May @ Mac
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Time: various activities will be running from 9:00am - 3:00pm (tentatively)
Join us at this Open House to:
- Find out more in-depth information about your program of study.
- See all 12 of our residences.
- Explore our beautiful campus.
If you want to join us for the day, please visit this site in early April for more information.
May Grade Results
May is the next time that final course grades are released to students. This is a critical time for students since the Faculty/Program offices make decisions in regards to program applications, the ability for students to continue at University, and graduation. Please note that your son/daughter may be under pressure during this critical time. The academic process can be confusing and intimidating, but Academic Advisors can explain the process, talk about options and help your son/daughter discover the correct path to success. Students should contact their Academic Advisors if they have any questions or concerns at any time throughout the year.
The following paragraphs contain basic information about the academic process and McMaster University terminology. This may help you to understand course offerings and how students continue through their Undergraduate degree studies.
McMaster University offers courses in two sessions within the academic year. The Fall/Winter session runs from September to April and the Spring/Summer session runs from May to August. Each session contains three terms. For example, the Fall/Winter session contains: Term 1 which runs from September to December; Term 2 which runs from January to April; Term 3 which runs from September to April. Students receive final grades for their courses at the end of the appropriate term.
Please note that students may complete courses in any term of any session, provided that the courses are offered during the desired timeframe. McMaster University provides an online searchable Master Timetable (http://registrar.mcmaster.ca/scheduling/coursett.html) which contains course offering information. This information should be consulted before registration to ensure that timetable conflicts are avoided.
A “Review” is an academic assessment of a student’s performance to determine eligibility to continue in a program or to graduate. A “Reviewing Period” is the time between two reviews for a student. Reviewing will take place in May for the Fall/Winter session and August for the Spring/Summer session provided the student has attempted at least 18 units of work since the last review or is a potential graduand. A “Result of Session” is the statement of the academic standing of a student at the end of a reviewing period. “May continue in program”, “May not continue” and “Clear to graduate” are three examples.
This is only a brief overview of the academic process and Academic Advisors in each Faculty/Program office can provide more information which can help students discover options, make informed decisions and navigate the University.
Changes in Academic Regulations for the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences
There is a change in the University’s Academic Regulations that applies to students in the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences. Effective for the Fall/Winter 2011-12 Session, entry into and continuation in an Honours program will involve a stepped progression whereby students can enter Level II of an Honours B.A. program with a Cumulative Average (CA) of at least 5.0 and a grade of at least C (5.0) in the appropriate course(s), but will need a CA of at least 5.5 to enter Level III, and a CA of at least 6.0 to enter Level IV.
A more detailed explanation of these regulations appears in the 2011-12 Undergraduate Calendar at http://registrar.mcmaster.ca/CALENDAR/2011-12/pg137.html.
The McMaster University grading system can be found at http://registrar.mcmaster.ca/calendar/current/pg145.html.
Students can contact an Academic Advisor in these Faculties for more information.
Faculty of Humanities Academic Advising Office
Chester New Hall, Room 107
905-525-9140 ext. 27532
Faculty of Social Sciences Academic Advising Office
Kenneth Taylor Hall, Room 129
905-525-9140 ext. 23772
Spring/Summer Message from Student Accounts and Cashiers
We understand the important role parents play in supporting your child as they go through their university years, and because of that, we have a Parent’s Page with tips and suggestions of how you can help toward student success. At this time of year, while students are experiencing late night study sessions and exams, we know they may need a little help to keep their other responsibilities on track. Below are some quick seasonal issues that need to be addressed. Please refer to our Parent’s Page for full information and detail.
2010 T2202A Tax Certificates – Are not mailed out. They are available to students 24/7 through MUGSI (click on "Tax Certificates”, then log in). Students can also access their 2006 to 2009 certificates there. If 2003-2005 certificates are required, the student will need to call us at 905-525-9140 x 24478, and we can arrange to have duplicates made.
Payment Deadline!! - As of March 15, all Fall/Winter session tuition, residence, and meal plan fees must be paid in full to avoid being blocked from Grade Report / SOLAR (future registrations). Monthly interest charges continue to accrue as they have since September. It’s a student’s responsibility to be reviewing their Account Statements on MUGSI frequently during their study sessions to avoid these charges as well as to be aware of any balance owing.
Spring/Summer Session 2011 – SOLAR Registration and the Payment Agreement (PA) open on March 21st. All initial payment as outlined on the PA is due no later than May 1st. Please see our Important Dates and Deadlines for more details on important session dates to be aware of.
Potential Graduands – Congratulations to all our Graduands from all of us at Student Accounts and Cashiers! Convocation is right around the corner. We urge students to view their Account Statements and settle any balance owing no later than April 15 to avoid any complications with receiving diplomas on time for convocation ceremonies.
Account Statements – In accordance to McMaster’s efforts to contribute to a more sustainable community, Account Statements have not been printed or mailed since 2008. Any student can view their online Account Statement by logging on to MUGSI (My Student Accounts and Cashiers / Account Statement). Because of FIPPA (Freedom of Information Protection Privacy Act), we are unable to discuss specifics of your child’s Account Statement with anyone but them. If you would like to view this statement regularly, please discuss a workable schedule with your child.
OSAP – Fall/Winter 2011-2012 – If your child is planning on using OSAP as a Funding Option for this session, online applications are now available. Although we recommend students apply no later than July 15th to have their OSAP calculate on their Payment Agreement, we encourage everyone to apply now for those wishing to register as soon as SOLAR opens. More detailed OSAP information can be found on the Student Financial Aid and Scholarship website at: http://sfas.mcmaster.ca/
The Examination Timetable for April 2011 is available at http://registrar.mcmaster.ca/scheduling/examfinalb.php.
A personal exam timetable is also available for each student on MUGSI (McMaster University Gateway to Student Information).
Spring/Summer Courses - Reminder
This is a reminder that students can start registering for spring/summer courses on March 21. The Master Course Timetable is available at https://adweb.cis.mcmaster.ca/mtt/.
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Health and Wellness
Student Wellness Centre
McMaster’s Campus Health Centre and the Centre for Student Development are in the beginning stages of a new partnership that will see an improvement in services to students.
Core services will remain the same, but how students access and navigate these services will change. This new partnership will take the guess-work out of seeking assistance for health, wellness and counseling related concerns. Students will be able to access all of these services through one, central point of contact. In order to promote individual well being and success, the new partnership will provide a consistent, streamlined and collaborative delivery model.
Hamilton’s Health Care Options Change On April 4, 2011
Emergency at McMaster becomes children’s only
West end Urgent Care Centre for all ages opens
In 2008, Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) introduced ‘Access to the Best Care’ (ABC), a plan designed to ensure a sustainable health system that will better co-ordinate high quality, specialized care for local and regional patients.
On April 4, 2011, some of the final elements of this plan are being implemented. Beginning at 8 a.m. that day, the McMaster University Medical Centre Emergency Department will become a children’s-only service for kids and youth 17 and under. Ours is one of the last regions in Canada without a dedicated children’s Emergency Department. This is something the 600,000 children who live in this region need and deserve. Adults can continue to use the Emergency Departments at Hamilton General Hospital, Juravinski Hospital and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.
Also on April 4, the adult inpatient beds (with the exception of obstetrics) will move out of McMaster University Medical Centre to Juravinski Hospital, Hamilton General Hospital and St. Joseph’s Healthcare. This will enable the consolidation of adult inpatient services at fewer locations and therefore make better use of health care resources – especially the medical specialists who are doing their best to meet rising demands for their services.
Emergency care and urgent care are vital services in any community. After April 4, 2011, the people of Hamilton and the surrounding region will have one more option. An Urgent Care Centre will open on Main Street West, just west of the 403. It will serve adults and children who have non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries – the same service that is already provided to people in east Hamilton by St. Joseph’s Urgent Care Centre on King Street East.
Where should you go for care after April 4, 2011?
Children 17 and under:
McMaster Children’s Hospital Emergency Department *NEW
1200 Main St. West, Hamilton, L8N 3Z5
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Anyone with non-life-threatening illness or injury:
Main Street West Urgent Care Centre *NEW
690 Main Street West, Hamilton, L8S 1A4
Open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
7 days a week
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s Urgent Care Centre
2757 King Street East, Stoney Creek, L8G 5E4
Open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
7 days a week
Anyone with life-threatening illness or injury
Call 9-1-1 or go to:
Hamilton General Hospital
237 Barton St. East, Hamilton, L8L 2X2
711 Concession St., Hamilton, L8V 1C3
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
50 Charlton Ave. East, Hamilton, L8N 4A6
For more information, please visit http://www.rightplacebestcare.ca/body.cfm?id=153&SubDomain=true
Moving out of residence
Where has the time gone?
It seems like just yesterday when you helped move your son/daughter into residence and wondered how all of his/her “stuff” was going to fit.
Well, as the school year ends and students clean out their residence rooms, they typically find that they have more “stuff” than they are able to take home. Encourage your son/daughter to pack-up ahead of time and even bring loads home early wherever possible.
To help students plan for a successful move-out this month, all residence students have been sent an e-card outlining important dates and move-out procedures. This information is intended to make sure a student’s final days in residence are spent studying for exams rather than packing or cleaning their rooms.
A move-out FAQ list is available on the website to assist students. We have also created a brief move-out information guide for parents (below) with answers to frequently asked questions about how you can help your student move out of residence.
Please read the following move-out information carefully. These timesaving tips will help make the final move-out smooth and stress-free for you and your son/daughter.
If you have any questions or concerns about the move-out process, please contact us at 905-525-9140 x 24223 or via email at email@example.com.
We are glad that you have been part of McMaster’s extended residence community, and we hope that your son’s/daughter’s residence life experience has been a memorable one.
See you at move-out!
- McMaster Housing & Conference Services
Moving out for the summer
As the school year comes to a close, off-campus students will soon be moving out of their student homes and then travelling or moving back in with their parents for a few months. It’s always a bit of a messy time in the local neighbourhoods, since many students will pack up their personal belongings and then leave their dwelling with little other thought given to what condition they’re leaving things in. Often, there is quite a mess left behind – an unsightly scene for neighbours, landlords and other residents.
Please encourage your student to take a responsible approach to vacating his/her student rental unit:
- Properly sort trash into garbage, recycling bins or the ‘green bin’ and place things at the curb for pick-up (Mondays);
- Don’t leave behind unwanted furniture; dispose of it properly at the Dundas transfer station (exit Cootes Drive off Main St.; turn right onto York Road at the first set of lights)
- Vacuum/mop the floors;
- Clean the bathrooms and kitchen (including the fridge);
- Don’t vandalize the house, even if you didn’t really get along with your landlord
McMaster is also trying to assist in the clean-up after move-out by taking some additional steps:
- A community clean-up event will be organized by student groups to hand-pick litter that has blown through the neighbourhood;
- If your son or daughter has nice, clean gently-used furniture (too good for the transfer station) they can contact the St. Vincent de Paul Society and they will gladly come to the house to pick it up for free. The items must be in decent, reusable condition. Please call 905-549-3902 to make arrangements.
- For unwanted IT items (eg. Modems; printers; cameras; cell phones), they can be placed at the curb and an IT recycling company will pick these items up on April 22nd.
Finally, please take a look at a new video that we have produced in conjunction with the Student Community Support Network (SCSN) and the Society of Off-Campus Students (SOCS). The video helps explain the proper way to recycle and dispose of garbage in the City of Hamilton. Don’t forget to try the video game as well!
Students are encouraged to review their Degree Audit on MUGSI to ensure that they have selected all of the courses they need in order to graduate.
Information regarding Convocation can be viewed at http://registrar.mcmaster.ca/convocation/.
The Graduation Information Card is available at https://awc.mcmaster.ca/gradcard/. Students are only required to complete one card even if they are completing a combined honours degree; there is no need to complete one for each subject.
If students wish to modify their name as recorded on their university student record (i.e. add a second name, third name, and/or initials) they should visit the Office of the Registrar in Gilmour Hall 108.
All graduands, whether attending the convocation ceremony or not, must complete a Graduation Response Form which is available at http://registrar.mcmaster.ca/convocation/fees.html.
Spring Convocation Dates:
|May 20, 2011
|June 13, 2011
||Humanities and Arts & Science
|June 14, 2011
|June 15, 2011
|June 16, 2011
|June 17, 2011
||Nursing and Medical Radiation Sciences
|June 17, 2011
Live broadcasts of Convocation ceremonies will be available for viewing by family and friends of graduands on the Registrar's Office Convocation website at http://registrar.mcmaster.ca/convocation . Ceremony videos will also be archived and will be available for viewing after the ceremonies.
Professional photographers attend Convocation to photograph each graduand as they receive their degree. In addition, graduates will pose for a second photograph in front of a McMaster back-drop at the side of the stage before returning to their seats. Colour proofs will be e-mailed, with no obligation to purchase, within two weeks of the ceremony. For order inquiries after proofs are received, or if you do not receive your proofs, please contact Chappell Graduation Images at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-800-261-2576. To provide a change of address, for further information or to opt-out of this service, please contact Lori Moulden at 905-525-9140, ext. 27255 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Students can set up an appointment for individual graduation photos on campus.
Lifetouch Prestige Studio
McMaster University Student Centre
905-525-9140 Ext 26222
Graduation Gift Ideas
What an exciting time! Your son or daughter has worked very hard to achieve their degree. It's time to celebrate and commemorate their achievement by pre-ordering an official McMaster University crested frame to showcase their degree.
When you pre-order a degree or portrait frame for convocation pick up you receive additional online savings, guaranteed availability and free framing the day of the ceremony.
Order online to save*
- Save 10% on individual frame or portrait purchases
- Save 15% when you buy a frame and portrait package
- Save 25% off all clothing, accessories, gifts & insignia from our online catalogue with the purchase of a degree or portrait frame
*Offer applies to online purchases only. Orders for May Convocation dates must be placed by Friday, May 13. June Convocation orders must be placed by May 31.
Order Today! http://www.bookstore.mcmaster.ca/cgi-mcm/ws/gmhome.exe?wsgm=convocation
A great graduation gift!
Released in 2007, the McMaster University coffee-table book is a beautifully photographed memento of life at McMaster. The park-like campus and ivy-covered buildings are captured along with events and people who bring the spirit of the University to life on the 120 pages of this collection of images. A great memento for graduands as they leave campus, it is sure to be treasured as it evokes memories of university days for years to come. The McMaster University coffee table book will be available for sale in the Hamilton Place lobby following convocation, or may be purchased at Titles, McMaster's bookstore. The book retails for $40.
Student Jobs at the Campus Libraries: Apply in summer for September Employment
Don’t let your son or daughter miss out on applying for a great campus job at the library! This summer, watch https://oscar.mcmaster.ca/mcauth/ (usually in July) for fall library job postings.
Asiya Zareen has been working in the Library while completing her Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree. “Working in the library is great as a student. I’ve been working here for 4 years now and the flexible schedule has made it easy to keep up with my class work. The staff is very understanding and accommodating with my class and assignment schedules, especially during exam periods. The work is great, and I’ve developed customer service and technical skills that I can use in any future job. For campus jobs, working in the library is an amazing choice!”
McMaster University Library employs nearly 75 students each academic year in a variety of different positions. The hours are great, ranging from six to ten hours per week, and are flexible enough to accommodate a student’s busy schedule. In the fall, the campus libraries are open 7 days a week, with student shifts starting as early as 8 am and ending as late as midnight.
There are a number of different types of student jobs available. Some students gain customer service skills working at a library service desk; those with excellent IT skills might end up working at one of our IT help desks; and of course, some jobs will entail taking care of checking in and out library materials and shelving books. If your son or daughter has a particular strength or interest in maps, Geography, or Environmental Science, they may find a position in the Lloyd Reeds Map Library, located in Mills Library.
Students applying to most (but not all) of the library positions must be approved for the FALL/WINTER work program offered through the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships. Please see http://sfas.mcmaster.ca/work_study/jobs.html.
International Work or Volunteer Opportunities
For students who are filled with a desire to study abroad and explore the world or looking for strategies to build their international portfolio or perhaps they want to land a professional job overseas, then they should check out the following almanac to find work abroad and information on living overseas. Through McMaster’s International Student Services and The Student Success Centre, all students have access to The BIG Guide Online to Living and Working Overseas. The Big Guide to Working and Living Overseas by Jean-Marc Hachey is a comprehensive database and resources for international work, volunteer, study, and internships. Jean-Marc Hachey is North America's leading expert on international careers. With more than 3,000 resources and employers listed, this guide includes a wealth of information regarding studying overseas, internships and volunteer work abroad.
To assist students in the decision to work or volunteer abroad, below are questions that should be considered as a guide for what you should be asking to ensure you have a safe and fulfilling experience.
Understand Your Goals and Expectations
- Why work-volunteer abroad?
- What do I hope to get out of this experience?
- In what part of the world would you like to work - volunteer?
- Do you understand the socio-political-economic climate?
- How much time do you want to go abroad for?
- What type of position do you want?
- Are you aware of cultural differences and expectations?
- Should I go alone or with an organization?
- What will the financial costs be? Will I need to fundraise?
- Do you have a sense of your strengths, skills, attitudes that will make the experience fulfilling?
- What supports do I have (financially, socially)?
Research Work -Volunteer Opportunities
- Be Aware: there are hundreds of websites out there for organizations that no longer exist.
- Get a solid recommendation about an organization – don’t rely solely on website information.
Choosing an Organization or Program
- Be sure to ask questions to ensure the organization and program fits with your goals.
- Consider and ask about the type of the work -volunteer program (Service-Learning, group, individual, long-term/professional, adventure/volunteerism).
- Shop around and compare.
- Costs to consider
- Is medical/rescue insurance provided?
- Meals provided? How many?
- Accommodation included? Where?
- Application fee? What does this fee include? Does this include a donation?
- Are flights included with the program fee?
- What are the expenses that I am expected to pay in that country?
- How many days per week will I be working and for how long?
- Were you provided email contacts of previous participants?
- Who will help in case of emergency?
- How can people get in touch with me while overseas?
- How many years has the organization operated?
- Where/How do you make the payments?
- How many trips to this place, or projects do you do a year?
- Is training provided to prepare for placement?
- Is support provided before I leave home?
- Is there local staff in that country?
- How involved is the local community in determining goals?
- Is there electricity/plumbing/communications?
Planning and Preparation before Work-Volunteering Abroad
There can be a lot of documentation required for the trip abroad and you’ll need to factor in the time that it may take. Please refer to the “Planning a Trip” section for comprehensive pre-departure information.
Some of the things you should be aware of:
- Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after return date.
- OHIP – will need to contact for long term trips to ensure you have coverage when you return home.
- Consider getting an international drivers license or make sure you know what the expectations are if you need to rent a car.
Health and Wellness
- Have all immunizations & vaccinations up to date before leaving
- Do your parents or emergency contacts have passports?
- Bring enough prescriptions for the duration of your stay! (make sure they are legal)
- Visit McMaster’s Health and Wellness Centre to speak with a Public Health Nurse about what you need to know and do before and after your trip.
Culture and Language
- Give yourself some time to become knowledgeable about socio-political-economic situation of the area you are visiting
- Learn about the cultural expectations – gender, dress, language
- Behaviour that might be legal in Canada may be punishable in a foreign country
- To enhance your cultural awareness and ensure you are making the most of your volunteer experience as well as to make sure you are prepared
Office of International Student Services – has a wealth of information about going abroad for volunteer, study exchange or work. Be sure to check with them about the Mobility Awards to help fund your volunteer abroad experience.
Campus Health – Professional supportive staff are available in the Health and Wellness Centre of Campus Health (B106) on a ‘drop in’ basis to guide you in finding the information you need.
Student Success Centre – has a wealth of resources about volunteering and working abroad. Drop by Gilmour Hall 110 to help get you started. Be sure to ask about our Big Guide to Working and Living Overseas.
During McMaster’s Entrepreneurship Week at MAC the students were given the opportunity to discover the various self employment options including the benefits and challenges for students starting their own company. The links below provide local resources for students who wish to embark on self employment as a viable career choice. For more information please contact the Student Success Centre, Gilmour Hall #110, (905) 525-9140 ext 24254.
Small Business Enterprise Center - http://www.investinhamilton.ca/small-business/small-business.html
SBEC provides the information and tools that entrepreneurs need to grow their businesses. Operating as an arm of the Economic Development and Real Estate Division of the City of Hamilton, the Centre is a one-stop source for business information, guidance and professional advice on starting and running a successful business - for both start-up and growing businesses.
Canadian Youth Business Foundation - http://www.cybf.ca/
This is a non-profit organization which encourages and supports youth 18-34 years of age who would like the opportunity to learn more about business start-up to be successful. CYBF also provides start-up loans to individuals 18-34 yrs of age who are eligible to work in Canada, not a fulltime student, have been in business for 12 months or less, and have a viable business plan.
The Young Entrepreneur - http://www.youngentrepreneur.com/blog/
An international website of young entrepreneurs discussing their businesses and challenges. A free service with very useful information links.
Advancing Young Canadian Entrepreneurs – http://www.acecanada.ca/
Do you have a business idea that would work on your campus? Contact ACE and see how you can get the support and assistance you need to make your dream a reality
Summer Company - http://www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/1medt/smallbiz/en/sb_ye_summerco_en.jsp
Summer Company is provincial government initiative coordinated at the local level through the government’s Small Business Enterprise Centres. If you want to start your own business this summer and be your own boss, then you should consider applying for the Summer Company program. If your application is accepted you will be eligible to receive an award of up to $3,000.00. The program provides hands-on business coaching and mentoring from local community business leaders.
Community Futures Development Corporation in Ontario (CFDC) - http://www.ontcfdc.com/
CFDC is a non-profit organization which supports economic development in northern and rural communities by providing access to capital, business services, and strategic planning and development. Visit the website for more information.
Other Links for Entrepreneurs - http://www.ontario.ca/en/communities/entrepreneurs/ONT04_025506
Offers links to a variety of services and information of interest to entrepreneurs.
Summer Orientation Programs for New Students at McMaster
Parents of new students get out your calendar because McMaster offers many opportunities to become oriented to the University, learn about the support services and resources available to students, and ease those transition anxieties.
This year the Student Success Centre is pleased to offer an addition to the new student orientation set of programs being offered, called a Summer Reading Program.
The Summer Reading Program aims to:
- Develop a sense of community and belonging to McMaster
- Assist first year students transition to, and engagement in, the intellectual, social and diversity of the McMaster Community
- To provide students with a common reading (and listening) experience
- To engage students in the intellectual and academic experience
- To engage and ease the social transition for students
- To help students understand university-level academic expectations
A Summer Reading Program engages first year students in a common intellectual and academic endeavour as a means of orienting them to their new academic environment and to assist with their transition to university by involving them in peer led discussions, on-line and in small groups, about the book. Summer Reading programs provide students with incentive to read, think critically, write and continue with the intellectual exercise through discussion that promotes critical thinking. On-line and follow up discussions in small groups promote social and academic adjustment as students get to know each other’s views on the various themes and topics raised in the book and as they are challenged to form and support their own views. It models a classroom experience without the pressures of academic evaluation, allowing students to focus on the experience.
This program is being funded by the Student Life Enhancement Fund for 2011/2012 and is currently being developed. It will be launched as part of our Summer Orientation Program at the end of June 2011.
Summer Orientation Program – June 27 – 30, 2011
This program features strategies and information on academic success at university, with sessions on life mapping and goal-setting, learning styles, transitioning academically from high school and decision-making.
Welcome Day – August 5, 2011
This event features a glimpse into student life at McMaster offering library tours, residence tours, parent information sessions, First Generation activities, a student service information fair and opportunities to interact with student orientation leaders.
Welcome Week – September 3 – 11, 2011
This program is a week long series of events for students to experience the spirit of McMaster. With an all-access MacPass students will meet new friends, learn about their academic program, and discover student clubs and more! This week features fun and educational events, concerts and activities such as a Presidential welcome, a football game, an orientation drama, air bands, Shinerama, and bed races.
First Generation Program – support throughout the summer and academic year
This is a program for students whose parents did not attend a post-secondary institution. McMaster recognizes the unique challenges these students may face and has developed a program to support their success at university.
- Peer mentoring opportunities
- Educational support in a faculty based environment
- Academic skills development workshops
- Student and family support sessions
- Career planning groups
- Bursary Program
International Student Services (ISS)– September 10, 2011
This session features:
- Academic Issues, Immigration Issues, Outdoor Trips/Activities
- Programs and events provided by ISS throughout the year
- Opportunity to meet other new international and exchange students
- UHIP (University Health Insurance Plan) is mandatory for all international students
- Mentorship Program: to provide support for new international students in their transition
- Exchange program: opportunity to study abroad for one or two terms
Students With Disabilities
The Office for Students with Disabilities provides students with important learning strategies and personal development skills that will help with making a smooth transition to post-secondary education throughout the summer and academic year.
The President's Award of Excellence (Student Leadership)
The President's Award of Excellence was established in 1993 to recognize undergraduate students who have demonstrated a commitment to the University's belief in excellence in its student body.
This award acknowledges the contributions made by students who play a significant role in improving and developing the intellectual, social, cultural and/or athletic fabric of the McMaster community.
The Selection Committee met on March 31st to select the winners who have demonstrated outstanding student leadership qualities. The recipients will be presented with a President's Student Medal of Excellence at Convocation, and have their name inscribed on a commemorative plaque displayed permanently in the University Centre.
The 2010-11 Award Winners are:
McMaster Students’ Union (MSU) Recognition
Congratulations to all of our outstanding student leaders for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. Nominees and award winners were recognized at the MSU Recognition Night, March 22, 2011.
The following awards were presented:
Neil DePass, Heather Fisher, and Mary Koziol received The Honour M, the highest award that the McMaster Students Union bestows, in recognition of outstanding leadership, volunteer service, contribution and/or special achievement in extra-curricular activities. Recipients of the award are admitted to the McMaster Honour Society.
The 2010-2011 MSU Board of Directors received The Rudy Heinzl Award of Excellence presented in recognition of an outstanding one-year achievement which improves the lives of students at McMaster University.
Richard Cioci, Nashwa Khan, and Alvand Mohtashami received The MSU Merit Scholarship Award which is presented annually in recognition of outstanding and valuable service to university, student, or residence governments, departments, clubs, societies, charities, or athletics.
Smiling Over Sickness received the The J. Lynn Watson Award for Community Service. The award is presented to the campus group that has made the greatest one-year contribution to charitable giving.
The McMaster Marching Band received The MSU Spirit Award presented annually to the campus group that has demonstrated superior spirit.
Katie Ferguson (SHEC) and Jacob Fink (Maroons) received the part-time manager(s) of the year award.
Heather Fisher was named the Student Representative Assembly (SRA) member of the year.
Good Neighbour Awards
Anthony Naccarato didn’t decide to help Jim Bechtel, 83, clear his driveway of snow because he wanted recognition. He did it because he recognizes the importance of community – which is exactly why Bechtel and wife Betty nominated him as an Exceptional Student Neighbour.
The annual Exceptional Student Neighbour Awards, recognizing those who go above and beyond neighbourly expectations, were handed out March 29th. Betty Bechtel, who lives on Sanders Boulevard, was on-hand for the ceremony and to offer congratulations to the 25 student winners – see list below.
“These awards are a great way to foster good relations between resident homeowners and students in the community,” she said. “It’s been an absolute pleasure knowing these students and we wish them the best for their futures.”
This year saw the most award nominations in the history of the program, highlighting students who went out of their way to be good members of the community. Neighbours living in Westdale and Ainslie Wood nominate students who live on their streets and in their neighbourhoods. In the nominations, neighbours often cite the small but impactful things students do to make their community a better place.
A number of students who live next to the Bechtels were winners, including Ryan Northway and Dustin Catt, who helped the couple by moving a baby grand piano and pump organ in the house.
The ceremony was also attended by Phil Wood, associate vice-president student affairs and dean of students, Sergeant Sabrina Feser, Hamilton Police Service’s central crime manager – West Town, John Wigle, president of the Ainslie Wood-Westdale Community Association and Shelli Eisenberg, the association’s student liaison officer. The University, AWWCA, Hamilton Police and the MSU are sponsors of the awards.
Nicole (Nikki) Deeb
Suja Sri Satgunarajah
Chun-hui (Jessica) Tsai
McMaster Marching Band
Many students left their passion for music at high school when they left home and came to university. The McMaster Marching Band provides an opportunity for students to combine both their musical aptitude and physical activity through a unique and memorable experience. The Band serves to raise morale and spirit within McMaster, the community and abroad through public performances where its members act as ambassadors of the University and its student body, and is a common interest and activity for its members. The Band strives to provide a unique, rewarding experience for all of its members. The McMaster Marching Band is only the third Canadian university with its own marching band. The Band got its start with financial support from the Student Services Committee and the Alumni Association for the initial purchase of instruments.
The Marching Band has approximately 55 members, which include members from the brass, woodwind, percussion, and colour guard sections. The majority of these students are full-time undergrad students. A lot of first-year students (from across all Faculties) joined the Band this year, and the Band is slowly building its inventory of the more common instruments. If students don't have their own instruments, the Band will work to accommodate them.
McMaster is very proud of the Band and all it has been able to accomplish in a very short time. The Band has played many events, and here is a list of a few:
Annual Christmas Cheer (the Band marches to the residences and plays Christmas music)
Brantford Santa Claus Parade
Clubsfest and PJ Parade
Hamilton James St. North Supercrawl
OUA Football Semi-Finals at UWO
OUA Volleyball and Basketball Home Games
Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade
Welcome Week’s Football Game
A great highlight performance last year was at Dr. George's Farewell Tribute at the Hamilton Convention Center.
On March 20th, the Band will be participating in the Montreal Irish Day Parade and their last performance for this year will be at the Around the Bay Road Race at the end of March.
The Band’s vision for the future is to eventually evolve into a 200+ member band that plays regularly at football half-time shows, and represents McMaster at all large-scale events.
To view videos of the McMaster Marching Band in action, please visit
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbazYf6Wf9Q - Frost Week
- Hamilton Santa Clause Parade 2010
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