March 29-April 2
March 29-April 2
March 24, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
Centennial integral to Golden Mile redevelopment plan
If you’ve been following developments in Scarborough, you likely know that the historic Golden Mile retail strip at Eglinton Ave. and Victoria Park will be undergoing massive revitalization prompted by the arrival of the Eglinton East LRT line. The Daniels Corporation and Choice Properties (part of the Loblaw Group) have partnered to transform the 67-year-old shopping centre into a mixed-use, transit-oriented community. Some 40,000 new residents will eventually call the 280-acre Golden Mile site home, which encompasses Centennial’s Ashtonbee Campus, a local landmark since 1968.
Among the first elements of the plan will be the Community Innovation District, which brings together the expertise of all the stakeholders, including the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) and Centennial College. UTSC will be creating a physical home in Phase One for an innovative, collaborative and integrated college-community-university partnership called the “Communiversity.” UTSC and Centennial will work with community partners to enhance access to post-secondary education, foster co-learning opportunities, and facilitate sustainable, inclusive communities. “The project speaks volumes to the foresight and strength of the vision – embedding higher education activities into the very fabric of the community, while generating further potential to transform lives and communities through learning,” President Craig Stephenson stated in a joint media release on March 30.
International Development students involved in global outreach
As part of a continuous effort to provide students with the best experiential learning – even during a pandemic – four International Development program students of The Business School participated in the Ontario Council for International Cooperation’s Innovation Lab Project 2021. Students Ardra Reba Sam, Chidera Sophia Udegbunam, Efose Obioma and Vadiehi Shah received training in digital mapping, data journalism, photojournalism and podcasts. Then the four were placed in the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, InnovateMe, Youth Challenge International and Partners in Health Canada, respectively, where they put their skills learned in practice to complete projects in support of Canadian Indigenous communities, Canadian youth groups and NGOs’ response to COVID 19 in Sierra Leone. Students received training certificates and honorariums at the end of the program. To highlight the global reach of the program, it’s important to note that Ardra was based in Bahrain, Chidera and Efose in Canada, and Vadiehi was in India while participating in the project.
Suzhou Centennial College recognized for its learning lab
Recently, the 2020 China Alliance of Industrial Internet Training Centres named five new enterprises to China’s national resource list, including the Industrial Internet Laboratory of Suzhou Centennial College (SCC). The laboratory sees engineers working as tutors, faculty teaching theory and experienced workers providing practical skills so that students can experience a seamless connection from campus to workplace. “By establishing such a real environment of industrial internet, we are helping our students have a good transition, and helping the development of the digital economy, digitalization and industrial internet in Suzhou,” stated SCC President Peng.
In another development, SCC plans to offer Centennial’s micro-credential programs to all students, both in the Chinese curriculum stream and the Centennial diploma stream. The goal is to have all or most students learn at least one Centennial course and receive a Canadian micro-credential certificate. In addition, as of March 15, SCC began using Chinese and English as working bilingual languages on campus. All signage, displays and marketing materials will be bilingual. Bilingualism is part of the SCC’s internationalization project, the purpose of which is to build SCC into an international campus.
‘Learn Your Way’ promotional video to air on CP24
Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve all had to engage in new ways of learning, living and being. On March 4, the Marketing and Communications team, along with agency partner Church + State, launched our Learn Your Own Way video, which draws on the experiences and emotions those in post-secondary have had to work through over the past year and continue to do. With a message that aims to empower our staff and students, there have been more than 200,000 views on YouTube in a few short weeks. Our video got a rousing endorsement from Ken Steele, Canada’s best known higher-education strategist, speaker and consultant in branding and student recruitment, who remarked in his blog: “I’ve watched it six times now and it still gives me goosebumps. Wow.” The Marketing team is excited to announce that the spot will be airing on the popular CP24 news channel starting April 5. Be on the lookout for it!
Meanwhile at the Story Arts Centre…
Professor Donna Lindell’s Corporate Communications and Public Relations students continue to dazzle with work that captures the attention of the industry and broader community. Postgraduate students Janielle Downer, Halli Gallo, Vanessa Tolentino and Nathaniel Glassman launched their “COVID Conversations” podcast series on March 22, targeting Torontonians aged 18 to 32 years old with support from the City of Toronto, which was their Storyworks client. The podcast topics include living safely with family and roommates, financial instability, mental health concerns, online learning and overall wellness. The project garnered the attention of Mayor John Tory, who referenced the students’ podcast in his daily briefing on March 24. And Nathaniel was a guest on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning on March 26, which you can hear here. The students’ podcast series can be heard on Apple podcast and other popular platforms.
In other Storyworks news, students of the Photography program at the Story Arts Centre made full use of a terrific client and mentor, Canadian and international fashion designer Izzy Camilleri, known for her line IZ Adaptive, which creates inclusive, comfortable clothing for persons with disabilities, inspired by the late journalist Barbara Turnbull. The student group had a fantastic experience with Izzy, so much so that a photo image from first-year student Chiara de Falco made the pages of Vogue Business, a much-followed magazine of the fashion trade. The student group was comprised of Chiara, Edgar Sandoval, Violetta Nadtochyy, Menke Hsieh and Liping Zhu. Congratulations to the whole team, and a big thank-you to Izzy for contributing to this student project!