December 22, 2020
Your Good News Bulletin
Centennial College wins Best Practices Erasmus+ Mobility Award
In a virtual award ceremony on December 10, Centennial College partner institution The Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (IPS) accepted an award from the Erasmus+ National Agency of Portugal for a joint faculty mobility project facilitated by our International Education Services and Global Experience (SaGE) and the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science (SETAS). The winning project began in July 2018, when Slava Rolinsky and Jakub Szczepanski, two faculty members from our Mechanical and Electrical Engineering programs, attended the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal on a mobility teaching exchange program. The goal of the mobility program was to collaborate in the field of engineering with a particular focus on aeronautics and electric vehicles. Centennial hosted IPS visiting faculty at SETAS in the fall of 2018 to complete the exchange. While the project was smaller in scale, Centennial and the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal were awarded this distinction from the Erasmus+ National Agency for showing significant evolution in international cooperation with other institutions, and for the impact on the participants and the skills they acquired.
Centennial receives more than $4 million in capital renewal funding
The Ontario government is providing $4,086,400 in capital funding to help Centennial College address deferred maintenance, undertake critical repairs and upgrades, and provide a modern and safe learning environment for students, faculty and staff. The announcement was made on December 18 by Vijay Thanigasalam, MPP for Scarborough-Rouge Park. As part of the Facilities Renewal Program, the province is providing $3,087,100 to help Centennial address key building systems and energy system upgrades to meet our sustainability goals and improve electrical service reliability. The funding will be used to retrofit high-voltage switchboards, upgrade all outdoor campus lighting, and replace the cooling tower and boiler at the Story Arts Centre. The money will also fund much-needed classroom upgrades at Progress Campus, with renovations to existing space to create seven new classrooms in preparation for the eventual resumption of in-person learning. In addition, the College Equipment and Renewal Fund is providing approximately $1 million dollars to pay for computer lab upgrades at all campuses, along with software and technological upgrades to support digital learning initiatives. Read the full announcement.
Toronto Zoo ‘Holiday Drive-Thru’ includes Centennial-branded Zoomobile
This holiday week we encourage you to check out the Toronto Zoo’s new Holiday Drive-Thru for a family-friendly and COVID-safe experience! Offered until Thursday, December 24, the holiday drive route through the zoo property features many special sights, including a 35-foot tall Christmas tree, Santa’s cottage where some of his reindeer (caribou) reside, and a new winterized Zoomobile, which Centennial’s Marketing and SIER teams played a role in decorating to show our support for our community partner. Along the route, the zoo will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items and toys for families in need. We encourage you to bring items and show your holiday spirit by helping out those in your community. Food donations will be directed to Second Harvest, and donated toys will be going to the Toronto Firefighters Toy Drive. The Holiday Drive-Thru is open daily from 10 am to 3 pm and tickets are $25 per vehicle. You must purchase your ticket online by visiting the Toronto Zoo Holiday Drive-thru.
Chef Rodney Bowers’ most excellent adventure
Chef Rodney Bowers of the Food Media program in the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, along with partner Meredith Shaw have been managing their careers from home and looking after their children, 10-year-old Abbey and eight-year-old William. In September, while the kids’ schools were delayed preparing for e-learning, Rodney decided he would take the kids on a three-week educational cross-country road trip (Meredith stayed home to work). The trio flew into Calgary, rented a camper van and continued on to Fernie, Banff and Jasper. Then they headed back through Lake Louise, Canmore, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie before arriving home in Toronto. Was it worth the effort? “Abbey and William have a new sense of awe, adventure and possibility. They have a new practical understanding of the country’s geography and history, as well as the ability to glimpse how vast humanity is,” Rodney says of their action-packed road trip. Read all about it – and enjoy the photography – in this Toronto Life article.