September 15, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
Downsview Campus receives Toronto Urban Design Award
The winners of the 2021 Toronto Urban Design Awards were announced this week and among the projects recognized with a top Award of Excellence is our own Downsview Campus, known as the Bombardier Centre for Aerospace and Aviation. The City of Toronto hosts the Urban Design Awards every two years to acknowledge the significant contributions that architects, landscape architects, urban designers, artists and city builders make to the appearance and livability of Toronto. The competition recognizes outstanding design projects judged by an independent jury of urban visionaries, professionals and academics representing the local and international design communities.
Organizers accepted 170 submissions in nine categories containing a variety of built projects, visions and master plans. The jury selected 11 projects for Awards of Excellence, 13 for Awards of Merit, and two Special Jury Awards for inspiring infrastructure. Centennial’s new campus, which opened in January 2019, was created by MJMA and Stantec (Associated Architects) and houses the college’s Aviation Technician and Advanced Manufacturing programs, along with an impressive fleet of aircraft. You can view the Toronto Urban Design Awards announcement, which includes a link to a PDF document outlining all of the project submissions. And this isn’t the only awards program scrutinizing Downsview Campus; the Heritage Toronto Awards – projects that conserve or adapt a historic property – will be announced on October 18.
New episode of UDL Conversation Café podcast is now live
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is the subject of a podcast where you can hear from people who are designing and implementing strategies that address the diverse needs of all learners. The podcast series offers one more way for faculty to share and learn about Centennial's UDL Standard; it also serves as a way to acknowledge and celebrate our accomplishments toward a more inclusive learning environment. In our new September episode, Child and Youth Care faculty member Paola Ostinelli discusses her journey through understanding UDL and offers a beginning step: Choosing one thing at a time and building from there. The pilot episode, which aired in June, features a current Centennial student, Lou, and a recent graduate, Suma, sharing their insights on how UDL approaches empower students to thrive at college and beyond. New episodes will be released once a month throughout the fall and winter semesters, featuring diverse faculty and students from across Centennial. To learn more about the UDL Standard, resources and workshops, visit UDL at Centennial College.
Selected Colts varsity sports resume this fall
Here’s some welcome news: Selected varsity sports are resuming this fall and winter semesters with a modified schedule in place. Centennial has made a commitment to participate in the following sports: badminton, baseball, basketball, cross-country running, soccer and volleyball. Their safe resumption is in line with current public health, provincial, college and OCAA guidelines and regulations; contingency plans are in place should there be another COVID-19 surge. Our Athletics and Recreation office has a safe reopening plan for all of our athletic facilities, programs and services. This includes adopting mandatory vaccinations for all of our student-athletes, coaches and staff members.
There have been several A&R staffing changes over the past year, including the retirement of Varsity Coordinator Joan Healey, the departures of Via Dulay, Sports Information Officer; Jordan Robinson, Morningside Campus Recreation Coordinator; Diarmuid O’Connor, Head Coach Women’s Soccer; Julian Carr, Head Coach Men’s Soccer, and Justin Bobb, Head Coach Women’s Basketball. Thanks to all of these amazing people and friends of the Colts for their incredible contributions, and we wish them the very best! With these changes, we are excited to introduce our newest staff members to the Colts family: Naomi Mullings, Head Coach Women’s Basketball; Ryan Miller, Sports Information Officer; Rich Hirst, Head Coach Women’s Soccer; Ron Clarke, Head Coach Men’s Soccer; Anthony Whitney, Assistant Coach Women’s Soccer; Adam Whitehead, Assistant Coach Men’s and Women’s Soccer; Sanford Carabin, Assistant Coach Men’s and Women’s Soccer; Chloe Rowe, Assistant Coach Badminton, and Tricia Bachman, Assistant Coach Cross Country Running.
Children’s Media grad nominated for a Daytime Emmy
It’s not every day that a Centennial graduate receives a Daytime Emmy nomination. Pooja Inamdar, an alumna of the Children’s Media graduate certificate program, was nominated for a Daytime Emmy recently for “Imagination Trips” in the category of Outstanding Short Form Children's Program. These are three-minute-long animated videos that teach preschool kids deep breathing exercises while transporting them to a new world. Each video provides a soothing scenario, including the Amazon rainforest, the beach and deep-water oceans. The series arrived just as COVID-19 had emerged and children began experiencing changes in their daily routine. In March 2020 Pooja was employed as a writer/producer with New Games Productions, a subsidiary of children’s cable channel Nickelodeon. Pooja was involved in the project from scripting through to post production. You can sample the animated short on YouTube.
Reminder: Women’s Empowerment Network Event, September 22
The Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion is inviting all women and non-binary college employees to the third annual Women’s Empowerment Network Virtual Event to develop meaningful mentor connections and engage in critical dialogue based on the powerful themes from the best-selling memoir Untamed by Glennon Doyle. Participants will discuss the ground-breaking ideas outlined in the book that encourage women to bravely reject social expectations and embrace who they truly want to become. The event will connect employees with new mentors to advance the goals of the network while empowering women to disrupt gender inequity at personal and professional levels. Our Women’s Empowerment Network Virtual Event is taking place next Wednesday, September 22 from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Register for the Women's Empowerment Network Virtual Event.
Dining services welcome students back to campus
Aramark, Centennial’s food service provider, is welcoming students and staff back to our campuses with new foods this fall. The campus cafeteria at Progress, Downsview and the Story Arts Centre has breakfast and lunch menu items at Grille Works, complete with Starbucks coffee, pizza and grab-and-go offerings. At the Progress Campus Library building, PizzaForno is a new automated technology that can serve fresh, artisanal pizza in just three minutes, 24 hours a day. You have to try it to believe it! And as always, Tim Hortons has you covered with their traditional menu items Monday to Friday at Progress, Ashtonbee and Morningside campuses.