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August 13, 2019
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Thunder Bay Police Training at Lakehead University - Tuesday, Aug. 13

The Thunder Bay Police Service will conduct Immediate Rapid Deployment (IRD) Training on Tuesday, Aug. 13 in Lakehead University's Keewatin 6 townhouse.

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

LUCC Faculty/Staff Summer Games - Wednesday, Aug. 14

The Lakehead University Community Council is once again running the Summer Faculty & Staff Participation Games to coincide with Aramark's barbecue, with support from senior administration.

The Games will take place along the Chancellor Paterson Library courtyard on Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Participate in our free, fun games to receive a ballot for your chance to win prizes. The more events you participate in, the more chances you have to win.

Rain location is the Agora.

Please direct questions to Stan Nemec at

We hope to see you there!

Reminder: Part-Time Hiring Process

The Office of Human Resources requests your assistance and patience with regards to the processing of part-time employment forms.

Complete hiring packages must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources as soon as possible but no less than two weeks prior to an employee commencing their appointment.

Note: If the hiring package is not complete, processing delays may be experienced.

For a list of the hiring package contents and information on completing the Employee Information Form please visit this page.  

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.

Teaching Commons August Workshops

The Teaching Commons is offering several workshops in August via Zoom web conferencing and in-person for faculty and instructors. Most will be repeated at a later date.

Some of the workshops include:

  • Tuesday, August 20 @ 10:00 am - Introduction to mycourselink for Instructors
  • Wednesday, August 21 @ 10:00 am - (Re)Designing Assessments with Video Assignments
  • Thursday, August 22 @ 2:00 pm - Learning Technologies Support Drop-In (Thunder Bay only)

For the full list of workshops, their descriptions, and to register visit our events calendar at

Update on construction of the new Athletics Centre

For a closer look, click on the map to open the PDF.

This is a friendly reminder that construction begins this week on Lakehead University’s new Athletic Centre.

The general contractor is going to start erecting their construction fencing at some point this Thursday once it has all been delivered to the site. All fencing will be up and secure early next week, which will delineate the areas completely.

Construction signage and additional directional signage will be placed along the route to advise parking lot users.

The contractors also anticipate that the work will commence immediately with some excavation groundwork in the interim parking lot area.

While construction is underway, temporary entrance and exiting signage will be clearly posted within the building for users so they understand how to get in and out of the building.

For more information, please call the CJ Sanders Fieldhouse at 343-8585 or visit this page.

Smudging Advisory - Friday. Aug. 16

Please note there will be smudging at Lakehead University Thunder Bay using traditional medicines (sage, cedar, and sweet grass) in Faculty Lounge on Friday, Aug. 16 from 12:30 - 4:00 pm.

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

MSC Mechanical Engineering Defense Notice - Friday. Aug. 16

Mechanical Engineering Defence

Title: A Non-Traditional Variant Nonlinear Energy Sink

Presented by: Youzuo Jin
Supervisor: Dr. Kefu Liu
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Deli Li

Friday, Aug. 16
10:00 am
ATAC 1005


Vibration absorbers have been used to suppress vibration of a single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) primary system subjected to harmonic excitation. A traditional vibration absorber is formed by attaching a small mass to a primary mass through a combination of a spring and a damper. On the other hand, a non-traditional vibration absorber has its damper connected between the absorber mass and the base.

A nonlinear energy sink (NES) has the similar configuration as the traditional vibration absorber. However the NES’s spring is essentially nonlinear. Due to the nonlinearity, the NES can respond to any frequency as long as the excitation exceeds a threshold. In this study, a non-traditional variant NES is developed. It consists of a cantilever beam attached by a pair of magnets at its free end, a pair of the continuous-contact blocks, and a pair of coils. The cantilever beam is placed between the two continuous-contact blocks. The constraint of the continuous-contact blocks forces the beam to deflect nonlinearly.

Each of the magnet-coil pairs forms an electromagnetic energy harvester. Connecting the output of the energy harvesters to a resistive load results in an electromagnetic damper that is non-traditional as the coils are fixed to the base. The non-traditional variant NES is connected to a SDOF primary system in order to achieve simultaneous vibration suppression and energy harvesting in a broad frequency band. First, the developed apparatus is described. Then, the system modeling and parameter identification are addressed. Next, the performance of the apparatus under transient responses is examined by using the computer simulation and two sets of experiments.

Finally, the harmonically excited responses are investigated by using both the computer simulation and the analytical solutions with the harmonic balance method. The results show that the developed apparatus behaves similarly as the NES with the following features: 1:1 resonance, targeted energy transfer, initial energy dependence, and strongly modulated responses etc. With it the purpose of simultaneous vibration and energy harvesting in a wide frequency band can be achieved.

Judicial Panel Interest to Serve - Deadline to Submit is Tuesday, Aug. 20

The President of Lakehead University is seeking nominations to fill eight tenured faculty member vacancies on the Judicial Panel.

All terms commence at the close of the annual Board of Governors meeting in October 2019 through to the close of the annual Board of Governors meeting in 2020.

These vacancies are self-nominated. Click here to access the interest to serve form.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Millo Shaw at

The deadline to submit a nomination is Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Opportunity to Gain Adjudication Experience

As per Lakehead University's Sexual and Gender Based Violence Response Policy, upon recommendation of the Assessment Committee, complaints will be decided upon by a three-member Sexual and Gender Based Violence Adjudication Panel (the Panel) chosen from a Board of Governors approved pool of 15 persons.

Nominations are currently being accepted to fill 15 vacancies on the Sexual and Gender Based Violence Adjudication Panel Pool. The following individuals are eligible to serve as adjudicators on this volunteer panel:

  • University faculty, senior administrators and other employees with knowledge of sexual violence or experience as decision-makers.
  • Individuals from the community with knowledge and work experience with respect to sexual violence.

If you are interested in serving on the Panel, click here to submit an online interest to serve form. Please feel free to share the form with external members who may be interested and have knowledge and training with respect to sexual violence.

The members of the Panel shall be appointed by the Board of Governors on the recommendation of the President of the University.

Further details regarding the Panel are available in the Sexual and Gender Based Violence Response Policy. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 12 p.m.