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UOIT Spotlight: Khalidah Abubaker & FSSH Practicum

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on March 6, 2017 at 10:05 PM

Most UOIT programs have an internship, placement or practicum option for students to receive real-life, experiential learning experiences. In the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, students are able to apply for the practicum program at the end of their third year of study to potentially join the practicum class in their fourth year. Practicum allows SSH students the opportunity to work with a non-profit, community-based organization for one semester. This gives students hands-on experience, as well as something they can put on their resume before they complete their degree and venture out into the workforce.

I spoke to a Khalidah Abubaker, a fourth-year Communications and Digital Media Studies student about her experience with the practicum program, and how she feels it will help her in her future career.

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UOIT Alumni Spotlight: Andrew Morari

Posted by Sara Stephen on January 24, 2017 at 7:46 PM

Sometimes it's tough to know what program you should choose when it comes to applying to or accepting an offer from a university. Hearing from graduates is a great way to get the low-down on what a program was like, and where that grad is now.

To give incoming students some perspective on the Faculty of Business and Information Technology and the Networking and Information Technology Security program, I sat down with Andrew Morari, an alumnus who graduated from UOIT in 2012, and who is currently working as a Senior Consultant in marketing automation technology at Mass Engines. 

I asked Andrew to tell me about his experience at UOIT and how his education impacted his career and gave him the tools for success in his field.

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UOIT Spotlight: Student Accessibility Services & Note-taking

Posted by Sara Stephen on December 19, 2016 at 10:13 AM

The Student Accessibility Services program at UOIT facilitates services available for students with disabilities to ensure that they have an equal opportunity at academic success as their peers. This program operates strictly under the Ontario Human Rights Code and supports students, providing appropriate academic accommodations to ensure the proper support is provided.

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UOIT Spotlight: Emily Rowsell

Posted by Sara Stephen on November 23, 2016 at 1:26 PM

Emily Rowsell is a third year student pursuing a major in Political Science and a minor in Communication and Digital Media Studies. I asked Emily what she loved about UOIT and she talked about how she took her passion for art, photography and fashion to apply to her Political Science integrating project. Here's what she had to say:

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UOIT Spotlight: Anne Coulby

Posted by Michael Cassar on November 9, 2016 at 7:09 PM

"Connecting students to the careers of their dreams; one appointment, one workshop, and one career centre event at a time."

In case you're wondering where such an amazing mission statement would come from, look no further than an inspirational leader on UOIT's campus, the one, the only, Anne Coulby!

Anne is the Internship and Co-op Coordinator at the UOIT Career Centre for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences (FEAS), and the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science (FESNS). She is someone who I have seen and worked with firsthand, who lives by that mission statement. She works incredibly hard each and every day to support, assist, and prepare many UOIT students for the careers of their dreams.

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UOIT Spotlight: Deborah Saucier, Provost

Posted by Sara Stephen on October 26, 2016 at 5:55 PM

Dr. Deborah Saucier has been the Provost and Vice-President, Academic since 2011. The Provost is an essential member of the senior staff here at UOIT, responsible for any institutional planning and administration – and even serving as the Acting President, in his absence. The primary responsibility for the Provost is to create a positive environment and to maintain the atmosphere that makes UOIT so exceptional.

Dr. Saucier has had the past five years to take her experience and knowledge and apply it to the growth and success of UOIT. The passion for making UOIT great radiated during our interview, especially when I inquired about why she relocated from Alberta to join the UOIT team.

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UOIT Spotlight: President Tim McTiernan

Posted by Sara Stephen on September 30, 2016 at 3:48 PM

Ever wonder what kind of advice the President of UOIT would give to first-year students? I got the chance to ask, and here is what President Tim McTiernan had to say.

“Don’t panic. Keep on top of your assignments, and ask for help if you think you need help. People are there waiting to lend you a hand."

Dr. Tim McTiernan is from Kilkenny, Ireland where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy at Trinity College, followed by a Master of Arts degree and PhD in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. He has an impressive resumé filled with experience many academics dream of, such as obtaining credentials from both Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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5 things you didn’t know about UOIT

Posted by Talisa Haskins on July 13, 2016 at 3:12 PM

We have a Nuclear Simulator

Two actually, one located in the Engineering Building and the other in the Energy Resource Centre.

The Nuclear Simulation Lab was designed to meet the needs of the industry, as well as being designed with much contribution from the industry for teaching UOIT students.

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has also been using this lab over the last several years to train senior management. Taught by former OPG shift managers, management learns integrated plant operations to help better manage their employees.

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Fighting the fear of public speaking for cancer research

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on May 31, 2016 at 8:59 AM

Ever given a speech? If you have, you'll know that it's a nerve-racking process. You get up in front of an audience and everyone is looking up at you and waiting for you to tell a story, or give them some kind of motivational wisdom that might be relevant to their lives. And there's a lot to think about when you're giving a speech - like determining what an audience will be interested in and trying to communicate that in a confident and charismatic way. 

But public speaking is not exactly everyone's forte, and while giving one speech might be pretty anxiety-inducing, imagine giving 23 speeches in the span of 24 hours. It sounds crazy, but it's exactly what Franco Scanga, Manager, Technology Assets at UOIT, did. In an attempt to break a Guinness World Record for most speeches given in 24 hours, Franco spent one day delivering 23 speeches to 23 different audiences. The cause? Fighting his fear of public speaking to raise money for cancer research. 

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UOIT Spotlight: UOIT Mental Health Student Advisory Committee

Posted by Sara Stephen on April 27, 2016 at 11:20 AM

This past year an innovative student-based committee worked alongside some of UOIT's Mental Health administrators and counselors to create a positive, all-encompassing plan of action to improve mental health services on campus. The students and administration worked together to begin the pathway to a more mentally sound, accepting and aware campus. 

This is what some of the students had to say about their experience on the committee, their passion for generating mental health awareness and their knowledge.

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