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Come celebrate with us!

Please join friends & colleagues at the College of Arts 50th Anniversary Research celebration in which we will announce teaching awards and kick off the festive holiday season! It’s being held Thursday, November 14th 2019, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. University Club, 5th Floor UC
RSVP to Jane Hawkes, COA.DeansOffice@uoguelph.ca by November 7, 2019

What are we celebrating? Lots of things really.

  • Our 50th anniversary as a college, obviously.
  • Our new building and renovations. The news has been shared far and wide, from engineering publications to Broadway World.
  • The launch of our strategic plan early in the new year.
  • We’re welcoming 5 new faculty members: In Philosophy, there’s Joshua August Skorburg, who’ll also be working for the Centre for Advancing Responsible and Ethical Artificial Intelligence (CARE-AI), and then there’s Alena Barysevich in the School of Languages and Literatures. Come to her “Meet the New Researcher” talk next week on November 19th. We’re also welcoming Dr. Kristie MacDonald,  Studio Art and Printmaking and in History, Kim Martin. Kim along with Paul Barrett, our other new faculty in the School of English and Theatre Studies, will be helping to launch our new undergrad program in digital humanities. 
  • There’s other cool stuff going on too. HIST*4080: Indigenous Resistance Writing and Movements was presented at Senate and approved by BUGS for delivery in the 2020-2021 academic year. This course was developed by Brittany Luby as part of a larger initiative to develop an Indigenous curriculum stream in the Department of History.
  • Stephen Henighan held a Crossways Erasmus-Mundus visiting scholar position at the University of Tuebingen (Germany) in May.
  • The Gryphon Singers won 2nd Place prize for the 2019 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs (Collegiate division), June 30, 2019. https://www.choralcanada.org/national-competition-for-canadian-amateur-choirs.html
  • Sandra Rechico participated in the conference and exhibition Radical Cartography Now: Digital, Artistic and Social Justice Approaches to Mapping at Brown University in the fall. https://blogs.brown.edu/maps/
  • Congratulations also to Professor Christina Smylitopoulos  who received an UGFA Teaching Award. Christina’s contribution to the School of Fine Art and Music and her reputation as an educator among our students are exceptional and we are delighted to see them recognized by UGFA!
  • Guelph Classics swept national awards: College of Arts students win BOTH top Classical Association of Canada Undergraduate Essay Competition prizes. Rachel Tucker won BEST ESSAY IN CANADA (senior prize) for her paper “Penelope’s Book 19 Recognition.” Yoel Yakobi won BEST ESSAY IN CANADA (junior prize) for his essay “Ekphrasis and the Significance of the World within the Shield of Achilles in Homer’s Iliad.”
  • Finally, I’m saving the best for last. I’m happy to tell you’ll we’ll also be celebrating an exciting development for our grads: Apprenticeship program that will connect a select number of applicants to jobs in Guelph with the help of industry and the support of a private donor. 
  • We’re also giving out some teaching awards but who won what is a secret until the actual event. Shhh!