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Update: April 22, 2020, 11:01 AM
Our Grade Appeal Clinics are online
The Student Experience Office and the CCSAI will be holding virtual Grade Appeal Clinics. These online sessions provide students with general information on the steps in the grade appeal process, accepted grounds for an appeal, and coaching on how to communicate with their instructors regarding their grade concerns.
Please let your students know that our virtual clinics will also provide a general overview of the new grade options for Winter 2020, how these options might impact a student’s decision to appeal a grade, and other key considerations. After each Grade Appeal Clinic, our Student Experience Advisors will be available to meet with students one-on-one.
Our online Grade Appeal Clinics are taking place on the following dates and times:
- Friday, April 24 - 2-3 PM
- Tuesday, Apr 28 - 10-11 AM
- Friday, May 1 - 12-1 PM
- Wednesday, May 6 - 2-3 PM
The Grade Appeal Clinic sessions will take place on the Zoom platform. To attend, please direct students to register through the Experience Centennial App. The meeting ID and password will be sent the day of the session to all of those who register in advance. For instructions on how to download and use the app, students can visit the Experience Centennial App.
More Information on Grade Appeals
For questions or Clinic registration assistance, contact the Student Experience Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update: April 21, 2020, 3:02 PM
Your Good News Bulletin
WIMTACH research team designing novel, portable ventilator
Centennial’s Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technology Access Centre in Health (WIMTACH) is developing a novel, portable ventilator to assist with respiratory care of COVID-19 patients. The ventilator mechanism will meet regulatory and clinical requirements by using standard self-inflating bags (“Ambu-bags”) and feature rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to aid portability. The ventilator will be able to connect wirelessly to a mobile device, enabling attendants to remotely monitor and control air-oxygen flow to patients. The design has been developed by WIMTACH team members Dr. Yashodhan Athavale, Dr. Pouria Tavakkoli, Jezeil Vidad, Majura Maheswaran, Director of WIMTACH Dr. Purnima Tyagi, and SETAS professor Robert Wickson. Once completed, the design will be available as open-source files for companies to fast-track manufacturing. In addition, the design will be shared with the NGen (Next Generation Manufacturing Canada) Supercluster initiative, and federal and provincial agencies that have requested innovative solutions from post-secondary institutions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Globally Networked Learning
The planes may be grounded, but the teaching and learning endures at our Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion. GCEI continues to connect students to global perspectives and industry professionals through digital technologies as part of the College’s Globally Networked Learning (GNL) initiative. In just three weeks, GCEI has executed four GNL sessions for students in multiple programs across the School of Community and Health Studies on topics such as mental health, 2SLGBTQQIA, food security and global health care. These sessions engaged seven community partners, including representatives from Doctors without Borders, the Toronto District School Board’s Triangle Program, York Support Services Network and Meal Exchange.
Centennial feeds the community
As you know, our School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts has been working closely with Second Harvest and local food banks to donate food supplies for distribution to those in need during this difficult time. In addition to donating our entire stock of food, the College reached out to our food service partners, including Aramark and Flanagan Foodservice, to facilitate deliveries of donated supplies directly to local food banks. As a result, when local elected officials MPP Mitzie Hunter and Toronto Councillor Paul Ainslie contacted the College to request assistance on behalf of community food banks, Centennial was able to arrange deliveries to them with our generous partners. Read the Scarborough Mirror story about our School’s involvement with the House of Neighbours volunteer group.
What makes you happy?
The Centre for Organizational Learning and Teaching (COLT) has created the “What Makes You Happy?” initiative. It’s a way to share positivity amongst our College community and remind us that even though we are facing challenging times, we can still have happy, special moments in our lives. For that reason, we encourage you to visit our What Makes You Happy Padlet and share a poster or picture that represents happiness to you, and add one or two sentences that explains what it means to you and why it makes you happy. Share and enjoy!
Film Union and Guild Virtual Career Workshops for students
Broadcasting professor Chris Terry has been talking to two major film unions and the Directors Guild of Canada about helping Centennial students find employment in the film industry when it starts up again. The industry groups have agreed to train students virtually with a series of orientation and ‘Step One’ workshops that build on the successful panel discussion hosted by the Story Arts Centre this past winter. Union locals IATSE 873, 667, 411 and NABET 700, as well as the Directors Guild of Canada, originally planned to host a series of live one-day sessions this spring – which were cancelled due to the pandemic. Chris posed the idea of virtual sessions with each of the organizations, and all of them have expressed interest in doing so. One such session may involve an online module for camera operators, as well as other aspects of the film and broadcasting fields.
More good news from Chris Terry
Here’s another cheery note – of the musical kind – from Chris Terry, Co-ordinator of the TV, Film Radio and Digital Media program at the Story Arts Centre. Chris produced a YouTube video of his little street concert two weekends ago. He and his Upper Beach neighbours put on an impromptu “porch” performance for a few minutes every evening. Everybody enjoys the tunes while practicing safe social distancing. That’s Chris in the cap in the Copeland Avenue Porch Song No.1 video.
Update: April 20, 2020, 3:21 PM
Winter 2020 Course Grading Update
We have heard from you about the extraordinary challenges you have faced this past month due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This unprecedented time has required you to adapt to new course deliveries as you navigate the stresses of health, safety, and finances.
We appreciate the value you put on your Centennial education, and we are doing everything possible to support your success. As such, during these difficult times, for the Winter 2020 semester only, we have made changes to our grading practices to support your education while maintaining academic integrity.
If you passed a course
For the Winter 2020 semester only, you have the option of retaining the passing letter grade earned in your courses or, if your program allows, you may request a Pass (P) grade instead. If you choose to convert your letter grade to a P grade, you will be granted credit for the course and the grade will not impact your GPA or academic standing.
After you have viewed your final grades, you will have the opportunity to request that Enrolment Services change any or all your passing grades to a P grade. We will communicate further details on the process and deadlines in the coming weeks.
Please note that some programs will not allow the use of P grades due to accreditation or pathway and partnership requirements. Also, a passing grade for some courses is higher than a D grade. To be eligible for a P grade you must have a passing grade as per your program and course policies.
If you did not pass a course
For the Winter 2020 semester only, if you did not pass a course, faculty will assign a Withdrew without Academic Penalty (WNP) grade instead of a Failure (F) grade. If you receive a WNP grade, you will not be granted credit for the course and will need to retake the course; however, the grade will not impact your GPA or academic standing.
Please note, if you do not pass a course because you have been absent without permission, you will receive a Failure Non-Attendance (FNA) grade that will impact your GPA and academic standing. Also, if you did not pass a course due to academic dishonesty, you will still receive a Failure (F) grade.
For more information visit our Winter 2020 Course Grading FAQs.
Update: April 20, 2020, 1:17 PM
Monday Message from Craig Stephenson, President and CEO
Dear Centennial College Community Members,
Since the start of the pandemic, I have made a concerted effort to set aside time to share a Monday Message with you each week, to keep you fully apprised of COVID-19 related activities as they unfold, and to highlight the extraordinary work of our community during this unprecedented time. In today’s Monday Message, however, I must reflect on the horrific events that unfolded in Nova Scotia this past weekend, and the toll it has taken on Nova Scotians, as well as Canadians across our country.
It is difficult at a time like this to find the words to convey our sorrow at so senseless a tragedy. We know that one of the victims was a 23-year veteran of the RCMP, Constable Heidi Stevenson, who leaves behind a husband and two children. As the hours and days pass, we will learn more about the victims and those they left behind. I would respectfully ask at this time that you please hold a place in your heart for each of them.
As Canadians, we pride ourselves on our peaceful nature and thoughtful reserve. However, as history demonstrates, even we are not immune to unspeakable acts such as this. But as has been the case following other heartbreaking and senseless sprees of this nature, we must come together as a country to show our support for those directly impacted, and also for each other. These tragedies can impact people in different ways and it is important that we extend a helping hand to those who may be hard hit by this.
Our campus flags have been lowered to honour the victims, and to acknowledge the devastating impact of this tragedy on their families, neighbours, friends and the people of Nova Scotia. Even as we navigate the uncertainties we face each day as a result of COVID-19, we are keeping our fellow Canadians in Nova Scotia very much in our thoughts and in our hearts at this time.
Yours, with a heavy heart,
Dr. Craig Stephenson
President and CEO, Centennial College