From left, David Tamblyn, Chair of Lakehead's Board of Governors, Andrea Tarsitano, Associate Vice-Provost Enrolment and Registrar, Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead's President and Vice-Chancellor, and Dr. Moira McPherson, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, cut the ribbon to officially open Lakehead University's new Student Central.
September 28, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON
Lakehead University officially opened its new Student Central on September 28.
The opening marked the realization of a vision to create a space at the heart of the institution’s Thunder Bay campus, where new and current students can receive a variety of Enrolment Services and supports in an innovative ‘one stop’.
Enrolment Services includes Undergraduate Recruitment; Undergraduate Admissions; Student Awards and Financial Aid; and Academic Advising, Records and Registration.
“In addition to bringing together student services teams that were once located throughout the campus, Student Central has been seamlessly integrated into our Agora space, which has always been at the centre of our campus and a gathering place for our community,” explained Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “Student Central is an exceptional new student space that is part of a larger, ongoing plan to revitalize our Agora.”
Student Central’s beautiful design provides students with a more personalized setting to meet one-on-one with Student Central Professionals. It also gives students the space they need to carry out their university business on their own at self-service stations.
“Student Central integrates the delivery of multiple services in order to provide the best supports possible for our Lakehead learners to help them succeed in their studies and achieve their individual goals,” said Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic.
At Student Central, students can receive advice on exploring program options and program requirements, as well as academic advising, course selection and troubleshooting with registration.
A Student Central Professional can also assist students who may require financial assistance with help exploring funding opportunities available, such as bursaries, scholarships and awards. Loan and budgeting assistance is also provided to help students with managing their expenses.
“I’m delighted that Student Central is now open,” said Andrea Tarsitano, Associate Vice-Provost Enrolment and Registrar. “The new service model makes it easier for students to navigate the University. Our exceptional, highly trained staff are committed to supporting students right from the very start of their education and leading them on the path to graduation.”
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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. In 2016, for the second consecutive year, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.