January 27, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
Sue Wells receives OCASA Distinguished Administrator Award
Sue Wells, Centennial’s Dean of Teaching, Learning and Scholarship, has been named the Ontario College Administrative Staff Association (OCASA) Distinguished Administrator Award recipient for 2020. The honour recognizes college administrators who have demonstrated distinguished administrative service both in terms of outstanding leadership (in innovation, vision, enterprise, impact and involvement) and performance excellence. A highly-respected academic leader with close to two decades of experience as Chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies, and Dean within the Centre for Organizational Learning and Teaching, Sue is passionate about her roles and devoted to inspiring others to create unsurpassed educational experiences for students.
Sue has presented at national and international conferences and, as principle investigator, has led funded research on teaching excellence, as well as co-authored two published reflective practice guides. In her role as Dean she has been instrumental in advancing the College’s learning-centred agenda, including excellence in evidence-informed teaching and learning approaches. Sue completed her Masters in Adult Education at Central Michigan University. She also holds a BA in Psychology and is a proud graduate of Centennial’s Early Childhood Education program.
David Ip Yam is our new Dean of Students
David Ip Yam is joining our Centennial College community as our new Dean of Students effective Monday, February 1. In his role David will engage and inspire student affairs and services professionals within the Student Life, Engagement and Development (SLED) portfolio in pursuit of the College’s vision and mission. The portfolio encompasses such vital areas as Career Services and Cooperative Education; the Office of Student Life; Co-Curricular Student Learning and Development; Student Experience and Ethics Office; Centennial Advising and Pathways Services; Athletics and Recreation, and more.
David comes to us from York University, where he provided strategic leadership and project management in building their student affairs, registrarial and career education departments. While at York he earned a BA, MEd, and certificates in dispute resolution and change intelligence leadership and was a course director. He is currently working on his PhD, studying organizational leadership in postsecondary education. David also hosts a podcast called the Student Success Exchange, a series of deep conversations between David and the students he serves. The idea behind his podcast is to learn from the experiences of students who are striving and persevering through postsecondary education, discovering how they define success, make sense of their journeys and the skills they use throughout the process. Have a listen to the Student Success Exchange Podcast.
Call for joint research proposals to advance the EaRTH initiative
As part of EaRTH, the Environmental and Related Technologies Hub located at U of T Scarborough, a new initiative is aiming to develop collaborative projects with industry and government partners in the eastern GTA. The Collaborative Research Consortium, comprising of the University of Toronto Scarborough, Ontario Tech University, Trent University and Centennial College, will explore synergies that can strengthen the Canadian clean technology sector and provide more opportunities for economic development that will foster the creation of highly skilled jobs. Institutions in the Consortium are contributing matching funds to support collaborative research initiatives through a joint call for proposals. The theme for 2021 is Integrated Sustainable Energy Technologies. Seed funding is available for faculty and staff to undertake short-term visits to initiate, deepen and extend collaborative research links with the goal of enabling principal investigators to make joint proposals to external funding sources for the next phase of their research. For more details, read about the EaRTH Initiative Collaborative Research Consortium Guidelines or contact Jonathan Hack, Executive Director, Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our LGBTQ2S+ Social Club invites you to join
The LGBTQ2S+ Social Club would like to invite Centennial students who identify with 2SLGBTQQIA (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual) communities and allies to join our student club. Given the unique challenges of isolation students are experiencing, College employees are encouraged to spread the word to students about this peer-based community. The Social Club has drop-in online meetings where there are resources and helpful information. There are also events such as movie nights, game nights and a safe place to socialize with peers. This is also a space to get peer support and share stories and experiences with each other. If you know a student who may be interested in joining the club, contact email@example.com or through the Club’s Instagram @lgbt2socialclub. This is a club created by students for students with the support of the CCSAI and Jacob Pickering, a Social Service Worker student serving as Club President. Jacob is also a placement student in the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion.
Snow is falling and ebooks are calling
Centennial College Libraries continue to work tirelessly to ensure that students, staff and faculty have access to reading materials no matter where they’re located. Our librarians are delighted to announced a new digital library ebook and audiobook collection using Overdrive. Overdrive will be familiar to those who borrow ebooks and audiobooks from their local public library. With Overdrive, we continue to expand our collection of popular ebooks and audiobooks with titles such as The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole and Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga. Users can browse titles and borrow ebooks by logging into Overdrive with their myCentennial credentials. Check it out! For more information on Overdrive, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCSAI Food Bank curbside pickup service begins
The Centennial College Student Association’s Food Bank has begun offering its curbside pickup of pre-packaged food hampers as of January 26 in conjunction with the start of the Winter 2021 academic semester. The CCSAI entered into a partnership with the Daily Bread Food Bank to facilitate the opening and ongoing operation and support of a food bank at the Progress Campus, open to the College community. The School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts (SHTCA) has reached out to provide contributions to the food bank and donations have also been made by Paladin Security. The pre-packaged food hampers are intended to meet an individual’s meal needs for two to three days.