This Week @ York for Week of July 28

This Week @ York for Week of July 28

This Week @ York For Week of July 28

Here’s your timely & targeted compilation of key events, noteworthy news and important dates for the remainder of the week.

Note: any information related to changes due to COVID-19 found in this newsletter has already been communicated to the community and can be found at York’s YU Better Together website. All this information is accurate at the newsletter’s time of publication.

If you don’t have time to read This Week @ York, or would like to refer to it again, every edition can be found on the This Week @ York Archive web page.

Here are some other important items to keep in mind this week.

1 York University to Build Markham Campus: “We have continued to advance the important longer-term initiatives that will help to build and secure our future, like the Markham Campus (MC). Today marks a bright spot, encouraging us to look ahead to 2023 when the doors to the much-anticipated MC will open to students.” Read the full message from President Rhonda Lenton (En français).
2 Virtual Town Hall. Join President Rhonda Lenton and other York senior leaders at this all-community Virtual Town Hall. The panel will answer questions from students, staff and faculty concerning academic, research and professional work. Submit your questions in advance using this Virtual Town Hall question submission form. Thursday, August 6, 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.
3 Health Education Trainings & Workshops Survey. Health Ed is already offering an online certification program in suicide awareness through Living Work and they want to hear what kinds of workshops you want to see in the Fall term. Whether you are interested in improving your health and well-being, personal development or supporting others, they want to hear from you! Would you attend a mental health workshop that focused on a customized self-care plan or one focused on self-compassion for perfectionist tendencies? Let them know by filling out the survey.
4 Career Centre Webinar: Ways to Make Money While Studying. Attend this session and hear about how you can earn income and gain valuable work experience as a student. Learn tips on how to find great opportunities and hear about a variety of resources for on- or off-campus employment. Wednesday, July 29, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Registration required at Experience York.

Webinar: On the Job Success. In this webinar, you will learn tips on how to make a great first impression and what to expect the first few days at a new job. You’ll also get the chance to learn tips on how to increase your chances of workplace success and how to communicate and handle difficult situations effectively. Thursday, July 30, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Registration required at Experience York.

5 Learning Skills Services Workshop: Memory. In this webinar, you’ll learn techniques that can help you transfer all that course work information into your long-term memory, along with the strategies you’ll need to retrieve the information when you most need it. Wednesday, July 29, 2 to 3 p.m.

Peer Academic Coaching. If you are looking for individual support to help you achieve your academic goals, meet with one of the Learning Skills Services’ Peers for a 30-minute remote one-to-one session to discuss strategies including how to develop and stick to a realistic time management plan and how to tackle your readings, assignments and exams. Sessions are by appointment only, Tuesdays 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

6 Virtual Mature Student Meditation (Mindful Meditation). Join this virtual mindful meditation session facilitated by psychologist Scott Pope from Student Counselling & Development. It will help you de-stress, decrease loneliness and increase positivity. Thursday, July 30, 1 to 1:45 p.m.

ACMAPS Event Schedule.  Are you a mature student at York U? Are you interested in meditation or attending a casual, drop-in based café hour to meet other mature students or a mature student peer mentor? Check the schedule at the link above and attend any session you wish, via Zoom.

7 York International Event: Virtual Summer Carnival! York International is hosting one final party of Summer 2020! The Virtual Carnival Party will feature trivia, Brazilian Samba and some competitive games! YI welcomes all members of the York community to put on their party hats and bring their competitive spirit to celebrate the end of the summer! Friday, August 7, 8 a.m. and/or 6:00 p.m.
8 York 101 Video: Netiquette. This video talks about ‘netiquette’ and its importance while attending classes online. The video also looks at Zoom backgrounds, handling distractions and other tips for attending online classes.
9 Fall/Winter 2020-2021 course enrolment. Courses this fall will be, for the most part delivered online and remotely, and course enrolment for continuing undergraduate students has begun. Use the Enrolment & Registration Guide to check when your enrolment window opens and start planning your course schedule now. For tips on organizing your schedule with the Visual Schedule Builder, check out the recent #YUBlog post, Making Enrolment Easier with the Visual Schedule Builder.

For more information about the upcoming Fall/Winter 2020-2021 Academic Session and York’s path forward for the upcoming  academic year, visit the YU Better Together FAQ web page. Find answers to some of your questions about enrolment, class delivery, research, academic support, student services, general operations and much more.

REMINDER: Check for available self-serve tools and resources on My Online Services. Get what you need, from wherever you are, at almost any time of the day.

10 Summer Online Activities Calendar. Check out this calendar and take part in some online activities. Connect with others and participate in activities for your academic, career, entertainment and fitness needs.


Statement regarding private tutoring companies that claim an affiliation with York University: It has come to our attention that certain private tutoring companies are making claims that they are affiliated with York University. York has no affiliation with any of these companies, who are illegally passing themselves off as connected to or endorsed by York. Read the complete statement.

York unveiled its University Academic Plan 2020-2025. The Plan lays out a pathway for creating positive change for our students, our campuses, and our local and global communities. In the midst of a global pandemic and international mobilization against anti-Black racism, the Plan recognizes that York University brings distinctive capabilities to help meet the challenges of today and tomorrow and to uncover the opportunities that lie within them. The document affirms York’s core values of academic and educational excellence, diversity and inclusivity, social justice and equity, progressive thinking and environmental sustainability.

When thinking about full year courses for next year, don’t forget to check out the award-winning C4: The Cross-Campus Capstone Classroom. This unique learning opportunity brings together students at the third-, fourth-, and fifth-year levels to work in interdisciplinary teams on real-world challenges with social impact. Last year, the project won the Airbus Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) Diversity Award in 2020. Hear from students that took part in the C4 program last year in the most recent #YUBlog post, Create Positive Change While Studying: The C4 Program. If you’d like more information on the program, submit this form to receive more details.

Mental Health & Wellness. Don’t forget that taking care of your physical and mental wellbeing contributes to your academic success. Student Counselling & Development is available remotely for emergency and short-term individual counselling, group counselling and workshops; a variety of online and remote services and tools are accessible from the Mental Health and Wellness at York website; and you can reach The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education at 416-736-5211.

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