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 University hosting Canadian Math Kangaroo competition

February 26, 2016Thunder Bay, ON

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

The contest will be held in Thunder Bay on Sunday, March 20 in the University’s Ryan Building, starting at 11 am. New this year, an on-campus training session will be held on Saturday, March 12 at 11 am in the Ryan Building.

“The purpose of this competition is to introduce math challenges to students in grades 1 to 12 in a fun and enjoyable way with the hope of inspiring even more interest and advancement in mathematics,” said Christopher Chlebovec, Lecturer at Lakehead University.

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

The Mathematical Kangaroo Contest is an international competition that takes place in more than 50 countries around the world. In 2015 more than six million students participated, including 4,197 from Canada.

For more information about the Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest, including registration and fees, visit http://kangaroo.math.ca/. Registration ends Monday, March 7. 

Top-achieving students will receive medals and certificates. For more information about the local competition and the on-campus training, please visit

www.lakeheadu.ca/academics/departments/math/math-contests/kangaroo-contest-2016.

For more information about this mathematics contest, please contact Christopher Chlebovec at cchlebov@lakeheadu.ca.

 

 

 

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Media: For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8372, or mediarelations@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 to host Transfer Preview Day

February 24, 2016 – Orillia, ON

Whether you are interested in turning your diploma into a degree or completing your degree, Lakehead University in Orillia has many options.  A special “Transfer Preview Day” will take place on Monday, February 29 to give college, university and graduate students an opportunity to learn about their transfer options at Lakehead.

For college students and graduates, Lakehead University offers several ways to turn a college education or diploma into a degree. Through transfer agreements between the University and colleges, students can easily complete a degree in as little as one or two years. Programs are offered in Arts & Science, Business, Education, and Social Work.

For university students interested in transferring and completing a degree at Lakehead, the Transfer Preview Day provides the opportunity to speak with faculty and staff about credit and transfer options in programs such as English, Political Science, History, Psychology, and much more.

Lakehead Orillia’s Transfer Preview Day takes place on Monday, February 29 from 10 am to 1:30 pm at 500 University Avenue. In addition to finding out about programs requirements, transfer credits and how to apply, there will also be opportunities to tour the campus and meet with faculty and current students. For details, and to register, visit mylakehead.ca.

 

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Lakehead Transfer Preview Day
Carly Chantler of Parry Sound took advantage of transfer opportunities after she graduated from Georgian College’s Environmental Technology program. She enrolled in Lakehead’s Environmental Sustainability program, receiving credit for her college program, and graduated in June 2015 with her degree and the Dean’s Award for highest standing in the program. Lakehead Orillia is hosting a Transfer Preview Day on February 29.

 

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.

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Lakehead Orillia’s 2016 Convocation celebrates 10 years of achievement

June 4, 2016 – Orillia, ON

During Lakehead University Orillia’s 10th Anniversary year convocation ceremony on June 4, approximately 200 students crossed the stage at Rotary Place and joined the growing number of graduates who have received degrees from the Orillia campus.

Since the campus opened in 2006, over 3,000 degrees have been conferred. Some of the graduates from the campus’s charter class attended Convocation 2016 to be acknowledged and to help celebrate the campus’s milestone year.

“This year’s graduates embody not only their own exceptional growth and success — they embody the exceptional growth and success of our Orillia campus during this, its tenth anniversary year,” said Lakehead University President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson. “Our graduates’ future growth and success will mirror this campus’s promising future.”

In addition to lauding its graduating students, Lakehead’s Orillia Convocation is the annual occasion to confer honorary degrees and special awards to those who have contributed significantly to the University and our community.

During his closing remarks, Lakehead University Chancellor Derek Burney told graduates that they have many opportunities ahead of them as a result of their education.

“The true end to education is to teach people to learn for themselves,” said Dr. Burney. “I hope the knowledge you have gained will inspire you to make our society better.”

Graduates also heard from fellow student, Rebecca Scott, who represented the graduating class as the “Voice of Convocation.” Scott, of Flesherton, Ontario, was a student at the Orillia campus for the past five years and received her Honours Bachelor of Arts & Science and Bachelor of Education degrees at Saturday’s ceremony.

“The time has come to step out of our comfort zone and into the real world,” Scott said during her address to graduands. “It’s time to use our skills and take some risks.”

This year’s Honorary Doctorate, Bonnie Patterson, a leader for postsecondary education.

Honorary degrees symbolize the highest honour that can be conferred upon an individual by the University and are awarded in recognition of scholarly or creative achievements or distinguished public service to the country or region.

Patterson shared her insights with graduands and encouraged them to remember gratitude, relationships, integrity, passion and patience.  “Never, never, never give up,” she said to students, paraphrasing Sir Winston Churchill.

Bonnie Patterson

Honorary Degree recipient, Bonnie Patterson, is congratulated by Lakehead University's Chancellor Derek Burney (r) and President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson, before addressing graduates at Lakehead Orillia's convocation ceremony on Saturday, June 4.

TheCivitas Award, conferred annually to a community member who has made a significant contribution to the University, was awarded to Garfield Dunlop, who, as Member of Provincial Parliament, provided exceptional leadership and support to the University, making him a true anchor of the Orillia campus.

Past Civitas Award winners include Robert Lamb (2015); Bob Bowles (2014); Will McGarvey (2013); Anderson Charters (2012); Paul Weber (2011); former Orillia Mayor, Ron Stevens (2010); Lloyd Dennis (2009); and Sue Mulcahy (2008).

Garfield Dunlop

Following an introduction by Simcoe North MPP Patrick Brown, Garfield Dunlop received the 2016 Lakehead University Civitas Award from Lakehead University Chancellor Derek Burney and President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson at Lakehead Orillia’s convocation ceremony on Saturday, June 4.

Among the graduates receiving their degrees this year was the first cohort of students to receive their Honours Bachelor of Arts & Science – Media Studies degrees.

Student award winners included:

•  The William A. West Scholar Award for Education for highest standing in BEd, Primary/Junior: Somaia Khan

•  Dean’s Medal for highest standing in Sustainability Sciences: Sheena Tolland

•  Dean’s Medal for highest standing in Interdisciplinary Studies (HBASc): Jenny Thomas

•  Dean’s Medal for highest standing in Interdisciplinary Studies (BASc): Robyn Marie Alford

 

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 Let's Celebrate

In what is becoming a tradition, some of Lakehead Orillia’s 2016 graduates jump for joy following their convocation ceremony on Saturday, June 4.

Lakehead Orillia announces 10th birthday celebrations!

August 24, 2016 – Orillia, ON

It has been ten years and Lakehead University is ready to celebrate! The University is marking an important milestone this year – the 10th Anniversary of its Orillia campus and is inviting the community to join in the festivities.

The celebrations begin on Tuesday, September 6 with the raising of the Lakehead Orillia 10th Anniversary flag in front of the Opera House in Orillia. Then on September 8, the University is hosting a “Hole in Ten” golf tournament at Couchiching Golf Club, followed by a birthday party and barbeque on campus at 500 University Avenue.

 The Orillia campus opened in September 2006 at Heritage Place in downtown Orillia with just over 100 students. Today, over 1,400 students study at both the downtown site, and at 500 University Avenue, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certified campus, which opened in 2010.

“We are excited to share the accomplishments of the Orillia campus with our communities in Orillia and Simcoe County,” said Lakehead President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson. “We could not have provided the kind of exceptional opportunities to our students at the Orillia campus without the loyal and caring community members who have shown tremendous support of the campus over the past ten years.”

The September 8 festivities are open to the entire community. Those looking for a fun, “anything but serious” golf challenge are invited to register their foursome and everyone (golfers and non-golfers alike) are invited to RSVP to the Birthday Party and Barbeque, which is free and will offer lots of party fun and favours. The deadline for golf registration and party RSVPs is August 30, and can be done easily online at lakeheadu.ca/orillia10. The birthday party will be an opportunity to meet some of the founders of the Orillia campus, along with students, faculty and staff, and the many volunteers who have contributed to the growth of the campus.

To find out more about the celebration events, as well as information about the history of Lakehead Orillia, visit lakeheadu.ca/orillia10.

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Lakehead Orillia 10th
Lakehead University is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Orillia campus this year and the community is invited to the festivities – including a birthday party and barbeque, taking place on campus September 8.

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

kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca

 

 

Lakehead announces William G. Tamblyn Legacy Society at Art Gallery opening

September 1, 2016 – Orillia, ON

Today, Lakehead University announced the new William G. Tamblyn Legacy Society and opened a new art gallery space at its University Avenue campus.

Community leaders and friends of the University gathered to learn about the new initiative and view the unveiling of the New Sun Art Gallery, located in the Alumni Commons, Simcoe Hall.

The University’s Legacy Society was launched last fall at a special reception on the Thunder Bay campus where it was named in recognition of William G. Tamblyn, the University’s founding President and Vice-Chancellor. The Society is an honorary organization created to recognize and thank donors who make a financial commitment in their estate plan to support the University.

David Tamblyn, incoming Chair of the Lakehead University Board of Governors and son of William G. Tamblyn, spoke on behalf of the Tamblyn family. “We are honoured to have the Legacy Society named in memory of my father, and we are all very proud of the long affiliation our family has had with the University,” said David Tamblyn. “It is my sincere hope that the Legacy Society will become an integral part of the future of Lakehead University, and the opening of this beautiful gallery today is a wonderful indication of this already happening here at the Orillia campus.”

Tamblyn Family

Members of the Tamblyn family are pictured (l-r): Sarah Hagman, David Tamblyn, Lukas Hagman, Dick Hagman, Sally Hagman, Anders Hagman, and Mugs Tamblyn, with Lakehead President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson.

“We are proud to unveil this new gallery space that is named in honour of Joy Harvie Maclaren, whose legacy gift supported its establishment, and makes her the inaugural member of the University’s Legacy Society supporting the Orillia campus,” said Lakehead University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson.

Joy Harvie Maclaren, who died in 2014 at the age of 92, was a long-time supporter of Lakehead Orillia and the city of Orillia, where her father was born.  She had a lifelong interest in promoting education, particularly for Aboriginal youth. She was given the honorary title of “New Sun” by the Mohawk, Ojibway, and Blackfoot in recognition of her work for First Nations communities across Canada.

“Joy was thrilled to learn that Lakehead University would build a campus on the property that was, in part, the location of her family’s homestead,” said Patricia Harvie, cousin of Maclaren. “She was passionate about education throughout her life, and she would have been so proud to have her name associated with this beautiful space.”

“Joy was a great benefactor to Lakehead Orillia,” said Orillia Campus Principal Kim Fedderson. “Without her vision and support, the campus would not have grown from its modest beginnings to what it is today. With the generous support of the Harvie family, Joy established the Harvie Legacy Library, located in our Learning Commons, as well as scholarships for Aboriginal students attending Lakehead Orillia. Now, Joy’s legacy is not only helping us to provide a beautiful and valued study space for students, but is helping us to promote arts and culture in the community she was so fond of.”

Patricia Harvey

Patricia Harvie, Joy Harvie Maclaren's cousin, with her husband George Garlock, accepts a photo memento from Lakehead University President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson.

The art gallery currently features works from the University’s Michano collection of Aboriginal art, including those of Morrisseau, Henry, and Schilling, as well as artwork by Audrey Garwood, donated to the University by Patricia Harvie.

The New Sun Art Gallery will be featured as part of the Doors Open Orillia/Culture Days on September 30 (12 noon – 7 pm) when members of the public are encouraged to visit.

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New Sun Art Gallery Opening

Professor from Singapore launches new Sustainable Communities Speaker Series

July 21, 2016 – Orillia, ON

Lakehead’s Research Centre for Sustainable Communities (RCSC) is launching a new “Sustainable Communities” speaker series to give the community an opportunity to hear from scholars beyond Lakehead University.

The first talk takes place on Thursday, August 11 from 5 – 6:30 pm at Lakehead’s 500 University Avenue campus and features Dr. Md Saidul Islam, associate professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His topic will be “Globalization Project and the Neoliberal Paradox: Quest for a Sustainable Earth.” Dr. Saidul Islam’s research interests include international development and environmental sociology with particular emphasis on the global agro-food system, global commodity networks, global environmental governance, agrarian change, and labour and gender dimension in rural development.

Dr. Md Saidul Islam

“The new series will focus on topics covering the three main research areas of the RCSC – environmental sustainability, political economy, and social justice,” explains Centre Director, Dr. Nanda Kanavillil. “This is a chance for members of the University and the public to hear from scholars on a wide variety of interdisciplinary research topics – all related to having a positive impact on the sustainability of our communities.”

The Research Centre for Sustainable Communities was established in 2014 to focus on interdisciplinary research that supports sustainable communities. The Centre’s unconventional approach to research, with an emphasis on multi-disciplines and collaboration, will be a catalyst for research funding and community partnerships.

The August 11 talk is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Dr. Nanda Kanavillil at nkanavil@lakeheadu.ca

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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