October 2015

red and brown autumn leaves
Ready Player One: UTM students unravel mysteries with new mobile game
illustration of a crowd with blue balloons in front of a podium

Starting next year, incoming students will find a mystery waiting for them when they get to U of T Mississauga, thanks to a new mobile game from the Office of Student Transition.

UTM prof unlocks mystery of an ancient mass extinction
fossil embedded in red rock

Paleontologist Marc Laflamme spends his summers exploring the rocky red canyons of Namibia, searching for the faint fossilized remains of a long-extinct and very unusual creature.

Northern Renaissance: Work begins on phase two of the new North Building
Exterior rendering of North building Phase B

Demolition of the final section of the North Building will begin in March 2016, making way for the construction of North Building Phase B—a 210,000-square-foot, six-storey creation that will continue the renaissance of the northern end of campus.

Election 2015: How should your vote count?
woman filling in an election ballot

The main federal opposition parties are advocating new ways of counting your vote in future elections, but Professor Peter Loewen, of UTM's Department of Political Science, suggests you don’t hold your breath waiting for them to happen. 

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Lecture: Indian writer Ashok Vajpeyi - Wed, 10/21/2015

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Room 120, Instructional Centre

Don’t miss this talk by celebrated Indian writer Ashok Vajpeyi. “Shattering the Silence: India’s Authors Protest Recent Murders” will discuss what motivated him and others to take a stand against recent violence against several Indian activists.

A poet, essayist and literary-cultural critic, Vajpeyi was chairman of India's National Academy of Arts from 2008 to 2011. He has published over 23 books of poetry, criticism and art, and was awarded the 1994 Sahitya Akademi Award given by India's National Academy of Letters, for his poetry collection, Kahin Nahin Wahin.

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detail from Buguereau's painting of the Furies and Orestes
Theatre Erindale presents ‘Orestes’ - Thu, 10/22/2015 - Sun, 11/01/2015

Date: October 22 to November 1, 2015

Location: Erindale Studio Theatre

Cost: $12-$18 per ticket/ Memberships $50-$60

Theatre Erindale kicks off its “silver season” with Euripides' Orestes. Starring the graduating class of the Sheridan-UTM Theatre & Drama Studies program, the play is the first production in a knock-out lineup that includes How to Make Love in a Canoe, the Beck Festival of one-act plays, Uncommon Women and Others, The Comedy of Errors, Pericles Prince of Tyre, and The Seagull. Memberships featuring one show free are still on sale.

For further information, call the Box Office at 905-569-4369 or visit www.theatreerindale.com

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Feminist Lunch Hour: Farrah Khan - Thu, 10/22/2015

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015

Time: 12:00 noon

Location: DV 3130

Join feminist Muslim Farrah Khan for her talk, "Our Bodies Are Not Your Battleground: Post Election Talk Back.” A free light lunch will be provided. This event is sponsored by the UTM's Women & Gender Studies Program and the UTM Equity & Diversity Office.

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Feminist Lunch Hour: Randol Contreras - Thu, 11/12/2015

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015

Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Location: DV 3130

Join feminist UTM sociology professor Randol Contreras for his talk, “There's No Sunshine: Understanding Intersectionality in Compton and Los Angeles.” This event is sponsored by the UTM's Women & Gender Studies program and the UTM Equity & Diversity Office.

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Countdown to Success featuring Craig Kielburger - Wed, 11/18/2015

Date: November 19, 2015

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Innovation Complex rotunda

Hear 'Me to We' founder Craig Kielburger’s talk, “What for-profit companies can learn from high performing non-profits.” The first 100 attendees will also receive a copy of Craig's book, Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World. Register here >

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Faculty and Staff Announcements: 

Michael Jalland, associate professor of Strategic Management, has died after a long illness. Jalland taught at Manchester Business School and York University, and at U of T from the late 1980s until his retirement in 2011. Jalland’s U of T career started at the Faculty of Management/Rotman School and continued at UTM where he served as director of undergraduate programs and the Management department. He brought a passion for studying and teaching business strategy and a fascination with the design of educational programs to teaching, administrative and governance roles on both campuses, and left an indelible mark on the institution. He will be greatly missed by his many friends in the educational and business world. He leaves his wife Brenda, their two daughters and four grandchildren. Click to read the Toronto Star notice >

Executive post: Vice-Principal, Academic & Dean

The University of Toronto Mississauga is conducting an extensive international search for its next Vice-Principal, Academic & Dean, and invites expressions of interest, nominations, and applications.  The appointment will be effective January 1, 2016 or as soon thereafter as possible. For more information, please visit the Provost's website >

United Way Campaign at UTM

stack of books in rainbow coloursDonations to United Way Book Sale

Date: Donations accepted until Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Location: Information & Loans Desk

The UTM Library will once again be holding a two-day Used Book and DVD sale on behalf of the United Way Campaign. Please donate best-sellers, young adult and children’s books, DVDs and music CDs in good condition. Please—no text books, academic reading, magazines, VHS cassettes or children’s toys. For more information or to arrange a convenient drop-off or pick up time, please contact Shelley Hawrychuk at 905-569-4365 or by email.

illustration of a box of stuff with words Lost and Found on the sideCampus Police Lost & Found Sale

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: The Meeting Place, Davis Building

Come and find some treasure, or buy back what you thought was gone forever! Proceeds to United Way of Peel Region.

flower pot with red gerbera daisy flowersGreenhouse Plant Sale

Date: Thursday, October 22, 215

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Student Farmers' Market, Crossroads

Don't miss part two of our popular Greenhouse Plant Sale! Pick up something green and leafy for a steal. Proceeds to UTM’s United Way campaign.

blue logo with words Book SaleUTM Library Book Sale to Benefit the United Way

Date: Tuesday, November 24th & Wednesday, November 25th

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: LINK (between CCT and the UTM Library)

Find a treasure, a long-lost favourite or a new-to-you bestseller at UTM’s annual book sale. All proceeds go to UTM’s United Way campaign.

illustration of three fanned tarot cardsTarot Card Readings by Devin

Date: Now to December 15, 2015

Time: Appointments by e-mail

Fee: $20

Are fortune, fame and romance in your future? All will be revealed with a visit to Devin Kreuger, UTM's renowned tarot reader, who is offering $20 readings, by appointment, until mid-December. Devin has studied tarot for over 25 years with noted international experts at tarot conferences in New York and San Francisco. All proceeds go to UTM's United Way campaign. E-mail Devin to arrange a suitable date/time for your reading, and prepare to face your destiny.

Training & Development: 

white mustache against a brown backgroundJoin the UTM Movember team!

Calling all “Mo Bros” and “Mo Sistas”—UTM is assembling a fundraising team to participate in the Movember Foundation’s annual initiatives to raise awareness and funding for men’s health initiatives. Since 2003, the annual event has raised over $677 million, funding over 1,000 programs focusing on prostate and testicular cancers, mental health and physical activity. Contact team captains Ron Wener or Anthony Sestito for details. Visit the UTM Movember Team page to join the team or donate to the cause.


green apple against a white backgroundCelebrate it! Healthy Workplace Month at U of T

Join us for "Celebrate It", our annual celebration of Canada's Healthy Workplace Month. Choose from 11 topics focused on supporting you in taking care of yourself, your family, and your work. Sessions include mental health, fitness, parenting, eldercare, professionalism and personal development. You can choose to attend some or all of the events offered by U of T’s Organizational Development & Learning Centre

For more details and registration, please visit the ODLC website >

illustration of a yoga stretch against a yellow backgroundLet Your Yoga Dance: Get Fit Where You Sit

Date: Monday October 19, 2015

Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Spigel Hall, Davis Building, lower level

This exercise session is specifically designed for those who spend a significant portion of their day in a seated position and combines the benefits of yoga, tai chi, aerobics, dance and singing into a complete mind, body, spirit workout. Movements can be done seated or standing with the support of a chair. Register here >

rainbow against a black backgroundDeveloping Emotional Resiliency

Date: Thursday October 22

Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

This webinar, moderated by UTM alumna Rumeet Billan, will help professionals develop emotional intelligence. The webinar is grounded in understanding of self, others and context and focuses on the impact of our emotions related to how we act, react and interact. Register here >

stack of stones reflected in blue waterResiliency in Mind: Mindfulness and Well-Being at Work

Date: Friday October 30, 2015

Time: 12:00 noon to -1:00 p.m.

Location: Davis Building, Room 3130

The closing keynote videoconference features Michael Apollo, director of the University of Toronto’s Applied Mindfulness program, who will show how cutting edge neuroscience and ancient practices of mind training can radically enhance our ability to respond to challenge and create pathways within the brain that can lead to a greater sense of wellbeing and resilience, both personally and professionally. Register here >

detail of person in a meditation poseMeditation Workshops - Learn to Relax

Dr. Jeff Graham and the Psychology Society are offering four sessions to learn a proven relaxation technique that calms the mind, releases stress and opens a door to your unconscious sources of creativity. Sessions include simple breathing and awareness exercises and theexploration of spiritual psychology for everyday living. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to gain the benefits of a night’s rest in twenty minutes. Find more information here >


  • Thursday, October 22, 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., Spigel Hall  
  • Wednesday, October 28, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., DV 3129
  • Thursday, November 5, 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., Deerfield Hall 3075
  • Wednesday, November 11, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., DV 3129


logo with word Family Care OfficeIndividual Advising Appointments at UTM

If you are seeking support and resources regarding any personal family matters, a family care advisor is available to meet with you. To book an appointment, please email family.care@utoronto.ca with the following information: your student or staff number, UofT employee group and/or your union affiliation if applicable, and a brief explanation of your enquiry.

Media Clippings: 

Associate anthropology professor Stephen Bede Scharper commented on Pope Francis’ first trip to the United States for Global News and the Toronto Star.
Political science professor David Wolfe commented on the recession for the Hamilton Spectator and on why Canada needs a strategic innovation policy for the Globe and Mail.

Associate geography professor Pierre Desrochers was featured in a Fortune story about the backlash against the farm-to-table movement, and also in a story on economic growth in the Financial Post.

Women and gender studies associate professor Joan Similchik was interviewed for a Toronto Star story about iconic historical photographs, and by Metro about the plight of Somali refugees in Toronto.

Blackwood Gallery director Christine Shaw was profiled by the Toronto Star, CBC and Now about a series of artworks she curated for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. “Work of the Wind” was touted as one of the artfest’s “can’t-miss” exhibits.

A discovery of dinosaur embryos by biology professor Robert Reisz has inspired a children’s book, “Mommy, Do Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?”, by American author Laura Steele.

Political science professor Peter Loewen continues to write about and comment on issues related to the upcoming federal election. Topics include: aboriginal and senior voters (CBC News), the importance of local candidates (Ottawa Citizen and Mississauga News), e-democracy in Yellowknife (CBC News), whether politicians are ignoring student voters (The Medium) and Toronto’s closest ridings (CBC News).