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COMMUNICATIONS BULLETIN

September 03, 2019
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Join us in celebration! Grand Opening of Aboriginal Cultural & Support Services Offices (ACSS) and Gakina Nindinawemaaganag (All My Relations) Aboriginal Student Lounge - Wednesday, Sept. 4


A friendly invitation is extended to the Lakehead University community to join us in celebration of the new ACSS offices and Aboriginal student lounge space located in UC 1007.

The Grand Opening is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. A blessing and smudge of the new space will be shared by a member of our Elders Council. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you there!


Thunder Bay Graduate Student Orientation Open House - Thursday, Sept. 5

Attention Incoming Graduate Students,

The Faculty of Graduate Studies would like to welcome you at a casual Open House on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 12-2 pm in the Graduate Student Lounge & Atrium in the new CASES building.

We hope you will take this opportunity to learn about the services offered for graduate students at Lakehead University.

If you have any questions, please email susan.white@lakeheadu.ca. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Wellness Strategy Consultation: We need your input!

Lakehead University is committed to supporting the holistic health and well-being of our Lakehead community, recognizing that investing in the enhancement of health and wellness interventions will better position us for success in both the classroom and the workplace.

To this end, Lakehead is developing a comprehensive multi-year Wellness Strategy in consultation with students, faculty, staff and administrators.  

The Wellness Advisory Committee is reaching out across the University community to gather important insight from our students, faculty and staff. We are hosting the following upcoming consultation sessions:

Consultation Sessions For Faculty:

Friday, September 6 
3:00 p.m. AT 5035 (Thunder Bay)/OA 3007 (Orillia)

Tuesday, September 17
2:00 p.m. AT 3004 (Thunder Bay)/OA 3007 (Orillia)

Monday, September 23
9:00 a.m. AT 5035 (Thunder Bay)/OA 3007 (Orillia)

Please let us know which session you plan to attend. Reply here

Consultation Sessions For Students:

Monday, September 9
10:30 a.m. AT 5035 (Thunder Bay)/OA 3041 (Orillia)

Wednesday, September 11
1:30 p.m. AT 5035 (Thunder Bay)/OA 3007 (Orillia)

Thursday, September 19
3:00 p.m. AT 5035 (Thunder Bay)/OA 3007 (Orillia)

Please let us know which session you plan to attend. Reply here

If you have any questions about the consultation process, or would like us to host a focus group please contact Andrea Tarsitano, Vice-Provost (Students) & Registrar, or Adam Shaen, Associate Vice-President Human Resources, at admin.vpsa@lakeheadu.ca.


Yoga and Meditation Workshop - Friday, Sept. 6

Join Student Health and Wellness for a free Yoga and Meditation Workshop.

This two-hour workshop will take place on Friday, September 6, from 7 - 9 pm in the SHW Activity room in Prettie Residence.

This workshop is open to everyone. Please bring a blanket and wear comfortable clothing.


Join one of the Advisory Committees with the Office of Human Rights and Equity

The Office of Human Rights and Equity (OHRE) is looking for members within the University community who have a passion for equity, inclusion and diversity to join our advisory committees to provide advice and input on issues that affect them.

The OHRE is specifically looking for members of the University community who self-identify as a member of an equity-seeking group (i.e. racialized, Indigenous, LGBT+, women, religious minorities) or who can speak to some of the pressing issues affecting them.

The successful candidate will be able to attend meetings at least once a semester and be able to provide a perspective on human rights-related issues relating to the committee's mandate. This is a volunteer position and is open to students and employees at Lakehead University.

There are four advisory committees:
  • Racism and Racial Discrimination Advisory Committee
  • Gender and Sexual Minority Discrimination Advisory Committee
  • Creed based Discrimination Advisory Committee
  • Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Advisory Committee
Interested applicants can apply via this link.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact the Office of Human Rights and Equity at (807) 346-7763 or by email at humanrights@lakeheadu.ca.

WiFi now available in the Ryan Building

Technology Services Centre is pleased to announce campus wireless coverage now includes all floors of the Ryan Building.

Work will continue throughout the building over the fall as we migrate the remaining wired connections for computers, printers and other devices to the new infrastructure.

If you require assistance in connecting to the wireless network please visit our web page or drop in to the Helpdesk on the first floor of the Chancellor Paterson Library for support.


Lakehead is piloting Kahoot

 

The Teaching Commons is pleased to announce that Lakehead University will pilot KahootPro this academic year. Kahoot is an online game-based application that instructors can use to pose questions, facilitate discussions, collect data, and much more.  

Some of the features of KahootPro include:

  • sharing and co-creating Kahoots within the university's team space;

  • access to customizable game templates;

  • free use of an extensive image library;

  • a teaching and learning support blog;

  • advanced reporting.

KahootPro is free to students, faculty, and staff.  Instructors can request a pro license by sending an email to Leslie Malcolm at lmalcolm@lakeheadu.ca.

A Kahoot resource site is under development on the Teaching Commons website.

New University Policies and Procedures Website

Lakehead University is pleased to announce that the University Policies and Procedures section of the website has been updated in response to the Policy Governance Framework, and in order to facilitate easier navigation and promote transparency. Enhanced features of the new sections include:

  • Search engine that allows searches based on keywords, University affiliation, and policy category
  •  AODA compliant policy format
  •  List of Senate and Board approved policies currently under review with the opportunity for the University community to provide feedback

If your department, faculty or school web page, or other documents have links to specific policies or the previous policy section of the website please update the broken links as soon as possible by August 24. After that date, please submit a ticket to Web Development to have any links updated: https://wds.lakeheadu.ca

Click here to view the new policies and procedures section of the website.

Please direct any inquiries regarding the polices to the University Secretariat office at univsec@lakeheadu.ca or 807-346-7929.


Student Feedback on Teaching 2019-20 - Method Preference Selection Now Available for Instructors

The Student Feedback on Teaching (SFT) management form is now open for instructors to indicate their survey method preferences for their scheduled courses.

By accessing the form, instructors can change their preferred method from the default of online administration to paper administration. Choices can be customized for each course section the instructor teaches.

In 2018, the SFT management form moved to MyInfo, replacing the former ‘Opt-Out’ form in MyInfo. The current SFT Management form is found in the same location within MyInfo under For Faculty / Academic Profile, or by visiting this page. The SFT management form will be open from Tuesday, Aug. 20 until Thursday, Sept. 19. Another collection period will occur in January, 2020 for winter term courses.

The SFT management form is consistent with the April 2013 Senate decision; the default option in the new SFT management form will continue to be online survey administration. Instructors can continue to opt-out of the online survey administration annually using the SFT management form in MyInfo at the beginning of the fall/winter academic terms.

There are no changes to the policy on Student Feedback on Teaching at Lakehead University, the SFT survey, current paper and online administration procedures, or results distribution and storage procedures.

Instructors who have questions about the SFT process including the Student Feedback on Teaching Management form can contact Sarah Prouty, Survey Specialist (Institutional Planning and Analysis) at surveys.ipa@lakeheadu.ca or 807-343-8734.


Accreditation reviews seek your feedback

The Ontario College of Teachers is reviewing the accreditation of the following programs at the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University:

  • Consecutive Program of Professional Education with areas of study in the Primary/Junior and Intermediate/Senior divisions, leading to a Bachelor of Education degree
  • Concurrent Program of Professional Education with areas of study in the Primary/Junior and Intermediate/Senior divisions, leading to a Bachelor of Education degree, including a concurrent Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Indigenous Learning Major) Intermediate/Senior Division
  • Concurrent Program of Professional Education that combines studies in education with areas of study in the Primary/Junior divisions, leading to an Honours Bachelor of Education (Indigenous Teacher Education) degree

To ensure that Ontario’s teacher education programs continue to reflect the standards of the profession, please offer your insights.

You can provide your input in two ways by 20/09/2019:

Enhancing teacher education and professional development improves student learning and benefits all of us. Thanks for your involvement.


Health and Safety Training for New Personnel - Sept. 10 or Oct. 11

Lakehead University's Department of Human Resources reminds supervisors to register newly hired employees (including graduate students) and/or lab workers for the mandatory introductory health and safety training at the Thunder Bay campus.

This includes graduate students, staff, volunteers and undergraduate students completing a thesis project.

The next training session will be offered Tuesday, September 10 from 9-11 am or Friday, October 11 from 1-3 pm in Thunder Bay. Registration is required.

Health and Safety Training for New Personnel (office and lab personnel)
Date: Tuesday, September 10 (full)
Time: 9 - 10 am
Location: ATAC 5036

Basic Laboratory Safety Training (lab personnel only)
Date: Tuesday, September 10 (full)
Time: 10 - 11 am
Location: ATAC 5036

or:

Health and Safety Training for New Personnel (office and lab personnel)
Date: Friday, October 11
Time: 1-2 pm
Location: ATAC 5036

Basic Laboratory Safety Training (lab personnel only)
Date: Friday, October 11
Time: 2-3 pm
Location: ATAC 5036

The online training component is available at all times. Instructions for logging on can be found here. All new personnel must begin this training as soon as possible upon their start date.

Please contact trmoore@lakeheadu.ca for more information and to register.


Orillia Wellness Consultation

Lakehead University is committed to supporting the holistic health and wellbeing of our University community, recognizing that investing in the enhancement of health and wellness interventions will better position us for success in both the classroom and the workplace.

To this end, Lakehead is developing a comprehensive multi-year Wellness Strategy in consultation with students, faculty, staff and administrators. The Wellness Advisory Committee is now reaching out across the University community to gather important insight from our students, faculty and staff. 

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, Adam Shaen, AVP, HR and co-lead of the Wellness Advisory Committee, will be hosting a wellness consultation session in Orillia. This session is open to all staff and will be held from 10 - 11 a.m. in OA 2017. 

If you have any questions about the consultation process, please contact Alex Macey at aemacey@lakeheadu.ca.