Professor Yan Li to speak at international symposium

Yan LiProfessor Yan Li has been invited to give a presentation on “Bilingual Creative Writing and Translation” at the Worldwide Chinese language Teaching and Chinese Culture Symposium being held at Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, on May 3-4, 2015. The goal of this event is to promote Chinese language education, and to facilitate the exchange of experiences and viewpoints on various issues in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. It is organized by the New England Chinese Language Teachers Association, in collaboration with the Institute for International Students of Nanjing University. Other panelists will consist of members of the Chinese delegation led by Dean CHENG Aimin from Nanjing University, NECLTA board members, and invited guests from the Northeast region in the U.S.  

Welcome to Sandy Jardine, Field Education Coordinator

A memo from Melanie McKellar, Director of Human Resources:

I am pleased to announce that an individual has been selected for the PT Field Education Coordinator role. Sandy Jardine has accepted this role as of May 1, 2015.

Sandy has worked with Renison recently as a Field Consultant as well as teaching counselling skills for pastoral care programs with the Renison Institute of Ministry. Sandy currently has her own practice in individual and family counselling and has worked with various agencies and governmental ministries. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree and a Masters of Social Work.  

Sandy will report to Deborah De Jong and will work closely with Trish Noordstra and Shella Zagada on the Field Education team. 

The change in staffing in this role is as a result of Karen Bailey Robinson’s departure in mid-May. Karen will be exploring new adventures as she enjoys more time with her family. Renison has been fortunate to have Karen be part of the establishment of the MSW program and her contributions are very much appreciated. 

Please join me in welcoming Sandy to the Renison community and in thanking Karen for her service and wishing her well.

Melanie McKellar
Director, Human Resources

The SSW bowls in support of suicide prevention council

Two SSW teams bowled for charity
A note from Gwen Potter:

On Saturday April 25 the School of Social Work entered two teams into a fund-raising Bowl-a-thon at Frederick St Bowling Alley, supporting the work of the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council. Our two teams raised just over $4,500 – and overall the event raised around $46,000. The event was very competently organized by one of our Master of Social Work (MSW) students, Christy Kent, who is completing her practicum at the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council. The bowling alley was filled to capacity with teams kitted-out in all sorts of themes and costumes. For an ice-breaker we were invited to introduce ourselves to each other and choose our favourite themed team. It was hard to choose a winner from over 30 teams – there were some very elaborate costumes!

After opening speeches, including one from Susan Cadell informing every one of the School of Social Work’s commitment to provide ASIST to all our BSW students and a complete head-shave by one of the fund-raisers, all the teams got down to the serious (not!) business of bowling. As the games progressed we stopped for trivia quizzes and prize-giving. It was a noisy and fun afternoon and we all had a great time.

The ‘Roller Girls’ team were Susan Cadell, Rachelle Ashcroft, Trish Noordstra, Shella Zagada and Marion Reid. The ‘Practicum Pinheads’ team were Cheri Bilitz (Field Instructor), Debashis Dutta (part-time faculty), Gwen Potter, Sandy Jardine (Field Consultant) and Sue Gallagher (Field Consultant).

See the Blue Jays with ELI

The English Language Institute is planning a trip to Toronto on Saturday, May 9 to catch a Jays game! You are welcome to join for $38 per person (bus and ticket to the game) or simply catch the bus to the game and get your own tickets ($24). Please sign up and pay in Reception by Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 12:00 pm. 

ELI conversation partners needed

Students in the English Language Centre at Renison are always looking for a conversation partner - someone who they can practice their English with. We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in having an enriching cultural exchange experience by learning about other cultures (from our students) in exchange of sharing cultural norms with our students.

The volunteer is expected to meet up at least once a week with the ELI student, either in between class as a coffee break, or whenever works best between both parties. Students are encouraged to go out and explore the city/region/area with their conversation partner! Whether it be checking out food, festivals, museums, movies, games, etc. This should be a consistent meet up in order for both parties to benefit from it. At the end of the term, the volunteer may request a letter stating that they have participated in this program. For more information, please contact Louann Nhan

Non-credit Japanese courses this spring

East Asian Studies offers opportunities for beginners to learn to speak and understand Japanese. If you have business and cultural contacts in Japan or plan to travel to the area, these courses are designed for you! The deadline to apply for spring 2015 classes is Monday, May 11. Please contact Damaris McKinley with any questions. Classes offered:

  • Conversational Japanese 1 (JP 001), Tuesday, 7:00-9:30 pm, May 12-July 14
  • Conversational Japanese 2 (JP 002), Wednesday, 7:00-9:30 pm, May 13-July 22 *No class on July 1.
  • Conversational Japanese 3 (JP 003), Thursday, 7:00-9:30 pm, May 14-July 16 *No class on July 1.
  • Conversational Japanese 4 (JP 004), Monday, 7:00-9:30 pm, May 11-July 13

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