November 20, 2018
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Lakehead University will participate in Giving Tuesday

Lakehead University will participate in Giving Tuesday on Tuesday, Nov. 27 – and it could be even bigger than last year.

Giving Tuesday is a relatively new Canadian movement for giving. Seen as the “opening day of the giving season,” it is when charities, companies, and individuals join together to share their commitment, rally for their favourite causes, and think about others.

Lakehead University’s Alumni Association has once again agreed to match donations up to the first $25,000 in new gifts received towards student financial aid. This is an exceptional opportunity to double the impact of everyone's gift. Since 2016, $99,214 has been raised through Lakehead’s Giving Tuesday efforts.
By donating to Lakehead on Giving Tuesday, you support the University's hard-working students. Your donation will help fund scholarships and bursaries, enhance the student experience and support student athletes. 

Everyone is encouraged to:

  • Make a gift – the Giving Tuesday portal (found at will open on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 12:01 am and close at midnight.
  • Take a selfie or pose for a photo and post it to your social media page using the hashtag #GivingTuesday and #lakeheadu.  The Annual Fund and Alumni Engagement office will be sure to share your posts on their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 

Thank you in advance for helping to make Giving Tuesday at Lakehead another great success and thanks to the Alumni Association for its continued generosity.

Therapy Dogs visiting the Library every Tuesday this term

They're baackkk!

Therapy Dogs from St. John Ambulance will visit students on the main floor of the Chancellor Paterson Library every Tuesday starting September 18, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. 

Come meet your new bestie.

Res Life hosting Therapy Dogs - Nov. 22 and Dec. 3

Residence Life will be hosting Therapy Dogs from St. John Ambulance in the Avila Gym from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 22 and Monday, December 3. Please note this event is exclusively for residence students.

Attention Students: We’re Calling You!

Beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 24, Lakehead University will be calling first and second year students to check in and find out how things are going this term, and whether we can help connect you to resources and supports.

Calls will be taking place in the early evenings from Sunday to Thursday, and involve an automated attendant asking you a few simple questions. Your answers will let us know which resources to help connect you to.

When you see Lakehead University pop up on your phone’s screen, take the call!

For more information about this initiative, or if you have any questions, please visit success-centre/calling-you.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Consultation: We need your input!

Lakehead is developing a five-year Action Plan on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in consultation with students, faculty, staff and administrators, and particularly with individuals from under-represented groups. 

The President's EDI taskforce is now reaching out far and wide to gather the important insight of our University community. Our Online Consultation Form is now available to all to complete during the month of November.

It is anonymous, which means that none of your inputs will be attributed back to you and all data will be kept confidentially with the Office of Human Rights and Equity. 

Fill out the form and tell us what can be done to improve equity, diversity and inclusion making Lakehead a stronger University for all. 

If you have any questions about the consultation process, or would like us to host a focus group please contact Jonathan Erua at or ext. 7763.

Chancellor Paterson Library extended exam hours

The Chancellor Paterson Library extended exam hours begin Monday, Nov. 5 and end on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Please note, students will need to present their University ID card to campus security for entrance past 12 a.m. All staff-assisted services will cease at midnight.

Lakehead University has a MobileSafety app

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Lakehead University has partnered with AppArmor to give students, faculty and staff a faster way to access resources on campus.

The new MobileSafety app includes emergency contacts, a safety toolbox, and other important resources available at the touch of a button.

Users can easily access Lakehead's walk-safe program, contact security if needed, and use tools that can help in an emergency.

The safety toolbox includes a flashlight, a loud alarm, and the ability to send security a photo. AppArmor custom mobile safety apps improve emergency response in a crisis and make campus security resources more accessible.

To download the app search for Lakehead Mobile Safety or click here. It is available on all IOS, Android and BlackBerry devices. For more information about AppArmor please visit

Instructors: Submit your course resources for myCourseLink

Instructors planning to have course materials available to students at the start of the winter term should submit their requests now.

Once material is submitted either for course reserves or a course package, Library staff will request copyright clearance where needed. This process could take up to eight weeks.

The course resources request form can be found here.

Contact us at if you have any questions.

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

Instructors requiring an online mycourselink (D2L) 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 Teaching Commons 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.

Communications Bulletin will not be sent on Tuesday, Dec. 11

Lakehead University's Communications Bulletin will not run on Tuesday, Dec. 11 due to team development and planning sessions scheduled for Monday, Dec. 10 and Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Events can instead be promoted in the Friday, Dec. 7 bulletin or using the events calendar.

Please send questions to

Looking for a course to take this winter?

Are you interested in learning about the 20th century history of Finland and its Nordic neighbours?

The Lakehead University Finnish Chair Advisory Committee is pleased to announce the availability of a winter-term course on this subject that will be offered by the incoming Finnish Chair, Dr. Jaana Laine of the University of Helsinki.

The course has no prerequisites and is open to students at any level. It will be offered on Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm in Thunder Bay with a video link to Orillia.

Course Description

History 2172/ Northern Studies 2172
Finland and the Nordic Region in the 20th Century.
Thunder Bay/Orillia

Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, with cognate reference to Iceland, Greenland, Karelia, and the Baltic Nations. Economic, social, and political diversification; emigration; Norwegian separatism and independence; Finnish recovery of statehood; inter-cultural adjustments; the tests of two World Wars; Mannerheim and the independence of Northern Europe; indigenous populations; social and economic policy; neutral or allied; the new prosperity and the global extension.

For more information contact Dr. Michel Beaulieu at or Dr. Ron Harpelle at in the Department of History.

2018 Financial Literacy Fair - Wednesday, Nov. 21

Did you know that November is Financial Literacy Month in Canada? Come to Lakehead University’s 2018 Financial Literacy Fair. 

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 21
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Agora

There will be a Lunch and Learn session at 11 a.m. Featured speakers include, Dr. Max Haiven, Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Counselling, BDO, Sun Life Financial, and Investors Group.

Organizations in attendance include: Thunder Bay Counselling, Investors Group, Northern Credit Union, BDO Thunder Bay Debit Solutions, Sun Life Financial, Lakehead University Accounts Receivable, Lakehead University Student Health and Wellness, Lakehead University Student Success Centre,  RiVAL (Re-Imagining Value Action Lab), H&R Block, RBC and more.

Win some great LU swag and more! Light refreshments provided.

Come to Lakehead University’s 2018 Financial Literacy Fair - Wednesday, Nov. 21

Did you know that November is Financial Literacy Month in Canada? You're invited to Lakehead University’s 2018 Financial Literacy Fair.

Wednesday, November 21st in the Agora
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Opening Discussion:

11:00 AM -11:30 AM "You are not a loan! Thinking through the deeper roots of the debt system."

Come join Dr. Max Haiven is Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University, where he co-directs the ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL): a workshop for the radical imagination.

His research focuses on the social and cultural dimensions of finance, economics, work and debt. He is the author of books including Cultures of Financialization (2014) and Art After Money, Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization (2018).

Come Lunch and Learn with us! Light snacks provided

11:45 – 12:00 Budgeting! Thunder Bay Counselling offers one-on-one financial counselling to help you achieve your future goals. Our trusted and professional counsellors take the time to understand your personal situation and recommend supports that will improve your finances for the long-term. Come meet with Karen Shalley Financial Counsellor Thunder Bay Counselling to talk about all things budgeting!

12:10 -12:25 When Financial Difficulty Strikes Jayson Stoppel from BDO will discuss options available when financial difficulty strikes. What is a consumer proposal to creditors, what is a licensed insolvency trustee, what can be done to solve a debt crisis and - how does a the service of a Licensed insolvency provider differ from the debt settlement agency found online.

12:35 – 12:50 Finances 101! IG Investors Group: Achieving true financial well-being

We take a personalized, holistic approach because every decision made in one of these areas may open opportunities or present challenges in another. Only when your financial needs are truly interconnected and synchronized, can you be sure you’re getting the most out of your money and achieving true financial well-being.

1:00 – 1:15 Investing with Sun Life Financial

Our advisors have the expertise to understand your needs and show you how to fulfill them. Together, we can create a personalized plan that addresses your goals for the future, and evolve that plan if your needs and situation change. We'll help you get the most out of it. Our financial centre is committed to making a positive difference in our community. We work to be responsible citizens by giving back to the communities where we all live, work and do business.

1:25 – 1:40 RBC – Mortgages and More… Home by RBC provides you valuable home buying information to help you take the next steps. From what you could afford, to where you should live, to how much your home is worth, everything you want to know is available in one convenient location. Come sit in with RBC and talk all things mortgages!

Register for the Family Holiday Party - Sunday, Dec. 9

The Lakehead University Community Council is pleased to invite you to our Family Holiday Party on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1 - 4:30 pm in the Main Cafeteria.

Join us for an afternoon of activities, entertainment, lunch and a visit from Santa. Parents are asked to give a donation of $10 per child to help defray costs.

If you are interested in registering please contact the Office of Donor Events at 807-343-8747 or  no later than Wednesday, Nov. 21.

If you have any older children/grandchildren that would be interested in volunteering, please let us know!  This can be used for their high school volunteer hours.

Further Education with Lakehead University

The Faculty of Graduate Studies will be hosting an information booth on the main floor of the Chancellor Paterson Library on:

  • Thursday, November 8th 10am-3pm
  • Tuesday, November 13th 10am-3pm
  • Wednesday, November 21st 10am-3pm
  • Thursday, November 29th 10am-3pm

Drop by to learn more about the Master's and PhD degrees we offer right here at Lakehead U, and grab some free swag! Everyone welcome.

For more information contact:

Romeo Shutdown November 21 & 22

The Romeo Research Portal will be unavailable on Wednesday, November 21 and Thursday, November 22. This shutdown is required to enable moving the database to another server.

If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Knott, Administrative Officer, at 807-343-8934.

Sweat Lodge Ceremony - Thursday, Nov. 22

Elder GENE NOWEGEJICK, will be conducting a Sweat Lodge on Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 starting at 3 pm at the Lakehead University Sweat Lodge site.

Women should wear long skirts and a t-shirt. Men should wear shorts. Be sure to bring a towel. Participants are encouraged to bring the Elder a tobacco offering which is available at ACSS (RC0002). Women who are on their moon time must not participate in the Sweat Lodge Ceremony or handle ceremonial items.

For more information contact Yolanda Twance, ACSS Coordinator at 807-343-8084 or

CULTURE DAYS ARE BACK! - Friday, Nov. 23

Culture Days are back!

Please join us in the International Student Lounge to learn about the traditions and culture of our international students.

On Friday, November 23 we will kick off the celebration with South Korea and Japan! Write your name in different languages, try new foods, enjoy some music and movies from these countries. This event is drop in (everyone welcome!!) from 1-3 pm on Friday, Nov. 23.

Hope to see you all there!

In Conversation with Dr. Ryan Alford - Saturday, Nov. 24

On Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2 pm in the Brodie Resource Library Fireside Reading Room, join Dr. Ryan Alford, from Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, for this exciting talk.

It was recently revealed that Canada participated in the targeted killing of Canadian citizens in Syria during the military mission that ended in 2015.

Leading legal scholars have argued that the only applicable source of rights is the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Dr. Alford will argue that the Preamble of the British North America Act embedded seven absolute rights into the Constitution of Canada at Confederation.

Celebrate the life of Dave Parsons - Saturday, Nov. 24

Join Lakehead University Athletics department as we celebrate the life of Dave Parsons, who was an athlete, professor, official and friend.

Please join us on Saturday, November 24th at 6:45 pm for the memorial ceremony in the Hangar Lounge.

Light drinks and snacks will be provided.

Women’s and men’s varsity basketball games to follow.

Do you want to learn skills to help you cope with stress, unpleasant thoughts and feelings, and to live more fully? - Jan. to March, 2019

Join Dr. Jen Lailey and Trudy Kergon, MSW, RSW of Student Health and Wellness for this free 8-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy course.

This course is open to everyone at Lakehead University (Students, Staff and Faculty).

Please contact Student Health & Wellness at 343-8361 (or visit us in the Prettie Residence Building) to register before December 7, 2018.

The course will run Mondays, 9 - 11:30 am,  January 7th – March 4th (excluding reading week).

Alphabet Soup Food Swap happening next week

Attend the Alphabet Soup Food Swap happening next week!

Bring something healthy to eat and get a sweet treat!

  • Apple Crumble for Apples

  • Brownies for Bread 

  • Cookies for Carrots

All donations are welcome! Stop by our table outside the outpost to swap a healthy donation for a baked treat!

Monday, November 26 from 11 am - 2 pm and Tuesday, November 27 from 11 am - 2 pm. 

Developing Research Partnerships with Non-profit and Public Sector Organizations: an Office of Research Services Lunch n' Learn - Tuesday, Nov. 27

The Office of Research Services will be hosting a lunchtime panel discussion Developing Research Partnerships with Non-Profit and Public Sector Organizations on Tuesday, November 27th from 12 pm – 2 pm in ATAC 5036/OA 3007.

This session will feature a panel of researchers (Drs. Vicki Kristman, Rebecca Schiff and Elaine Wiersma) and representatives of non-profit organizations with whom they have worked in successful research partnerships.

The researchers and partners will address questions about how they began working together, what a partner is looking for in a research collaboration, and their process of working together to co-create and mobilize research knowledge. Dr. PhebeAnn Wolframe-Smith (Office of Research Services) will be facilitating the discussion.

Lunch is provided with this session. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Rita Nicholas (if attending in Thunder Bay) or Rebecca Heffernan (if attending in Orillia) by Tuesday, November 20th. Make sure to specify any dietary requirements.

MHSc Thesis Defence - C. Marchese - Tuesday, Nov. 27

Carlina Marchese, a Master of Health Sciences candidate in the Department of Health Sciences, will present her Thesis Defence, "Distracted Driving and Crash Responsibility in Fatal USA Collisions 1991 - 2015", on:

DATE: Tuesday, November 27th
TIME: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm (EST)

Carlina's Thesis Committee members are Dr. Michel Bédard, Supervisor; Dr. Lynn Martin, and Sacha Dubois.

A copy of Carlina's thesis is available for review in SN1006, Thunder Bay campus.

Please note that this event is available through Zoom and the invite information is below.


Topic: MHSc Thesis Defence - C. Marchese
Time: Nov 27, 2018 9:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Visual Arts cordially invites you to visit the 10th Annual Open House - Friday, Nov. 30

Lakehead University's Department of Visual Arts cordially invites you to visit the 10th annual Open House Show and Sale, presenting original artworks and crafts by local artists, students, faculty and alumni.

Date: Friday, Nov. 30
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Location: The Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts

Our open house is a family friendly event with kids activities also opportunities to purchase and glaze one of kind ceramic vessels.

This year we are celebrating the 10th annual event with lively Persian traditional music, performed by Lakehead students Masoud Manzouri and Maryam Amini from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts, entrance off Oliver Road. 

Free admission. For more information please contact Sam Shahsahabi at (807) 343 -8491

Funds from this event will support the department's Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

Holiday Open House - Office of Aboriginal Initiatives - Friday, Dec. 7

The Office of Aboriginal Initiatives is pleased to invite you to attend our Holiday Open House. Please drop by to meet our staff, learn about their projects and initiatives and help us celebrate the holiday season. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Date: Friday, December 7th
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, University Centre Rm. UC 2024

Please RSVP your attendance here.

We look forward to having you join us in celebrating the holiday season!