Welcome to September! Hopefully you had a wonderful summer and are enjoying the start to the fall semester. The Fall 2016 edition of "Advising Matters" is brimming with academic information, staff updates and PD opportunities.
Here are some new members who have joined the Academic Advising and Career Centre (AA&CC) staff team.
Adrian Berg has recently joined us as our new Employer Engagement Coordinator. Adrian is a great addition to the Employer Relations and Engagement team, bringing with him his extensive experience from UTM Career Centre and UTM Biotechnology program as well as iSchool.
Daniela Cristini, who has been serving as a career counsellor at UTM has accepted the role of Career Strategist. She brings years of experience developing career - focused training and supporting job seekers.
Please say "Hi" when you run into them on campus!
Upcoming Professional Development Relevant to Advising
Special Study Skills Workshops for First Year Students!
The first few weeks of school are the most important in setting the stage for success at university. We are here to help first year students successfully transition from high school to university, specifically in helping them to "upgrade" their study skills to university level.
Help us to get our first year students started on the right track!
"Study Skills Go": The Learning and Study Strategies Inventory(LASSI)
Study Success Sessions Please refer students to our Study Success Sessions. In these informal sessions students will work with an Academic and Learning Strategist or a Study Skills Peer Coach to develop better study strategies, time management, etc.
Location: AC254 Dates & Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12 - 2pm (drop-in)
Fall Fairs at UTSC
The AA&CC organizes many fairs throughout the school year to bring career and academic professionals on campus to assist students in gaining knowledge about their future options. It is a great opportunity to speak directly to institutions or organizations to get questions answered. The first two fairs will provide information on employment and volunteer opportunities. The third one will provide more details for students interested in continuing their education in the areas of graduate or professional school.
Please refer students to these great opportunities!
UTSC Academic Early Alert is live!
We are excited to announce the launch of the UTSC Academic Alert Referral Form, which has been created to provide faculty, instructors, TAs and lab coordinators with assistance for supporting current students who may be experiencing academic difficulty. With the range of class sizes on campus, it may be challenging to identify the extent of difficulty a student is experiencing until later in the course; nevertheless, connecting students with campus supports at any point will help improve their chances of being successful. The Academic Alert Referral Form is confidential and once submitted, a representative from the Academic Advising & Career Centre (AA&CC) will contact you within 1-2 business days to discuss next steps.
This form is not for students who are in crisis. During hours of operation, please refer a student in crisis to Health & Wellness Centre (SL270) or call 416-287-7065. After office hours, please call the UTSC’s Community Police (SW304) at 416-287-7333.
We have welcomed a total of 2055 students in Get Started 2016 so far! A total of 619 parents & guests attended, where we offered specialized programming on how they can support their students.
A whopping 7032 pizza slices were served!
Additional supports continue to be provided through on-going chat availability and course selection blitz to further assist students. Please visit the Get Started Website for more info.
The AA&CC Supports Student Athletes!
We work with our high performance and varsity student athletes to assist them in striking a successful balance between their academic and athletic demands along with their personal endeavours. We offer this support through academic advising, (focusing on realistic course selection), learning skills assistance (time management and effective study strategies) and career counselling (current and future employment needs and further education options). We collaborate with other service-providers across the campus and the University of Toronto family to facilitate and support these students to reach their full potential in all aspects of their lives. If you meet student athletes who are not already connected with our services, please encourage them to reach out to our staff.
For academic and study skills assistance, please direct students to:
For employment, career and further education options, please direct students to:
"In the Field": An Innovative Career Exploration Program
This program provides students with the opportunity to visit an organization to learn about the range of career areas available. Using experiential learning principles, this program allows students to reflectively observe an organization’s culture as well as career paths of individuals from various areas of the organization to guide their own career development.
A typical “In the Field” day involves touring an organization’s facility, learning about the recruitment practices from Human Resources professionals, and a panel with a number of current employees from various departments, followed by a reflection activity to determine what students took away from the experience. We have had great success in collaborating with the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH), Johnson & Johnson, Rouge Valley Health Systems Centenary Hospital, the Toronto Zoo, to name just a few.
“In the Field” is an excellent opportunity for students of all programs and years of study to explore different career options; it is expanding, so keep an eye out for more tours this year!
Focus on The Arts Culture Media Department
(pictured: Minda Nessia, Business Officer and Manaal Hussain, Undergraduate Administrative Assistant)
Conversation with Manaal Hussain, Undergraduate Administrative Assistant, who is currently serving a term position while Milene Neves is away on leave.
AA&CC:Who are you as a professional? Manaal: As a professional, I value approachability a lot. I have an open door policy with my students in that they are welcome to come see me in person or call me anytime during my work hours and I am happy to listen to their concern and offer support in any way possible. If I am unable to address their concerns I make sure that I find someone who could and make that phone call to introduce the student to that department/service provider. I believe in creating an inclusive and welcoming environment not just for our students but for all the staff and faculty members as well.
AA&CC: Tell us an interesting thing about you or your team. Manaal: We (staff members) as a department (and sometimes the entire H-Wing) try to get together for lunch once a month and order food in from a restaurant. The best part is that we go for a different cuisine each time – a perfect way to celebrate and appreciate the different cultures that make Toronto!
AA&CC: Tell us about any program/ course changes that are particularly interesting. Anything coming up for Sept? Manaal: It is a very exciting time for our department. We recently introduced a Minor program in Curatorial Studies and are having conversations around introducing a new Major program in Journalism. Furthermore, we are launching modified programs in Music and Art History. The overwhelming support from our students, as indicated by the 50% increase in the number of students accepted into the Journalism program this year along with the increasing enrollments in many of our courses, provides us with the much needed affirmation we needed to move in these directions.
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 Elaine Beaton.