Lakehead Orillia announces honorary degree and Civitas Award recipients for 2016 Convocation

April 14, 2016 – Orillia, ON

Lakehead University will recognize two champions of education at this year’s Convocation Ceremony on Saturday, June 4 at Rotary Place in Orillia.

Bonnie Patterson, an outstanding leader in postsecondary education, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Commerce degree for her contribution to the growth and development of universities in Ontario. She was president of the Council of Ontario Universities, president of Trent University, and also held national and international leadership roles in postsecondary education.

“Honorary degree recipients are chosen based on their excellent contributions to society and their remarkable service,” said Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead’s President and Vice-Chancellor. 

Lakehead will also recognize the hard work and dedication of Garfield Dunlop, who will receive the 2016 Civitas Award, which is awarded annually to a community member who has made a significant contribution to the University’s Orillia campus. 

“As the MPP (Member of Provincial Parliament) for Simcoe North, Garfield played a critical role in the establishment of the Orillia campus,” said Dr. Kim Fedderson, Lakehead Orillia Principal. “From the outset, he provided us with exceptional leadership and guidance, which has been vital to the growth of the campus.”

 Bonnie Patterson

Honorary Degree  – Bonnie M. Patterson C.M. O. Ont. B.A. M.L.S. ICD.D 

Bonnie Patterson is a champion of higher education and a role model for women in leadership.  She has been recognized for a series of “firsts” in a highly successful career in the university sector that spans four decades.

As the first in her family to go to university, Bonnie began to carve her own path as a teenager. She obtained a B.A. and M.L.S. from Western University in London, Ontario, where she subsequently joined the faculty and thrived in the academic environment. After joining Ryerson University (then Ryerson Polytechnic Institute), she quickly moved into academic administration chairing the School of Administration and Information Management, serving as Special Advisor to the President during Ryerson’s transformation to full university status, and went on to become the first woman Dean of Business in Canada.

Bonnie’s impact continued to grow when she was named the first woman President of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) in 1995, followed by an appointment as the first woman President & Vice-Chancellor of Trent University in 1998, a position she held for 11 years before returning to serve at the request of Ontario’s university presidents as President & CEO of COU for an additional six years. While President at Trent, she was the first woman to Chair the Board of Universities Canada (then known as the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.) 

Throughout her career, Bonnie has spearheaded several international education initiatives including working with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as an International Expert to develop a composite model for benchmarking university sustainability.

 Garfield Dunlop

Garfield Dunlop – 2016 Civitas Award

As the Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Simcoe North from 1999 to 2015, Garfield has been an outstanding advocate for the communities in his riding for decades, and for Lakehead University’s Orillia campus since it was first proposed in 2003.

A long-serving and popular Coldwater-based politician, Garfield resigned from the legislature in 2015 to provide a vacancy so that Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown could seek a seat in the legislature. 

After attending elementary and secondary school in Simcoe North, and university in Waterloo, Garfield entered the family business, Glen Dunlop Plumbing, Heating and Supplies Ltd. in 1971. In 1980, Garfield began his career in politics when he was elected Councillor for the Village of Coldwater. From 1982 until 1994, he was Reeve of the village. In 1994, after the County of Simcoe was restructured, Garfield was elected Deputy Mayor of the Township of Severn, where he served until the 1999 provincial election. He was Warden of Simcoe County in 1998. In his role as an MPP, Garfield served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education; Critic for Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Reform; Education; and Training, Colleges and Universities.

Garfield was instrumental in the founding of Lakehead’s Orillia campus. His expertise and determination was critical in helping Lakehead’s senior administration successfully open the Orillia campus in 2006.  For the past decade he has provided the Lakehead community with exceptional leadership and service. His timely support has been vital to the growth of the campus – whether it was offering advice on local issues, supporting student projects, working to establish lobby days as an annual event at Queen’s Park, or providing guidance on special government projects and opportunities. His friendship, dedication, and support have made him a true anchor of Lakehead University’s Orillia campus. 

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MEDIA CONTACT
Kathy Hunt, Communications Officer
705-330-4008 ext. 2014

kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead 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 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first 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.

Founder of Lakehead Orillia Pride receives 2016 Lloyd Dennis Award

Photo: Lakehead student Whitney Page receives the 2016 Lloyd Dennis Award for outstanding citizenship from (l – r): Lakehead President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead Orillia Principal Kim Fedderson, and Lakehead University Board of Governors Chair, Murray Walberg.

Lakehead student Whitney Page receives the 2016 Lloyd Dennis Award for outstanding citizenship from (l – r): Lakehead President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead Orillia Principal Kim Fedderson, and Lakehead University Board of Governors Chair, Murray Walberg. 

June 10, 2016 – Orillia, ON

Whitney Page, a third-year Honours Bachelor of Social Work student at Lakehead University Orillia, is the recipient of the 2016 Lloyd Dennis Award. Page, of Norwood, Ontario, received the award at the Lakehead University Board of Governors meeting, which took place at Georgian College in Barrie on June 3.

The Lloyd Dennis Award is presented annually to a full-time Lakehead Orillia student to recognize outstanding citizenship and academic excellence.

As the president and founder of Lakehead University Orillia Pride (LUOP) – a campus club “that supports those who identify as LGBTQQ2SA and their allies” – Page has been responsible for promoting a culture of inclusion at the Lakehead Orillia campus. She organized and conducted a series of “Positive Space” workshops for faculty and staff on LGBTQ issues and also initiated and coordinated the first Pride weeks in 2015 and 2016 at the campus.

“Whitney’s leadership and the workshops she presented represent a pivotal accomplishment in the evolution of our campus. She and the LUOP club have set in motion a series of initiatives that are going to make a real impact here,” said Lakehead Orillia Principal Kim Fedderson. “Her Positive Space workshop is one of the best professional development sessions I have ever attended,” added Fedderson.

Page’s work has also been recognized by her peers. The LUOP club was the recipient of the student union’s 2016 Malcolm X Club Award in recognition of the club’s outstanding work towards social justice.

The Lloyd Dennis Award is named in honour of the work Dennis did to transform education in Ontario (1968 Living and Learning report, also known as the Hall-Dennis Report), and his support of the Lakehead Orillia campus. Lloyd Dennis was recognized in 1971 with an Order of Canada and in 2000 with an Order of Ontario for his outstanding contributions to education in Canada. Prior to his death in March 2012 at the age of 88, Dennis was an enthusiastic proponent for the establishment and growth of Lakehead University's Orillia campus. Dennis was recognized with a posthumous honorary degree at the University’s 2012 Convocation. 

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

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead 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 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first 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 Orillia’s 2016 Voice of Convocation a true student leader

Rebecca Scott

Lakehead University student Rebecca Scott will represent the 2016 graduating class from Lakehead Orillia this Saturday as the “Voice of Convocation.”

May 31, 2016 – Orillia, ON

Five years ago, Rebecca Scott, who wanted to become a teacher, thought she had already chosen her university until a recruiter from Lakehead (Danielle Poeta) visited her high school in Hanover, Ontario. Poeta’s presentation inspired her to take a road trip with some friends to visit the Orillia campus.

“That visit completely changed my mind,” said Scott. “Lakehead had the right feeling – it was just home – and I felt like there would be lots of opportunities at such a new university campus.”

Scott was right about the opportunities. She is about to graduate from Lakehead University with her Honours Bachelor of Arts & Science and Bachelor of Education degrees at the University’s upcoming convocation, where she will be the student “Voice of Convocation,” delivering a graduation message to her fellow students.

The opportunities at Lakehead began in Scott’s first year when she worked part-time at the front desk of the campus helping with reception duties.  She went on to become a Resident Assistant (RA) in her second year, a role she continued for three years. As an RA, Scott would live in residence and be responsible for the students living on her assigned floor, helping to guide them as they embarked on their life at university.

“As a RA, I was responsible for helping and guiding new students, especially through the difficult challenges that come from being away from home and in a totally new and different environment,” explained Scott. “It was really all about helping them figure out who they are as a person and how they can be successful as a student.”

The experience allowed Scott to build many relationships and friendships over the years, while learning “leaps and bounds” about leadership and mentoring.  

She was encouraged by many of her peers to apply for the prestigious position as the 2016 Voice of Convocation. She was successful, and now that she will be delivering a message to the many students she has met over the years, Scott says she is truly honoured.

“This is another awesome opportunity for me, and I hope to share what I’ve learned from my fellow students – to continue to pursue what you are passionate about and to never give up – the sky’s the limit; it’s your life, live it!”

Following graduation, Scott will be back at residence at the Orillia campus, where she has a summer job as a Conference Services Assistant. In the fall she hopes to begin her career in teaching and eventually work in the area of special education.

Scott will be one of 300 students graduating from Lakehead Orillia this year. The convocation ceremony takes place this Saturday at Rotary Place in Orillia. For more information about the event, visit lakeheadu.ca/convocation or to watch the proceedings live, visit: lakeheadu.ca/convocation-stream.

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

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead 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 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first 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 and Georgian College strengthen ties to support the growth of post-secondary opportunities

Lakehead and Georgian staff and board of governors

Lakehead University and Georgian College Presidents, Boards of Governors, and senior staff meet at Georgian College for a joint meeting to deepen ties between the two institutions.

Friday, June 3, 2016

The future of post-secondary opportunities in Simcoe County, Orillia and Barrie, continued to be top of mind when the Boards of Governors and senior academic and executive staff from Lakehead University and Georgian College met, this morning, in Barrie.

Lakehead University President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Brian Stevenson, and Georgian College President and CEO, Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes hosted the joint breakfast meeting at Georgian’s Barrie campus. The campus was also the site of a day-long series of meetings for Lakehead University’s Board of Governors. 

“We are very excited by the strength of our partnership and the innovative new opportunities for local students that are beginning to take shape” said Dr. West-Moynes.

Earlier this year, Lakehead and Georgian announced plans to launch as many as 20 new degree and pathway programs at their campuses in Barrie and Orillia over the next five years. The first of the new programs begin this fall.

“Our shared priority is students,” explained Dr. Stevenson. “However it’s important that Lakehead’s and Georgian’s leadership, from Board members to administration and faculty, deepen their relationships between our institutions so that this partnership continues to grow for years to come.”  

 

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Media: For more information, please contact:

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

Mark Hall, Senior Communications Specialist, 705-728-1968 ext. 1008 or mark.hall@georgiancollege.ca. 

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead 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 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first 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.

Georgian’s leadership in co-op, student work experience and entrepreneurship education can accelerate your learning, your career and your future. With more than 125 career-focused programs across seven locations in Central Ontario – Barrie, Midland, Muskoka (Bracebridge), Orangeville, Orillia, Owen Sound and South Georgian Bay (Collingwood) – Georgian has 11,000 full-time students and 28,000 Part-time Studies registrations annually and is home to the one-of-a-kind University Partnership Centre. Georgian has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers seven times and one of Canada’s Greenest Employers five times.

Georgian, Lakehead and the SCDSB to collaborate in support of international students

Officials gathered for the signing of an MoU that will support international students in Simcoe County. Front row: Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College President and CEO, Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead University President and Vice-Chancellor, Kathi Wallace, Simcoe County District School Board Director of Education. Standing: Peter Beacock Simcoe County District School Board Chair Peter and Georgian International Students Kenta Shirakura (Japan), Monica Castaneda (Venezuela), Shiva Subramaniyan (India)

Officials gathered for the signing of an MoU that will support international students in Simcoe County. Front row:
Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College President and CEO, Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead University President and Vice-Chancellor, Kathi Wallace, Simcoe County District School Board Director of Education. Standing: Peter Beacock Simcoe County District School Board Chair Peter and Georgian International Students Kenta Shirakura (Japan), Monica Castaneda (Venezuela), Shiva Subramaniyan (India)

Media Release: issued Thursday, April 14, 2016 

Georgian College, Lakehead University and the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) have committed to work together to support international students. On April 15, they will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and commit to linking the K-12 and post-secondary education systems for international students in Simcoe County. A signing event will take place at the SCDSB Education Centre from 10 – 11:30 a.m.

“This collaboration will enhance the experience for international students studying in Simcoe County,” says SCDSB Director of Education Kathi Wallace. “It will also strengthen our relationships with Georgian College and Lakehead University as we work together to provide quality programs and opportunities for all of our students.”

“Georgian enjoys mutually-beneficial partnerships with Lakehead and the school board on many initiatives. Today’s announcement is another example of our joint efforts to provide the best experience for students from elementary through postsecondary. Eleven hundred International students from more than 60 countries study at Georgian every year, enriching our campus life and our communities, and we look forward to welcoming more,” says Georgian College President and CEO Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes.

"This partnership will not only support our respective international student recruitment goals, it will further the internationalization of our classrooms, campuses, and communities, which offer many economic, social, and cultural rewards,” states Lakehead President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson. “By coordinating our efforts with the Simcoe County District School Board and Georgian College, we are able to present new and connected pathways to the exceptional educational opportunities available in Simcoe County."

The MoU will continue for a period of three years, at which time it may be extended by agreement of all parties. 

Information:
Brian Jeffs, SCDSB Superintendent of Business Services
bjeffs@scdsb.on.ca

Lakehead Challenge panel to discuss the immigrant experience

June 7, 2016 – Orillia, ON

A social entrepreneur from Eritrea and a former astronaut from Ukraine will join Sandra Lee of Simcoe County’s Local Immigration Partnership to discuss the experience of immigration and settlement in Canada.

The panel presentation, “Migration, Identity and Belonging,” will take place on Tuesday, June 21 at 7 pm at the Midland Cultural Centre (MCC).

“The question of immigration has become a major policy issue around the world and our discussion will explore the processes of immigration, eventual settlement, and acquiring a sense of belonging as a new Canadian,” explains Dr. Doug West, associate professor at Lakehead’s Orillia campus, and panel moderator.

Panelists include Amanuel Melles, a social entrepreneur and the former director of Organizational Capacity Building for United Way Toronto; Dr. Yaroslav “Yarko” Pustovyi, former astronaut with the Ukrainian space agency and member of the Space Shuttle Columbia mission in 1997; and Sandra Lee, Manager of the Local Immigration Partnership for the County of Simcoe. 

The Lakehead Challenge is a partnership between Lakehead University and the Midland Cultural Centre and offers a public forum to examine critical and controversial issues.

The June 21 event is an opportunity to join experts in an open forum to discuss the past and recent experiences of immigrants to Canada and the policy issues surrounding immigration and settlement.

Tickets for The Lakehead Challenge are $10/person and can be purchased at the MCC box office (333 King Street, Midland); online at midlandculturalcentre.com; or by calling 705-527-4420. The event begins at 7 pm on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. 

EVENT

The Lakehead Challenge

Migration, Identity and Belonging

When

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

7:00 pm

Where

Midland Cultural Centre

          333 King Street, Midland

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MEDIA:  For more information, please contact:

Kathy Hunt, Communications Officer, Lakehead Orillia – 705-330-45008 ext.2014 or kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca.

Shelby Mulligan, Marketing Manager, Midland Cultural Centre – 705-527-4420 ext.3403 or shelby@midlandculturalcentre.com

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead 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 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first 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.

Midland Cultural Centre combines art, music, theatre, events and a café, all in one outstanding building in downtown Midland, Ontario. Come and attend a performance, a workshop, a concert, an art show or stop by our licensed café for lunch. Tours of the building are available. There’s something for everyone at the MCC. For information about events and to purchase tickets, visit www.midlandculturalcentre.com.

Award-winning play, “Remnants,” to be performed at Lakehead Orillia

February 16, 2016– Orillia, ON

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED 

“Remnants” is an award-winning play that reflects forty years of conversation between the author – a psychologist and playwright at the University of Michigan – and a small group of Holocaust survivors.

Written and performed by Dr. Henry (“Hank”) Greenspan, the play recreates moments from these extraordinary conversations, and in the process, provides powerful insights into the lived experience of the Holocaust.

 The play was originally produced for U.S. National Public Radio and has received more than a dozen national awards.  It has been performed by the playwright at more than 300 venues worldwide, including a space used for performance in the former Terezin concentration camp.

Dr. Greenspan will be performing the play by invitation from Dr. Valerie Hebert, Associate Professor with the departments of History and Interdisciplinary Studies, and specialist on the Holocaust. The performance, followed by discussion, takes place on Wednesday, February 24 at 7:30 pm in Room 1033, Simcoe Hall, at the University Avenue campus.

“It is extremely difficult to put something as horrific as the Holocaust into words,” says Dr. Hebert. “Through his work and the creation of Remnants, Dr. Greenspan has helped survivors articulate their experiences and ensure that their stories are not forgotten.”

The play has received dozens of exceptional reviews, including this from Omer Bartov, Birkelund Distinguished Professor of History at Brown University: “Of the countless attempts to represent the Holocaust, Remnants stands out as a uniquely succinct and piercing glimpse into the immeasurable horror of genocide.  This play has more to tell us than many learned volumes.”

Admission is FREE and is open to all students, faculty, staff and members of the public. The event will be video-conferenced with ATAC 1001 at the Thunder Bay campus.  

The performance of Remnants at Lakehead Orillia was made possible through the generous support from Lakehead University’s Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, the Departments of History and Interdisciplinary Studies, the Office of the Principal, the Orillia Smart and Caring Communities Fund for Humanities 201, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 

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Dr. Henry (“Hank”) Greenspan

Dr. Henry (“Hank”) Greenspan of the University of Michigan will present his award winning play, “Remnants,” at Lakehead Orillia on Wednesday, February 24.

MEDIA CONTACT
Kathy Hunt, Communications Officer
705-330-4008 ext. 2014

kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead 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 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first 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 opens campus to prospective students during March Break

Tour group walking in front of Simcoe Hall at Lakehead Orillia

Lakehead University hosts its annual March Break Open House next week. All prospective students and members of the public are welcome to attend – March 15 – 18. 

March 8, 2016 – Orillia, ON

Lakehead University Orillia will host its annual March Break Open House next week, opening up the campus to hundreds of prospective students and their families and friends.

The Open House takes place from Tuesday, March 15 to Friday, March 18 and gives prospective students a chance to be a Lakehead student for the day. They can sit in on classes, meet professors and students, and enjoy guided tours of the campus facilities.

“For those in the process of choosing a university, or thinking about applying within the next couple of years, this is an excellent opportunity to get a feel for the campus and the programs we offer,” said Lakehead Orillia Principal Kim Fedderson.

Prospective students will be able to learn more about Lakehead Orillia’s unique Interdisciplinary Studies program, with new majors in Sociology and Political Science, as well as the University’s new Honours Bachelor of Commerce/Entrepreneurship degree program.

New this year will be special “showcase sessions” where students can meet with faculty members of each program area to have their questions answered about the subject area and the kinds of careers that various programs can lead to.

In addition to campus and classroom activities, this year’s March Break event offers bus tours of the City of Orillia with stops downtown and at the YMCA, where students have memberships as part of their athletic fees.  

Detailed daily schedules of events, along with registration forms, are posted online at mylakehead.ca. Further information is also available by calling 705-330-4008 ext. 2160 or by emailing orillia.lakeheadu.ca.

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Download March Break Schedule of Events here.

MEDIA CONTACT
Kathy Hunt, Communications Officer
705-330-4008 ext. 2014

kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead 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 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first 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.

Georgian College, Lakehead University announce plans for more than 20 new degree programs in Barrie and Orillia

Lakehead University President and Vice Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson and Georgian College President and CEO Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes announce plans for more than 20 new degree program in Barrie and Orillia at a news conference in Barrie Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.

Lakehead University President and Vice Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson and Georgian College President and CEO Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes announce plans for more than 20 new degree program in Barrie and Orillia at a news conference in Barrie Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Lakehead University and Georgian College announced today they will launch more than 20 new degree programs and transfer pathways at campuses in Barrie and Orillia over the next five years. The first of the new programs will begin as early as this September.

Georgian College President and CEO Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes and Lakehead University President and Vice Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson made their remarks in a news conference at Georgian’s Barrie Campus.

Programs will include degrees offered individually by Lakehead and Georgian, as well as innovative integrated degrees offered jointly. These will give many students the opportunity to experience the best of both a college and university education, often earning a degree and diploma in just four years.

Dr. Stevenson explained the priorities of the Lakehead-Georgian partnership: “Today’s announcement is about students and collaboration. We are pleased to tell the students of today, and the graduates of tomorrow, that the City of Barrie and the County of Simcoe can expect even more university programs from Lakehead, even more degree programs from Georgian, and even more joint programs from both institutions that result in more graduates walking across a convocation stage with both a degree and a diploma in their hands.”

West-Moynes said that Georgian and Lakehead are dedicated to meeting the needs of local residents.

“We are proud to offer degrees in such high-demand fields as business administration, science, environmental management and more,” says West-Moynes. “We are committed to providing education that is market and career-focused. Our students will graduate job-ready, and our communities will have the workforce they need to grow our economy.”

Today’s announcement builds on the report of former cabinet minister John Gerretsen on the future of degree studies in Simcoe County. Lakehead and Georgian worked closely with the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU) on this new five-year framework for degree studies. The report confirms the ability of both institutions to introduce new and expand existing degree offerings to serve two thousand new degree students in the region.

The long-range plan unveiled today calls for continued expansion of degree study options beginning in  September 2016 with two new honours degrees in Business Administration - Management and Leadership, and Interior Design at Georgian in Barrie. A new Lakehead degree in Commerce (Entrepreneurship) will launch in Orillia.

New programs planned for future years include such fields as health management, gerontology, industrial design, and engineering.

The plan also ensures that every Georgian College diploma graduate will have a pathway to a degree locally, through further study at either Lakehead or Georgian.

The number of degrees may increase as Lakehead and Georgian continue to work with MTCU on expanding options and meeting the needs of local employers and communities.

Both institutions are committed to ensuring students are the top priority in every aspect of planning and programming as they move as quickly as possible to offer new degree options.

Expanded degree opportunities at Lakehead University are subject to Lakehead Senate approval. 

View the chart listing upcoming degrees.

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CONTACTS: Georgian College: Mark Hall, Senior Communications Specialist, at 705-728-1968, ext. 1008 or mark.hall@georgiancollege.ca

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


Georgian College fosters a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation, preparing students to become not only job seekers, but also job creators. Working together with industry and communitypartners, Georgian offers relevant, cutting-edge curriculum, quality work placements and co-op experiences. With more than 120 career-focused programs across seven locations in Central Ontario (Barrie, Midland, Muskoka, Orangeville, Orillia, Owen Sound and South Georgian Bay), Georgian serves 11,000 full-time students and 28,000 Continuing Education registrants annually.Advanced study options, including the only four-year automotive management and golf management degrees in Canada, are offered through the one-of-a-kind Georgian University Partnership Centre. Georgian received the highest score among Ontario colleges in the 2013 International Student Barometer – ranking number three in the world – and has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers seven times and one of Canada’s Greenest Employers four years in a row.

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead 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 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first 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 announces book launch for student’s book of poetry

Jessica Dawson

Jessica Dawson, Lakehead Orillia student, recently published a book of poetry inspired by her studies at Lakehead. 

February 1, 2016 – Orillia, ON

Lakehead student Jessica Dawson, in her third year of the Honours Bachelor of Arts & Science/Bachelor of Education program, has recently published a book of poetry that was inspired by her studies at Lakehead Orillia.  

Her book, “Little Nothings,” is a chapbook – a short, condensed book – of personal reflections written with an interdisciplinary perspective. Dawson is studying Interdisciplinary Studies, English, and Education at Lakehead University and she says the emphasis on critical analysis in many of her courses is what provided inspiration for her writing.

Dawson will launch the newly published book with a book-signing event on Saturday, February 6 at Manticore Books, 103 Mississaga Street East, in downtown Orillia.

This is an opportunity for students and members of the community to meet Jessica and learn about her poetry. The event is presented by Lakehead University, the Lakehead University Student Union, and Manticore Books. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be available.

EVENT

Book Signing by Jessica Dawson

Lakehead University Orillia student

When

Saturday, February 6

11 am

Where

Manticore Books

103 Mississaga St. E.

Orillia


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MEDIA CONTACT
Kathy Hunt, Communications Officer
705-330-4008 ext. 2014

kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca

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