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Connecting Virtually with College Conversations

 

group of 3 people icons with speech bubblesThank you SLC for joining the first virtual College Conversations! With 520 attendees, our meeting was a resounding success. Anyone with additional questions or feedback can submit them using the form here. Answers will be shared in an upcoming issue of the newsletter.

If you missed the live broadcast a link was sent to your college email from the communications team and you can view the recorded presentation. Please note this event is intended for internal SLC staff and faculty and we kindly ask that the video not be shared externally.

 

 

 

Why Are You #ProudToBeSLC?

 

Video iconSLC’s Marketing team is putting together a social media campaign to fill our social feeds with positive stories and can use your help. What do you love about SLC? Are you thankful for something or someone at SLC? Submit a 6-8 second video with the answer to marketing@sl.on.ca until April 29. Staff, faculty, students, and alumni are encouraged to share why they are #ProudToBeSLC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our People

Quick Reminder – College Voicemail

 

Black rotary phoneA quick reminder to people to check that the message they set on their office voicemail continues to be relevant as we approach the end of the winter semester. It has been some time now since we transitioned to working remotely and now is a good time to make sure out of office messages are aligned with how you are working. To access college voicemail simply call the general line and hit “*” then follow the prompts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Centre for Behavioural Studies Continues to Support Families Through Pandemic

 

Little girl sitting on a women's lap in front of a laptopThe Centre for Behavioural Studies (the Centre) is normally a hive of student learning activity, welcoming more than 280 students through its doors since opening on the Kingston campus in 2018. A central function of its work is providing behavioural therapy to clients throughout the community, which Centre staff have adapted to a virtual format after the COVID-19 pandemic forced its closure. Therapy services like those delivered through the Centre have been deemed essential by the Province of Ontario.

The Centre has provided on-going therapy, short-term training, and assessments to over 54 clients in the past year and a half. Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) therapy is dynamic in its delivery and can take place up to several hours at one time, according to Pamela Johnson, Manager of the Centre.

Moving to an online platform required thoughtful planning, conversations with families, and negotiating which services could be delivered via telehealth. Social distancing protocols are having mixed impacts on people’s routines, according to Pamela.

Behaviour Therapists Brittany Dolan and Katarina Fischer have successfully moved therapy sessions online for five clients and anticipate welcoming four more clients into this telehealth platform in the coming weeks. In addition to reaching out to their existing clients, staff have also explored ways to support people on their waitlist.

“For many of our clients, routines which provide stability and security have been disrupted, along with access to community supports and services. Sadly, we are hearing about families who are experiencing a crisis at home due to a total disruption in their children’s schooling, therapy and other family supports,” Pamela said.

“It is our ethical obligation to provide continuity to our families, and we aim to provide excellent services no matter the form of delivery,” Pamela said. “Telehealth is a new medium for us, and our team has been working diligently to find the best quality and safest option to provide therapies to our clients. I want to thank our hard-working staff for their dedication and professionalism.”

Our Programs

From Brockville to Broadway, Virtually

 

Crowd sitting in front of a show.When Broadway star Laura Benanti put out a call on Twitter for video clips of cancelled shows due to COVID-19, first-year SLC Music Theatre student Christina Licatalosi, along with fellow student, Ricardo De La Torre Ley, answered.

 

“I shared a clip of Ricardo and I singing “All I Ask of You” in rehearsals for New Faces,” Christina said. “Amazingly, Laura saw the clip and shared it!” The video was also retweeted by Emmy Rossum, Debra Messing, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and supported by Lin Manuel Miranda. The clip was also featured in, Broadway WorldPBS Newshour (49:17), and Advocate Magazine, with just shy of 100 thousand views.

 

Another clip Christina shared was featured in Andrew Lloyd Webber Twitter compilation for “Any Dream Will Do,” from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

“This fun story demonstrates the passion and perseverance of young artists studying at SLC. Digital literacy is an essential skill and our students are innovating to share their work via social media in this time of social distancing,” said Music Theatre instructor, Patrick Burwell. “Performers and creative teams at SLC and at schools all over the world put their hearts and souls into creating theatre during the rehearsal process. The cancellation of performances is heartbreaking yet necessary, so recognition from industry leaders on social media is a bright light in a challenging time.”

Our Students

Sharing a Kind Word

envelope iconStudents in Pre Health Sciences Advanced Diploma and Degree Program will be sharing words of encouragement with healthcare workers and vulnerable members of the community.

As part of her alternate delivery, professor Deanna Cole-Benjamin and her students have been discussing the impact of COVID-19 and the challenges experienced within the healthcare system. During online classes several students asked how they could help their community.

“Earlier in the semester, I had previously given a random acts of kindness activity to students. This activity was well received and I started thinking about how my students could do something similar right now,” said Denna. “I thought they could write a letter to a resident in a long-term care facility, to a homeless person, or to a healthcare or service provider.”

As part of the voluntary assignment, students will be sending letters to Providence Manor, a long-term care facility and StreetHealth, an organization that supports vulnerable homeless, mental health and addictions populations. The response to the assignment has been heartening with 20 letters received so far with the possibility to send over 100 letters. For each letter submitted by her students, Deanna will be writing a matching one.

"I think this idea is amazing! It really touched me, I am very happy and excited to be able to show our care and appreciation for those working through these conditions and those who are most greatly affected," shared a student.

The following are statements from some of the letters submitted:

To a resident in long term care: "I am writing to you because I know this is a very trying time and I know it can feel like you’re on your own through it all. I am here to remind you that you’re not alone, although I can’t be there in a person, I am and so many more of us, my entire program actually, are there with you in spirit."

To someone who is homeless: "You may be feeling really alone right now, maybe you feel invisible.  I want you to know that I am thinking of you. I am praying that you will be okay. I want you to know that I care about you."

To a StreetHealth healthcare provider: "The Kingston community is lucky to have people like you that are willing to help those who have no housing, food or any cleanliness tools available for them during this tough time. You deserve a million flowers and smiles to try and brighten up your day."

To a Providence Manor care/service provider: "I want to begin this letter with a big thank you. I cannot even imagine how you are feeling working the front lines of this pandemic. I wanted to write this letter to thank you, whether you are a nurse, doctor, receptionist, PSW, or any other support staff working."

Our Communities

Brockville Campus Residence to Serve as Housing For Brockville General Hospital Staff

St. Lawrence College LogoBrockville General Hospital (BGH) staff who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 while working who don’t want to risk bringing it home will be able to self-isolate at SLC’s Brockville campus residence, potentially as early as Friday, April 17.

The residence has 29 rooms, each with two single beds, as well as one wheelchair accessible room, and will be available once a full cleaning has been completed. This arrangement will alleviate the stress of those working in the hospital, allowing them to keep a safe distance.

“Our space is public space, and as our students are no longer living in our residences, we are more than willing to have our local hospital use the residence for their staff who need to self-isolate for the safety of their families,” according to Glenn Vollebregt, SLC President and CEO. “These are extraordinary times, and we continue to provide help and resources in whatever form we can for our communities.”

While hospital staff are staying on campus the BGH will maintain the building with cleaning service, supply linens, security, and access, allowing SLC essential teams to support the rest of campus in their regular roles.

Important Dates

April 17, 2020: Winter semester end date for most programs

April 28, 2020: Grades due - Last day to post Winter 2020 grades into SIS

April 30, 2020: All on- or off- campus events care cancelled until this date

May 1, 2020: College offer acceptance deadline

May 11: Spring semester term begins for most programs*

May 18, 2020: Victoria Day (No classes)

June 2020: Credentials will be processed and mailed to graduates

July 31, 2020: Spring semester end date for most programs**

August 10, 2020: Grades due - last day to post Spring 2020 grades into SIS

August 24, 2020: First day - new full-time faculty

August 31, 2020: First day - returning full-time faculty/program coordinators

September 8, 2020: Orientation Day