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Dr. Lauricella Receives the Tim McTiernan Student Mentorship Award

Published April 30: Dr. Sharon Lauricella, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director in Communication and Digital Media Studies at the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FSSH) was presented the Tim McTiernan Student Mentorship Award during the Celebrate Teaching Award Ceremony, held virtually on Thursday, April 24, 2020.


ELO Promotes Work Placement Program to Employers

Published April 24, 2020: Are you an employer looking to hire a summer intern? The FSSH Experiential Learning Office would like to inform you of an exciting opportunity provided by the Magnet Student Work Placement Program.


Over $6000 Raised Despite Cancelled Run

Published April 20, 2020: Despite the cancellation of the annual “Campus Run” fundraiser, organizers were still able to raise over $6000 in donations, the highest amount of any year prior.


Going Virtual this Summer for Internships

Published April 17, 2020: In the wake of the global 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, organizations around the world are quickly changing how they function which includes summer jobs and internships.


The Last Hurdle: FSSH Celebrates First Criminology PhD

Published April 7, 2020: A grad student in Criminology recently passed her last hurdle when she successfully defended her PhD thesis, marking the first-ever Criminology PhD defence in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities.

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CDMS Student Becomes Member of the Board of Directors at Durham Deaf Services

Published March 25: From placement student, to volunteer, to Board of Directors member, one FSSH student has been making an impact in her community. Fourth-year Communication and Digital Media Studies student Aly Beach was recently brought on as a member of the Board of Directors at Durham Deaf Services.

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Indigenous Studies Fellow Defends Thesis

Published March 16, 2020: On February 28, Ontario Tech’s first-ever Indigenous Studies Dissertation Completion Fellow successfully defended her doctoral thesis.

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FSSH Researcher Receives Grant Funding to Run Symposium on Institutional Violence

Published March 10, 2020: An Ontario Tech Legal Studies researcher was recently awarded grant funding to run a symposium based on previous work and research completed in the area of institutional violence. Dr. Jen Rinaldi and her colleague Dr. Kate Rossiter of Wilfrid Laurier University have received Connection Grant funding to run a two-day symposium which will further collective knowledge regarding the conditions and outcomes of institutional violence.

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Liberal Studies: The Creation of Life-Long Learners

Published February 10, 2020: Given the complex and ever-changing relationship between scientific, technological, and economic challenges on the one hand, and political, social, and cultural challenges on the other, the knowledge, skills and ability to understand and address that complexity are more important assets than ever before.

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It's time to drastically change our lifestyles and economic system

Published December 16, 2019: One recent study predicted that, keeping our current path, 55 per cent of the global population will be living in areas that are “beyond the threshold of human survivability.” Ecosystems such as the Amazon, Arctic, and all oceans will have collapsed. About one billion additional people will be displaced, creating a political crisis of mass migration of climate refugees.

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So, what’s the point of internships?

Published December 5, 2019: Pursuing an internship while completing your studies provides an excellent way to experience a real-world organization, to get to know their culture, and to explore professional career paths before you have graduated.

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Dementia and Young Carers: An Often Overlooked Issue

Published January 4, 2020: Alzheimer’s disease is the most common irreversible and fatal form of dementia, comprising symptoms including changes to one’s memory, judgment, reasoning, mood, behaviour, communication and the ability to function day to day (Chang, Patel & Schulz, 2015). Those caring in the context of Alzheimer’s (and the host of related brain disorders under the dementia umbrella) may be particularly prone to experiencing PTSD given the challenges associated with Alzheimer's progression.

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FSSH Faculty Member Takes Students Outside for Alternative Delivery Course

Published November 7, 2019: In response to Ontario Tech University's mandate to offer alternative delivery courses, one FSSH faculty member decided to take her students out of the typical classroom experience. During the Fall Reading Week, Associate Professor Sharon Lauricella, PhD, accompanied 33 students in the Communication and Digital Media Studies program to Ganaraska Forest for a three-day intensive module in an alternative delivery course on 'Listening.' 

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Tanya Tagaq Brings Inspiring Lecture and Performance to the Regent Theatre Stage

Published November 5, 2020: The first time Tanya Tagaq heard throat singing, she says she could hear her land through the sounds as if each note conjured up a memory. On October 30 an audience was treated to these sounds when Tanya took the stage at the Regent Theatre in downtown Oshawa, Ontario for this year's Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FSSH) Dean's Lecture, entitled Songs and Stories of Revolution. 

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FSSH Hosts Discussion on Indigenous Maya Health and Youth in Guatemala

On October 29, Horizons of Friendship and the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities' Experiential Learning office co-hosted an event entitled Chosen Paths: Indigenous Maya Health and Youth in Guatemala. The event featured a panel discussion between a group of visiting Maya K’iche youth, a traditional midwife and a representative of the Totonicapán Health Directorate, who spoke about their mission to save lives in their communities.