Student Speak

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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UOIT Spotlight Snapshot: Sara Stephen, blogger

Posted by Sara Stephen on April 27, 2016 at 8:51 AM

"This past year I've had the pleasure of being the Student Speak UOIT Spotlight blogger. This opportunity has been amazing and such an honour. I've met some amazing people, made new friends and gained an array of tools and skills that are transferable into my academic career and future. I've learned so many amazing things not only about the people I've interviewed but about UOIT as a campus and community. I've gained so much pride in this institution throughout this experience, and especially from those that I work with. UOIT is filled with so many motivated students and caring faculty, it's young and innovative and truly amazing. I couldn't imagine doing my BA elsewhere.

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UOIT grads - where are they now?

Posted by Andrea Brown on April 14, 2016 at 3:29 PM

“UOIT is where students break boundaries and do things they never thought possible. Students have access to great professors who motivate and share their professional experiences, and accomplished mentors and colleagues who push students to achieve greatness. I played varsity sports as a member of the UOIT Ridgebacks men’s soccer team. I had the privilege of studying abroad on exchange in Europe for a semester; this experience will always be one of the best of my life.”

Nik Pandikiu
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), class of 2014
Accountant, CAA South Central Ontario, Thornhill, Ontario

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Rick Mercer at UOIT's FIRST Robotics competition

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on March 24, 2016 at 1:29 PM

This past week Rick Mercer visited the UOIT campus to attend (and even take part in) the FIRST Robotics competition, where high school students design and build robots to compete in challenges.

Check out the video below and watch while he finds out aas he learns little bit more about this amazing competition, and even gets the chance to control a robot himself. 

 Let us know what you thought in the comments below!

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UOIT Spotlight: Theeben Jegatheesan

Posted by Sara Stephen on March 10, 2016 at 11:15 AM

Theeben Jegatheesan graduated from UOIT with a Bachelors (Honours) Degree in Criminology and Justice and is now an academic advisor for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at UOIT, providing positive services to help students navigate their way through their academic careers.

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UOIT Spotlight: Trent Wylie

Posted by Sara Stephen on February 17, 2016 at 3:40 PM

"I have always been interested in the study of biology, so entering a biological science program was a logical step to take to pursue that passion. The reason that I took UOIT’s program over other universities’ was because of the early access to hands-on lab experience which has turned out to be invaluable to my career path. There were many times I could consider ‘one of’ my favourite experiences, such as the Science Rendezvous expansion, or when I worked on improving courses for two of my professors over a summer. I guess the most ‘impactful’ experience that UOIT has provided me with did not actually happen on campus: it was the call from my future manager asking if I wanted to start a co-op placement at the Ministry of the Environment. That would never have happened if not for the co-op program, the co-op advisors, their connections, and the experience that the courses and the summer school job provided me with to place on my résumé and get noticed out of 600-odd applications."

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UOIT Spotlight: Rubby Nwaluka

Posted by Sara Stephen on February 8, 2016 at 9:34 AM

Rubby Nwaluka is a 4th-year student in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities. Like most students, Rubby works part-time while going to school. What's so unique about her job, however, is that it's right here on campus through the University Works program.

"As a University Works student with Student Accessibility Services (SAS), I am assigned projects that cater to my area of interest. This gives me the opportunity to build and improve on various skills that I need for a future career path in my field. I have had the opportunity to develop resources and workshops on various citation styles such as APA, MLA, McGill and IEEE, and I can work one-on-one with students and help them to learn each part step-by-step and provide simplified resources which they can refer to after the sessions. In my job, I also conducted surveys to gather data on things students want to know about various services provided by UOIT. The information we gathered was used to develop resource packages for new students with valuable information about UOIT. The goal of this project is to help students connect with everything necessary to enjoy their UOIT experience. 

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UOIT Spotlight: Amy Coady

Posted by Sara Stephen on January 27, 2016 at 9:28 AM

Amy Coady is in her second year of Political Science at UOIT after bridging over from Centennial College. I asked her why she chose UOIT, and what it's like being a full-time mom and a full-time student.

"It is very difficult. There is no way to sugarcoat that. Managing a full-time course load with all-encompassing parental responsibilities is a daily challenge. Extracurricular activities, homework, meals, household management and unforeseen circumstances such as a sick child can impact my abilities as a student. Parenting is a full-time job with no breaks or time off; I do it on my own and it is my first priority. 

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