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Spring Convocation on June 15, 2015

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the following events:

Academic Procession: Photo and Gathering (9:00am – 9:45am)

Location: Simcoe Hall, 27 King’s College Road (meet for photo in front of Simcoe Hall and then proceed to Council Chamber for gathering)

Convocation Ceremony (10:00am – 12:00pm)

Location: Convocation Hall, 27 King’s College Circle

Post-Convocation Lunch (12:15pm – 2:00pm)

Location: Sir Howard Ferguson Dining Hall, University College, 75 St. George Street (access via Morrison Hall or the Sir Daniel Wilson Residence Quad)

Please note, that participation in the academic procession is open to all faculty and staff. Participants in the academic procession must wear academic regalia (the department will rent this on your behalf). However, you must register for the regalia rental by 11:45pm on May 14, 2015. After that date, it will be your own responsibility to obtain the rental. To rent regalia through the department, click here.

NOTE: We can rent black gowns for all participants, but hoods only for those with a U of T degree (the rental company does not provide hoods for degrees earned from other universities). To purchase hoods from other universities, please go to www.gaspard.ca or call 1-866-949-5703 and use code faculty20 for a 20% discount on purchased regalia.

After you complete the regalia rental form, please don’t forget to register for the actual academic procession. You must complete this separate online form by 11:45pm on May 19, 2015.

If you wish to attend the post-convocation lunch, please rsvp by 5:00pm on June 1, 2015.


May 7, 2015

Volume 32, Issue 17

In this issue:

Grad Office
MaRS Exhibit
Chem Eng Events


Grad Office


PhD Reading Committee Meeting – Y. Zhao

Date of Meeting: May 11, 2015 in WB115 at 12pm
Committee: Chair: Prof. A. Ramchandran; Supervisor: Prof. M. Radisic; Other Member(s): Prof. A. Wheeler

PhD Reading Committee Meeting – J. Caguiat

Date of Meeting: May 12, 2015 in WB215 at 9am
Committee: Chair: Prof. D. W. Kirk; Supervisor: Prof. C. Q. Jia; Other Member(s): Prof. M. Sain, Prof. C. M. Yip

PhD Reading Committee Meeting – P. Schnurr

Date of Meeting: May 13, 2015 in WB215 at 10am
Committee: Chair: Prof. E. A. Edwards; Supervisor: Prof. D. G. Allen; Other Member(s): Prof. G. Espie, Prof. G. Wolfaardt

Student Life Catalyst Awards

If you're graduating in June 2015 and feel you have made a positive difference to the student life experience here in our department, apply for a Student Life Catalyst Award.


Special Exhibit at MaRS


The UK Consulate in Toronto is bringing a model of the “Bloodhound Supersonic Car” to Toronto. It will be on exhibit at the MaRS building from May 28-30, 2015.

The Bloodhound Supersonic Car will be the first car to ever exceed 1,000 mph. The model will compete in the Formula 1 race in Montreal. For more info on the exhibit at MaRS, click here.




Safety Training

The safety training for 2015 summer students are as follows:

Part I:  In-Person Training, May 5, 2015, WB-116, from 9:30-11:30am

Part II:  On-line, to be completed prior to the In-Person Exam

Part III:  In-Person Examination, May 11, 2015, WB-116, 10:00-10:30am

As per University and departmental guidelines, we are required to provide training to all personnel. If you have hired a summer student, please inform them of the date, time and location of the training program. It would be helpful if you could provide names of any summer students to Leticia Gutierrez for attendance and handouts purposes.

Students from our department that have completed their fourth year, AND ARE CONTINUING INTO GRADUATE SCHOOL in our department, do not have to attend this training session (their training for fourth year thesis will suffice). They need to attend the CHE2222F in September.

The training is compulsory for all other summer students/personnel, including those in volunteer positions and on co-op placements.

CEGSA Ping Pong Tournament: There's Still Time to Register!

Do you take a break from research and work by playing a game of ping pong with your friends in the common room? Do you want an opportunity to show off your table tennis skills and have your name forever engraved in the common room?

Well, then CEGSA's annual Table Tennis tournament is for you! The tournament will take place on May 7, 2015 at 4:30pm in the Grad Common room (WB 247). Pizza will be provided for those participating. To sign up, please email Sam Huang by 4:30pm on May 6, 2015.

Winners will be glorified by having their name engraved on the champion plaque in the common room. So be sure to bring your A game and leave no mercy on the table.

CEGSA Fundraiser

On April 25, 2015 a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck near Kathmandu, Nepal and resulted in widespread devastation. The Canadian Red Cross is collecting funds to support their assistance in helping those affected by the earthquake. All eligible donations to the Red Cross by May 25, 2015 will be matched by the Canadian government.

At this Friday's Fika, we hope you can help CEGSA raise funds by buying a flower from Snow's Victory Florists, 280 College Street, Toronto (http://snowsvictoryflorist.com/). A suggested donation for a flower is $2. You can then spread the love even more by using it as a gift for Mother's Day this Sunday or for another significant other. Hope you can help those in need in Nepal and join CEGSA's Nepal Region Earthquake Flower Sale Fund.


Chem Eng Events

Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


May 27, 2015 - BizSkule Presents: Leadership for Challenging Times, 5:45-8:30pm, Bennett Jones

May 30, 2015 - Spring Reunion Chemical Engineering Lunch & Tour, 12-2:30pm, Wallberg Building

June 4, 2015 - Molly Shoichet Symposium on Innovations in Regenerative Medicine, 1-5pm, Sandford Fleming Building, Rm. 1105

June 15, 2015 - Spring Convocation


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