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October 18, 2016
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County of Simcoe and Lakehead University celebrate 10 years with $1M gift

The County of Simcoe presented Lakehead University with a $1 million cheque this morning at an event at Lakehead’s Orillia campus to recognize the County’s support of the University. Pictured (l-r) are: Lakehead Orillia Campus Principal Kim Fedderson, County Council member Bill French; Lakehead University President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson; County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall; and County Council members Harry Hughes and John O’Donnell.

October 18, 2016 – Orillia, ON

On behalf of the County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall presented a $1 million cheque to Lakehead University this morning during a special celebration event at the 500 University Avenue campus in Orillia. This brings the total amount of contributions to Lakehead by the County of Simcoe to approximately $6.5 million since 2009.

“Lakehead University has been Simcoe County’s university for over a decade, and the County has been a consistent, generous, and exceptional supporter of it since before we opened our doors in Orillia and Central Ontario,” said Lakehead University President & Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Brian Stevenson.

“The impact of the County’s contributions over the years has served as a value-added investment in the region,” added Dr. Stevenson. “Today’s gift furthers Simcoe County’s growth — growth in the success of our teaching, community service, and research activities, as well as increased economic impacts.”

Dr. Stevenson, along with Orillia Campus Principal Dr. Kim Fedderson, reported to the County’s Council members and guests how their investment has supported Lakehead’s growth. The positive impacts have included the impressive growth of students enrolled at the campus — from just over 100 students in 2006 to almost 1,500 today; growth of academic programs, including those in partnership with Georgian College; as well as graduate level programs, international student growth, and the expansion of research activities.

“County Council understands that our region’s post-secondary educational facilities will play a vital role for generations to come,” said Warden Marshall. He explained that the contribution stems from the County of Simcoe’s Strategic Plan that supports post-secondary education with a vision for the future.

Tanya Clark, a 2010 graduate of the Bachelor of Administration program thanked the County for its support on behalf of students and alumni.

“As a Georgian College transfer student, I was able to take advantage of the amazing post-secondary opportunities in Simcoe County, which have helped me achieve my career goals,” explained Clark. “Not only has the generosity and commitment of the County of Simcoe supported student education, it has also supported the many other ways that this University contributes to the community. In my position with the Couchiching Conservancy, the University is a valued partner.”

Following the cheque presentation, County councillors and guests were invited to enjoy the University’s New Sun Art Gallery, recently opened in the Alumni Commons, a space recently developed for quiet study and now well used by students daily.

Interested in Law School? - Wednesday, Oct. 19

The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law will be holding a Law School Admission Information Session on Wednesday, Oct. 19 in the Faculty Lounge on main campus from 11 am until 12:30 pm.

Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

We look forward to answering all of your law school questions!

Meet with law school representatives: Annet Maurer, Student Services Officer, and Gilbert Deschamps, Director of Indigenous Relations.

We welcome anyone to attend - no registration required.

BDC Small Business Week 2016 happening Oct. 16 – 22 under the theme: MEASURE UP! SHAPE YOUR FUTURE

Lakehead University has been a proud community partner of the BDC's Small Business Week for the past 5 years.

The Business Development Bank of Canada has organized BDC Small Business Week in recognition of the contributions and achievements of Canada’s entrepreneurs. Events held during the week bring entrepreneurs together at conferences, luncheons and trade fairs across the country where they have the opportunity to learn, network and enjoy themselves in the company of their peers. 

This year Lakehead University's Economic Development and Innovation office (EDI) will partner with the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre (NOIC) and Partners in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PIE) to host an exciting on-campus student event - When Life Gives you Lemons – this event is open to all Lakehead University and Confederation College students. 

The day will kick off at the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre at 11:30 am (lunch will be provided!). Your team (2-4 people) will be given a bag of lemons and $20. You will have just a few hours to turn the lemons into cash! Teams will meet up at 4:30 pm at The Outpost on Lakehead University Campus and enjoy appetizers while we count your cash and reveal the grand prize winners.

How will you do it? Sell lemonade? Make candies? Bake lemon bars? You choose.

GRAND PRIZE for the team with the most money made, and a special prize for the MOST CREATIVE.

All proceeds made will be donated to the Lakehead University and Confederation College student food banks.  This event has been sponsored in part by: LUSU and SUCCI.

For more information or to register please visit:

To see a full listing of weeks events:

Keeping Our Campuses Healthy - Community Flu Clinics

The Student Health & Counselling Centre and Human Resources - Health & Safety reminds students, faculty and staff that intestinal (stomach) and respiratory illnesses can spread easily, especially within busy settings such as a university campus.

Please help keep our campuses healthy by washing your hands before and after food preparation, after using washrooms, or when coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose; and by trying to avoid touching your face as much as possible. Also, please remember to 'cover your cough'. 

Thunder Bay campus - Although the University is not a flu clinic site this year, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit will be holding Flu Clinics in the community for individuals to receive a flu shot.  Please wear short sleeves to allow easy administration of your flu shot.

Note: As of Monday, Oct. 24, students considered 'at risk' can book an appointment  at the Student Health & Counselling Centre to receive their flu shot.  

Orillia campus - Please click here for information about getting a flu shot near the Orillia campus.

Lakehead Progressive Conservative Club

The Lakehead Progressive Conservatives campus club has been formed.

The goals of this club are to promote the Ontario PC party and provide a space to discuss different policy ideas and opinions openly through the party's policy process.

Anyone interested in joining can do so on the LUSU clubs website.

For more information email Eric Melillo at

Indian Music Lecture Demonstration - Friday, Oct. 21

India’s top maestros Partho Sarothy, sarod, and Abhijit Banerjee, tabla, will perform a demonstration, presented by Lakehead's Department of Music in partnership with Raag-Rung Music Circle.

Date: Friday, Oct. 21
Time: 2 pm
Location: Jean McNulty Recital Hall
William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts

Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

Please send questions to Aris at

Visiting Speaker Neuroscience Lecture - Friday, Oct. 21

NeuRIG (Neuroscience Research Interest Group) at Lakehead University is pleased to sponsor a presentation by visiting speaker Dr. Amy Desroches (Department of Psychology, University of Winnipeg), titled How language experience impacts the time course of spoken word recognition

Date:Friday, Oct. 21
Time:4-5 pm
Location: ATAC1006

Open admission: Everyone is welcome to attend.


Language processing involves the dynamic interplay between several component systems including semantics (word meaning), phonology (word sounds), and orthography (printed words).

For instance, during spoken word recognition, phonologically similar words compete for recognition such that as a spoken word unfolds its constituent phonemes activate words that are possible alternatives (e.g., hearing “cat” also provides a small amount of activation to cap, cab, catch, hat, bat, mat).

Furthermore, it appears that orthographic representations are automatically activated during auditory word tasks such that hearing “grow” will activate spellings of similar words even when these are phonologically dissimilar (NOW, BOW).

Both phonological competition effects and orthographic intrusion effects can provide substantial insight into the mechanisms involved in language processing. In this talk I will discuss influences of phonology and orthography during spoken word recognition and present findings that explore these effects in the context of reading development and dyslexia.

Inquiries about this event or other NeuRIG activities can be directed to

Employer Information Sessions

Mark your Calendars!

Lakehead University's Student Success Centre is hosting Employer Information Sessions this fall about career opportunities that may interest you.

Employer: Summer Management Program
Date: Monday, October 24 – Recruitment Booth; October 25, 26 and 27 Information Sessions
Time: Recruitment Booth – 10-4pm; Information Sessions 9-4 pm
Location: Recruitment Booth - Main Café 10-4 pm
Information Sessions October 25, 26 and 27, 9-4 pm in RB1046

Employer: Engage Education
Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: Recruitment Booth – 10-3 pm; Information Session 12-1pm
Location: Bora Laskin, and BL 2032 for Information Session

Employer: AECON
Date: Wednesday, November 2
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Faculty Lounge

Registration for this event is now open. You can register by clicking here and visiting the Events Calendar.

For additional information, please contact Jolene Pugliese at

Hope to see you there!


Money Skills Matter: Why Taxes Are Cool - Wednesday, Oct. 26

Do you have questions about how to file your taxes? Would you like to learn more about income taxes and how to take advantage of the credits available to you?

If so, sign up for an instalment of the Financial Literacy Workshop series, Why Taxes Are Cool, hosted by Student Awards and Financial Aid.

Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 26 in LI 1003 (Thunder Bay campus) and OA 3041 (Orillia campus) from 12 - 1:30 pm to learn what taxes are, why you should file, and the money available to you if you file.

Registration is quick and easy at the following link:

To explore more opportunities on how your Money Skills Matter book an appointment with a Financial Aid Specialist in the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office at UC 1007 (Thunder Bay campus) or Simcoe Hall, Student Central (Orillia campus).

You can also email questions to

Research Financial Information Session - Thursday, Oct. 27

The updated Tri-Agency Guidelines have been released. Come learn about the changes.

A brief overview of financial guidelines applicable to researchers will also be discussed. This is a great opportunity for you to ask your specific research financial questions.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 27
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 am
Location: ATAC5035 and OA2005

Please confirm if you plan to attend by emailing Margot at by Tuesday, Oct. 25.


Lakehead University's Sociology department is presenting a talk with author Yves Engler on Tuesday, Nov. 1, as part of its 2016-2017 Speaker Series.

Engler will describe how the vast sums Global Affairs Canada, Veterans Affairs and the Department of National Defence spend articulating a one-sided version of Canada's foreign policy.

With the largest PR machine in the country, the Canadian Forces promotes its worldview through journals, war commemorations, think tanks, academic programs and hundreds of public relations officers.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1
Time: 2:30 – 4 pm
Location: ATAC 1010 in Thunder Bay and OA 2006 in Orillia

Everyone welcome.

Please send questions to Karen at

Free Mindfulness Workshop starting Nov. 2

Students - the Student Health & Counselling Centre invites you to join Dr. J. Lailey M.D. for a free, four-week workshop in Mindfulness for Students.

This workshop will introduce you to the skill of paying attention to your experience, in the present moment, without judgement.

This simple skill, which is more like an art, has a way of freeing us from our habitual patterns, helping us to live life more fully. Whether you have practiced mindfulness before, or if you’re interested in trying it, this is a great chance to learn more. The course is from 12 pm (noon) - 2 pm at the Centre on the following Wednesdays: November 2, 9,16, and 23.

If you are interested, please come to the Student Health & Counselling Centre to complete a screening questionnaire that Dr. Lailey will review. You will then be contacted for further information.

Questionnaires accepted until Thursday, Oct. 27. Questions?  Please call the Centre at 343-8361.