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December 2011 University of Toronto Scarborough

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UTSC Alumni

Executive Director Welcome

Congratulations to our most recent graduates who convocated on November 7th, 2011. I had the pleasure of chatting with a number of these remarkable young people who will now join the rank of the University of Toronto Scarborough alumni – a family that is 38,000 strong. As the Executive Director for Development and Alumni Relations, I am privileged to meet so many alumni and feel such wonderful optimism and confidence that our graduates will go on to be leaders in Canada and globally.

It has been said that an education should not prepare a person for what has been done but prepare them to tackle what the world needs to be done. Education should serve to ensure that every generation improves the quality of life and values of the previous generation. At UTSC, many of our academic and fundraising priorities focus on addressing both local and global needs through groundbreaking research in environmental studies, world hunger research, and mental health studies to name but a few. Our students and graduates recognize that an education at UTSC provides them opportunities to affect change through learning and leadership. Indeed, one of UTSC's best kept secrets is the tremendous volunteerism and giving back our students, faculty and staff do to improve our local community and in some cases, exotic places in the global village.

We offer a number of educational, regional and cultural events that provide great networking opportunities for our alumni. I invite you to join us at these events, mentor a student and support your alma mater. Alumni are the pillar of any strong institution. Each year, your generosity helps UTSC achieve its ambitious goals in teaching, scholarship and research.

Until next time, thank you on behalf of the UTSC community, and in particular on behalf of our students.


Georgette Zinaty, BA 1989
Executive Director
Development and Alumni Relations Office



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Instructional Centre officially open

The new Instructional Centre (IC) was filled with VIPs when it officially opened on August 31. more

UTSC and community leaders connect

Community members and leaders from the Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park neighborhood met with their university counterparts at the first Community Connect.  more



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Alumni Connections

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Save-the-date for UTSC's inaugural alumni conference, taking place on May 4, 2012! Designed to provide opportunities for our alumni to connect.



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Congratulations to all of our outstanding graduates!

After the formalities at Convocation Hall, it's always great to see our graduates with their families and friends' beaming smiles, reminiscing...

Alumna honoured as a young leader by CPA Practice Advisor magazine

Kasey Bayne (BBA 2005) was named one of 40 Under 40 by the magazine CPA Practice Advisor.

Giving back

The University of Toronto launches Boundless, its $2-billion fundraising campaign

The University of Toronto has unveiled Boundless, the largest fundraising campaign in Canadian university history. With a historic $2-billion goal...

CFUW recognition event to be held

UTSC will host the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Scarborough Donor Recognition and Stewardship Event December 1 from 5:30 to 7 pm.


Gallery fundraiser a success

The Doris McCarthy Gallery raised $20,000 at a fundraiser last month, selling limited edition collagraph prints made from plates carved by McCarthy...

  What I Do

What I do

Rashelle Litchmore

Rashelle Litchmore's high school guidance counselor told her she would never get to university. But she went on to graduate with honors from UTSC and then to graduate school at the University of Guelph. And this year she's been awarded the TD Bank Financial Group Scholarship by the Black Business Professionals Association.

Litchmore came to Canada from Jamaica in 2001. During the first few months as she was getting adjusted she had a Biology average in the mid-70s, prompting the counselor's comment. By the end of the year Litchmore had boosted the grade up to an A, and went on to UTSC, where she received an Honours B.Sc. at the University of Toronto at Scarborough with a specialist in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.

While at UTSC she investigated identity formation of Afro-Canadian youth and their experiences in the public education system. In her second year here she established the Imani Mentorship Program (IMP) that pairs university students with local elementary and high school pupils.

At Guelph she is pursuing a PhD in Applied Social Psychology. Her research has examined perceptions of discrimination among second generation Muslim Canadians and its relation to ethnic identification and religiosity. She's also interested in looking at the various aspects of acculturation, identity formation, and psychosocial adjustment of children of immigrants and refugees from continental Africa and the Caribbean.


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