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Four outstanding UTSC staff receive U of T’s Excellence Through Innovation Award

Four UTSC staff members received Excellence Through Innovation Awards at a reception at the President's residence on October 28th. The awards acknowledge administrative staff for innovation and initiative in going above-and-beyond toward the University's vision to be one of the world's foremost research-intensive universities and an institution that nurtures the innovative and analytical capability of its students.

Dallas Boyer and Cynthia Jairam-Persaud in the Department of Art & Science Co-op were recognized for the Navigating the World of Work (NWOW) Program, a mandatory course designed for first year students that introduces them to the labour market and the dynamics of seeking employment for the work term.

“NWOW embodies the philosophical basis of Co-op education and prepares Arts & Science Co-op students through a combination of in-class, research project, event and simulations, and in-market experiences,” say Boyer and Jairam-Persaud.

Now in its fifth year, NNOW keeps students engaged throughout the year teaching skills including networking, interview techniques, resume writing and job search strategies.

Tracy Vandermeer in the Department of Convocation & Student Records was part of the Degree Explorer Project. Launched in February, Degree Explorer is the University’s degree planning tool and allows students to review their academic history and determine how future course choices meet their degree requirements.

“Degree Explorer was developed by a team from EASI, UTSC, Arts & Science and Engineering, to give students and administrative staff an effective tool to help determine and plan a student’s success in meeting their program and degree requirements,” says Vandermeer.

Degree Explorer is available to all undergraduate students at UTSC, as well as second, third and fourth-year Engineering students.

Laurie Wright, Fitness program coordinator in Athletics and Recreation received recognition for her part in the tri-campus initiative MoveU: Active Healthy Living at U of T.  

Studies show that female students become less physically active with the stress associated with the transition from high school to university.

“MoveU is geared toward first year female students and is a one-stop shop to learn and experience healthy habits at all of U of T campuses,” says Wright.  A student-driven physical activity coach and educator team (PACE) coordinates the MoveU program, which aims to stimulate students both physically while also providing emotional support.



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