July 14, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
Centennial receives $2M in NSERC grants to help retailers
Centennial College is receiving $2 million in long-term funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to enhance its applied research capabilities to assist retail-sector companies that are struggling to recover from the ongoing pandemic. Centennial is establishing the Centre for Explainable Data Analytics (CEDA) to develop intelligent systems for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Greater Toronto Area.
CEDA represents a new applied research focus for the college, one that will contribute to the recovery and growth of Ontario’s retail sector. CEDA will support approximately 150 retail-sector SMEs, provide 140 students with paid applied research opportunities, and engage 500 students through capstone projects at the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. “Local businesses are experiencing challenges with technology and how to make sense of the data they are already collecting” says Dr. Purnima Tyagi, Director of CEDA. “The Centre will empower retail companies to make better informed business decisions.” Read the full announcement here.
Progress Campus top COVID vaccination site in Toronto!
Thanks to some good sleuthing and number-crunching by the Toronto Star’s Matt Elliott, the Athletic and Wellness Centre (AWC) at Progress Campus has been identified as the most effective COVID-19 vaccination clinic in all of Toronto. As Matt wrote in his June 30 column: “…the busiest vaccine clinic to date is not one of the city’s mass vaccination centres. Instead, the trophy for most doses delivered goes to the clinic at the Centennial [College] Athletic Centre operated by the Scarborough Health Network. Through Monday, 161,888 arms had been jabbed there, an average of 1,497 per day since March 17.”
Centennial College eclipsed the Toronto Congress Centre mass clinic in Etobicoke, which took the second spot with 134,162 doses, and the downtown clinic at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, which ranked third-busiest injection site. The Scarborough Health Network (SHN) hosted a celebration at Progress Campus last Saturday to thank the staff and the many volunteers for running their wildly successful vaccination centre. The Centennial College Student Association (CCSAI), which owns and operates the AWC, joined in the fun by helping to coordinate the festivities. Clinic attendees, staff and volunteers were treated to prizes and free food, courtesy of the Scarborough, Centenary and Birchmount hospitals that form the SHN. Our busy campus site has played a vital role in getting Scarborough residents living in COVID-19 “hotspots” fully vaccinated.
Join the Islamic History Month planning committee
The Centennial College Muslim Students Association, the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion, and the CCSAI are excited to cohost Islamic History Month throughout October 2021. Islamic History Month celebrates the significant contributions that the Muslim community has made to Canadian society. It offers opportunities for reflection and learning on the rich history of Islam in Canada and the cultural diversity of Muslim communities throughout the country.
In honour of this important month, Centennial College community members will come together to offer meaningful and dynamic programming. The planning committee is looking for Centennial students, staff and faculty to join their team. They will meet several times before October to determine programming and will play a role in coordinating events throughout the month. Interested? Sign up as a planning committee member and register to attend the first meeting on Wednesday, August 11 at 12 noon.
Graduate writes defining book about Toronto graffiti
Two-time Centennial graduate Yvette Farkas has re-released her epic book about Toronto’s graffiti artists and their soulful work in the fifth printing of Toronto Graffiti: The human behind the wall, which is being sold through the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) for the first time. Yvette had studied the Art Foundations program and the Digital Communications Arts program at the Story Arts Centre in the early 2000s. She credits her time at Centennial for providing her with the skills and knowledge to take on her seminal project more than 10 years in the making.
“I gained many practical, real-world skills at Centennial, made life-long friends and used everything I learned. I acted as project owner for this work, did the graphic design, photography, writing, built the website, oversaw the marketing and communications, and much more. What I didn't know I learned along the way with the help of sister skills I already had based on my learnings at Centennial, plus my own tenacity, passion, and grit.” Toronto Graffiti has been featured in the Globe and Mail, CBC Radio and by local, national and international media. It is used as reference material by the City of Toronto, and is sold at Chapters and the York University Bookstore. The book is also a part of The National Library of Canada and currently is being translated into multiple languages.