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September 2018 Ridgeback Report

Celebrate with the Office of the Registrar! Join us on September 6 and 7 in the Software and Informatics Research Centre, as we celebrate our first anniversary of centralized service in our new building.

Academic Services

  • Tip: The Career Centre offers online workshops for resumés, cover letters and interview skills.
  • The Student Learning Centre is launching Stride, a learning skills program that will help students develop the tools necessary to be successful in their academics. Participants will receive a LinkedIn recommendation.

Athletics

  • Tip: Show off your Ridgeback pride all year long by purchasing gear at the Ridgebacks shop!
  • Athletics and Recreation is offering a wide variety of intramural programming this fall. Come down to the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC), or visit the CRWC website for more information.
  • Follow the Ridgebacks on Instagram and Twitter for all information on your favourite varsity teams!
  • Want to try out for a varsity team this year? View all tryout dates and register online.

Get Involved

  • Tip: The university has an International Students Club for international students looking for a fun, welcoming environment with a focus on helping others around the world who need a hand.
  • All are welcome to the university's first ever Mini Pow Wow. Join Indigenous Education and Cultural Services on Friday, September 7from noon to 5 p.m. for music, culture and more. Drop in or stay for the whole event.
  • Visit the new Digital Community! The Digital Community is a website with blogs, quizzes, important information and other forms of engaging content, created by students for students. Find the hidden geese throughout the website and submit the secret code through the form (also hidden on the site) for a chance to win a prize. There will be a new code each day until Friday, September 14. Happy searching!
  • Join the Career Centre on Wednesday, September 26 in the Business and Information Technology Building, and the Gordon Willey Building, South Wing for the Further Education Expo. Network and learn about your options.

Money Matters

  • Tip: Save some money by looking into purchasing used books or by reaching out to upper-year classmates.
  • Considering graduate studies for next year? Attend our graduate scholarship information session on Tuesday, September 18 at 2 p.m. and learn how to apply for thousands of dollars in funding. Register on the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.
  • Sign up for a Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) pizza lunch-and-learn workshop, and learn how to better manage your finances! The workshops will be held on Thursday, September 27 and Wednesday, October 3.
  • Have you applied to OSAP yet? If not, apply now for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year.
  • SAFA is currently confirming enrolment for fall OSAP applications. Be sure your course load matches with what's on your application—if not, this will delay the release of your funds. Make any necessary updates with the SAFA office.
  • Make sure you know if you owe any tuition to the university by checking MyCampus.

Wellness

  • Tip: It's important to listen actively and show interest when talking with your friends and peers—make eye contact, choose your response carefully and respect the individual.
  • The FLEX Centre is offering 35 fitness classes this semester. Sign-up begins on Monday, September 10. Want to give a class a try? Drop in for a free week of classes from September 10 to 14.
  • Every Wednesday starting September 12, Student Mental Health Services will be hosting MoodWalks, a group walk to get moving, get grounded and get lifted. Meet at the Gate of the Future at noon to join.

Other News

  • Participate in a quick online survey, and you will be entered in a draw for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card.
  • The Mukwa’s Den in the Student Life Building is a safe place for Indigenous students to connect, and for all students to learn about Indigenous culture. The door will be locked, as it is not general study space, but you can get the key at the front desk of the East Hub.
  • Between October 1 and 5, you will get the chance to sit down one-on-one with an Indigenous Elder to chat and learn about Indigenous culture. Email jill.thompson@ontariotechu.ca if you're interested