PACS Biweekly Newsletter - November 18, 2020

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PACS Biweekly Newsletter, November 18th, 2020

Winter Term Changes | Jobs | Courses | Further Education | Virtual Events | Resources for Online Learning

Winter Term Changes

The University's Senate has approved changes to the academic schedule of the upcoming winter term.

The start of winter term classes will be delayed until January 11. All other winter term activities (such as co-op work terms) and regular operations for employees will begin as usual on January 4.

Classes will be cancelled on Monday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 16 to create a four-day weekend for students from March 13 to 16. March 15 and 16 will be normal work days for employees.

Reading week will continue as planned from February 13 to 21.

Learn more about these changes here.


Social Media & Alumni Engagement Assistant

Conrad Grebel University College is offering a Winter 2020 co-op position as a Social Media & Alumni Engagement Assistant. Students applying must be eligible for OSAP.

Job ID: 181180 Social Media & Alumni Engagement Assistant.


Course Highlight: ARTS 490, Global Engagement Seminar

The Global Engagement Seminar (ARTS 490) is a senior undergraduate course that brings together students across the university, with experts and mentors to develop solutions for contemporary global problems. Students work in small group settings to build collaborative, interdisciplinary, and effective proposals for solving global problems. The course topic for Winter 2021 is Pandemic.

Led by Dr. Shana MacDonald (Communication Arts) and Dr. Shannon Majowicz (Applied Health Sciences), esteemed members of the community and beyond will share insight and knowledge on the topic. Some of the Jarislowsky Fellows for this year include Dr. Pam Palmater, Indigenous scholar and lawyer, Dr. Tim O'Shea, infectious diseases expert, and Dr. Joan Donovan, Harvard expert in internet and technology studies. At the end of the term, there will be an online summit event for the students to present their projects and the fellows to participate in.

For more information on this course, please contact the Global Engagement Program Coordinator, Rebecca Zehr.

Further Education

Information Sessions About York University's Development Studies MA

This interdisciplinary and research-intensive MA in Development Studies is a uniquely focused, but flexible graduate program. Pursue a wide range of research interests as they pertain to the field of development in both the Global South and North, including gender, education, health, urbanization, sports, forced migration, migrant settlement, climate crisis, indigeneity, extractive industries, etc.

Learn more on the YorkU website.

Virtual Events

Empowering Habit Change Session

The University of Waterloo is offering a free session on empowering habit change. Learn about the habit loop, stages of change cycle, how to re-shape or change habits, strategies to increase motivation, overcome obstacles and increase chances for success; and relax using progressive muscle relaxation.

Sign up on GoSignMeUp.

Resources for Online Learning

PJ-Friendly Undergrad Writing Groups

Join a peer tutor and a group of your fellow undergraduates to:

  • meet other students
  • brainstorm ideas for your assignments
  • get some writing done
  • and celebrate your accomplishments!

Join us on Teams for our weekly writing group meetings, then check in with us throughout the week using Teams chat. Come to 3 writing group sessions this term and get a #WaterlooWrites mug! Come to 5 sessions, and we'll throw in some candy. Come to 8, and we'll fill your mug to overflowing with edible treats!

NEW: Mondays from 7 to 9 pm
Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 pm

Read more.

Tutor Connect

If you're in need of a hand with one of your classes, be sure to check out Portal's Tutor Connect feature, which will connect you with someone who can give you a hand.

Read more.

Warrior Recreation: Physical Activity at Home

During these uncertain times it is important we take care of our own mental and physical health. This means taking time in our day to be physically active to relieve stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staying physically active while we continue to practice social distancing will allow our bodies and mind to stay healthy and happy.

The Department of Athletics and Recreation is pleased to continue offering Online Warrior Workouts throughout the Spring 2020 term as well as Virtual Personal Training, Nutritional Tips and more.

Read more.