News and Events
Pitch for Progress
February 22, 2015, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Pathobiology, Room 1806, Ontario Veterinary College
Do you have a BIG IDEA that could change the world?
Following the 10th Annual Summit of Universities Fighting World Hunger hosted at
the University of Guelph, there will be a competition to Pitch for Progress.
Students will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for the chance to win a prize and
have their idea potentially leveraged with support from others.
The top five submissions will make a public pitch. Students will have six minutes to
pitch their idea to the judging panel followed by a series of questions.
Apply by February 6 (5pm)
1st prize $2,000
2nd prize $500
Sponsored by the First-Year Seminar Program. Associated with Darry Lecture.
Please join us for the inaugural Derry Lecture on February 23 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in War Memorial Hall.
The Derry Lecture was established by Douglas and Margaret Derry in support of the First-Year Seminar program at the University of Guelph.
Through their generous gift to the University, the Derrys have created the possibility of inviting an inspiring speaker, who epitomizes the spirit of the Seminar program. The speaker will present a public lecture and engage with students in the program and with students at the University of Guelph.
Come and see what FYS students have been exploring this semester. An interactive, awesome and engaging window into First-Year Seminars. Particularly interesting if you didn't take an FYS or if you are considering one for the Winter.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 1:30-3:30, Academic Town Square, McLaughlin Library
Jason Wilson will be offering a seminar in Winter 2015 on the impact of Jamaican music and culture on Canadian and British society. He was recently interviewed in the Globe and Mail about Toronto's reggae roots: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/an-exploration-into-torontos-reggae-roots/article19886958/
First-Year Seminar Student receives major scholarship to attend Cambridge University! http://www.uoguelph.ca/news/2014/04/u_of_g_student_nabs_prestigious_international_scholarship.html
The Director of the First-Year Seminar Program, Jacqueline Murray, has received a 3M Teaching Award from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
FYS instructor, James Harley, is featured in an article in At Guelph. Jim facilitates the seminar, The Art and Science of Listening. Read more about him and his research at:
GenY's Young Leaders include First-Year Seminar Alumni!
Recent FYS students Samuel Mosonyi, Jolène Labbé, and Gavin Armstrong are among the Exceptional Young Leaders at the University of Guelph named by Gen Y. As well, former seminar facilitator and Graduate Fellow, Lisa Kellenberger, was also in the group. Gen Y is a consulting and recruitment firm focusing on post-graduation employment for outstanding students.
Hold the Date! The Winter FYS Exhibition will take place Wednesday, April 2nd, 1:30-3:30 in the Academic Town Square.
Sleep: 1/3 of Your Life Spent with Your Eyes Closed was featured in At Guelph
The seminar Scotch Myths spent a long night on watch and painted Old Jeramiah a fabulous new tartan in anticipation of the Fall Exhibition.
What's Cooking in the Archives presented a live radio broadcast as part of its special event presentation based on Guelph's famous collection of cookbooks.
Jacqueline Murray, Director of the First-Year Seminar Program, received the D2L Innovation Award from the Society for Teaching and Learning. The award recognized her teaching innovation in FYS, including the development of UNIV*1150, The Politics, Science and Culture of Hunger. Congratulations Jacqueline!
Celebrating First-Year Seminars
Fall Poster Exhibit
On November 28th a number of seminar groups participated in the Frist-Year Seminars Poster Exhibit in the Academic Town Square. Twenty-four posters and additional slide presentations presented the culmination of the semester for a number of seminars. Topics moved encompassed issues surrounding food to poverty, from cultural diversity to environmental issues and economic games. Energy was high as students explained the implications of their topics to passers-by.
Look for the Winter semester exhibition at in early April.
Graduate Fellow shares expertise
Kim Wilson, FYS Graduate Fellow in 2013-14, will be appearing before the Senate Social Affairs, Science & Technology Committee regarding Bill C-300 on Suicide Prevention. Kim is Executive Director of the Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health.
FYS Poster Exhibt
Ever wonder what goes on a first-year seminar? Or what other people are doing in theirs? Plan to attend the first FYS Poster Exhibit and see for yourself. There will be posters and displays from a variety of seminars, reflecting their amazing journey of exploration and discovery.
Wednesday, November 28th
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Academic Town Square, McLaughlin Library
Seminars go to Residence
This year marks the beginning of a First-Year Seminar Cluster in Residence. Housed in Lennox-Addington, 16 new students are living in the cluster with cluster leader Gloria Wang [Should We be Told What toEat, F 2011]. The Director of the FYS program, along with six seminar alumni visited the cluster in September. Visitors included Jacqueline Murray [Director], Dinuka Gunaratne [Sex, Gender & Sexuality, F 2007], Marlaina Jaques [Sex, Gender & Sexuality, W 2008], Charlie Smith [Confronting Cultural Dilemmas, F 2011], Jake Schuknecht [Sex, Gender & Sexuality, F2011], Ann Hardy [Politics, Science & the Environment, W 2012], and Erin James [Politics, Science & Culture of Hunger, W 2012]
Members of the first FYS Cluster in residence: (from left to right: Mae MacEachern [Human Rights in Changing Times], Vanessa Tan [Why People Believe Weird Things], Taylor Milne [Confronting Cultural Dilemmas] and Taylor Hiltz [Should We be Told What to Eat].
Pizza accompanied the lively discussion of how seminars make a difference.
The Politics, Science and Culture of Hunger
Pictured from left to right: Shamu Mosoyni, Jacqueline Murray, Natalie Giesbrecht
Shamu Mosoyni (FYS 2011), Jacqueline Murray (Director) and Natalie Giesbrecht (Manager, Distance Learning) presented a paper at the meeting of The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Their paper focused on UNIV*1150 DE, The Politics, Science and Culture of Hunger. This is a unique first-year seminar that uses enquiry-based learning in a unique online format. Each person discussed the development and how they experienced the seminar from their unique perspectives of student, professor and designer. They describe the seminar and their paper as collaborative learning at its best. UNIV*1150 will be offered in W 2012.
First-Year Seminar Student Recieves 3M Scholarship
Jolène Labbé and Jacqueline Murray
The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education inaugurated a new award recognizing student learning and leadership. The first cohort of 3M National Student Fellows was presented at the annual meeting in Montreal in June. Jolène Labbé (FYS 2011) was among the 10 students from across Canada to be honoured and to receive a 3M scholarship. Jolène's experience in her First-Year Seminar set her on a path that integrates academic leadership and social awareness. Plus, the close relationships that develop between seminar students and facilitators led to her nomination.
Climate Change Affects Mental Health of Inuit
Ashlee Cunsolo Willox facilitated the seminar, Cool Heads for a Hot Planet in Winter 2012. Her research on climate change in northern Canada was featured in At Guelph.
Read the full news article
The Sky Garden Project
Students hold a model of sky gardens. Photo courtesy Guelph Mercury
The Vertical Farming Seminar provided Innovation for a Better Planet.
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Seminar Student Wins Award
Congratulations to Jolène Labbé who has been awarded a 3M Student Fellowship. Jolène took the seminar "The Politics, Science and Culture of Hunger" in W 11 and co-facilitated "Confronting Cultural Dilemmas."
She's a fabulous example of what FYS students can achieve!
Read the full news article
Engaged Learning that Matters
Photo courtesy Guelph Mercury
The Canada and Climate Change seminar moved out of the classroom with the message:
“It’s real and it’s happening.”
Meet and Greet
Tyler White and Jacqueline Murray
At a fabulous meet and greet in February, FYS students and faculty mingled with members of the University of Guelph Alumni Association.
An evening of delightful conversation across disciplines and generations was accompanied by delicious and edgy appetizers. Everyone received an FYS button and was challenged to “collect” a full set, by chatting with a broad range of people. Winners of the Minds I’ve Met draw for a U of G gift card were Kendra Thurston (Politics, Science and the Environment seminar) and Tyler White (Canada and Climate Change).
The event was so exhilarating that another will be planned.
Kendra Thurston receives her prize from Director, Jacqueline Murray