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March 2011 University of Toronto Scarborough

Tomorrow is created here
Inside UTSC

Number of first-choice applicants soars at UTSC

After many months of hard work by countless staff and faculty, early results from the 2011 student recruitment drive are in and they are very, very exciting. The number of first-choice direct-entry applicants to UTSC (i.e., high school graduates who identified UTSC as their number-one choice of post-secondary school) is up 14% over last year as of February 14, 2011. By comparison, first-choice applications are up 2% for the St. George campus (Arts and Science) and 1% at U of T Mississauga.


Hot News

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Artist, alumnus and lecturer Will Kwan exhibits in Norwegian art show

Artist, alumnus and lecturer in UTSC's Visual and Performing Arts program, Will Kwan, is currently being featured in a Norwegian art exhibit.  more

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Film about neuroscientist's work with chimp premieres at Sundance

Renowned cognitive neuroscientist Laura-Ann Petitto is no stranger to the media spotlight. But in January, she experienced a new level of attention. more

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The 35th Annual Watts Lecture presents Rom Éo Dallaire

Roméo Dallaire, considered a hero by the international community at large, comes to UTSC on March 23 as part of the Watts Lecture series.  more


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Alumni focus

Alumna receives coveted international hosting job with

When Vijaya Selvaraju first walked into instructor James Howard's management communications class, she had no idea that her future had already begun.  more

Alumni Spotlight and ELD Success Story: Adam Liu

In just five years, UTSC alum and teaching assistant Adam Liu went from hiding in the corner of tutorials to applying to American PhD programs.  more



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Congratulations to Professor Bianca Schroeder of the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences who has been awarded a US$40,000 NetApp Faculty Fellowship.

17 UTSC students win Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards

UTSC students continue to demonstrate that they are a wonderful group of young people who have made tremendous contributions to improving the world.  more

Professor Aysan Sev'er publishes book on family conflict

Congratulations to social science professor emerita Aysan Sev'er, who recently published her seventh book.  more


Campus Pulse

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International Development and Culture Week Inspires

UTSC celebrated its second annual International Development and Culture (ID&CW) Week from February 8 to 10.  more

Donor Appreciation Night features a hot-and-spicy cooking seminar

Rex's Den turned into a gourmet food demo for over 80 donors and alumni volunteers during the Muslim Foodways in Chinese Cooking on February 10.  more

Lucky international student welcomes family to campus with Rogers Prize

First-year international student Julie Sato of Japan recently won her family an all-expenses paid trip to Toronto for four nights, courtesy of Rogers.

Department Dept.

A primer on UTSC's new visual identity

By now you've probably seen the colourful new UTSC graphic and its accompanying tagline ‘Tomorrow is created here’ splashed across campus...

City Studies students attend Greater Toronto Summit

Three senior students from UTSC's City Studies program took part in the fourth invitation-only Greater Toronto Summit on February 10.

UTSC‘s IT infrastructure gets major boost with new data centre

UTSC‘s brand new, state-of-the-art South Campus Data Centre is about to go online.


H.R. File

New Faces: Please welcome Gail Atwill, financial manager in the Office of the dean and vice-principal (academic), who joined the UTSC staff in February.

Course: Create an environment that fosters a positive and productive workplace in this coaching and mentoring course from 9:30-11:30am in AA160 on March 10.  more

Course: Are you a new manager or hoping to become one? This March 22 workshop from 9:30am-12:30pm will help you understand what it means to "think like a manager".  more



Mar 2 - April 13

Gordon Monahan: Seeing Sound at the DMG.

Mar 7 - 9

UTSC International Health Week  more

Mar 15

The Violin Works of Schubert, Brahms & Ravel  more

Apr 2

46th Annual Athletics Banquet  more



Did you know that the Bladen Wing was named for the economist Vincent Wheeler Bladen, who taught here in the 60s and 70s? Professor Bladen was at one time the dean of the Faculty of Arts at U of T.


In 1960 he was appointed Chairman of the Royal Commission on the Automotive Industry, and his policy papers influenced the creation of the Canadian/American Automotive Agreement. Undergraduates at UTSC will recognize Bladen's name from their political economy class readings. And all of us on campus are still feeling the impact of Bladen's impressive career, as he was responsible for the creation of the Basic Income Unit system of funding for universities across Ontario that is still used today. Professor Bladen was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1976, so please, no roughhousing in the halls.


Guess Who?

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This UTSC staff member gives Imelda Marcos a run for her money with over 120 pairs of shoes! The first person to respond to the editor with the correct answer will receive a $5 Tim Horton's gift card.


Stay tuned next month to find out which staff member can't resist a fancy pair of Jimmy Choos!


For those of you who didn't know, last month's Guess Who was none other than Zoran Piljevic, Director of IITS. Fiorella Shields in the AACC knew the answer and reaped the benefits in doughnuts! Don't forget to send us your suggestions for future Guess Who's...


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