November 23, 2018
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Cancellation Notice: Fall 2018 Biology Seminar Series – Seventh Seminar: Friday, November 23

Cancellation Notice: Please note that the seventh presentation of the Fall 2018 Biology Seminar Series presented by Dr. Azim Mallik and Dr. Michael Rennie, Department of Biology, Lakehead University (Thunder Bay) has been cancelled. This seminar will not be rescheduled.

Cancelled Date: Friday, Nov. 23
Time: 3 - 4 p.m.
Location: AT1010 (Thunder Bay) and OA2006 (Orillia)

Please email to receive future announcements.

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

On Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2 pm in the Brodie Resource Library Fireside Reading Room (216 Brodie St. S), 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.

Free Grocery Bus Service - Nov. 10 to Dec. 1

Lakehead students can access a free ride to go get groceries from November 10 to December 1.
  • Saturday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Students will have the opportunity to shop at the Real Canadian Superstore, Walmart, and the Thunder Bay Country Market. Must present valid student ID. Buses will run on a loop from Lakehead's front doors (outside the Agora) to all locations for your convenience.

To attend or for more information, contact Rob Strachan at or Victoria Pullia at

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

Join the 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.

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.

Reminder for SAS Students to Register for Exams

If you are registered with Student Accessibility Services and require exam accommodations for December, please remember to let us know.

If you have not done this yet, please visit us in SC 0003 to complete the necessary form.

Contact if you have any questions.

Coming Soon - Updated Library Website

Watch for an updated library website in January 2019!

Our aim is to make accessing the library's resources and services seamless and straightforward. Check upcoming communications bulletins, and our social media for more information and your opportunity to provide feedback.

Academic Advising Pop Ups - Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and 10

Student Central will be holding a number of pop up sessions to offer on-the-spot academic advising help.

If you have questions about your program, are considering changing programs, or simply want to make sure you're on track, we encourage you to stop by one of the Academic Advising Pop Up sessions happening over the next three weeks.

The Pop Up sessions will be happening on the first floor of the library at the following dates and times:

• Monday, November 26, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
• Monday, December 3, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
• Monday, December 10, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Speak with a highly trained advisor about any questions you might have, and pick up some of the great resources that will be available.

We hope to see you there!

Have your say and WIN!

On Wednesday, November 28th pick up a card for a chance to win a $50 gift card in the Main Cafeteria.

Simply fill out our Dining Survey at and you will be entered to win!

Visit our display between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm for more information.

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.

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.

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, 2018
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

Directory updates

There are some discrepancies between the online directory and the department websites in regard to contact information and/or position titles.

Switchboard Information Services is asking all administrative assistants to check their department websites, as well as the listings in the online directory, and send any corrections/changes to

This will help keep the listings up to date. Thank you in advance.

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.

Ellen Silverio Vieira’s Biotechnology PhD Thesis Proposal - Tuesday, Nov. 27

The Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies PhD candidate Ellen Silverio Vieira will present her Biotechnology PhD thesis proposal, Development of Starch/Hemicellulose Films for Use in Packaging.

Date: Tuesday, November 27
Time: 10 AM
Location: CB 4058

Committee Members: Dr. Sudip Rakshit (supervisor), Dr. Baoqiang Liao, Dr. Siamak Elyasi, and Dr. Md. Alam (external)

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Contact Brenda Magajna at for more information.

Holiday-Themed Beaded Ornament Ball Workshop from the Indigenous Curriculum Specialist - Tuesday, Nov. 27

Faculty, instructors, and staff are welcome to attend this Holiday-Themed Beaded Ornament Ball workshop.

In this workshop, participants will create a beadwork over an ornament ball which uses Indigenous beadwork netting techniques. Materials provided: beads, sewing supplies, clear and white ornament balls.

(If you’re interested in this, please also look out for the next workshop: Holiday-Themed Beaded Ornament Medallion held on December 5th.)

Please bring your own snacks and lunch.

Please note that this activity uses small beads and detailed work, please bring reading/crafting glasses as needed.

Please register. Registration is limited to 10 participants.

Time/Date and location: Tuesday, November 27th, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in LI5014C.

For more details or to register visit LibCal at

Discussion Group: Multiculturalism in Thunder Bay - Wednesday, Nov. 28

Come and join us for a fun and informative discussion group on what multiculturalism in Thunder Bay means to you!

Date: Wednesday, November 28, from 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Location: LUSU's Multicultural Centre

This is a free event, and lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, November 27, at

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!

Heart of the Harbour Toastmaster’s Club meets every Tuesday from 12 - 1 pm 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

@ The Study Coffeehouse on Tuesday November 27, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Come enjoy the experience of hearing Distinguished Toastmaster, David Goldsworthy deliver his award winning Tall Tale.  This will be followed by an opportunity to participate in a Table Topics session to work on your impromptu speaking skills. Don’t miss this chance to shape your own future.

Click here to RSVP to this free event


MCC Movie Night (THIS IS NOT WHAT I EXPECTED) - Thursday, Nov. 29

The LUSU Multicultural Centre is screening movies from different cultures and backgrounds.

Join us to watch This Is Not What I Expected, a Chinese romantic comedy film on Thursday, November 29 from 2-4 PM at the Study Coffeehouse (the side room). FREE ADMISSION. SNACKS PROVIDED. ENGLISH SUBTITLES.

Workshop - Research data management - Friday, Nov. 30

This 45-minute session will introduce participants to services offered by the Library to support researchers who need to manage datasets.

The Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management encourages data management planning as well as sharing and reusing datasets where possible to strengthen the research environment in Canada.

In this session, we will look at the components of a data management plan (DMP); an online tool to create DMPs; considerations for sharing datasets such as metadata creation, privacy and intellectual property issues; and preservation and storage options for datasets.

Where: LI 5014C (Thunder Bay, 5th floor of the Library) and OA 3041 (Orillia)
When: Friday, November 30 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

This session is part of the Research and Innovation Workshop Series. Please contact Moira Davidson (, 807-343-8315) for more information.

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 have not registered, please do so as soon as possible.

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.

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.

Call for Nominations for Prestigious Fellow of the University - Deadline: Friday, Jan. 4, 2019

Lakehead University's Board of Governors is seeking nominations for Fellow of the University, which recognizes people who have contributed to the growth, development, welfare and well-being of Lakehead University.

The nomination deadline for Fellow of the University is Friday, January 4 2019. More information on the criteria and nomination form is available by clicking here.

If you have further questions, please contact:
The University Secretariat
Phone: 807-346-7949

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.

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

Call for Nominations: 2019 Indigenous Partnership Research Award

Lakehead University's Office of Aboriginal Initiatives celebrates growing partnerships between Lakehead University researchers/research teams and Indigenous individuals, communities, and organizations by offering an Indigenous Partnership Research Award.

The Office of Aboriginal Initiatives is currently seeking nominations for this Award from members of the University and the broader communities. Nomination forms and additional details regarding award criteria are available on the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives website.

For further information about the award itself, please contact Denise Baxter, Vice-Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives), Tel: 807-766-7177;

Please submit nomination form, nomination letters and supporting letters to Ashley Dokuchie, Administrative Assistant, Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, Tel: 807-766-7219; Fax: 807-343-8679; Email:


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.

Social work students take action against gender-based violence

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


Reminder - Submit Chemical Waste Requests by Dec. 1

The Office of Human Resources - Health and Safety is reminding all laboratory supervisors to ensure all chemical waste is submitted through ErPortal before December 1, 2018.

Waste requests placed after this date cannot be included in the next scheduled waste pick-up.

Contact for assistance or information.

Exceptional Volunteer Experience

Volunteers & Ambassadors needed!

The office of Undergraduate Recruitment is looking for energetic student volunteers to help with our annual Preview Day Open House on Tuesday, December 4th.

Over 500 students and family members will be visiting campus and many volunteers are needed to help set-up, welcome and host students, accompany guests to various places on campus, hand-out prizes and t-shirts, and much more.

Volunteers are needed from 8:30 am – 3 pm, and lunch will be provided.

Interested? Please complete this form and we will be in touch.

Have a business idea you would like to pitch for cash?

Registration is open now for the Pitch It competition. All you need is an idea and we can help you with the rest!

Don't know how to pitch? Don't worry there is a workshop prior to the event to help you work that out. Any and all ideas are accepted.

Cash prize of $1,000 to help grow your idea to the next level. Register today.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 4
Time: 5 to 7 pm
Location: Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre

For more information or to register, visit

MHSc Thesis Defence - S. Fossum - Friday, Dec. 7

Shauna Fossum, a Master of Health Sciences candidate in the Department of Health Sciences, will present her Thesis Defence, "The Development and Initial Validation of the Caregiver Driving Scale: A Tool to Measure the Impact of Older Adult Driving Cessation on Caregivers", on:

DATE: Friday, December 7th
TIME: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm (EST)

Shauna's Thesis Committee members are Dr. Michel Bédard, Supervisor; Dr. Dwight Mazmanian and Dr. Helle Møller.

A copy of Shauna'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 - S. Fossum
Time: Dec 7, 2018 1:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

2019 Teaching Innovation Award - Nomination deadline 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.

Nominations are now open for Lakehead University 2019 Innovation Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Innovation Awards.

There are two awards to be given out, the Lakehead University Innovation Award and the Lakehead University Student Innovation Award.

Presentations of the 2019 Innovation Awards will occur at the Research and Innovation Week Reception on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

Please visit the Economic Development and Innovation Office (EDI) website and click on 2019 Lakehead University Innovation Awards for more information.

Nominations must be received by Friday, February 1, 2019 to be considered for the 2019 Research and Innovation Week Awards. Awards will not necessarily be given each year.

Nominations can be emailed to or faxed to 807-766-7178.

If you have any questions, please call or email Kelly Fettes, Administrative Officer, EDI office at or 343-8871.