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Niagara College International Staff Connect |
September 2019 (Vol 5, Issue 1)


Sean KennedyGreetings from Sean Kennedy

As we approach the start of the 2019-2020 academic year, I want to sincerely thank all of you for your work over the past months to prepare for a successful start-up and Fall term.

In every area of International, we have achieved fantastic results. From successful proposals for new offshore projects and increased inbound contract training activity over the summer in Global Education and Partnerships, through the renewal of campus operations contracts in Saudi Arabia, a significant diversification effort in International Recruitment and Admissions, support for Be World Ready students on summer exchanges and attending summer institute programs, to the many summer and short term groups from our partners around the world in the School of English Language Studies, you have all contributed to incredible successes.

Amongst all this great work, I would like to highlight collaborative developments that International’s Student Services, Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions areas implemented in response to the large cohort of international students last Fall, to ensure you are all aware of the new resources available at NC. Significant work has been done to increase and improve the number and variety of offerings to support pre-arrival training and on-campus orientation for our international students. NC now provides a series of online training modules, a pre-term weekly email bulletin, Facebook Live pre-departure sessions, in-person in-country pre-arrival training in key markets, and enhanced on-campus pre-orientation programs. Your work to develop and implement these initiatives is a shining example of Niagara College’s commitment to student success and support the College’s mission and vision; I hope you are as proud as I am of the efforts you have put forth to expand our work in this area.

We are excited to be welcoming over 1,600 new international students in September and welcome them to the Niagara College family. I encourage you to keep in mind our Welcoming and Passionate NC DNA traits over the coming weeks as we support the transition of international students to Canada and to our college. I hope that you had a chance over the summer to take a break, enjoy time with your families and friends, and recharge. Every year, I look forward to seeing the smiling faces of our new students arriving to begin their NC story, and I hope you are as energized and motivated by their excitement, promise, and enthusiasm as I am.

Sean Kennedy
Senior Vice President, International

Word from the Watercooler

"Hi all,

We are very proud to introduce our little boy Luca Mario Venneri to you! He was born in the early hours of Sunday, August 18th at just 5lbs 12 oz and 18 inches long. Thank you for all of your support and kind words in the months leading to his arrival. Mom and baby are doing well.

All the best,

Taylor (Chiocchio) and Mike"


Message from Dan Patterson: Thank you for a memorable Niagara Day

This past Wednesday, over 600 staff and faculty joined together to kick-off another exciting academic year at Niagara Day – and what a moving, motivational day it was.

We celebrated the many accomplishments of our staff and faculty, including this year’s College Educator Development Program graduates and service award recipients. For the first time in Niagara College history, three of our employees reached the 40 years of service milestone – an incredible feat! Congratulations to Philip Durrant, Ray Sarkis and James Vida for your continuous dedication and commitment to the College. The Niagara Champion Award was presented to Mike Matheson, Engineering Technologist. Mike’s efforts in creating memorable experiences for potential students coupled with his positive attitude and passion for Niagara College make him a well-deserving recipient of this award.

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Message from Dan Patterson: NC introduces new Student Code of Conduct

One of our defining features as a college is our focus on creating a safe and inclusive college community for all of our students, staff, faculty and visitors. In that vein, I’m happy to share with you that this fall, Niagara College has introduced its first-ever Student Code of Conduct.

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Message from Steve Hudson and Sean Kennedy: Update on initiatives to support student success

We are writing to provide an update on several key initiatives that have been implemented for this Fall, many outlined in our message from August 2018, to support students, faculty and staff given the significant increase in diversity and overall student numbers at NC. These changes are based on a commitment to student academic success, and managing the many transitional challenges for our international students.

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Message from Steve Hudson: New academic leadership appointments

As we prepare for the new academic year, our focus continues on expanding supports for teaching and learning and identifying opportunities to build engagement across the college. As previously announced, with the upcoming retirement of Dave Taylor on August 30, the associate vice-president Academic and Learner Services role will evolve into two separate positions – associate vice-president, Learner Services, and associate vice-president, Academic.

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ITS Update: Changes to IT infrastructure

A message from John Levay, chief technology officer, Information Technology Services:

There are a few changes for the 2019-20 year that we would like to bring to the attention of faculty when accessing our classroom and lab computers

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Message from School of English Language Studies:

Please join me in congratulating Taylor Chiocchio on her new appointment as ESL Testing Facilitator. Taylor will be off on maternity leave (see above) until fall 2020, and Giulia Borghesi has graciously agreed to step in temporarily to fill in for Taylor until she is back. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Christina Fontana for all her great work as Testing Facilitator.

Thank you.



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Student Success

For this month's student success story, we invite you to watch the EAP program's class valedictorian speeches video that was played at their August End of Term Celebration and Graduation.

Staff Updates

The NC International team is always growing! Additions (or moves) help Niagara College provide a greater level of support to our partners around the world and enhance our recruitment activities as well as strengthen our international partnerships
Joanne Maltby - Regional Manager, South Asia
Cindy Andrews - Manager, International Contract Training
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