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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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UOIT Spotlight: Monica Aspra

Posted by Sara Stephen on January 18, 2016 at 9:54 AM

As 2016 kicks off, thousands of high school students finalize their applications to post-secondary institutions and are about to choose where the next chapter of their lives will begin.

So what makes UOIT such an appealing and exceptional institution? Here's what Monica Aspra, a first-year Medical Laboratory Science student in the Faculty of Health Sciences, has to say:

"First year has been everything I expected. UOIT was really good at making me feel welcome and safe especially since I no longer live at home. 

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UOIT Spotlight: Amit Persaud

Posted by Sara Stephen on December 17, 2015 at 2:19 PM

"I had always heard great things about UOIT’s community, but I was not prepared for the level of openness that I would come to experience from it over the years.

I am astonished by the effort that many instructors put toward remembering the names of their students. They encourage us to build working relationships with them to expand our understanding of interpersonal communication.

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