University of Toronto Mississauga
|University of Toronto Mississauga|
|Principal||H. Deep Saini|
|Location||Mississauga, Ontario, Canada|
|Campus||Suburban, 89.4 hectares (225 acres)|
|Website||utm.utoronto.ca or erin.utoronto.ca|
The University of Toronto Mississauga (also known as U of T Mississauga or UTM) is a satellite campus of the University of Toronto, located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The university is set upon a park-like campus on the valley of the Credit River, approximately 33 kilometres west of Downtown Toronto. It is the second-largest campus of the university in terms of enrollment.
University of Toronto at Mississauga was built on the former estate of Reginald Watkins, which was acquired by the University of Toronto in 1965. Founded as Erindale College in 1965, construction of the University's main building began in 1966. Although this building was originally meant to be temporary, the building still exists today as part of the North Building. In 1998, Erindale assumed the dual name of University of Toronto Mississauga, although Erindale College still remains an official alternate name.
The campus consists of a number of buildings arranged across a large, treed lot. The surrounding suburban neighbourhood (the Mississauga Road area and the Credit Woodlands) is a fairly affluent section of the city of Mississauga. The largest building was built as a megalithic structure, predominantly out of concrete, as was typical of the brutalist architecture style of the late 1960s. It was one of architect Raymond Moriyama's first major commissions. Other buildings were added over the decades, however, with the enlarged enrollment at the beginning of the new millennium, the pace of construction increased.
A new CCT (formerly CCIT) building, designed by Saucier + Perrot, was opened in September 2004. It is characterized by a poorly finished black and glass exterior. The interior is finished in concrete and gray paint, with black plastic melamine on many surfaces. The new library and academic learning centre, designed by Shore Tilbe Irwin + Partners and named after Mississauga's mayor, Hazel McCallion, opened October 8, 2006, and the new Wellness, Recreation and Athletics Centre, also by Shore Tilbe, opened less than a month previous to that. The new library consists of four floors with a mixture of group study tables and individual silent study space.
Mississauga campus became home to a first in Canadian education. Canada's first Forensic Science Institute was created at the U of T Mississauga, opening for the 2007 - 2008 school year. The new institute for postgraduate students forges close ties with the Centre of Forensic Sciences. Plans have also been finalized for the establishment of an Academy of Medicine at the Mississauga campus, in partnership with the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. It will provide a community oriented program to increase the number of primary care physicians and general practitioners. The first students were slated for enrollment in 2011. U of T Mississauga is in the midst of an expansion, with student enrollment being projected to reach 12,000 by the end of the decade.
The Mississauga Academy of Medicine, which opened in August 2011 with 54 first-year students, is a partnership among U of T Mississauga, U of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, Trillium Health Centre and Credit Valley Hospital. By 2014, the Academy will have a total of 216 students enrolled in the four-year program. The new facility is located across two floors inside the new Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex and provides brand new classrooms, seminar rooms, computer facilities, learning spaces and laboratories. Students are provided with fully equipped student lounge and outdoor terrace to relax and socialize. Students are able to share lectures and leaning experiences both inside and outside the classroom through advanced technologies.
A large stone monument added in 2013 at the entranceway to the campus caused controversy when it became apparent that the administration had used approximately $1 million in public funds for its construction and surrounding landscaping. The monument has since been dubbed by critics as a "Stonehenge of Idiots".
U of T Mississauga campus offers 148 programs, among 89 areas of study. The University's most popular programs include Anthropology, Biology, Commerce, Management, CCIT (Communications, Culture and Information Technology), Concurrent Teacher Education (within 4 areas: French, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Psychology), Computer Science, Criminology & Socio-Legal Studies, English, Environmental Studies, History, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology.
U of T Mississauga students can also apply for joint-degree programs in CCIT, Art and Art History, or Theatre and Drama through an arrangement with Sheridan College, which allows students to obtain both a university degree from U of T and a college diploma from Sheridan. These programs allow students to benefit from the practical experience of a college.The CCIT program is a recent creation and partnership between U of T Mississauga and Sheridan College. Other undergraduate programs offered at U of T Mississauga include, but are not limited to, Professional Writing and Communication, Economics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Languages, Physics, Environmental Sciences, Geography, and Earth Sciences (Ex. Geology).
U of T Mississauga also hosts one of the few palaeomagnetism laboratories in Canada. This lab investigated the palaeomagnetic properties of rocks collected from the Apollo missions in the 1970s and was run by now professor emeritus Dr. Henry Halls. U of T Mississauga's most famous president was Dr. J. Tuzo Wilson, a geologist and pioneer in plate tectonics. A research wing in the William G. Davis building of U of T Mississauga is named after him.
Graduate degrees offered include the Master of Management and Professional Accounting, Diploma in Investigative and Forensic Accounting, Master of Biotechnology, Master of Management of Innovation and the Master of Science in Sustainability Management.
The campus is home to CFRE-FM, broadcasting twenty-four hours a day at 91.9FM out of the Student Centre. With a focus on Canadian and independent music, students and community members are encouraged to apply for a show, as no experience is required. There is also a student newspaper, The Medium.
The University of Toronto Mississauga has many spaces for students to study and socialize. Students can spend time at The Student Centre, the Library's Starbucks cafe, Davis Building's Meeting Place, Oscar Peterson Residence's Colman Commons Dining Hall, CCT's Circuit Cafe, Instructional Centre's dining and lounge area, and others.
The UTM student centre offers a variety of events and programs available to students and is located on the UTM campus. Events offered to students include movie nights held every Monday evening, occasional guest speakers, and a variety of other events run by the student centre. The student centre also houses other student organizations including the UTM student newspaper, campus radio station, the UTM Student Union, and numerous other student clubs.
The Blind Duck Pub, located in The Student Centre, is popular eating spot on campus where students and staff are able to socialize. The menu includes chicken wings, halal meats, vegetarian dishes, French fries and more. The Blind Duck Pub also hosts many student events including the First Pub, Last Pub, and Halloween Pub where various artists such as Shawn Desmond and Mia Martina perform. Students can find on-campus employment opportunities at the Blind Duck Pub as it is owned and operated by the UTM Student Union.
The Recreation Athletic and Wellness Centre (RAWC), located in the South Building, expanded the Campus Rec Intramural Program in 2006–07. The RAWC supplies sports equipment for drop-ins with a student card or membership. These sports include basketball, soccer, volleyball, tablet tennis, and racquet sports. In addition to these sports, the RAWC offers organized classes in dance, martial arts, yoga, and swimming. There are two gymnasiums, one North American-sized squash court, two international-sized squash courts, one pool with a whirlpool on deck, and a fitness and training centre, among other studios and multipurpose rooms. Students of UTM are encouraged to try out and participate in a variety of varsity sports teams including outdoor soccer, indoor soccer, basketball, lacrosse, ice hockey, field hockey, volleyball, flag football, ultimate frisbee and rugby. In addition to varsity teams, UTM offers Tri-Campus Intramural Leagues in which students from all three campuses are welcomed to try out for these competitive teams. These teams include men’s ice hockey, men’s outdoor soccer, men’s indoor soccer, women’s basketball, women’s indoor soccer, and women’s volleyball.
The University of Toronto Mississauga houses over 1400 students in residence. Undergraduate residence includes Oscar Peterson Hall (OPH), McLuhan Court, Putnam Place, Leacock Lane, Roy Ivor Hall, Erindale Hall, MaGrath Valley, and Schreiberwood. First-year residence includes OPH, Mcluhan Court, Putnam Place and Leacock Lane while upper-year housing includes Roy Ivor Hall, Erindale Hall, MaGrath Valley and Schreiberwood. OPH is a traditional-style residence with single rooms and shared bathrooms while the other first-year housing is townhouse-style residence with four single rooms, one bathroom, a living room and a kitchen per house. The Colman Commons located in OPH is the main dining facility for students living on residence. Roy Ivor Hall and Erindale Hall are upper-year apartment suites with four single bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and kitchen per suite while MaGrath Valley and Schreiberwood are townhouse-style residence. Each residence is fully equipped with laundry machines and common lounges.
The Multimedia Studio Theatre at UTM is often used as a venue for visiting professors and performances by artists as well as for student performances. Theatre Erindale presents a regular 5 show season every year as well as sponsoring Independent Student Productions. Both theatres also host UTM's Drama club performances.
Theatre Erindale is a theatre production company at UTM. It is part of the Theatre and Drama Studies program. The company presents a season of 5 plays in the Erindale Studio Theatre. These plays include classics, modern pieces and a yearly collective developed by the third year class. Several shows have been included in the Ontario Arts Review Top 10 List since 2005. The season's shows are also supported by the students of the Theatre Arts-Technical Production Program of Sheridan College who work in positions such as Stage management, Lighting operation, and Sound operation. In addition to the regular season, Theatre Erindale sponsors one or more Independent Student Productions during the school year. The Department of English & Drama at UTM also runs an active drama club that performs both at the Mississauga campus and also at the University of Toronto Drama festival at Hart House Theatre. Many of these events that are outside of the regular season plays are presented in the MiST Theatre.
MiST was designed as a modern, flexible theatre space. The theatre is contained in the CCT building designed by Saucier + Perrotte Architectes. Although MiST is an English & Drama departmental space, it is used by many different members of the UTM community. It can also be rented by non-university groups. The MiST Theatre is affiliated with the Theatre & Drama Studies Program and their performance company Theatre Erindale. The TDS program also uses the other University of Toronto Mississauga performance space, Erindale Studio Theatre.
Everything inside of MiST is modular, or on wheels. There are drapery tracks that encircle the room allowing the various drapes to be moved to any location. The theatre also has 6 moving lights that allow quick and easy placement of lighting specials. The theatre is often used for everything from modern multimedia performances to traditional dance.
Erindale Studio Theatre is a Black Box type space that has an audience capacity of up to 85, depending on the stage configuration. The building itself was formerly a bus garage and science lab, but was converted into a theatre in 1993.
The stage space can be set up as proscenium style, thrust, theatre in the round, alley, or corner-to-corner. In its various configurations it has played host of a wide range of performances. Erindale Studio Theatre is often used by rental groups. It has a modern lighting and audio system, as well as a full carpentry shop, costume shop, Box office and painting facilities:
As well as being used by the UTM Theatre and Drama Studies program,
Blackwood Art Gallery
One of Mississauga's first art galleries was established on campus in 1969 as the Erindale College Art Gallery. It was renamed in 1992 as The Blackwood Gallery in honour of Canadian artist David Blackwood who was artist-in-residence at UTM from 1967 to 1971. The gallery collects, maintains, preserves and exhibits 500 works of UTM's permanent collection and exhibits student work from the Art & Art History Program at Sheridan College and UTM.
The Blackwood Gallery is a contemporary art gallery situated on the Mississauga campus of the University of Toronto. The Gallery presents curated exhibitions featuring the work of local, national, and international professional artists. The main space of the Gallery is located in room 140 of the Kaneff Centre on Inner Circle Road. The Blackwood has an additional exhibition space, the e|gallery, on the ground floor of the Communication, Culture, and Information Technology Building (CCT). The Blackwood also programs the Bernie Miller Lightbox on the outside of South Building.
The Blackwood presents approximately five exhibitions each year, including off-site exhibitions and graduating students shows. In addition to its exhibition schedule, the Blackwood presents a number of special projects, including publications, public lectures, symposia, and conferences. During the summer months, the Gallery operates Running With Scissors, a contemporary art day camp for kids aged 5–12.
UTM Student Union
The UTM Students’ Union (UTMSU) represents the interests of the undergraduate students at UTM through various clubs and events. Since the university campus is extremely multicultural with students coming from all over the world, there is a wide variety of clubs created to represent different religions and cultures. Students are welcomed by meeting other students who share the same values and beliefs as they do. The Arab Students for Peace and World Change, Christian Unity Association, Erindale College of African Student Association and Chinese Students and Scolars Association (UTMCSSA), are just a few of the 86 clubs that UTM offers to students. The UTMSU also offers many clubs that represent student hobbies such as Music Club, Drama Club, Anime Club, Cricket Club, Cycling Club and many more.
Students also have the opportunity to join Academic Societies. At UTM, almost every academic department has an academic society. These societies are student-led organizations that focus on a specific program that the campus offers. Students are able to work with others who are enrolled in the same program where they can discuss and participate in a variety of academic goals.
Prior to the incoming school year, the UTM student union organizes frosh week, an event held annually aimed at welcoming first year students into the University. Hosting approximately 1,200 students every year, UTM frosh week offers a variety of events and activities meant to introduce students into University life and allow first year students to meet other incoming students. Frosh week events are held both on and off the UTM campus. Featured at the 2011 frosh week Shawn Desman performed for students at The Blind Duck. Other frosh week activities included off campus visits to Medieval Times, Canada's Wonderland and the St. George U of T campus.
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- John Roberts (J.D. Roberts) - CNN Senior National Correspondent (former CBS News White House reporter and fill-in national news anchor for Dan Rather).
- Zaib Shaikh - Lead Actor on Little Mosque on the Prairie
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- The name "Erindale" continues on in many official roles e.g. Erindale College Council - the college's governing body, bank accounts from which payroll and expenses are deducted, etc. The move from Erindale to UTM is the result of an aggressive branding campaign by certain administrative individuals that is still resisted by numerous employees (faculty and otherwise) and alumni. At the time of its introduction, it was promised by administrators that "UTM" would supplement "Erindale" and not replace it.
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- The Erindale College Council Constitution - "Erindale College" is used interchangeably with "UTM" 
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