Check out this New Web Resource Created Just for YOU!
We are pleased to announce a new web page on the AA&CC website called“Advising Resources”, designed for all of us who advise students. Look there to find relevant news, professional development opportunities, best practices, as well as to find the Advising Matters newsletter. We will be striving to enhance this page moving forward so if you have any information that you think might be of interest to others, feel free to forward it to us via the contact information on the page. We hope it proves to be a useful addition to your advising tool kit.
2nd Annual Advising Matters Professional Development Event Recap
The 2nd annual “Advising Matters” professional development event was held on Thursday, April 21st in the Catalyst Centre. This year’s event saw almost 50 UTSC staff attend, an increase of 10 attendees over last year! We changed the timing and length based on feedback from the last PD event.
We began our day with Annette Knott, Academic Programs Officer, who reviewed some of the new programs and courses we can expect to see in the coming academic year. (A summary of this information can be found in this newsletter.) After a short break, we welcomed Vice-President and UTSC Principal Bruce Kidd, who talked about his long and proud history at the University of Toronto and also spoke about the importance of the work we do with students. Our final speaker for the event was Daniel Cushing, an executive coach and public speaker, who discussed the topic of mindfulness and how it can improve focus, resilience and productivity. Daniel addressed the latest research on mindfulness and gave us the opportunity to practice a meditative technique.
Jennifer Ankrett, Director of the Academic Advising & Career Centre, thanked everyone for attending and also acknowledged the hard work that we do. During the lunch we gave out several door prizes; Betty Walters from Management definitely set the bar for enthusiasm after winning the final prize! Sobiya Syed and Cheryl Lepard, both from Accessibility Services, were the other lucky winners.
To everyone who attended, thank you and we hope you enjoyed the event. And for those who were unable to attend, hopefully we’ll see you next year!
For more information about this or future events, please contact Shehna Javeed.
Calendar 2016/17 Important Updates for Advisors
1) Program Name Change: Restructure of the Major in Art History to “Art History and Visual Culture”
2) New Programs:
Minor in Curatorial Studies
Minor in Food Studies
Minor in International Development Studies
Major in Plant Biology
3) Major modifications to the Major in Music and Culture
4) New Combined Degree Programs, UTSC HBSc/HBA programs with the Master of Teaching (MT) offered by OISE
5) New Courses*:
ACMA01H3 Exploring Key Questions in the Humanities has been replaced withACMB01H3 Reading, Writing and Thinking for ACM Programs
MATA29H3 Calculus I for Life Sciences and Environmental Sciences
STAB23H3 Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences * this list does not include all new courses
There are some significant staffing changes in the Academic Advising & Career Centre (AA&CC). Jen Tigno, Manager of Advising & Learning Skills will serve as Interim Director of the AA&CC beginning June 3rd. Jen will succeed Jennifer Ankrett, who is leaving UTSC to join Ontario Power Generation’s Business Change and Talent Management group. Shehna Javeed, Academic & Learning Strategist, will serve as Interim Manager of Advising & Learning Skills Services. Congrats to Jen and Shehna and best of luck to Jennifer in her new role at OPG!
Manaal Hussain has recently been hired in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media, occupying Milene Neves’ role while she is on maternity leave. Previously Manaal worked in the AA&CC, the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies and in the Math & Stats Learning Centre. Congrats Manaal!
Ahmed Elbassiouny is the new Course Coordinator in the Department of Biological Sciences, replacing Jennifer Campbell while she is away on maternity leave. Congrats Ahmed!
In each newsletter we will focus on a different department. If you would like to be focused in an upcoming issue, please feel free to email your information to Shehna Javeed.
May 2: Classes begin in the F and Y courses May 6: Deadline to Adjust Course Load on ACORN (for students on probation and/or writing deferred exams) May 15: Last day to add F and Y courses or make a section change on ACORN (July 4 for S courses) May 23: Victoria Day - University Closed June 6: Deadline to drop courses without academic penalty in F courses June 13: Classes end in the F courses June 14-18: Reading week June 20: Classes begin in the S courses July 1: Canada Day - University Closed July 18: Deadline to drop courses without academic penalty in Y courses (July 25 for S courses) August 1: Civic Holiday - University Closed August 2: Classes end in the S and Y courses (Classes held on this date are ONLY for courses that normally meet on a Friday) August 3-5: Study Break August 6-20: Final exams in in S and Y courses