January 11, 2019
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Jump into January with the SSC!

Welcome Back Thunderwolves! The Student Success Centre is kicking off the winter term with a variety of activities and programs and we’re inviting all students to jump into January with us!

Join us for some fun activities, academic prep sessions, and outdoor adventures all month long. Be sure to keep an eye out for details and information regarding these events, but here’s a preview of what we have in store for you:

FROST WEEK: Monday, January 7th - Friday, January 11th (TB & OR)

Come celebrate your first week back with some school spirit and fun activities! Treats, games, outdoor adventures, creative designs, giveaways and more await all students during Frost Week. For a full list of the events, visit:

ACADEMIC PREP SESSIONS: Thursday, January 10th - Tuesday, January 15th (TB) & Thursday, January 17th - Thursday, January 24th (OR)

Let us help prepare you for your semester. Whether you’re looking to refine an academic skill or learn a new strategy, these Academic Prep Sessions will provide you with information to assist your studies. Topics include time management, reading and note taking, study skills and how to write an academic paper. All sessions will be held in the Faculty Lounge (TB) and ASZ (OR) and are approximately 45 minutes in length. For a full schedule of sessions, visit:

BOUNCE BACK: Monday, January 14th - February 14th (TB & OR)

Are you a first-year student who didn’t reach your full potential during the Fall term? If so, consider signing up for our Bounce Back program. Bounce Back is designed to support and guide first-year students through a series of interactive sessions that focus on community building, personal reflection, goal setting, academic skills, action plans, and peer mentoring.

There are 3 sessions in this program, each being approximately 45 minutes in length. The sessions run twice a week between January - February. For more information and to register, visit:


Calling all students! Don’t miss out on our upcoming careers fairs. Speak with employers, drop off your resume, book an interview and get hired!

Education Career Fair (TB) - Wednesday, January 16, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Bora Laskin building

Summer Job & Career Fair (OR) - Thursday, January 31, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Simcoe Hall Learning Commons

Summer Job & Career Fair (TB) - Wednesday, February 6 & Thursday, February 7, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Agora

Education Career Fair (OR) - Thursday, February 7, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Heritage Place

For complete details, please visit:


Save the Date! If you’re a mature student, then be sure to put a hold in your calendar on the morning of Tuesday, January 22 and join us in the Academic Support Zone for a coffee break! Speak with advisors and library staff, connect with your peers and participate in some activities. Stay tuned to the communications bulletin for more information!

THE JOB MARKET: Monday, January 21 (OR) & Wednesday, January 23 (TB)

Get ready for our upcoming Summer Job and Career Fair by preparing in advance! Drop by to spruce up your career skills by taking a practice run at interacting and communicating with employers.

Mock interviews, resume reviews, strengths articulation, co-op information and more will help you impress companies and get hired. Stay tuned to the communications bulletin for more information.


Stay up-to-date with all our events, activities and programming by downloading the Lakehead Student Success App. Be sure to select your campus when downloading and allow for push notifications so you’re informed with all that we have to offer. Be sure to follow us on social media as well including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter: #lakeheadadventure

TB @LakeheadSuccess

OR @LakeheadOSA

Meet the new Lakehead University Chair in Finnish Studies

The Finnish Chair Advisory Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jaana Laine as the eighth Chair in Finnish Studies.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to meet Dr. Laine on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 2 - 3 pm in BB 1003G. (Coffee will be served)

Dr. Laine will be in Thunder Bay until the end of April. During her time at Lakehead University she will be conducting research on the human-forest relationship focusing on Finnish-Canadians in our region.

Dr. Laine obtained her MSc. in Business Economics of Forestry from the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Helsinki and her PhD in Social and Economic History from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki.

Dr. Laine’s doctoral dissertation was entitled Rules of the Timber Trade. Timber trade between private forest owners and forestry industry in Eastern Finland, 1919–1939.

She has taught a wide variety of courses at the University of Helsinki and at Lakehead University she will be teaching History 2172/ Northern Studies 2172 – Finland and the Nordic Region in the 20th Century (Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 10:00 pm).

Dr. Laine’s research explores forestry and forest history. In her doctoral dissertation, she wrote about the timber trade between private forest owners and forest companies during the interwar period. This permitted Dr. Laine to explain the formation of institutions and institutional change of timber trade.

In other research projects, she has studied forest labour and trade unions, and foresters’ international activity. In her latest publications, she has written about the history of Finnish Forest Research Institute (METLA, 2017) and the economic history of Finland. (eds. Laine, Hannikainen and Ojala, March 2019).

Dr. Laine will be making public presentations in Thunder Bay during the winter term. She is also interested in hearing from Finnish-Canadians and their descendants for her research project on the human-forest relationship and is looking for opportunities to discuss research with faculty and students.

Dr. Laine’s office is in RB 3021. Her phone number is 343-8341 and she can be contacted via email at

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.

Thunder Bay Police Training at Lakehead University - Saturday, Jan. 12

The Thunder Bay Police Service will conduct Immediate Rapid Deployment (IRD) Training tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 12) on the fourth floor of the Centennial Building at Lakehead University.

Please contact Frank Sgambelluri with any concerns or questions at 343-8131 or by email at

Cancelled - Crossing Lines: Recent Developments in the Korean Peninsula - Monday, Jan. 14

Cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

On Monday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 pm, Dr. Carl Young (Western University) will discuss "Crossing Lines: Recent Developments in the Korean Peninsula."

What has led to recent peace overtures in the Korean Peninsula and where could this lead? This presentation will look at both domestic and international factors related to the different powers involved in the Korean peninsula to help better explain why there have been new footsteps towards resolving tensions on the peninsula.

It will also assess the opportunities and obstacles to a new peace regime in Korea and its implications for the wider Asia-Pacific region.

This event is made possible by The Thunder Bay Branch of the Canadian International Council, Lakehead University’s Department of History, and Lakehead International.

It is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome!

Thunder Bay - ATAC 5036
Orillia - OA 3041

About the presenter: Carl Young is an associate professor in the History department at Western University in London, Ontario. He teaches courses on Korean and Japanese history as well as on international relations in the Asia-Pacific.

His research focuses on the interplay of nationalism, imperialism, and religious social movements in Korea, as well as Korea’s place in the wider Asia-Pacific international system.

Cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Mindfulness Meditation on Campus - Four days per week

Mindfulness Meditation continues on the Thunder Bay campus this semester. Meditation benefits are numerous, from helping us train our minds to focus, to helping us manage and calm symptoms of anxiety.

Come and practice with us today and experience the benefits for yourself.

All sessions are free and all students, staff and faculty are welcome! Times and locations are as follows:

  • Mondays 1:15 to 1:45 pm - Student Health and Wellness Activity Room
  • Tuesdays 11:45 am to 12:15 pm - Student Health and Wellness Activity Room
  • Wednesdays 3:00 to 3:30 pm - Ll 5002
  • Fridays 11:30 am to 12:00 pm - Ll 5002

Please note that the Friday session location is new, now on the 5th Floor of the library.

Take some time to take care of yourself this semester. Come and join us!

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.

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:

Study Abroad in Scandinavia!

The North2North program offers the opportunity for Lakehead University undergraduate students to participate in a student exchange program at a Nordic university abroad.  You can read more about the north2north program HERE.

If you are interested in finding out more about the North2North program, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, please contact an International Student Advisor at

If you are already planning to apply to the North2North program, please submit your application to Lakehead International as soon as possible as the deadline is on February 15th of each year.

You can submit your application via e-mail to, or in person at the Lakehead International Office (located on the ground floor of the Chancellor Paterson Library, room LI 0008).

Start Your Day Learning with

Lakehead University students, faculty, and staff have free access to  Visit to learn more.

Questions?  Contact the Teaching Commons at

EDI Consultation on Disability - Monday, Jan. 14

The President's Taskforce on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) is hosting two additional consultations on Disability, as we develop our five-year action plan for Lakehead. 

We encourage all persons with disabilities, as well as those who support accommodations or who have expertise on disability and equity to join us on Monday, Jan. 14 as we host two different meetings, one with students and the other with faculty and staff as per below:

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) consultation on disability with Faculty and Staff

Date: Monday, Jan. 14
Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm                             

Location: ATAC 5035 (Thunder Bay) and OA 3007 (Orillia) 

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) consultation on disability with Students

 Date: Monday, Jan. 14
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: ATAC 5036 (Thunder Bay) and OA 3041 (Orillia)

If you require specific accommodations to participate in this consultation, please let us know by Friday, Jan. 11 by contacting

We recognize that sharing personal and professional perspectives on EDI can often make members of equity-seeking groups feel more vulnerable and so you are reminded that this consultation is voluntary and confidential.

We do have an Online Form that is completely anonymous where you can alternatively or additionally give input. Thank you for supporting the President's Taskforce on EDI Action Planning.

2019 United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages - Tuesday, Jan. 15

We invite the university community to join Confederation College and Lakehead University in marking the start of a year-long celebration in recognition of the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Indigenous languages foster and promote our unique local cultures, customs, and values which have endured for thousands of years. Indigenous languages add to the rich tapestry of global cultural diversity.

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 15
Location: The Agora


  • 1 pm - Opening Ceremony
  • 1:30 - 3 pm - Language-based Activities

Confederation College Celebration: Date TBA

For more information, please contact Jerri-lyn Orr, 807-346-7709 or

Smudging Advisory - Tuesday, Jan. 15

Traditional smudging using Indigenous medicines (tobacco, sweetgrass, cedar, and sage) will take place in the Agora for the Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Indigenous Languages on Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 12:30 to 3 pm.

Please direct questions to Heleena at Conference Services at

Please join us - Tuesday, Jan. 15

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, on behalf of the Department of Indigenous Learning, would like to extend an invitation to attend an open presentation on the Canada Mexico Asset-Based Community Development Experiential Learning Project.

In November 2018, five Indigenous students from Lakehead University Thunder Bay attended the 7th Mexico-Canada Roundtable on Intercultural/Indigenous Higher Education in Puebla Mexico.

During their seven-day trip, the students visited the Intercultural University of the State of Puebla, presented at the First Congress on Indigenous Rights and visited with the small Indigenous village of San Juan Ozelonacaxtla to learn from and share with the Totonaku people.

Please join us on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 pm in the Faculty Lounge to hear our students share their personal insights, comparisons and reflections about this unique opportunity.

Attention Grad Students - Tuesday, Jan. 15

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

An ideal opportunity for graduate students 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 will be holding a meeting in the Graduate Student Lounge in the new CASES building on Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 12 - 1 pm. One of our members who is a graduate student will be delivering a speech. Guests are always welcome to join our meetings.

There is no cost for guests to attend our meetings, and no notice is required. For more information please contact Yvonne at

Regular meetings are held every Tuesday from 12 - 1 pm in the LUSU Board Room, UC 2020 and anyone is welcome to join.

One-day Parking Ticket Amnesty will help LUSU's Food Bank - Wednesday, Jan. 16

Lakehead University’s Security Services is holding a one-day amnesty to help raise funds for LUSU’s Food Bank.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, students, staff and faculty can pay $6 at the Security desk in Thunder Bay and Orillia and, in exchange, Security will write off one $25 parking ticket.

Lakehead University identification must be provided to Security at the time of the transaction.

From the $6, $5 will go toward the Food Bank and $1 will cover an administrative fee.

Education Career Fair - Wednesday, Jan. 16

Please join us for the Lakehead University Education Fair!

Approximately 45 local, regional, national and international school boards and teacher recruitment agencies will be on campus to meet students and upcoming graduates interested in teaching related employment opportunities. All students are welcome.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 16
Time: 9 am-12:30 pm
Location: Bora Laskin Building

Understanding Financial Literacy - Lunch Workshop Series - Wednesday, Jan. 16

Join us for the first of a three-part lunch workshop that helps explore your financial literacy and get you to being credit worthy. 

A certificate of completion will be given to those who attend all three workshops. This workshop is provided in partnership with Nishnawbe Aski Develpoment Fund.

The first workshop is Wednesday, Jan. 16th, 11:30 am-12:30 pm in the Ingenuity Connections Theatre - FB 2023 (in the CASES Building)

All students are welcome, no previous experience or knowledge in finances is needed.

To register or for any questions contact Alyson MacKay, Manager, Ingenuity, at

Demystifying the Process - Applying to the LU or TBRHSC REB? We can help - Wednesday, Jan. 16

The LU and TBRHSC Research Ethic Boards (REB) have joined forces and developed a reciprocity arrangement for research ethics review.

This means that researchers whose research would normally have required review from both institutions, only need to apply to one institution and their REB approval is accepted by the other. This greatly reduces researcher and REB burden as well as shortens review timelines.

If you think your research project may fall into this category, this Workshop is for you!

The Research Ethics Officers from LU and the TBRHSC will present the application processes to help aid in demystifying the process to get you on track for REB review and approval.

Event Date: Wednesday, Jan. 16 - 10 am to 12 pm
Event Location: ATAC 5036
Refreshments will be provided at this event.

To RSVP (by Monday, Jan. 14) or for more information, please contact Sue Wright at:

As well, for more information, please click here.

Frost Cup Women's Hockey Game - Thursday, Jan. 17

Join us in cheering on our women’s hockey team during the 2019 Frost Cup. The women will take on Georgian College Orillia on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Rotary Place. Wear your blue & gold colours to support your Thunderwolves! Jersey raffle, Bell Let's Talk giveaways and more!

See you there! GO Thunderwolves!

Department of Languages - Cinema Night - Friday, Jan. 18

Date: Friday, Jan. 18
Time: 7-9pm
Room: PACI-Faculty of Law
Cost: Free

Dear Movie Viewers,

Our next evening has been confirmed at PACI on Friday, Jan. 18, 7-9 pm. Some of the movies you can expect include: Gangsterdam, Goodbye Lenin, I am Love, Malena, No, Spettacolo. 

We will have beverages, snacks, and popcorn. Feel free to invite friends and family.

For more information, please contact John Zussino at


Graduate Studies Information Session - Friday, Jan. 18

Social Justice Studies, Sociology, and Women’s Studies are holding a Graduate Studies Information Session.

Friday, Jan. 18
3:00 – 4:30 pm
Thunder Bay: LI 5014C
Orillia: OA 2005

Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

All students interested in pursuing a graduate degree are invited and encouraged to attend.

Senate Research Committee (SRC) Funding Opportunities – Deadline January 21

The Senate Research Committee is currently accepting applications for the following funding opportunities:

Research Development Fund: To support short-term research activities that fall within the funding mandates of NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR. The maximum award for research initiatives is $7,000.

Grants are awarded to support the following eligible research initiatives:

(a) to support the research programs of new tenured and tenure-track faculty members (typically within three years of their initial appointment);

(b) to support efforts by faculty members to gain or regain funding by a major funding agency;

(c) to support new initiatives by faculty members who are changing fundamentally their direction of research and are seeking appropriate external support; and

(d) to support new collaborative initiatives between faculty members who are also seeking appropriate external support.

Visiting Scholar Fund: To invite recognized scholars and/or research professionals to interact with faculty members and give special lectures open to the University community. Preference for funding is given to tenured and tenure-track faculty members of Lakehead University. Financial support will not exceed half the costs of bringing in one visiting scholar to a maximum of $1,000.

Publication Assistance Fund: This fund applies to peer-reviewed publications, including those published by scholarly presses, commercial presses and open access. Funding is given to tenured and tenure-track faculty members of Lakehead University. This is a competitive award with a maximum value of $1500 per application. 

The application deadline for these funds is Monday, Jan. 21 at 11:59 p.m. Specific guidelines and eligibility criteria for each funding opportunity are available here. Applications are only available through the Romeo Research Portal. To access the portal, please log into MyInfo and select “Romeo Research Portal” on the right.

Celebrating Small Business Week - Thursday, Jan. 24


Take part in a free interactive scavenger hunt to learn what goes into a starting a business. Sundae bar at the finish line and over $250 in prizes! Free T-Shirt for participants.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 24
Time: 2 -4 pm
Location: Starts in FB 2019 Ingenuity in the new CASES building

All students are welcome, sign up in teams of two. No business startup experience needed. 


NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards Program

Are you interested in gaining valuable research experience?

Apply now for an undergraduate Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Award and the opportunity to work with a researcher for 16 consecutive weeks this summer.

Deadline: Thursday, January 31, 2019 (see application for Faculty/Department deadlines)

For more information:

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, Feb. 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, Feb. 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 807-343-8871.

Building Research Capacity at Lakehead University Award - Nominations Accepted Until February 1, 2019

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Building Research Capacity at Lakehead University Award.

Each year, this award is presented to an individual researcher or a group of researchers who have enhanced Lakehead University’s research capacity beyond their individual program(s) of research. Full-time tenure-track and tenured Lakehead University faculty members are eligible for this award.

All applications should be submitted through the Romeo Research Portal, and must contain the following documentation:

  • Letter of nomination highlighting how the individual researcher or group of researchers have enhanced Lakehead University’s research capacity beyond their individual program(s) of research. Eligible nominators must be full-time tenure-track or tenured faculty members. Self-nominations will also be accepted. In such cases, self-nominators are not required to submit a separate letter of nomination.
  • Any other evidence of the relevant research capacity building that the nominator wishes to submit in support of the nomination, including letters of support.

One cash award of $1,000 and a framed certificate will be presented to the selected recipient(s) during Research and Innovation Week’s Awards Reception.

Please click here for more details.

The nomination deadline is Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

Andrew P. Dean, Ph.D.
Vice-President, Research and Innovation
Lakehead University