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Posted January 19, 2012

Netiquette - Beyond Your Personal Brand

Part of the Woodsworth Plus Seminar Series

Attend a FREE seminar on business etiquette with guest speaker Colleen Clarke. Colleen is a well-recognized career specialist, corporate trainer and public speaker in the areas of career management and transition, communication and networking.

When: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Kruger Hall, Woodsworth College

Register online at

or email:

or call: 416-978-5301

Light refreshments will be served

For more info on upcoming Woodsworth Plus events, join 


Posted November 22, 2011

Astrophysics Students Have Their Eyes on the Sky in Rural India

Putting theory into practice with the Science Abroad Program

By Sarah Witol

This summer five undergraduate students had the opportunity to put theory into practice, when they spent two months north of Pune, India living at the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) facility, the world’s largest array of radio telescopes at metre wavelengths. 

The students were participants in Science Abroad, a program run through Woodsworth College that enables students to earn a full-year credit while getting hands-on research experience overseas.  

While at GMRT the students learned to operate the telescope and to detect, seek out and eliminate sources of interference.  “This hands-on learning in a real, front-line scientific environment couldn't be done in Toronto,” said Professor Ue-Li Pen of the Astronomy and Astrophysics department, who travelled with the group to GMRT.   “Here, the labs are necessarily set up in a controlled environment, where the answer is always known in advance.”

Their research at GMRT consisted of two parts, making observations and analyzing data related to an experiment already underway and eliminating radio frequency interference (RFI), which affects data collection, from the environment.  

“We would use the telescope to take a near-field image of GMRT,” explained Connie Lien, a fourth year physics and philosophy student.  “Potential RFI would appear as bright spots on the map; if there was a particularly bright spot we would access a jeep and driver and go with an antenna and a radio to look for the RFI.”

Mitigating the RFI was a challenge, said Josh Albert, a fourth year physics student. “There is RFI everywhere in India. People have wires crisscrossing all over the place.  These would generate sparks, which create high broadband radiation. That is, they muck up radio astronomers' observations. This job required ingenious thinking and technical abilities, which we developed while we were at GMRT.”

In addition to being able to experience the research process first-hand, one of the most rewarding aspects of the program was “being in another country, removed from comforts,” said Lien.  “It makes you reflect on how to react to things.” 

Professor Pen agreed that through their experience of living on the GMRT campus, where many of the other researchers and staff did not speak English, students developed some essential skills:  “I think the adjustment to a very foreign culture was a good learning experience for them,” he said.  “They learned to communicate across cultural and language differences.”

Science Abroad has received funding assistance from the Arts &Science Curriculum Renewal Initiatives Fund.

Sarah Witol is the Summer Abroad Programs manager at Woodsworth College

Posted November 14, 2011

Summer Abroad Programs Launches Videos

Students speak out about their fantastic experiences with the program

Watch these videos to find out more about the program

Posted November 03, 2011

Alumni Café - Pride & Prejudice and Popularity

Join Woodsworth Senior Lecturer, Theresa Moritz, who will speak on this interesting topic

Dr. Theresa Moritz is an expert in Jane Austen.  She has been teaching literature as well as critical reading and writing skills at UofT since the 1990’s.  Dr. Moritz has also published stories, poems and essays which have appeared in Queen’s Quarterly, Event, Dalhousie Review, Cistercian Studies¸ and many other journals. Books written in collaborations with A.F. Moritz include The World’s Most Dangerous Woman: A New Biography of Emma Goldman, which was awarded the Joseph and Faye Tanenbaum Prize in Canadian Jewish History in 2003.  Dr. Moritz teaches in the Academic Bridging Program at Woodsworth College as well as teaching a first year seminar course for the Faculty of Arts & Science. 

Event Details:

Topic: Pride & Prejudice and Popularity: The impact on literature studies of Jane Austen's cult status

Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Time: 2 pm - 4pm

Place: William Waters Lounge, Woodsworth College Residence, 321 Bloor St. West.

To register:

Email: alumni office
Or phone: 416-978-5301

Light refreshments will be served


Posted October 13, 2011

Woodsworth Plus

Career readiness workshops and seminars for recent grads and upper year students

A new series of events focusing on careers, life after graduation and job readiness will be offered by the College.  The first event of the series is scheduled for Monday, November 7th with guest speaker Denyse Burns, co-founder,  The Madison Consulting Group, a communications training and consulting company.  Her workshop, Communicating with Impact., will focus on the critical communication skills required to be successful in navigating the workplace. You will examine skills and behaviours necessary to develop a strong and confident corporate presence and will learn that creating a positive impression is as critical a skill as any.

More information and how to register.

Posted September 20, 2011

Donor gives back

Graduate of Woodsworth's TESOL program established an award for students in Academic Bridging

Read her story here.

Posted September 02, 2011

2011/12 Alumni Cafe Series

Fascinating speakers and topics plus new afternoon sessions!

Join fellow alumni and friends for these informal sessions.  This year's offering features  topics ranging from the world of particle physics to aging and creativity.  We have expanded the series this year by offering two afternoon sessions to the line-up.

As always we will be offering light refreshments, so come out and enjoy the company and stimulating conversations.

More information on all of the sessions is available in our calendar section.

Posted December 31, 1969

Principal’s Welcome

Joe Desloges welcomes students and alumni back to Woodsworth College for the 2012-13 academic year

I want to welcome all  new and returning students to  Woodsworth College. I hope that this academic year will be challenging and rewarding.  The Woodsworth community has much to offer to all our students. I hope that students will avail themselves of the wide-ranging services and programs provided by  the Registrar's Office, the Writing Centre and the Office of the Dean of Students.

I would also like to extend a warm welcome to our 20,000 plus cohort of alumni.  There are many activities and events at the College that I hope will be of interest to this group. We look forward to seeing many of our alumni through the course of the year.

This year we are inaugurating the College's Boundless Opportunities Campaign and ushering in a year's worth of celebrations.

The anniversaries that we are celebrating – the 45th anniversary of the Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program, the 40th anniversary of the Summer Abroad Program, and the 50th anniversary of the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies – are all central to our campaign themes and priorities.  As we welcome back students and alumni to our campus, we are not only looking forward to all the events and activities of a new academic year, but are also looking back over the years and decades of excellence. Woodsworth has provided generations of students with amazing opportunities for personal growth and academic achievement, access to a university education, and enriching educational programs; so our looking forward and looking back will inform our campaign as we celebrate our milestones and plan for the future.

I am very happy that we are also inaugurating the Woodsworth ONE program this fall.  Our first cohort of students will take part in innovative programing in small seminar settings and will have opportunities for engagement with each other both inside and outside the classroom.

I hope that  students, alumni and friends will join us for our events and celebrations and I look forward to meeting many of you during the course of the year. 


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