June 2013

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Convocation 2013

Being involved is the key to a successful University of Toronto Mississauga student life. That’s the final advice of Gurveer Bains, UTM’s valedictorian for the class of 2013.

“There’s such a positive impact associated with being involved in the world around you,” says Bains, who is graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Science. “Doing volunteer and other work not only opens your mind to new experiences, it lets you give back to the community that is giving so much to you.”

A graduate of distinction
Deferral of degree on Kathy Singh

If the graduand can’t come to Convocation Hall, Convocation will come to the graduand.

At the age of 73, Kabutarie Kuntie (Kathy) Singh is not U of T Mississauga’s oldest graduate, but her physical challenges made it impossible to attend Monday’s graduation ceremonies at Convocation Hall. So on June 13, UTM brought her gown, her hood and her degree to Humber Valley Terrace, a long-term care facility in Rexdale where Singh now lives. 

Student dusting for fingerprints

Evidence collector Talha Kahloan, 11, stares at the area rug as the investigative team pulls it from under the car. There’s a stain in the middle of the geometric earth-toned design.

“Oh, blood,” Kahloan says. “Is that blood? That is blood. Got it.”

The rug is now evidence in the crime being investigated by forty students from Peel Region’s David Leeder Middle School. Organized by U of T Mississauga’s Forensic Science Program, the students from grades six, seven and eight spent two days on campus learning about forensic science and participating in a mock crime scene investigation.

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Bring your own Bollywood - Tue, 06/11/2013 - Wed, 07/03/2013

Visit artists-in-residence Faisal Anwar and Tazeen Qayyum in the e|gallery every Tuesday and Wednesday. The public is welcome to "drop-by" during the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to visit the artists while they work. The e|gallery is located in the CCT Building.

This leads up to the Bollywood Monster Mashup in Mississauga's Celebration Square on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. For more information, visit www.bollywoodmonstermashup.com

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Staff/Faculty Parking Permit Presale - Tue, 07/02/2013 - Sun, 08/18/2013

With a new academic year approaching, the annual staff/faculty parking permit presale begins shortly.

DATE:  Tuesday July 2 at 8 a.m. to Sunday, Aug. 18 at 4 p.m.

PLACE: Online at www.utm.utoronto.ca/parking or in the Parking Office, Alumni House

For further information, please contact Parking & Transportation at 905-828-5254. 

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Faculty and Staff Announcements: 

Retirees feted at principal's reception

On June 19, staff and faculty gathered in the Faculty Club to recognize and celebrate the careers of retiring colleagues. This year's retirees were The retirees attending this year’s reception are (left to right): Ken Turner (Geography), Jeremy Sills (Mathematical & Computational Sciences), Anica Jazbec (Athletics), Harriet Friedmann (Sociology) and Özden Özdemir (Chemical & Physical Sciences), standing with Professor Deep Saini, Vice-President, U of T and Principal, U of T Mississauga (far right).

Retirees at 2013 principal's reception


UTM researchers two of U of T’s Inventors of the Year

For computer scientist Daniel Wigdor, standardized shipping containers are an invention that changed the world. Cancer researcher (and Isle of Bute native) Patrick Gunning leans towards the telephone, but insists that the greatest inventor was definitely Scottish.

Students may one day learn about containers and telephones along with the work of Wigdor and Gunning, who were recently named two of the University of Toronto’s Inventors of the Year.

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"V" is for Victoriana in Visual Studies

Long live the Queen! Queen Victoria, that is, for Professor Alison Syme who is the newly elected president of the Victorian Studies Association of Ontario (VSAO), and has the distinction of being the first art historian to hold this position.

A faculty member with U of T Mississauga since 2005 and a past UTM Teaching Excellence Award recipient (2007-08), Syme teaches art history and visual culture ranging from the 18th to early 20th century time period in the Department of Visual Studies. She is the author of A Touch of Blossom: John Singer Sargent and The Queer Flora of Fin-de-Siècle Art (2010), and is currently researching the work of 19th-century artist Edward Burne-Jones for an upcoming book.

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Training & Development: 

Organizational Development and Learning Centre

Call UTM HR at (905) 828-3935 for additional information about:

  • Scholarship Information
  • Application for Reimbursement Educational Assistance / Professional Development
  • Tuition Waiver Information

General Information on Tuition Support:  TuitionSupport.pdf  pdf icon

Media Clippings: 

Professor Hugh Gunz’s appointment as the inaugural director of the Institute for Management and Innovation was noted in Academica Top Ten, a daily digest of Canadian higher education news.

Professor Andreas Park from the Department of Economics was interviewed by CBC News Online about a plan to create a new stock exchange in Canada.

Professor Philip Oreopoulos of the Department of Economics was quoted in Bloomberg and the Bangkok Post about his research on how salaries for employees who have higher education degrees have grown in the last few years. Oreopoulos’ research was also cited in The Globe and Mail about how discrimination still plays a role in hiring practices.

Theatre Erindale’s lineup for next season, created under the theme of “Uppity Women”, was profiled in the Mississauga News.

The Flamborough Review reported that Professor Konstantin Khanin, chair of mathematical and computational sciences, presented a certificate and medal to seven-year-old Radley Pyle, who scored in the top 10 per cent in the country.


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