This Week @ York for Week of August 4

This Week @ York for Week of August 4

This Week @ York – August 4

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.

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

1 Message from President Lenton regarding Stage 3: “With advice from our Emergency Operations Committee, work is being undertaken to assess how we can best comply with the guidelines for our campuses including how to maintain physical distancing and adhere to the limits regarding the number of people gathered in spaces. Immediate priorities include responding to requests for increased access to labs and offices that are required for colleagues to support the core teaching and research activities of the University.” Read the full message here. (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 York International Event: Virtual Summer Carnival! York International is hosting one final party of Summer 2020! The Virtual Summer Carnival 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 p.m.
4 Career Centre Webinar: Resumé & Cover Letter Writing. Learn tips on how to effectively target your resumé and cover letter. Present your experiences, education and skills in a way that showcases your assets and piques employers' interest in you. Wednesday, August 5, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Registration required at Experience York.

Webinar: Interview Preparation. Approach your next interview or networking event with increased confidence. Learn how you can influence the first impression you make and show your best self while answering employers' questions. Thursday, August 6, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Registration required at Experience York.

5 Learning Skills Services Workshop: Exam Prep. Join this session and learn tips on how to effectively prepare for all types of exams, including multiple choice, short answer, calculations, essay-style and more. If you feel like you could use some help in preparing for exams, whether it’s a midterm or a final, then this workshop is for you. Wednesday, August 5, 3 to 4 p.m. Registration required.

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 Mature Student Virtual Café Hour. Mature students are invited to join and experience a warm and inviting virtual atmosphere where you can meet a Mature Student Peer Mentor and connect with other mature students on campus. Drop-ins are welcome. Wednesday, August 5, 11 a.m. to noon.

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 Speaker: The Power of Purpose. LaunchYU has partnered with York's Division of Advancement to bring you the Entrepreneurial Alumni Speaker Series at Home, which features top York alumni entrepreneurs. In the second edition of this at-home series, Jennifer Huggins will speak about how you can shift your perspective on the reality you’re presented with and the outcomes you have control over. Thursday, August 6, noon. Registration required.
8 Dreamcatcher Workshop. All students are welcome to attend this workshop where you will learn how to create a dreamcatcher and learn its cultural significance to Indigenous Peoples. This is an opportunity for all students to appreciate diverse cultural art productions, come together and de-stress. Thursday, August 6, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
9 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.
10 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 and start planning your course schedule now if you haven’t already. 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.


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.

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.

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 MCC will open to students.” Read the full message from President Rhonda Lenton.

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