Summer Jobs +
Many University students are currently busy working
over the summer, gaining valuable experience as well as offsetting
the ever increasing cost of university studies. Along with many
other students, I am employed through the Ontario Work-Study program,
McWork, for the summer. This program provides full-time employment
during the summer for current full-time undergraduate students returning
to McMaster University, who are continuing in their undergraduate
program in the next fall/winter session. As with government-funded
Work-Study Programs, McWork offers full time on-campus summer jobs
for full-time eligible undergraduate students.
The Ontario Work-Study Program also offers part-time
jobs to undergraduate and graduate students who are studying full-time
at McMaster during the academic term. The Ontario Work-Study Program
assists students, who demonstrate financial need, to meet exceptional
costs, often unexpected, and not recognized under OSAP. It also
helps students who lack the resources expected under OSAP criteria
or, whose assessed need under OSAP is not met because of loan maximums
or, who do not wish to borrow further due to high debt load. More
information about Work Programs is available at http://sfas.mcmaster.ca.
As a full-time undergraduate student at McMaster
University, I have participated in the Ontario Work-Study Program
for three consecutive years. In my opinion, The Ontario Work-Study
Program is an excellent employment opportunity for those students
who are seeking part-time employment during the academic year. The
flexible scheduling of hours offered under the Ontario Work-Study
Program allows for students to strike a fine balance between the
demands of managing a full course-load while maintaining a part-time
job. Positions offered in the various departments at McMaster provide
students with a comprehensive understanding of the University and
how its campus functions. The Ontario Work-Study Program has enabled
me to fine-tune my professionalism and provided me with valuable
experience which I can use in future endeavours in the workplace.
For your convenience, all Ontario Work-Study positions
will be available through McMaster University’s online job
posting service, eRecruiting as of August 1st, 2004. Once you have
been approved for Financial Aid, you can log on and apply to these
positions through http://careers.mcmaster.ca
in order to be able to view these postings. I recommend that you
encourage your son/daughter to register for eRecruiting and take
advantage of the many job postings available. McMaster is happy
to post all Full Time, Part Time, Volunteer, Summer, and Work Study
positions for our students and graduates on eRecruiting throughout
Career Services Assistant
Career Planning & Employment Centre
A year ago, as I started university, my head was
filled with every thought imaginable. I thought I was the only one
feeling nervous. Slowly, I began to realize that other students
felt exactly as I did and that eased some of my anxieties about
As I reflect on Welcome Week I have only positive things to say
about it. Regardless of where you live or what faculty you are in,
university is a shared experience and Welcome Week helped to bring
everyone together in a unique way. Welcome Week was well organized
and the Welcome Week Representatives ensured first year students
felt welcomed and that they belonged to the university. Welcome
Week is organized by upper-year students for first year students.
It is an opportunity to meet other first year students, upper year
students, faculty members, and new friends. Many students wish they
could relive Welcome Week because of their positive experience and
return in their second year as Welcome Week Representatives to welcome
first year students to campus.
The atmosphere on campus during Welcome Week was unique. From the
moment I arrived on campus the diversity was evident yet we were
one McMaster community united in the shared goal of beginning university.
I feel fortunate to have participated in Welcome Week as it gave
me a shared experience with other first year students and it helped
to change my view of the life ahead of me. Welcome Week was exciting,
fun, full of possibilities and the support offered ensured a great
start to an important year, the beginning of my university career.
I hope your son/daughter has a similar opportunity when he/she arrives
on campus in September.
Science Level 2
There was once a girl terrified to embark on the
journey to post-secondary education. As the move-in day quickly
approached, she grew frightened that she had made the wrong decision
and pleaded with her wise mother to make it all go away. Her mother
turned to her and said “there’s no monster under that
residence bed so you’ll be fine. You’ll make lots of
new friends in no time.” Despite this advice, she couldn’t
get rid of the butterflies in her tummy. The dreaded day finally
arrived. She loaded up the car with all her worldly possessions
and headed off to Hamilton and her new home, Brandon Hall. When
she arrived, friendly Welcome Week reps, affectionately known as
jumping beans, carried her belongings up to her new room and introduced
her to the Residence Life Staff. As the shy girl looked around the
hall and began to meet some really cool people, she quickly discovered
that this whole university thing might not be as scary as she first
thought. So with a quick kiss and hug to her mother, the not-so
shy girl ran off to join her new friends in the Welcome Week events.
Her mother smiled and waved goodbye, knowing that everything was
as it should be.
While this story might sound like a fairy tale,
I can assure you it’s a true story; in fact, it’s my
story. I was absolutely sure that I would hate university and that
I should stay at home. However, that all changed the minute I stepped
onto campus and was welcomed into the McMaster community. As I look
back over my several years here at McMaster, I can honestly say
it was my Welcome Week experience that helped to shape my journey
through university. Welcome Week is so much more than a bunch of
really exciting and fun activities. It’s a wonderful opportunity
to get to know the people and services that make McMaster University
a great place to live and learn. During that first week in September,
I met people who became my best friends, I was introduced to great
professors who would help me discover my passion for learning and
I realized how much I had to offer the world. I’ve also come
to realize that I’d probably still be that shy little girl
if I wasn’t given all of these wonderful opportunities.
If your son or daughter is nervous about coming
to McMaster, share my story with them. The many people working on
Welcome Week have all been there and understand how it feels. Encourage
them to buy the MacPass and participate in Welcome Week because
it really is a great way to feel connected to the University. Enjoy
the rest of the summer and we look forward to welcoming you to McMaster
University in September.
Meghann Haggerty, B.A.
Honours Anthropology, IV
Welcome Week Coordinator 2004
Greetings from Housing & Conference
It’s July, and Residence move in is just six weeks away! Your
son/daughter is about to begin a challenging university education
both inside and outside the classroom. It marks a life transition
for not only your son/daughter, but for you the parent as well.
We believe that your knowledge and understanding of what life in
residence has to offer will help make your son/daughter’s
first year here a positive one and will ease the transition for
both students and parents. We are eager to share this incredible
residence-experience with you because we consider parents to be
part of the extended McMaster University Residence Community.
The Department of Housing & Conference Services is happy to
provide a “living and learning” environment that supports
the academic mission of McMaster University. Under the Umbrella
of Housing & Conference Services is Residence Admissions, Residence
Life, Facilities and Conferences, all working co-operatively together
to ensure a positive, well-maintained, safe and inclusive residence
hall community. Our goal is that all students enjoy their stay in
residence and accept the rewarding and educational possibilities
of the residence experience.
To assist in meeting the needs of students living
in Residence, Housing & Conference Services operate two Service
Centres. The Service Centres are the information stations for residence
halls and are open 24hrs a day! Your son/daughter is just steps
away from a Service Centre and one telephone call away from an answer
to a question, concern or need.
PARENTS have a lot of questions!
The Residence Handbook, which is part of the information package
along with room assignment that your son/daughter will receive in
late July, contains detailed information about moving in, residence
living, services and residence rules and policies. Please ask your
son/daughter to let you read the Residence Information package.
You’ll find a wealth of information about residence resources,
welcome week events, and staff. We also encourage you to read the
Residence Agreements and rules and regulations outlined in the Residence
Handbook. The following are brief answers to some frequently asked
questions about living in Residence and about Moving In. Take a
look to see if some are among yours.
What is living in residence like?
Every year, McMaster’s Residence Community is filled with
approximately 3,400 energetic and interesting students who come
from all sorts of cultural, economic and social backgrounds. It
is a diverse community of students, all who bring with them an eagerness
to learn and share ideas and knowledge. We look forward to welcoming
more of the same at move in 2004!
Are there rules in residence?
Yes. In order for students to have the best residence experience
possible, the wonderful rules of residence help maintain a positive
and safe environment. As well, the carefully developed policies
and guidelines protect the rights and well-being of each member
of the Residence Community. The spirit of residence living, in a
nutshell, is mutual respect and cooperation. (The complete and detailed
rules of residence are in your son/daughter’s Residence Handbook)
Are the residences safe?
Access to all residence buildings is governed by a computerized
24hr electronic control system. Access to each residence building
is limited to only those students that reside in the building. At
move-in, each student will receive a properly encoded access card
for the residence building he/she is assigned to. Most importantly,
Security programs help students play a role in maintaining a safe
residence by locking their doors when they leave their rooms, making
sure that exterior doors are not propped open and escorting their
guests at all times. The Residence Hall Community can become a strong
one where students know, care, and watch out for each other.
Getting ready for move in…….
How does my son/daughter check in to residence?
Look for signs directing you to the check-in area of your son/daughter’s
assigned residence building.
Will anyone be available to assist my son/daughter
and I with the move?
McMaster University Residence Leaders will greet you and your family
providing directions and assistance for moving into residence. These
friendly helpers are upper year students and are easy to spot------just
look for someone wearing a Housing & Conference Services shirt
and a big smile!
Where can I park to unload my son/daughter’s
Volunteers, (the ones wearing the safety vests) will be available
to assist with parking information and traffic flow. There will
be signage with clearly marked move-in routes. Once you unload your
belongings, please move your vehicle to a parking lot nearby.
What can I expect on my son/daughter’s
assigned move-in day?
Many cars, luggage and boxes everywhere! Traffic will flow slowly,
but steadily, into the residential areas. There will be a wait for
some of the elevators. If possible, you may want to bring extra
family members or a trolley/cart to help carry boxes. Move-in can
be frustrating, but it’s also a fun and exciting experience!
We will be doing our best to make it a smooth and enjoyable one
How can we make the move-in
Finally……The first week after move-in
is Welcome Week, a week that is full of fun events, residence orientation
as well as the start of classes. Don’t be surprised if you don’t
hear from your son/daughter the first week after move-in…….it’s
really a positive sign that they are settling and fitting in so well,
keeping busy (classes begin and books need to be purchased) and just
having a good time.
- With approximately 1,300 students of students moving in on one
day, it can get kind of crazy! Many students’ belongings
look similar. With this in mind, have all boxes/luggage labeled
with name and assigned Residence Hall/Room number.
- Encourage your son/daughter to inspect their room in the first
week after move-in and complete the Room Condition Report that
will be found in their room to note the existing condition of
their assigned room. This initial inspection is important so that
we can correct any deficiencies promptly. Deficiencies or damages
not noted will result in charges to the student(s) at move-out.
- Arrive early on the day of your son/daughter’s assigned
move-in date so you and your family can see different parts of
the campus and get a “feel” for her/his new home.
Bring a camera. Enjoy a meal together at one of the Campus Dining
outlets. Check out the Bookstore and buy your first MAC sweater
Staying Connected after Move-in: Tips for
We at Housing & Conferences Services like to call Residence
the “home” away from home, but parents are still a student’s
major support system, even when you’re miles away.
- Write down your son/daughter’s mailing address, phone
number, email address and class schedule
- Students check their mailbox often! Send letters/cards, family
& pet photos, care packages, money….especially in the
first few weeks
- Visit. Students like planned visits, especially visits that
are planned around dinner and shopping
- Find out what is important in Residence each month by subscribing
to the Residence online newsletter called the Resnote
If you have any additional questions, please feel
free to contact us at 905-525-9140, Ext. 24223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy the summer and we’ll see you at Move
Housing & Conference Services
Finding accommodation off-campus
September is fast approaching, and your son or
daughter is getting anxious and excited about coming to McMaster.
You, too, are experiencing the same emotions, but perhaps for different
- or some of the same - reasons! If you are concerned because your
young adult will be living off-campus - fear not. There are many
resources available here at Mac to provide support and ensure they
receive the “complete university experience”.
Whether living at home and commuting, or living
in a local off-campus rental, all are encouraged to get involved
at McMaster, and it all begins with Welcome Week (the first week
of September). Welcome Week includes all sorts of fun activities
to help integrate the newcomer into life at Mac. The Society
of Off-Campus Students (SOCS) organizes and coordinates
the week’s activities for all off-campus students. Your son/daughter
will be receiving details and an open invitation for participation
in Welcome Week later this summer. Watch for the package in the
Students can continue their involvement throughout
the year by joining a student club or committee (such as SOCS),
or getting involved with their Faculty society. You can view some
of the student organizations by visiting http://www.msu.mcmaster.ca/clubs/listings.php.
If your son or daughter is planning to rent an
accommodation close to campus, s/he should check out the Off-Campus
Resource Centre (OCRC), located inside the Student Centre,
Room B112, or visit http://www.macocho.com.
All available listings can be accessed on-line or in the office,
as well as a variety of other details about the City of Hamilton,
transportation maps, rights and responsibilities of tenants and
lots of other useful stuff.
As a first-year student living off-campus, one
might be worried about living with people they’ve never met.
That’s where the Housemate Connector can
offer some relief. The Housemate Connector is an on-line tool (accessible
through the OCRC website, above), designed to help students “connect”
with others before looking for accommodations. Once students register
themselves, they can browse the list to see who else is registered,
with common interests or lifestyle as their own, with a view to
finding an accommodation together. We have heard of many successful
connections in the past from using this service; we’re confident
we have improved the service even more for this year.
So whatever your son or daughter’s off-campus
living arrangements may be, rest assured support is only a phone
call - or a ‘click’ - away!
Welcome to McMaster and the surrounding Hamilton
Michael G. DeGroote School of Business
Rita Cossa has been a lecturer at McMaster since
1999 and teaches level one and two courses
in the Faculty of Business. After graduating with an Honours Bachelor
of Business Administration degree, she pursued a career in the financial
services industry. With her staff, she developed and implemented
strategic and marketing initiatives. During this time, her love
of learning brought her to McMaster where she received her MBA with
a marketing focus. She now has her "dream job" housed in the Michael
G. DeGroote School of Business.
This three time nominee for the McMaster Student Union teaching
award has coauthored the number one Canadian introduction to business
textbook for university and college students (Understanding Canadian
Business, 4th Edition). She is liked by her students who know her
to be tough but fair, and approachable. She believes that university
is a great experience for students and she strongly encourages students
to get to know their professors and establish connections with them.
When she isn't involved in writing the next edition of her textbook,
she is spending her free time with her husband Stephen and their
one year old daughter, Mattia.
Health Education Coordinator
Health & Wellness,
Campus Health Centre
Jane Radix is the Health & Wellness Education Coordinator at
the Campus Health Centre http://www.mcmaster.ca/health/hwc/wellnesshome.html
and recent winner of the President’s Award of Excellence for
Outstanding Service. Jane started working at the Centre 15 years
ago as a staff nurse, and excelled in providing high quality nursing
care to students. Since then, Jane has educated, supported, encouraged,
mentored and cared for both students and staff at McMaster. Among
Jane’s many projects and accomplishments are:
- Lobbying to add a formal health education program to Student
Health with a focus on disease prevention and health promotion,
which resulted in the Health & Wellness Centre. Today the
Health & Wellness Centre is staffed by three with 40 student
volunteers contributing to the wellness of their peers.
- “HealthTalk@Mac” http://www.mcmaster.ca/health/hwc/Newsletters/main.htm
- ‘Alcohol Education Fair’, the first on a Canadian
university campus providing awareness and promoting responsible
- Exploring Men’s Voices
- Mesh the Flesh
- Leave the Pack Behind
- Founding member of Soul Food Fair
- Reality Check
- Nurse in Residence program
- Executive member of the Anti-Violence Network
- And many many more.
At the core of Jane’s work is her commitment to students
and student success both in their personal and academic lives. Jane
has an outstanding reputation on campus for her hard work and dedication.
Year Experience Office (FYE)
Entering First Year University can be an exciting
yet daunting time of transition for students, parents and families.
McMaster University is committed to supporting first year students
during this transition by providing a wide range of services and
programs. The First Year Experience Office (FYEO), http://fye.mcmaster.ca,
offers a variety of programs to support your daughter/son in making
a smooth and successful transition from High School to her/his first
year at McMaster University.
To this end, the First Year Experience Office coordinates
and oversees a number of Orientation and Leadership training programs
and works in collaboration with Associate Deans/Faculty Offices
and Student Affairs Offices and student groups to support first
year students in achieving their academic and life goals.
Student Leadership Training
Welcome Week Planners and Coordinators
Each year over 50 upper-year student leaders, selected/elected by
their respective organizations to assume positions of leadership
in Welcome Week, are trained by the First Year Experience Office
in the areas of teambuilding, budgeting, risk management policies
and procedures, project management, and interview skills. In addition,
the FYE Office works in collaboration with the student Welcome Week
Coordinators to train over 1000 Welcome Week Representatives from
student faculty associations, the Society of Off-Campus Students
and Residences to be upper-year peer leaders.
Orientation to McMaster University
We offer a twelve-week comprehensive orientation program to McMaster
University beginning 7 weeks prior to a student’s arrival
on campus, including a Week of Welcome and continuing for the first
six weeks of first term. Orientation programs include:
Prelude to Mac, an on-line orientation program
beginning July 19th and continuing until Thanksgiving weekend. Prelude
to Mac features seven weeks of thematic videos and relevant web
links, weekly quizzes to test your knowledge and 30-40 message boards
organized around academic programs, living options (off-campus,
commuter, residences) and other topics of interest. Upper year on-line
peer mentors and program administrators from the First Year Experience
Office, the Centre for Student Development, Residence Life, Career
Services and Academic Faculties will moderate the message boards.
Welcome Day @ MAC is an open house for students
and families on Friday August 6th. Welcome Day @ Mac features library/campus/residence
tours, an interactive simulation on the challenges and opportunities
of first year university and workshops and information sessions
on topics such as; Budgets, Bursaries and Managing Your Student
Account, First Year Success Strategies, and Preparing for Professional
Schools to name a few. Check out the web site for a complete listing.
Welcome Week, is a series of programs and activities,
beginning September 4 or 5 (depending on move-in day for residence
students), designed to assist students in easing the transition
to McMaster University. During Welcome Week students can expect
to meet new friends, connect with upper-year student leaders who
are positive role models, develop a sense of belonging to McMaster
University and connect with university support services.
First Year Ignition, is a re-orientation program
six weeks in to the first term, on October 12th, reintroducing information
and support services at mid-term examination time. Student success
presentations/panels, information tables and leadership and Peer
Helping Programs are a key feature of this re-orientation program.
The staff in the First Year Experience Office is
excited to welcome you and your daughter/son to McMaster University
this summer through Prelude to Mac and to campus at Welcome Day
@ Mac and Welcome Week. Please call, e-mail or visit the office
and let us know how we may be of assistance. We look forward to
You can visit/contact us at the following:
1280 Main Street West
Telephone: (905) 525-9140 extension 26292/23865
Fax: (905) 524-0222
Web site: http://fye.mcmaster.ca
My son is only 17 years old and
I would like to be able to have access to his academic and financial
information. Is there a form I can fill out to enable me to have
access to his information?
All students at McMaster are afforded the same right to privacy
regardless of their age and the University will not release the
following personal information: registration status, grades/marks,
visits to counselling and health services, disciplinary information
or financial information.
McMaster’s policy regarding the release of information
"Guidelines on Access to Information and Protection of Privacy"
can be found at http://www.mcmaster.ca/bog/policies/aipp.htm.
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Prelude to Mac - Coming July 19th, 2004
Encourage your son/daughter to check out our newest
orientation program, an on-line introduction to the McMaster University
community. Beginning July 19th, Prelude to Mac will feature a new
video each week introducing campus / community people, resources
and services along with relevant web links to different areas of
interest at the University and weekly quizzes to challenge and test
your knowledge on what you have learned. A key feature of Prelude
to Mac are the message boards. Students can chat on-line and ask
questions of upper year peer mentors and staff / administrators
as questions arise over the summer. Check out the web site for information
McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC) - http://www.mcmaster.ca/musc/about.html
The Daily News web site is the primary source
of information at the University
Athletics & Recreation’s Back to
Mac: Alumni Marauder Newsletter http://www.athrec.mcmaster.ca/alumni/backtomac/
Health Talk @ Mac
GSA Today: Graduate Students Association
The Link Newsletter: McMaster Association
of Part-Time Students (MAPS) http://www.mcmaster.ca/maps/thelink.html
The McMaster Times
Physics & Astronomy Newsletter
Religious Studies Newsletter
Residence Life Newsletter http://housing.mcmaster.ca/PDF
The Silhouette, official newspaper
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