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— No.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Enrich yourself As always, am very pleased to welcome you to the start of a new

or intramural, the

at Conestoga, whether you beginning your studies or returning to continue progress toward your educational goals. sincerely hope this new academic year will prove rewarding and memorable for you. Please take advantage of the

Inc.,

I

year are

opportunities

sional association opportuni-

your educational and personal development. All of us at Conestoga are proud of its reputation and accomplishments, and we strive to create an educational experience that is both excellent and relevant. Remember that you are gaining valuable knowledge and skills designed to prepare you for the world beyond Conestoga. Our faculty members are experienced offers to enrich

(Photo by Becky Sharpe)

and students at Conestoga College were flying high at the Plane Rec fundraising event, which raised $300 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Above, Susan Bourque, left, who works in admissions, and her colleague Darlene Lavigne, launch their planes together. Thanks to her great aim, Bourque walked away with first prize, an iPod Nano. Staff

Fundraiser soars

professionals in their fields.

They

are a valuable resource in learn-

By BECKY SHARPE

tions of an 8

Conestoga College’s recreation and leisure services students soared with excitement before school let out. holding a Plane REC fundraiser

for

Make-A-Wish

the

Foundation.

More

staff and faculty memwere tossed from the balcony

students,

of

the

iPod and

Student

Life

Centre.

make a plane for make three for $5. REC Make-A-Wish

was

in

attendance.

Tyler Perry, a rec and leisure student.

pumped up

the

crowd with

from his red-shirted classencouraging passersby to give it a try. To win one of the prizes participants had to make a paper airplane and then throw it toward a two-inch target on the first mates.

Blackwood, a student and the chair

Greg Burns, co-ordinator of the recreation and leisure program, said he was pleased with the event. “I’m having a ball," he said. "However, the success of this event couldn’t have happened without

of the marketing committee.

the

toward a great cause,” said Mark

"We would you

to

also like to say thank

Future Shop for their dona-

New vacation

is

about

just

we

means

eqrly mornings, lineups

at

Future

Susan

Bourque,

who works

in

over, and

all

help of our sponsor.

Shop.”

two

her plane

teach students

how

to

fundraise,”

he said. “They're doing an excellent job and you can see they’re having fun too."

know what

that

the bookstore and easier access

and navigation much better it’s much more Conestoga.” The team of five working on the website also includes: Dyan

Tangney, Foubert,

web designer; Tanya web developer; Wei Liu,

one of the highlights; we’ve gotten the most comments about it.” Other features of the site include definitely

a

much

cleaner

look;

photos of

Conestoga students and faculty

to e-mail?

webmaster; and Richard Gibson,

instead

That's right. Conestoga College's long-awaited and much-anticipated new website is up and running and

chief information officer.

home

"They've all been fantastic,” said Osborne. "I really can’t thank them enough." But according to Tangney, the real star of the new site can be found in the lop right-hand corner. "We have a quick link to e-mail, to the college directory and a

also highlights student success sto-

the

team

responsible

for

the

redesign couldn't be happier. “It's a relief to finally see

main at

on the

what we've been looking for months.” said Paul Osborne, site

director of marketing.

everyone will

like

the

"We look,

think feel

Google search

bar,” she said. “It’s

ries;

of slock

photography; a page for each program which

two

different navigation bars;

and thanks team,

much

more make

solid it

to

Osborne’s

all-star

better technology

foundation

easy to keep the

and a

that site

will

cur-

rent.

Tangney

said

common com-

plaints about the old site

were

that

you need and how

ing the skills

to

use them effectively.

feet

college website ‘much

By STEPHANIE IRVINE

Summer

place and the

approximately from the target. Lindsay Marnie, a student, won second place and took home the fridge. She was approximately three feet from the target. An unexpected third prize was awarded to student Amanda Parkins, who won a 30-minute massage from the college. Burns said the event raised $300, with the rec and leisure students kicking in an additional $100, which he matched. In total $500 was raised, something he said his students should be proud of. “The point of this program is to

landed

John Holden from Future Shop

floor of the Student Life Centre.

first

have happened without prizes.”

Participants could

"The Plane

won

iPod thanks to a great toss that

a $2 donation, or

Foundation event was a success and a lot of people showed their support

admissions,

mini bar fridge. This event couldn't

help

than 100 brightly coloured

paper planes, created by Conestoga bers,

GB Nano

at

There can be much more for you Conestoga, however. Other

related

ties

to

your program of study. The

more you give

college

the

activities

on-campus clubs and groups. and profes-

I

many

many

sponsored by Conestoga Students

to college life,

more y° u

the

Tibbits

will gain.

Also remember that there is a skilled team of student services and student life professionals to assist you with gaining the most from your Conestoga

highly

experience.

addition,

In

many

employment opportunities exist some within Conestoga, some available through our career serv-

- and financial aid award opportunities exist through our program of prizes, scholarships and bursaries. I am delighted that you are part of ices operation

and

the Conestoga community. Enjoy your year and dedicate yourself to

aspects of college

gaining the most you can from your

tunities

studies and

to

life offer oppordiscover skills and

your future, as well as friendships that can last a lifetime.

from collece

life.

interests for

Consider

athletics,

whether varsity

John Tibbits President, Conestoga College

Welding program offered By JENN CURTIS

live

in

Conestoga is adding a new weldprogram this September because of the overwhelming demand for skilled workers in our region. Brenda Gilmore, employer liaison and program marketing for the school of trades and apprenticeship at Conestoga College, said. "We ing

turing, hub.

gram we

Technology

Canada's

Triangle, which

is

By

huge manufac-

a

offering this pro-

are helping address a need

within the manufacturing sector.” Statistics Canada and Canada's Technology Triangle have compiled data showing the Top 10

manufacturing jobs

in the region.

Continued on Page 2

more Conestoga’ it

was

difficult to find things

navigate, tered,

work,

it

the it

and

was clunky and option

search

was

to

clut-

didn't

difficult to get to e-

mail, and there

was

a

lot

of dupli-

on common sense. "People want things done quickly." he said. "Now it's just one click and away you go it's very func-

tional.”

old

Both agreed one of the major focuses for the team was ensuring

house.” said Osborne. “Every time you pull up a board, there's three more things to fix underneath." The team’s patience and persist-

new site would be very intuitive anyone using it. "I definitely think we've achieved that," said Osborne.

cation. "It's

like

renovating

an

ence has paid off though. “Any change I want to make to the site is just one click away,” said Tangney. "It’s so much better."

Osborne changes

that

said

many

of

the for

"It's

“It

progress

new

beginning," he said.

always though.

be

work

a

It's

a

in

living,

breathing thing that changes daily." The' college website can be found

the

were made were based

a

will

at

www.conestogac.on.ca.


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News

— SPOKE, August 27, 2007

Now

deep thoughts Conestoga College

...with

Random questions answered by random students

When you

started at Conestoga,

Professor to walk to end cancer Weekend

to

fifth

annual multi-day

“The great thing about donating

Breast Cancer

towards this event is that the money to is guaranteed to go directly Princess Margaret Hospital so they

End

walk has room for 5,000 participants. Conestoga College business professor Jennifer Bernard will be one of the people lacing up comfortable shoes.

The mother of two

what was the biggest surprise?

will

be walk-

can use the money for research right away.” Participants will walk 30 kilometres each day at their own pace with moral support from hundreds of volunteers and crew members who will also provide meals, water,

ing a total of 60 kilometres over the

two-day

held

being

event,

Toronto, Sept. 7 to

in

She plans

9.

to

snacks, gear,

raise at least $2,000.

“Coming

I

was

sur-

prised to see a bar

thing

we can

to prevent breast can-

cer from happening to our daughI want my daughters to grow up without having to fear this dev-

ters.

astating disease.”

You can show your support by donating online

at

www.endcancer.ca

Welding top manufacturing job

region

in

in

the school.” Inessa Sandu,

second-year practiced nursing services foundations

students into the program, entitled

Continued from Page 1 The Welding comes in as No. same chart shows that fabricated manumetal products is the No. 1

Welding Techniques. The college

.

already offers a variety of other pro-

grams that relate to the welding field. Other colleges that offer this same program are Confederation, Lambton, Fanshawe and Niagara.

1

facturing sector in the region.

The

Waterloo- Wellington Training and Adjustment Board lists the welder

Gilmour

having very good job prospects in Waterloo Region. “Conestoga College is well known throughout the province as one of the top providers of welding

trade

actually the

transport, portable

Bernard said she is doing the walk because of her two daughters. “1 will also be walking with another mother of two daughters,” she said. "We want to do every-

straight out of

high school,

“That the main floor

overnight campsites.

much more.

like to raise

This year’s

washrooms, medical services and

However, Bernard said she would

CARA LICHTY

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is

second

as

with

programs

floor.”

of jobs that a graduate can go into, including transportation equipment

state-of-the-art

Gilmore said. Conestoga will accept 40

facilities,”

Jeff Paul,

said there are a variety

full-time

“Graduates of this program may choose to enter the workforce and can continue their welder apprenticeship training, or may resume their studies by entering Year 2 of a welding diploma program,” she said.

The average

starting salary for a

$18.95 an hour, but experienced welders can make up graduate

is

$40 an hour. The full-time program consists of 30 weeks of post-secondary train-

manufacturing, fabricated metal product manufacturing, machinery manufacturing, repair and maintenance, trade contracting and pri-

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more

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with parking around the college, certain

parking regulations place.

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regulations

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Conestoga Students By HOLLY FEATHERSTONE Conestoga Students

Inc.

wants

Popular events include pond party, polar plunge

working on school-related projects, providing black and white and

through advocacy on behalf of the student population on both provin-

colour photocopying and free fax-

who

all

is

a full-time employee, and a

ing of college policies, including

and seven elected

involvement with other

students to have an enjoyable year

vice-president

and helps out by offering many

directors,

services and holding various activ-

dents.

ities.

appointed directors.

is

who

CSI

are

all

also

possible

student alliances to address government policies on various issues

full-time stu-

includes

two

including tuition fees and financial

The organization combines

CSI. Conestoga's student association.

cial

and local

levels,"

said

Roxy

“Our

representation

is

done

Stanciu said CSI's student-geared

supervisors

information

seeking

For those

launching a new club,

required

in

visit the

CSI

top priorities.

cable information package.

much

are very

are

about on-campus clubs or the steps

party and polar plunge, are their

run by the

CSI also

office to get the appli-

offers

forums which

students.” she said, “so please feel

allow students to voice their opin-

approach any of your CSI directors or staff to address any

ions.

free to

Students can utilize the CS1backed services such as the health

Becoming part of the CSI Facebook group, e-mailing CSI staff or leaving written comments in the recently-implemented com-

which automatically covers prescription drug and dental serv-

ment boxes around campus are the main ways students can voice their

may

concerns or ideas you

have.

plan,

ice costs,

among

studio,

and concerns. However, Stanciu said the simplest approach is to visit the CSI

partial-

office anytime. Their hours of oper-

other health serv-

ices.

In addition, the

located in

massage

Room 2A108.

ly covered by the

CSI

By appointment and ral,

is

health plan.

doctor's refer-

students can enjoy a massage

by paying a deductible of 20 per cent plus GST, costing $1 per

minute

in

15-,

30-,

45- and 60-

minute increments. To register for an appointment with a masseuse, sign up in the

CSI

office.

is

ation are Mon.-Thurs.

"We

much adhere

very

open-door

she

policy,"

to

an

said.

"Students are more than welcome to

come

any time and discuss

in at

their issues or ideas."

For further information drop by

or go online

also available for students

students.com.

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to

2 p.m.

self-serve

said the

from 9 a.m.

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the office, located in

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services and popular annual activi-

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to

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deodorant, coffee, tea and

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News

LRC

offers

Welcome

and cassettes.

The schooling

is

how

and use what

weeks. This is usually by a faculty member. However, if this doesn't happen,

one-on-one when they come

Linda Schneider, manager of the the rest of the staff are lend

Even

helping

a

“Our

staff

"The

staff

wants

they can't

come

use

in to

Schneider said the students have

to

help the students succeed and take

away good

if

them.

very approachable."

is

in,"

the resources, that shouldn't stop

hand when needed. said Schneider.

International Students

is

just

in

and Liberal Studies. an unfamiliar country can lead to students experiencing new foods, different new customs, different health services, and an the staff of the International Education Office Both environment. academic unfamiliar assist you with your transition to Canada. to are here Services and Counselling Arriving

in

transportation systems, climate changes,

said Schneider.

LRC. and

to

to

drop by and get a lesson. "Students are able to get help

available to them.

always ready

more than welcome

students are

and

accessible

— Page 9

requested

to find, retrieve

is

of

ple

get

to

students,

first-year

instruction on

to

and journals when they come in during class times in the first cou-

when you need it the most. The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is the best-place, especially for

shown how

students are

access the weblink to the databases

important part of getting information

most

2007

Canada. This academic year we are expecting approximately 300 academic international students from over 30 countries! Students will be entering into degree and certificate areas at the College, from English Language Studies to diploma, Technology, programs within the Schools of Business; Engineering and Information Health Sciences, Community Services, and Biotechnology; Liberal and Media Studies;

experiences

The

27,

around the comer, bringing excitement and anticipation. As an international student beginning your first semester at Conestoga College, we would learning and new like to welcome you to the college and hope you will have a year full of

Another academic year

helping hand By SAMANTHA SAECHAO

SPOKE, August

.

The

Building, can provide you with assistance with housing, immigration, applying to college programs, current and social activities, and health insurance. Advisors are available

Monday

plenty of remote access.

on the ground floor of the Student / Client Services

International Office, located

to Friday, 8:30

A.M.

to 4:00

P.M.

“Electronically, the journals and

skills."

Room 1 A103

floor of the Student Life

few weeks of

databases can be accessed through

Counselling Services, located in

member

the school website." Schneider also

Centre, provides support services such as individual, confidential counselling sessions

each program and goes over what students can expect from the

said students can check online to

LRC.

they need.

Students have access to many books, including those that are

The LRC is open Mon.-Thurs. from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.,

specific to each program, the online databases and journals and media resources such as DVDs

Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. p.m. and on the weekends from

During the

first

the fall semester, a staff visits

see the

version of the books

full

campus housing

1

to

4 p.m.

Manage stress before manages you it

AMY MEADOWS

By

Bernard said college is a real it is understand-

learning curve and It's

new

the beginning of a

lege year, a time of year that

and demanding as

stressful

new and exciting. Whether you are starting at

col-

Conestoga,

it

is

able that students will feel stress.

is

as

She also said the

it

is

are very obvious.

returning or just likely

effects of stress

“A person won't sleep may be eating more or

they

well,

or

less than

“Their energy and

usual,” she said.

there will be a'time in your college

motivation levels will be affected."

where you will feel overwhelmed. But, there is no need to

Bernard

life

panic,

resource for

all:

Located

in

es.

has

college

the

a

great

counselling servic-

Centre, there are

Student

the

Life

many experienced

on hand to discuss workload, relationships and any other issues you may encounter over your time here.

counsellors

Shawna Bernard, said this for

is

a counsellor,

the busiest time of year

them and the hardest time

for

The

effects aren't just physical,

people

their

stressed,

are

patience isn't the same, they

in late

will start

in that explained Bernard extreme cases some students would avoid what is causing them stress.

coming

students will stop

lems.”

There are many things for students to contend with, Bernard

For students unsure of whether to take advantage of counselling serv-

including time

and working

“A

lot

at the

management

college level.

of students are adjusting to

away from home and are worrying about managing all those responsibilities," she said. “And living

there are those students

who work

“It's a

she said.

strategy, but

it

causes a

lot

"Bottom

it

what they

is

line

is.

we

are here to

to their

professional, confidential and

free service at the college,

that with school.”

said

Counselling services keeps staon the most common prob-

lems students face. Near the top of the list is relationship problems.

"Sometimes, when students come to

college

relationships for the

Bernard. “Or

entering

are

they

first

maybe

partners that they

met

in

into

time," said

they

high school

is

Bernard

another resource for new

and returning students to have. “It's one extra tool they can put in their tool

box," she said.

Bernard said counsellors and the college fully understand the pressures and stress that

come

with this

stage of students' lives.

“We want

have

and they start college and consider breaking up with that person maybe they met someone new.”

it

ful in

said.

4:00 P.M.

When you

first

arrive at the College as an international student

you will be provided with

an orientation. During orientation, you will participate in activities such as campus tours, banking, language testing by ELS faculty. Student Services workshops, overview of Health Services, housing, accommodation, health insurance information sessions, and various fun activities. If you are studying in a diploma, certificate or degree program, look for the International Students Workshop which will be scheduled in September.

For all international students on campus, International Education, English Language Studies and Counselling Services will be hosting our fifth annual Survivor Conestoga event in early October. This interactive and informative workshop, for ail international integrate students on campus, will address various health and safety topics as students sexuality issues, into Canadian culture (such as safe relationships, banking, health and security

on campus, and ways

to reduce- stress).

Food

will be provided and there will be

door prizes too!

Welcome

to

Canada and Conestoga College!

We hope this year will

be

full

of many

new

learning opportunities for you.

A message from Counselling Ser vices and

the International Office

are located on the ground floor of Operation are 8:30 am - 4.30 the Student Client Services Building (SCSB). Our hours of pm Monday — Friday. We look forward to seeing you soon

Welcome, to Canada and the International Office!

We

Buuck

Director, International

Education

& The Conestoga

Language

Institute

519-748-5220 ext. 3675 cbuuck@conestoaac.on.ca

Samantha Murray Manager & Student

519-748-5220 ext. 3247 smurrav@conestoqac.on.ca

Tel:

Chen

Anita Couto

Felicia

Admissions Oflicer & Student Advisor,

International

Housing

International Education

Education

519-748-5220 ext. 3698 acouto@conestoaac-on.ca

Tel:

International

Tel:

Julie

& General

Student Oflicer,

519-748-5220

ext.

Advisor Internatior

3690

fchen@conestociac-on.ca

Angela Wigfield

Duchaine

Reception

Advisor,

International Education

Enquiries

International Education

international Education

Activities

519-748-3556 iduchaine@conestOQac.on.ca

Tel:

Coordinator

students to be success-

and the sooner a student comes to

to

academic or per-

part-time jobs and are balancing

tistics

for.

sonal success," she said.

A

We

A.M.

of prob-

help students with any barriers on

way

strategies, peer

with tutoring for diploma students, a peer conversation partner service, assistance are open Monday-Friday from 8:30 computer technology, and Writing Services.

Christine

(the counsellors) are there

the

Room 2A103 on the

second floor of the Student Life Centre, provides assistance with learning

v.

Bernard said

ices,

located in

coping

has been at the college since 1998.

said,

The Learning Commons,

or missed, or the student

to class,”

so

groups and workshops; and an off-

asking for extensions.”

much adjustment in “There the fall semester,” said Bernard, who is

issues);

may

being placed on them,” she said. “Assignments may start to be hand-

ed

registry.

and career

first

many demands

there are too

feel

“Some

students.

many

are

there

said,

behavioural signs, too. "If

(related to personal, academic,

on the

access help, the better,” she

“Don't

let

it

build

become overwhelming."

up and

Tel:

519-748-5220

awiafield

ext.

3699

@ conestoaac.on.ca


— SPOKE, August 27, 2007

News

Good

Job help available

Page 10

advice for

international students By JENN CURTIS

A

class of about 15 international

Top 10

created a survive

the

year

first

card

country.

—^ The

who

students,

from

are

around the world, including China, North Korea and the Middle East, all know what it's like to move to a new country where you don’t know

THE TOP

The students, also made a list of Top 5 things that were the hardest when they got to Canada:

10

LIST

sure

by yourself and having your family going

Get information about the country. Before you get here, make sure you know what you’re getting

dents

suggest

bringing

will

be a

lot

with people

easier to if

5.

Know

used

that

to.

The language

— many people

least

and communicating with people can be hard.

it

Preview city and transit maps you will need to know where you're

The transportation system knowing what bus to get on and how to get places was hard to get 4.

way

you can bring suitable clothing. 6.

used

to.

Getting insurance

5.

ents took care of

to

it’s

to

letters

resumes and cover and conduct mock inter-

views,

said

critique

fairs,

Shirley

Donczyk,

a

career services assistant.

To conduct

a job search through

career services

visit the

Conestoga

College website, click on Current Students and follow the careers services link. Students can also drop by the office on the second floor of the Student Client Services

Building, which

is

(Photo by Jenn Sprach)

located beside

parking lot. It can be reached from the main building by following the paths outside Doors 4 and 5. the

red

Sonja Roy-Smith, from left, Julie Budhram and Linda Hart, all from co-op and career services, are available to assist students

They

also conduct small

pus jobs usually

on-cam-

throughout the year,

fairs

For cover tiquing

an

letter and resume" criappointment must be

in the E-wing, said Donczyk. The two big off-campus job fairs are at RIM Park and there is a shuttle from the college to the Waterloo

skills,

recreation facility available.

teer experience.

Entry to the job tle

is

free for

fair and the shutConestoga College"

students.

The

first

off-campus job at

RIM

fair will

Park on Sept. 26.

sheets online to create cover letters,

resumes and portfolios and access lists of active words for their resume.

scheduled with the office.

When students

attending an appointment,

should

bring

resume and cover

current

a

or a

of education and work/volunletter

list

They will then receive recommendations to improve the resume or which type should be used for students without a resume. Students can find various tip

hard

It it is an upcoming interview that concerns a student, staff can con-

mock interviews to help students prepare for the real one. If students have any questions or duct

need assistance with job searches, letters, resumes or interviews, they can contact career services at 519-748-5220, ext. 3340, cover

their par-

it.

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the learning Peer Service*

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We

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you achieve your goals.

Peer Tutoring

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Training and Development

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Continuing Education

first

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New Programs for 2007!

W WISH YOU SUCCESS i:

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WHAT’S

IN

THE NEW STUDENT LIFE CENTRE?

COUNSELLING SERVICES

CSI

Learning

REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES

HEALTH SERVICES

CSI SELF

Advisorscan help you with study

Skills

and strategies

DISABILITY SERVICES

for getting

choice tests. Individual help, brochures and on-line resources

SERVE AREA

are available.

CSI RETAlL-fCOMING)

Writing Service

Consultants are available to assist students

documentation of sources, revising and grammar Individual, group and drop-in sessions are available.

STUDENT EOUNGE/SANCTUARY (MOVING) Visit the

STUDENT LIFE OFFICE (NEW!)

GAMES ROOM (MOVING)

OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING

BAR BISTRO & ENTERTAINMANT VENUE

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(COMING) SPIRITUAL ROOM

ADMINISTATIV E OFFICES

SMALL LOUNGE AND ATRIUM

WORKSHOP ROOM STUDENT LIFE CENTRE INFORMATION DESK

Learning

Commons for more

information and to use our

study space, private tutoring rooms and laptops.

Commons Room 2A103

Learning

Hours

of Operation:

Monday & Wednesday

8:3Q5£i0

pm pm

TuesdayThursday & Friday 8:30-4rf)0 Telephone:

STUDENT MEETING AND ST

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hints

organized, taking notes or multiple

with:

LEARNING CENTRE (NEW!)

in

their job hunt.

,

take place

do because back home

to

f welcome

a lot differ-

here without knowing any English, so learning the language

you know the basics

the weather

is

come

communicate

of English.

the weather

available

Staff post job positions online, conduct on- and off-campus job

1

ent here, and that can be hard to get

the stu-

$5,000 to get you started. 4. Try to learn the language

you are

to be lonely.

ment

3.

at

that

Getting used to the environ-

2.

Save enough money

away means

so far

life.

yourself into.

— coming here

Feeling loneLy

1.

2.

3.

lot

is

students in finding a parttime job or career. assist

having a

things a

the

you know why you’re coming to Canada you have to have a good reason to want to come to a new country and start

new

make

easier.

lean on.

a

optimistic

attitude will

you have no friends

the language,

Make

Be

10.

good

or family and you have to do everything on your own, with no one to

1.

it

— —

8.

new

a

in

Career Services

in Canada. Get a bank account it is a sate place to keep your money. 9. Try to make friends friends will help you settle in and you won’t be as homesick or lonely.

of ways to

list

insurance

takes a lot of time to get a health

Conestoga College has

at

to get around.

Get health

7.

students

how

going and

By JENN SPRACH

5197486220 extension 2308 Website: http://www.cqnestogac.on.ca/jsp/stserv/learningcommons/index.jsp Email:

learningcommons@conestogac.on.ca

skills.


3

News

Ways

By RYAN CONNELL

find themselves full of insecurity

when

move

they

new

to a

place and

own

are worried about having their

Special to Spoke

personal space invaded by a perfect

moved

stranger.

into resi-

new roommate. Somehow, with

a conversation

those Dodgers?” doesn't

come

seem

new roommate can

be a great opportunity in learning how to adapt to new people and appreciate ences.

It

them

for

their

the rules

setting

in

from the

Your you to

start.

experience others’ living environments and how they can vary from

a situation arises in which

A

a person. Quite often,

many

yourself as

it

will force

as an individual.

great

first

conversation to have

how your roommate ing,

you

keep your cool and realize that your roommate feels just as awk-

trash out,

you do. If you are a very sociable, outgoing person, you might want to tone it down at the start, so you don’t come off as too overwhelming. Many new students

the vacuuming.

ward

as

will really

need

the house rules as to

dishes and

Some

who

will

all

the time,

to lay

who

down

takes the

be doing the

when and who

will

do

students

who

are beginning

paper,

paper.

Bedtime and wake-up routines:

SSS

night owl, you won’t want to drive your roommate crazy if he is an

and needs the sleep. Music: You won’t believe how

early-riser

Justin same the annoying Timberlake track on repeat can be after awhile, or how much bass can travel through walls. Set boundaries as to

when

quiet time

is

Study hours: Discuss how demanding your programs will be and keep an open line of communication about how often you plan to study. Having a space to study is

make

also important, so

sure that

is

discussed as well.

Cleaning and chores: On top of having a good learning space, general

and

duties

responsibilities

should be discussed. The biggest thing to sour a residence experi-

ence

having a roommate

is

who

doesn’t do the dishes or won’t take out the trash. Never automatically

assume you

be sharing the

will

responsibilities.

Guests and overnight visitors: likes those rowdy late-

Nobody

night visitors causing a ruckus

in

the next room. Therefore, don’t be

one yourself.

yourConestogaEmailAddress.com

bursaries and goals. educational scholarships to help you achieve your

Conestoga College

offers

many awards,

Information and application forms are emailed to all Conestoga College students. The best way for you know about what’s available is to open your College email address often! Financial Aid

important topics to discuss

and Student Awards Office

ext.

3326

with your roommate include: Food and necessities: Right

away address

if

you are sharing

Welcome from Counselling Services To those

your roommate’s last box of KD that he was so eagerly looking forward to all day. Other necessities to discuss include the sharing of toilet

Discuss what time your roommate normally wakes up or how late he normally goes to bed. If you’re a

to discuss

of the first big steps in adjusting to your new home is to

One

to share basic necessities

— Page 11

what your living conditions were like back home. This will give you a good idea about is

cleaning up after him

test

com-

such as milk so that you don’t have two cartons souring in your fridge, but you don’t want to be eating

let

grow

also brings

may want

it

For instance, you

when

you to step out from your comfort zone and hopefully allow you to

it

challenges that will

are keeping

from someone not realizing that his roommate didn’t want to share toi-

allow

is used to livand will let you know how you may need to adapt or issues you may want to address from the start. If your roommate had his mommy

your own, but

you

cation;

will

you’ll have to speak up.

to

if

pletely separate.

paper towel, dishes and utensils, etc. You wouldn’t believe how many small problems escalate

differ-

gives you a chance

you

maintain an open line of communiif you're too laidback at the start, it will be hard to change gears

like

the best first approach.

Adjusting to a

yet

assertive

assertiveness

about

to not

ensure that you are

to

friendly

down

is

off as too overwhelming,

do want

starting,

“How

the best advice

While

dence or your new' pad off-campus, you have half unpacked your stuff, and you find yourself awkwardly standing across the room from your

food or

2007

27,

a nightmare roomie

to prevent being or having

Residence Life Co-ordinator

So, you have

SPOKE, August

their college

The School

of Career and

Academic Access welcomes students back

career at Conestoga,

welcome! Right now you are probably excited about opportunities to learn more about your area of study, meet other students and just find your way around campus. As well, we encourage you to take advantage of the many services that Counselling Services have designed to help students be successful.. Professionally framed counsellors can help you resolve problems that stand in way of you reaching your educational goals. Arrange to see a counsellor problems during your quickly, if you have academic, personal, career or financial

the

Kitchener/Witerloo Academic

,t

is

Possi

can time at Conestoga. Counselling is voluntary and confidential, Counsellors help. also refer you to other College and community resources that can

I

'

l

pgrading,

imptoymenr / Training Readiness & hocus for Change 519-885-0300, cxr. 229 (.arccr

Development Services

519-576-2681,

225

cxr.

job Connect

Groups and workshops are offered for such issues as public speaking or test anxiety; selt-esteem and relaxation; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students; and mature or international students.

519-885-0300,

223 or 226

cxr.

Towns 519-824-9390,

are returning for another year of study, welcome back! hope the coming term provides fresh ideas and challenges, new friends and activities and brings you closer to your academic goals!

To those students who

330

cxr.

Toll Tree 1-866-5.85-4008

We

ICI.TS 519-748-5220,

cxr.

3633

Counselling Services; 1A103 Student Life Centre Atrium

Stratford Academic Upgrading 519-271-5700,

cxr.

227

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519-271-9976 Perth Career Counselling

519-271-5124

Guelph \cadcmic Upgrading

employment

&

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/ 'Training Readiness

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519-824-9390, }ob Connect

519-824-9390, or

School of Career and Academic Access

job Connect

'Toll

172

Guelph

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333 or 331

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5

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ext.

1

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Cambridge Academic Upgrading

employment

&

/ ’Training Readiness

Toeus for Change 519-623 4890

CONESTOGA Employment Ontario programs are funded in part by the Government of Canada.

EMPLOYMENT

ONTARIO


— SPOKE, August 27, 2007

Page 12

Sports By

It

time to gear up

is

for varsity sports

AARON SCHWAB

Strap on your cleats, grab your badminton racket and dust off your golf clubs - it's time to try out for

Men’s and women's soccer, men's rugby, women's fastball, cross-country, badminton and golf can ail be tried this month, according to Marlene Ford, athletic direc-

varsity

tor at the rec centre.

sports

at

Conestoga

College's recreation centre.

purse? get strange looks

people

building your future

setup? If you answered yes to the above qu Trades or Technology!

estions,

YOU

woman

might be a

try out for

each team.” Tryouts for most of the varsity

when

people find out you can do your own repairs or computer

in

out," said

"Badminton could take 20; (men's and women’s) soccer teams could take 20 each; rugby could take between 20 and 50. "It all just depends on how many

ITT

carrying a toolkit instead of a

Women

September.

who make

teams. These fees

the

cover expenses like warm-up suits, uniforms and athletic banquets.

Ford.

Are you more comfortable

Do you

August and the beginning of this month, with badminton tryouts scheduled for the end of Varsity fees will apply for students

“We'll probably accept six to 12 (people) for golf, depending on

how many women come

Do you have 2 X chromosomes?

sports will start between the end of

For information regarding varsity consult the Conestoga

tryouts,

recreation

centre website at www.conestogac.on.ca/rec_centre or

contact Marlene Ford at mford@eonestogac.on.ca or 519748-5220, ext. 3452.

in

Trades and Technology

(WITT) at Conestoga College female students in the trades and technology programs.

exists to provide support to our

What can expect from WITT? What can WITT do for me? 1 WITT supports our students by providing a wider social network where you can I

)

support, advice or just blow off so

me steam

in

get

a safe environment.

What does WITT do? How much of a time commitment is in WITT? WITT usually meets between 2 and 4 times a ye ar (no 2)

there to be

involved

2 events per year. Types of events we've

cheese tastings, Lunch&Learn sessions. time to put up posters, help set up before the community. 3)

How

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can

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find out

done If

in

longer than an hour) and does the past are breakfasts, wine &

you are able, you can also volunteer your events, or attend promotional events

in

(Photo by Christopher Mitts)

Conestoga College students can stay active throughout the year by getting involved in intramurals and varsity sports or just horsing around in the gym or working out in the fitness centre.

more?

more about WITT by going

to

our website,

http://www.conestogac.on.ca/witt

Come

out and meet us

in

September (keep

an eye on the website

for details).

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The summer is coming that means it's time

to a close,

and

for sports enthusiasts at Conestoga College to

get geared

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up

for the start of the

intramural season.

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For those students looking to get

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college

in

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sports can be a valuable tool.

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teams by league organizers prior the start of the season. Intramural sports opportunity to stay well as to meet with

are in

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shape, as

people

budding

strengthen

and

friendships

new classmates and room-

mates.

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also convenient, with

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fitness

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addition

touch football.

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games held

open

to full-

in

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recreation centre also offers facilities,

all

rink

concession and a squash

a

time students.

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the appropriate time, visit

college.

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