This Week @ York for Week of August 18

Here’s your timely & targeted compilation of key events, noteworthy news and important dates for the remainder of the week.

Note: any information related to changes due to COVID-19 found in this newsletter has already been communicated to the community and can be found at York’s YU Better Together website. All this information is accurate at the newsletter’s time of publication.

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Here are some other important items to keep in mind this week.

1 Help us deliver online student services that meet your needs. With classes being delivered in remote or online formats for the Fall 2020 term, most of you will be accessing student services, resources and activities remotely – from all corners of the globe. Before the Fall 2020 academic term begins, we’re asking you to complete this Service Delivery Form no later than Wednesday, August 26, so that we can more flexibly tailor services, supports and programs throughout the semester.
2 Message from Vice Provost, Students, Lucy Fromowitz regarding Student Self-Identification Survey: “In our desire to serve all our students, we must first know more about you. To this end, with collaboration across our campuses, we are committed to implementing a self-identification survey. The survey will be distributed to all students for the Fall 2021 start, and annually thereafter. Your input will inform our policies, practices, programs, and services from an access and inclusion perspective. It will also allow us to communicate directly about services and opportunities designed specifically for specific student populations.” Read the full message here.
3 Information about Winter 2021: "We are now finalizing decisions about Winter 2021 term courses. We are all looking forward to being on our campuses as soon as it is safe to do so but whether your learning will be in-person or online, our instructors are finding innovative ways to provide the high-quality learning experience for which York is known." Read the full message here. (En français)
4 Mature & Transfer Student Orientation Session: Juggling Roles as a Mature Student Learner. This session focuses on providing tips on time management and online/remote learning. Mature students may find it a struggle to balance their time as a parent, employee and a student. Attend this session and learn how to balance being a student with being a parent and/or an employee. You will also hear personal stories from current mature students, meet peer mentors and members of the York University Mature Student Organization (YUMSO). Monday, August 24, 10 to 11 a.m. Registration required.

ACMAPS Event Schedule. Are you a mature student at York U? Are you interested in meditation or attending a casual, drop-in café hour to meet other mature students or a mature student peer mentor? Check the schedule at the link above and attend any session you wish, via Zoom.

If you’re a mature student looking for a breakdown of all the resources available to you at York, be sure to check out this recent YUBlog post on York’s Top Resources for Mature Students.

5 Fall 2020 International Student Virtual Orientation. In this orientation session designed for international students, you’ll learn about York International and many other supports, services and resources at York that are available to you, no matter where you are in the world. Connect with other students, classmates and new friends as you learn more about university life. Monday, August 24, 2 to 4 p.m.
6 York 101 Video: Orientation 2020. This recent video explains how Orientation will unfold this year. You’ll get to meet other students in your program, discover student supports and resources, and learn all about your degree.
7 Career Centre Webinar: Resumé & Cover Letter Writing. Learn tips on how to effectively target your resumé and cover letter. Present your experiences, education and skills in a way that showcases your assets and piques employers' interest in you. Thursday, August 20, 10 a.m. to noon. Registration required at Experience York.
8 Lockdown Fest. York Cinema & Media Arts is pleased to present the third and final instalment of this showcase of film and video works created during lockdown by York grads, undergrads and alumni. The selection of films will be available from August 20 to 23, but you are invited to watch it collectively this Friday and join the filmmakers for a Q&A after the screening. Film and Zoom links will be provided once you have registered for the event. Friday, August 21, 7 p.m.
9 #YUBlog Post: Remote Learning 101: York’s Top Online Library Services. Wondering how you’ll be able to access Library materials this Fall? In this blog post, you’ll learn about York’s Libraries and how they have adapted their resources and services to help you while studying from home.
10 Summer Online Activities Calendar. Check out this calendar and take part in some online activities. Connect with others and participate in activities for your academic, career, entertainment and fitness needs.

WORTH REPEATING

Fall/Winter 2020-2021 course enrolment. Courses this Fall will be, for the most part, delivered online and remotely. For tips on organizing your schedule with the Visual Schedule Builder, check out the recent #YUBlog post, Making Enrolment Easier with the Visual Schedule Builder.

For more information about the upcoming Fall/Winter 2020-2021 Academic Session and York’s path forward for the upcoming academic year, visit the YU Better Together FAQ web page. Find answers to some of your questions about enrolment, class delivery, research, academic support, student services, general operations and much more.

REMINDER: Check for available self-serve tools and resources on My Online Services. Get what you need, from wherever you are, at almost any time of the day.

When thinking about full-year courses for next year, don’t forget to check out the award-winning  C4: The Cross-Campus Capstone Classroom. This unique learning opportunity brings together students at the third-, fourth-, and fifth-year levels to work in interdisciplinary teams on real work challenges with social impact. Sign up here for more information.

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