This Week @ York for Week of November 10

This Week @ York for Week of November 10

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 Remembrance Day Ceremony 2020. The York community is invited to watch York's annual ceremony which will be livestreamed this year given the ongoing COVID-19 public health concerns and the restrictions on public gatherings. Wednesday, November 11, 10:40 to 11:15 a.m. Livestream URL in above link.
2 Announcement Regarding Full and Partial Parking Lot Closures: Effective Sunday, November 15 and throughout the winter months, selected perimeter parking lots on Keele campus will be closed either fully or partially as a result of low occupancy. Parking on campus is currently complimentary and individuals who are required to be on campus can park in any of the open lots or garages that provide convenient parking near buildings. For more information, please follow the link above or contact Parking Services at
3 Health Education Workshop: Self-Care Series: Cultivating Self-Compassion for Perfectionist Tendencies. Join this workshop hosted by Health Education and learn how to address negative beliefs and thoughts through self-compassion activities and explore how self-kindness and mindfulness can help you overcome setbacks as well as re-frame new approaches to goal setting and stress reduction. Bonus: attendees will be included in a draw for a $10 to $25 gift certificate! Tuesday, November 10, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Registration required.

Workshop: Food & Mood. Learn about the relationship between nutrition and food choices and their impact on well-being the ability to manage stress. The workshop focuses on mood boosting food and nutritional hacks with simple and practical recipes for a student budget. Bonus: attendees will be included in a draw for a $10 to $25 gift certificate. Wednesday, November 11, 1 to 2:15 p.m. Registration required.

Workshop: Nutrition Basics: Debunking Fad Diets & Popular Food Trends. Join the Health Ed Peers as they reintroduce the basic building blocks of nutrition, provide tips to better understand food labels and how to make empowering choices when it comes to healthier eating on a student budget. Thursday, November 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Workshop: Virtual Mental Health 101. This workshop will provide you with ways to support your peers with mental health concerns as well as provide a safe online space for discussion and education about self-care practices, healthy boundaries and more. Thursday, November 12, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Registration required.

Workshop: Self-Care Series: Mindful Movement for Those Who Can’t Meditate. Get moving with this physically active workshop and explore mindful movement that supports nervous system regulation and provides a way to sooth and calm your stress responses. This workshop is based on dance/movement psychotherapy, but no movement experience is required. Bonus: attendees will be included in a draw for a $10 to $25 gift certificate! Monday, November 16 2 to 3 p.m. Registration required.

4 Learning Skills Services (LSS) Workshop: Critical Thinking. University learning involves much more than just memorizing facts and figures. This workshop will help you push beyond purely descriptive levels of thinking to deeper levels of understanding, analysis, critical thinking and evaluation. Wednesday, November 11, 10 to 11 a.m. Registration required.

Workshop: Motivation & Productivity. Join this workshop and explore the relationship between motivation and productivity and what to do when you feel either of those slipping. Gain tools to motivate yourself towards achieving both short- and long-term goals. Wednesday, November 11, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Registration required.

Workshop: Time Management. Attend this workshop and learn key strategies to improve your academic achievement and confidence. Learn practical, personalized approaches to managing your time. Wednesday, November 11, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Registration required.

Workshop: Managing Academic Stress. Attend this workshop and learn tips and strategies for handling the anxieties and stresses of university life. Thursday, November 12, 3 to 4 p.m. Registration required.

Workshop: Writing Tips. Learn tips and strategies for how you plan, organize and fine-tune your writing, from picking a topic, right through to final proofreading. Friday, November 13, 2 to 3 p.m. Registration required.

5 Workshop: Financial Aid Planning. Join this session hosted by the Atkinson Centre for Mature & Part-time Students (ACMAPS) and Student Financial Services to learn about information related to OSAP, bursaries and more. Wednesday, November 11, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Registration required.

Workshop: Graduate Admission 101 for Mature Students. Are you a mature student considering pursing a master’s degree or a PhD? Join a Graduate Recruitment Officer in this session to learn more about graduate studies at York – who’s eligible, how to apply and what programs are offered. Wednesday, November 11, 5 to 6 p.m. Registration required.

Mature Student Event Schedule. Are you a mature student interested in meditation or attending a casual, drop-in 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.

6 Career Centre Webinar: Job Search & Networking Strategies. Want to be more effective in getting the job you want? Find out how to discover and create career opportunities by learning how employers fill job openings. Learn how to uncover hidden opportunities and build relationships that maximize your job search efforts. Thursday, November 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Registration required at Experience York.
7 Writing Centre Workshop: Organizing Your Draft. Log into this workshop and learn tips on how to craft structure to create a logical flow for your ideas and evidence and learn effective strategies to improve your argument. Thursday, November 12, 10:30 to noon.
8 Leadership Workshop: Conflict Management. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn to define conflict and how it may arise. You’ll have the chance to learn active listening skills and the critical role you can play in effective communication and conflict resolution. Friday, November 13, 3 to 4 p.m.
9 Trans Awareness Week at York U. The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education and Student Counselling & Development (SCD) will be hosting Trans Awareness Week at York U from November 16 to 20 in support of our Trans, Queer and Gender Non-Conforming Community. The Centre and SCD will be hosting events and workshops throughout the week. Keep checking the webpage for updates as we get closer to the date.
10 Hold the Date! Student Community Forum on Student Organization Regulation (Presidential Regulation 4). York has many opportunities for involvement through student government and clubs that provide activities, services, advoacy and representation to enrich the diversity and quality of life of all students. This is an opportunity for you to learn about York’s student government and club requirements (“Presidential Regulation 4”). Submit your questions using the link above and join next week’s event! Thursday, November 19, 2 to 3 p.m. Zoom link to join will be available soon.
11 York U Alumni Celebration: Honouring 20 Years of Bryden Awards. The Bryden Alumni Awards celebrate alumni who have changed the world for the better. This year’s virtual event which will bring 20 years of award winners together with York’s global community of alumni, friends, students and York leaders for an entertaining and inspiring evening. Join host Natasha Ramsahai (MSc ’01) and others for an evening of entertainment along with Kardinal Offishall, The Social’s Cynthia Loyst (BFA ’98) and Melissa Grelo (BA ’02), Come From Away playwrights Irene Sankoff (BA ’99) and David Hein (BFA ’97), chefs and entertainers Noah Cappe and Paul Lillakas (BA ’12), York student group WIBI A Cappella and more. Thursday, November 19, 6:50 to 8 p.m. Registration required.
12 Experiential Learning Opportunity: UNHack: Design Solutions, Impact Lives. Calling all aspiring changemakers! No matter what you are studying, join other students for this hands-on experiential learning opportunity to solve United Nations' Sustainability Goals. Over the weekend, you will collaborate on addressing global challenges and form teams to follow our structured design thinking approach. The three-day event will feature workshops, networking opportunities and inspiring keynote presentations. Friday, November 20 to Sunday, November 22. Registration required.
13 York Cares United Way Campaign: GetUP for Community Virtual Challenge. We're encouraging the York Community to GetUP and get active from now until Sunday, November 22 to support people and families experiencing poverty, including those who have been impacted by the pandemic. All you have to do is GetUP and move your body for 280 minutes (that’s the number of frontline community agencies United Way supports across the GTA). Register under the “York University-York Cares” team or register your own team; just be sure to indicate that York University is your University and please include York University in the team name so we can celebrate with you.
14 The President's Creative Writing Awards. Get writing! The Creative Writing Department, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and The Office of the President are looking for original pieces in the following genres: poetry, short fiction, screenplay and stage-play. Open to all undergraduate students, you can submit work to more than one category, but may only submit one work per genre. Best entry for each genre gets $400! Submission deadline: Monday, January 18, 2021.


Drop by the new virtual Learning Commons Welcome Desk at the top right of the Learning Commons website! It is an instant chat tool with Zoom integration for screen-sharing option and is available Monday to Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. Outside these hours, you can always check out the Learning Commons website for more information. The web site also now offers a Learning Commons FAQ page to answer popular questions for those who prefer anytime support.

View the York International Events Calendar for the full Virtual Coffee Break weekly schedule. YI’s daily Virtual Coffee Breaks are an online space for international and domestic students from across programs, Faculties, countries and cultures to connect and get to know each other! Student Leaders are on Zoom every weekday with different fun and interesting topics. When you sign up, a confirmation email with the zoom link will be sent to you upon registration.

Writing Centre One-to-One and Drop-in Appointments. The Writing Centre invites you to bring any writing related to academics and book a 50-minute one-to-one appointment with a writing expert. They’re open Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Not enough time for a full appointment? Then join for a 15-minute appointment with drop-in support to have a question answered. We’re always happy to help.

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