Calendar years may change every January – but every student, faculty member, staffer and parent knows that September marks the real turning of the page.
The resumption of school is, by turns, exhilarating and daunting; exciting and nerve-wracking; inspiring and challenging. This fall, following more than a year of unanticipated upheaval because of the pandemic, the Western world returns to class. Back-to-school tips, information, insights, research, profiles and protocols are more important now than ever.
Western News has compiled some of the best features and news-you-can-use stories in one place. We’ll be adding to them throughout the first two weeks of September, so check back often. We invite you to read, enjoy – and learn.
Your brain brims with questions far heavier than your new backpack: How can I achieve academically and stay mentally healthy? And how do I carry that momentum throughout the year?
We have mined some of Western’s top minds in academic success, child development and mental health, and distilled their expertise and advice into one practical – and quick – top-10 list.
Incoming student Andréa Jackson’s penchant for problem-solving includes a hobby that might make most of us throw up our hands in frustration. Jackson first took up the ‘basic’ 3×3 Rubik’s cube and graduated to increasingly more difficult ones, including a 7×7 cube she completed within a day. “Math is just everywhere,” she says. “I love the different applications of it.”
She is one of six recipients of prestigious Schulich Leader scholarships, awarded to high-achieving university students in engineering and science. Check out their fascinating stories.
Residence food at Western is about freshness, nutrition, taste, quality and variety. But it’s also about going beyond what’s on the menu and considering how ingredients are grown, processed, purchased transported, packaged and prepared, as well as how any waste is managed
Read how sustainability is baked into every aspect of the menu.
Recognized for academic excellence, commitment to community, three Indigenous students make up first cohort. Read more.
A new course in history aims to help students better understand the present-day pandemic by examining major disease outbreaks in the past, and how epidemics change future behaviour. Read more.
As classes resume at Western this term, four new Indigenous faculty members bring their expertise to the faculties of education, social science and media and information studies. Read more.
Western is preparing to welcome 5,300 first-year students to nine campus residences over four days – Sept. 3 to 6. Here’s how the university is making safety a priority.
The Ontario government has released a new framework for post-secondary institutions with strong vaccination policies, bolstering Western’s plan to move forward with in-person learning this fall. Read more.
Ventilation in all classrooms at Western meets – and in most cases exceeds – the high standards of measurement to prevent potential airborne spread of coronavirus, according to a recent analysis of the university’s buildings. This is part of a comprehensive measure Western has taken to ensure health and safety of students, faculty and staff as in-person classes begin this fall. Learn more.
Western is strengthening its expertise in open-source, sustainable technology research this fall by adding in an entrepreneurial twist, and an advocate for grassroots innovation leading the charge. Western News caught up with Joshua Pearce, the new Thompson chair in information technology and innovation, to discuss his new role, his research and his passion for sustainable technologies.
Meet Hannah Alper, the 18-year old from Richmond Hill, Ont., who is taking on some big social issues, one small action at a time. She starts her first year at Western’s Faculty of Information and Media Studies.
Making sense of a data-driven world is the aim of a new bootcamp-style program for Western faculty and staff. Read on to learn more.