Exceptional start heralds new academic year

New students attend an orientation Expo that showcases the many services and clubs available to them on campus. (Chris Roussakis Photo)

As soon as students began arriving at Carleton for the new school year the last weekend of August, the campus and surrounding areas of the city became alive with anticipation of the upcoming school year.

“When we say that Carleton University is an exceptionally warm and welcoming place, it is true, and the special greeting offered each incoming student is the first step in ensuring that tradition continues,” says Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte.

Carleton’s carefully developed orientation program, which represents a close collaboration among student volunteers, student government and residence leaders, as well as university staff, sets the university apart, says Runte.

New this year is artist Eric “eepmon” Chan’s live work on an abstract piece of art during the first week of classes. Chan, who graduated from the Interactive Multimedia and Design program in 2008, combines a technology he created that projects real-time weather images onto a large canvass. The finished piece, which will be dedicated to the class of 2018, will hang in the Discovery Centre in the MacOdrum Library.

As the campus falls into a routine, some students will be attending brand new programs and courses, including a minor in Disability Studies, and a seven-month Management Certificate Program for Women tailored for women who wish to enhance their leadership skills.

The largest new program is the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc), a unique-in-Canada, interdisciplinary and career-focused program organized around five concentrations: biomedical sciences, environment and health, global health, health through the lifespan, and disability and chronic illness.

A new Bachelor of Journalism and Humanities program will give students a new perspective on humanities specialties, and two new master’s options in Data Analytics and Data Science are in the works.

“Carleton faculty have been proactive and extremely creative in designing new, interdisciplinary programs to solve the problems we face in the world today and will encounter in the future,” notes Runte. “Carleton students will be qualified for the jobs of the future and will be the leaders our nation and the world need.”

Seven innovative online courses, including studies in applied linguistics, biology, Canadian studies, mathematics and psychology, are also on offer at Carleton for the first time this fall. The courses are part of the Ontario Online initiative, a $42-million Centre of Excellence announced by the provincial government in January to increase options for students and to allow schools to share resources and expertise.

Meanwhile, the famed annual football battle between Carleton and the University of Ottawa – the Panda Game – is back on the field, scheduled to take place at TD Place Sept. 20.


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Susan Hickman

By Susan Hickman

For nearly four decades, journalist Susan Hickman has written about every imaginable subject for sundry newspapers and magazines in Canada and abroad, as well as for CBC TV and CBC Radio. She has also managed various publications, including academic newspapers and technology magazines, and was recently commissioned to write a guide for foreign missions serving in Canada. Currently, she is working on a couple of personal memoirs.

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