Student Speak

Spotlight: Mama D's Jamaican Cuisine

Posted by Ryan LePage on March 16, 2018 at 9:13 AM

Well my Student Speak readers, this is my last blog for the year (and likely ever!) so to all who read the blog and/or tried the food at the various “student reviewed and approved” locations across Oshawa and the rest of Durham, thank-you! The feature this month is a focus on the food of the islands, as we enter the delight that is Mama D’s Jamaican Cuisine. Mama D’s is located at 1128 Simcoe St. N., conveniently less than a minute from the bus stop, in the plaza besides Little Caesars pizza. It is more North on Simcoe, relatively close to Taunton Rd. Access for students is easy! Take the 401 Simcoe bus, from either the downtown or north campus, and get off the bus near the plaza, and bam, all the Jamaican food you could want awaits!

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UOIT Spotlight: Campus Health Centre

Posted by Michael Cassar on February 5, 2018 at 4:19 PM

Whether it is battling through the cold and flu season, discovering a new way to support that nutritional New Year’s resolution, or getting through muscle aches, pains and strains, staying healthy during the school year is paramount to achieving your academic success! 

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UOIT Spotlight: Jessica Nguyen

Posted by Sara Stephen on May 2, 2017 at 2:19 PM

Jessica Nguyen is a second-year Health Science student studying Kinesiology.

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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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