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November 26, 2013
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LUI Welcomes New Administrative Manager

Lakehead University International is pleased to welcome Rain Watson-Bain as the new Administrative Manager of our English Language Program (ELP). 

Rain, a Lakehead alumni, comes to ELP with over a decade in senior postsecondary administrative and teaching roles, including Professor at Confederation College, Dean of Education at Everest College, and Director of Education at Willis College and Sylvan Learning Centre.

Growing up in Thunder Bay, Rain received both her BA and BEd from Lakehead in 2001.  She has two children and is an avid runner. 

Rain can be reached at (807) 346-7888, or

Please join us in welcoming her!

Room Change: Tackling Rape Requires A Team Effort (TBay and Orillia) - Wednesday, Nov. 27

In the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University, Dr. Gerald Walton is a professor and Jacob Beaudrow is a Master of Education candidate.

For each of them, masculinity is a realm of scholarship as well as personal and political activism. Together, they will discuss rape culture as series of beliefs, attitudes, and practices that play out in everyday life.

Rape culture is so pervasive that many do not stop to notice it at all, never mind think about how it shapes violence against women and demeans men.

Focusing on a series of high-profile media examples and implicating social media as a significant tool of rape culture, Walton and Beaudrow will make the case that, although rape culture is a modern scourge in schools, universities, and society, everyone - men and women, alike - have a role to play in tackling it to the ground.

Please join Dr. Gerald Walton and Jake Beaudrow for this open discussion. 

Everyone welcome.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
7 until 8 pm
ATAC 2006 and OA 3041 via videoconference

Questions can be sent to

Midterm and Exam Preparation Skills for Success Seminar (TBay) - Thursday, Nov. 28

In this Student Success Centre seminar, gain practical skills to help you study like a pro! Students can learn how to more effectively study by attending this session.

Date: Thursday, November 28, 2013   
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: SC 0008

Questions can be sent to Joy Himmelman at

Book Collection for Developing Countries (TBay) - This Week

For the first time at the Lakehead University Thunder Bay campus, the Lakehead University Muslim Student Association (LUMSA) and Lakehead University Christian Fellowship (LUCF) are collaborating to run a campus book drive to help Worldwide Books in Utah, United States.

Worldwide Books ships books to developing countries to assist learning for children of all ages.

Students, faculty, and staff are asked to submit their unused and/or unwanted textbooks, books, or any other reading material they may have that they think could be used to improve literacy and education in the developing countries.

Books will be collected outside the Outpost each day from Monday, Nov. 25 until Friday, Nov. 29, 9:30 am until 4:30 pm.

It's time to clear up the space at home and make more room by submitting your unwanted books. Questions can be sent to Zahid Hasan via

University Club (TBay) - Thursdays

All faculty and staff are invited to our weekly University Club in Thunder Bay's Faculty Lounge on Thursdays from 4 - 7 pm. No need for a membership as all faculty & staff are automatically members!

The University Club, to be held Thursdays from 4 - 7 pm, features a delicious appetizer menu and a full bar (cash only).

This week's promotion will be 2-for-1 appetizers (dine-in only).

Each week offers your office/department/faculty the chance to 'sponsor' the Club by doing its best to bring out as many from your group as possible.

To reserve the Thursday your group would like to sponsor, or for any other questions about the University Club, please contact Conference Services at ext. 8799.

LIPSS Cafe (TBay) - Dec. 1 and 8

Lakehead Interprofessional Student Society presents LIPSS Cafe - the only place on campus selling coffee on Sunday!

We are offering coffee, tea and hot chocolate during the exam period for the following Sundays (the 1st and 8th of December) outside the Outpost.

Come get your caffeine fix and support LIPSS - education towards a holistic health care system.

Questions can be sent to Amanda Shea via

Senate Research Committee Call for Nominations: 2013 Distinguished Researcher Awards - Due Monday, Dec. 2

Nominations for the 2013 Distinguished Researcher Awards (CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC) are due Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 no later than 4:30 pm. 

Nominations are to be submitted to Janice Pellizzari, Secretary to the Senate Research Committee, c/o the Office of the Vice-President (Research, Economic Development & Innovation) UC 2003. Guidelines for this award may be found by clicking this link. 

The successful nominations in each area will be honoured at the 2014 Research & Innovation Week Awards Reception to be held Thursday, March 6, 2014.

Please contact Janice Pellizzari at ext. 8201 for more information. 

Office of the Registrar Temporary Location (TBay)

Starting Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, the Office of the Registrar will be temporarily located in the Office of Student Awards & Financial Aid (UC 2024) for a two-week period.

All services offered by the Office of the Registrar will continue to be available during this period. Any questions can be directed to Andrea Huillery, Registrar, at 807-343-8650.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (TBay) - Friday, Dec. 6


Lakehead University's Gender Issues Centre will recognize the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on Friday, Dec. 6 with a service that includes speakers, poetry, a candlelight vigil and a moment of silence. 

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is held each year to remember the 14 women who were killed at L'Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in 1989.

The service will be held from 12 to 1 pm in the Agora.

Please contact Jayal Chung via for more information.  

Orillia Event:

Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Hosts December 6 Memorial, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, 1 – 2:30 pm

Lakehead University, 500 University Ave., Orillia

Room OA2018

Please contact Jessica Kearney, LUSU Campaigns Commissioner, at 705-330-4008 ext. 2180 for more information. 



Submission of 2013 Health and Dental Spending Account Claims - Due Tuesday, Dec. 31

The Office of Human Resources reminds employees that all health and dental claims must be submitted within 12 months of the date that services or supplies are rendered.

In order to be applied to the 2013 balance, employees who have a Health Spending Account must submit 2013 claims prior to Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.

Please direct any questions or requests for additional information to Kara Pratt at 807-343-8022 or

Media Release: Lakehead & County of Simcoe Further Solidify Partnership

County of Simcoe and Lakehead University further solidify partnership with $1M contribution and naming of building 

November 26, 2013

Lakehead University Orillia was presented a $1 million cheque by the County of Simcoe during County Council this morning in Midhurst, Ontario. This brings the total amount of contributions to Lakehead by the County of Simcoe to $3.5 million since 2009. 

In recognition of the County’s ongoing, tremendous support, Lakehead University President & Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Brian Stevenson, also made a major announcement by proudly proclaiming that the University’s Academic Building would be named Simcoe Hall. An official ceremony will be held at the Orillia Campus in spring 2014. 

“The County of Simcoe has been enormously supportive of our University community and our Orillia campus since its inception,” said Lakehead University President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Brian Stevenson, who thanked the County on behalf of the University community and Lakehead’s Board of Governors. “Without the County, Lakehead University would not be in Orillia, today.” 

“County Council recognizes the important impact that our partnership and support for both Lakehead University Orillia and Georgian College has in shaping the future of Simcoe County,” said Warden Cal Patterson. “Council is committed to implementing our 10-year economic development and tourism strategic plan and investing in our communities for the greater good of our residents. Thank you for naming your building Simcoe Hall — it is a great honour and we look forward to the official ceremony next spring.” 

Dr. Stevenson stated that the County’s generous gift would go towards the funding of this world-class campus and enhancing every student’s academic experience. 

The County of Simcoe makes $1 million contribution to Lakehead University Orillia during County Council. Left to right: Warden Cal Patterson; Dr. Brian Stevenson, President and Vice-Chancellor, Lakehead University; Dr. Kim Fedderson, Dean and Vice Provost, Orillia Campus; and Mr. Bruce Waite, Member of the Lakehead University Board of Governors. 


Artist's rendering depicting Lakehead Orillia's Academic Building as the University's new Simcoe Hall.