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.

10 Great Moments from 2015 for Lakehead Orillia

by Stephanie Edwards, a fourth-year Lakehead University student who works with Lakehead Orillia’s Communications office.

2015 was an exceptional year for students at Lakehead University’s Orillia campus. Thanks to our great community, staff, faculty and students, there were many highlights. It was difficult to narrow it down to just ten, but this list gives you an idea of the wide array of partnerships, achievements and events that helped make 2015 one of the best years yet!

 

  1. At this year’s Convocation, an honorary Doctor of Music degree was presented to Gordon Lightfoot, who is regarded as the most prolific and greatest Canadian singer-songwriter of all time. Following his acceptance, graduates and guests were treated to a special musical performance by the Orillia-born, and internationally renowned, recording artist.

  2. Lakehead Orillia athletes had some great achievements in 2015: the creation of the Woman’s and Men’s Varsity Indoor Soccer teams; an impressive showing by our Varsity Golf team at the OCAA Championship in September; and outstanding teamwork by our Women’s and Men’s hockey teams at tournaments throughout the year.

  3. In partnership with Ontario Nature, the Ontario Master Naturalist Program launched in May. The first of its kind in Canada, the program provides an opportunity for those interested in nature and environmental stewardship to receive a Master Naturalist certificate. The six-module program was passionately spearheaded by local award-winning naturalist Bob Bowles.

  4. Almost a dozen Lakehead Orillia students joined faculty members from Lakehead and other universities, as well as child development experts, to present a wide range of educational seminars to delegates at the “First Global Conference on Holistic Learning and Development.” The event attracted over 160 delegates from around the province.

  5. May 15 marked the official beginning of a new role for Dr. Kim Fedderson, as Principal of the Orillia campus. Lakehead President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson announced the new title and responsibilities to a large gathering of student, faculty, staff, and community leaders. As Principal, Dr. Fedderson says he “looks forward to continuing to serve the University and the region as we develop new ways to meet the needs of our students and our community.”

  6. A partnership between Lakehead Orillia and Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Orillia and District 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 a school or university that has made it possible for BBBS agencies to serve increased numbers of children. The Orillia agency was able to almost double the number of children served this year as a result of Lakehead’s participation.

  7. In June, Dr. Natalya Timoshkina, from Lakehead Orillia’s School of Social Work, and her team, along with the Alliance Against Modern Slavery, ran the successful Summer Institute on Human Trafficking. The event attracted delegates representing 40 organizations from across Ontario and beyond. The proceedings will become a platform for continuing education and collective action for those working on issues of human trafficking in the region.

  8. Lakehead Orillia welcomed County of Simcoe Council to Orientation activities to celebrate its support of the Orillia campus. During a special breakfast get-together on September 10, County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall presented Lakehead University with a $2 million cheque, bringing the total amount of contributions to Lakehead by the County to $5.5 million since 2009.

  9. Lakehead University’s Student Union (LUSU) ran many successful events, including the first ever “Country Throwdown,” which featured performances from country stars, Runaway Angels and Ty Baynton. LUSU also presented the well-attended Mental Health Outreach Week, dedicated to providing resources and opening up discussion to end the stigma surrounding mental illness.

  10. Our biggest achievement of 2015 was the year-long celebration of Lakehead University’s 50th anniversary. In honour of this milestone achievement, Lakehead was present at many local events – such as Orillia Canada Day celebrations and the Mariposa Folk Festival. Orillia’s annual Festival of Banners featured our special “shore to shore” 50th Anniversary theme. Celebrations wrapped up with the 50th Anniversary Homecoming Dinner & Dance Party, held at Casino Rama. All of the support from students, staff, faculty, and community members made Lakehead’s 50th year one to remember in Orillia!

 

Gordon Lightfoot 
Gordon Lightfoot received an honorary doctor of music degree at Lakehead Orillia's 2015 convocation.

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.

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

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 new summer program in Ecuador

Two people standing at base of large tree in Ecuador

Lakehead University’s Media and Environmental Justice Movement course will be offered as part of a travel adventure to Ecuador this spring. An information session, open to the public, is being held on Wednesday, January 20 at the Orillia campus.

January 18, 2016 – Orillia, ON

Lakehead University's “Media and Environmental Justice Movements" course will be offered in Ecuador for the first time, this spring. Providing a fascinating opportunity to experience first-hand the biodiversity of the environment in Ecuador, students will learn from local experts how media is used to protect the environment. 

The two-week course will be offered from May 18 – 31 and will take students from the Amazon basin to the cloud forests of Mindo — two of the most biodiverse places in the world. Dr. Sandra Jeppesen, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies/Media Studies, and Alison Braun, Founder of EarthTreks and Co-founder of Refugio Mindo – Environmental Innovation Centre in Ecuador, will teach the program.

The new credit course is open to students in all programs, as well as members of the community who are interested in combining a learning opportunity with a travel experience.

An information session will be held at the Lakehead Orillia University Avenue campus on Wednesday, January 20 from 12 to 1 pm in room OA 2006 (Simcoe Hall). Everyone is welcome to attend. For further information, contact Dr. Jeppesen at sjeppese@lakeheadu.ca.

EVENT

Information Session

Media and Environmental Justice Movements in Ecuador

   

When

Wednesday, January 20

12 noon – 1 pm

Where

Lakehead University Orillia

500 University Avenue

Room OA 2006, Simcoe Hall

 

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Members of the media are invited to attend this information session, as well as promote the event to your audiences.

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 Media Studies students to present public showcase

Media Studies Showcase at OMAH

Students in Lakehead University’s Media Studies program will showcase their work at a public exhibition on Tuesday, April 5 at the Orillia Museum of Art & History. 

March 30, 2016– Orillia, ON

The Media Studies Program at Lakehead University Orillia will present its annual Media Arts Showcase – an exhibition of media artwork produced by students – on Tuesday, April 5 from 5 to 7 pm at the Orillia Museum of Art & History. 

Everyone is invited to join Media Studies students and faculty for a glimpse into what is happening in media art in our community. The showcase will feature works of video, sound, photography, memes, web design, interactive sculptures, and other digital media – representing the depth and wide-ranging interests of Lakehead students. 

This year is especially significant as it celebrates the fourth-year projects of the first graduating class from Lakehead's Media Studies Program, in addition to works by students in all years.

The showcase is presented with support from Lakehead Orillia’s Office of Community Programs and the Orillia Museum of Art & History.

The Media Studies Showcase is open to the public and is free of charge. Refreshments will be available. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Sandra Jeppesen, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies/Media Studies at sandra.jeppesen@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 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.

Lakehead’s next In Conversation event to discuss climate change and carbon woes

Florin Pendea

Florin Pendea, an associate professor with Lakehead University’s departments of Sustainability Sciences and Geography, will share his research in the Circumboreal North related to climate change at the next In Conversation event at the Orillia Public Library on April 19. 

April 13, 2016 – Orillia, ON

Please note this event has been postponed until Fall 2016.

 

Lakehead University’s Dr. Florin Pendea studies one of the most important research questions of today – climate change.  As a paleo-ecologist, Pendea’s research helps to solve questions about how environmental change has affected humans historically. By understanding the effects of carbon on climates of the past, Pendea believes his research will help other scientists make more accurate environmental predictions for the future.

Pendea will discuss climate change, carbon woes, and the unbalance between society's needs and the limited carrying capacity of the Circumboreal North at the upcoming In Conversation talk, “Between a Rock and a Hard Place – the Fate of the Arctic in the Third Millennium A.D.,” on Tuesday, April 19 at 6:15 pm at the Orillia Public Library.

An Associate Professor with the Departments of Sustainability Sciences and Geography, Pendea will share his interest and experience in the ecosystems of the North and the relationship to environmental change – in the past, and to the sustainability challenges of today. He will be joined by Bob Browne of Orillia, a Lakehead University alumnus and Arctic enthusiast.

This In Conversation event is free and open to the public, 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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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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