iBASE hits the ground running for 2016

By Ryan Connell, Student Experience Coordinator

iBASE students studying plants in a science labThis year’s Intensive Bridge to Academic Success in English (iBASE) program has gotten off to a strong start! The Renison English Language Institute welcomed 40 students into the English language pathway program for the spring term July 11. iBASE students upgrade their language skills in the seven-week program while strengthening their communication and leadership skills. Once they have successfully completed the program, the students will begin full-time studies in the Faculties of Engineering or Science this fall. iBASE summer 2016 at Renison gets off to a strong start

Crown Ward student housing initiative at Renison featured in UWaterloo Report on Giving 

Jessica del Rosso smilingIf you have been following the Renison story for the past year you probably have heard about the groundbreaking initiative at Renison to provide first-year residence spots, including meal plan for Crown Ward students. An article by the University of Waterloo Office of Advancement in its Report on Giving highlights this new initiative and the extra support provided by the Renison residence community which includes a full-time social worker and an on-site chaplain as a model that fits well with the unique situation Crown Wards transitioning into adulthood. Crown Ward student housing initiative at Renison featured in UWaterloo Report on Giving

Marriott and Sluys invited to Hockey Canada Development Camp

[Ed. Note: Stephanie Sluys is a former Renison resident and star goaltender for the Waterloo Warriors Women's ice hockey team]
From an article by University of Waterloo Athletics (click for original)

Stephanie Sluys stands at the top of her crease (ice hockey)Two former OUA rookies of the year will be joining the 2012 OUA coach of the year Shaun Reagan at Hockey Canada's Development Camp. Rachel Marriott (Waterloo) and Stephanie Sluys (Clinton) who were named the OUA's top rookies in 2014 and 2015 respectively will attend the development camp in Calgary taking place from August 5-14. The event, which will include a CIS team, serves as a tune-up for Canada's best university players looking to cement their spots for the Canadian women's hockey roster at the 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The CIS squad will play four games twice against Canada's Women' Development Program, and a pair of contests against Team Sweden. Former Renison resident Stephanie Sluys invited to Hockey Canada Development Camp

Renison students lead charge for new social work policy

[Ed. Note: This Week at Renison has been following this story since June 13, 2016 when we talked to Natasha Ekelman about presenting the ASIST training proposal at CASWE 2016]
From an article by Nneka Eleh, Imprint (click for original)

Motion started by UW students passes for mandatory suicide prevention training

Natasha Ekelman (l), Marielle Tye (c) and Stephanie Meek (r) at CASWE 2016Renison University College students Natasha Ekelman, Marielle Tye, and Stephanie Meek presented at the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) conference in Calgary June 2016. The three social work students succeeded in lobbying for a proposal that will make suicide prevention training mandatory for every social work student in Canada. “The proposal was to advocate for the CASWE board of directors [to] recommend that the educational policy committee advocate for the inclusion of mandatory suicide intervention skills training,”  Ekelman said. Motion started by Renison students passes for suicide prevention training

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