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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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August

Northeast view of City of Oshawa

COVID-19’s lessons for community service delivery: local ideas drive local solutions

The unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic form the focus of a new online course this summer for upper-year students at Ontario Tech University and Trent University Durham GTA. In partnership with the City of Oshawa, the City Idea Lab course has students exploring how communities can ‘future proof’ their services so they can be prepared for when the next crisis hits.


July

Specially designed grad boxes were shipped to the class of 2020.

Ontario Tech University honours class of 2020 with virtual celebration

For university students, walking across the Convocation stage to receive their degree parchment signals both the end of an era and a new beginning. While Ontario Tech University’s traditional in-person Convocation celebration was not possible in June due to COVID-19 restrictions, the university wanted to do something special to mark the class of 2020’s accomplishments and cheer them on from a distance.

Ontario Tech University's Faculty of Education will hold its Best Practices in Online and Blended Learning conference from August 10 to 14.

Ontario Tech helping teachers do their homework on preparing for online teaching

For more than a decade, Ontario Tech University has been a leader in online and blended learning. From Monday, August 10 through Friday, August 14, Ontario Tech’s Faculty of Education will share its expertise and best practices with Ontario Kindergarten-to-Grade-12 teachers through an online teaching and learning conference.

Ontario Tech University alumna Lena McNeill (Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Laboratory Science), class of 2020).

Ontario Tech workshop helps Indigenous student align passion with entrepreneurship

Understanding your personal gifts and talents is one of the secrets to successful entrepreneurship. Ontario Tech University alumna Lena McNeill (Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Laboratory Science), class of 2020) learned this while participating in a recent university-led entrepreneurship workshop for Indigenous students.


June

Participants using a LittleBits snappable circuit kit to create a flashlight during a previous March Break Maker Camp at Ontario Tech University.

‘Introduction of coding in Grade 1 key to Ontario’s new math curriculum’: Ontario Tech experts

Faculty of Education researchers at Ontario Tech University say the Province of Ontario’s new elementary math curriculum gets good early grades, particularly for introducing coding skills to students starting in Grade 1. As a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-focused university, Ontario Tech has a unique perspective on the benefits of integrating computing sciences and math learning.

Participants using a LittleBits snappable circuit kit to create a flashlight during a previous March Break Maker Camp at Ontario Tech University.

Ontario Tech researcher helping Canada’s military battle right-wing extremism

The Department of National Defence’s Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) program will be funding the research expertise of Ontario Tech University’s Barbara Perry, PhD over the next three years to help examine the dynamics of hateful conduct and right-wing extremism in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Sunday, June 21 marks National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada.

Ontario Tech celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21

For the past quarter-century, June 21 has marked Indigenous Peoples Day, offering all Canadians a symbolic opportunity to learn more about the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Epidemiologist Dr. Emma Bartfay is a Professor with Ontario Tech University's Faculty of Health Sciences.

What lies on the road ahead with COVID-19?

Ontario Tech University epidemiologist Dr. Emma Bartfay continues to monitor local, national and global developments with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Faculty of Health Sciences researcher offers her take on the latest developments.

Software and Informatics Research Centre, Ontario Tech University

Dr. Steven Murphy’s statement on racism and violence

The Ontario Tech University community is deeply concerned with the disturbing incidents of racism and acts of violence witnessed over the past several days. It is particularly distressing to watch members of Black communities once again experience acts of hatred and violence.


May

Student learning online

Ontario Tech University introduces Student Experience Guarantee for Fall 2020

Ontario Tech University recognizes its students have big questions about what their university experience will look like when they begin their studies or return in Fall 2020. That’s why Ontario Tech is offering all students an Experience Guarantee. Any full- or part-time student enrolled in the Fall 2020 term not satisfied with the quality of their university experience can withdraw from their program by Friday, October 9, and receive a full refund, without penalty.

Mitch Frazer was named Chancellor of Ontario Tech University on May 1, 2020.

Mitch Frazer named Ontario Tech University’s Chancellor

The Board of Governors of Ontario Tech University has appointed Mitch Frazer as the university’s fourth chancellor. He will assume the role of Chancellor effective May 1, 2020 and will be formally installed at a ceremony to be announced.


April

Typography image - connecting socially while respecting physical distancing.

Good mental-health practices are everyone’s responsibility, says Ontario Tech researcher

Social connection is this year’s theme for the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) Mental Health Awareness Week (Monday, May 4 through Sunday, May 10). Research shows that social connection and social support are key factors that protect and promote good mental health. The good news is, you don’t have to be in physical proximity to nurture a sense of closeness and connection.

Douglas Allingham, Chair, Ontario Tech University Board of Governors (far right), with student volunteers.

Ontario Tech University applauds its volunteers for their dedicated service to the university

During National Volunteer Week (Sunday, April 19 to Saturday, April 25), Ontario Tech University celebrates and thanks its many volunteers, including the university’s Board of Governors, students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Throughout the academic year, they contribute their time and resources to serve our community in countless ways. The university accomplishes so much more, thanks to their dedication and generosity.

Dr. Serena Sohrab, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business and Information Technology, Ontario Tech University.

How to meet the challenges of working and learning from home

At Ontario Tech University, Faculty of Business and Information Technology organizational behaviour and human resources researcher Dr. Serena Sohrab says working or studying at home presents a new set of stressors and challenges for remaining productive.

Students talking in front of Ontario Tech University building

Ontario Tech University creates $1 million matching fund for student relief

Ontario Tech University students are experiencing financial need like never before due to emergency measures brought on by COVID-19. Many students have lost their part-time jobs with limited prospects for summer employment. To support its students Ontario Tech created the $1-million Student Relief Fund where all donations will be matched by the university.

Fourth-year Ontario Tech Nuclear Engineering student Jordan Crowell.

Biodiversity, health and COVID-19: How did we get here?

Ontario Tech University sustainable development expert Dr. Peter Stoett is Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, and contributes extensively to international environmental research. Dr. Stoett shares answers to range of questions related to COVID-19, biodiversity and health,

Dr. Steven Murphy, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ontario Tech University.

Ontario Tech University: Taking a lead role in e-learning

Dr. Steven Murphy, President and Vice-Chancellor, and Co-Chair of eCampusOntario, answers questions about the rapid and seamless transition of Ontario Tech’s curriculum for the closing weeks of the Winter 2020 semester.


March

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Ontario Tech researcher exploring parent-child conversations about COVID-19

As the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic deepens, an Ontario Tech University researcher will examine how Canadian and American parents talk to their children and how kids are adjusting during this historic time. Developmental Psychologist Dr. Lindsay Malloy and her lab team have launched a new study titled Coronavirus: Parent-Child Conversations and Children's Reactions to the Pandemic.

Ontario Tech University's 2020 Virtual Open House takes place Saturday, March 28, starting at 10 a.m.

Check out Ontario Tech University’s virtual Open House Saturday, March 28

Physical distancing may be forcing people to stay indoors, but it hasn’t stopped Ontario Tech University’s Open House. Looking to give future students and applicants as much access and information as possible to learn more about us, the university’s annual event has been transformed into a digital, interactive Virtual Open House (ontariotechu.ca/openhouse) on Saturday, March 28.

2017 Three-Minute Thesis winner Ololade Sanusi representing Ontario Tech University at the 2017 provincial 3MT championship in Waterloo, Ontario.

Explain your research to me. You’ve got three minutes: Go!

On Thursday, March 12, Ontario Tech University will put the spotlight on graduate student research as candidates for master’s degrees and PhDs publicly share their discoveries during the annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition.


February

Red dresses displayed in Ontario Tech University's North Oshawa Campus Library.

REDress Campus Campaign to shine spotlight on MMIWG2S crisis – February 10 to 14

From Monday, February 10 to Friday, February 14, the REDress Campus Campaign at Ontario Tech University and Durham College will raise awareness, generate conversation, inspire action and honour those who have been touched by the historic and ongoing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S) crisis.


January

The Ontario Tech-Trent MScN program addresses the need for new nursing leaders who have the technological and critical-thinking skills to make complex decisions.

New professional master’s program to advance leadership of nurses in evolving health-care sector

In today’s rapidly changing health-care landscape, the demands on nurses continue to grow. The number of patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, dementia or heart failure is increasing significantly, while at the same time, health-care providers look for ways to improve the efficiency and quality of health-care services. In this environment, leadership in the field of nursing is needed more than ever.

Fifty-three representatives from four universities, including one faculty member and five graduate students from Ontario Tech, participated in the International University Exchange Symposium in Chemistry, hosted December 3 to 5, 2019 at the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) in Japan.

Ontario Tech Chemistry grad students present research at Japan symposia

In December, Ontario Tech University Chemistry faculty and graduate students participated for the third time in the Kyutech-Ontario Tech Symposium in Chemistry and the International University Exchange Symposium in Chemistry, hosted at the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) in Japan.

Ontario Tech University's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science hosted its annual Robot in 3 Days competition January 4 to 6 at ACE.

Ontario Tech helps STEM students acquire skills to change the world

In the closing days of the recent holiday break, Ontario Tech University Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science students showcased human and technical skills in the 2020 Robot in 3 Days (Ri3D) international challenge, a marathon robot-building competition.