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In this issue:
Volunteer: O-DAYS! 2017
Creative City Campus update
Survey: services for students with disabilities
Are you ready for GradEx?
GradEx safety installation guidelines
Workshop: professional GradEx presence
Download the myOCADU mobile app
Digital Output Centre
Imagination Catalyst incubator
Hold the date...

This is the final issue of myOCADUnews for the 2016/2017 academic year. We wish you the best of luck in end of term projects, exams and critiques!
Be sure to follow myOCADU on Twitter and Instagram as an additional source of official information from OCAD University Student Affairs.
Volunteer: O-DAYS! 2017
From Campus Life
Volunteer to help with orientation and welcome new students to the OCAD U community next September during O-DAYS! 2017.
O-DAYS! would not be as fun without YOU! Positions are open to students, faculty, staff and alumni. To sign up, please visit today!
Creative City Campus update
From OCAD University Capital Projects
The Creative City Campus Architects, Morphosis and Teeple, have continued their stakeholder engagement with OCAD U groups representing Sustainability, Research and Graduate Studies and the Library and have conducted an interactive survey with students, staff and faculty.
Make plans to stop by the ‘Open House: Progress Update’ in the main lobby, 100 McCaul Street on Thursday, April 6, 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.  This a great opportunity to provide input about the project and get to know the team.  The architects have done a lot of listening and are getting close to understanding the big picture as it relates to key lessons learned from the community.   
Behind the scenes, the architects are working with engineers, industry experts, and the Construction Manager to analyze costs and logistics re: various aspects of the project.  This analysis will lead to a high level development strategy that will be explored further in the spring.  Stay tuned for more information. If at any time you have questions or comments,
please send us an email.  Project information can also be viewed online.

Help OCAD U improve services for students with disabilities

From Student Communications
Are you a student with a disability? OCAD University would like to hear from you. Please complete this short confidential survey by April 7 to help the University improve access to accommodations and services for students with disabilities.
Are you ready for GradEx?
From Student Communications
More than 900 creative minds from OCAD U’s Class of 2017 are exhibiting at GradEx 102, May 3 to 7! If you’re a student planning to exhibit, there’s a lot of information you need to know!
In case you missed it, OCAD U’s GradEx Information Package has everything you need to know to succeed:

> How to book your AV and equipment loans
> How to safely install your work
> How to upload your info and images for the GradEx App
> Important campus policies (see more on safety guidelines below)
> What to do if you have electrical and special lighting requirements
> How to make the most of GradEx as a career launching experience
> GradEx career development workshops
> What happens if you win a medal, your program’s top honour

GradEx safety installation guidelines
From Safety & Security Services
As GradEx is approaching, Safety & Security Services reminds everyone of various policies and procedures to be followed when planning your exhibits. 
Your GradEx information package contains the full Safety Installation Guidelines. Pay close attention to restrictions on:

> Fire and flame
> Electricity and light
> Solvents, toxic chemicals
> Bio-hazardous waste
> Weapons policy
If you have any inquiries regarding your installation and the guidelines please
email Katie Browning, Health and Safety Officer, Safety & Security Services or telephone  647-308-9558.
Workshop: professional GradEx presence
From Career Development
This workshop, Your Work Here: A Workshop on Professional Presence at GradEx, for students who will be exhibiting work at GradEx, will take you through the essential steps toward capitalizing on this major event.
Whether it’s a conversation with a curator, building new relationships with collectors or impressing talent recruiters from the design world, we will work through the immediate, practical things students can do to make the most of the GradEx experience.

> Students attend one workshop from the dates and sessions available.
> Access our new guide for exhibiting students.
Download the myOCADU mobile app
From Student Communications
The myOCADU mobile app is available via the iOS and Google Play app stores!
Designed primarily for the OCAD University community, myOCADU provides quick and easy access to useful information. Features include quick access to your courses and navigation to locations, alerts on your student file, final (verified) grades, Payable, fees balance and other useful information.
From Career Development
Introductions is a new intelligent matchmaking feature on the OCAD U Hub that will help you get introduced to the right members on an ongoing basis.
You will be notified of suggested Introductions based on the topics and interests that you have selected. Connect with artists, designers and recent grads from OCAD University to gain career advice and build an extended network that can last a lifetime. Look out for your first Introduction in the coming weeks, or join the OCAD U Hub today and get connected to someone who has graduated from OCAD U for a coffee chat.
Digital Output Centre
From Copy & Print Services
Copy & Print Services is proud to provide our students with the Digital Output Centre, or DOC for short! The DOC is a Lab that allows you to print your documents yourself, lending you more control while also helping you understand the process of printing!
Access to the DOC is made available after you complete a brief Canvas course designed by our Print Shop employees to introduce you to printing on our machines. We look forward to seeing you at the DOC!

DOC hours:
Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Inquiries: email or for further information, feel free to visit our website.

Imagination Catalyst incubator
From Imagination Catalyst
What's next after GradEx? How about the Imagination Catalyst Incubator!?
If you are graduating this spring and dream about starting your own business, consider applying to the Imagination Catalyst's free, one-year business incubator program! Join a motivated group of fellow entrepreneurs who are creating, building, designing, making and inventing innovative products, services and companies.

What you need to apply:
> A business idea addressing unmet needs in a consumer or business market
> A clearly identified target customer
> An understanding of competitors and other external market forces

What we offer:
> Customized learning opportunities
> Experienced business advisors
> Extensive mentor network
> Connections to professional service providers including legal assistance
> Access to government funding
> Learning alongside other entrepreneurs

If you are interested in learning more,
contact Kathryn Ellis to make an appointment with a business advisor.

All 2017 OCAD U grads accepted to participate in the Imagination Catalyst incubator will be eligible to pitch for $5000 in startup funding!
Apply before May 14, 2017. For more information, visit the Imagination Catalyst website!


Hold the date...

Mandatory training days
(April 24 and 25) for 2017/2018 Peer Mentors. Sign up and become a Peer Mentor today! Application deadline: Friday, April 7.

New (September 2017) incoming students should watch their email (once accepting OCAD U's offer of admission) for
details about attending a R.A.D. session: June 26 to 29, 2017.

Current students, interested in volunteering during R.A.D. to help greet, lead and direct, should contact
Brent Everett James, Campus Life Coordinator.

O-DAYS! 2017
Several department- and group-specific
OCAD University orientation activities will be planned the week of August 28 to September 1, culminating in BIG-O-Day! on Tuesday, September 5.
Join the O-TEAM!

The first day of 2017 fall semester classes is
Wednesday, September 6. See dates and deadlines.

Our e-news will resume
September 2017 (Volume 2, Issue 1). It will be emailed to all registered Grad and Undergrad students. Graduating this June but want to continue receiving e-news?
You can subscribe!

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