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November 2018 Ridgeback Report

November is Financial Literacy Month (FLM) and the Student Awards and Financial Aid office will be hosting events from November 27 to 29Learn more about FLM and upcoming events. 

Academic Services

  • The online registration system will be down for maintenance until Monday, November 12. If you wish to drop a course during this time, you may submit an Add/Drop Course form to the Office of the Registrar, which can be found on MyCampus under the Documents tab.
  • Complete your student course feedback survey between November 19 and December 3 for a chance to win a $75 gift card.
  • Papers are due; finals are quickly approaching! There is no need to stress because the Student Learning Centre is hosting the Long Night Against Procrastination. Drop in or stay all night to work on your writing assignments; get help from writing, study and research specialists; and relax with yoga and refreshments.
  • November is Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo). For the whole month of November, we will be recording the number of pages written by all of the students who join the AcWriMo challenge. We have a leader board set up for some friendly competition between you and other students. The top five writers of the month will receive a prize!Learn more and register.
  • Application deadlines for graduate programs are coming up! Read our tips for applying to grad programs, and review application deadlines on the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.


  • Tip: Attend a game and show your Ridgeback pride! Find an upcoming event.
  • Join the men’s hockey team on Friday, November 30 as the Ridgebacks take on the Ottawa Gee-Gees at 7:30 p.m. We’ll be holding our annual chuck-a-puck fundraiser in support of the Holiday Food Drive.

Get Involved

  • The Digital Community is a virtual space where students can come to connect and share stories. All of the content you’ll find on the Digital Community is written by students, for students. We're always looking for new writers—find out how to get involved.

  • We offer a number of undergraduate research awards for summer project opportunities. If you're looking to gain more hands-on experience in your field of study and work with leading professors on innovative research, visit one of the information sessions to learn how you can get involved.

Money Matters

  • Tip: Your OSAP amount can and will vary from year to year! Make sure to work with the Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) office because, as your personal or parental income changes and you add or drop classes, so will your OSAP amount.
  • Filling out grad school applications? Make sure to apply for valuable external scholarships too! To learn new tips and strategies for an effective funding application, sign up for our Writing Effective Research Proposals workshop, taking place on Wednesday, November 7 at 2 p.m.

  • If you haven't applied for OSAP yet, it's not too late—apply now.

  • Be sure your fall semester course load matches with what's on your OSAP application—if not, this will delay the release of your funding. Make all necessary updates with the SAFA office.


  • Tip: Stay hydrated! Water is important to your health; make it your number one source for hydration.
  • FLEX group fitness class prices will be reduced in half! Register now for six weeks of group fitness programming. Visit the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre for details.

  • On Wednesday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., stop by the Science Building, West Atrium, or the first floor of 61 Charles Street, to be part of 1 Day Stand, a day that encourages a smoke-free lifestyle. Get support and collect resources for smoking cessation.

Other News

  • If you’ve ever wondered how to turn your ideas into 3D-printed reality, now is the time to learn! Whether it’s for class, replacing a part to repair something (and saving it from the dumpster) or just for fun, lots of items can be 3D-printed. Register for a 3D printing workshop run by the Campus Library! Keep an eye on the news section of the Library website for workshop dates and times.

  • Indigenous Education and Cultural Services will be hosting viewing and discussion sessions for First Contact, a reality television series that follows six Canadians—who have racist attitudes—on a month-long journey where they learn about Indigenous culture, history and present-day communities. These sessions will promote understanding and reconciliation. Learn more about the discussion sessions.