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November 25, 2022

DMA student Yumi Jang earns Gold Prize in 2022 International European Classical Music Pianist Award competition


Warmest congratulations to current DMA student pianist Yumi Jang, who recently won the Gold Prize in the 2022 International European Classical Music Pianist Award Competition (Professional Category), with 82 candidates from over 11 countries competing in this competition.

Yumi also won the Gold Prize and was declared Country Representative Winner (Professional Category) in the 2022 International European Autumn Competition with 155 candidates from over 13 countries competing in this competition.


Master's student Seokho Park earns Young Artist of the Year


Congratulations to current Master's student Seokho Park, tenor, who was recently named Young Artist of the Year with the "Super Rookie Award" from the Korea Opera Association.

The 13th Korea Opera Festival was held at the Seoul Art Center opera house between April 28 and June 5, 2022, during which time Park performed Rodolfo in La bohème alongside outstanding artists. After the performance, Korea Opera Company Association opened the election for awards, and he was elected as Young Artist of the Year.


November 23, 2022

SCHOLARS TO LEADERS SPEAKER SERIES | "Social Media for Academics: Digital Well-Being Matters!" | November 30, 2022


Christa Sathish, PhD candidate, Media Practices at Middlesex University in London, England, will be speaking next Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. with a talk entitled Social Media for Academics: Digital Well-Being Matters!

DATE: Wednesday, November 30, 2022
TIME: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


About the Talk
This talk will focus beyond the existence and application of social media platforms and is based on my current PhD research. This talk aims to create awareness of specific digital competencies, and contribute knowledge about why, and how academics may care for their digital well-being in order to increase their confidence when making decisions about their social media use.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Knowing potential opportunities and challenges of social media platforms for teaching & learning and networking & public engagement.
  • Knowing the range of 21st Century Digital Competencies and how these may aid decision-making about your use of social media platforms.
  • Knowing ways to care for your digital well-being.

Presenter Bio
Christa Sathish is a final-year PhD candidate in Media Practices at Middlesex University, London. Her research focuses on the professional social media use of UK academics. As an Hourly Paid Academic at Middlesex University, she has been teaching and guest lecturing on Digital Advertising; Digital Marketing; Social Media and Public Relations; as well as Branding to undergraduate and postgraduate students. She started her career in Switzerland in 2001 as a Scientist specializing in Pharmaceutical Research and Development, and then moved to the UK to study Business and Management during her undergraduate and postgraduate education, followed by a move into Media Studies. Christa is an all-round, interdisciplinary researcher and enjoys working with mixed-method research designs.

November 16, 2022

BE SAFE ON CAMPUS THIS WINTER | Reporting slippery and inaccessible areas


Prepare for winter weather

Proper clothing, particularly footwear, is essential for pedestrian travel during the cold weather. Even cleared and salted pathways can be slick at this time of year. It is recommended that members of the campus community follow the current outdoor conditions and prepare their trips to and from their building accordingly.

Report slippery and inaccessible areas

The campus community can report slippery and inaccessible areas by calling Facilities Management (FM) Client Services, ext. 83304 or emailing with the following details:

  • The full name of the building
  • The exit/entrance number (located above the door frame) or a complete description of the location if an exit/entrance number is unknown
  • A description and nature of the hazard
  • A picture, if/when possible

During heavy snowfall, keeping up with demand will require focus on priority areas and may result in some areas being left until the precipitation subsides.

For more information, please visit FMs web page dedicated to the snow maintenance operation on campus:


November 14, 2022

Registration Information for Winter Term 2023



Any requests to change your winter term status should be submitted by November 25, 2022.

These changes include requests to change from full-time to part-time, part-time to full-time, leaves of absence, Intent to be eligible for TDO status, voluntary withdrawal, etc. Requests for Leaves of Absence, Part-Time Status, and Voluntary Withdrawal may be submitted online via the Graduate Student Web Services Portal.

Other request forms to be submitted in hard-copy are also found via the Portal.


If you anticipate that you will complete your degree requirements within the fall term and be eligible to graduate at the February Convocation, you must apply to graduate via the Student Center.

Once logged in, under the Main Menu select "Self Service" and then “Graduation”. Select “Apply for Graduation” and follow the instructions to complete the process, which includes verification of your name and degree being awarded.

Please complete your application to graduate by November 25, 2022.

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