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Welcome to September! Hopefully you had a wonderful summer and are enjoying the unseasonably warm start to the fall semester. The Fall 2015 edition of "Advising Matters" is chock-full of staff news, academic facts and PD opportunities.

Have content for a future newsletter? Please email Elaine Beaton ( or Jen Tigno (
Staff News and Updates

Deserving congratulations go to Janet Blakely, Undergraduate Assistant for Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, who won the Patrick Philips Award for Staff Service. The award is given annually to a staff member who displays competence, commitment, courtesy and concern for others routinely; who without fanfare or self-promotion, contributes daily to the success of the campus.

Congratulations also goes out to members of the Academic Integrity Matters (AIM) Team for jointly winning the D.R. Campbell Merit Award. Team members include Shehna Javeed, Academic Success Strategist in the AA&CC and Joanna Ying-Fiss, International Education & Transition Coordinator in the ISC, along with Eleanor Irwin, Heather-Lynne Meacock and Sheryl Stevenson. 

Kathy Fellowes, in addition to her role as Academic & Learning Strategist, she has been appointed the Chair of the UTSC Academic Affairs Committee for a third term. The Chair position has been traditionally held by a faculty member. Kathy is the first AA&CC staff member to hold this title. Congratulations Kathy!

Lets do the Secondment Shuffle: Ben Pottruff, former Program Advisor for GGR, CCDS, CIT, DTS, POL has accepted a one-year secondment as the Undergraduate Counsellor for the Department of Geography and Planning on the St. George Campus. We were very sad to say goodbye to Ben but as he reminded us, “I’m not gone that far!”. Marishka Pereira from the UTSC Registrar’s Office has stepped into the Program Advisor role, and Liana Williams of the AA&CC will be filling in for Marishka in the Registrar’s Office. Congratulations to everyone on their secondments and good luck in your new roles!

A big welcome back to Lindsay Mason, who is returning to AA&CC as an Academic Advisor after her maternity leave!
Random Academic Facts
Facts about taking 5.0 credits on another campus (UTSG & UTM)

•If a student takes a course on the UTSG or UTM campus and fails it, it does NOT count toward their 5.0 credit limit for courses they can take on another campus.

•If a student takes a UTSG or UTM course and it ends up being an EXT, it does NOT count toward their 5.0 credits allowed on another campus.

•If a student takes a UTSG or UTM course as a credit/no credit it DOES count toward their 5.0 credits allowed on another campus if they obtain a Credit. It does NOT count toward the 5.0 if they do not obtain the credit.

Focus on "The Department of Psychology"

The Three First Ladies of Psychology...(Hanan Domloge - Program Manager, Minnie Kim - Graduate Assistant, Ainsley Lawson - Undergraduate Course Coordinator)
Psychology Trivia:
  1. Which one of the First Ladies of Psychology previously worked in the Academic Advising & Career Center?
  2. Which undergraduate program does the UTSC Psychology department offer that is the only one of its kind in Canada?  
  3. What program was the UTSC Psychology department the first in Canada to offer a B.Sc. in 1981?
* Check trivia answers at the end of this newsletter!
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 Jen Tigno.
We had a whopping 2535 students attend our Get Started program this year which included our core program, specialty programs, online chats and course selection blitz.  We also hosted 618 parents/guests.

As a bonus, we helped support Centre for Teaching and Learning with their Academic English Health Check (AEHC) assessment, which 394 students completed this year during Get Started. 
Upcoming Fall Conferences

NACADA Annual Conference: What happens in ADVISING stays with STUDENTS!
October 4 - 7th, 2015  |  Las Vegas, Nevada  |  Learn more

Minding our Minds - Mental Health in University
October 29th, 2015 | 8:30am - 5:00pm |  Victoria University, University of Toronto  |  Learn More

Canadian Association for Graduate Studies 53rd Annual Conference
October 30th - November 2nd, 2015  |  Calgary, Alberta  |  Learn more

CSRDE: National Symposium on Student Retention
November 2 - 4th, 2015  |  Orlando, FL  |  
Learn More

2015 Higher Education Summit
November 15 - 16th  |  Sheraton Hotel, Toronto  |  
Learn More

Upcoming Winter Conferences

NACADA Region 5 Conference 
April 6 - 8th, 2016  |  Toronto,ON | More info coming soon!

University of Toronto's 10th Teaching & Learning Symposium
May 2016  |  Toronto, ON  |  More info coming soon!
Web resources

Academica: Research and Consulting for Higher Education 

Academic Impressions
Features Webcasts, Articles, and events of interest to student advisors.

CACUSS: The Canadian Association of College and University Student Services 

NACADA: The National Academic Advising Association  

University Affairs

* Trivia Answers

1. Hanan Domloge
2. Mental Health Studies
3. Neuroscience

Important Dates

Office Hours (Sept-Apr)

Sept 3 - Classes begin for F and Y courses

Sept 7 - Labour Day, University closed

Sept 17 - Last day to add F and Y courses
               (on ACORN / ROSI )

Oct 12 - Thanksgiving Day, University closed

Oct 13 - Oct 17 - Reading week

Nov 19 - Last day to drop F courses without academic penalty and add CR/NCR for F courses 

Dec 3 - Last day of F classes

Dec 4 - Dec 7 - Study Break

Dec 8 - Dec 22 - Final exams in F courses

Dec 23 - Jan 1 - Winter Break, University closed

Check the Registrar's Office for full details.










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Drop-in Hours

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