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October 2018 Ridgeback Report

Now that you are well into the academic year, don’t forget that the Office of Student Life has many resources to help you succeed during your time here. From academic and career support, to mental health counselling and equity training, Student Life is here to help you learn and succeed. 

Academic Services

  • Tip: The UOIT-Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre (UBISC) is an inclusive space that offers programs, and services, to help Indigenous and non-Indigenous students learn and succeed at university. Learn more about UBISC.
  • Conversation Café is back on. Every Wednesday and Thursday in the Learning Lab in the Student Life Building, multilingual and English-speaking students can sit down over coffee and snacks to practice English, and learn about other cultures. Learn more about the Conversation Café.
  • The Student Learning Centre has launched a brand new program: Stride, a learning skills program. Improve academic literacy, learning strategies, time management, and self-awareness and resilience. A LinkedIn recommendation will be given to students who attend five workshops.
  • BYOD TELE students: Having issues with software, Wi-Fi or printing? Visit software support, located at both libraries.


Get Involved

  • Tip: The earlier you start your job search, the more opportunities you will have. Learn what to consider during your job search.
  • Tip: Ambassadors are students interested in getting involved on campus, developing their leadership skills, and making a difference in the university community. You can be an Ambassador with or without a specialty role. Learn more about the Ambassador program.
  • Check out the winners of the 2018 Student Research Showcase poster competition!
  • Contribute your ideas on enhancing new students’ campus experience at the Open Forum on Student Success. The forum will be held on Wednesday, October 10 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Software and Informatics Research Centre, Room 2060. RSVP or join our live stream.
  • Ever considered going on exchange? If so, attend one of the International Exchange Fairs to learn about your options. The north location fair will be on Thursday, November 15 in the Science Building, West Atrium, and the downtown location fair will be on Monday, November 19 at the 61 Charles Street Building. Email for more information.

Money Matters

  • Tip: Explore external award options by visiting the Awards and Financial Aid tab on MyCampus.
  • General bursary applications are available until Monday, October 15. Apply through MyCampus, on the Awards and Financial Aid tab.
  • 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 Student Awards and Financial Aid office.
  • Filling out grad school applications? Make sure to apply for valuable external scholarships too! Review the awards, processes, and deadlines on the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.
  • Fill out a short survey on student spending behaviour for a chance to win 1 of 10 $50 MasterCard gift cards. All required fields must be filled out in order to qualify for the draw.


  • Tip: Find a friend to join you to help you stay accountable and make exercise more enjoyable. Do you need to find a workout buddy? Fill out the Workout Buddy form.
  • MoodWalks is starting up at the downtown campus location. Every Tuesday at noon starting at the Education Building, all are welcome to get moving, get grounded and get lifted. North location walks will continue on Wednesdays at noon from the Gate to the Future.

Other News

  • On Friday, October 19 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Science Building, Room 3140, all are welcome to the first Indigenous Speaker Series session of the year: Shifting Focus with Rosalie Favell. Learn about how she uses art to address issues of identity and representation.
  • The university's Learning Management System (LMS) Renewal Project is moving to the testing phase and is looking for student feedback for the three final LMS options. Learn more about the project's Sandbox Test Phase and how to participate—the phase will continue until Saturday, December 1.
  • The Visiting Elder program is back on during the first week of this month. Sit down with Elder Cat Cringer to learn about Indigenous culture and his traditional teachings. Email thompson@ontariotechu.cafor more information.
  • The university now has access to First Contact, a 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. This is a great tool to better understand Indigenous people and address unsympathetic attitudes expressed by many Canadians. You will need to use your Student Number and network password to access First Contact.