November 27, 2018
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Lakehead University is participating in Giving Tuesday today

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.

Encounters in Bioethics: Care for People with Dementia - A case based discussion - Wednesday, Nov. 28

Join the Centre for Health Care Ethics for a case based discussion on care for people with dementia.

Presenter: Tegan Sacevich, MD, FRCPC, Geriatric Psychiatrist, St. Joseph's Care Group

  • Mariette Brennan, PhD, Associate Professor, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University
  • Stacey Saukko, MSW, RSW, Social Worker, Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay
  • Elaine Wiersma, PhD, Director, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health; Associate Professor, Dept. of Health Sciences Lakehead University

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Venue: Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre, 700 River St., Thunder Bay (Meeting Room 1-2)

Everyone is welcome. Free admission.

There will be an abbreviated session on Thursday, November 29, from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Boardroom, 3rd floor Administration. Everyone is welcome.

Don't stress the test! - Nov. 19, 28, Dec. 4, 5

Student Health & Wellness, in partnership with the Student Success Centre and Student Accessibility Services, invites you to come out and join us for this interactive, activity-based workshop focused on academic and psychological prep for exams and test-taking.

Tips, strategies and skills for exam success. 

Monday, Nov. 19 - 1 to 2 pm
Wednesday, Nov. 28 - 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 4 - 1 to 2 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 5 - 1 to 2 pm

Chancellor Paterson Library room 5002.

Lakehead University celebrating Festivus - Nov. 27 to 29

Lakehead University staff will host Festivus each day from Tuesday, Nov. 27 to Thursday, Nov. 29 to help students during a stressful time of year.

Festivus will feature colouring, movies, crafts, the famous aluminum pole from Seinfeld, and more.

This is a way to show Lakehead students how much everyone at the University appreciates them. 

Organized by the Student Appreciation Committee, students can relieve stress before exams by participating in a variety of relaxing and interactive activities. 

Students will also enjoy tasty treats at Lakehead's Festivus celebration, in the Agora each day from Tuesday, Nov. 27 and Thursday, Nov. 29 from 11 am to 3 pm.

Visit for more information.

Need help with a university problem?

If you have a university-related concern - academics, financial, personal or something else - the Office of the Ombudsperson is a safe space to talk about options and problem-solve.

The Ombudsperson is a confidential and impartial service for all members of the university community – students, staff and faculty – to ensure that all are treated fairly and equitably. It is a resource for you to bring a wide range of questions, concerns, and complaints, including:

  • Academic appeals & late withdrawals
  • Campus services
  • Tuition and finances
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Personal matters
  • Interpersonal conflicts

Please contact Rob Thompson, Lakehead University's Ombudsperson, to set up an appointment:

Phone: (807) 343-8061


Drop by: ATAC 5031

Professional Development Opportunity

Do you want to become a confident public speaker and a strong leader? If so, Toastmasters is the place for you. You’ll find a supportive learning environment that allows you to achieve your goals at your own pace.

An ideal opportunity for students, faculty, staff and alumni to acquire valuable skills in the following areas:

  • interview preparation
  • thesis defense preparation
  • school and work presentations
  • interpersonal communication
  • language development
  • leadership
  • public speaking
  • mentoring
  • confidence
  • and more!

Hope to see you there. 

Heart of the Harbour Toastmaster’s Club meets every Tuesday from 12 to 1 p.m. in the LUSU Board Room (UC 2020). Guests are always welcome to join our meetings and no notice is required. For more information please contact Yvonne at

Winter Safety Tips - Orillia campus

Are you ready for winter? Here are a few tips to keep you safe this season:

  1. Walk on the plowed sidewalks. Please don’t cut across the green space or over snow banks as you could potentially fall and be injured. If you park at Rotary Place, know that the field isn't monitored and should you get into trouble, the Security team won’t be aware.
  2. Use Safe Walk if you feel uncomfortable or unsafe walking alone.
  3. Lines delineating parking spots may be harder to judge in the snow. Please be respectful of other drivers’ parking spots.
  4. Before you leave campus it’s important to make sure your vehicle is free of snow and ice. Clean off all windows, defrost your windows, and clean your head and tail lights. There really is no excuse for not cleaning the snow off your vehicle – it takes less than two minutes.
  5. Please note that snow won’t be cleared in between cars in the parking lot or along non-designated walkways/sidewalks. Appropriate footwear should be worn at all times.
  6. If we cancel classes or examinations because of weather, we will notify students, faculty and staff as soon as possible in a number of ways: the campus status page on our website; Blazecast email; a message to the main phone line; local radio and television stations; and social media channels.
  7. Check weather and travel conditions before heading out. Don’t take chances if the weather is bad. Reports on winter road conditions are available at
  8. It’s a good idea to keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle. Here are some recommended items:
  • ice scraper/snowbrush
  • shovel
  • sand or traction aid (kitty litter works well)
  • booster cables
  • first aid kit
  • extra clothing
  • blanket
  • non-perishable energy foods – example: chocolate or granola bars, bottled water
  • candle and a small tin can
  • matches

Remember, prevention is always better than recovery.

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.

Lakehead Orillia's DB Krupp published in AEON magazine

Lakehead University Orillia assistant professor and SALT lab director, DB Krupp, has recently authored an article, “Kill the competition: why siblings fight but colleagues cooperate”, for AEON magazine.

Krupp’s article speaks to his recent work that examines the relationship between inequality and conflict, and how similarities in behaviour can be seen in sibling relations, real-world violence, and the global economy. In the article, Krupp explains how competition amplifies inequality, which increases conflict and decreases wealth.

The article is available here.

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.

Invite - Lessons from the vicuña reintroduction into Ecuador - NRMT Seminar Series - Wednesday, Nov. 28

The university community is invited to attend the next Natural Resources Management Seminar Series Presentation.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 9:00 am
Where: BB-1016
Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Brian McLaren presents Lessons from the vicuña reintroduction into Ecuador.

Dr. McLaren has been teaching in the Faculty of Natural Resources Management at Lakehead University over 15 years, minus two years spent in Chimborazo, Ecuador, where he developed partnerships with the Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo (ESPOCH).

His research is in culturally significant herbivores and their ecosystems, beginning with his participation in ecological research of wolves and moose on Isle Royale.

The vicuña reintroduction offered a unique opportunity to review an increasing population of herbivores in the foothills of Chimborazo, one of the world’s highest peaks.

EXCEL Student Leadership This Week - Thursday, Nov. 29

Attention Thunderwolves!

EXCEL Leadership, Lakehead's Student Leadership Development Program, is back and better than ever for 2018/19!  The Student Success Centre is excited to bring you this program as one of three Student Leadership Programs. 

Improve your leadership skills, develop new relationships and engage with your community in a meaningful way. Participate through thought-provoking and entertaining workshops designed to bring out your best leadership qualities. 

This week's workshop takes place on Thursday, November 29 in SN 2011 and focuses on Managing Performance Anxiety. The workshop is offered at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., so you can choose the one that best fits your schedule. Pre-registration is not required and all students are invited to attend, so just show up and join in! 

For more information, click here to visit the Student Success Centre's website. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

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.

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).

Participate in Lakehead International's Annual Home for the Holidays Program!

Lakehead University International is seeking staff and faculty to welcome international students into their homes over the holiday season.

Each year Lakehead International runs a program called Home for the Holidays. Many international students are unable to return home during the holiday break, so we are looking for Lakehead University staff and faculty to welcome students into their homes for a holiday dinner or to share the entire day if you wish!

If you would like to participate in the Home for the Holidays program, you would be asked to share a holiday dinner in your home with one (or more) international students. The dates that are available to host are December 24th, 25th, or 26th, depending on which day your family plans to hold their holiday dinner.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please visit this page to complete the Google sign-up form.

If you require more information, please contact Lakehead International by e-mail at or by phone at (807) 346-7848.

Social work students take action against gender-based violence - Friday, Nov. 30

Students from Lakehead Orillia’s School of Social Work are applying their scholarship and creativity in partnership with Athena Sexual Assault and Advocacy Centre to address the issue of gender-based violence.

As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, which runs from November 25 to December 10, the School of Social Work and Athena Sexual Assault and Advocacy Centre will present a community event on Friday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Orillia campus.

The event will feature a speaker panel and a special screening of the documentary, “The Hunting Ground”, which explores the issues of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.

While discrimination is not confined to college and university campuses, addressing gender-based oppression and sexual violence helps to create campuses that are safe, barrier-free and free from all forms of discrimination.

Date: Friday, Nov. 30
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: OA 1033

RBC Work Integrated Learning Workshop - Understanding First Nations: A Business Perspective - Friday, Nov. 30

The Faculty of Business Administration and the RBC Work Integrated Learning Program Workshop Series invite you to a workshop called Understanding First Nations: A Business Perspective with Ron Marano of Marano Consulting.

There is often a lack of understanding in the business world of First Nations and their members. This workshop will focus on frequently asked questions and provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions. The goal of this workshop is to have an open dialogue and increase the understanding of the participants about the current realities of First Nations and their members.

Ron Marano is from a remote First Nation in Northern Ontario. He moved to Thunder Bay to attend high school and subsequently attended Lakehead University and completed a Civil Engineering Technology Diploma, Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Masters of Business Administration.

Ron has consulted for industry but prefers to work directly for First Nations. He is currently working for his First Nation on a number of initiatives related to business and economic development. Ron is proud to be fluent in Oji-Cree.

This interactive workshop will focus on discussion and FAQs. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

If you have specific questions that you would like discussed you are welcome to submit them to the email below prior to the workshop.

Date: Friday November 30
Time: 2:30 - 4:00
Location: ATAC 5041 and OA 2020

The session is open to all students, staff and faculty.

Please RSVP to Maryann Kleynendorst, Experiential Learning Navigator at

Volunteers Required - Do any Faculty or Staff Have Children/Grandchildren Needing Volunteer Hours for High School?

Lakehead University is holding a Family Holiday Party on Sunday, December 9, 2018.  Volunteers are required on Saturday, December 8th for party set up from 11:00 am to approximately 4:00 pm in the main cafeteria. 

Volunteers are also required on December 9th to work at the party from 12:15 pm to approximately 5:30 pm (pizza will be served for lunch).  

If your children or grandchildren are interested in volunteering for one or both of these dates, please contact Patti Merriman, Donor Events Manager, at  or 628-7898.

Board of Governors Meeting - Thursday, November 29

The next meeting of the Lakehead University Board of Governors will be held on Thursday, November 29, in the Senate Chambers, UC1001 (Thunder Bay campus) and in room OA2005 (Orillia campus) beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the open session portion of the meeting. The agenda will be posted to the University Governance section of the website approximately one week prior to the meeting.

The 2018-19 Board of Governors membership and the membership of Board Standing Committees can also be found online here.

For inquiries, please contact the University Secretariat at or (807) 346-7949.

Smudging Advisory - Friday, Nov. 30

Please note there will be smudging on the Thunder Bay campus using traditional medicines (sage, cedar, and sweet grass) outside the front doors of the CASES building on Friday, November 30 between 10:30 am - 11:30 am.

For more information or any concerns, please contact Caitlin Reeves, Conference Services, at (807) 343-8398 or

Haida-language film, Sgaawaay K'uuna-Edge of the Knife, screening at Lakehead Orillia - Monday, Dec. 3

Lakehead Orillia is pleased to present a special screening of the Canadian feature film, Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife), on Monday, December 3 at 4 p.m.

Sgaawaay K’uuna – directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown – is the first feature-length film to be shot completely in the Haida language.  

Set in the mid-1800’s on the remote islands of Haida Gwaii, the film follows two families as they reunite at a seasonal fishing camp. Conflict erupts between Adiits’ii and his best friend Kwa, after Adiits’ii’s recklessness results in a tragic accident.

Adiits’ii seeks refuge in the wilderness, where he is mentally and physically pushed to the brink of survival and transforms into Gaagiixiid – the Haida Wildman. In spring, the families return to the fishing camp to find that Adiits’ii has survived the winter. They set out to capture him; and must discover whether they can drive out the supernatural power to restore Adiits’ii to humanity.

Sgaawaay K’uuna will be followed by a question and answer session with actor William Russ (Kwa) and production manager Dana Moraes.

The screening will take place at 4 p.m. in OA 1033.

Special Presentation: Dr. Bryan Matthias, Visiting Research Chair - Fulbright Canada Lakehead University – Monday, Dec. 3


You're invited to attend a special presentation, “Quantifying Impacts of Historical and Emerging Ecological Stressors on Aquatic Ecosystems,” with guest speaker Dr. Bryan Matthias, Visiting Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Solutions - Fulbright Canada, Lakehead University.

Date: Monday, Dec. 3
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Location: AT1006 (Thunder Bay) and OA2005 (Orillia)

This presentation has been organized by Dr. Michael Rennie, Associate Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries at Lakehead University.

All are welcome to attend this free, public presentation.

Please email to receive future announcements.

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

Anti-Spam Law and Policy

This is a friendly reminder that Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), reflected in Lakehead University's Policy on Commercial Electronic Messages, prohibits sending most commercial promotions of goods and services (e.g. the sale of tickets) through Communications Bulletins or other emails without recipients' prior consent and unsubscribeoptions. 

Exceptions to this rule are promotions relating to the University's core activities of education, research, and scholarship, and to raising funds for a charity registered under the Income Tax Act.

CASL is accessible by clicking here, and you may see the Policy by clicking here. If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact Millo Shaw, Lakehead's Director of Risk Management and Access to Information, at 807-343-8518 or

Retirement Celebration for Dr. Antony Gillies, Department of Civil Engineering - Tuesday, Dec. 4

Colleagues and friends within the Lakehead University Community are invited to drop by to wish Dr. Antony Gillies all the best in his retirement.

A faculty member and Chair with the Department of Civil Engineering since 1983, Tony has been an instrumental figure in the growth of the Engineering programs in the Faculty and a positive role model for his students. Dr. Gillies is currently the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and will be missed by staff, students and colleagues alike.

Please join us to wish him well as he crosses the bridge to a long and happy retirement!

WHEN: Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
TIME: 2:00 - 3:30 pm
LOCATION: Faculty Lounge

2019 Teaching Innovation Award - Nomination deadline is Saturday, Dec. 15

Nominations are now open for the new Teaching Innovation Award.

Lakehead University’s Teaching Innovation Award recognizes the development and/or implementation of innovative pedagogical practices and technologies. The award is given for the development and/or implementation of a specific pedagogical innovation, and may be awarded to an individual or a team.

Instructors, librarians, and staff engaged in the delivery and support of teaching at Lakehead are eligible to be nominated for innovations developed and/or implemented at Lakehead University.

For more information about this award and the nomination process, visit the Teaching Commons website.