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February 21, 2017

Antoinette: A Chamber Opera presented by MMus student, Colin McMahon


DATE:  Thursday, March 16, 2017
TIME:  6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
LOCATION:  Talbot College (TC), Paul Davenport Theatre

Music by MMus graduate student, Colin McMahon

Words by Ray Hsu

Antoinette is a chamber opera in one act that dramatizes the final days of Marie Antoinette. Marie will be faced with the consequences of her lifestyle, and locked in conflict with idealistic revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre.  This production will feature a small chamber orchestra under the baton of Dylan Maddix, and a cast of five local singers with direction from Patrick Bowman.

This thesis composition is presented as part of Colin McMahon's MMus (Composition) degree.

All are welcome!

February 15, 2017

Staying Motivated in Graduate School Workshop -- February 28, 2017

LearningSkills_LogoStaying motivated in graduate school can be challenging, particularly when it is difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. In this Learning Skills Services presentation, we will discuss factors that affect motivation, challenges to staying motivated in graduate school, and motivational strategies for graduate students.

DATE:  Tuesday, February 28, 2017
TIME:  2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION:  Western Student Services Building (WSSB), Room# 3134

Space is limited. 


SCHOLARS TO LEADERS Speaker Series — "Perspectives From a Young Emerging Leader"


Kate Graham, MPA PhD Candidate, Director of Community and Economic Innovation for the City of London, City Manager's Office, will be speaking next Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. in the IGAB Atrium about Perspectives From a Young Emerging Leader.

The Scholars to Leaders Speaker Series is a unique initiative of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) that is open to all students and scholars across all careers at Western – undergraduate, graduate, professional, and postdoctoral. The Series brings students together with university leaders who are uniquely skilled in mentoring candidates as they prepare for next stages of academic competition and global careers. The monthly luncheon events showcase guest speakers who share valuable insight and expertise on critical aspects of leadership from their own career experiences.

The series runs from September to March (except December), and is held on the last Wednesday of every month in the International and Graduate Affairs Building (IGAB) Atrium.  No registration required.  Pizza is available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

See you next week!

February 13, 2017

Call for Abstracts: EnviroCon 2017


We seek submissions from students from across campus for the multi-disciplinary EnviroCon event hosted by the Centre for Environment and Sustainability.

Collaborative and/or interdisciplinary work is encourage.  Research should be made accessible to an interdisciplinary audience, and abstracts should be related to the environment and sustainability.  This year’s theme is communication.

The event aims to bring together the knowledge and research of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and community members involved in environment and sustainability.  Event registration is free to all graduate students (either as presenters or participants). 

This year's keynote speaker will be Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians.

Conference: March 8, 2017

Abstract Submission deadline: February 15, 2017

I Want to Submit my Abstract

February 07, 2017

Mitacs Step Online Workshops: March 2017


Registration for the March online MITACS workshops is now open. Please register ASAP!

NEW! - Managing Project Timelines – March 1, 2017

Reach project deadlines with less stress. Gain techniques and tools to help you create realistic project timelines and manage your time and energy. Using a customized project planning tool, you’ll be reaching your project deadlines with energy and time to spare.


Writing Strategic Business Reports - March 2, 2017
Learn how to write clear and strategic business reports that achieve their intended purpose.


Time Management – March 2, 2017
If you find yourself frequently running out of time on a project or impending deadlines are making you anxious, this workshop is for you. You’ll learn how to make the most of every minute, avoid procrastination and other “time thieves,” and create achievable plans and schedules, based on project management best practices.


FREE Doctoral Students’ Leadership Forum: February 16, 2017


All PhD students across campus are invited to attend Western’s first Doctoral Students’ Leadership Forum entitled, Leadership - Your Path to Career Success.

Discover how developing your leadership character opens doors, builds connections, creates opportunities, guides risk-taking, and provides tools to navigate life’s challenges and upsets!

DATE:  Thursday, February 16, 2017
TIME:  9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Somerville House, The Great Hall

A FREE hot lunch is available from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. for participants.

From the world-renowned Ivey Business School Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership, Professor Mary Crossan and Dr. Brenda Nguyen will illuminate the often invisible essence of leadership character for maximizing the impact of your scholarly work, to create your career path after graduation, and to meet society’s future needs.


Presenter Bios
Dr. Mary Crossan is a Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Strategic Leadership at the Ivey Business School, Western University. Amongst the most highly cited researchers in her field, her research on leadership character, organizational learning and strategic renewal, and improvisation is published in the top management journals including the Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Leadership Quarterly and Organization Science. Her article on “Developing Leadership Character in Business Programs” was awarded the Outstanding Article of the Year for 2013 in the Academy of Management Learning and Education. The book “Developing Leadership Character” is a culmination of the team’s research on leader character. In a joint venture with The Second City, she developed a management video entitled Improvise to Innovate. Her textbook “Strategic Analysis and Action” is widely used in strategy courses. She has been identified as one of the top 40 case-writers in the world with her Starbucks business case selling over 100,000 copies to business schools worldwide. Her research, teaching, and consulting have provided her with exposure to a variety of companies and industries in North America, Europe and Asia.

Dr. Brenda Nguyen is a postdoctoral fellow at the Ivey Business School working on expanding research focused on leader character. She received her PhD at the University of Calgary. Her work is in organizational behaviour with an emphasis on Character, decision making, authenticity, and self-presentation. She has presented her work at international conferences, and has published papers on dysfunctional personality, impression management, leadership, authenticity and self-monitoring. Brenda has also worked extensively with many organizations such as Alberta Securities Commission, Sabz Consulting, Petroleum Human Resource Council, Calgary AIDS Society, and Construction Owners Association of Alberta.

We look forward to seeing you on the 16th!

Canadian Cancer Society Research Blitz -- Deadline February 17, 2017


The Canadian Cancer Society University Bureau is hosting a knowledge translation event for graduate students.

DATE:  Monday, February 27, 2017
TIME:  5:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Social Science Centre (SSC) Room #3026

Students conducting research related to cancer prevention, treatment or management are invited to present their work in 2 minutes with 1 static slide. This can be great practice for upcoming events, while taking advantage of an opportunity to present your research. In addition, if your research is not related to cancer, we invite you to participate by presenting a published research article that may be of interest to you.

The purpose of this event is to share knowledge, whether that be your own research or research you have come across, so take this opportunity to practice your presentation skills and get involved with the Canadian Cancer Society.

Please complete THIS FORM to sign up and submit your slide by February 17.

All participants will be given a certificate for their presentation, and the top three presenters will receive a prize as well as honourable mention in the upcoming Canadian Cancer Society London Middlesex news.

Thank you and we look forward to your presentations.

February 06, 2017

Alternative Spring Break ... in May!


Did you know you could participate in Alternative Spring Break (ASB) in May?

Applications are open for exciting opportunities to learn, give back, and engage with community in Thunder Bay or Pittsburgh this May!

Thunder Bay
With ASB Thunder Bay you can assist local community organization, Roots to Harvest, with their gardens and urban farms in the areas of foraging, soil development, seed starting, and bee care.You will have the opportunity to connect with Indigenous partners and gain an understanding of basic urban farming concepts and challenges, as well as explore issues of food security.

With ASB Pittsburgh you can serve with community partner, Amizade, at a number of locations in the neighbourhoods of Hill District and East Liberty on projects around gentrification, food deserts, and rapid urban development. You will have the opportunity to explore rapid urban development and Fair Trade Learning.

Visit for more details and apply on CareerCentral!

Deadline March 1, 2017.

Job Shadow Program - Apply Today!


Shadow a professional for a day; see what the working world is like.

Job Shadow is a program that will allow you to explore career possibilities as you spend a day with a professional to learn what working really looks like. Students tell us that their “biggest takeaway was remaining open-minded about what potential careers there are, as well as the importance of maintaining a network”. Hosts are available from a variety of industries; there might be your “dream job” or one that you’ve never thought of before all are worth learning about.

Program Highlights:

  • Hosts available from London, surrounding areas, and beyond.
  • Applications are open on CareerCentral until February 10.
  • Job Shadow experiences take place for one day between March 1 and March 31.

For more information, check out the Job Shadow Student Guide.

Any additional questions can be directed to

February 03, 2017

Library Research Skills for Graduate Students Workshop -- February 16, 2017

LearningSkills_LogoPlease join Western Libraries for a hands-on session to improve your research skills. 

During this workshop you will:

  • Learn about advanced search strategies and specialized databases.
  • Learn about Tri-Agency Open Access requirements.
  • Discover and evaluate different means for disseminating your research (e.g. copyright transfer agreements, spotting predatory publishers).
  • Discover online tools that can save you time (e.g. citation management tools, alert services, Browzine).

DATE:  Thursday, February 16, 2017
TIME:  2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION:  Western Student Services Building (WSSB), Room# 0122

Space is limited. 


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