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The Phoenix Newsletter

Get a snapshot of our diverse and dynamic community. Each term, we produce an informative look at everything Founders College – past and upcoming events, faculty and staff news, highlights of student and academic success, program details and updates from student clubs. You'll also hear from the Founders College team, faculty, staff, community members and alumni.

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In this issue...

Message from the College Head

  • Optimism of the Will
    • By Professor Pablo Idahosa

Messages from the College Staff

  • Rediscovering An Old Friend
    • By Marco Sestito
  • A Silver Lining
    • By Erica Alusio

Messages from Alumni & Students

  • Adapting to a Pandemic World
    • By Alexei Petrenko
  • My Backyard, A Source of Escape
    • By Desmond Poon
  • 2020: A Rather Rewarding Year
    • By Elika Zamani
  • Despite Covid, A Postive Year for Me
    • By Fauzia Nasir
  • Seize the Day, Seize your Chance
    • By Kelly Llewellyn
  • Covid & Creative Writing
    • By Ron Graner
  • Catamaran During Covid
    • By Thea Koshman née Pilutik
  • Family Life on Pause
    • By Winnie Ng
  • Daughter-Mother Time
    • By Maria Fornasier, Alumnus
  • Anticipation of the Future
    • By Alandra Joseph - Isaac
  • Age of Disenchantments
    • By Joshua Cea
  • Difficult Time, Great Experiences
    • By Humayra Rashid Safa
  • Sowing Positivity
    • By Sophie Morgan

Poems in the Age of COVID-19

  • Letting Go / AND / Growing Pains
    • By Shemique Blair
  • Take a Break
    • By Natasha Prashad

Video Message

  • Positive Virtual Experiences at Founders
    • By Catherine Butera

Fellows' Corner

New Book from York Authors Traces Origins and Diaspora of Italian Cuisine

In Memoriam

Past Volumes