valerie Hébert launches this year’s In Conversation series at the Orillia Public Library on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 6:15 pm.

MEDIA:  For more information, please contact New Media Communications Coordinator, Derek Desroches, at 705-330-4008 ext. 2021 or ddesroch@lakeheadu.ca.

In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings places Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2014, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead 2nd in Ontario and 3rd among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

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