This Week @ York for Week of September 9, 2019

Important Dates

  • Fees due for Fall and Year course enrolments and program-based undergraduate programs is Tuesday, September 10.

  • First half of residence and meal plan fees are due Tuesday, September 10.

  • Last date to add a course without permission of instructor is Tuesday, September 17.

  • Fall/Winter 2019-2020 course and program fees, which will be impacted by the provincial government’s Student Choice Initiative, are available on the Student Financial Services’ Fees webpage. The Non-Essential Supplementary Fee Opt-Out Form is now available. Visit the Student Choice Initiative website for details and a link to the form. The deadline to Opt-Out is Wednesday, September 18.

  • For a list of all important dates for the Fall/Winter academic session, please visit the 2019-2020 Important Dates Calendar.

York Pride

  • The deadline for the President’s Ambassador Program has been extended to Wednesday, September 11 at 11:59 p.m. This program is designed to provide students with a unique perspective on the University with opportunities to serve as representatives of the University and to share their experiences as York students with other students, staff, faculty and alumni. Students selected for the program will attend a number of institutional and community events, including alumni receptions and government announcements. Sign up today!

  • Help shape York’s story – we want to hear from you! This summer, York undertook an exercise to redefine our story and held a series of community consultations. We are looking for current undergraduate students to participate in a 90-minute group interview where we will share with you a draft of our refreshed University identity. To take part in an interview on Wednesday, September 11, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Kaneff Tower, please contact Participants will receive $25 gift certificate to the York University Bookstore!

International Connections

  • York International (YI) is offering their third and final international student orientation session this week. This orientation gives you a chance to meet your international student peers, learn essential information about immigration issues, health insurance, working in Canada and much more. Next Session: Thursday, September 10, noon to 4:15 p.m., Second Student Centre Conference Room (Second Floor). For registration and information, visit the York International Orientation Page.

  • Are you a first-year international student or exchange student? You’re invited to this year’s President’s International Student Reception! Join the President, Deans of the Faculties and consular representatives from around the world for an evening of meeting new people in the international community of York and beyond. Wednesday, September 18, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Schulich Executive Dining Room, Seymour Schulich Building.


  • How to Prepare for Grad Studies at York. Are you an undergraduate student interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the future? Learn about all of York’s different graduate studies opportunities, the best ways to prepare while you’re pursuing your undergrad, as well as the ins and outs of the application process! First Session: Thursday, September 12, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bennett Centre for Student Services, Discover York room (first floor). For more information on future sessions, click the link above.

Athletics & Recreation

  • Show your #HeartOfALion and Rock Your Red for the Men’s Football game! They host the McMaster Marauders this Saturday, September 14, 1 p.m. York Lions Stadium. This event will also feature the first-ever International Student Festival! Don’t miss your chance to win a $100 York U Bookstore gift card! There will be food trucks, lots of other prizes and much more.

  • The Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams host the Western Mustangs this Friday, September 13, 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Alumni Field. They will also be facing off against the Brock Badgers at home on Sunday, September 16, 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. for York9FC Day!

Money Matters

Learning Skills

  • Attend Learning Skills Workshops designed to help you cope with upcoming exams and the related stress. The workshops are held at the Sound & Moving Images Library (SMIL) on the ground floor of Scott Library and are open to all York students; registration is not required. Upcoming workshops:

    • Time Management: Learn practical, personalized approaches to managing your time that work for you. Monday, September 9, 11 a.m. to noon.
    • Secrets of Academic Success: Take this workshop and learn some key strategies to improve your academic achievement and confidence and find out which learning skills you most need to succeed at university. Tuesday, September 10, 11 a.m. to noon and Friday, September 13, noon to 1 p.m.
    • Starting Off Strong: New to York U? Discover tools, tips and strategies to get you started on the right path to achieving your academic goals and find the keys to academic success at university! Wednesday, September 11, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. **Please note: this workshop is at Bethune College BC203**
    • Learning Power: Everyone studies and prepares differently. Find out your own learning style and discover how to improve your academic performance! Thursday, September 12, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Worth Repeating

  • Visit York’s new Back-to-School website to access back-to-school resources and learn about events to help ease the transition into the 2019-2020 academic year. The resources are organized by year of study on the site, so you can find the perfect resources and supports that fit your needs as you start the year!

    We encourage you to check out the following apps to help support a mentally healthy campus:

    • Big White Wall, a free online mental health and wellbeing service offering self-guided programs and creative outlets that includes a space to express, connect, learn and remain anonymous; or
    • BounceBack Ontario, offers a free skill-building program that offers two forms of support: online videos; and telephone coaching sessions with guided workbooks.
  • Changes to Parking: The university has changed its campus parking enforcement process to improve efficiency, effectiveness and fairness to everyone using York U’s parking operations. As the new process takes effect, the University is offering individuals with outstanding tickets an opportunity to settle their accounts by way of a ticket relief program, available until September 2019. Learn more at