Prospective students and families are invited to explore Lakehead University virtually this fall

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October 8, 2021 – Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ont.

Lakehead is once again holding a virtual open house – meaning you can learn about the university’s programs and campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia from the comfort of your home.

The Lakehead Experience Virtual Open House will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 10 am to 2 pm (EST).

“The Lakehead Experience Virtual Open House will provide an exceptional opportunity to connect virtually with over 110 faculty and staff members, who will answer your questions about anything relating to our 65+ academic programs, admission requirements and the admissions process, scholarship and bursary opportunities, student supports and more,” said Lynn Hurrell, Director, Undergraduate Recruitment.

Participants will explore 21 booths showcasing Lakehead’s academic programs, support services and student life. A virtual backpack will allow visitors to pick up brochures and videos, while the live chat will connect visitors instantly with their future faculty members, professors, and student services in both Thunder Bay and Orillia campus locations.

“Students will become familiar with how our degree programs, smaller class sizes, hands-on learning opportunities, and high career employment rates make a degree from Lakehead University extraordinarily valuable,” Hurrell said.

“At Lakehead, our faculty members know you by name and care about your academic growth and success. By connecting with them now – before you become a Lakehead student – you can begin having important conversations that will help you personalize and shape your academic journey,” she added.

You can learn more about becoming a future Lakehead University student by registering for the Virtual Open House at lakeheadu.ca/openhouse.

 

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 Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8177 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked, once again, among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in Maclean’s 2021 University Rankings; as well as included in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2022 World Universities Rankings for the third consecutive year, and in the top 100 of 1,115 universities from around the world in THE's 2021 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell named Lakehead University’s 10th Chancellor

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Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell

October 1, 2021 – Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ont.

Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell has been named Lakehead University’s next chancellor.

The announcement was made by President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Moira McPherson, who served as Chair of the University’s Chancellor Electoral Board, on Friday, Oct. 1.

The chancellor is the titular head of the University, conferring all degrees and diplomas, as well as representing the University on other ceremonial occasions and participating in outreach and philanthropic initiatives.

Dr. Deverell will be formally installed as Lakehead’s 10th chancellor at convocation in 2022.

She has worked as an academic, broadcaster, television producer, journalist, and theatre artist. Dr. Deverell has received numerous awards, including two Geminis and the Black Women’s Civic Engagement Network Leadership Award. She is the first person of colour to serve as Lakehead University’s chancellor.

Dr. Deverell was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2005 for her pioneering work in broadcasting, and received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the Lakehead Orillia Convocation ceremony in 2017.

“I am deeply honoured by the trust placed in me to be a worthy symbolic head of Lakehead University,” she said.

“Symbols are important: some will see a Woman, following in the outstanding footsteps of ninth Chancellor Lyn McLeod and fifth Chancellor the Rev. Dr. The Hon. Lois Wilson. Others will see a Person of Colour.

“Still others will see an artist, a teacher, and a member of President McPherson’s Committee on Truth and Reconciliation. You can’t be what you can’t see, and I will do my best to represent Lakehead University to all its many past, present, and future communities and stakeholders.”  

Known for breaking barriers for women and people of colour, Dr. Deverell is a scholar and a founder of Vision TV. She was the first woman to lead a journalism program in a Canadian university, and concluded her term as News Director at APTN in 2005 where she mentored her Indigenous successor.

“On behalf of Lakehead University’s Board of Governors, I would like to welcome Dr. Rita Deverell as the new chancellor of Lakehead University,” said Angela Maltese, Chair of Lakehead University’s Board of Governors.

“Dr. Deverell has been a pioneer and barrier breaker throughout her distinguished career in broadcasting, journalism, and theatre. Her commitment to advocating for an inclusive post-secondary education aligns well with Lakehead University and the Board’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

The selection process for Lakehead University’s chancellor involved inviting the public and University communities to submit nominations. Candidate nominations were reviewed by the University’s Chancellor Electoral Board, which then recommended the appointment of Dr. Deverell.

President McPherson served as Chair of the University’s 26-member Chancellor Electoral Board.

“We are so proud to welcome Rita as Lakehead’s chancellor, and I want to thank those who were involved in the selection process,” Dr. McPherson said.

“I very much look forward to working with our new chancellor, and relying on her wisdom and experience throughout the initiatives she will be involved in. I would like to offer my deepest thanks to current Chancellor Lyn McLeod, who we have been so proud to have as our chancellor since 2017.

“It continues to be an absolute honour and pleasure to have her as part of our Lakehead University community as her presence and insights bring grace and dignity to everything she is involved with, and she has inspired our students and staff alike,” Dr. McPherson added.

Biography: Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell

Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell (BA, Philosophy, Adelphi University; MA, History of Religions Columbia/Union Theological Seminary; EdD, OISE/U of T) is a theatre artist, television producer/director, scholar, and a founder of Vision TV.

She was the first woman to lead a journalism program in a Canadian university, and concluded her term as News Director at APTN in 2005 where she mentored her Indigenous successor.

Dr. Deverell’s awards include two Geminis, the Black Women’s Civic Engagement Leadership Award, the Order of Canada, and an Honorary Doctorate from Lakehead Orillia. 

In 2018, she was named the Woman of the Year for her contributions to arts and activism by the Alliance of Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists (ACTRA). Her book American Refugees: Turning to Canada for Freedom, University of Regina Press 2019, is in bookstores now.

Dr. Deverell and the acting company in her play “Who You Callin Black Eh?” were winners of the Teen Critics Jury Award at the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival, and in 2021 a Canada Council grant will facilitate a “pivot” digital version of the play, complete with web-based interactive study guide.

She currently is a Trustee of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC/SRC), an Adjunct Professor of Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University, and of Education at Lakehead.

For 29 years Dr. Deverell and her husband, who grew up in Orillia, have made the home they always return to in Oro-Medonte.  

 

 

 

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8177 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked, once again, among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in Maclean’s 2021 University Rankings; as well as included in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2022 World Universities Rankings for the third consecutive year, and in the top 100 of 1,115 universities from around the world in THE's 2021 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University hosting first electric vehicle show in Northwestern Ontario

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October 14, 2021 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

On Saturday, Oct. 16 (rain day Sunday, Oct. 17) from 1 to 3 pm, Lakehead University will host the first ever electric vehicle show in Northwestern Ontario at Lot G9 on the Thunder Bay campus (near Lakehead’s ATAC building and the Bike Shack).

As part of Lakehead's Year of Climate Action – a year to make connections and spark climate action – students, staff, faculty and members of the public in Thunder Bay will be able to speak with electric vehicle owners about what it's like to drive an EV in Northwestern Ontario.

“Where do you charge the battery? How much does it cost to drive it? Are there enough charging stations to drive to Toronto or Winnipeg? Do they still work in the winter?”

Who better to ask than our neighbours?

Lakehead is partnering on the event with EVANO, the Electric Vehicle Association of Northern Ontario, a citizens' group who are “EV ambassadors in our communities” - helping citizens understand the benefits to drivers and to the planet of transitioning to electric vehicles.

Other partners include EarthCare, Fridays for Future Thunder Bay, Fossil Free Lakehead, the Lakehead University Student Union Sustainability Initiative, and Citizens United for a Sustainable Planet.

Please note that all attendees must pass COVID screening (questions) and must provide proof of being fully vaccinated. 

 

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8177 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked, once again, among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in Maclean’s 2022 University Rankings; as well as included in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2022 World Universities Rankings for the third consecutive year, and in the top 100 of 1,115 universities from around the world in THE's 2021 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

The Fall 2021 Journey Magazine has arrived!

The Fall 2021 issue of Lakehead's Journey Magazine is available to read online. Here are some of the stories featured in this issue.

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THE CALL OF THE WILD
Dogsledding with Leah Fetterley and her amazing Alaskan Huskies

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SONGS OF FAITH AND HOPE
Usama Syed’s music has been streamed millions of times

Skink photo
REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS
The vanishing world of frogs, turtles, snakes, and skinks

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DISMANTLING DEMOCRACY
Hungary has plunged into authoritarianism

Photo of kids playing with large Jenga blocks.
UNDER PRESSURE
Teaching kids to stay calm in the face of stress

Selfie photo of a man near an Igloo
FINDING NEW ROADS
After an Arctic sojourn, alum Ian McRae found his calling

Lakehead University researcher publishes experimental research on sustainable energy

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Dr. Dimiter Alexandrov

October 18, 2021 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

A Lakehead University professor has published experimental research that suggests a potential new sustainable energy source could be generated using non-radioactive nuclear fusion.

Dr. Dimiter Alexandrov’s research paper, Low Energy Nuclear Fusion Reactions in Solids: Experiments, was published in the International Journal of Energy Research in June 2021.

Professor Alexandrov is the head of Lakehead’s Semiconductor Research Laboratory and teaches in Electrical Engineering. He said it might be possible to develop the technology into prototypes for real-world applications, which could help address climate change by introducing an alternative green energy source to replace fossil fuels.

“This could be a major achievement in the search for a truly sustainable energy source that does not produce carbon emissions or any radioactive waste,” Dr. Alexandrov said.

“This non-radioactive nuclear fusion technology has enormous potential as we seek clean, renewable energy solutions to replace fossil fuels.”

Replicable experiments conducted by Professor Alexandrov confirm that nuclear energy is released in the interaction of deuterium, a widely available non-radioactive hydrogen isotope, with solid matter as the recent experiments carried out show significant energy release.

“Unlike other nuclear energy sources, this technology would not generate any radioactivity or produce radioactive waste. It is scalable and has the potential to be deployed in remote communities here in Canada and across the world, and in mobile locations on land, sea, and even in space,” said Dr. Alexandrov.

Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation, congratulated Dr. Alexandrov on this exciting publication.

“The search for nuclear fusion energy is one of the most significant research areas currently underway, and this experimental work is revealing some very interesting results,” Dr. Dean said.

 

 

 

 

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8177 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked, once again, among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in Maclean’s 2022 University Rankings; as well as included in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2022 World Universities Rankings for the third consecutive year, and in the top 100 of 1,115 universities from around the world in THE's 2021 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

New video game for Thunder Bay campus!

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Over the summer a student at Lakehead Thunder Bay made a video game app to help people new to campus explore and discover all the services that Lakehead offers.

Find all the lost socks and laugh and enjoy as you learn about campus services.

Find it on the Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.WEVK.ThunderBayU2022&h...

Faculty of Education Fall Newsletter Published

The fall issue of the Faculty of Education's newsletter is now available online. This newsletter brings current and former students, as well as educational partners, together to share news, successes, and innovations.

In this issue, you'll find articles on the Aki Gikino’amaadiwin: Land/Earth Learning/Teaching curriculum, a spotlight on an innovative course design, faculty news, alumni profiles, and more.

View the current edition of Education Exchange here.

Education Exchange the newsletter of the Faculty of Education

Lakehead University research team will examine critical issues with Ontario’s food systems

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Dr. Charles Levkoe

September 28, 2021 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Dr. Charles Levkoe is receiving $100,000 from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities and $50,000 from Lakehead University to offer critical insight into some of Ontario's most important food systems-related issues.

Dr. Levkoe and his team will study civil society networks, social movements, and food systems governance with the goal of enhancing food security, climate action, democratic engagement, and social and environmental justice in connection with food systems.

“This research will support community action and help policymakers understand and act on some of Ontario's most pressing contemporary challenges,” said Dr. Levkoe, Associate Professor in Health Sciences and Canada Research Chair in Equitable and Sustainable Food Systems at Lakehead University.

“Engagement in food systems governance is a powerful vehicle for building more healthy, equitable, and sustainable food systems,” he added.

This community-engaged, action-oriented research will study the evolution of civil society networks rooted in place-based initiatives. The research team will engage in food systems governance through participatory decision-making, policy interventions, and active democratic participation.

Beyond providing direct value to Ontario's civil society networks, food studies scholars and policy makers, Dr. Levkoe’s research will also serve as the basis for a national and global exchange of knowledge and experiences, leading to new capacity for innovation in democratic and participatory food systems governance – comprised of policies, laws, and regulations that shape and influence the nature of our food systems.

Details about Dr. Levkoe’s research can be found at foodsystems.lakeheadu.ca.

Provided by The Ministry of Colleges and Universities, the Early Researcher Award Program grant helps promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their teams. It was created to improve Ontario’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest research talent in all research disciplines. 

The grant is to be used over five years to fund eligible expenses for a research team of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates, and technicians.

 

 

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8177 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked, once again, among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in Maclean’s 2021 University Rankings; as well as included in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2022 World Universities Rankings for the third consecutive year, and in the top 100 of 1,115 universities from around the world in THE's 2021 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

OpenText and Lakehead University partner to create internships for Indigenous students

September 24, 2021 – Waterloo, Thunder Bay, and Orillia, Ont.

OpenText™ (NASDAQ: OTEX), (TSX: OTEX) and Lakehead University announced a new program today that will create internship opportunities for Indigenous students enrolled at the University.

As part of the new partnership between OpenText and Lakehead University, up to 25 full-time summer internships will be created for Indigenous students studying at Lakehead’s Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses through the OpenText Indigenous Internship Program.

The four-month internships will allow students to intern remotely at OpenText in the software engineering, marketing, finance, information technology, and human resources departments, where they will gain valuable soft and technical skills, confidence and knowledge that will better prepare them to enter the workforce.

These internships will include in-depth onboarding activities, engagement with OpenText leadership, mentorships with established OpenText affinity groups, and career planning and financial planning training sessions.

“OpenText believes a critical action Corporate Canada must take in removing barriers for Indigenous students, is to create jobs,” said Mark J. Barrenechea, CEO & CTO, OpenText. “Through this exciting partnership with Lakehead University, OpenText will create a next-generation internship program for Indigenous students that offers a compelling pathway to digital jobs. I look forward to welcoming these students, creating digital skills, and learning from them.”

Lakehead has over a thousand self-identified Indigenous students enrolled in 2020, which represents 12 per cent of the University’s domestic student population – one of the highest enrolments of self-identified Indigenous students among Ontario universities.

Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Moira McPherson is excited about the significance of this partnership.

“We understand the barriers that Indigenous students face when looking for ways to start and nurture careers,” she stated. “Partnerships like this one with OpenText will contribute greatly to our students’ futures by providing experiences to work hand-in-hand with professionals in their field, apply skills and knowledge they gained at Lakehead University, and share their culture and history with others.”

The addition of the OpenText Indigenous Internship Program will expand the innovative experiential learning opportunities offered to students on Lakehead’s campuses and demonstrates the University’s commitment to helping Indigenous students further their educational aspirations.

Both OpenText and Lakehead University acknowledge the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, including the call for businesses to build respectful relationships with Indigenous peoples, ensure equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities in the corporate sector.

The first recruitment for the OpenText Indigenous Internship Program will take place this fall, with the placements occurring during the summer of 2022.

The first information session will be held for students on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 11 am. Register today at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeUPrqrpq6Wu0Q7FgilqebT1UDzwKElYPodCS7YiZC9TYNQdw/viewform

Watch the full announcement on YouTube on September 24, 2021 at 11 am EDT here: www.youtube.com/channel/UClPDNQQ41P2o_Wo0o8J8C8w/live.

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Media:  For further information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Jaclyn Bucik
Media, Communications & Marketing Associate, Lakehead University
705-330-4010 ext. 2014
jbucik@lakeheadu.ca

Charmaine D’Silva
Director of Public Relations, OpenText
365-355-5032
publicreleations@opentext.com

About Lakehead University

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked, once again, among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in Maclean’s 2021 University Rankings; as well as included in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2020 World Universities Rankings for the second consecutive year, and 99th among 1,115 universities from around the world in THE's 2021 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

About OpenText

OpenText, The Information Company™, enables organizations to gain insight through market leading information management solutions, powered by OpenText Cloud Editions. For more information about OpenText (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTEX) visit opentext.com.

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