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Engineering Student e-News
Engineering Student e-News

Welcome to the New Academic Year

A warm welcome to all our First Year students, and welcome back to our returning students. The 2009-2010 academic year is now in full swing, and along with new faces, new courses and new minors, the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering presents the brand new Student E-News. Taking over where the Registrar Direct left off, the Office of the Registrar will be bringing you news and updates from student services and around the Faculty every month throughout the academic year.

September 2009

Volume 1, Issue 1
In this issue:

Student Services
Money Matters
Student Life
In the News


Student Services


Protecting yourself against H1N1 flu

The University takes the health and wellness of everyone on our campus, and we're taking steps to help you avoid contracting or spreading H1N1 influenza. Remember the three keys to minimizing the spread of the flu:
1. Wash or sanitize your hands often.
2. Sneeze or cough into your sleeve or a tissue.
3. Stay at home if you are ill.

For up-to-date information on our plans and to learn about precautions you should take, visit http://www.preparedness.utoronto.ca

Discount Transit Passes

Attention student commuters:
During the academic year you are entitled to discounts for both GO and TTC monthly passes.

TTC Metropasses are sold through the University of Toronto Student Union (UTSU). For more information on prices and locations for Metropass sales, visit UTSU’s website.

Full-time Engineering students can apply for a Student Identification Card, used to obtain discounted fare rates with GO Transit for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Fill out a Student Identification Card form at the Office of the Registrar (GB 157) and have the form validated by an authorized Registrar’s Office staff member. PEY students should contact the PEY Office regarding their eligibility for the program.

RESP Forms

If you still need a RESP or Scholarship Fund form filled out by the Office of the Registrar for the 2009-2010 academic year, please bring this to the Registrar’s Office. Please include your student number on all forms.

Follow-up from Previous Sessions

  • The Dean’s Honours list for the Winter 2009 academic session is now posted in the lobby of the Galbraith Building.
  • You can still order final exam copies and final mark re-checks for Winter and Summer 2009 courses until October 15 through the Engineering Portal.

Opting out of the UTSU Health Plan

You may opt-out of the health portion of the University of Toronto Student Union’s health plan and receive a refund of the fees charged to you, if you are covered by another comparable plan. For more information, see UTSU’s website.

What can the Registrar’s Office help me with?

  • Advising on promotional rules and regulations
  • Scheduling counselling appointments for First Year students
  • Accepting petitions and supporting documents
  • Filling out forms for students (RESPs, Schedule 2)
  • Preparing letters of registration
  • Answering students' questions about enrolment and registration
  • Providing guidance on student budgeting and financial aid

Money Matters


OSAP Distribution

OSAP distribution began on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. As OSAP documents arrive, you will be notified by email at the address listed on ROSI.

You will be instructed by e-mail where to pick-up your loan documents. It is necessary to bring your SIN card and a valid government-issued photo ID. Representatives from the National Student Loan Service Centre will be available to process student loans. Please also bring a void cheque or your banking information if you would like to have your loan deposited directly into your bank account. No loan documents will be released without a valid government-issued photo ID and SIN card.

Faculty Grants

The Faculty has grants available for students who have exhausted all other sources of funding and still find themselves in financial difficulty. An email will be sent to all undergraduates in the Faculty by the end of September with details on how to apply.

Scholarships and Awards

Scholarship and Award recipients: the funds will be deposited into your student account on ROSI before November 15, provided you are registered.

The Online Engineering Portfolio

Record your extra-curricular activities and store your resume in your ePortfolio. The Scholarships Committee uses this information in the ePortfolio to assist them when selecting recipients for awards. Extra-curricular activities and leadership qualities are considered when the Committee identifies potential candidates for awards outside of the Faculty. Please keep your ePortfolio up-to-date as your activities start and/or end throughout the year!


Student Life


New programs for Orientation 2009

Tours, research talks, and leadership workshops help First Year students transition successfully to life at Skule™.

Lessons learned outside the classroom valuable for MinE student via Engineering's Habitat campaign

Cherisse Diaram (Min 1T2), VP Habitat, Eyes Of Hope, took part in U of T's Engineering Habitat Campaign earlier this month and took away some valuable life lessons from the experience.

Changing the World One Engineer at a Time 

Our Faculty encompasses global education into its curriculum as more international students join our Faculty and one in twenty of our alumni are active overseas.

Skule™ Idol

EngSci will hosting auditions for Skule™ Idol on Friday, October 9, 2009. This competition is open to all Engineering alumni, staff and students who are interested in winning an onstage duet with world-renowned soprano, Isabel Bayrakdarian (EngSci 9T7). This not-to-be-missed performance will take place at the Engineering Science 75th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, December 17, 2009.


In the News


Infrared technology created by IBBME professor aids motor-impaired people

Professor Tom Chau (IBBME), director of the clinical engineering program, has found a way for people with severe motor impairments to communicate with the use of an infrared camera.

ECE grad returns to Earth

Julie Payette (MASc 9T0) completed her second International Space Station visit earlier this summer, on board Space Shuttle Endeavour. The Montreal Gazette and the Globe ran stories on Payette in July.

U of T top Canadian research university 

Annual rankings consider life sciences, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences.


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