Nov.17-21: Some stuff about students

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Suddenly it’s mid-November and there are only a couple more weeks of classes left. Not sure what happened to October. Here’s what’s on my agenda for the week ahead:

Survey of First Year Students: If you’re a new undergrad, please check your OCAD U email for an invitation to answer a short survey for us. We’re looking for your input on a few key issues related to the admissions process and transition to OCAD U. It will only take you a few minutes to complete and there’s a good chance you’ll win a $25 gift card to the new OCAD U Store (which you could use to get one of those swell OCAD U hoodies!)

Queen Street Crossing: Now that the municipal election is over and we have a new city councillor for Ward 20, we’re working on getting the city to address the safety concerns associated with crossing Queen Street. A meeting of key OCAD U stakeholders (including Student Union) is taking place Wednesday.

Mid-week I’m off to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)  conference in Ottawa, along with Susan Kemp, OCAD U’s coordinator of international student services.  In addition to being a great networking opportunity,  the CBIE conference is also where we get important updates on government policy and programs like Science Without Borders, through which OCAD U hosts several students from Brazil each year.

Unfortunately, that means I will miss our open house at Graduate Studies on Thursday, Nov.20.  Grad Open is a Grad Open Ad (text)terrific way to see what our six eclectic masters programs are all about. If you or someone you know is considering graduate school, Grad Open is a great opportunity to talk to students and faculty about the programs.

— Deanne Fisher, AVP Students
@deannefisher