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Welcoming Winter

Already, 2014 has seen its share of record-breaking low temperatures. The extreme cold weather and shorter days can get to even the most snow-loving person. While your impulse may be to hibernate until spring comes, embracing the season and participating in your U of T community might be just the way to beat the winter blues.

Studying is not the only way to improve your transcript. Engaging in acts of self-care — going skating, connecting with friends or any of the University's numerous support and outreach organizations — can help your physical and mental health, contributing to better grades.

This February, ensure you take some time for yourself. While you're hitting the books, take in some of the countless opportunities and resources available to you on U of T's St. George Campus.


February 2014

Volume 5, Issue 6
In this issue:

Welcoming Winter
Dates and Deadlines
Student Services
Money Matters
Campus Life
In the News
Your Faculty


Winter Wellness


Massage Mondays are Back at Hart House

Ease your way into the week with a mini Shiatsu massage compliments of The Living Soul

International Student Transition

If you are a new international student or a recently returned Canadian, the transition advising program might be for you

Walk 20 Minutes for a Better Day

A U of T researcher reports on the mental health benefits of mild exercise

Get Involved, Get Connected

Learning isn't limited to lectures, libraries and laboratories. Getting involved can enhance your U of T experience


Dates and Deadlines


February 14


Moment, The Valentine's Ball

February 17


Last day to drop Y (full year) courses

February 17


Family Day: University Closed

February 18


Reading Week: No lectures, tutorials or laboratories

February 28


Examination timetable for Winter and Y Session courses posted


Student Services


Course and Options Selection

Each year, the Office of the Registrar asks select students to provide them with information on which program option and technical electives they plan to take in the coming academic year. Current second- and third-year students (excluding ECE) and those on PEY will need to complete the survey in late February. Further details will be announced soon

Your Experience is Important
In February and March, all first- and senior-year undergraduate students will be asked to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The results will be used to identify U of T's strengths, as well as priorities for change

Dean's List

The Faculty is proud to announce that more than 1640 students earned a Fall Session average of 80 per cent or greater. Certificates honouring the achievements will be available this summer

Engineering Unofficial Ranking Report Now Available

2013 Fall Session ranking within individual programs of study is now available through the Engineering Portal


Money Matters


OSAP Repayment Workshop
Attend this special workshop on March 17 to learn about your repayment rights and responsibilities

Service Charges on Tuition Balances
A reminder that outstanding balances on fees are subject to monthly service charges

Scholarship Deadlines
Information and application forms for upcoming scholarship application deadlines


Campus Life


U of T Students Prep Canada's Largest Startup Career Expo

Group aims to connect students with 80 startups, including 10 from U of T

Building Boom

Take a look at the 37 major building projects underway across U of T's three campuses

The 14th Annual U of T Undergraduate Mathematics Competition

Register to compete against U of T's top student talent

U of T Community Safety Office

Confidential, safe and supportive, the Community Safety Office responds to U of T students, staff and faculty members who have personal safety concerns


In the News


Milica Radisic Wins NSERC Steacie Fellowship

U of T tissue engineer wins prestigious fellowship

ChemE Professor Awarded PAPTAC's John S. Bates Medal

Professor Honghi Tran recognized for long-term contribution to the science and technology of pulp and paper industry

DNA-built Nanoparticles Safely Target Cancer Tumours

Research team lead by Professor Warren Chan discovers a new cancer medication vehicle

Professor Grant Allen Wins LeSueur Memorial Award

ChemE Chair recognized for technical excellence

Adel Sedra Appointed to Order of Ontario

Ontario's top official honour recognizes the highest level of individual excellence and achievement in any field


Your Faculty


Advancing Leadership in Engineering

U of T students and industry leaders spark new cross-generational dialogue

Students, Faculty and Staff Come Together for Dean's Town Hall

Students discuss key issues, including course evaluations, first year curriculum and academic advising with Engineering faculty and staff

Wear Pink to Stand Up Against Bullying

On February 26, join the Engineering Positive Space group in promoting awareness around bullying

U of T Engineering Competition Sees Record Involvement in 2014

Nearly 300 engineering students and over 50 judges participated in the 12th annual University of Toronto Engineering Kompetition (UTEK)

Engineering Minors and Certificates Information Sessions

Have your questions on U of T Engineering's minors and certificate programs answered

Leading Canada's Largest Transit System

The Toronto Transit Commission's CEO, Andy Byford, will share his leadership journey with U of T Engineering. RSVP to attend


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