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Welcoming Lisa Shepard as Dean, International Education – (Celebrating Our People, June 19, 2018)

​This message is being shared on behalf of Dr. Elaine Popp, vice president, Academic.

I am pleased to announce that Lisa Shepard will join Durham College (DC) as dean, International Education, effective Monday, July 23.

Lisa brings 13 years of experience in post-secondary education to the college, including 10 years in enrolment and international leadership. She has extensive experience successfully leading international education initiatives globally, including oversight for international recruitment and enrolment, education abroad, overseas curriculum delivery and international and intercultural student support services.

In her most recent position with Saskatchewan Polytechnic (Sask Polytech) as director, Strategic Enrolment and International Education, Lisa held responsibility for a diverse portfolio that included leading international education revenue-generating strategic partnerships, international relations and building the institution’s brand globally in priority markets across China, India, Southeast Asia and Latin America. She also developed, operationalized and executed Sask Polytech’s first International Student Enrolment Strategy, emphasizing market diversification, education abroad opportunities for students and faculty, and full student lifecycle supports.

Prior to joining Sask Polytech, Lisa held several management and technical positions with the University of Saskatchewan in which she focused on international student recruitment and admissions, business performance, client service, information management, and international strategic partnership building.

Lisa holds both a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts, Honours English from the University of New Brunswick.

Please join me in welcoming Lisa to DC!


Congratulations Peter Garrett – (Celebrating Our People, June 12, 2018)

The Office of the President is pleased to officially welcome Peter Garrett as manager, Strategic Reporting and Government Relations effective June 1, 2018. In this role, Peter will be responsible for coordinating the college’s key strategic reporting including the Business and Strategic plans and the Annual Report. He will be helping to drive the college’s government relations agenda through managing relationships with all levels of government and other influential community decision-makers and stakeholders.

A Durham College alumnus, Peter graduated from the Paralegal program and he holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brock University.

Outside of work, Peter enjoys spending time with family, giving back to the community, cheering on the Toronto Blue Jays and playing with his new puppy ‘Hank’.


Congratulations Lori Wilson – (Celebrating Our People, June 12, 2018)

The Durham College Test Centre would like to welcome Lori Wilson as the new Test Centre Coordinator. Lori has been serving the college since 1997 and brings with her a wealth of experiences from across the campus.

Lori has a Bachelors of Science Degree, with honours from Trent University, and has continued her training at Durham College completing the teaching and training certificate, and dispute resolution certification as well as some independent course studies; she truly believes in the continuous education!

Lori is an active volunteer in the Durham College and local community, loves to stay active and competes in anything from a 5 km – 42.2 km races to triathlons!


Congratulations Heather Formosa – (Celebrating Our People, June 5, 2018)

Community Employment Services (CES) would like to welcome Heather Formosa as a case manager for the college’s CES office in Bowmanville. As a case manager, Heather is responsible for assessing client needs; any existing barriers to employment; providing employment counselling and career planning services as well as referring clients to appropriate government/community programs and services.

Heather previously filled this role at the Port Hope office, and also worked at the college as a job developer under the Job Connect program.

Heather has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Development Studies from the University of Waterloo (UW), in Waterloo, Ont. and a General Social Work diploma from Renison University College of UW. She also has a certificate in Teaching and Training Adults from Durham College (DC).

Heather is a certified career development practitioner registered with the Career Development Practitioners Certification Board of Ontario.

Her interests include music, do-it-yourself home projects, crafts and playing with her dog, Markie. Heather is married with two children. Her daughter is in the Library and Information Technician program at DC, and her son is getting married next year.


Retirement celebration for Sandra Bennett and Dave Roger – June 6 – (Celebrating Our People, June 5, 2018)

This is a reminder of the retirement celebration for Sandra Bennett and Dave Roger on Wednesday, June 6 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in A144. All employees are welcome to attend.

Please contact Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca>, Human Resources if you have any questions.


Congratulations Derek Boucher – (Celebrating Our People, May 29, 2018)

​Community Employment Services is pleased to welcome Derek Boucher to his new position as job developer at the Port Hope Employment Services Centre. In this role, Derek works with various clients in the community to help place them in long-term employment. He also works with employers with hiring and wage subsidies.

Before joining Employment Services, Derek was a part-time instructor for the Social Service Worker (SSW) program at the college. He also worked as a job developer in Oshawa, a case manager in Oshawa/Bowmanville, and a placement advisor for the SSW program. Prior to that, he was a job skills counselor at the YMCA of Greater Toronto from 2011-2014.

Derek is a proud Durham College alumnus of the SSW program.

Derek is very much interested in soccer and following the FIFA World Cup. He currently lives in Pickering with his girlfriend and Pudge, their Boston terrier.


Congratulations Kenneth Neimann – (Celebrating Our People, May 29, 2018)

IT Services is pleased to welcome Kenneth Neimann as Computer Support Technician, within User Support Services, effective May 21.  Ken joined Durham College IT Services in the Fall of 2014, on temporary contract as a Computer Support Specialist, after nearly 15 years in the Retail Computer Support industry.  He was successful in obtaining a permanent position on the Service Desk in 2015 and has also spent most of the 2017 filling in as an Application Deployment Support Specialist.

Outside of work, Kenneth enjoys spending time with his family, reading books, building Lego and trains, watching movies, and playing at the park.  In his spare time Ken works on renovating his home, and spending time at the cottage.


Congratulations Leave for Change 2018 program participants – (Celebrating Our People, May 22, 2018)

At the annual town hall organized by the Office of the President, President Don Lovisa announced the names of the three lucky participants of the Leave for Change program for 2018.

Through the Leave for Change program, employees have a unique personal and professional development opportunity to participate in a short-term international volunteer assignment.

DC employees who will be participating in the program are:

* Shauna Moore, First generation co-ordinator, Student Diversity Inclusion and Transition
* Rebecca Milburn, Associate vice-president, academic, Office of the Vice-President, Academic
* Kim Sharpe, Second career advisor, Student Recruitment and Admissions Services

In the curriculum development advisor role, Shauna will be training faculty at Bac Thang Long Economic-Technical College in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In this role, she will work with teachers to carry out workshops on curriculum development; collaborate with Uniterra volunteers to provide workshops and/or training to other local partners (upon request), prepare and draft reports required by the host organization and the Uniterra program; promote the accessibility and participation of women and youth in all program activities. Shauna will be in Vietnam for three weeks, exact dates to be determined.

Rebecca will be filling the role of advisor in educational strategy development. She will be partnering with El Centro de Servicios para la Capacitacion Laboral y el Desarrollo (CAPLAB) in Lima, Peru to support the team in the development of strategies and awareness campaigns that target the private sector; sharing Canadian and international best practices; and encouraging active participation of women and men in all training activities. Rebecca will begin her mandate in May.

Kim will be working with the Artisans Association of Ghana (AAG) in Accra, Ghana as an ad isor in mentorship development. Her duties include providing technical and hand-on support in the establishment of a robust mentorship program to address the needs of youth interested in taking advantage of hands-on professional programs in Ghana.

Congratulations to Rebecca, Shauna and Kim!

Learn more about Uniterra http://uniterra.ca/en and the Leave for Change program.


Welcome Neil Hopkins – (Celebrating Our People, May 22, 2018)

IT Services would like to welcome Neil Hopkins as a security analyst for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Infrastructure department. In this role, Neil will be responsible for ensuring the college’s digital assets are protected as well as raising awareness of information security to the community.

Neil comes to the college from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) where he worked as a business solution specialist.

Neil is a graduate of the Computer Systems Technician program at Durham College and holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), CEH v7 (Certified Ethical Hacker), Network +, and A+ certifications. He is also a member in good standing with the International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC2).

Neil’s hobbies include playing hockey, baseball and golf. He also has an interest in green technologies.

Neil currently lives in Oshawa, where he was born and raised. He has a 13-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter.


Retirement Celebration for Susan Todd, Dean, School of Science & Engineering Technology – (Celebrating Our People, May 22, 2018)

It is with mixed emotion the School of Science & Engineering Technology share the news that our Dean, Susan Todd, will be retiring effective July 1, 2018.

To say she brought passion, enthusiasm, dedication and the desire that SET be the best it could be would be an understatement. Many shoes are difficult to fill, but Sue’s will be so much more than shoes!

From the days she started teaching in the labs with the goal to know everyone’s name by Thanksgiving to the pride she has brought to this school over the years, her footprint in SET will live on beyond her years here.

She will now find more time with her grandchildren, her husband John, the golf course and extra time with the kettle bells!

We would welcome you to join in our celebration for Sue on June 21st from 2-4 pm in G213.

If you would like to contribute to a gift and sign the card please drop by H140.


Welcome Michael DeShane – (Celebrating Our People, May 15, 2018)

IT Services and ICT Infrastructure would like to welcome Michael DeShane to his role as senior application support specialist. In this role, Michael is responsible for managing, installing and supporting Enterprise Applications for the college and UOIT.

Before joining Durham College, Michael held the same role at the Canadian Cancer Society for four years. He has also worked on IT systems at Kirkor Architects and Planners and the Lung Association.

An alumnus of DC, Michael graduated from the Computer Programmer program in 2000.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys camping and fishing, as well as watching baseball. He is married and has a four-year-old son. He grew up in Oshawa and currently lives in Courtice.


Announcing Michelle Hutt’s new role with the School of Science & Engineering Technology – (Celebrating Our People, May 15, 2018)

This message is being shared on behalf of Dr. Elaine Popp<mailto:elaine.popp@durhamcollege.ca>, vice president, Academic.

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce Michelle Hutt as the successful candidate for the role of executive dean with the School of Science & Engineering Technology (SET). Michelle’s appointment is effective Monday, June 11. At that time, she will move from the School of Business, IT & Management (BITM), where she is currently associate dean.

Michelle brings to her new role more than 20 years of experience in educational leadership that is rooted in her background as faculty. It was during her time inside the classroom that Michelle’s passion for excellence in teaching and learning was born, a passion that continues to drive her work and commitment to the student experience as an administrator.

In her time with DC, Michelle has established herself as a dynamic leader with proven ability to implement strategic initiatives, foster program growth and galvanize faculty and industry partners. While forging strong ties to industry, she has created new experiential learning opportunities for DC students while also helping them to connect with employers, develop their leadership skills and engage in applied research opportunities.

Please join me in congratulating Michelle on her new position.

Hiring continues for the new associate dean who will join Michelle and the SET team. As well, hiring for her vacated position with BITM is underway. Additional information will follow shortly.

Elaine


Retirement celebration for Sandra Bennett, associate vice-president, Human Resources and Dave Roger, health and safety officer, Human Resources – (Celebrating Our People, May 15, 2018)

Please join the Human Resources team in thanking our two colleagues, Sandra Bennett and Dave Roger, for their dedication over the years to Durham College and to wish them both an exciting retirement. A celebration will take place on Wednesday, June 6 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in A144 at the Oshawa campus. Everyone is welcome to stop by to offer best wishes.

If you wish to contribute to their retirement gifts, please visit one of the following employees by June 1 to provide a donation:

* Angie Paisley (SSB209A) or Angela Werner (SSB206), Student Services Building, Oshawa campus
* Chantelle Harrison (CC3114), Campus Corners, Oshawa campus
* Emily Chilco (CC105L), Campus Corners, Oshawa campus
* Julie Hauber (117), Whitby campus
* Karen Graham (H132), Willey building, Oshawa campus

To ensure we have plenty of coffee and sweets, please RSVP to Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca?subject=Dave%20and%20Sandra’s%20retirement%20celebration%20> by May 31. We hope you can join in the celebration!


Congratulations Christy McMillan – (Celebrating Our People, May 15, 2018)

This message is posted on behalf of Sandra Bennett, associate vice-president, Human Resources (HR).

I am pleased to announce that Christy McMillan is the successful candidate for the role of director, Human Resources. Christy’s appointment is effective Tuesday, July second.

Christy moves into this role after serving for five years in the role of HR generalist. Prior to joining Durham, Christy spent a number of years providing a range of HR support at a private company.

In addition to her work experience, Christy holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources Management, from Ryerson University in Toronto along with a three-year advanced diploma in Business Administration from Durham College. Christy is also certified in Mental Health First Aid, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and is currently working to achieve her CHRL designation.

Please join me in congratulating Christy on her new position.


Gold and Silver for DC at 2018 CICan Awards of Excellence – (Celebrating Our People, May 8, 2018)

Durham College (DC) is proud to share that it has received two CICan Awards of Excellence<https://www.collegesinstitutes.ca/news-centre/news-release/cican-recognizes-excellence-and-leadership-at-canadian-colleges-and-institutes/> in recognition of best practices from institutions across the country, as well as individual leadership and achievements, from Colleges and Institutes Canada<https://www.collegesinstitutes.ca/> (CICan).

Presented during the association’s annual conference on April 30 in Victoria, B.C., Naqi Hyder, a second-year Paralegal<https://durhamcollege.ca/programs/paralegal> student and officer and transitional manager with Durham College Students Inc. (DCSI), was recognized with the gold award for Leadership Excellence for Students. Amit Maraj, a professor with the School of Business, IT & Management, and principal investigator for numerous applied research projects, received the silver award for Leadership Excellence for Faculty.

Naqi has always been community focused, and after coming to DC, he put his efforts towards helping students access and enjoy the best college experience possible. As a first-year student, he began working as a peer coach with the Access and Support Centre, where he assisted students to help them achieve their personal and academic goals. After seeing the difference he was making, and feeling confident in his ability to maintain his academics while working on campus, Naqi started looking for his next challenge. He was chosen to be part of the team of three that was tasked with developing the new student government to represent college students. The result is the DCSI<http://dcstudentsinc.ca/>, a service-based association that puts students’ needs at the forefront, and provides quality campus engagement for every student.

A natural-born leader, Amit is at the forefront of technological advancement at DC, with a specific focus on artificial intelligence <https://durhamcollege.ca/about/office-of-research-services-innovation-and-entrepreneurship-orsie/the-ai-hub> (AI). He has a proven record of accomplishment of teaching and research achievements unmatched by most so early in their post-secondary career. Extremely passionate about exposing students to emerging technologies in a hands-on learning environment, Amit has developed innovative workshops and boot camps to encourage students to gain knowledge and fundamental technology skills – with a specific focus on AI concepts – outside of the classroom setting. While providing guidance and mentorship to students in the Computer Programmer Analyst <https://durhamcollege.ca/programs/computer-programmer-analyst-three-year> program, he continues to pursue his personal post-secondary goals, and will graduate with a Master of Computer Science from UOIT in spring 2018.

Congratulations Naqi and Amit on your well-deserved awards.


2017 Leave for Change participants complete their mandates – (Celebrating Our People, May 8, 2018)

The first Leave for Change participants to represent the college overseas turned their vacations into short-term leaves to share their unique skills and experience to assist with projects in developing countries.

The employees were:

* Dale Burt, professor, program co-ordinator, Mediation-Alternative Dispute Resolution Graduate Certificate program, School of Justice & Emergency Services. Dale worked within the School of Economics at Danang University in Danang, Vietnam, as a teaching methodology advisor for the month of July, 2017. Using interactive teaching approaches, Dale created and shared tools to assist in designing more modern and dynamic teaching plans.
* Cosette Kazarian, intranet specialist, Communications and Marketing. Cosette travelled to Colombo, Sri Lanka, in mid-January, for four weeks, where she worked with the University of Vocational Technology. During her time away, Cosette helped review their website, create a social media strategy, and created and updated marketing materials.
* Kim Sharpe, program assistant, School of Continuing Education. Kim travelled to Kathmandu, Nepal, in June, 2017 where she worked with the National Youth Federation of Nepal to train their members. She was the first participant in the role and made a significant impact by sharing her experience and education with participants.

DC is pleased to continue the partnership with Uniterra in 2018 and this year’s participants will be announced shortly.


Congratulations Andrew Mundy – (Celebrating Our People, May 8, 2018)

Corporate Training Services (CTS) is pleased to welcome Andrew Mundy to the operations manager position beginning, Monday, June 4. This new and critical role will drive efficiencies within the department; as part of the leadership team, Andrew will be responsible for re-engineering CTS administrative and operational processes as well as leading division-wide IT and sales project implementations.

Andrew moves into this new role after serving as the operations supervisor at the Pickering Learning Site since 2014. Andrew began his career at Durham College in 2002 as a field services technician in IT Services before becoming an application support specialist in 2004.

Andrew has been an active member of the DC community for many years, graduating from the Business Administration – Information Services program. While employed at the college he completed the Ontario Management Development program and the Management Studies Certificate program. In addition, he has earned a Professional Management Certificate from UOIT and is currently a UOIT student in the Adult Education and Digital Technology degree program.

Outside of work, Andrew loves to coach and mange his two children’s hockey and soccer teams and is also a board member with the Clarington Toros Minor Hockey Association. He does a lot of charitable work helping families in need through volunteering his time and helping to organize fundraisers in support of various charities.

Please welcome Andrew!


Congratulations Tyler Perras – (Celebrating Our People, May 1, 2018)

The Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment (CAFE) is pleased to announce Tyler Perras in his new role as multimedia specialist. In this role, his main responsibility will be to work as a member of the eLearning development team, act as a resource for staff, faculty, and administration by developing multimedia assets and online resources, as well as support the use of technology in teaching at DC. Tyler hopes to contribute towards DC’s technology-related academic goals and strives to enrich the learning experience for students.

Prior to his new role, Tyler worked as a multimedia specialist for Corporate Training Services at the Whitby campus. Previous to his work at DC, Tyler was a graphic and web designer in the marketing department of an emerging market investment company. A DC alumnus, Tyler is a graduate of the Multimedia Design program. In order to consistently further his education, he has participated in several certificate programs to develop his skills in design, web development, accessibility, and copyright law.

When he’s not working, Tyler enjoys extreme sports including biking, motocross, snowmobiling, and snowboarding. He also enjoys tinkering with electronics and exploring photography when opportunities present themselves. Tyler grew up camping, boating, and fishing in Kapuskasing, Ont. A long way from home, he currently lives in Woodville, Ont., with his fiancé and is getting married in June!


DC first responders take first place at National Paramedic Competition Body – (Celebrating Our People, May 1, 2018)

Durham College (DC) faculty first responders and first-responders-in-training from the School of Justice & Emergency Services<https://durhamcollege.ca/academic-schools/school-of-justice-emergency-services> (JES) took first-place honours at the National Paramedic Competition on April 7.

In the annual competition, which was held for the first time at Canada’s Wonderland this year, 34 teams from paramedic services and college across Ontario faced a written test and six simulated patient scenarios designed to highlight extreme situations and challenge teams to use their training, knowledge and critical thinking skills to solve problems and manage competing patient priorities.

Up against 15 college teams, DC Paramedic<https://durhamcollege.ca/programs/paramedic> students Carley Schillings and Laura Ellis surpassed their competition to take first place. One scenario presented two patients with critical injuries—one having fallen from a railing, the other suffering an anaphylactic reaction. The scenario required the team to split up with limited resources and provide adequate care to both patients.

Also competing at the college level, Paramedic students Corey Beal and Jon Reid took second place by managing to diagnose and treat a patient experiencing an adrenal crisis–a rare medical condition. The patient presented in a vague way and required intensive investigation to create the correct diagnosis and treatment plan.

Competing against seven teams, Durham Region paramedics and DC professors Dale Button (Paramedic<https://durhamcollege.ca/programs/paramedic>) and Matthew Walton (Firefighter – Pre-Service, Education and Training<https://durhamcollege.ca/programs/firefighter-pre-service-education-and-training>) took first place together in the Advanced Care (professional) category. The team pa ticularly enjoyed a scenario where a patient fell out of a tree holding a saw. The simulated accident resulted in several serious injuries and a hunt to find a missing eyeball.

Congratulations to the entire JES team!

Learn more about the competition and view a complete list of winners.<http://www.paramediccompetition.ca/>


Announcing exciting next chapters for Sue Todd and Maureen Calhoun Body – (Celebrating Our People, May 1, 2018)

This message is being shared on behalf of Dr. Elaine Popp, vice president, Academic. Inquiries may be directed to Elaine via email or at ext. 2358.

Dear colleagues,

I have the pleasure of sharing with you news of the exciting next chapters unfolding this June for our colleagues, Sue Todd and Maureen Calhoun.

As this semester winds down, so will Sue’s accomplished 25-year career with Durham College (DC) as she embarks on her well-earned retirement. A respected and trusted leader, Sue has served as dean and executive dean of the School of Science & Engineering Technology (SET) for the past 11 years.

Responsible for the introduction of a wide variety of programs over her years at DC, Sue recently played an instrumental role in shepherding DC’s first-ever degree program through a rigorous approval process and this program will launch this September.

Energetic and passionate about the success of students, alumni and faculty, Sue has worked closely with industry partners to develop new opportunities for these groups and has taken great pride in collaborating with the services across the college to support them.

While Sue will be missed on campus, please join me in wishing her all the best in retirement as she enjoys more time with family, including her young grandchildren.

At this time, we also have occasion to congratulate Maureen Calhoun on her new role of health and safety officer with the college’s Office of Insurance and Risk Management. Maureen’s move from associate dean with SET to her new position will mark her return to the field of health and safety.

Prior to joining DC as a faculty member 15 years ago, Maureen worked for a leading international manufacturing compa y, where her role included oversight of the health and environmental safety of its people and facilities. As she takes over for ave Roger, who is also retiring this spring, Maureen will assume responsibility for providing a range of services to both DC and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Please join me in congratulating Sue and Maureen, thanking Sue for her years of service to DC and wishing Maureen the best of luck in her new role. Hiring for both positions with SET is underway and additional information will be shared with our campus community shortly.


Announcing Mark Herringer’s return to BC – (Celebrating Our People, May 1, 2018)

This message is being shared on behalf of Dr. Elaine Popp, vice president, Academic. Inquiries may be directed to Elaine via email<mailto:elaine.popp@durhamcollege.ca> or at ext. 2358.

Dear colleagues,

Please join me in wishing Mark Herringer, dean, International Education, all the best as he departs Durham College (DC) at the end of June to return to British Columbia and continue his professional journey.

In his role with DC, Mark held responsibility for areas including international student recruitment, student services, education abroad, and internationalization. Over the past three years, he has led our international team and efforts in making significant strides in the development of this vital area of the college.

Among his many achievements, Mark established DC’s first-ever Internationalization and Globalization Plan<https://durhamcollege.ca/wp-content/uploads/dc-internationalization-and-global-engagement-plan-2017-final-1.pdf>, which sets out our global vision and articulates the ways in which the college is working to strengthen our efforts to recruit and support international students, expand internationalization experiences for our students and employees, create opportunities for students to work and study abroad, and continue and expand our international project work.

In connection with those goals, Mark has already overseen tremendous growth within DC’s international student population, expanding our global reach and connection so that DC is now the chosen home of more than 1,445 international students from 61 countries from around the world. He has also worked to establish terrific new education abroad opportunities for both students and employees.

Mark will be moving back to British Columbia, where he and his family lived previously, and returning to the role of executive director, International Education, with North Island College on Vancouver Island.

On behalf of all of us, I want to thank Mark for his work and leadership at DC and congratulate him on this next exciting chapter for him and his family.

Hiring for Mark’s vacated position is underway and additional information will be shared with our campus community shortly.

Elaine


Congratulations Greg Baronian – (Celebrating Our People, April 24, 2018)

Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce Greg Baronian in his new role as IT service desk/Audio Visual (AV) analyst. In this role, Greg will combine his previous Service Desk skills and expertise with A/V responsibilities. He will also be helping the A/V team to deliver great customer service during peak demand periods. Greg will continue to work at the SW 100 Service Desk for the next few weeks until the spring term, where he’ll move to work with the A/V team for the summer and be back to the Service Desk for the fall and winter terms.


DC students get creative with capstone welding projects Body – (Celebrating Our People, April 24, 2018)

In the final year of many Durham College (DC) programs students have the opportunity to complete an extensive capstone project. On April 17, six groups of second-year students from the Welding Engineering Technician<https://durhamcollege.ca/programs/welding-engineering-technician> program had the chance to show off their capstone projects to a panel of ten judges that included Don Lovisa, president, Dr. Elaine Popp, vice-president academic, Meri Kim Oliver, vice-president, Student Affairs, Lynda Flynn, associate vice-president, Development and Alumni Affairs, Kevin Baker, executive dean, School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship & Renewable Technology (START) and Centre for Food and principal, Whitby campus and Pam Stoneham, associate dean, (START).

Under the guidance of Gregg Peel, professor and program coordinator of the Welding Engineering Technician program groups of students created beautiful welding sculptures as part of their final projects. Students were given a list of welding and fitting procedures and a list of welding processes that they were required to apply in the creation of a welding project. With a set amount of materials of various sizes and shapes to use, each project had to fit within an imaginary box that was 4 feet, by 4 feet by 12 feet.

The tree sculpture won first prize, second place went to the CN Tower and the windmill took third place. Projects were evaluated on various factors including craftsmanship, the value of the project to the judge and wow factor.

Students and employees are encouraged to keep their eyes open around the Oshawa and Whitby campuses. These works of art will be placed around campus for others to enjoy.


Congratulations Magda Ramzia – (Celebrating Our People, April 17, 2018)

The School of Science & Engineering Technology (SET) is pleased to announce Magda Ramzia in her new role as an Administrative Assistant. She will be responsible for providing administrative support to the Executive Dean and the SET office, as well as focusing on student traffic and inquiries.

Prior to this role, Magda was with the School of Health & Community Services (HCS) for five years in roles such as Administrative Assistant, Documentation Clerk and Placement Officer/Student Advisor. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with a Minor in International Business from Ryerson University and a French Language Certificate from Sheridan College.

She currently lives in Whitby, with her husband Darek and their two daughters, eight-year-old Maya and four-year-old Kate. Her family has a Boston Terrier, Bosco and enjoys spending time at their family cottage and camping during the summer months.


DC support for Humboldt Broncos – (Celebrating Our People, April 17, 2018)

Employees from the School of Science & Engineering Technology wear their sports jerseys today in support of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team.

Share<mailto:cosette.kazarian@durhamcollege.ca> your photos if your school or department is participating in this initiative.


DC students Deanna Chaikalis and Matthew Vella win fire safety awards – (Celebrating Our People, April 17, 2018)

Durham College (DC) congratulates students Deanna Chaikalis and Matthew Vella who were honoured as award recipients at the Canadian Fire Safety Association’s<http://canadianfiresafety.com/>(CSFA) annual education forum on April 5.

Chaikalis won the $500 Mircom Group Award for her exceptional overall skills focused on fire detection systems, codes, fire protection system design and practical lab skills. Vella won the $1,000 Siemens Canada Award for his outstanding performance in fire detection, codes, fire protection system design, practical lab skills and Auto CAD.

The CFSA is a non-profit organization that works to promote the science and improve the methods of fire protection and prevention against loss of life and property.

Each year, the association awards scholarships to top students enrolled in a fire protection technology program to promote the study and improvement of fire protection and prevention. The recipients of the awards must demonstrate outstanding academic proficiency with a grade point average of more than 3.3.< p>

Chaikalis and Vella are both honours graduates of DC’s Firefighter – Pre-service, Education and Training program<https://durhamcollege.ca/programs/firefighter-pre-service-education-and-training>. They returned to DC to study in the Fire and Life Safety Systems Technician program<https://durhamcollege.ca/programs/fire-and-life-safety-systems-technician> to gain higher qualifications and further develop their critical thinking skills in the field of fire safety.

DC’s Fire and Life Safety Systems Technician program<https://durhamcollege.ca/programs/fire-and-life-safety-systems-technician> prepares students for career opportunities in the fire industry by providing a curriculum that directly aligns with current employer demands. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of the fire suppression, fire detection, building and fire codes, plans examination, fire protection design and life safety planning.


Living la vida local – (Celebrating Our People, April 17, 2018)

Ever since her Grade 7 French teacher shared her travel photos from France, Cosette Kazarian has yearned to travel the world. Not just to see new places, but to spend significant time in each country, to get to know the culture and its people. When Durham College (DC) announced its participation in the Leave for Change program, providing an opportunity to do just that, Cosette was very excited.

The intranet specialist within Communications and Marketing at DC, was one of three employees who were chosen by Uniterra, Canada’s largest international volunteer co-operation program, to participate in the professional development opportunity called Leave for Change. Cosette travelled to Colombo, Sri Lanka and spent four weeks living and working in the capital. An avid traveller, Cosette was excited by the opportunity to fulfill a dream.

“I love to travel and have been trying to do more travelling over the last few years,” said Cosette. “but as a tourist, you don’t really get to spend time with the locals, especially if you are on an organized tour, so being able to stay in one place and work gave me a more in-depth look at the culture and people of Sri Lanka.”

During her time in Colombo, Cosette worked with members of the Faculty of Industrial and Vocational Technology at the University of Vocational Technology, helping them review their school website; implement a social media strategy; and revise their marketing materials. “Because I was only there for four weeks, it was difficult to see the full impact of my work,” said Cosette “but it felt good knowing I was able to provide resources the university could use when they’re ready to move ahead with the changes to their website and implementation of social media tactics.”

Living as a local and travelling on the weekends, Cosette was able to form bonds with some of Colombo’s residents & uot;One of the guides who I travelled with took me to his home at the end of the tour and introduced me to his extended family. Then he made a point of touching base with me while I was there to see if I needed anything,” said Cosette.

Aside from making new friends, Cosette enjoyed sampling the local cuisine. Besides the fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables, she had plenty of fish and seafood. She also tried a variety of teas. Sri Lanka is the second-biggest exporter of tea in the world and Cosette had the opportunity to visit tea plantations and sample different teas.

Her most memorable experience however was travelling to Sigiriya, which locals refer to as the eighth wonder of the world. A rocky outcrop of magma from an ancient volcano, it was once a monastery before King Kasyapa turned it into the capital of his kingdom. The area is surrounded by a moat; gardens; and pools. Visitors must climb more than 1,400 steps if they wish to reach the summit. She felt it was well worth the time and effort it took to reach the crest and see the spectacular beauty of the area and marvel at the ingenuity and skill of the ancient builders who constructed the palace on the hilltop.

“This was an amazing experience,” said Cosette. “Challenging and rewarding, I would love to participate again.”

See the details of Cosette’s time in Sri Lanka by visiting DC’s Leave for Change Facebook page<https://www.facebook.com/dcleaveforchange/>.


Bridging gaps in Nepal – (Celebrating Our People, April 10, 2018)

When the opportunity to work abroad presented itself, Kim Sharpe couldn’t say no! A DC employee for more than 15 years, Kim, program assistant within the School of Continuing Education travelled to Kathmandu, Nepal for three weeks as part of the Leave for Change program in 2017. The National Youth Federation of Nepal (NYFN) felt Kim’s skills and employment experience were a good match to begin training their members, Kim was able to make a significant impact with her knowledge and training.

Kim’s role was to provide career and employment training to the organization’s members and professionals. Her training sessions had to include a physical component with exercise and games for participants. Surprisingly, none of her participants had completed any sort of career development training, as this concept is uncommon in Nepal.

“I discovered that in Nepal, the training is not intense and the participants expect some sort of physical movement to occur.” Said Kim. “This was a huge learning curve for me, I wanted to provide them with physical activities that would be able to be applied to the topic.”

When Kim arrived she was instantly drawn to the locals and their peaceful way of life. According to Kim, Nepal’s people are calm, patient, friendly and respect others. During her time at the NYFN she had the opportunity to work with local doctors, school teachers, and counselors. She still maintains an up-to-date Facebook page to keep in touch with program participants with whom she will have life-long friendships.

“Living amidst the people in Kathmandu I was privileged to be able to live like a local,” said Kim. “I stayed in the volunteer house within a residential neighbourhood. I shopped like a local, walked and took public transportation like a local, and ate local food.” As a food lover, Kim embraced the opportunity to try as many dishes as she could.

Gaining an understanding of a new culture can always be challenging, one of the most surprising cultural differences was the treatment of animals in Nepal as cows, monkeys, and dogs can frequently be seen wandering the streets.

“Many cows that wander the roads are given the right of way in all instances, often stopping all traffic to ensure the safety of the cows. It was not uncommon to see a cow lay down in the middle of a street and all traffic go around it carefully,” said Kim.

Not only did she live like a local, but she also had opportunities to explore the area. A highlight of her time away, Kim and a group of Canadian volunteers chartered a flight to Mount Everest on Canada Day, an undeniably memorable experience. The Leave for Change program was a rewarding experience that allowed Kim to grow personally and professionally, she has applied to participate again in 2018!


Congratulations Sue Hawkins – (Celebrating Our People, April 10, 2018)

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) is pleased to announce Sue Hawkins in her new role as manager, School-College-Work Initiative (SCWI) and Academic Upgrading. In this role, Sue will be actively involved with the day-to-day operational management; special projects; and moving forward strategic initiatives such as the new Adult Dual Credit and Transition to Post-Secondary for the SCWI and Academic Upgrading programs.

Sue began her time at DC in 2001 as a clerk for the Career Shop. She also worked as SCWI administrative co-ordinator; admissions and recruitment officer; a second career co-ordinator; as well as a customer service officer where she developed her passion for helping students to formulate and reach their academic and career goals.

She is currently in the process of obtaining her Master of Interdisciplinary Studies from Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C. Sue is a member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), the global community for academic advising. In January, Sue spent two weeks at Hau Giang Community College in Vietnam, as part of the Vietnam Skills for Employment Project (VESP), where she presented information on DC practices and strategies that support a student-centered approach promoting student success. Sue was a recipient of DC’s Support Staff Employee Award of Excellence in 2012.

In her spare time, Sue enjoys spending time at the cottage, kayaking, canoeing, and camping with her family. She has been married for 35 years to her husband John, together they have two daughters, a two-year-old grandson and one more on the way!


Building Relationships in Vietnam – (Celebrating Our People, April 10, 2018)

Dale Burt, professor within the School of Justice & Emergency Services, jumped at the chance to volunteer in Vietnam when the Leave for Change program was introduced to employees. The experience gave her the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally while using her knowledge and skills to help others. Dale travelled to Danang, Vietnam to volunteer with the University of Danang, (U of D) where her goal was to build capacity, by developing and strengthening participant’s skills and abilities, while passing along tools and knowledge.

“I was so pleased to be able to share my knowledge, skills, and resources to support the excellent faculty at the university in my short time there,” said Dale. “I also expressed my sincere gratitude to them, as I have learned so much, personally and professionally”

As the teaching methodology advisor, Dale was responsible for teaching faculty members new and interactive teaching methodologies and demonstrating learning through facilitation. She also shared resources in order for faculty members to design more modern and dynamic teaching plans for their students. During her time with the university, Dale was also asked to provide conflict management workshops along with team sharing sessions and private consultations with faculty members.

Meeting and interacting with the Vietnamese people were highlights of Dale’s trip. They are a collectivist society who value deep, meaningful relationships with the people they meet, a trait that left a lasting impression on Dale. “The people were helpful, kind, peaceful, and grateful.” Said Dale.

The language barrier proved to be quite the challenge, as Dale was never able to fully grasp what the street signs meant or how to communicate with the taxi drivers. She persevered by using strategic handle signals and when in restaurants, using English menus or with the help of some locals.

“I am still exceptionally, even comically, terrible at speaking Vietnamese,” said Dale. “Vietnamese is a complex language where nuance in how you say the words, emphasis, tone, and pace, are just as important as the actual words.”

Vietnam is known for its heat, something Dale could not have prepared for, on her first day it reached a scorching 52 degrees Celsius. On one occasion, while trying to let a breeze into her classroom through an open window, she almost fainted, having to send one of her students to get ice! Another adjustment Dale had to make in her daily work routine is to take into account the fact that Vietnamese people are welcome to nap at work after their lunch, the heaviest meal of the day.

When it comes to the local cuisine, there was no shortage of good food to try. From fragrant noodle dishes to Vietnamese pancakes, the food was flavourful, fresh and delicious. The rewards of the program were plenty, Dale was able to explore the country while doing meaningful and impactful work during her time abroad.

“In my heart, though, I feel that I am not saying goodbye to Vietnam forever,” said Dale. “I have fond memories of the beautiful landscapes on the seaside, the mountains, the pagodas and flowers.”


Welcome Michael Sharples – (Celebrating Our People, April 3, 2018)

​IT Services is pleased to announce Michael Sharples in his new role as network administrator. In this role, Michael will be responsible for configuring, troubleshooting, and maintaining the shared wired and wireless network infrastructure between Durham College (DC) and UOIT.

Prior to joining Durham College, Michael worked for Bell Canada as a network operations centre analyst. He has also worked for Q9 Networks as a control centre analyst.

Michael is a graduate of the Computer Systems Technology program from Fanshawe College in London.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys PC gaming, working out and staying active, playing the guitar, sketching, and drawing. He especially enjoys the outdoors in the summer months. He recently purchased his first kayak and is very excited to put it to good use. Michael moved to Bowmanville from England 10 years ago where he lives with his girlfriend, a cat named Tiger and a mini Dachshund named Murphy.


Congratulations Shari Kinney – (Celebrating Our People, March 27, 2018)

​The School of Health & Community Services (SHCS) is pleased to welcome Shari Kinney as the new administrative co-ordinator for the school. In this role, she will be responsible for assisting the executive and associate deans in the implementation of strategic initiatives. She will also provide an extensive variety of administrative support to executive and associate deans, faculty and support staff of SHCS.

Prior to joining the SHCS, Shari worked for more than 16 years in Strategic Enrolment Services as an enrolment services officer. She worked for more than five years in Admissions and also held positions in Accounting, Scheduling and Payroll.

Shari is a DC alumna and holds a three-year diploma in Business Administration – Accounting.

She lives in Port Hope with her 20-year-old son Justin, who is attending his second year at DC for Protection, Securities and Investigation; and her 16-year-old daughter Sarah. She enjoys spending time with her children, her dog Harley, and cats Norman and Jedi.


Staffing updates from CAO – (Celebrating Our People, March 27, 2018)

​This message is being shared on behalf of Dr. Scott Blakey, chief administrative officer.

Please be advised that effective June 30, Sandra Bennett, associate vice-president, Human Resources (HR) will be retiring after 34 years of exemplary service to Durham College (DC). Sandra has been an integral part of our DC community since beginning her career as an administrative assistant in the Business Division, now the School of Business, IT & Management. Her commitment to employees, collaborative nature, sense of humour and outstanding leadership will certainly be missed.

With that, we are pleased to announce that Jennifer Cosway, director, HR was the successful candidate for the role of associate vice-president, HR. Jennifer assumes her new role on Monday, July 2. Jennifer has been with DC since January 2017 and brings with her a wealth of HR experience in the college system. She holds an Honours degree in Sociology, a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management, and a post-graduate certificate in Human Resource Management. Jennifer’s leadership and breadth of knowledge in staffing and staff development, job evaluation/compensation, and labour and employee relations will ensure the HR function continues to support evolving client needs.

Finally, Dave Roger, health and safety officer, is also retiring, effective June 30. During his 11-year career with DC, he has supported many employees with their health and safety concerns. Dave’s diligent approach to his work and light-hearted disposition will be missed. We will announce Dave’s replacement once the process has been completed.

Please join me in congratulating Sandra, Jennifer and Dave and wishing them all happiness and success as they move on to their next great adventures.


Congratulations Dr. Anna Rodrigues – (Celebrating Our People, March 20, 2018)

Durham College is pleased to share that Anna Augusto Rodrigues successfully obtained her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from York University earlier this month.

Anna, a professor and field placement supervisor in the Broadcasting – Radio and Contemporary Media program, began her journey for higher education in September of 2013. She decided to pursue a PhD in Education – Language, Culture and Teaching, to become a better educator and research a topic that could contribute to the scholarship in Informal Adult Education. This field of study also allowed her the opportunity to research street art, an interest of Anna’s as she is an avid photographer and urban explorer.

Anna’s dissertation is titled, Pop Up Pedagogy: Exploring Connections between Street Art, Feminist Literacy Practices and Communities. Her research examined how street art can be an opportunity for informal learning in offline and online communities and it could be considered a feminist literacy practice. During her time of study, Anna also completed a Graduate Diploma in Language and Literacy Education from York University.

Congratulations Anna!


DC students wow at Teaching City Hackathon – (Celebrating Our People, March 13, 2018)

​A team of Durham College (DC) students captured an impressive second-place finish in the first-ever Teaching City Hackathon on March 3. A total of 10 teams of Oshawa post-secondary students went head-to-head on International Open Data Day for their chance to win $1,500 by proposing a solution to a public policy challenge around the theme of improving residential rental housing in Oshawa.

Members of the DC team known as P.A.M. received a $750 prize for their solution of a website that focused on the inclusivity of the most marginalized Oshawa populations. Each of the competition’s top three teams will now work with the Hackathon Steering Committee, Spark Centre and local entrepreneurs to review opportunities for their proposed solutions to be refined and developed into a potential commercial product, a process which could be explored through partnerships and further research and exploration by students and faculty in their institutions.

“The Teaching City Hackathon not only provided fresh ideas and new approaches to residential rental housing in Oshawa, but also an enriched educational experience,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry. “I am constantly amazed by the brilliant minds that call Oshawa home. Giving opportunities to young people will change the world, and this is a great example.”

“I was very impressed by the students’ ability to address the challenge from a number of different angles, the creativity of their solutions to the challenge and their presentation skills,” said Janse Tolmie, chief information officer and associate vice-president, Information Technology, DC.

The Hackathon was the second project of Teaching City, a formal collaboration between the City of Oshawa, Canadian Urban Institute, DC, Trent University Durham GTA, University of Ontario Institute of Technology and University of Toronto Department of Civil Engineering. Teaching Ci y aims to establish Oshawa as a city focused on experiential learning, applied research and innovative teaching partnerships to address urban issues.

Learn more about Teaching City and its upcoming initiatives on the Teaching City web page<http://www.oshawa.ca/teachingcity>.


Welcome Aravin Nada – (Celebrating Our People, March 13, 2018)

​IT Services is pleased to welcome Aravin Nada as applications deployment support specialist, within User Support Services, effective Wednesday, March 14. Aravin brings more than 10 years of experience in Information Technology to his position with Durham College.

In his most recent role, Aravin was technology support analyst with the York Region District School Board. In this function, he was responsible for providing technical support to all school staff and students in the day-to-day use and connectivity of computers provisioned by the board and was also involved in aspects of support of the board’s network and cloud based technologies.

In addition to these activities, Aravin was responsible for the creation, testing, and deployment of multiple images and policies to end points using tools including Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), Active Directory, IBM Tivoli Provision Manager, IBM School Connect, AppV and Symantec Ghost.

Among his qualifications, Aravin has a Computer Systems Technology diploma from Centennial College; Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and SUN Certified System and Network Administrator designations as well as ITIL certifications.

Aravin occasionally plays badminton and volleyball and enjoys following hockey and basketball, mostly at play-off times. He also enjoys keeping up-to-date in politics and world affairs.

Please welcome Aravin to IT Services and the IT User Support Services division.


DC launches dedicated app for prospective international students – (Announcements, March 13, 2018)

​Durham College (DC) International<https://durhamcollege.ca/info-for/international> is making sure the international student experience comes first with the launch of a pioneering mobile application for those looking to study in Canada. The Durham Assist app is a one-stop shop for students, providing all the information they need to know about studying in Canada and at DC.

Developed in partnership with Canadian developer Maple Assist Inc. and three other Canadian colleges, the Durham Assist app is currently being piloted with potential and new students coming from India. The application provides international students with relevant, comprehensive information about studying in Canada and the DC student experience specifically.

The app is designed to streamline communication between the college and international students, simplify the application and study permit process, ensure students are better prepared for the cultural and academic transition to Canada and support transportation and arrival planning and services.

Sponsors of the project include Air Canada, Scotiabank and India-based HDFC Bank. These and other sponsors have committed to providing student users with special offers for items such as flights, bank fees, exchange rates and arrival packages that include bedding and other early arrival needs.

Students in India can download the app from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Once the pilot is complete, the app will be made available more broadly.

DC’s international team opted for a mobile application to improve student service based on the ever-increasing prevalence of smartphones around the world. Based on the success of the pilot project in India, the college will look at expanding the app to other countries with students looking to pursue post-secondary education in Canada.

< >As of January 2018, DC is home to more than 1,445 international students, representing 61 countries from around the world.


Sharing sad news of the passing of Terry Rigby – (Announcements, March 13, 2018)

​This message is being sent on behalf of Don Lovisa, president, Durham College.

Dear colleagues,

It is with a very heavy heart that I share news of the sudden passing of our colleague, Terry Rigby, on March 7.

For nearly a decade, Terry has been a dedicated and passionate educator at the college, fondly considered a jack-of-all trades who was always willing to jump in to help others. He will be remembered for his warmth and how he continually went above and beyond to support students and colleagues alike.

Terry was a proud Durham College graduate of the Chemical Engineering program. He joined the college as an employee in 2009, starting as a laboratory technologist with what was then known as the School of Applied Sciences and Technology (now the School of Science and Engineering Technology) and eventually going on to also teach a variety of science-related courses. Most recently, he was a laboratory field technologist with the Centre for Food.

At this time, funeral arrangements are not known, but we will share them as soon as information becomes available.

Terry will be dearly missed by many. In honour of his life, flags at the Oshawa and Whitby campuses will be lowered later today and will remain lowered until the same time tomorrow.

Our thoughts are with Terry’s family and friends at this time.

I’d like to remind everyone that confidential counselling and bereavement services are available to employees through Morneau Shepell, our employee assistance program provider, by calling 1.844.880.9142 or TTY Service at 1.877.338.0275.


Etiquette Dinner is SOLD OUT! – (Announcements, March 13, 2018)

Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket to the upcoming Etiquette Dinner.

The event is now officially SOLD OUT!


Call for nominations: Researcher Award of Excellence – (Announcements, March 13, 2018)

​This message is being shared on behalf of Debbie McKee Demczyk, dean, Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Please direct inquiries to Debbie at ext. 3669.

The Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce the opening of the call for nominations for the Researcher Award of Excellence.

The Researcher Award of Excellence recognizes an outstanding employee who contributes to the college’s culture of research. This is demonstrated by successfully engaging in research; supporting students, community organizations, and/or industry partners to solve problems; advancing his/her own professional development and/or mentoring colleagues; and demonstrating a strong commitment to the mission of the college and the academic plan.

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, March 23 at 4:30 p.m. The recipient will be honoured at Research Day on Thursday, May 3. To learn more about the awards, including the nomination process and specific criteria and to access the nomination form, please click here</Forms/Researcher-Award-of-Excellence-FINAL-Mar-9-18.docx>.


GLOW IN THE DARK YOGA – (Announcements, March 13, 2018)

March 20, 2018
3:30 to 4:30 pm
Gym 1 & 2

FREE
Please bring your own mat

Be a part of the Campus Unplugged in recognition of Earth Hour taking place March 24, 2018


UNLOCK THE POTENTIAL OF FOOD – (Announcements, March 13, 2018)

March 15, 2018
11:30 am to 2:00 pm
UB Atrium

FREE

MARCH IS NUTRITION MONTH
Dietitians believe in the potential of food to enhance lives and improve health.

Join us this month, enjoy samples made with local ingredients.

UNLOCK THE POTENTIAL OF FOOD!


Information sessions on March 13 for DC’s new Enrolment Management Plan (EMP): 2017-18 to 2019-20 – (Announcements, March 13, 2018)

​Dear colleagues,

Recently I shared Durham College’s (DC) new Enrolment Management Plan (EMP) with you via email; I hope you have had a chance to review it.

The EMP aims to broadly identify the college’s enrolment, retention, graduation and employment goals and objectives and outlines the importance of staying in-step with the evolving post-secondary landscape.

Over the next three years, this plan will provide the foundation for the development and operation of specific strategies that will help us achieve the goals and objectives outlined within. It is essential that all employees see themselves in this plan and understand that their contribution to the student experience is meaningful.

With that, I would like to invite you to attend one of two information sessions that have been planned to help build knowledge and awareness of our Enrolment Management Plan. These sessions will take place on:

Tuesday, March 13, 10-11 a.m., room A144 Boardroom – Oshawa campus

Tuesday, March 13, 2:30-3:30 p.m., room 2-5 – Whitby Campus

I look forward to meeting with many of you this month to discuss the details of the plan. It provides clear direction for where DC is headed over the next three years, as well as a starting point for each of us to define how our work will contribute to a successful journey. Each year we will review the plan to ensure it remains relevant to our evolving landscape.

Sincerely,

Elaine


Call for Nominations: Researcher Award of Excellence – (Announcements, March 13, 2018)

The Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce the opening of the call for nominations for the Researcher Award of Excellence.

The Researcher Award of Excellence recognizes an outstanding employee who contributes to the college’s culture of research. This is demonstrated by successfully engaging in research; supporting students, community organizations, and/or industry partners to solve problems; advancing his/her own professional development and/or mentoring colleagues; and demonstrating a strong commitment to the mission of the college and the academic plan.

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, March 23 at 4:30 p.m. The recipient will be honoured at Research Day on Thursday, May 3. To learn more about the awards, including the nomination process and specific criteria and to access the nomination form, please click here.</Forms/Researcher-Award-of-Excellence-FINAL-Mar-9-18.docx>


Congratulations Alexandra Chastven – (Celebrating Our People, March 6, 2018)

Corporate Training Services (CTS) is please to announce Alexandra Chastven in her new role as administrative assistant. In this role, she will be responsible for supporting the director and CTS team with the daily administration, execution of projects, and overall objectives of the department.

Prior to this role, Alexandra worked for DC in the Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment. She became an integral part of the team, working closely with the administrative and support staff in all operational and project-based activities.

Alexandra has a background in healthcare administration with experience working with teams in facilities such as The Hospital for Sick Children and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Alexandra believes these experiences are what allowed her to maintain a broad perspective which drives her passion for continuous improvement. She holds a diploma in Office Administration from George Brown College and is currently working toward her Project Management Graduate Certificate from Fanshaw College.

When she’s not at work or in class, Alexandra enjoys walking trails with her family and playing board games. She has trained for various performance events with her dog, they particularly like agility training! She has an interest in photography and loves Mexican cuisine. Alexandra moved to Brooklin, from her hometown of Burlington, and lives with her fiancé and their Portuguese Water Dog, Nash.


Event: Asexuality 101 with Ace Toronto – (Announcements, March 6, 2018)

Want to learn more about the Ace community and how we could create a asexual and aromantic friendly spaces on campus? This FREE workshop is for you!

We will explore the spectrum of people’s relationships with sex as we talk about asexuality and the Ace community, and provide you with some of the information you need to be a better ally to people who identify as Ace/asexual. You do not have to identify as Ace/asexual to attend this event.

Door opens at 5:30 pm. Free light refreshments. Workshop starts at 6 pm.

Please RSVP to reserve your ticket now at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/asexuality-101-with-ace-toronto-tickets-43584479351

For further information please contact Jordan Tan at khengyong.tan@durhamcollege.ca<mailto:khengyong.tan@durhamcollege.ca>


Student Voices on Sexual Violence survey – (Announcements, March 6, 2018)

​This message is being shared on behalf of Allison Hector-Alexander, director, Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions. Please direct inquiries to diversity@durhamcollege.ca or at ext. 3100.

Please be advised that the Ontario government will be inviting full-time Durham College (DC) students who are 18 years of age or older to participate in the Student Voices on Sexual Violence<http://www.sv-vs.ca/> online survey available Monday, March 5 until Monday, April 2.

This survey is being conducted by CCI Research<https://cci-resources.com/> at post-secondary institutions across the province with the goal of gathering information to help understand issues related to unwanted sexual experiences. Information gathered will also help DC improve our sexual violence policy, procedures and services on campus. All responses are anonymous and participation is voluntary. The survey focuses on themes such as:

* Knowledge of sexual violence supports, services and reporting procedures.
* Perceptions of consent.
* Experiences of sexual violence.
* Satisfaction with institutional responses to sexual violence.
* Behaviour of bystanders.

At this time you are reminded that DC is dedicated to ensuring that those who disclose that they have been sexually assaulted are believed, and that their safety and their right to dignity and respect is protected throughout the process of disclosure, investigation and institutional response. Please review the policy</Policies-Procedures/Sexual-Violence.pdf> and procedure</Policies-Procedures/Sexual-Violence-procedure.pdf> documents as a refresher.

If someone discloses sexual violence to you, be aware that you play an essential role in the survivor’s recovery. What you say to the survivor and what you do can have a positive or harmful impact . A Sexual Violence Incident Report<https://durhamcollege.ca/wp-content/uploads/sexual-violence-incident-report-form.pdf> should be completed for all disclosures and forwarded to the Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions as soon as possible.

Employees should be knowledgeable about the services available to support survivors:

* Access and Support Centre, asc@durhamcollege.ca, 905.721.3123
* Campus Health Centre, healthcare@durhamcollege.ca, 905.721.3037
* Coaching Centre, coaching@durhamcollege.ca, 905.721.2000 ext. 3747
* Office of Campus Safety, security@dc-uoit.ca, 905.721.2000 ext. 2400
* Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion & Transitions, diversity@durhamcollege.ca 905.721.2000 ext. 2856 (Oshawa), or ext. 4268 (Whitby)

The survey questions may upset or cause discomfort to some of our students. As a reminder, the following emergency supports and services available for students:

* Good2Talk T: 1.866.925.5454 or connect through 211
* Distress Centre Helpline: (247/7) 905.430.2522 or 1.800.452.0688

The student will guide the process of which supports to access for their healing.


Seed Exchange: Grow – Eat – Share – (Announcements, March 6, 2018)

Oshawa Campus and Whitby Libraries are offering a free seed exchange. Stop by the library and check out the collection of container-friendly, heirloom seeds. Choose seeds to plant at home, grow and enjoy. Save some of the harvested seeds to return to the library.
For more details, visit the Seed Exchange<http://guides.library.durhamcollege.ca/seedexchange> online or contact Meg Miller at 905.721.2000 x5360.


DC preparing students for spring and fall 2018 graduation – (Announcements, March 6, 2018)

Durham College’s (DC) Office of Development and Alumni Affairs is hosting Countdown to Grad at the Oshawa and Whitby campuses and Pickering Learning Site.

Students graduating in 2018 can drop in to enjoy a free pizza lunch and find out everything they need to know about convocation and the benefits of being DC alumni.

Graduates will also receive a gift and have a chance to win great prizes.

This event is sponsored by the Durham College Alumni Association.

Please encourage all graduating students to attend!

* Oshawa campus, Student Services building, main lobby – Tuesday, March 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
* Whitby campus, student lounge – Thursday, March 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
* Pickering Learning Site, main foyer – Friday, March 23, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Graduating students at the Whitby campus can pick up their free Countdown to Grad event ticket from their faculty.

For more information, visit www.durhamcollege.ca/countdowntograd<http://www.durhamcollege.ca/countdowntograd>.

If you have any questions, please email alumni@durhamcollege.ca<mailto:alumni@durhamcollege.ca>.


New programs at Durham College – (Announcements, March 6, 2018)

​This message is being shared on behalf of Lisa White, director, Student Recruitment and Admissions. Please direct inquiries to admissions@durhamcollege.ca<mailto:admissions@durhamcollege.ca> or ext. 3000.

Durham College (DC) is excited to be launching the following new programs in September 2018:

* Civil Engineering Technician<https://durhamcollege.ca/programs/civil-engineering-technician>
* Civil Engineering Technology<https://durhamcollege.ca/programs/civil-engineering-technology>
* Cosmetic Techniques and Management<https://durhamcollege.ca/programs/cosmetic-techniques-and-management>
* Data Analytics for Business Decision Making<https://durhamcollege.ca/programs/data-analytics-for-business-decision-making-graduate-certificate>
* Esthetician – Spa Management<https://durhamcollege.ca/programs/esthetician-spa-management>
* Power Engineering Techniques – Fourth Class<https://durhamcollege.ca/programs/power-engineering-techniques-fourth-class>
* Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management<https://durhamcollege.ca/programs/health-care-technology-management-honours-bachelor>

Please share the attached PDF</Documents/Announcements/DC%20new%20programs%202018.pdf> with anyone who might be interested in learning more about DC s new programs and be sure to check out the video below to learn more about why the Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management program is in demand.

Or watch in your browser: https://youtu.be/FzaKVGtkFJ0


2017-2018 Year end message – (Announcements, March 6, 2018)

The following message is being sent on behalf of Barbara MacCheyne, chief financial officer.

To assist the finance department in properly recording revenue and expenditure transactions for this fiscal year and to ensure that we have an efficient closing of the books for March 31, 2018, please take note of the following deadlines and related procedures:

Purchasing

Purchase orders

To ensure that expenses for goods that are physically received or services incurred by Friday, March 30 are captured as a fiscal 2017-2018 expenditure, the following guidelines will be followed:

* Any purchase requisitions required after Friday, February 23 for the 2017-2018 fiscal year must be approved by Barbara MacCheyne, CFO. The expected delivery date of the goods must be indicated on the requisition to ensure that it is properly recorded in the correct fiscal year. No purchase orders will be issued after Friday, March 16 for fiscal 2017-18. Proper accounting procedures require that items purchased during the current fiscal year but received after March 31, 2018 be charged to the next fiscal year. Thus, these purchases will be recorded as an expense when the goods and services are received in fiscal 2018-2019.

* FAST users need to run “My Outstanding Purchase Orders and Requisitions” report via the FAST <https://fast.durhamcollege.ca/> Webreq <https://fast.durhamcollege.ca/> module. This process assist staff in identifying their Outstanding Purchase Orders, invoices paid and remaining balance on those Orders. For instructions on how to run “My Outstanding Purchase Orders and Requisitions” report, please refer to the Process Manual attached.

Please execute your report on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. If any of your outstanding Purchase Orders can be closed, please email to Cynthia McKeen (cynthia.mckeen@dc-uoit.ca) no later than the end of business day Friday, March 9, 2018 and reference the Purchase Order number and reason for closing (ex. paid already, invoice already sent to AP, vendor no longer supplying goods).

NOTE: If submitting an invoice to Accounts Payable that is final payment, please indicate this on the invoice so that the Purchase Order will be closed out.

NOTE: If your order will be received after March 31, 2018, please contact Donny Gough (donny.gough@dc- uoit.ca) and inquire about how to issue an advance Purchase Order for fiscal 2018-19.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding purchase orders, please contact Kevin Jones at 905.721.2000 ext. 2251 or via email kevin.jones@dc-uoit.ca.

Accounting

Accounts payable – vendor invoices

To ensure that all expenses are booked against the correct fiscal period, please forward all properly approved and correctly coded invoices to Accounts Payable for processing as soon as possible and no later than Thursday, April 5. Please indicate the purchase order number on the invoice where applicable to ensure purchase orders are closed out properly. If an invoice has not been received but there is sufficient support to accrue an expense to the current fiscal year, please provide the supporting documentation by Monday, April 9.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding payment of invoices, please contact Linda Mondria at 905.721.3021.

Corporate MasterCard statements

To ensure the proper recording of purchases made on your corporate MasterCard, we ask that you complete your MasterCard Reconciliation in the FAST PCARD module by the 25th of each month. Copies of the reconciled statement, approved by the appropriate level, and attached with supporting receipts must be submitted by the following due dates:

* February credit card reconciliations must be submitted to Accounts Payable by Friday, February 23, and
* March credit card reconciliations must be submitted to Accounts Payable by Friday, March 23.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding corporate MasterCard expenditures, please contact Amanda Gallagher at 905.721.2000 ext. 3743.

Expense reports

The expense report for reimbursement of expenses incurred to March 31 must be submitted to Accounts Payable – Amanda Gallagher no later than Tuesday, April 3 for processing. Please ensure that all supporting receipts and travel/business forms are provided and that the expense report form (located on ICE; Forms: Finance; Expense Report) is properly approved and coded. Claims for expenses incurred after March 31 must be reported on a separate expense form.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding expense report reimbursements please contact Amanda Gallagher at 905.721.2000 ext. 3743.

Travel advances

Please ensure all travel advances for travel completed by March 31 are reconciled and submitted to the Accounts Payable – Amanda Gallagher no later than Monday, April 2.

Petty cash reimbursements

Departments that have a petty cash float must forward the receipts and reconciliation to Allan MacDonald in the Student Services Building no later than the end of business on Monday, April 2.

Note that all floats must be replenished to their full authorized value for year-end. Should you require a replenishment of a particular float or if you are closing out a float, email Allan MacDonald no later than March 26 2018 in order to schedule a mutual agreed upon time to pick up/deliver.

Finally, float close-outs should be brought in to the Student Services Building no later than 3:00pm on March 30 2018 in order to ensure it is recorded in fiscal year 2017-18.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact Norah Warmuth at 905.721.2000 ext. 3652.

Invoicing external customers

The final date and time that we will be able to process invoices through Banner is Friday, March 30 at 3:00

p.m. To ensure that all revenue earned to March 31 is captured in the proper fiscal period in Banner, please forward the invoicing details for services rendered or fees to be charged to external customers to the Accounts Receivable department – Deborah Duff by Friday, March 16. All invoicing details submitted after Friday, March 16 and before Monday, April 2 for services rendered to March 31 will be accrued in fiscal 2017-2018 and invoiced in Banner in fiscal 2018-2019.

If you have any questions regarding Accounts Receivable, please contact Deborah Duff at 905.721.2000 ext. 3755.

If you have any questions regarding any of the accounting deadlines above, please contact Norah Warmuth, manager, Accounting at 905.721.2000 ext. 3652.

Payroll

Payroll timesheets

For all part-time employees, please ensure timesheets are approved and submit ed to payroll by Friday, March 23 for both the PT faculty April 10 pay date and PT support staff March 29 pay date.

For all full-time support staff employees, please forward all outstanding overtime or other payroll adjustments for by Tuesday, March 20 processing for on the March 29 payroll.

For all full-time administrative employees and faculty, please forward all outstanding payroll adjustments for by Tuesday, March 20 processing for on the March 29 payroll.

If there should be March timesheets or payroll adjustments that miss this cutoff, please forward to payroll by Monday, April 2 and these will be accrued in fiscal 2017-2018.

If you have any questions concerning timesheets, please contact Jenny Razak, manager, Payroll at 905.721.2000 ext. 2442.

Summary of key cut-off dates for 2017-18 year-end processing

* Friday, February 23 – New purchase requisitions must be approved by Barbara MacCheyne, CFO;
* Friday, February 23 – Employee February MasterCard statements due to Accounts Payable;
* Friday, March 9 – Open Purchase Order Report due to Purchasing;
* Friday, March 16 – Accounts Receivable cut-off for invoicing in Banner;
* Tuesday, March 20 – Payroll adjustments for full-time administrative, faculty and support employees due to Payroll;
* Friday, March 23 – Employee March MasterCard statements due to Accounts Payable;
* Friday, March 23 – Payroll adjustments for part-time faculty and part-time support staff due to Payroll;
* Monday, April 2 – Accounts Receivable cut-off for customer invoicing year-end accrual;
* Monday, April 2 – Petty cash reconciliations due;
* Monday, April 2 – Travel advances for travel expenses in fiscal 2017-18 due to Accounts Payable for processing;
* Tuesday, April 3 – Expense reports due to Accounts Payable;
* Thursday, April 5 – Vendor invoices due to Accounts Payable; and
* Monday, April 2 – Outstanding payroll adjustments for period ended March 31 due to payroll for year-end accrual.

Your continued efforts in ensuring a proper fiscal year closing and maintaining fiscal accountability are greatly appreciated.

Thank you.


Faculty PD Leave applications due today – (Announcements, March 6, 2018)

​This is an invitation for full-time academic employees to apply for a professional development leave for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The provision for faculty professional development leave is under Article 20 of the Academic Collective Agreement. The article states that “faculty are given the opportunity by the College to pursue College-approved professional development activities outside the College through further academic or technical studies or in industry where such activities will enhance the ability of the employee upon return to the College to fulfill professional responsibilities”. Additionally, please refer to the Professional Development Leave – Academic policy</Policies-Procedures/Professional-Development-Leave-Academic.pdf> and procedure</Policies-Procedures/Professional-Development-Leave-Academic-procedure.pdf> on ICE.

When considering a professional development leave, you may be interested in pursuing something in relation to long-term college academic priorities such as new program development, enhancing learning through information technology, student success, retention activities, articulation between Durham College programs and UOIT or with other educational institutions, etc. Please explore these and other possibilities with your dean.

To learn more about this professional development opportunity and how to apply, please visit the Human Resources’ Employee Development</Admin/HR/EmployeeDevelopment/Pages/default.aspx> page on ICE.

Applications will be received by Human Resources no later than ;4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Please contact Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca>, Human Resources if you have any questions.


Faculty PD Leave application deadline has been extended – (Announcements, March 6, 2018)

​Applications for the 2018-2019 Faculty PD Leave will be accepted by Human Resources until Friday, March 16, 2018. Please visit the Employee Development</Admin/HR/EmployeeDevelopment/Pages/default.aspx> page on ICE for more information and to access the application form.


ETIQUETTE DINNER SPONSORED BY THE OFFICE OF DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI AFFAIRS – (Announcements, March 6, 2018)

Limited tickets remain for the upcoming Etiquette Dinner. Don’t delay, purchase yours today!

This dinner is open to alumni as well as graduating students and is a practical lab where you learn how to properly navigate through a three course meal with tips, dos and don’ts all the way through dessert.

When: Monday, March 19th

Where: Bistro ’67, W. Galen Weston Centre For Food

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Your dinner will include: Salad, Main Entree, Dessert, Tea/Coffee.

You must purchase a ticket to reserve your seat and dinner as seating is limited. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the following locations:

* School of Business, IT and Management, C223
* School of Justice & Emergency Services, F211
* The Pantry, W. Galen Weston Centre for Food
* Alumni Development Office, Campus Corners

If you require further information, please contact Mary Weller<mailto:%20mary.weller@durhamcollege.ca> by email or by phone, 905.721-3035.

Please note that the deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, March 14 by 4:00 p.m.


Employee Orientation tomorrow – (Announcements, March 6, 2018)

Employee orientation is offered every Tuesday from 9-10 a.m. in the Student Services Building room SSB116B. There are four one-hour weekly sessions available for new full- and part-time employees to attend. Here is the schedule for the upcoming sessions:

Session 1: Our Business – Tuesday, March 6

Session 2: Our People – Tuesday, March 13

Session 3: Our Students – Tuesday, March 20

Session 4: Our Community – Tuesday, March 27

To learn more about the orientation program and to review the list of legislated training modules new employees are required to complete, please visit the New Employees</NE/Pages/default.aspx> site on ICE or contact Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca>, Human Resources.


Congratulations Jay Fisher – (Celebrating Our People, February 27, 2018)

This message is posted on behalf of Debbie McKee Demczyk, dean, Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE).

The Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE) is pleased to announce that Jay Fisher has accepted the position of Manager, Experiential Learning. Jay began his career at Durham College in 2011 as a professor and Program Coordinator for the Entrepreneurship and Small Business program in the School of Business, IT and Management. In 2014, he added the role of faculty lead for FastStart DC, providing coaching to entrepreneurially minded students and setting the overall direction for the initiative.

In his new role, Jay will be responsible for implementing Durham College’s plans under the Career Ready Fund, an initiative of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development intended to create new and enhanced experiential learning opportunities for students.

Jay began his new duties on January 22, and he will remain in the role until March 31, 2019 when he will return to his faculty role.

 


Congratulations Michelle Lashta – (Celebrating Our People, February 27, 2018)

Employment Services is pleased to announce that Michelle Lashta has taken on a new role as employment advisor – youth job connection facilitator at DC’s Community Employment Services’ Bowmanville location.

Prior to this role, Michelle worked for two years as an employment advisor in the Bowmanville office. Michelle has worked in the employment counselling field for more than 15 years and is a certified career development practitioner. She is currently working online towards her Bachelor of Professional Arts degree. Michelle completed her student placement at DC’s Oshawa campus as well as worked in the summer jobs service in North Durham while attending college.

Michelle and her husband Peter have two children, James and Amelia, and the family has a Samoyed named Jazzy.


SOCIAL MEDIA TRAINING OPPORTUNITY FOR EMPLOYEES – (Announcements, February 27, 2018)

The Communications and Marketing department is excited to offer monthly social media training for Durham College (DC) employees. Whether you’re an existing social media ambassador, manage an active account on behalf of your department, service area or program, or are thinking about starting an account, this training will benefit you.

Learn how to use social media to promote your area of the college, connect with stakeholders and receive valuable feedback from clients, students, parents, etc.

Each session will be one-hour in length and will consist of:

* An overview of social media at DC
* A review of best practices and platforms
* Hands-on assistance
* A Q&A to address your specific questions.

Spaces are limited so please register<https://durhamcollege.ca/forms/social-media-training> no later than Tuesday, March 6 to reserve your spot.

Date: Thursday, March 8

Time: 1 to 2 p.m.

Location: Campus Corners, CC108

Register Today!<https://durhamcollege.ca/forms/social-media-training>

#WeHopeToSeeYouThere #SocialMediaSavvy #iHeartDC #DCpride


SOCIAL MEDIA TRAINING OPPORTUNITY FOR EMPLOYEES – (Announcements, February 27, 2018)

​The Communications and Marketing department is excited to offer monthly social media training for Durham College (DC) employees. Whether you’re an existing social media ambassador, manage an active account on behalf of your department, service area or program, or are thinking about starting an account, this training will benefit you.

Learn how to use social media to promote your area of the college, connect with stakeholders and receive valuable feedback from clients, students, parents, etc.

Each session will be one-hour in length and will consist of:

* An overview of social media at DC
* A review of best practices and platforms
* Hands-on assistance
* A Q&A to address your specific questions.

Spaces are limited so please register<https://durhamcollege.ca/forms/social-media-training> no later than Tuesday, March 6 to reserve your spot.

Date: Thursday, March 8

Time: 1 to 2 p.m.

Location: Campus Corners, CC108

Register Today!<https://durhamcollege.ca/forms/social-media-training>

#WeHopeToSeeYouThere #SocialMediaSavvy #iHeartDC #DCpride


Women in Skilled Trades at DC (WIST@DC) – (Announcements, February 27, 2018)

Join the WIST@DC (Women in Skilled Trades) on Monday, March 5 from 4-6 p.m. in the Student Lounge, Whitby Campus.

Stephanie Smith, plant manager, OPG Pickering will share her experiences in the trades and the future direction of OPG!

Childcare will be provided.

Please RSVP


Central Michigan University representative on campus today! – (Announcements, February 27, 2018)

Central Michigan University will have a representative at the Oshawa campus today from 10-11 a.m. in A144 to answer any questions you may have about their Masters of Arts degree. Additional information sessions will be offered in April and May.

Please contact Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca>, Human Resources if you have any questions.


Heart and Stroke Big Bike 2018 – (Announcements, February 27, 2018)

Heart and Stroke Big Bike 2018 is now accepting riders for the DC RIDERS team.

The date is June 20 2018 and the time is TBA (but is typically around the lunch hour)

The ride itself is only about 15 minutes, total commitment time is only 30 minutes.

Each rider is required to fundraise a minimum of $50, but the heart and stroke has many fundraising incentives that you could benefit from!

Each new rider whom registers online are eligible to win a $200 gift card. The draws are weekly so the earlier you register, the more chances you have to WIN!

Show your Durham College spirit and community stewardship by joining this fun and exciting team today!

Questions can be directed to Lori Wilson. Lori.wilson@durhamcollege.ca<mailto:Lori.wilson@durhamcollege.ca>, ext 2157


Reminder – TEST CENTRE FOCUS GROUP SESSION – (Announcements, February 27, 2018)

PARTICIPANTS NEEDED – TEST CENTRE FOCUS GROUP SESSION

A task force has been established to review the Test Centre usage and requirements of our academic schools and departments.
Please join us on Friday, February 23, for the Test Centre Focus Group sessions, wherein employees are encouraged to share their thoughts, ask questions and join the conversation on the Test Centre.

Sessions will be held at:

Whitby Campus, Student Services Boardroom 103F from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Oshawa Campus, A144 (Community Room) from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Please direct any questions to Sarah Barrett, Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice President, Academic by phone at ext. 2281.


Spring Open House 2018: email banner available – (Announcements, February 27, 2018)

With DC’s annual Spring Open House quickly approaching, your help is needed to attract as many prospective students as possible to visit the college on Saturday, March 24.

Please help spread the word by adding the Spring Open House banner to your email signature.

Go to the banner generator<http://www.durhamcollege.ca/banner-generator>, download the Spring Open House 2018 image and follow the instructions on how to add the image to your email and hyperlink it to the event microsite.

Your support is appreciated!


FIRST® Robotics Competition: Ontario District Durham College Event 2018 – (Announcements, February 27, 2018)

​Durham College (DC) will once again host a FIRST® Robotics Competition Ontario district event at the Oshawa campus on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4.

FIRST®, an acronym that means For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is an international not-for-profit organization in charge of this robotic competition that encourages young people to solve an engineering design problem in a competitive way, while building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills. FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.

Over two days of competition, close to 1,000 high-school students from across Ontario on 38 teams will battle each other and demonstrate their engineering skills and knowledge by building their own robots and working together to play the arcade-themed game, FIRST® POWER UPSM<https://www.youtube.com/user/FRCTeamsGlobal>, which finds teams trapped in an 8bit video game world and required to use power cubes to defeat the game’s boss.

Admission to the FRC event is free and members of the public are encouraged to attend.

When: Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4

Saturday, March 3
10 a.m. Opening ceremonies
10:30 a.m. Qualification matches
1 p.m. Lunch break
2 p.m. Qualification matches
6:30 p.m. End of day’s competition

Sunday, March 4
8:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies
9 a.m. Qualification matches
12:30 p.m. Alliance selections
1 p.m. Lunch break
2 p.m. Playoff matches
5 p.m. Awards ceremony

Where: CRWC gymnasiums, Oshawa campus

Parking: free parking is available in Founders lot 2.


Iron Mountain services contact update – (Announcements, February 27, 2018)

All inquiries regarding Iron Mountain services should be directed to Beth Smith<mailto:%20beth.smith@durhamcollege.ca> or by phone at extension 2213.​


RSVP for Employee Appreciation Evening – Thursday, March 22 – (Announcements, February 27, 2018)

​This message is being sent on behalf of Sandra Bennet, associate vice-president, Human Resources. Please direct inquiries to Kelly Doyle, manager, Employee Development and Wellness, via email<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca?subject=Employee%20Appreciation%20Evening> or at ext. 2225.

We’re celebrating our amazing people and you’re one of them!

Please join us for DC’s 35th Annual Employee Appreciation Evening.


​Date

Thursday, March 22

5:30 p.m. – Reception

6 p.m. – Dinner

Location

Tosca Banquet & Conference Centre

800 Champlain Ave., Oshawa

Directions<https://goo.gl/maps/QUJAJ8NAUur>

​RSVP

Please register <https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/durham-college-35th-annual-employee-appreciation-evening-registration-43171539236> by Tuesday, March 9.

If you require an alternate format of this invitation, please contact Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca> at 905.721.2000 ext. 2225.


Reminder – Test Centre Focus Group, February 23 – (Announcements, February 27, 2018)

​REMINDER

Participants needed – Test Centre Task Force session

A task force has been established to review the Test Centre usage and requirements of our academic schools and departments.

Please join us on Friday, February 23, for the Test Centre Focus Group sessions, wherein employees are encouraged to share their thoughts, ask questions and join the conversation on the Test Centre.

Sessions will be held at:

Whitby Campus, Student Services Boardroom 103F from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Oshawa Campus, A144 (Community Room) from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Please direct any questions to Sarah Barrett, Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice President, Academic by phone at ext. 2281.


February Pay Day Lottery Winner! – (Announcements, February 27, 2018)

This message is posted on behalf of Linda Flynn, president, Durham College Foundation and associate vice-president, Development and Alumni Affairs, Durham College.

Dana Chorney, Professor, School of Health and Community Services is the winner of the February 21, 2018 draw in the Durham College Employee Pay Day Lottery!

Dana won $1,145 half of the total pot, which was valued at $2,290. The other half of the money will be used toward the construction of the Centre for Collaborative Education<http://www.durhamcollege.ca/interactive-documents/cfce-building-something-amazing/> (CFCE). Congratulations, Dana!

The next draw date is Wednesday, March 21, 2018 when employees entered in the Pay Day Lottery prior to January 26, 2018 will have another chance to win some cash. The lottery is organized by the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs and participation is easy with tickets purchased through payroll deduction.

Tickets are $5 each with employees able to purchase up to a maximum of six tickets per month.

Updated entry forms are available on ICE.

Completed forms can be sent via:

-Email to Mary.Weller@durhamcollege.ca

-Fax to 905.720-3135 or inter-office to the attention of Mary Weller, Alumni Development Officer, Office of Development and Alumni Affairs.

-An in-person visit to the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs located on the first floor of Campus Corners.

A reminder that the deadline to register for the pay day lottery incentive campaign is quickly approaching, March 16, 2018. Don’t delay, register today! Detailed information can be found on the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs ICE homepage.


Seeking Hockey Players – April 5 – (Announcements, February 27, 2018)

Students in the Sports Administration program are holding a charity hockey tournament, Hockey Helps the Homeless – Durham, to raise money for St. Vincent Pallotti’s Kitchen. They are currently seeking hockey players to play in the tournament being held on April 5, 2018 at the Campus Ice Centre. For more information, please visit https://hhth.akaraisin.com/Common/Event/Home.aspx?seid=15899&mid=8

If you are interested in participating, please email David at arieldavid.brouet@dcmail.ca<mailto:arieldavid.brouet@dcmail.ca>

Thank you!


Reminder: FT Faculty PD Leave applications due March 2 – (Announcements, February 27, 2018)

This is an invitation for full-time academic employees to apply for a professional development leave for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The provision for faculty professional development leave is under Article 20 of the Academic Collective Agreement. The article states that “faculty are given the opportunity by the College to pursue College-approved professional development activities outside the College through further academic or technical studies or in industry where such activities will enhance the ability of the employee upon return to the College to fulfill professional responsibilities”. Additionally, please refer to the Professional Development Leave – Academic policy</Policies-Procedures/Professional-Development-Leave-Academic.pdf> and procedure</Policies-Procedures/Professional-Development-Leave-Academic-procedure.pdf> on ICE.

When considering a professional development leave, you may be interested in pursuing something in relation to long-term college academic priorities such as new program development, enhancing learning through information technology, student success, retention activities, articulation between Durham College programs and UOIT or with other educational institutions, etc. Please explore these and other possibilities with your dean.

To learn more about this professional development opportunity and how to apply, please visit the Human Resources’ Employee Development</Admin/HR/EmployeeDevelopment/Pages/default.aspx> page on ICE.

Applications will be received by Human Resources no later than 4 #58;30 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Please contact Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca>, Human Resources if you have any questions.


Sharing sad news regarding retiree Everett “Ev” McCrimmon – (Announcements, February 27, 2018)

​This message is being shared on behalf of Don Lovisa, president.

Dear colleagues,

It is with sadness that I share news of the passing of our former colleague Everett “Ev” McCrimmon on February 19.

Ev taught Public Relations at the college in the School of Media, Art & Design, and is being warmly remembered for living a long, rich and full life marked by strong family relationships, wonderful friendships, love, storytelling, laughter, generosity, gentleness, humour and thoughtfulness.

A celebration of Ev’s life will be held in Picton in the summer, with a date to be announced closer to that time.

Ev was a firm believer in the power and benefits of learning. As such, in lieu of flowers, donations to Reaching for Rainbows<http://reachingforrainbows.com/donate/> in his memory are being encouraged.

Our thoughts are with Ev’s family and friends at this time.

I’d like to remind employees that confidential counselling and bereavement services can be accessed through Shepell•fgi, our employee assistance program provider. Please call 1.800.387.4765 or TTY Service at 1.877.338.0275.


2018 KPI opportunity: March 7 to 22 – (Announcements, February 27, 2018)

​This message is being shared on behalf of Don Lovisa, president, and Dr. Elaine Popp, vice-president, Academic. Please direct inquiries to Rashmi Gupta by email<mailto:rashmi.gupta@durhamcollege.ca?subject=2018%20KPIs> or at ext. 2266.

Dear colleagues,

As most of you know, each year all full-time college students enrolled in the second semester or higher of their academic program are asked to participate in the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) Student Satisfaction survey. This year’s KPI opportunity at Durham College (DC) will take place from Wednesday, March 7 to Thursday, March 22.

This is a significant opportunity for the college to demonstrate that we are serving our students well and delivering on our mission that the student experience comes first.

Gathering input from students about what’s working and where we can improve is vital to our continued enhancement of teaching and learning, support services and educational resources. Our participation in the KPI opportunity also upholds the college’s accountability to our post-secondary community.

Building on new initiatives launched last year in support of the KPI Student Satisfaction Survey, KPI Central locations will be set-up again at the Oshawa and Whitby campuses – opening on Monday, March 5 – to further raise awareness about the survey and provide a central location for survey administrators to access the resources they need. If you have any questions or would like more information, we encourage you to drop in at either location: Oshawa campus, Gordon Willey building, Room H101, or Whitby campus, Administration Boardroom.

Your ongoing support in engaging our campus community and creating a positive environment around this initiative is appreciated.

Thank you.


Spring Open House 2018: volunteers needed – (Announcements, February 27, 2018)

​Spring Open House 2018: volunteers needed

You’re invited to join DC’s elite Spring Open House volunteer team!

Every year, thousands of potential students and their families visit the Oshawa and Whitby campuses and Pickering Learning Site for their introduction to the DC student experience. It’s a terrific opportunity for them to learn more about DC programs and services from those who know them best — our employees and students.

This year’s Spring Open House will take place on Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and volunteers are needed to help welcome our guests and show off our amazing college!

Available volunteer positions:

* Tour guides (training provided)
* Greeters
* Registration attendants
* Directional guides

Shift choices:

* 9 a.m. to noon
* Noon to 3 p.m.
* 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to get involved, meet your colleagues, interact with prospective students and share your enthusiasm for DC. Past guests have raved about the friendliness and helpfulness of our employee and student volunteers!

To volunteer or for more information, please visit http://www.durhamcollege.ca/open-house-volunteer-form.


Open Education Webcast – March 7 – (Announcements, February 27, 2018)

The Oshawa Campus Library will host a webcast viewing on Wednesday, March 7 in recognition of Open Education Week.

Title: Collaborating Across Institutions to Advance Open Education<https://sparcopen.org/event/collaborating-across-institutions-advance-open-education/>

When: Wednesday, March 7 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: LIB 230

Join us for a group webcast viewing:

The Open Education movement has grown dramatically in recent years. Much of this growth is the result of innovative OER programs and initiatives that span multiple institutions. Although challenging, these types of initiatives have the potential to impact the largest number of students and go far in making open the default in education.

Speakers:

· Michelle Reed, Open Education Librarian, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

· Mark McBride, Library Senior Strategist, SUNY System Administration

· Amanda Coolidge, Senior Manager, Open Education, BCcampus

· Grace Atkins, Outreach and Open Education Librarian, University of Missouri Libraries

What is Open Education Week?

From open textbooks<https://openlibrary.ecampusontario.ca/> to open pedagogy, Open Education Week celebrates the growth of a movement that prioritizes access to educational resources, collaborative knowledge creation, and personalized education.

Please RSVP to Karla.Gomez@uoit.ca<mailto:Karla.Gomez@uoit.ca> if you plan to attend in person.


Update on 2018 College Quality Assurance Audit Process – (Announcements, February 27, 2018)

​This message is being shared on behalf of Dr. Elaine Popp, vice-president, Academic. Please direct any inquiries to Michelle Cole, manager, Program Development and Quality Assurance, Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment, by email<mailto:michelle.cole@durhamcollege.ca?subject=CQAAP%202018> or at ext. 2244.

As preparations continue for our participation in the College Quality Assurance Audit Process (CQAAP)</Lists/Announcements/DispForm.aspx?ID=1541> this spring, we are also launching a broader conversation about what quality assurance (QA) looks like at Durham College (DC).

One of the most important and valuable QA mechanisms we have in place is our strong connection with industry. DC ensures that all programs, new and existing, are continuously monitored and maintained for currency and relevancy. It is vital for DC to educate and help prepare students so they are ready to successfully enter today’s workforce and meet industry expectations once there.

During new program approval, curriculum development and program review, DC relies on faculty and industry experts to see that students graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in the workplace. Program Advisory Committees (PACs) provide program teams with information about current and upcoming industry trends and technologies, as well as accreditation requirements and pathways to further education, to ensure our programs remain current. DC also uses employer satisfaction KPI (key performance indicator) data to make program enhancements.

Each monthly CQAAP announcement will highlight an aspect of QA at DC. Stay tuned!

CQAAP updates

* The first draft of the sel -study narrative has been submitted to the Ontario College Quality Assurance Service (OCQAS) for an informal review. This first draft was reviewed and approved by the Office of the Vice-President, Academic, prior to submission.
* As we work toward the final report deadline of Friday, April 6, DC will next address feedback received from OCQAS based on the informal review of the draft self-study narrative, analyze evidence collected to date and continue to gather further evidence to demonstrate we are meeting CQAAP requirements.
* Key dates and information about CQAAP can be found on the college website<https://durhamcollege.ca/about/college-quality-assurance-audit-process-cqaap> and on ICE</Acad/CAFE/PDQA/Pages/cqapp.aspx>.

Did you know that QA and the audit affects every part of the college?
CQAAP standards address the following overarching elements:

1. Our quality assurance mechanisms and how we gather and use institutional information and data to make decisions.
2. How all of our programs and courses are built and delivered to ensure that graduates achieve the program vocational learning outcomes.
3. How DC conforms to the mandates of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development regarding program development and change processes and how we rely on information from industry, such as PAC members, to ensure that programs are current and relevant.
4. How we ensure that programs are delivered consistently and students are assessed and evaluated fairly and equitably.
5. That we have a range of policies and procedures in place to support students and employees.
6. That we have practices and processes for allocating institutional resources.


2017 T4’s online via ADP Total Access – (Announcements, February 20, 2018)

The electronic 2017 T4’s for all employees can be access through the ADP website-TOTAL ACCESS.

To access your T4, please follow these easy instructions:

1.Log into ADP Total Access site: https://totalaccess.adp.ca<https://agateway.adp.ca/ATAWeb/ATALogin.fcc?TYPE=33554433&REALMOID=06-88ddc79f-5bcc-49cc-afbe-3ab3f5280756&GUID=&SMAUTHREASON=0&METHOD=GET&SMAGENTNAME=ZNLDqiGF48lrX0PSi4pH9Ay0kpHlvMJDysE6sazWMf2CLQDSQCrf8iYVlCHkFYkW&TARGET=-SM-https://totalaccess.adp.ca/ataweb/Home.aspx>

CLIENT ID: 96BA2F

Note: you must login using your ADP user account information. Any employees who have not yet registered with ADP Total Access should contact the payroll department at Payrolldepartment@durhamcollege.ca<mailto:Payrolldepartment@durhamcollege.ca> for assistance (please allow 5 business days for a response)

2. Once logged in, select View Tax Statements on the left hand side.

3. Choose the taxation year with a checkmark and hit Download.

4. Open the PDF document and save and/or print.

Please Note: many employees work multiple contracts and may be paid through different payroll business numbers, please ensure you have access to all your pay statements (full time, part time Support and Faculty contracts) to ensure you have access to your multiple T4’s.

To confidentially print your T4 on campus, proceed with the following instructions:

1. Open up the document you want printed.
2. File, Print and select the network printer and click on Properties.
3. In Job Type, select Locked Print, then click Details
4. Enter your User ID (Name) without accents or hyphens and a numeric password of 4 to 8 digits, then click OK.
5. Click OK to confirm your print job and then Print.
6. Go to the network printer, and press Print Jobs.
7. Select your file in the list displayed on the screen and press Print.
8. Enter in your numeric password.

If you have any questions or have not yet registered with ADP Total Access, please contact payrolldepartment@durhamcollege.ca<mailto:payrolldepartment@durhamcollege.ca>


ICE content co-ordinator training cancelled for February 15 – (Announcements, February 20, 2018)

Please note that the monthly ICE content co-ordinator training session for February has been cancelled. The next training session will take place on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in CC108. Please email cosette.kazarian@durhamcollege.ca<mailto:cosette.kazarian@durhamcollege.ca> to register.​


Updated Benefits for Academic and Support Staff – (Announcements, February 20, 2018)

​Effective February 1, 2018, changes to the Extended Health Care Plan for Academic Staff have been implemented, arising from Academic Bargaining. Improvements that match the changes implemented under the Academic settlement have also come in to effect as of February 1, 2018 for all Support Staff. For more information regarding these changes please refer to the CAAT Group Insurance Benefits Communique</Admin/HR/EmployeeBenefits/Pages/Benefits.aspx> on ICE under Coverage Updates/Changes. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact your HR Generalist.


Perkopolis offers DC employees discounts to retail stores, accommodations, events and much more! – (Announcements, February 20, 2018)

Family Day weekend and March Break are fast approaching! As you plan activities with your family and friends, remember to check out Perkopolis.com<https://www.perkopolis.com/> for savings. Perkopolis also offers discounts to apparel, travel, restaurants, theatre and much more.

To learn more about the discounts available, please register with Perkopolis:

* visit www.perkopolis.com<http://www.perkopolis.com/>;
* click Register (located at top right of the home page);
* provide your Durham College email (firstname.lastname@durhamcollege.ca<mailto:firstname.lastname@durhamcollege.ca>); and
* click Submit.

Please contact Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca>, Human Resources if you have any questions.


Building Bridges: Collaboration at Work webinar on Tuesday – (Announcements, February 20, 2018)

Don’t miss out on the Building Bridges: Collaboration at Work webinar on Tuesday, February 20 from 11 a.m. until noon. Employees will need to register in advance to receive the webinar access instructions. ​

For more details about the webinar and to register, please visit the training registration site<http://treg.dc-uoit.ca/events/2018/2/20>.

Please contact Kelly Doyle, Human Resources if you have any questions.


Send us your entries for a chance to be a part of DC’s history – (Announcements, February 20, 2018)

​This message is being sent on behalf of Don Lovisa, president. Please direct any enquiries to Pamela Dunn, manager, Events and Special Projects, via email<mailto:pamela.dunn@durhamcollege.ca> or at ext. 2278.

Excitement is building as we get closer to the completion of the new Durham College (DC) Centre for Collaborative Education. To commemorate the occasion, a time capsule will be installed in the building’s courtyard.

Employees and students are invited to be a part of DC’s history by contributing items to be included in the time capsule. Submissions will be reviewed by members of the DC Leadership Team and items identified as most reflective of the years 2017-2018 and representative of the college will be chosen for inclusion.

The small time capsule will be sealed for the next 50 years to be opened in 2067, in time for DC’s 100th anniversary.

Visit the website<https://durhamcollege.ca/centre-for-collaborative-education/time-capsule> for guidelines and to submit your idea for your chance to be a part of DC’s history. Submissions will be accepted until Friday, March 23.


Leave for Change applications are due on Monday, February 19 – (Announcements, February 20, 2018)

Applications for the Leave for Change program are being accepted until February 19, 2018. Visit the Leave for Change</Admin/HR/EmployeeDevelopment/Pages/Leave-for-Change.aspx> page on ICE to learn more about this exciting professional and personal development opportunity and to access the application form. Interested full-time employees are to apply directly to Uniterra.<http://uniterra.ca/en>

Please contact Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca>, Human Resources if you have any questions.


Test Centre Task Force – Participants needed – (Announcements, February 20, 2018)

​A task force has been established to review the test centre usage and requirements of our academic schools and departments.

Please join us on February 23, 2018 for the Test Centre Focus Group sessions, wherein faculty and staff are encouraged to share your thoughts, ask questions and join the conversation on the Test Centre.

There will be two sessions:

Whitby Campus, Student Services Boardroom 103F – 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Oshawa Campus, A 144 (Community Room) – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Please direct any questions to Sarah Barrett, Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice President, Academic (x 2281 or sarah.barrett@durhamcollege.ca)


Reminder of revised winter 2018 semester dates – (Announcements, February 20, 2018)

​The purpose of this announcement is to remind you of Durham College’s (DC) revised winter 2018 semester dates.

* The winter semester for post-secondary programs will began on Monday, January 22.

* Winter semester post-secondary classes will continue through reading week and therefore the regular break previously scheduled from February 26 until March 2, is cancelled. Apprentices should check with the school office. Continuing Education did not have a reading week scheduled.

* The Family Day weekend will be extended for some students to include Tuesday, February 20. The college will be open this day, but classes associated with post-secondary programs will not run.

* Apprenticeship programs and courses offered through Continuing Education will run as planned on Tuesday, February 20.

* The winter semester for post-secondary programs will end Friday, April 27, as originally scheduled. The winter semester for Continuing Education courses will end Tuesday, April 24. Apprenticeship blocks end on the date specified on their MAESD offer letter.

For a complete list of dates specific to post-secondary and apprenticeship programs, please visit the important dates<https://durhamcollege.ca/info-for/current-students/important-dates> page of the DC website. For Continuing Education dates, students should refer to their course website.


Employee orientation on Tuesday – (Announcements, February 20, 2018)

All new full-time and contract employees are encouraged to attend orientation on Tuesday, February 20 from 9-10 a.m. in SSB116B. Tuesday’s session will focus on the services available to support students on campus.

Visit the New Employees</NE/Pages/default.aspx> site on ICE for information to support employees in their first few weeks at Durham College. Please contact Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca>, Human Resources if you have any questions. ​


Summer Employment Program 2018 – (Announcements, February 20, 2018)

Details of the Summer Employment Program and SEP 2018 ‘Request for Employee’ forms are now online.

The Summer Employment program is intended to provide returning students with a demonstrated financial need with useful career-related experiences that will help them achieve their personal and academic goals.

Funding is provided for a maximum of 15 weeks of full-time employment (35 hours per week for a total of 525 hours). Student can work between Monday May 7th and Friday August 31st.

Summer employment salaries for domestic students are paid 100% from the Tuition Set Aside budget at the rate of $18.00 per hour. International students will be paid 50% from the International Tuition Set Aside budget and the balance will be paid through the employer’s departmental budget.

For more information and forms, please visit the Financial Aid and Awards page on ICE.


Final Week Grand Prize Winners – (Announcements, February 20, 2018)

​The 2018 version of the Active Living Challenge wrapped up last week with the final weekly and grand prize draws on Friday, February 16, 2018.

The final weekly prize winners were:

Brandon Carson,
Ariana Spencer,
Alison Meikle
Kelly Niklaus
who each won a skipping rope, seat towel and lanyard.

ALC Grand Prize winners were:
o Spin bike- Alison Macpherson
o Road bike- Lori Wilson
o Treetop Eco-Adventure Park- Bikisha Pascoe
o Fitness Accessories Prize Pack- Samantha Boucher

There were 389 completed tracking cards submitted which is a total of 3,890 hours of tracked physical activity. Almost 800 weekly ballots were submitted with 4 weekly prizes awarded each of the 5 weeks of the challenge.

Thank you everyone for taking part in 2018’s ALC! We look forward to your participation next year!


Spring Open House 2018: save the date – (Announcements, February 20, 2018)

No plans for Saturday, March 24? That’s great because Durham College (DC) is hosting a party! DC’s annual Spring Open House will be held at the Oshawa and Whitby campuses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with tours also available at the Pickering Learning Site.

More details to follow.


Dragon’s Den auditions return to DC – Wednesday, February 28 – (Announcements, February 13, 2018)

​Calling all entrepreneurs! The hit CBC television show Dragons’ Den will return to Durham College (DC) on Wednesday, February 28, to hold auditions in the search for Canada’s best new businesses.

Currently in its 12th season, the show’s producers are embarking on a nation-wide tour in search of the country’s best new business concepts and products in need of a Dragon investment. During its stop on campus, aspiring DC entrepreneurs, as well as members of the general public, will pitch their concepts in five minutes or less. If they show producers they have what it takes to pitch in the Den, they could be invited to Toronto to face the Dragons.

DC is committed to enhancing entrepreneurship in the community and encourages all employees with an innovative idea to apply. Please also pass the information along to any students you think may be interested.

Prospective pitchers are encouraged to apply online<http://castingapp.tv/dragonsden/> and bring a completed application form to the audition.

When
Wednesday, February 28
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where
Durham College, Oshawa campus
Student Services building, Room SSB 116 AB
2000 Simcoe St. N.
Oshawa, Ont.


Ask the experts about Ontario’s rapidly expanding cannabis industry at free event – (Announcements, February 13, 2018)

​This message is being shared on behalf of Debbie Johnston, dean, School of Continuing Education. Please direct inquiries to coned@durhamcollege.ca<mailto:coned@durhamcollege.ca> or call ext. 3052.

On Thursday, February 15, Durham College’s (DC) School of Continuing Education, in partnership with GrowWise Health, Ample Organics and Cannabis at Work, will hold a free event at the Oshawa campus where industry experts will answers questions and share information about Ontario’s rapidly expanding cannabis industry.

Inspired by conversations generated during the first sessions of DC’s new Medical Cannabis Fundamentals for Business Professionals<https://durhamcollege.ca/academic-schools/school-of-continuing-education/programs-and-courses/medical-cannabis-fundamentals-for-business-professionals> course, the event will touch on the status of the Ontario cannabis industry; the increased demand for a skilled workforce including expectations for growth and what it will mean for job creation; the types of jobs being created; and the skills professionals will need to fill those jobs.

The event will be held in Room G213, Gordon Willey building, from 5 to 7 p.m. and will feature brief remarks from each of the following panelists before the floor is opened up for questions from the audience:

* Adam Saperia, president, GrowWise Health
* Tom Ritchie, director of training, Ample Organics
* Barry Smith, recruitment consultant, Cannabis at Work
* Amber Johnson, instructor, DC
* Moderator: Debbie Johnston, dean, School of Continuing Education

The event is open to everyone, including members of the public. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register on ine<https://cannabis-industry-information-session.eventbrite.ca/> to save their seat.


Black History Month Celebration – (Announcements, February 13, 2018)

​February is Black History Month. To honour the legacy of Black Canadians past and present, Durham College’s Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions is hosting a Black History Month Celebration.

Join community leaders, as social entrepreneur and artistic director of Afiwi Groove School Sanaaj Mirrie<https://www.afiwigroove.com/lancebio> leads a dance and drumming workshop and socially conscious poet Greg Frankson, a.k.a Ritallin<http://www.ritallin.com/> shares his work.

When:

Wednesday, February 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where:

SSB116, Student Services building, Oshawa campus


Building Bridges: Collaboration at Work webinar – (Announcements, February 13, 2018)

Morneau Shepell will be offering a free webinar to employees on Building Bridges: Collaboration at Work on February 20 from 11 a.m. until noon.

Having to work with others is a common requirement in the workplace. When collaboration is successful, you feel positive, productive, and willing to face any challenge. This webinar will build on the notion that cooperation and building bridges can be learned and should be practiced. It will teach participants the key elements of teamwork and provide them with the opportunity to practice collaboration-building techniques.

Learning objectives

At the end of the one hour webinar, participants will be able to do the following:

* understand emotional reactions and what their underlying causes may be
* discuss human motivators and ways to address them for increased collaboration
* identify relationship-building strategies

Facilitated by Jonathan Zinck, Morneau Shepell.

Employees must register through the training registration site<http://treg.dc-uoit.ca/events/2018/2/20> to receive the webinar log in instructions.

If you require an accommodation to support your participation in this offering, please contact Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca>, Human Resources.


Resources available to support new employees – (Announcements, February 13, 2018)

​A few reminders of the resources available to support new full-time and contract employees in their first few days and weeks at Durham College.

* New Employees</NE/Pages/default.aspx> site on ICE provides information on orientation, legislated training, payroll, policies and much more!
* Orientation</NE/Pages/Orientation.aspx> is offered every Tuesday from 9-10 a.m. in SSB116B. Employees are encouraged to attend four sessions which focus on Our Business, Our People, Our Students and Our Community.
* The Web Time Entry<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpKzv_fAGhs&feature=youtu.be> video demonstrates how to submit electronic time sheets which is required by contract employees and work student students.

Please contact Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca>, Human Resources if you have any questions about orientation.


DC Connect improvements are coming – (Announcements, February 13, 2018)

This message is being shared on behalf of Dr. Elaine Popp, vice-president, Academic. Please direct inquiries to CAFE@durhamcollege.ca<mailto:CAFE@durhamcollege.ca> or ext. 2593.

Please be advised that as part of our commitment to ensuring employees and students have the best possible teaching and learning environment, DC Connect will be welcoming several updates on Wednesday, May 3.

As a result of these updates, DC Connect will have a more modern look and feel, using responsive design to allow you to navigate the system easily using a computer, tablet or other mobile devices. Logging in will also be streamlined. You will still use your Banner ID as your username, however you will now use your network password – the same one you use for college computers, wireless network access and your email – to log in.

These changes will not significantly alter the overall functionality of DC Connect, and all course content from previous semesters will be updated automatically. The Centre for Academic Faculty Enrichment (CAFE) will be hosting demonstrations of the new environment beginning Tuesday, February 20 with other dates to follow over the coming months. The CAFE team will also be attending school meetings to provide in-person demonstrations.

For those who are looking for a sneak peek into how the system will look, the CAFE has created this video<https://youtu.be/u3t_u6PLDZ8>. Watch ICE over the coming months for more details on the changes and to experience the new D Connect.


Library seating will be limited February 20 – 25 – (Announcements, February 13, 2018)

​Due to the removal and replacement of chairs in the Oshawa Campus Library, seating will be temporarily limited from Tuesday, February 20 through Sunday, February 25. Library visitors may also notice occasional noise disruptions during this period.

For more information, contact library@durhamcollege.ca or ext 3082.


Volunteer judges needed for FIRST® Robotics Canada: Ontario District Competition – (Announcements, February 13, 2018)

​Volunteers are needed to act as judges for the 2018 FIRST® Robotics Canada (FRC) Ontario District Competition. Next month, Durham College (DC) will once again host more than 1,000 high school students as they bring robots to life and compete over three days beginning Friday, March 2 at the Oshawa campus.

The FRC judge co-ordinator is looking for senior people (minimum suggested age: 25) to adjudicate the competition and act as role models for students in order to positively impact the overall quality of event and experience of participants.

Judges will evaluate each team’s machine, including creativity and innovation in the robot design, business plans, and team attributes like teamwork, team spirit and community involvement.

Prior FRC experience is not required; however, desired experience and abilities needed to apply for a judge role are: assessment skills, critical thinking skills, interpersonal/communication skills and ability to work as a member of a team, among others. View the complete FRC Judge Role Description</Documents/Announcements/FRC%20Judge%20Role%20Description.docx>.

Anyone interested in volunteering as a judge must complete the online registration process<https://login.firstinspires.org/core/login?signin=5fde74de207f455882c8ceab1e77a5c8>.

If you have any further questions, please contact FRC volunteer coordinator John J. Shaw at firstontjudges@gmail.com<mailto:firstontjudges@gmail.com>.

Time commitment

* Friday, March 2: 6 to 8 p.m. – meeting
* Saturday, March 3: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m – judging
* Sunday, March 4: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. – judging

Location

* Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, Oshawa campus.

Responsibilities

* Attend pre-event Judge Training Meeting.
* Respond to and comply with any email requests from the Judge Advisor.
* Interview and observe teams in the Pit, on the playing field and other areas.
* Review team background literature.
* Participate on Judge Panel to decide team/student awards recipients.
* Write short awards scripts extolling merits of winning teams.
* Announce team awards recipients; assist with award presentations to teams.
* Attend pre-event general volunteer orientation, if applicable.


Notice of upcoming academic and support staff governor elections – (Announcements, February 13, 2018)

This message is being shared on behalf of Melissa Pringle, chief returning officer, Durham College Board of Governors. Please direct inquires to Melissa<mailto:%20melissa.pringle@durhamcollege.ca> at ext. 3292.

Please be advised that an election for the academic and support staff governor positions on the Durham College (DC) Board of Governors will take place the week of Monday, March 19. The term of office is three years, beginning September 1, 2018. Any full-time DC academic or support staff member is eligible to run for election.

Election timetable

* Nominations accepted from Monday, March 5 to Friday, March 9
* Campaigning begins on Wednesday, March 14
* Voting commences at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 19 and runs until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23
* Campaigning ends on Friday, March 23
* Official results announced by Thursday, March 29

The DC Board of Governors provides oversight and strategic direction for the college. Internal governors bring the perspective of their respective constituencies; however, they do not represent a particular constituency and must make all decisions in the best interest of the college.

For more information about the election, visit your respective webpage:

Academic Staff<https://durhamcollege.ca/about/governance/board-of-governors/elections/faculty-staff-elections>
Support Staff<https://durhamcollege.ca/about/governance/board-of-governors/elections/support-staff-elections>


Week 5 – Active Living Challenge Winners – (Announcements, February 13, 2018)

This week’s weekly draw winners are:

Norah Warmuth,
Aida March,
Dylan Biro and Alexander Marcucci.​


Corporate Policies & Procedure Updates – (Announcements, February 13, 2018)

The following policies and procedures were recently reveiwed and approved by DCLT:

* Accessibility</Policies-Procedures/Accessibility.pdf>
* Accessible Customer Service</Policies-Procedures/Accessible-Customer-Service.pdf>
* All-Gender Washroom policy</Policies-Procedures/All-Gender-Washroom.pdf> and procedure</Policies-Procedures/All-Gender-Washroom-procedure.pdf>
* Business and Travel Expense Reimbursement​</Policies-Procedures/Business-and-Travel-Expense-Reimbursement-procedure.pdf>
* Capital Assest Management policy</Policies-Procedures/Capital-Asset-Management.pdf> and procedure</Policies-Procedures/Capital-Asset-Management-procedure.pdf>
* Convocation policy</Policies-Procedures/Convocation.pdf> and procedure</Policies-Procedures/Convocation-procedure.pdf>
* Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation</Policies-Procedures/Integrated-Accessibility-Standards-Regulation.pdf>
* Procurement policy</Policies-Procedures/Procurement.pdf> and procedure </Policies-Procedures/Procurement-procedure.pdf> (*formerly called Purchasing)
* Recording of Learning Activities policy</Policies-Procedures/Recording-of-Learning-Activities.pdf> and procedure</Policies-Procedures/Recording-of-Learning-Activities-procedure.pdf> (*new)
* Student Unpaid Work Placement policy</Policies-Procedures/Student-Unpaid-Work-Placement.pdf> and procedure</Policies-Procedures/Student-Unpaid-Work-Placement-procedure.pdf>

Please direct questions on a particular policy or procedure to the DCLT member responsible.


Lane Restrictions on Champlain Avenue and Thornton Road beginning February 19 – (Announcements, February 13, 2018)

Please be advised that beginning the week of February 12, the Regional Municipality of Durham will begin construction of a new sanitary sewer and watermain for the future Consumers Drive extension. This work will require daily lane restrictions on Champlain Avenue and Thornton Road starting the week of February 19 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily.

This project is expected to be completed by the end of April however, unfavourable weather conditions may influence the work schedule. The region realizes that the construction work will be disruptive and will make every effort to complete the work as quickly and efficiently as possible.


Reminder: DC TO HOST TEACHING CITY HACKATHON – SATURDAY, MARCH 3 – (Announcements, February 13, 2018)

As part of the Teaching City initiative<https://durhamcollege.ca/media-room/media/durham-college-city-of-oshawa-and-educational-partners-launch-teaching-city-initiative> announced last year, Durham College (DC) is joining the City of Oshawa, Trent University Durham and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) to organize a Hackathon for students to propose a solution to a public policy challenge around the theme of improving residential rental housing in Oshawa. DC will host the event at the Oshawa campus on Saturday, March 3 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Hackathon is open to all students enrolled at a participating post-secondary institution. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to enter. The students will be tasked with considering innovative solutions, such as an app, to the public policy challenge including:

* Easing access to City-approved/inspected rental housing.
* Improved enforcement and licensing of suitable housing.
* Encouraging more responsible landlords and tenants.
* Educating landlords and tenants on their rights and responsibilities.

Currently, 45 students across 13 teams from DC and UOIT have accepted the challenge. Registration for the event closes Friday, February 16 at 5 p.m.

Additional details on the public policy challenge, including information on how to register, are available the Hackathon webpage<http://www.oshawa.ca/business-and-investment/hackathon.asp>.


Sharing Sad news regarding the passing of a UOIT faculty member – (Announcements, February 13, 2018)

It is with sadness that we share the news communicated by our campus partner the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

University will lower flags to mourn passing of former faculty member.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology mourns the death of Dan Meneley, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science.

The university will lower its flags to half-mast on Thursday, February 15 in Dr. Meneley’s memory. The family will meet friends and colleagues at Lakefield United Church on Wednesday, February 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will take place at Lakefield United Church on Thursday, February 15 at 11 a.m. Please visit the Hendren Funeral Home website<http://hendrenfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/2852/Daniel-Meneley/obituary.html#tribute-start> for more information.

The university expresses its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Meneley.

Durham College employees are reminded that they can access confidential counselling and bereavement services through Shepell our employee assistance program provider. Please call 1.800.387.4675 or TTY Service at 1.877.338.0275.


Registration is now live for the 4th Annual Student Leadership Summit – (Announcements, February 13, 2018)

Student Leadership Summit – Food for Thought
Saturday, March 10, Centre for Food, Whitby campus
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration is now live for the 4th Annual Student Leadership Summit! The Summit is a one-day student leadership conference open to all Durham College students. Cost to attend is $10 and includes all sessions, lunch and a Durham College conference padfolio.

This year’s conference will feature keynote speaker Suzanne Barr, Chef in Residence at the Gladstone Hotel and owner of the Saturday Dinette. Suzanne works with women from the YWCA to provide job skills and leadership to help give them as step-up into the employment world.

Concurrent sessions will feature topics such as:

· Breaking the Mold Through Innovative Thinking

· Becoming a Pro-social Bystander

· Disrupting Yourself

· Mealtime Etiquette

· Colorblindness, Gender and Behaviours

· Diversity and Leadership

· Leadership and Wellness

For additional information and to register students can visit www.durhamcollege.ca/isl

Inquiries can be directed to krista.licsi@durhamcollege.ca


Save the date – DC Employee Appreciation event – Thursday, March 22 – (Announcements, February 6, 2018)

​Mark your calendar for Durham College’s 35th annual Employee Appreciation event.

Originally planned for October, the evening’s celebrations will once again include dinner, presentations of service awards and employee awards of excellence, as well as recognition of emeritus recipients and employee volunteers.

A reminder that our celebration is moving venues.

35th Employee Appreciation event
Thursday, March 22
5:30 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Dinner and awards
Tosca Banquet Hall & Conference Centre<http://www.toscabanquethall.com/>, Oshawa.

Registration and further details will be announced shortly.


Faculty Professional Development Leave – (Announcements, February 6, 2018)

​This message is sent on behalf of Scott Blakey, Chief Administrative Officer. Please direct inquiries to Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca?subject=Faculty%20Professional%20Development%20Leave%20>, manager, Employee Development and Wellness.

This is an invitation for full-time academic employees to apply for a professional development leave for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The provision for faculty professional development leave is under Article 20 of the Academic Collective Agreement. The article states that “faculty are given the opportunity by the College to pursue College-approved professional development activities outside the College through further academic or technical studies or in industry where such activities will enhance the ability of the employee upon return to the College to fulfill professional responsibilities”. Additionally, please refer to the Professional Development Leave – Academic policy</Policies-Procedures/Professional-Development-Leave-Academic.pdf> and procedure</Policies-Procedures/Professional-Development-Leave-Academic-procedure.pdf> on ICE.

When considering a professional development leave, you may be interested in pursuing something in relation to long-term college academic priorities such as new program development, enhancing learning through information technology, student success, retention activities, articulation between Durham College programs and UOIT or with other educational institutions, etc. Please explore these and other possibilities with your dean.

In the event there are more eligible faculty apply than will be approved, preference will be given to applicants with greater length of service as per Article 20.02 (xii). All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their proposals by end of March. Please note that the salary paid during this professional development leave will be as stated in the Collective Agreement (55-80% of salary). No salary top-ups will be considered for the period of the leave. Details about this and other compensation items can be found in the attached Faculty PD Leave Compensation Information.

If you wish to be considered for a professional development leave during the 2018-2019 academic year, please work with your dean to complete the attached Faculty Development Leave Application and Approval form and submit it to Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca?subject=Faculty%20PD%20Leave%202018-2019>, Human Resources no later than Friday, March 2, 2018. Faculty can also access all related forms and documents by visiting the Human Resources Employee Development page on ICE</Admin/HR/EmployeeDevelopment/Pages/default.aspx>.


Faculty Professional Development Leave – (Announcements, February 6, 2018)

This is an invitation for full-time academic employees to apply for a professional development leave for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The provision for faculty professional development leave is under Article 20 of the Academic Collective Agreement. The article states that “faculty are given the opportunity by the College to pursue College-approved professional development activities outside the College through further academic or technical studies or in industry where such activities will enhance the ability of the employee upon return to the College to fulfill professional responsibilities”. Additionally, please refer to the Professional Development Leave – Academic policy</Policies-Procedures/Professional-Development-Leave-Academic.pdf> and procedure</Policies-Procedures/Professional-Development-Leave-Academic-procedure.pdf> on ICE.

When considering a professional development leave, you may be interested in pursuing something in relation to long-term college academic priorities such as new program development, enhancing learning through information technology, student success, retention activities, articulation between Durham College programs and UOIT or with other educational institutions, etc. Please explore these and other possibilities with your dean.

To learn more about this professional development opportunity and how to apply, please visit the Human Resources’ Employee Development</Admin/HR/EmployeeDevelopment/Pages/default.aspx> page on ICE.

Applications will be received by Human Resources no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Please contact Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca>, Human Resources if you have any questions.


Employee Assistance Program offers confidential supportive services – (Announcements, February 6, 2018)

The Durham College Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides free confidential services to full-time employees and their dependents. The EAP provides information and support in the following areas:

* achieving well-being
* improving nutrition and physical health
* managing relationships and family
* dealing with workplace challenges
* receiving financial guidance
* addressing addictions
* finding elder care resources

For more information about the EAP, visit Morneau Shepell<https://www.workhealthlife.com/>, call 1.844.880.9142 TTY 1.877.338.0275 or contact Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca>, Human Resources.


Reminder International Development Week at DC February 5-9 – (Announcements, February 6, 2018)

This message is being shared on behalf of the International Education office. For additional information, please contact Katie Boone<mailto:katie.boone@durhamcollege.ca>, manager, International Projects and Partnerships, International Education office or Ana Jimenez<mailto:ana.jimenez@durhamcollege.ca>, international project support assistant, International Education office.

This is a reminder that Durham College (DC) will be joining individuals and organizations across the country taking part in Global Affairs Canada’s International Development Week<http://www.international.gc.ca/gac-amc/campaign-campagne/idw-sdi/index.aspx?lang=eng> (IDW) from Monday, February 5 to Friday, February 9. This year’s theme is Partners for a Better World, which aligns with Durham College’s newly launched Internationalization and Global Engagement Plan<https://durhamcollege.ca/wp-content/uploads/dc-internationalization-and-global-engagement-plan-2017-final-1.pdf>.

In support of IDW, the International Education office is planning a full week of Internationalization@Home activities on campus for employees and students ranging from professional development sessions and informative brown bag lunches to social events, including dance lessons.

Visit the IDW website<https://durhamcollegeidw2018.eventbrite.ca/> for more information and to register for upcoming events.


DC’s new Enrolment Management Plan – (Announcements, February 6, 2018)

​This message is being shared on behalf of Dr. Elaine Popp, vice-president, Academic.

Dear colleagues,

Building on last week’s announcement of the college’s 2017-18 to 2019-20 Academic Plan</Documents/Announcements/Durham-College-Academic-Plan-2018-final-web.pdf>, I am proud to share Durham College’s (DC) Enrolment Management Plan (EMP).

The post-secondary landscape has changed and continues to evolve. To remain competitive, DC must consider a variety of external factors — from changing student demographics and competition to a growing global market and changing government policy – and address them in a meaningful way.

DC is committed to its vision of being the premier post-secondary destination for students to succeed in a dynamic and supportive learning environment. We are also dedicated to ensuring our students develop the professional and personal skills needed to realize meaningful careers and make a difference in the world. Developing this environment requires strategic analysis and planning.

Defining how DC will go about achieving this vision has been the work of the Enrolment Advisory Committee</Com/EnrolmentAdvisory/Pages/default.aspx> (EAC). Last January, the EAC released a comprehensive environmental scan</Com/EnrolmentAdvisory/Documents/eac-escan-executivesummary-web.pdf> which was used to inform the development of the three-year EMP I am sharing with you today.

The plan aims to broadly identify the college’s enrolment, retention, graduation and employment goals and objectives. Over the next three years, it will also provide the foundation for the development and operation of specific strategies that will help us achieve the goals and obj ctives outlined within.

Direct connections between enrolment management and our individual day-to-day work will become more evident over the course of the next months as the EAC working groups develop strategies to address the goals outlined in this plan.

When it comes to attracting and retaining top students and seeing those students go on to graduate and pursue meaningful careers, we all have a role to play. Success lies in the reputation of our programs, faculty and services, the accessibility and appeal of our campus, and so much more.

Much like the process behind the Academic Plan, the EMP was a true team effort across all areas of the college. Now, using it as our map, we can begin to define the ways in which we will each contribute to our success and the continued success of our students.

Sincerely,

Elaine


ETIQUETTE DINNER SPONSORED BY THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION – (Announcements, February 6, 2018)

This dinner is open to alumni as well as graduating students and is a practical lab where you learn how to properly navigate through a 3 course meal with tips, dos and don’ts all the way through dessert.

When: Monday, March 19th

Where: Bistro ’67, W. Galen Weston Centre For Food

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Your dinner will include: Salad, Main Entree, Dessert, Tea/Coffee.

You must purchase a ticket to reserve your seat and dinner as seating is limited. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the following locations:

– School of Business, IT and Management, C223

– School of Justice & Emergency Services, F211

– The Pantry, W. Galen Weston Centre for Food

– Alumni Development Office, Campus Corners

If you require further information, please contact Mary Weller, by mail @ mary.weller@durhamcollege.ca o or by phone, 905.721-3035.

Please note that the deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, March 14 by 4:00 p.m.


Construction continues at CRWC – (Announcements, February 6, 2018)

​This message is being shared on behalf of Alan Dunn, associate vice-president, Facilities and Ancillary Services. Please direct questions to Michelle Darling, senior project manager, Project Portfolio Management and Planning, by email<mailto:Michelle.Darling@dc-uoit.ca?subject=G%20Wing%20renovations> or at ext. 2707.

Please be advised that construction at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC) is continuing on Thursday, February 1 from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. As a result, access to the CRWC via the Avenue of Champions and parking in the Champions North lot will be impacted.

During this time, members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to use the south entrance to access the CRWC and Campus Health Centre, as well as the pharmacy, which will all remain open during their normal hours of operation.

Drivers are also encouraged to park in the Champions South lot or Founders 2 lot during this time as parking in the Champions North lot will be significantly reduced. The CRWC north entrance will remain safely accessible throughout the day, however pedestrians may be required to divert around the parking lot to reach the north entrance.

The construction is connected to the G Wing renovations currently underway at the college’s Oshawa campus and will involve the use of a crane that will be setup to the east of the CRWC north entrance. Care has been taken to coordinate the lifting of new equipment by crane over unoccupied space only. There will be no crane lifting activity over the CRWC gyms, Campus Health Centre or pharmacy.

A detailed craning plan, including diagrams and specific timing, is here for reference.</Documents/Announcements/G%20Wing%20Craning%20Plan.pdf>

The cooperation and understanding of all students, employees and campus visitors is appreciated during this time.


Career Week is coming to DC! – (Announcements, February 6, 2018)

February 5-9 is Career Week at DC. We are hosting more than 100 employers on our campuses, and there are events on daily to help students go from campus to career!

Events include:

* Tradesmart Career Fair – Tuesday, February 6 in the Main Hallway, Whitby campus, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A job fair for the skilled trades! Students and alumni can connect with over 25 employers seeking grads from DC’s trades programs.

* Job Fair – Wednesday, February 7 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC), Oshawa campus, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This year’s event features more than 75 potential employers, including those currently hiring for part-time, summer and seasonal work. One lucky graduating DC student will win a $200 gift card for the Campus Bookstore (and one non-graduating student will win a $50 gift card). A valid campus ID or alumni card is good for free admission.

* Speed Networking Hub – Wednesday, February 7 at the Job Fair
Students can mingle with business leaders, local entrepreneurs, alumni and special guests while getting advice on succeeding in today’s job market. One DC participant will win a $100 cash prize.

For a full listing of Career Week events and to find out which employers will be on site, visit https://hired.durhamcollege.ca/students/overview/careerweek.htm.​


Curling for A Cause – Teams needed – (Announcements, February 6, 2018)

​MARCH 2, 2018 – Supporting Their Opportunity

at the Oshawa Curling Club
226 Bond St. E, Oshawa

$200.00 for a team of four, lunch included, prizes for winners and raffles

For more information and how to register email

Simon.hatt@dcmail.ca<mailto:%20simon.hatt@dcmail.ca>


Your chance to be part of DC’s history – (Announcements, February 6, 2018)

This message is being sent on behalf of Don Lovisa, president. Please direct any enquiries to Pamela Dunn, manager, events and special projects, via email<mailto:pamela.dunn@durhamcollege.ca> or at ext. 2278.

The new Durham College (DC) Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE) building is taking shape and excitement is mounting as each day brings us closer to the opening of the building. The grand opening ceremony will include a time capsule installation in the building’s courtyard. We want you to be a part of DC’s history by contributing to the contents of the time capsule.

The time capsule will be filled with items significant to the college between 2017 and 2018. It will be sealed for the next 50 years and opened in 2067, in time for DC’s 100th anniversary.

Details about the time capsule and a call for submission of items to be included in it will be communicated in the coming weeks.


Web Time Entry – (Announcements, February 6, 2018)

To assist contract employees and work study students better understand Web Time Entry and the process of submitting and updating electronic time sheets, DC’s Payroll team request you view a short video<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpKzv_fAGhs&feature=youtu.be> on the steps.

For more information about Web Time Entry, payroll schedules, ADP and other payroll related matters, please visit their team page on ICE</Admin/FO/Pay/Pages/default.aspx>.


Accessing 2017 T4’s Statements – (Announcements, February 6, 2018)

The electronic 2017 T4’s for all employees will be available February 14, 2018 online through the ADP website-TOTAL ACCESS.

Please Note: many employees work multiple contracts and may be paid through different payroll business numbers, please ensure you have access to all your pay statements (full time, part time Support and Faculty contracts) to ensure you have access to your multiple T4’s.

To access your T4, please follow these easy instructions:

1. Log into the ADP Total Access site: https://totalaccess.adp.ca<https://agateway.adp.ca/ATAWeb/ATALogin.fcc?TYPE=33554433&REALMOID=06-88ddc79f-5bcc-49cc-afbe-3ab3f5280756&GUID=&SMAUTHREASON=0&METHOD=GET&SMAGENTNAME=ZNLDqiGF48lrX0PSi4pH9Ay0kpHlvMJDysE6sazWMf2CLQDSQCrf8iYVlCHkFYkW&TARGET=-SM-https://totalaccess.adp.ca/ataweb/Home.aspx>

Note: you must login using your ADP user account information. Any employees who have not yet registered with ADP TotalAccess should contact the payroll department at Payrolldepartment@durhamcollege.ca<mailto:Payrolldepartment@durhamcollege.ca> for assistance (please allow 5 business days for a response)

2. Once logged in, select View Tax Statements on the left hand side.

3. Choose the taxation year with a checkmark and hit Download.

4. Open the PDF document and save and/or print.

To confidentially print your T4 on campus, proceed with the following instructions:

1. Open up the document you want printed.
2. Click on the File, Print /strong> and select the network printer and click on Properties.
3. In Job Type, select Locked Print, then click Details
4. Enter your User ID (Name) without accents or hyphens and a numeric password of 4 to 8 digits, then click OK.
5. Click OK to confirm your print job and then Print.
6. Go to the network printer, and press Print Jobs.
7. Select your file in the list displayed on the screen and press Print.
8. Enter in your numeric password.

If you have any questions or have not yet registered with ADP TotalAccess, please contact payrolldepartment@durhamcollege.ca<mailto:payrolldepartment@durhamcollege.ca>


Week 4 ALC Winners – (Announcements, February 6, 2018)

​This week’s ALC weekly winners are:

Linda Mondria,
Peter Otyeka,
Khyati Vyas and Rashidi Shaw.

The ALC runs until February 14th with the grand prize draw on Friday, February 16th!


Happy Career Week! – (Announcements, February 6, 2018)

Career Week 2018 is here, and it’s packed full of events to help students move from campus to career.

The biggest event of the week will be the Job Fair on Wednesday, February 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the CRWC. Check out https://hired.durhamcollege.ca/students/overview/jobfair.htm to find a link to the online guidebook and find more information on the event. This year, we have 84 employers registered to attend – our largest ever!

A full list of Career Week events is available at https://hired.durhamcollege.ca/students/overview/careerweek.htm.


Pay Day Lottery added incentives – (Announcements, February 6, 2018)

​This message is being shared on behalf of Linda Marco, associate vice-president, Office of Development and Alumni Affairs. Please direct inquiries to Lisa McInerney<mailto:Lisa.McInerney@durhamcollege.ca?subject=Pay%20Day%20Lottery%20incentive%20campaign>, senior development officer, Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, ext. 6262.

Want to beat the winter blues and contribute to the construction of Durham College’s (DC) Centre for Collaborative Education<https://durhamcollege.ca/centre-for-collaborative-education>? If so, consider taking part in the Office of Development and Alumni Affair’s Pay Day Lottery March Incentive Campaign.

When you buy tickets for the first time, increase the number of tickets you have already purchased or refer a friend to the lottery, you will be automatically entered into the incentive draw.

Now, in addition to winning the March jackpot, you will also have a chance to win one of 12 additional prizes:

* One additional week of vacation
* One Alumni Roots sweatshirt
* Two hat and scarf gift packages from the Campus Bookstore
* One semester of free parking
* One Bistro ’67 gift card valued at $75
* Four, one-semester gym memberships
* Two gift packages from Pantry
* One Durham Lords Adidas prize package

Ways to enter:

New Pay Day Lottery Participants:

Purchase tickets for the Pay Day Lottery

For each ticket you purchase for the Pay Day Lottery, you will have yo r name entered into the draw. For example, if you purchase one ticket for the Pay Day Lottery, you will have one ticket entered into the draw. If you purchase six tickets for the Pay Day Lottery, you will have six tickets entered into the draw.

Existing Pay Day Lottery Participants:

Increase your number of Pay Day Lottery tickets

Increase the number of tickets you have entered into the Pay Day Lottery. For each additional ticket you purchase, you will have your name entered into the draw. For example, if you purchase one additional ticket for the Pay Day Lottery, you will have one ticket entered into incentive draw. If you purchase four additional tickets for the Pay Day Lottery, you will have four tickets entered into the incentive draw. The maximum number available for purchase is six. For those participants who are already at the maximum, we will enter one ballot in your name as our way of saying thanks.

Refer a friend

Refer a friend to enter the lottery. For each ticket your referral enters into the lottery, you will have one ticket entered into the incentive campaign. For example, if your friend purchases one ticket for the Pay Day Lottery, one ticket will be entered into the draw for you. If your friend purchases three tickets for the Pay Day Lottery, you will have three entered into the draw for you. Your friend must indicate who referred them on the sign up form.

The March draw, which includes the Pay Day Lottery incentives is taking place on Wednesday, March 21 so don’t delay and buy your tickets today.

How to purchase tickets:

In order to qualify for the March incentive draw tickets must be purchased before Friday, March 16. Entry forms can be found on ICE</_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=/Forms/Pay-Day-Lottery-Registration.docx&action=default&DefaultItemOpen=1>.

The winner will receive 50 per cent of the pot with the other half of the money going toward the Building Something Amazing campaign<http://www.durhamcollege.ca/interactive-documents/cfce-building-something-amazing/>.

Tickets are $5 each. As a reminder, employees are able to purchase up to a maximum of six tickets per month.

Completed forms can be sent via:

* Email to mary.weller@durhamcollege.ca<mailto:mary.weller@durhamcollege.ca>.
* Fax to 905.720.3135 or inter-office mail to the attention of Lisa McInerney, Office of Development and Alumni Affairs.
* A visit to the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, Campus Corners in person.

Note: prizes will be drawn at random.


Employee Orientation on Tuesday – (Announcements, February 6, 2018)

Orientation for new full-time and contract employees will be on Tuesday, February 6 from 9-10 a.m. in SSB 116B. Visit the New Employees</NE/Pages/Orientation.aspx> site for more details about the program.

Please contact Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca>, Human Resources if you have any questions.


Leave for Change applications are due February 19 – (Announcements, February 6, 2018)

Applications for the Leave for Change program are being accepted until February 19, 2018. Visit the Leave for Change</Admin/HR/EmployeeDevelopment/Pages/Leave-for-Change.aspx> page on ICE to learn more about this exciting professional and personal development opportunity and to access the application form. Interested full-time employees are to apply directly to Uniterra.<http://uniterra.ca/en>

Please contact Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca>, Human Resources if you have any questions.


Hack for Good – Opportunity for employees and students – (Announcements, February 6, 2018)

​Hack for Good is a 36-hour hackathon to develop apps that tackle environmental issues.

36 hours, 20 teams, 1 grand prize.

Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10.

For more information and to register please visit http://geekspeakcommerce.com/hackforgood/


Accessing 2017 T4 Statements – (Announcements, February 6, 2018)

The electronic 2017 T4’s for all employees will be available February 14, 2018 online through the ADP website-TOTAL ACCESS.

Please Note: many employees work multiple contracts and may be paid through different payroll business numbers, please ensure you have access to all your pay statements (full time, part time Support and Faculty contracts) to ensure you have access to your multiple T4’s.

To access your T4, please follow these easy instructions:

1. Log into the ADP Total Access site: https://totalaccess.adp.ca<https://agateway.adp.ca/ATAWeb/ATALogin.fcc?TYPE=33554433&REALMOID=06-88ddc79f-5bcc-49cc-afbe-3ab3f5280756&GUID=&SMAUTHREASON=0&METHOD=GET&SMAGENTNAME=ZNLDqiGF48lrX0PSi4pH9Ay0kpHlvMJDysE6sazWMf2CLQDSQCrf8iYVlCHkFYkW&TARGET=-SM-https://totalaccess.adp.ca/ataweb/Home.aspx>

Note: you must login using your ADP user account information. Any employees who have not yet registered with ADP TotalAccess should contact the payroll department at Payrolldepartment@durhamcollege.ca<mailto:Payrolldepartment@durhamcollege.ca> for assistance (please allow 5 business days for a response)

2. Once logged in, select View Tax Statements on the left hand side.

3. Choose the taxation year with a checkmark and hit Download.

4. Open the PDF document and save and/or print.

To confidentially print your T4 on campus, proceed with the following instructions:

1. Open up the document you want printed.
2. Click on the File, Pri t and select the network printer and click on Properties.
3. In Job Type, select Locked Print, then click Details
4. Enter your User ID (Name) without accents or hyphens and a numeric password of 4 to 8 digits, then click OK.
5. Click OK to confirm your print job and then Print.
6. Go to the network printer, and press Print Jobs.
7. Select your file in the list displayed on the screen and press Print.
8. Enter in your numeric password.

If you have any questions or have not yet registered with ADP TotalAccess, please contact payrolldepartment@durhamcollege.ca<mailto:payrolldepartment@durhamcollege.ca>


This week’s Mental Health First Aid training is cancelled – (Announcements, January 30, 2018)

​The Mental Health First Aid training scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday of this week is cancelled. Please contact Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca>, Human Resources if you have any questions.


Additional construction to impact CRWC – (Announcements, January 30, 2018)

​This message is being shared on behalf of Alan Dunn, associate vice-president, Facilities and Ancillary Services. Please direct questions to Michelle Darling, senior project manager, Project Portfolio Management and Planning, by email<mailto:Michelle.Darling@dc-uoit.ca?subject=G%20Wing%20renovations> or at ext. 2707.

Please be advised that access to the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC) and parking in the Champions North lot will be impacted by construction on Thursday, January 25 and Friday, January 26 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During this time, members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to use the south entrance to access the CRWC and Campus Health Centre, as well as the pharmacy, which will all remain open during their normal hours of operation.

Drivers are also encouraged to park in the Champions South lot or Founders 2 lot during this time as parking in the Champions North lot will be significantly reduced. The CRWC north entrance will remain safely accessible throughout the day, however pedestrians may be required to divert around the parking lot to reach the north entrance.

The construction is connected to the G Wing renovations currently underway at the college’s Oshawa campus and will involve the use of a crane that will be setup to the east of the CRWC north entrance. Care has been taken to coordinate the lifting of new equipment by crane over unoccupied space only. There will be no crane lifting activity over the CRWC gyms, Campus Health Centre or pharmacy.

A detailed craning plan, including diagrams and sp cific timing, is here for reference.</Documents/Announcements/G%20Wing%20Craning%20Plan.pdf>


Leave for Change program now accepting applications – (Announcements, January 30, 2018)

Uniterra <http://uniterra.ca/en> is now accepting applications for this year’s Leave for Change program. While full-time employees are welcome to apply, Durham College will review the financial resources to support employees in this program once Uniterra completes their recruitment and selection of participants.

Full-time employees are able to transform their vacations into short-term professional and personal development experiences of three to four weeks in a developing country. Employees will be contributing their skills and expertise to an established development project with a non-governmental organization in Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, Malawi, Vietnam, Nepal, Mongolia and several others.

Last year, Durham College partnered with Uniterra in the Leave for Change program and supported three employees who travelled to Vietnam, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Visit the Leave for Change</Admin/HR/EmployeeDevelopment/Pages/Leave-for-Change.aspx> page on ICE to learn more about this exciting professional and personal development opportunity and to access the application form. Interested full-time employees are to apply directly to Uniterra by February 19, 2018.

Please contact Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca>, Human Resources if you have any questions.


2017-18 Operating Budget Freeze update – (Announcements, January 30, 2018)

The following message is being shared on behalf of Barbara MacCheyne, chief financial officer.

In December, we communicated the need to implement a temporary budget freeze in order to realize in-year savings with the purpose of offsetting a potential $2 million deficit.

Due to favourable and unexpected enrolment growth for this winter semester, and the savings measures you have taken to reduce operational expenditures, the college was able to realize the required in-year savings. Durham College is now projecting a small surplus for March 31, 2018. As a result, the operating budget freeze is no longer in effect.

A sincere thank you to everyone for your cooperation during the budget freeze. Your efforts to help the college preserve its long-term financial stability during this unforeseen budget emergency are much appreciated.


DC’s new Academic Plan: 2017-18 to 2019-20 – (Announcements, January 30, 2018)

​This message is being shared on behalf of Dr. Elaine Popp, vice-president, Academic.

Dear colleagues,

Over the past number of years, we have spent significant time considering where we are as an academic institution, strengthening our reporting, quality measures and credential mix, and most excitedly looking forward to where we need to be in the years ahead to ensure we are meeting emerging trends in post-secondary education. That is why I am so pleased to share with you today Durham College’s (DC) 2017-18 to 2019-20 Academic Plan, a strategic pathway to achieving our academic priorities over the next three years.

The plan is focused and aspirational with clearly defined goals and objectives that will be realized through the support and actions of everyone on campus. It reflects our institutional vision for ensuring that DC is the premier post-secondary destination for students to succeed in a dynamic and supportive learning environment. Further, its alignment with the college’s Strategic Plan<https://durhamcollege.ca/wp-content/uploads/strategic-plan-2017-2020-book-web.pdf> and Strategic Mandate Agreement with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development will provide additional support for these two core institutional documents.

I would like to invite you to attend one of two information sessions that have been planned to help build knowledge and awareness of our new Academic Plan. These sessions will take place on:

* Monday, January 29 from 1 to 2 p.m., Room 2-4, Whitby campus
* Tuesday, January 30 from 2 to 3 p.m., Room C248, Gordon Willey building, Oshawa campus

I encourage you to read through the plan in the coming days and see where you can play a role in its success. Goals include a focus on exceptional academic quality, exemplary teaching and learning, internationalization initiatives, intensification of our research agenda and realizing strategic management of our enrolment. To support the latter goal, I would also like to make you aware that the college’s Enrolment Management Plan (EMP) will be shared on Wednesday, January 31. The EMP positions us for success in responding to the ever-evolving post-secondary landscape. Changes in everything from population demographics to government policy and funding, globalization to technology advancements demand fresh approaches to issues of enrolment management.

I am truly excited to be sharing the Academic Plan with you today and look forward to meeting with many of you next week to discuss it further. It provides clear direction for where DC is headed over the next three years, as well as a starting point for each of us to define how our work will contribute to a successful journey. Each year we will review the plan to ensure it remains relevant to our evolving landscape.

I would like to thank the many members of the DC community who engaged with the development process. It was a comprehensive and thoughtful process that involved representation from every department and area of our college and I am always so appreciative and grateful for the daily commitment we have at DC for the shared goal of ensuring the student experience comes first.

Sincerely,

Elaine


Balance February wellness newsletter – (Announcements, January 30, 2018)

​The Durham College Employee Assistance Program provider Morneau Shepell issues a monthly wellness newsletter. The February issue of the Balance newsletter is now available.

Please contact Kelly Doyle,<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca> Human Resources if you have any questions.


There’s still time to submit IIF proposals – spend deadline extended – (Announcements, January 30, 2018)

The deadline for project proposals for the Innovative Initiatives Fund (IIF) has been extended a second time to Monday, February 19. The successful projects will now be announced Friday, March 9.

The timeline to spend funds has also been extended to Friday, March 29, 2019.

Proposals that have already been submitted do not need to be resubmitted. If the new spend deadline affects the submitted proposal, applicants are welcome to resubmit with new information.

Visit the dedicated IIF website to access the application package; view selection criteria and additional information on the fund, including a list of IIF committee members, key dates and how to apply.

For additional information please visit the IIF website<http://www.dc-uoit.ca/iif/> or email the IIF administrator.


Free access to online learning site Lynda.com – (Announcements, January 30, 2018)

This message is being sent on behalf of Scott Blakey, chief administrative officer and Elaine Popp, vice- president, Academic. Please direct inquiries to the IT Service Desk at servicedesk@dc-uoit.ca<mailto:servicedesk@dc-uoit.ca> or call extension 3333.

We are pleased to announce that all full-time and part-time students and employees at Durham College now have access to the full suite of Lynda.com<http://lynda.dc-uoit.ca/>. As part of an agreement between the Government of Ontario, eCampusOntario is pleased to provide post-secondary institutions access to this content at no cost for three years, to September 21, 2020.

Lynda.com is an on-demand learning solution designed to help you gain new skills and advance your career. Logging in to Lynda.com offers a customized learning experience that features instructional content relevant to your professional interests and goals. Choose from more than 5,000 video tutorials covering business, creative, and technology topics.

To log on to Lynda.com go to [http://lynda.dc-uoit.ca<http://lynda.dc-uoit.ca/]http://lynda.dc-uoit.ca<http://lynda.dc-uoit.ca/> and use your network ID and Password (Banner number and email/network password). You can also download and use the lynda.com app. To log in with the app choose the “Organizational” tab and use the Web Portal option. It will expect durhamcollege.ca as the URL.

If you want to learn more about using Lynda.com you can access a course called How to use Lynda.com<https://www.lynda.com/NA-tutorials/How-use-Lynda-com/77683-2.html>. This 81-minute course describes how to best use the Lynda.com environment. You may also want to take the course entitled Learning with Lynda.com<https://www.lynda.com/Higher-Education-tutorials/Learning-Lynda-com/377830-2.html> to help you get the most out of this training website.

Additionally, for faculty there is a course called Teaching with Lynda.com<https://www.lynda.com/Educational-Technology-tutorials/Teaching-Lynda-com/487942-2.html>. This course will assist you in effectively using this web site for your students.

If you have difficulty in logging on please contact the IT Service Desk or look for the FAQ on the IT ServiceDesk portal<https://servicedesk.dc-uoit.ca/Pages/Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx>.


Alumni in the Pit is back – (Announcements, January 30, 2018)

​Alumni in the Pit is back on Tuesday, February 6, to celebrate the success of Durham College (DC) grads as they return to campus and connect with students, share industry insights and advice and shine a light on life after college.

This year Brandon Nolan, an NHL player turned entrepreneur and Manjula Selvarajah, marketing hot-shot turned CBC on-air personality, will be leading the discussion, answering student questions on job-searching, networking etiquette, industry possibilities and much more!

Faculty are asked to:

* Share information about this valuable opportunity with their students, encouraging them to attend.
* A PowerPoint can be found on ICE</OfficeOfThePresident/OD/Documents/alumni-in-the-pit-facultypowerpoint-2018.pdf>, containing information on the event and this year’s featured alumni.
* Consider livestreaming the event in class via the Alumni office’s Facebook Page<https://www.facebook.com/durhamcollegealumni/?fref=ts>.
* This way your students can hear from the alumni most relevant to them, and it will only take about 10 minutes of class time.

Students who attend also have the opportunity to enter into a draw for $100 as part of DC’s backpack2briefcase<https://durhamcollege.ca/backpack2briefcase-b2b> program.

When:

Tuesday, February 6 from 11 a.m. to noon

Where:

Durham College

The Pit, Gordon Willey building, Oshawa campus
2000 Simcoe Street North

Who:

Brandon Nolan: providing opportunities for First Nations youth through hockey. &# 60;

Brandon Nolan graduated from the Business Administration – Marketing (now Marketing – Business Administration<https://durhamcollege.ca/programs/business-administration-marketing>) program in 2013 after a career ending injury limited his time as a professional hockey player. He is currently busy running successful businesses with his father and brother including 3N Clothing Apparel and the 3|NOLANS First Nation Hockey School, as well as the Ted Nolan Foundation.

A proud Ojibway from the Garden River First Nation in northern Ontario, Brandon grew up spending the winter months playing hockey on an outdoor rink, beginning his love for the game and eventually earning him a spot with the pros.

His career began playing with the Oshawa Generals, where he became a two-time OHL All-Star and a consistent top scorer in his three years playing for the team. It was that strong performance with the Oshawa Generals that led to being drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the third round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and then again in the fourth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. What followed was a five-year professional hockey career all over the world, which ended after suffering a serious concussion playing for the Carolina Hurricanes.

After earning his diploma, Brandon used his experience to provide opportunities for First Nations youth, affecting the lives of over 1,000 First Nations youth through hockey since the school opened in 2013. Brandon, along with his father and brother, look forward to being positive role models for First Nations people for years to come.

Manjula Selvarajah: telling Toronto’s stories

Manjula Selvarajah is a Toronto-based freelance journalist, occasional on-air technology columnist and producer for CBC Radio, including the very-popular radio show Metro Morning. She is also a 2014 graduate of DC’s Journalism – Print and Broadcas program (now known as Journalism – Mass Media<https://durhamcollege.ca/programs/journalism-mass-media>).

During her time at Metro Morning, she has interviewed a range of interesting people in the city and has produced segments with politicians like Mayor John Tory and entrepreneur Jim Balsillie.

Manjula has also guest hosted CBC Radio’s Toronto music show, Big City Small World, which showcases the city’s music talent and presented a column called Live and Learn on CBC’s Fresh Air, where she profiled people dipping their toes into new experiences. She also co-hosted one of the few English shows on Canadian Tamil television, Crossroads on Tamil Vision International.

Prior to earning her diploma, Manjula was vice-president of Marketing and the thirteenth employee hired at Toronto start-up software firm Eloqua. There she managed a team of nine marketers and inside sales reps to design and execute creative marketing campaigns, to build a quantifiable sales funnel for Eloqua’s growing North American sales team.

In addition to her work, Manjula has volunteered extensively with the Canadian Tamil Youth Development Centre, the Canadian Tamil Congress, and for fundraisers in support of the Tamil Studies Conference and charities in the north and east of Sri Lanka. She is also co-founder of the volunteer-run organization Tamil Women Rising. She loves reading, talking and tweeting about current affairs, books, Toronto, the Tamil diaspora, and entrepreneurship, at the Twitter handle @manjaselva.


Week 3 – Active Living Challenge Winners – (Announcements, January 30, 2018)

​This week’s ALC winners were:
Vivien Ricard,
Emily Arnold,
Natasha Rebeiro and Sam Lemus.


Reminder – Paths to Research Partnerships: A Community Forum – (Announcements, January 30, 2018)

​You’re Invited!

As leading institutions in teaching, new knowledge generation, research excellence and social innovation, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College are proud to co-host: Paths to Research Partnerships: A community Forum.

The forum is intended to bring together academic faculty and community partners to forge new collaborations and to learn how to undertake successful research partnerships.

The day will include discussion panels on “How To Build Effective College, University, and Community Collaborations” and “Best Practices for Successful Community Research Partnerships”.

Our keynote speaker for this event is Dr. David Phipps, Executive Director, Research and Innovation Services at York University. Dr. Phipps received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in knowledge mobilization and was named the most influential knowledge mobilizer in Canada.

WHEN
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Business and Information Technology Building, UB 2080 and Mezzanine

REGISTER NOW

https://uoit.ca/forms/online/view.php?id=392093

Online registration is available until Thursday, February 15, 2018.

For more information, please visit durhamcollege.ca/partnershipsforum<https://durhamcollege.ca/about/office-of-research-services-innovation-and-entrepreneurship-orsie/applied-research/paths-to-research-partnerships-2018-a-community-forum> or uoit.ca/partnershipsforum<http://uoit.ca/partnershipsforum>

Paths to Research Partnerships: A Community Forum is sponsored by the Innovative Initiatives Fund (IIF); a $300,000 program supported equally by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College to support collaborative projects proposed by faculty and staff.


Social media training opportunity for employees – (Announcements, January 30, 2018)

The Communications and Marketing department is excited to offer monthly social media training for Durham College (DC) employees. Whether you’re an existing social media ambassador, manage an active account on behalf of your department, service area or program, or are thinking about starting an account, this training will benefit you.

Learn how to use social media to promote your area of the college, connect with stakeholders and receive valuable feedback from clients, students, parents, etc.

Each session will be one-hour in length and will consist of:

* An overview of social media at DC
* A review of best practices and platforms
* Hands-on assistance
* A Q&A to address your specific questions.

Spaces are limited so please register<https://durhamcollege.ca/forms/social-media-training> no later than Monday, February 5 to reserve your spot.

Date: Thursday, February 8

Time: 1 to 2 p.m.

Location: Campus Corners, CC108

Register Today!<https://durhamcollege.ca/forms/social-media-training>

#wehopetoseeyouthere #socialmediasavvy #iheartdc #dcpride


2017/2018 Year End Deadlines from Finance – (Announcements, January 30, 2018)

The following message is being sent on behalf of Barbara MacCheyne, chief financial officer.

To assist the finance department in properly recording revenue and expenditure transactions for this fiscal year and to ensure that we have an efficient closing of the books for March 31, 2018, please take note of the following deadlines and related procedures:

Purchasing

Purchase orders

To ensure that expenses for goods that are physically received or services incurred by Friday, March 30 are captured as a fiscal 2017-2018 expenditure, the following guidelines will be followed:

* Any purchase requisitions required after Friday, February 23 for the 2017-2018 fiscal year must be approved by Barbara MacCheyne, CFO. The expected delivery date of the goods must be indicated on the requisition to ensure that it is properly recorded in the correct fiscal year. No purchase orders will be issued after Friday, March 16 for fiscal 2017-18. Proper accounting procedures require that items purchased during the current fiscal year but received after March 31, 2018 be charged to the next fiscal year. Thus, these purchases will be recorded as an expense when the goods and services are received in fiscal 2018-2019.

* FAST users need to run “My Outstanding Purchase Orders and Requisitions” report via the FAST <https://fast.durhamcollege.ca/> Webreq <https://fast.durhamcollege.ca/> module. This process assist sta f in identifying their Outstanding Purchase Orders, invoices paid and remaining balance on those Orders. For instructions on how to run “My Outstanding Purchase Orders and Requisitions” report, please refer to the Process Manual by clicking the link below:

https://ice.durhamcollege.ca/References%20and%20Guides/WebReq-access-outstanding-purchase-orders-requisitions.pdf</References%20and%20Guides/WebReq-access-outstanding-purchase-orders-requisitions.pdf>

Please execute your report on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. If any of your outstanding Purchase Orders can be closed, please email to Cynthia McKeen (cynthia.mckeen@dc-uoit.ca<mailto:cynthia.mckeen@dc-uoit.ca>) no later than the end of business day Friday, March 9, 2018 and reference the Purchase Order number and reason for closing (ex. paid already, invoice already sent to AP, vendor no longer supplying goods).

NOTE: If submitting an invoice to Accounts Payable that is final payment, please indicate this on the invoice so that the Purchase Order will be closed out.

NOTE: If your order will be received after March 31, 2018, please contact Donny Gough (donny.gough@dc- <mailto:donny.gough@dc-uoit.ca> uoit.ca<mailto:donny.gough@dc-uoit.ca>) and inquire about how to issue an advance Purchase Order for fiscal 2018-19.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding purchase orders, please contact Kevin Jones at 905.721.2000 ext. 2251 or via email kevin.jones@dc-uoit.ca<mailto:kevin.jones@dc-uoit.ca>.

Accounting

Accounts payable – vendor invoices

To ensure that all expenses are booked against the correct fiscal period, please forward all properly approved and correctly coded invoices to Accounts Payable for processing as soon as possible and no later than Thursday, April 5. Please indicate the purchase order number on the invoice where applicable to ensure purchase orders are closed out properly. If an invoice has not been received but there is sufficient support to accrue an expense to the current fiscal year, please provide the supporting documentation by Monday, April 9.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding payment of invoices, please contact Linda Mondria at 905.721.3021.

Corporate MasterCard statements

To ensure the proper recording of purchases made on your corporate MasterCard, we ask that you complete your MasterCard Reconciliation in the FAST PCARD module by the 25th of each month. Copies of the reconciled statement, approved by the appropriate level, and attached with supporting receipts must be submitted by the following due dates:

* February credit card reconciliations must be submitted to Accounts Payable by Friday, February 23, and
* March credit card reconciliations must be submitted to Accounts Payable by Friday, March 23.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding corporate MasterCard expenditures, please contact Amanda Gallagher at 905.721.2000 ext. 3743.

Expense reports

The expense report for reimbursement of expenses incurred to March 31 must be submitted to Accounts Payable – Amanda Gallagher no later than Tuesday, April 3 for processing. Please ensure that all supporting receipts and travel/business forms are provided and that the expense report form (located on ICE; Forms: Finance; Expense Report) is properly approved and coded. Claims for expenses incurred after March 31 must be reported on a separate expense form.

If you have any questions or conce ns regarding expense report reimbursements please contact Amanda Gallagher at 905.721.2000 ext. 3743.

Travel advances

Please ensure all travel advances for travel completed by March 31 are reconciled and submitted to the Accounts Payable – Amanda Gallagher no later than Monday, April 2.

Petty cash reimbursements

Departments that have a petty cash float must forward the receipts and reconciliation to Allan MacDonald in the Student Services Building no later than the end of business on Monday, April 2.

Note that all floats must be replenished to their full authorized value for year-end. Should you require a replenishment of a particular float or if you are closing out a float, email Allan MacDonald no later than March 26 2018 in order to schedule a mutual agreed upon time to pick up/deliver.

Finally, float close-outs should be brought in to the Student Services Building no later than 3:00pm on March 30 2018 in order to ensure it is recorded in fiscal year 2017-18.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact Norah Warmuth at 905.721.2000 ext. 3652.

Invoicing external customers

The final date and time that we will be able to process invoices through Banner is Friday, March 30 at 3:00

p.m. To ensure that all revenue earned to March 31 is captured in the proper fiscal period in Banner, please forward the invoicing details for services rendered or fees to be charged to external customers to the Accounts Receivable department – Deborah Duff by Friday, March 16. All invoicing details submitted after Friday, March 16 and before Monday, April 2 for services rendered to March 31 will be accrued in fiscal 2017-2018 and invoiced in Banner in fiscal 2018-2019.

If you have any questions regarding Accounts Receivable, please contact Deborah Duff t 905.721.2000 ext. 3755.

If you have any questions regarding any of the accounting deadlines above, please contact Norah Warmuth, manager, Accounting at 905.721.2000 ext. 3652.

Payroll

Payroll timesheets

For all part-time employees, please ensure timesheets are approved and submitted to payroll by Friday, March 23 for both the PT faculty April 10 pay date and PT support staff March 29 pay date.

For all full-time support staff employees, please forward all outstanding overtime or other payroll adjustments for by Tuesday, March 20 processing for on the March 29 payroll.

For all full-time administrative employees and faculty, please forward all outstanding payroll adjustments for by Tuesday, March 20 processing for on the March 29 payroll.

If there should be March timesheets or payroll adjustments that miss this cutoff, please forward to payroll by Monday, April 2 and these will be accrued in fiscal 2017-2018.

If you have any questions concerning timesheets, please contact Jenny Razak, manager, Payroll at 905.721.2000 ext. 2442.

Summary of key cut-off dates for 2017-18 year-end processing

* Friday, February 23 – New purchase requisitions must be approved by Barbara MacCheyne, CFO;
* Friday, February 23 – Employee February MasterCard statements due to Accounts Payable;
* Friday, March 9 – Open Purchase Order Report due to Purchasing;
* Friday, March 16 – Accounts Receivable cut-off for invoicing in Banner;
* Tuesday, March 20 – Payroll adjustments for full-time administrative, faculty and support employees due to Payroll;
* Friday, March 23 – Employee March MasterCard statements due to Accounts Payable;
* Friday, March 23 – Payroll adjustments for part-time faculty and part-time support staff due to Payroll;
* Monday, April 2 – Accounts Receivable cut-off for customer invoicing year-end accrual;
* Monday, April 2 – Petty cash reconciliations due;
* Monday, April 2 – Travel advances for travel expenses in fiscal 2017-18 due to Accounts Payable for processing;
* Tuesday, April 3 – Expense reports due to Accounts Payable;
* Thursday, April 5 – Vendor invoices due to Accounts Payable; and
* Monday, April 2 – Outstanding payroll adjustments for period ended March 31 due to payroll for year-end accrual.

Your continued efforts in ensuring a proper fiscal year closing and maintaining fiscal accountability are greatly appreciated.

Thank you.


QA at DC – 2018 College Quality Assurance Audit Process – (Announcements, January 30, 2018)

​This message is being shared on behalf of Dr. Elaine Popp, vice-president, Academic. Please direct any inquiries to Michelle Cole, manager, Program Development and Quality Assurance, Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment, by email<mailto:michelle.cole@durhamcollege.ca?subject=CQAAP%202018> or at ext. 2244.

This spring, Durham College (DC) will participate in the College Quality Assurance Audit Process (CQAAP), showcasing the ways we put the student experience first.

DC successfully completed its last audit in 2013. At that time, the audit process was known as the Program Quality Assurance Process Audit, or PQAPA. Work is well underway for the 2018 CQAAP. This includes the submission of a college self-study to the Ontario College Quality Assurance Service (OCQAS) – the organization that conducts the audit – and a site visit by OCQAS on Wednesday, May 30 and Thursday, May 31.

CQAAP is a provincially mandated external review of the processes DC implements and uses to ensure program quality. It is also a valuable tool that supports DC’s commitment to transparency and accountability in all aspects of our operations and business. Each of Ontario’s 24 colleges of applied arts and technology participate in CQAAP every five years.

The CQAAP standards provide the framework for Ontario colleges in assessing how our QA mechanisms meet the established standards. The audit’s purpose is developmental and its intent is to ensure continual improvement.

The Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment (CAFE) is leading DC’s CQAAP efforts. Members of the CAFE team have been connecting with schools and departments to gather examples of how QA is embedded in all of our programs and services, which will inform the self-study. /p>

Once the final self-study package is submitted in early April, preparations will begin for the site visits. Over two days, OCQAS auditors will meet with pre-selected representatives from all areas of the college, including students, administration, support staff, frontline support, faculty, governors, and Program Advisory Committee members.

As CQAAP unfolds at the college, regular communication will be shared with employees and students to keep you informed of each audit stage and to spark a wider conversation on campus about QA at DC, including its presence, importance and how each of us uphold it in our day-to-day work.

Updates to the CQAAP page on ICE and the development of a public web page are underway and links for each will be shared in the next CQAAP communication.


Sparkling Wine Demonstrations & Cooking Classes – (Announcements, January 30, 2018)

​Interested in learning about sparkling wines or developing your culinary skills? Register today for any of our upcoming classes:

All that Sparkles – February 9

For the Love of Cooking (Valentine’s themed couples’ cooking course) – February 10

Knife Skills 2 – Sharpening Your Edge – February 16

Pasta Making – February 24

March Break Healthy Cooking for Teens – March 17


Congratulations Paige Nichols – (Celebrating Our People, January 23, 2018)

​Human Resources is pleased to confirm that Paige Nichols has been permanently appointed to the position of Human Resources (HR) generalist. In this role, Paige reports to the director, Human Resources and works closely with her assigned client group in areas such as recruitment and selection processes, job evaluation, employment contracts, pension and benefits administration and collective agreement interpretation.

Paige joined the HR team as an HR generalist in July 2016 on a contract basis. Her career at Durham College began with the Strategic Enrolment Services group, first as an Student Recruitment and Admissions officer, and then as an Admissions co-ordinator. Prior to joining Durham, Paige also worked as an HR co-ordinator at George Brown College.

Paige holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate as well as a Master of Business Administration.


Cosette Kazarian is in Sri Lanka! – (Celebrating Our People, January 23, 2018)

Cosette Kazarian, intranet specialist, Communications and Marketing, landed safely in Colombo, Sri Lanka on January 19 and has started on her adventure at the University of Vocational Technology (Univotec).

In the social media marketing advisor role, Cosette will be developing a social media marketing plan for the Bachelor of Industrial Management Technology degree program as well as developing delivery modules on the uses of social media and delivering lectures on marketing strategies for universities students. Cosette is the third and final participant with the 2017 Leave for Change program at DC who is volunteering her time in Sri Lanka until February 18.

At the annual town hall organized by the Office of the President in May 2017, President Don Lovisa announced the names of the three lucky participants of the Leave for Change program. Through this program, employees have a unique personal and professional development opportunity to participate in a short-term international volunteer assignment. The other two participants in the 2017 program are Kim Sharpe, program assistant, School of Continuing Education who travelled to Nepal last June; and Dale Burt, professor, Mediation-Alternative Dispute Resolution Graduate Certificate program within the School of Justice & Emergency Services, who was in Vietnam in July 2017.

Cosette is sharing her experiences on Facebook through the DC Leave for Change page<https://www.facebook.com/dcleaveforchange>, as well as on LinkedIn and Instagram (@Cosettetoo). Updates will also be shared through the Human Resources’ Twitter account @Durham_PD. Like and follow her to keep updated on her adventure over the next few weeks.


10th Annual Curling for A Cause – Looking for teams – (Announcements, January 23, 2018)

​The Campus Ice Centre is excited to announce the 10th annual Curling For A Cause fundraiser will take place at the Oshawa Curling Club on March 2nd.

This year we are proud to support “Their Opportunity” whose mission is to help local low-income families place their children in organized sports. For more information and how to register, please contact Simon.hatt@dcmail.ca.<mailto:%20simon.hatt@dcmail.ca>


Aboriginal Awareness Day – (Announcements, January 23, 2018)

​Thursday January 25th, 2018 Durham College will be celebrating our annual Aboriginal Awareness Day. Drop by Gyms 1 and 2 anytime between 10am and 3pm to experience some Aboriginal Culture. We have a variety of entertainment, information tables and craft vendor (Cash Only). Traditional First Nations Corn Soup and bannock will be available between 12-2pm. This is a free event that is open to all students, staff and community.


Access the New Payroll page for assistance with set up for T4’s – (Announcements, January 23, 2018)

Getting ready for 2017 T4’s ​

The electronic 2017 T4’s for all employees will be available before the end of February 2018 online through the ADP TOTAL ACCESS website.

Please ensure you have access to ADP TOTAL ACCESS, and that you have selected tax statements to receive your T4 in 2017. Log into ADP TOTAL ACCESS and click “Statements Setup” to confirm your account set up.

Please Note: many employees work multiple contracts and may be paid through different payroll business numbers, please ensure you have access to all your pay statements for both full time and part time Support and Faculty pays so that you will have access to your multiple T4’s.

Client ID: 96BA2F


Learn how to sleep better – upcoming webinar – (Announcements, January 23, 2018)

Sleep is critical to ensure maximum productivity. It increases your ability to concentrate and focus, allows you to approach challenges with a more positive attitude, and can have positive effects on your memory and health.

On January 23 from 2:30-3:30 p.m., join Jonathan Zink from Morneau Shepell for a webinar on Getting Restful Sleep. Employees will learn about circadian rhythms and the impact that disrupting these key biological processes can have on their day-to-day activities and work. This webinar will also describe sleep’s vital role in maintaining health along with valuable and practical tips and strategies that participants can apply to get quality, restful sleep and stay alert.

To receive the webinar instructions and login, employees must register through the training registration site<http://treg.dc-uoit.ca/events/2018/1/23>. Please contact Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca>, Human Resources if you have any questions.


Reminder of revised winter 2018 semester dates – (Announcements, January 23, 2018)

The purpose of this announcement is to remind you of Durham College’s (DC) revised winter 2018 semester dates.

* The winter semester for post-secondary programs will begin on Monday, January 22. Continuing Education courses began on Tuesday, January 16. Apprenticeship blocks start on the date specified on the offer letter students received from MAESD.
* Winter semester post-secondary classes will continue through reading week and therefore the regular break previously scheduled from February 26 until March 2, is cancelled. Apprentices should check with the school office. Continuing Education did not have a reading week scheduled.
* The Family Day weekend will be extended for some students to include Tuesday, February 20. The college will be open this day, but classes associated with post-secondary programs will not run. Apprenticeship programs and courses offered through Continuing Education will run as planned on Tuesday, February 20.
* The winter semester for post-secondary programs will end Friday, April 27, as originally scheduled. The winter semester for Continuing Education courses will end Tuesday, April 24. Apprenticeship blocks end on the date specified on their MAESD offer letter.

For a complete list of dates specific to post-secondary and apprenticeship programs, please visit the important dates <https://durhamcollege.ca/info-for/current-students/important-dates> page of the DC website. For Continuing Education dates, students should refer to their course website.


Mental Health First Aid training next week – (Announcements, January 23, 2018)

Mental Health First Aid training will be offered on January 24 & 25 from 9-4 both days. The training will be facilitated by Heather Bickle, DC’s health promotions coordinator.

To learn more about the two-day training program and to register, please visit the training registration site<http://treg.dc-uoit.ca/events/2018/1/24/3973>.

Contact Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca>, Human Resources if you have any questions. ​


Institute of Student Leadership (ISL) is recruiting new members! – (Announcements, January 23, 2018)

The Institute of Student Leadership (ISL) is recruiting new members!

WHAT IS THE ISL PROGRAM?

The ISL aims to engage students in mutually constructed, active learning opportunities designed to enhance personal development and create well-rounded, educated community leaders.

Members participate in the creation of a leadership action plan with their coach, discover the multiple facets of effective leadership through interactive and thought provoking sessions, practice newly developed skills through various opportunities for civic engagement, and attend the annual Student Leadership Summit to further enhance their leadership tool box.

RECRUITMENT

We are currently accepting new members for the ISL program. If you know any students who you feel would be a good fit for the program, please encourage them to please join us for an information session. Sessions will be taking place on the following dates:

OSHAWA CAMPUS

* Tuesday, January 30 from noon 1 p.m.
* Friday, February 2 from noon to 1 p.m.

WHITBY CAMPUS

* Tuesday, February 6 from noon to 1 p.m.

Students can register here for one of the above information sessions.<https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/ISLinfo>

ISL accepts new members in January, May, and September of each academic year.


JANUARY PAY DAY LOTTERY WINNER – (Announcements, January 23, 2018)

This message is posted on behalf of Linda Flynn, President, Durham College Foundation and Associate Vice President, Development and Alumni Affairs, Durham College.

Tony Doyle, associate dean, CFF, is the winner of the January 17 draw in the Durham College Employee Pay Day Lottery!

Tony won $1,142.50, half of the total pot, which was valued at $2,285. The other half of the money will be used toward the construction of the Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE) (http://www.durhamcollege.ca/interactive-documents/cfce-building-something-amazing/).

The next draw date is Wednesday, February 21 when employees entered in the Pay Day Lottery prior to December 22 will have another chance to win some cash. The lottery is organized by the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs and participation is easy with tickets purchased through payroll deduction.

Tickets are $5 each with employees able to purchase up to a maximum of six tickets per month.

Updated entry forms are available on ICE.

Completed forms can be sent via:

-Email to Mary.Weller@durhamcollege.ca

-Fax to 905.720.3035 or inter-office to the attention of Mary Weller, Alumni Development Officer, Office of Development and Alumni Affairs.

-An in-person visit to the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs located on the first floor of Campus Corners.

Congratulations again, Tony!


Check it out! We’re launching a new Payroll site on ICE! – (Announcements, January 23, 2018)

​The payroll department encourages staff to review the site for assistance with payroll schedules, related forms, whom to contact within our department for your payroll related questions and review the FAQ’s.


Welcome to DC! – (Announcements, January 23, 2018)

In our continuing efforts to support colleagues new to Durham College, Human Resources and Communications and Marketing have created a New Employees site on ICE</NE/Pages/default.aspx>.

The site provides an overview of the college with special emphasis on the information and supports new employees need to familiarize themselves with the college’s processes; logistics; and forms in their first few days on campus. Resources are also provided for managers who have new employees starting on their teams to help with the employees’ onboarding.

Full of images and information that highlights the people and programs that make DC unique, the site should be the go-to place for all new contract and full-time employees.

Visit the site</NE/Pages/default.aspx> today and learn something new.

Please contact Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca>, Human Resources if you have any questions.


Join International Development Week at DC February 5-9 – (Announcements, January 23, 2018)

This message is being sent on behalf of the International Education office. For additional information, please contact Katie Boone<mailto:katie.boone@durhamcollege.ca>, manager, International Projects and Partnerships, International Education office or Ana Jimenez<mailto:ana.jimenez@durhamcollege.ca>, international project support assistant, International Education office.

The International Education office is excited to announce that Durham College (DC) will be joining individuals and organizations across the country taking part in Global Affairs Canada’s International Development Week<http://www.international.gc.ca/gac-amc/campaign-campagne/idw-sdi/index.aspx?lang=eng> (IDW) from Monday, February 5 to Friday, February 9. This year’s theme is Partners for a Better World, which aligns with Durham College’s newly launched Internationalization and Global Engagement Plan<https://durhamcollege.ca/wp-content/uploads/dc-internationalization-and-global-engagement-plan-2017-final-1.pdf>.

In support of IDW, the International Education office is planning a full week of Internationalization@Home activities on campus for employees and students ranging from professional development sessions and informative brown bag lunches to social events, including salsa lessons.

Established in 1991, IDW is a uniquely Canadian tradition that encourages nationwide participation in building a better, more inclusive, peaceful and prosperous world.

Visit the IDW website<https://durhamcollegeidw2018.eventbrite.ca/> for more information and to register for upcoming events.


Join International Development Week at DC February 5-9 – (Announcements, January 23, 2018)

​This message is being sent on behalf of the International Education office. For additional information, please contact Katie Boone<mailto:katie.boone@durhamcollege.ca>, manager, International Projects and Partnerships, International Education office or Ana Jimenez<mailto:ana.jimenez@durhamcollege.ca>, international project support assistant, International Education office.

The International Education office is excited to announce that Durham College (DC) will be joining individuals and organizations across the country taking part in Global Affairs Canada’s International Development Week<http://www.international.gc.ca/gac-amc/campaign-campagne/idw-sdi/index.aspx?lang=eng> (IDW) from Monday, February 5 to Friday, February 9. This year’s theme is Partners for a Better World, which aligns with Durham College’s newly launched Internationalization and Global Engagement Plan<https://durhamcollege.ca/wp-content/uploads/dc-internationalization-and-global-engagement-plan-2017-final-1.pdf>.

In support of IDW, the International Education office is planning a full week of Internationalization@Home activities on campus for employees and students ranging from professional development sessions and informative brown bag lunches to social events, including salsa lessons.

Established in 1991, IDW is a uniquely Canadian tradition that encourages nationwide participation in building a better, more inclusive, peaceful and prosperous world.

Visit the IDW website<https://durhamcollegeidw2018.eventbrite.ca/> for more information and to register for upcoming events.


Week 2 – Active Living Challenge Winners – (Announcements, January 23, 2018)

This week’s Active Living Challenge winners are:

· Lori Wilson,
· Victoria Allin
· Tyler Emo
· Ellen Dalgarno​


Winners of the Policy & Procedure Quiz – (Announcements, January 23, 2018)

​Congratulations to the following winners of the Policy & Procedure quiz who each won a $25.00 gift card to Bistro ’67:

* Sioban Kennedy, PT Instructor, Parademic Program
* Suzanne Land, DC-Finance
* Colin Spencer, Facilities & Ancillary Services

Stay tuned for future quizzes for your chance to win!


DC to host Teaching City Hackathon – Saturday, March 3 – (Announcements, January 23, 2018)

​This message is being shared on behalf of Janse Tolmie, chief information officer, Durham College.

As part of the Teaching City initiative<https://durhamcollege.ca/media-room/media/durham-college-city-of-oshawa-and-educational-partners-launch-teaching-city-initiative> announced last year, Durham College (DC) is joining the City of Oshawa, Trent University Durham and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) to organize a Hackathon for students to propose a solution to a public policy challenge around the theme of improving residential rental housing in Oshawa. DC will host the event at the Oshawa campus on Saturday, March 3 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Hackathon is open to all students enrolled at a participating post-secondary institution. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to enter. The students will be tasked with considering innovative solutions, such as an app, to the public policy challenge including:

* Easing access to City-approved/inspected rental housing.
* Improved enforcement and licensing of suitable housing.
* Encouraging more responsible landlords and tenants.
* Educating landlords and tenants on their rights and responsibilities.

Additional details on the public policy challenge are available the Hackathon webpage<http://www.oshawa.ca/business-and-investment/hackathon.asp>.

Interested students can register online; the first two teams to register will win a $250 gift card from the Oshawa Centre. Registration is free. At the end of the Hackathon, the winning team will be awarded $1,500, second place will receive $750 and third place will go home with $500.

Pre-event kick off

Registered or interested Hackathon participants are encouraged to attend the pre-event kick off on Thursday, February 15 that will provide an overview of the theme/problem to solve and an opportunity to speak directly with subject matter experts. There, students can also learn more about event logistics, guidelines, evaluation and prizing. The kick off will run from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. at UOIT in Room 3110, Software and Informatics Research Centre.

Hackathon

The Hackathon will be held Saturday, March 3, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at DC’s Oshawa campus. Students are invited to gather in Room C113, Gordon Willey building, for opening remarks beginning at 8:30 a.m. Student groups will then break out into separate rooms for solution development; the day will conclude with brief presentations by student groups on their proposed solution and an awards ceremony. Subject matter experts, including industry leaders and entrepreneurs will coach student groups throughout the day and act as judges. Food and beverages will be provided, but students are responsible for bringing their own device(s).

Following the event, the Hackathon Steering Committee, Spark Centre and local entrepreneurs will review opportunities for the proposed solutions to be refined and developed into a potential commercial product, a process which could be explored through partnerships and further research and exploration by students and faculty in their institution.


Student wellness supports available winter 2018 – (Announcements, January 23, 2018)

This message is being shared on behalf of Meri Kim Oliver, vice-president, Student Affairs.

The purpose of this message is to refresh peoples’ awareness of the many existing and new supports on campuses to support student well-being. The attached material provides details regarding the following:

* Access and Support Centre (ASC)
* Campus Health Centre
* Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC)
* Durham College Students Inc. (DCSI)
* Health Promotions
* Peer Coaching
* The Office of Diversity Inclusion and Transitions
* Suswaaning Endaajig (Aboriginal Student Centre)
* Wellness Coaching

The PowerPoint can be used in class or posted to DC Connect for student use.

For further information or resources, please contact healthpromotions@durhamcollege.ca or Heather Bickle, health promotions coordinator, in C111C.


Congratulations Kavitha Nadarajah – (Celebrating Our People, January 16, 2018)

IT Services is pleased to announce Kavitha Nadarajah in her new role as IT project manager in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, IT Services. In this role, Kavitha will be reporting to the manager of IT Service Management and Governance and will be responsible for overseeing IT project initiatives.

Prior to this role, Kavitha worked as project manager on the Enterprise Systems team for three years. In this position, Kavitha was responsible for Cognos reporting, Operational Data Store and Banner Document Management projects. She has also worked as a business analyst in the registrar’s office at UOIT as well as a senior software engineer at Motorola Canada. Kavitha has a Master of Engineering degree in Computer Engineering from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., as well as a Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ont. She has also completed her Project Management Professional certification.

Outside of work, Kavitha is an avid reader, enjoys travelling and is interested in STEM education for kids. She lives in Ajax with her husband and two children, a 16-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter. Fun fact: Kavitha was born in Sri Lanka and moved to Canada when she was 21 years old.


Congratulations Shannon Dossor – (Celebrating Our People, January 16, 2018)

​Human Resources (HR) is pleased to announce Shannon Dossor in her new role as Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) assistant. In this role, Shannon’s responsibilities include maintaining the quality and accuracy of all data entered into the HRIS and ensuring all reporting of employee information has consistency and integrity. She is also responsible for overseeing the collection and input of data into the HRIS banner system and ensuring that all transactions are completed in a timely manner. Shannon will perform day-to-day functions, ensuring data integrity and the processing and reporting of HR data.

Prior to this role, Shannon was the executive assistant to the associate vice-president of HR. As a DC student, Shannon completed her field placement in HR and was a work study student in the School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship & Renewable Technology office as an administrative assistant. She also worked as an operations supervisor at Best Buy for several years. A DC alumna, Shannon holds a diploma in Office Administration Executive, graduating with President’s Honours as well as being the highest ranking graduate in her class.

Outside of work, Shannon enjoys going for hikes, collecting stationery and spending time with family and friends. Shannon was recently engaged to her fiancé Jesse, together they are fur parents to a two-year-old cat named Meridith.


Join Weight Watchers at Work program today! – (Announcements, January 16, 2018)

​A representative from Weight Watchers will be at Campus Corners today from noon to 1 p.m. to provide an overview of the new Freestyle program and to register those interested in joining the campus program.

The 16 week program offers weekly one-hour meetings every Wednesday at noon in CC108. The membership fee is four monthly payments of $58.71 or one full payment of $234.84. Please contact Kelly Doyle<mailto:kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca>, Human Resources if you are interested in this wellness program.


Sharing sad news regarding retiree Linda Campbell – (Announcements, January 16, 2018)

​This message is being sent on behalf of Don Lovisa, president.

Dear colleagues,

It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of retiree Linda Campbell. Linda was dedicated to Durham College (DC) for more than 15 years prior to retiring in 2010. She provided career and employment support to students daily at the Oshawa and Whitby campuses as an employment advisor with the Hired Career Services team. Before retiring, she was the UOIT internship co-ordinator, where she was instrumental in assisting UOIT students helping them successfully establish placements in their chosen fields.

The DC community will fondly remember Linda and her commitment to students, her colleagues and the college. Her kindness, positive attitude and calm, supportive nature will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with Linda’s family and friends at this difficult time.

A private ceremony was held last week for family and Celebration of Life will be held in early April for family, friends and former colleagues. We will share details as soon as they are available.

For those interested, in lieu of sending flowers, a donation can be made in Linda’s name to Brockville and District Hospice Palliative Care Services or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.

At this time, I’d like to remind employees that you can access confidential counselling and bereavement services through Shepell•fgi, our employee assistance program provider. Please call 1.800.387.4765 or TTY Service at 1.877.338.0275.


2018 Multi-Sport March Break Camp – Campus Fieldhouse – (Announcements, January 16, 2018)

MARCH 12 -16, 2018
AGES 6 to 13

Fun activities during the March Break
(Soccer, lacrosse, dodgeball, frisbee and more)

COST: $165.00 – Early Bird cost ($150.00)
(Register and pay by February 15th)

Half Day camp and extended care options available
(Early drop off at 8:00 am FREE of charge)

For inquires or registration please email marta.pardo@durhamcollege.ca <mailto:%20marta.pardo@durhamcollege.ca>

or

Call the Front Desk at 905-721-3122 (no option of online registration)


January New Student Orientation – (Announcements, January 16, 2018)

​New students starting their programs in the winter semester are invited to participate in January Orientation events. For a full listing of events and activities please visit www.durhamcollege.ca/orientation.


Part-time support staff vote in favour of OPSEU as union to represent them – (Announcements, January 16, 2018)

This message is being sent on behalf of Jennifer Cosway, director, Human Resources.

Please be advised that the Ontario Labour Relations Board has confirmed the vote results that recognize OPSEU as the union to represent part-time support staff at Ontario colleges.

Durham College appreciates and supports our part-time staff and their right to choose to be represented by OPSEU. The College respects the outcome of this vote.

The College Employer Council and OPSEU will work through next steps in the process and we will advise you as that information becomes available. Current terms and conditions for all part-time support staff remain in effect, consistent with the Employment Standards Act.

Should you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Cosway<mailto:jennifer.cosway@durhacollege.ca> at ext. 3031.


Winter Weather Monitoring – (Announcements, January 16, 2018)

​Durham College (DC) is monitoring the anticipated weather system expected to reach Durham Region this afternoon and this evening.

Depending on the severity of the weather, organizations, including DC, follow their own protocols and best practices when determining if a closure is required.

Please note: school board bus cancellations do not mean that DC will close.

As a reminder, the campus remains open, and activities continue as scheduled. If winter weather results in situations that affect the teaching or working environment (such as power outages) or conditions that place members of the campus community at risk, DC will post information about the campus status on the college’s campus status website as quickly as possible.

Depending on the situation, we will also:

* Post information on Twitter<https://twitter.com/durhamcollege> and Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/durhamcollege/>.
* Forward messages to regional radio and television stations.
* Communicate via other means, as needed.

At all times, regardless of weather conditions, DC reminds you to allow for plenty of time to get to campus, as well as to travel with caution and care, especially if you are in an area heavily affected by the weather. If you cannot get to campus, contact your supervisor or professor regarding your absence.

Important links:

* What does a campus closure mean to me?<http://www.durhamcollege.ca/services/campus-services/campus-safety/campus-status/closure-mean>
<http://
ww.durhamcollege.ca/services/campus-services/campus-safety/campus-status/closure-mean>
* Inclement weather procedure<http://www.durhamcollege.ca/services/campus-services/campus-safety/procedures/inclement-weather>
* Timing of closures<http://www.durhamcollege.ca/services/campus-services/campus-safety/campus-status/procedure-timing-closures>
* Ontario Ministry of Transportation winter driving information<http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/winterdrive/winterdrive.shtml>
* Environment Canada weather forecasts for Ontario<https://weather.gc.ca/forecast/canada/index_e.html?id=ON> (select your town or city from the list)
* Durham Region Transit<http://www.durhamregiontransit.com/Pages/default.aspx>
* GO Transit<http://www.gotransit.com/publicroot/en/updates/servicestatus.aspx>


WEEK #1 ACTIVE LIVING WINNERS – (Announcements, January 16, 2018)

Congratulations to the week one active living challenge winners:
Nicholas Simms
Joel Krakauer
Jamie Savoie
Dawson Hinton

For full details on the contest, visit: WEEK #1 Winners<http://www.durhamlords.com/news/2018/1/9/general-active-living-challe


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