August 29, 2017
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Reminder: Orillia Wireless Network Maintenance - Tuesday, Aug. 29

Tonight (Tuesday, Aug. 29), TSC staff will be performing necessary wireless network maintenance in Orillia between 5:30 pm and 10 pm.

This maintenance window will cause wireless network service disruptions in the Orillia Residence, Heritage Place, Cafeteria and Orillia Academic Buildings. Thunder Bay wireless services will remain unaffected during this time.

For questions or concerns please email

Psychology celebrating Mary Lysenchuk’s 50 years at Lakehead University

Lakehead’s Department of Psychology will soon celebrate the fact that Mary Lysenchuk has worked at the University for 50 years.

She applied in person on Friday, Aug. 25, 1967, shortly after graduating from high school.

“I met with the HR officer,” Mary said. “She took me to the Library and Mr. Belton, the Chief Librarian, dictated a letter that I had to type as a test. When I got home that day I received a call informing me I got the job.”

Mary still remembers her first day as Library Assistant – Monday, Aug. 28, 1967 – typing catalogue files, which was how they kept track of where each book was located.

“That first day was pretty busy,” Mary said. “In the past you sat at your desk for seven hours and your head was down, typing. Jobs have changed a lot since then.”

In 1969 the administrative assistant position became available in Psychology. Mary thought it would be the perfect job so she applied and was selected for the position.

It was a smaller group of employees and students on campus back then.

“We had offices in the Braun building, which was one of the few buildings on campus.  Everyone knew one another and there was a family-like atmosphere. Everyone was engaged in helping the university grow and prosper.  Every Friday afternoon everyone socialized in the Faculty Lounge,” she said.

Psychology has grown from offering a Master’s program in 1968 to now also having an accredited PhD program, which the department began offering in 1995.  

Technology also changed a lot over the years. When she started working as a Departmental Assistant, Mary worked on a typewriter. Every memo and letter was dictated and then transcribed.  Research papers were typed and retyped because if there was a change in the first page, then the whole paper had to be retyped. 

To make copies, she used a Ditto machine, then a Gestetner, and then a Xerox machine.

In the 1980s, Mary got the first computer in her department, which may have been the first on campus. “It was a Macintosh. It looked like a small box,” she said.  The screen was about six inches and there was no hard drive.  The operating system was on a disk.

“A technician from the University’s computer department came to show me how to use it. All the faculty stood around the computer in awe. I was in the doorway and could not see a thing.  That was OK because I asked the technician to come back the next day to give me the real training.” 

Mary ended up teaching other employees how to use the computer. She has also been very helpful to the 10 very different Psychology Chairs that she worked with.

“One time when I was first Chair, she asked me if there was anything she could help me with,” said Dr. John Jamieson, a former Chair of Psychology.

“I was struggling with a difficult administrative decision and I described it to her. She gave me the solution! I learned from then on always to consult with Mary when faced with a complex issue, since she knew how similar issues had been resolved in the past,” he said. “She is a pillar of strength and wisdom, quietly doing her job.”

Even after 50 years, Mary hasn’t announced a retirement date. She said she will retire when she is ready.  Throughout her career, there were days when she felt sick, but she usually went in anyway.

“I feel if I’m lucky enough to be healthy, I’m going to come to work. I don’t take much time off.”

Mary has worked with thousands of students, many of whom are now employed in Mental Health Services in Thunder Bay. She offered some advice for young people starting out in a new job.

“Stay if you enjoy it. It is rare that you find a job that you enjoy for 50 years. If you like where you are, stay there.”

When Mary retires, she will miss the wonderful people she worked with the most.  Mary worked with Sheila Delin, the Test Librarian and Graduate Assistant in the Department of Psychology for 35 years, who recently retired.

“We were a great team. Not only did we have a good working relationship, we shared coffee breaks, lunches and many good and sad occasions for 35 years. It is a gift when you work with someone for so many years and you work so well together.

“You come to work and you’ve got people coming into your office; happy, friendly, young students, fresh minds, what more could you ask for? It’s a good working environment.”

But she won’t miss having to leave the house on the snowy, cold days early in the morning, and she won’t miss having to be on a schedule.

“The first Chairman that I worked for told me that it does not matter what position you hold, everyone is important to the team.  After working at Lakehead University for 50 years I have received nothing but respect and friendship.

“It has been my pleasure to be a member of this institution’s community, surrounded by warm, kind and thoughtful people.”

On May 2, Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead’s President and Vice-Chancellor, recognized Mary’s dedication by presenting her with a small gift at the Employee Service Recognition Reception.


The Psychology department will hold a reception to celebrate Mary’s 50th anniversary at Lakehead on Friday, Sept. 8 from 3 to 5 pm in the Study Coffeehouse. All are welcome to attend.

Concur Training Sessions

With the new mandate that Concur must be used by all faculty and full-time staff to submit travel expense statements as of September 1, 2017 (see updated Travel Policy as of May 1, 2017), Financial Services will be offering drop-in Concur training sessions.

All new faculty and staff, as well as new Concur users or those who need more training, are welcome to drop in or RSVP to one of the following designated sessions, which will run April 25 until August 31, 2017 in the Little Dining Room (next to the Faculty Lounge):

  • Tuesday mornings, 9 to 10:30 am: Drop-in General Session: Everyone is welcome to attend.
  • Thursday afternoons, 2 to 3:30 pm: Drop-in General Session: Everyone is welcome to attend.
  • Wednesday mornings, 9 to 11 am: Research targeted sessions. Limited to eight people per session. RSVP to secure a place.

There will be a limited amount of computers set up for use, but trainees are welcome to bring their own laptops or tablets, as Wi-Fi will be available.

Questions for the general sessions can be directed to Patrick Larin at ext. 8141 or

Please RSVP for the research sessions to Margot Ross at ext. 8730 or

Call for Honorary Degree Nominations

The Senate Honorary Degrees Committee invites all members of the Lakehead University community to submit nominations for honorary degree recipients to be awarded at the 2018 Convocations in Thunder Bay and Orillia.

Lakehead University grants honorary degrees to individuals who have accomplished extraordinary achievements and remarkable service, and who support the values of advanced learning and the pursuit of knowledge.

Please visit this web page to submit a nomination and obtain more information regarding honorary degrees.

Qualifying nominees will be considered at an in-camera meeting of the Senate during the fall term and those approved will be added to the Senate Approved Honorary Degree Nominees List.

The Senate Honorary Degrees Committee will select recipients from the list each year. Names placed on the Senate Approved Honorary Degree Nominees List shall remain there for a period of three years, after which time the name may be removed from the list if the nominee has not been selected or re-nominated.

For more information, please contact Yvonne Roussel at

Need an Online course site for an upcoming academic session? Submit your request now!

Instructors requiring an online mycourselink course site for an upcoming academic session can submit their requests now.

Click the Request an Online Course Site button located at the top of your class roster in myInfo, and you'll receive an email to your Lakehead University email account confirming the successful set-up of your online course site.

For more information, please contact the us at

PLEASE NOTE: A new site request will need to be made each time a course is offered. Content can be migrated from a previously used site to the new one by selecting the Migrate Course option on the Request Form.

Aramark Hours of Operation

The following are the fall hours of operation for dining at Lakehead University Thunder Bay.

Agora Starbucks

  • Monday to Thursday - 7:30 am to 7:30 pm
  • Friday - 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Weekends & Holidays Closed

ATAC Persian Man

  • Monday to Thursday - 8:00 am to 8:30 pm
  • Friday - 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
  • Weekends & Holidays Closed

Library Café

  • Monday to Thursday – 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
  • Friday – 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Weekends & Holidays Closed


  • Monday to Thursday – 10:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Friday – 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Weekends & Holidays Closed

Main Cafeteria

  • Monday to Thursday – 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • Friday – 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
  • Weekends & Holidays Closed

Residence Dining Hall

  • Monday to Friday – 7:30 am to 7:30 pm
  • Weekends & Holidays – 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Dan’s Diner                      

  • Sunday to Thursday – 7:30 pm to Midnight
  • Friday & Saturday – 7:30 pm to 2 am

Avila Pizza Pizza              

  • Monday to Sunday – 5:30 pm to Midnight
  • Closed on Holidays

Graduate Assistantship Workshop - Thursday, Aug. 31

Attention Graduate Students!

If you have been awarded a Graduate Assistantship (GA) please note that there will be a mandatory Professional Development Workshop, for first year GAs, on Thursday, Aug. 31 from 9:30 am until 1 pm in ATAC 1003 (Thunder Bay Campus) and OA 1025 (Orillia Campus).

Topics covered include: marking papers, leading seminars, being a lab instructor, and issues related to ethical behaviour, harassment and discrimination. Graduate Assistants will receive work credit for attending the workshop.

Please note that this workshop is only for students who have received a Graduate Assistantship.

Should you have questions, please contact

Thank you!

Colleague System Update - Moved to Monday, Sept. 4

The ERP system (Datatel) update has been moved to Monday, Sept. 4 from 7 to 10 pm.

This shutdown will be used to apply software updates. In order to perform this activity, the system must be offline.

This will affect most of MyInfo and all of Colleague and Informer (reporting).

MyEmail and MyCourselink (D2L) services will not be affected by this shutdown.

This shutdown has been approved by the Lakehead University Datatel User Group.

Please direct any questions to Jesse Canuel, ERP Manager at or (807) 343-8435.

Mitacs information session for Graduate students - Thursday, Sept. 7

The Office of Research Services is hosting an information session for Graduate students with Mitacs.

Would you like to learn how to put your talent to work with an organization in Canada or travel overseas to conduct research? Then Mitacs might just be the opportunity for you!

Christine Macdonald, Director, Business Development & Team Lead - Ontario, Mitacs Inc., will be at Lakehead University on Thursday, Sept. 7 to deliver an information session on the various programs Mitacs offers for graduate students from 12 to 1:30 pm in the Faculty Lounge.

Pizza will be served!

For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

Nature Walk - Friday, Sept. 8


You don’t need to go far to access the beautiful scenery and tranquil nature that is all around us! The Office of Sustainability will offer a guided walk to explore some of the natural features of campus. 

While on the walk, learn about recycling procedures, water bottle refilling stations, the community garden, and other sustainability initiatives.

Date: Friday, Sept. 8
Time: 1 to 2 pm
Location: Meet out front of the Chancellor Paterson Library

We welcome all students to join, especially new, incoming students. Please dress appropriately for the weather, including footwear for walking on uneven ground.

For questions, contact Ledah McKellar, Sustainability Coordinator at coordinator.

Maadaadizi 2017 - Saturday, Sept. 9

ACSS - in conjunction with Confederation College, Eabametoong First Nation, Fort William First Nation, Matawa Education, Northern Nishnawbe Education Council, Oshki-Pimache-O-Win, and 7 Generations Education Institute - has once again organized Maadaadizi 2017.

Maadaadizi means he/she starts a journey in the Ojibwe language. This joint post-secondary Aboriginal Student Orientation will be held at Marina Park on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 2 to 7 pm. 

This special day will welcome post-secondary Aboriginal students and their families to their respective institutions and to the City of Thunder Bay.

Ted Nolan will be the keynote speaker and the day will include musical performances by Crystal Shawanda and Nick Sherman. Information booths by various organizations will be set-up, children’s activities, prizes and refreshments will be available.

This event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. We hope to see you there, rain or shine!

Please direct questions to

Judicial Panel Interest to Serve - Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 11

The President of Lakehead University is seeking nominations to fill eight tenured faculty member vacancies on the Judicial Panel.

All terms commence at the close of the annual Board of Governors meeting on October 6, 2016 through to the close of the annual Board of Governors meeting in 2017.

These vacancies are self-nominated. Click here to access the interest to serve form.

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 12 pm. Please direct any questions to Dr. Millo Shaw at

Graduate Student Orientation Open House - Tuesday, Sept. 12

Attention Incoming Graduate Students!

The Faculty of Graduate Studies would like to welcome you at a casual Open House on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 1-3 pm in the Faculty Lounge at the Thunder Bay campus.

We hope you will take this opportunity to learn about the services offered for graduate students at Lakehead University.

For our students in Orillia, please save the date for Thursday, Sept. 21, with details to follow regarding our visit to the Orillia campus.

If you have any questions, please email susan.white@lakeheadu. ca.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Attention NSERC-Eligible Faculty Members: Lakehead University NSERC DG Workshop - Friday, Sept. 22

You are invited to attend the following upcoming NSERC Discovery Grant workshop to be held on Friday, Sept. 22 from 10 am to 12 pm in ATAC 3004 (Thunder Bay) and OA 2005 (Orillia).

The information presented at this workshop will be useful to both new and more seasoned Discovery Grant applicants.

For more information, please click here.

Men's Basketball Annual Lobster Dinner Fundraiser - Saturday, Oct. 14

The Men's Basketball Annual Lobster Dinner Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 5:30 pm at the Italian Cultural Centre.

The night begins with an oyster shucking bar and short symposium, followed by dinner at 6 pm. For seafood lovers, the lobsters are sure to satisfy.

For those less enthused about seafood, there is also an option of chicken and pork buffet with endless potato and rice. All meals are served with family style mussels, salad, buns, dessert, and coffee. Nobody leaves hungry!

Throughout the evening there will also be several attendance draws, raffle prizes, silent auctions, and various fun games that will test your skill and luck.

If that weren’t enough excitement, your ticket will also get you free admission to the men’s basketball game at 1 pm on Saturday, Oct. 14.

The Annual Lobster Dinner is a fundraiser to support the Lakehead University Men's Basketball Team's activities, including travel, recruiting, supplementing the meal allowance on road trips, etc.

Without such contributions, along with the support of the Back Court Club, the Team could not compete with the best in Canada as it has over the past seasons.

Tickets are $90 each and can be purchased through Head Coach Manny Furtado by emailing or Melissa Pye at Cash bar.

Thank you in advance for your support and enthusiasm about the upcoming season!