September 2013

autumn leaves
UTM celebrates new governance structure
John Switzer

U of T Mississauga’s new governance structure launches in September with the first meetings of its senior governance body and accompanying committees.  Campus Council, UTM’s senior governance body that oversees campus-specific academic, business and student affairs, was designed to meet the needs of a large, academically diverse campus.

“The suburban campuses are now as big as midsized universities, so this change will give them greater authority over a number of matters,” says John Switzer, chair of U of T Mississauga’s new Campus Council and a distinguished alumnus who is a member of UTM’s first graduating class of 1970. “But there will still be fairly strong institutional coordination to ensure we are doing things that are appropriate and consistent for the whole university.”

Digging history

Clad in sweatpants, T-shirts and gloves and coated with insect repellant, 15 University of Toronto Mississauga students spent two weeks this summer digging in the dirt on campus, earning course credit for their efforts.

The students, most entering the third year, were participants in UTM’s historical archaeology field school, part of the Anthropology 318 course that gives them an opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge in the field. This Department of Anthropology field school is generally held in alternate summers at sites around Ontario; this year’s edition was unique, because, for the first time, it took place on the UTM campus. The students learned field methods while unearthing the history of the campus itself.

Mira Nair shares insights on life, movie-making
Mira Nair portrait

“I tell stories where people can see themselves not just in some people but in all people, not just in some places but in all places.”

That’s what award-winning filmmaker Mira Nair told a packed room of students, staff, faculty and community members at the University of Toronto Mississauga Thursday evening—and her track record proves it. Thanks to her ability to explore issues of cultural identity, class and gender in thoughtful, funny and provocative ways, many of her films, which have included Monsoon WeddingThe NamesakeMississippi Masala and her latest, the Reluctant Fundamentalist, have resonated with movie-goers worldwide, enjoying both critical and commercial success.

Study highlights racial groups in TV ads
Television screen and remote

White people are more likely to be represented, and in a positive light, than Blacks or Asians in Canadian television advertisements, says a new study from the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM).

“Previous studies have looked at depictions of race in Canadian media, but this is the first to focus on advertising,” says Professor Shyon Baumann, chair of UTM’s Department of Sociology. “It’s also the first to take a sample of commercials and use quantitative data to find the connections between products and different racial groups.”

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Run for the Cure 2013 - Sun, 10/06/2013

It's time to paint the campus pink--be a part of the U of T Mississauga team! The Walk/Run 1k or 5k take place on and around the U of T Mississauga campus.

DATE:  Sunday, Oct. 6, 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

PLACE: William G. Davis Building, Inner Circle Road

Join the U of T Mississauga team!

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David Naylor
Reception for President David Naylor - Thu, 10/10/2013

President David Naylor invites faculty and staff to attend a reception as he completes his term of office as 15th President of the University of Toronto.

DATE:  Thursday, Oct. 10, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

PLACE: Lislehurst, Principal's Residence

For further information, please contact (416) 946-5818 or

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Amanda Lang
Countdown to Success - Fri, 11/22/2013

Join us at the 2nd annual Countdown to Success, a FREE marquee event designed to expose students, alumni and professionals to countless business and networking opportunities within the accounting, finance and management fields. Featuring a keynote address by Amanda Lang, senior business correspondent, CBC News.

DATE:  Friday, Nov. 22, 5:30 to 9:00

PLACE: Recreation, Athletics and Wellness Centre

For further information, please visit the website.

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Faculty and Staff Announcements: 

New Director of Operations, Institute for Management and Innovation

Jeanette Dias D'SouzaJeanette Dias D'Souza has joined U of T Mississauga at the new director of operations at the Institute for Management and Innovation. A U of T BCom graduate and a chartered accountant, she began her career with Thorne Riddell, a precursor of KPMG. In 1998, she moved to the Ontario Public Service where she gained broad experience of its operations, including serving as assistant deputy minister and, in several cases, CAO in three posts serving five ministries. She also served as deputy minister (acting) for the Ministry of Energy. In 2009 she left the OPS to become vice president finance and administration at Seneca College, where among other things she led a capital build project for a 160,000 square foot building. She has just completed her MEd at OISE, focusing on leadership, higher and adult education. She is a member of the province's Health Professional Regulatory Advisory Council, the Audit Committee of the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee, and the Financial Literacy Committee of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. She is also an executive member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (Ontario Chapter) and the Chair of the Institute of Corporate Directors (Ontario Chapter) -- York Region. Welcome to UTM! 

Professor win prestigious political science award

Professor Graham WhiteProfessor Graham White of the Department of Political Science is the 2013 winner of the Pierre De Celles Excellence in Teaching Public Administration Award from the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. The award recognizes outstanding accomplishment that is worthy of emulation and is meant to encourage and recognize exceptionally effective and creative teachers. White is a former president of the Canadian Political Science Association and currently serves as co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science.



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Media Clippings: 

Goodbye, June Cleaver—a story in University Affairs on research by Professor Philip Oreopoulos of the Department of Economics suggests that few girls see themselves becoming full-time homemakers. 

An article in the Peterborough Examiner suggests that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is considering a purchase of the Toronto Argonauts, who train at UTM—with a long-term goal of bringing the National Football League to Toronto.

Mayor Hazel McCallion spoke to the Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT), noting how UTM and Sheridan College are creating human talent for the benefit of the region. 

The Mississauga News covered Mira Nair’s lecture at U of T Mississauga about her life and film-making.

The News also covered the kickoff of Mississauga’s Fall Sports Week, and the tryouts for the Mississauga Power basketball team, which took place at the RAWC.

The Mississauga News covered the city’s welcome for new international students from UTM and Sheridan College.

Geography professor Pierre Desrochers spoke out against local food movements in the Park City Daily News

Emerging technology librarian Rochelle Mazar’s column on “flipped classrooms” appeared in University Affairs

Professor Charles Rackoff of the Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences was cited in The Cutting Edge for his research on detecting program-tampering in cloud-based computer systems.