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March 2019 Ridgeback Report

Our first ever Summer Job Fair will be held this year on Thursday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Science Building, West Atrium. Bring your resumé and meet employers hiring for summer positions. Please email with any questions.

Academic Services

  • Have a comment or concern about your courses? Share your feedback with us and help improve your student experience. You will be entered for a chance to win a $75 gift card. The survey is available from March 22 to April 5.


  • Join us for Spin Through the Seasons, in the ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel! Ride through a blizzard, beautiful breezes, spring showers and gorgeous sunny weather, while supporting Ridgeback Leadership Initiatives. The event is on Sunday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more and register.

Get Involved

  • Your Alumni Association Council invites you to a free community movie night at Regent Theatre to kick off the university’s Pi Day of Giving. Ralph Breaks the Internet will be playing on Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m.

  • How does graduate student research affect our daily lives? Attend Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) and see our grad students explain their research and its impacts in three minutes or less. All students who attend 3MT® will be entered in a draw for a $100 gift card. 3MT® will be held on Wednesday, March 20 at 2:30 p.m. in the Business and Information Technology Building Mezzanine.
  • March 18 to 21 is the Let’s Talk Equity: Equity Awareness week. Throughout the week, there will be booths on campus where you can enjoy refreshments, get information, and have conversations about equity. Join our Let’s Talk Equity movement, and help to build a more equitable and inclusive campus.

  • Conversation Café is a weekly event that brings students together to chat over coffee, tea and cookies. All students are welcome, though international and multilingual students are encouraged to attend to practice their English. Join in every Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and every Thursday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Learning Lab in the Student Life Building.

  • The #Next150 reconciliation tree continues to stand at the campus library. Make a pledge stating the action you’ll take to promote reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, then hang your leaf on the tree. Learn more about the campaign.

  • The Let’s Talk Equity discussion groups are continuing this month. Create connections and build understanding on campus by joining important conversations about equity and inclusion.

  • This month’s Respecting Individuals and Support Equity discussion groups are Religion and Spirituality, Feminism, and Sexual Orientation.

Money Matters

  • Are you planning on studying full-time (three or more courses) during the spring/summer term? You will need to fill out our OSAP Summer Extension form, which will be available on MyCampus in April, under the Documents tab.

  • Looking for full-time summer work on campus? The Summer University Works application is now available on MyCampus, under the Awards and Financial Aid tab. 


  • All are welcome to attend free self-defense classes, which continue until Thursday, April 11. Women’s classes take place on Mondays from 2:10 to 3 p.m. and Thursdays from 4:10 to 5 p.m., and all-gender classes on Mondays from 3:10 to 4 p.m. Please email with any questions.

  • Are you interested in student mental health and wellness? Student Mental Health Services is looking for students to be a part of a Student Mental Health Advisory Committee. This is a great leadership opportunity for students who are passionate about advocating for mental health. Learn how to apply.

Other News

  • The National College Health Assessment is a research survey that helps the university understand the health habits, behaviours and perceptions of the student body. This year’s survey will be emailed to your UOITnet accounts, and you will have until Tuesday, March 12 to complete it.
  • The university’s Equity and Inclusivity Advisor now has downtown hours at 61 Charles in the Student Life office on Thursdays until April. Book a time to meet with her at if you want to talk, need support or have ideas for equity events or campaigns.