September 08, 2017
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Security Reminder

Lakehead University students are reminded to be aware of their surroundings while walking and driving on campus.

Please walk on the sidewalk and be aware of vehicles travelling on campus. If you’re driving on campus, please travel the speed limit and watch for pedestrians.

Today: Psychology celebrating Mary Lysenchuk’s 50 years at Lakehead University

The Psychology department will hold a reception to celebrate Mary Lysenchuk’s 50th anniversary at Lakehead University.

Date: Friday, Sept. 8
Time: 3 to 5 pm
Location: The Study Coffeehouse

All are welcome to attend.

Construction Update - Parking Lot 13 and Three-Way Stop Sign paving starts Monday, Sept. 11

On Monday, Sept. 11, construction crews will begin preparations for completing the paving in Parking Lot 13 and at the Three-Way Stop sign.

Traffic coordination will be in place to ensure safety of both vehicles and construction workers. Please follow the directions given. Paving will be completed later in the week. 
If you have any questions please contact Hugh Briggs, Director, Physical Plant at or 343-8790.

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

Signal Cannon Firing - Saturday, Sept. 9

At approximately 11 am tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 9), the Engineering Student Society, in association with the Faculty of Engineering, will fire the cannon in the Centennial Building courtyard to continue the annual tradition of Engineering Orientation Day.

The entire University community is welcome to watch this traditional event.

Engineering Orientation - All weekend

Engineering Orientation will take place at 10 am on Saturday, Sept. 9 and Sunday, Sept. 10.

It is open to all first-year engineering students, and more information is available at

TSC Announcement - Mobility Print

The Technology Services Centre (TSC) has implemented Mobility Print across both campuses. This service allows students to print from personal laptops, tablets or mobile devices to multifunction printers located in computer labs, libraries, and other campus locations.

This system uses a print release mechanism that stores your documents for two hours, allowing you to release your print job at any printer.

For additional information on supported devices, please contact the Helpdesk at ext. 7777 or review the printing instructions online at

Phone System (Voicemail Indicator Light)

A component of the Lakehead University phone system in Thunder Bay is experiencing technical difficulties, affecting the message indicator light of numerous phones on campus.

If your phone has been affected, and the message indicator light is flashing but you have no messages, press the flashing envelope key on your phone and press the * key or erase key.

This will prevent the message indicator from flashing until this problem has been fixed.

If you have new messages and the message indicator light does not come on, this is because of the defective phone server on campus.

TSC recommends checking your voicemail box regularly, as a new message may not turn your indicator light on.

For questions or concerns please email

Lakehead University Presidential Search Consultation

Dear Friends and Members of the Lakehead University Community,

We have embarked on the process of selecting a President and Vice-Chancellor. The search will be comprehensive in scope with an integral portion being a process of consultation. We ask for your assistance in gathering information to inform the process.

Please click here to complete a brief form to be returned to Laverne Smith & Associates Inc. and held in confidence.

As this is a very important matter for the University, your input is critical and I would ask you to take the few minutes required to help us in this important undertaking. All responses will be held in strict confidence by Laverne Smith & Associates Inc. and the inclusion of your name is optional.

Please complete your questionnaire by September 15, 2017. You are encouraged to share this email with any contacts you believe would be interested in providing feedback. 

Thank you for your time and input.

Yours truly,

David Tamblyn
Chair, Board of Governors
Chair, Search Committee

Lakehead University opens its International Centre - Tuesday, Sept. 12

Lakehead University’s new International Centre will have its grand opening on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.


You are invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony with members of the University community, Lakehead University President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead's Provost & Vice-President (Academic) Dr. Moira McPherson, and James Aldridge, Vice-Provost, International.


Tours of the International Centre, located on the lower floor of the Chancellor Paterson Library, will also take place for guests and media.


The new space is home to Lakehead University International staff, as well as the University’s English Language Centre, International Student Services, and Study Abroad team.


Date: Tuesday, Sept. 12
Time: 12 - 1:30 pm
Location: International Lounge, on the lower floor of the Chancellor Paterson Library

Smudge Advisory - Tuesday, Sept. 12

Traditional smudging using Indigenous medicines (tobacco, sweetgrass, cedar, and sage) will take place in the Lakehead University International student Lounge, located on the ground floor of  the Chancellor Paterson Library in Thunder Bay on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 12:30 pm.

Health and Safety Training for New Personnel - Tuesday, Sept. 12 and 19, Monday, Sept. 25

The Department of Human Resources reminds supervisors to register newly hired employees and/or lab workers for the mandatory introductory health and safety training at the Thunder Bay campus.

This includes graduate students, staff, volunteers and undergraduate students completing a thesis project.

The next training sessions will be offered Tuesday, Sept. 12 (FULL), Tuesday, Sep. 19 (FULL), and Monday, Sept. 25 in Thunder Bay. Registration is required.

Introductory Health & Safety Training - All new hires (office and lab workers)
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 12 (full), 19 (full) and Monday, Sept. 25
Time: 9:30 - 10:30 am
Location: ATAC 5036

Basic Laboratory Health and Safety Training
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 12 (full), 19 (full) and Monday, Sept. 25
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am
Location: ATAC 5036

The online training component is available at all times. Instructions for logging on can be found by clicking here.

All new personnel must begin this training as soon as possible upon their start date.

Please contact Tiffany Moore at for more information and to register.

Lakehead International Extended Orientation Workshops! - Sept. 6 to 15

Lakehead International is hosting Extended Orientation Workshops from Wednesday, Sept. 6 to Friday, Sept. 15 from 4-7 pm.

These workshops provide new students with important information and tools that will help with a smooth transition to Canada as well as Lakehead University.

Some of the workshops include, resume building, how to budget your money, immigration advising, cultural transitions, LUSU, health insurance, achieving success and many more! All sessions will be held in the International Centre located on the ground floor of the Library.

Please see the attached poster for the dates and times of specific sessions. If you need more information, please contact Jennifer Kaplanis at

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

2017-18 Student Feedback on Teaching Surveys

The Office of Institutional Planning and Analysis would like to remind all instructors that the Student Feedback on Teaching (SFT) surveys will be available online again this year.

Upgrades to myInfo and to Lakehead's wifi system are now making it easier for students to complete the survey online (e.g., on their mobile devices).

Furthermore, online SFT surveys can be conducted in class using the same method as paper evaluations by setting aside 10 minutes of class time and asking students to complete the SFT survey on their laptop or mobile device!

Conducting the SFT surveys online can provide significant benefits for instructors including:

  • automated delivery of evaluations and results
  • increased security of data
  • more representative data
  • timely feedback to instructors (results are released once final marks are approved)
  • potential increase in quality and quantity of comments

Those instructors who would like to opt-out of having their SFT surveys conducted online for the 2017-18 fall/winter terms (and continue receiving paper evaluations) have until Monday, Sept. 25 to do so.

Simply log into myInfo (under Faculty / Academic Profile) and indicate your opt-out decision. Please note that the opt-out applies to all classes you teach, which means you must choose to have either all or none of your courses evaluated online for the 2017-18 fall/winter terms.

If you have questions about this process, please contact Sarah Browne in the Office of Institutional Planning and Analysis at 807-343-8902 or

Student Health Advisory Committee - Call for Representatives

The Student Health and Counselling Centre is looking for committee representatives.

As a Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) representative, you will: facilitate communication with the student population about items discussed, share feedback obtained, and provide advice and/or feedback respecting the overall operations of the Student Health and Counselling Centre.

Meetings are held three times a year; Wednesdays from 4 - 5:30 pm, October 18, November 15 and January 24.

SHAC is looking for representatives from the following groups: Residence, International, Students with Disabilities, PRIDE, Aboriginal, Commuter and Mature.

If you are interested in a position with SHAC, please send an email to and identify which group you would like to represent and briefly outline what you might bring to the committee.

Educational Opportunity with the Research Ethics Board

Offer of Education – Navigating Research Ethics and Lakehead's Research Ethics Board

As a matter of Tri-Agency policy, Research Ethics Boards are expected to serve an educational function in addition to providing institutional ethical review.

Lakehed's REB, with assistance from the Office of Research Services, is currently making educational plans for the 2017/18 academic year.

We would like to hear from academic units or individual faculty members who would be interested in arranging an information session concerning Tri-Agency policy and the ethics of research involving human participants. We can provide an orientation to the Tri-Agency Policy Statement and the Lakehead research ethics review process for faculty or graduate students.

For instructors teaching research methods, we can visit your classroom to speak to your students.

If interested, please contact Sue Wright, in the Office of Research Services at or 343-8283.

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

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Mona Amiri - Chemistry and Materials Science PhD Defense - Tuesday, Sept. 12

The Chemistry and Materials Science PhD candidate, Mona Amiri will present her research entitled Fabrication, Characterization and Electrochemical Studies of Nickel and Nickel-Based Materials

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 9 a.m.
Room: ATAC 3004 

Committee Members: Dr. Aicheng Chen (supervisor), Dr. Christine Gottardo, Dr. Mark Gallagher and Dr. Bradley Easton (external).

Everyone is welcome. 

For more information contact Brenda at

MODELS NEEDED for Visual Arts

The Department of Visual Arts is looking for nude models for drawing and painting classes: $15/hr.

For more information, please call Jennifer at 343-8787 or email at

Nicole Marshall's Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal Defence - Tuesday, Sept. 12

Nicole Marshall will be proposing her Ph.D. Dissertation on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 1 pm in ATAC 5035.

Her dissertation is titled: A Longitudinal Evaluation of an On-Reserve Methadone Maintenance Therapy Program for First Nations Peoples.

Dr. Christopher Mushquash
Dr. Dwight Mazmanian

GSC Representative:
Dr. Gordon Hayman

Elaine Toombs' Ph.D. Dessertation Proposal Defence - Tuesday, Sept. 12

Elaine Toombs will be proposing her Ph.D. Dissertation on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 2:30 pm in ATAC 5037.

Her dissertation is titled: The Strongest Families Parenting Program: A randomized-controlled trial of a culturally appropriate parenting program for Northwestern Ontario First Nations communities.

Dr. Christopher Mushquash
Dr. Mirella Stroink

GSC Representative:
Dr. Gordon Hayman

Upcoming Teaching Commons Workshops - September

The Teaching Commons has a long list of upcoming workshops for faculty, instructors, and staff.

Some of the workshops include:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 12: Introduction to Incorporating Indigenous Content
  • Wednesday, Sept. 13: D2L Introductory Session
  • Thursday, Sep. 14: Required Reading: Getting Students to Engage
  • Thursday, Sept. 14: Indigenous Experiential Learning: Cattail Basketry and Mats

For a full list of workshops and more details visit LibCal at to register.

Reminder: Lakehead student competing for the Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize - Wednesday, Sept. 13

Lakehead Orillia student Gaylen Beaudoin will publicly defend her ideas around reconciliation and compete for the Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize, on Wednesday, Sept. 13 in McGillivray’s Landing at Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay.

A total of 36 finalists will defend their ideas in front of live audiences in six cities across Ontario.

The Thunder Bay event will feature six finalists.

The audience will include policy makers, industry leaders, a panel of expert judges, and academics.

The audience will vote in real time for the category winner. All six category winners will receive $2,500, a spread in The Walrus magazine, and recognition from the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Come hear their visionary ideas for Ontario's future. Vote for the Thunder Bay winner on Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 7 to 9:30 pm in McGillivray’s Landing at Fort William Historical Park.

Visit or email to book your free tickets today.

Bal Ram Adhikari - Biotechnology PhD Defense - Thursday, Sept. 14

Bal Ram Adhikari will present his research Nanomaterials Based Electrochemical Approaches for Biosensing and Bacterial Disinfection.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 14
Time: 1:30 PM
Room: ATAC 5036

Electrochemical approaches to myriad medical and environmental challenges are highly attractive due to their strong potential for extensive and green applications. Point of care diagnostics through the electrochemical monitoring of clinically and environmentally relevant molecules are gaining attraction due to their low cost and simple fabrication procedures. Simple and robust electrochemical approaches utilizing novel nanomaterials have been developed for the sensing of biomolecules and water disinfection. Carbon based nanomaterials and nanocomposites were employed to develop sensitive electrochemical sensor/biosensors for (acetaminophen, valacyclovir, ethanol) and nanoporous TiO2/RuO2 bifunctional materials were utilized for the design of a high-performance bacterial disinfection technology.

Committee Members: Dr. Aicheng Chen and Dr. Heidi Schraft (co-supervisors), Dr. Neelam Khaper and Dr. Antonella Badia (external).

Everyone is welcome.

Contact Brenda Magajna at for more information.

Events at RiVAL ReImagining Value Action Lab

Lakehead University's Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice, Dr. Max Haiven, is pleased to welcome the university community to a series of public events at the newly-opened ReImagining Value Action Lab, located in room 2002 of the PACI building.

You can learn more about the lab, which facilitates research and engagement around media, culture and social justice, at

Upcoming public events:

OPEN HOUSE AND BOOK LAUNCH: Friday, Oct. 13, 5 pm
- Come learn about RiVAL and its activities, and to launch the first in its series of in-house hybrid publications, Dr. Haiven's pamphlet Towards a Materialist Theory of Revenge: The Lives of Witches. Refreshments will be served.

- RiVAL is pleased to welcome artist and research/creation associate Cassie Thornton, who will be offering weekly free yoga classes at the Lab. No experience or special clothes/equipment are necessary. Everyone is welcome.

GAMES AGAINST EMPIRE: Occasional Fridays, 7 pm
- We play, study and discuss social justice-themed board-games to learn what they can teach us about creating a better world. Please RSVP:


- This term, RiVAL will welcome several guest speakers to campus in November. More information is forthcoming.

For more information, email

Norah Alwadani - Chemistry MSc Defence - Thursday, Sept. 14

The Chemistry Master's candidate, Norah Alwadani will present her research entitled: Lignin Modification to Produce Hydrophobic Products.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 14
Time: 9 AM
Room: ATAC 5035

Attention Graduate Students! - Sept. 18 and 21

Interested in broadening your understanding of teaching and learning in higher education? Want to improve your communication, interpersonal and leadership skills?

If you are a Graduate Student, the Teaching Commons has a program for you!

Come to one of our information sessions to learn more about this free, non-credit, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education certificate program.

Visit LibCal to register for one of the following sessions:

  • Monday, Sept. 18: 10:30 - 11:30 am
  • Thursday, Sept. 21: 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Thunder Bay: ATAC 5036
Orillia: TBD

Hope to see you there!

Questions? Email:

Public Event: Young Carers - Support Matters - Monday, Sept. 18

Lakehead's Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health is presenting Lisa Loiselle, from the University of Waterloo.

Date: Monday, Sept. 18
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Waverley Library, Thunder Bay

Who are Young Carers and why do they need support? Join us and learn from and about Young Carers, how they are impacted by their role, and how families and adult allies can support them.

Please click here for more information on this public event and how to participate.

Support Matters: Young Carers - Who are they and why do they need support? - Tuesday, Sept. 19

In support of its mission, CERAH is pleased to announce the following presentation by Lisa Loiselle of the University of Waterloo. 

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 19
Time: 9 am - 3 pm
Location: Victoria Inn, Thunder Bay

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the young caregiving phenomena in Canada and challenge preconceptions around the challenges and benefits of caregiving
  • Explore the diverse experiences from young carers and learn how to best identify and support them
  • Facilitate discussions to encourage collective learning and create opportunities for future interprofessional collaboration as it relates to supporting young carers

Please click here for more information and for how to register.

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.

Call for Senate Standing Committee Faculty Nominations - Deadline: Friday, Sept. 22

The Senate Nominations Committee is welcoming nominations from full-time Orillia and Thunder Bay faculty to fill five Senate Standing Committee vacancies that have arose.

The deadline for Senate Standing Committee nomination submissions is Friday, Sept. 22 by 12 pm.

These vacancies are self nominated. Please click here to submit a nomination.

Culture in the Classroom Presentation - Monday, Sept. 25


Faculty, instructors and staff are welcome to attend a presentation from Dr. Martin Brokenleg on Culture in the Classroom.

In the session, Dr. Brokenleg will discuss how to "find out what you can learn to make your classroom effective and fair for today's students."

Dr. Brokenleg has extensive experience in counselling and working with Indigenous youth.

You are welcome to visit his website  

Date: Monday Sept. 25
Time: 9 - 10:30 am
Location: Faculty Lounge, Orillia videoconference rooms OH1001B and OA2005.

For more details or to register visit LibCal at

Business2Innovation - Central Ontario - Wednesday, Oct. 11

Business2Innovation is a networking and information session to be held at the Lakehead University - Orillia campus.

Following the networking portion of the evening (catering included), it is anticipated that we will have two to three short presentations from funders and partners.

After these presentations, examples of successful industry and academic partnerships from Lakehead University and Georgian College will be shared with the audience to provide a context for what a successful industry/academic partnership can achieve.

The event will promote collaboration by connecting regional industry and businesses to academia to foster partnership development. Partnerships would in-turn create hands-on learning opportunities for students while creating meaningful partnerships and furthering research collaborations.

Business2Innovation - Central Ontario

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 11
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Location: Lakehead University Orillia - Learning Commons

To register, click on the poster or click here.