Exam schedule posted
The April final exam timetable has just been posted! If you have an exam time conflict (i.e., two exams at the same time, or three in three consecutive time slots; for example: afternoon, evening, next morning), don't worry - the Faculty Registrar's Office can help. Just drop by the office in room 1006, Sidney Smith Hall, and fill out a form - they'll resolve the conflict.
Y and S course drop dates
With exams around the corner and the drop dates for Y and S section code courses approaching quickly, now is the time for you to step back and make a realistic assessment in any courses where you have been encountering difficulty, or where you have missed a number of tests or assignments. Think about what is realistically possible in the time remaining in the term. If you need help making this assessment, you should consult your college registrar. The drop date for Y courses is February 21, and for S courses is March 13.
2011 summer courses
The summer session is a great time to pick up courses that you may have missed this fall/winter or courses that you may need or want to take before next September. The Faculty of Arts & Science has one of the largest summer programs in Canada. The tentative 2011 summer timetable is now available, and the final version will be available in late March.
New this summer - intensive courses!
The Faculty is offering an array of H courses in a new format this summer - 3-week intensive versions. These offerings might be an interesting and time-efficient way of making some summer progress.
Arts & Science Council elections
Elections for positions on the 2011-2012 Arts & Science Council and its sub-committees will be taking place in March. Nomination and election dates will be sent shortly in a separate email.
Discontinued print publications
This coming summer we will no longer be printing two publications: the June Update we used to mail out with the course changes, and the Revised Timetable in August that gave the course locations and instructors. We will be making the information available online instead. Since few students have been picking up the printed versions in recent years, we thought we could save some trees and put the resources into something more useful.
Tax receipts for tuition
T2202A forms are tuition tax receipts issued to all students who paid tuition for courses in the previous calendar year. These show the amount of tuition that can be deducted for income tax purposes as well as the number of months eligible for the education deduction. T2202A forms will be available on ROSI starting February 21. Select "tax forms" on the main menu to retrieve yours.
Scholarships with a March 15 application deadline
The Faculty of Arts & Science Student Awards Committee is now accepting applications for a number of in-course scholarships for students undertaking study or research in a variety of areas. The application deadline is March 15. Full details of criteria, value, and application instructions are available on the Arts & Science website for current students.
Summer OSAP: if you're planning to take courses this summer, remember that you must be in a course load of at least 60 per cent in each term to qualify for OSAP. In the summer, this means that you must be enrolled in 1.5 courses or more. To be eligible for an OSAP fee deferral for the summer, applications must be submitted by late March. For details about OSAP applications, contact your college registrar's office.
Fall-winter OSAP: As of February 1, 2011, students can begin applying online for 2011-12 OSAP for studies beginning in September 2011. Returning students must submit their applications by the end of May.
Philosopher Thomas Hurka says he's identified the best things in life
A new book, The Best Things in Life, by Thomas Hurka of the Department of Philosophy, explores the questions we probably all have asked ourselves at some point: How can I live my best life? What really matters, anyway? It's almost Reading Week now and maybe there's time to think about these things.
Anthropologists discover earliest cemetery in Middle East
Anthropologists at the University of Toronto and the University of Cambridge have discovered the oldest cemetery in the Middle East at a site in northern Jordan. The cemetery includes graves containing human remains buried alongside those of a red fox, suggesting that the animal was possibly kept as a pet long before dogs ever were.
New course evaluation framework proposed
The University of Toronto is reviewing course evaluations to determine how they can be more effective. The Course Evaluation Framework Implementation Group is looking for feedback on a proposed framework - if you have some thoughts on course evaluations, email them to email@example.com.
Nick Mount receives prestigious national teaching award
Charismatic Canadian literature and cultural history professor Nick Mount of the Department of English is a recipient of a prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship. It's the top teaching honour in Canada, with a maximum of 10 recipients annually.
Time to speak up about your University experience
In the next two months more than 40,000 undergraduate students will be asked to participate in one of two very important surveys: the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and The Globe and Mail's University Report Card. The results of these surveys are used to identify the strengths of a U of T education as well as identify shortcomings and establish priorities for change.
If you receive an invitation to participate in either of these surveys, please respond promptly and honestly. Your opinions matter!
Visual art contest and exhibition
The Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice is now accepting submissions for the upcoming juried student exhibition 'Faith & Spirituality in Student Life: How students see their spiritual life or journey'. Paintings, drawings and photographs are welcome. Entries should be no larger than 36" x 36", ready to hang and must be accompanied by a brief statement explaining how the art explores the topic. Entries will be reviewed by a jury for prizes and exhibition. Submission deadline is 4:00pm on March 1.
Help fight women's cancers
A University of Toronto team will be participating in the Weekend to End Women's Cancers on September 10-11, 2011. Proceeds from the walk go to the Campbell Family Institute at the Princess Margaret Hospital and towards their quest to end women's cancers in our lifetime. If you are interested in joining the team or if you have any questions, please email Jennifer Rosart.
Creative classes at Hart House
Creative classes in filmmaking, photography, theatre arts, personal empowerment, music and food & living are still available. Register online or at the Hart House Hub.
For detailed listings of events and opportunities for students, be sure to check out Ulife at www.ulife.utoronto.ca.
Running on empty? Need a Power Surge?
Take an hour out and get sparked by the poetry, actions and ideas of others. Power Surge is a 4-week series of lunchtime writing workshops with Poet in Community Ronna Bloom. Plug in by writing and engaging with words. March 3, 10, 17 and 24, 12:00pm-1:00pm. Registration required.
Need help when the going gets tough?
Whether you are in your first or last year of studies, university life can present significant challenges, and sometimes those challenges may cause you to feel emotionally and psychologically unwell. iCopeU at U of T is a new online program designed to give students the help they need during tough times. Visit the site for coping tools, information and resources available on the St. George campus.
Interested in law school?
The See Yourself Here conference is an opportunity for students from under-represented communities aspiring to enter law school to learn more about the admission process and the legal profession. Participants can attend speaker sessions, workshops and a networking reception. Friday, March 4, 9:30am-2:30pm. Registration required.