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Dean's Update - April 2020

Hi Applied Arts,

I don’t know if you’re all feeling the same way, but early March feels about a thousand years ago. I kind of hope that attending to work commitments in between kids’ snack breaks and story times never begins to feel completely normal, but I feel myself growing accustomed to the chaos.

We’re now a full month into contingency planning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and I want take the opportunity to thank everyone across Applied Arts for the incredible effort you’ve put into supporting our students through to the end of the winter term.

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Dean's Update - March 2020

Hi Applied Arts,

I can’t think of a better time to get back to sending out monthly (or perhaps even more frequent) Dean’s Updates than now. My last update was a year ago. Yikes!

In present circumstances, I will not use Dean’s Updates to relay offical Yukon College COVID-19 response items—the College’s daily bulletins will provide the most accurate information, so please keep reading them.

This space is better used to highlight as much of the good work and creative thinking you folks are doing during this challenging set of circumstances as well...

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Dean's Update - April 2019

Happy long weekend everyone! I hope all of you get a chance to relax and play this weekend. As the winter term comes to an end, I want to thank all of you for your unfailing commitment to our students. This has been an exciting and challenging year: the launch of the Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance degree; the communities Early Learning and Child Care project; planning for an additional intake in Practical Nurse; discussions of realigning academic supports for students; follow-up on the Health Care Assistant program review;...

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Dean's Update - February 2019

Hi Applied Arts,

This update has been a long-time coming. I have no excuse. It’s the result of chronic, debilitating procrastination. Let’s see if we can’t get this blog back on track!

Faculty Attendance at Convocation

If you haven’t already, please consider attending Convocation on May 23, 2019 to support our graduates as they cross the stage...

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Dean's Update - October 2018

Hi Applied Arts,

Hard to believe the end of October and, with it, Hallowe’en are already upon us. For those who haven’t seen the posters, the Hallowe’en theme at the College this year is Heroes and Villains. Participation isn't mandatory, but last year’s Harry Potter theme was a hoot, so don’t shy away from dressing up as your favourite superhero or supervillain if the mood takes you. I know folks in Academic and Skill Development have something special in the works--can't wait to see what they come up with. If you’re keen to work all day in a costume but are out of ideas,...

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Dean's Update - June 2018

Hi Applied Arts,

I was doing so well for a while there sending out blog postings monthly, then went completely off the rails in March, April and May. Sigh. It’s been a very busy time in Applied Arts, but I’ll endeavor to get back on schedule. Here are few reminders and news items from the across the Division and the College:

Out-of-Office Messages & Leave Reports

For faculty and staff heading out, or already out, on leave, please remember to set up out-of-office messages on your phone and email. The message must include details about the length of...

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Dean's Update - February 2018

Hi Applied Arts,

I hope everyone had a fun-filled Rendezvous weekend. Unfortunately, one of my littles was under the weather all weekend, so that put a bit of a damper on the festivities, but we still got outside for skiing, maple treats, sledding, and snow fort building.

Here are few updates from the across the Division and the College:

CAQC’s Recommendation

At long last, Campus Alberta Quality Council has recommended to Yukon’s minister of education that our Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance degree be approved! This is huge news and...

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Dean's Update - January 2018

Hi Applied Arts,

My apologies that this update is a little late in coming. And belated Happy New Year! to anyone I haven’t touched base with yet.

Before getting to some news items, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone for handling the craziness of this term’s start-up with professionalism and top-notch problem-solving skills. From our admin assistants finding ways to keep things moving despite Banner going down more than once; to Brent, Hiedi, Norm, Amanda, and Victoria running an impromptu program advising session for a large group of international students; to...

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Dean's Update - December 2017

Hi Applied Arts,

Happy (soon-to-be) end of term everyone! The College's hallways are growing increasingly quiet, so I’m assuming many of you are already on leave, getting out those kerchiefs and caps and settling down for long winter’s naps. And while we’re on the subject of rest, I wish all of you the very best for the holidays. I hope they’re full of family, friends, good food, recreation, and deep sleep. Now on to a few updates to round out the fall term and put 2017 in Applied Arts to bed.

Indigenous Governance Degree Site Visit

The CAQC site visit...

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