Workshops and activities

Our workshops and activities program is getting better every day. Come back often for updates. See our one-on-one tutoring schedule there.

November 19, 2015:

8:00pm-8:30pm: Grand opening and Rapid Fire Theatre show -- Rutherford Atrium

8:35pm-9:00pm: "Spending too much time trolling the web?": Katherine Koch -- Rutherford South, 2-05A

9:00pm-12:00am: "Come relax, unwind, and chat, with the Peer Support Centre" -- Rutherford South, 2-01B

9:00pm-10:00pm: "How graduate students can screw up their writing: Prose and practice": Kevin Haggerty -- Rutherford South, 2-05B

9:00pm-12:00am: Stress therapy dogs -- Rutherford North

10:00pm-11:00pm: "Staying on track: Managing your graduate writing project": Rob Desjardins -- Rutherford South, 2-05A

10:00pm-11:00pm: "It takes two to tango: Argentine Tango for beginners": Silvia Sgaramella and Domenico Manocchio -- Rutherford South, Henderson Hall

10:00pm-11:00pm: Health webinar: Secrets to exam success -- online and in Rutherford South, 2-03

11:00pm-12:00am: "Points of clarity: Editing your thesis so your supervisor won't bust a head gasket": Michael Lahey & Debby Waldman -- Rutherford South, 2-05A

11:00pm-12:00am: "Building a resilient, anti-procrastination mindset": Jason Murray -- Rutherford South, 2-05B

MIDNIGHT: INTERNATIONAL DINNER -- Rutherford South, 2-09, Carrel Room


November 20, 2015:

12:00am-1:30am: Stress therapy dogs -- Rutherford North

1:00am-7:00am: "Come relax, unwind, and chat, with the Peer Support Centre" -- Rutherford South, 2-01B

1:00am-2:00am: "So you know English, eh?" Bart Lambrecht -- Rutherford South, 2-05A

1:00am-2:00am: West Coast swing dancing: Nadia Ady -- Rutherford South, Henderson Room

2:00am-2:30am: Ghost tour: Join Safewalk on a 30-­minute tour of the creepier parts of campus -- meet in Rutherford Atrium by 1:55am

2:00am-3:00am: "From writing blocks to starting blocks: Getting into the swim on that paper you've been putting off": Betsy Sargent -- Rutherford South, 2-05A

3:00am-4:00am: "Français oral et français écrit: How one can help improve the other": Anne-José Villeneuve-- Rutherford South, 2-05A

3:00am-4:00am: From procrastination to creation: Painting suncatchers with Anna Chilewska -- Rutherford South, 2-01B

3:00am-4:00am: "Top secret writing secrets: What nobody told you but you really gotta know!" Christina Grant -- Rutherford South, 2-05B

4:00am-4:20am: Speed walk: A quick 20‐minute walk to keep you awake and get you ready for the home stretch -- meet in Rutherford Atrium by 3:55am

4:00am-5:00am: "Goal Setting: Progress not procrastination": Jason Murray -- Rutherford South, 2-05A

5:00am-6:00am: "Améliorer son français écrit? Trop facile!": Thao Tran-Minh -- Rutherford South, 2-05A

5:30am-6:00am: "'Kill the fluffy kittens, kill, kill' -- On the art of close editing": Ted Bishop -- Rutherford South, 2-05B

6:00am-7:00am: "Expressing your inner rock star -- Tips for being an engaging public speaker": Wendy Doughty -- Rutherford South, 2-05A

6:30am-8:00am: Stress therapy dogs -- Rutherford North

7:00am: SURVIVORS' BREAKFAST -- Rutherford South, 2-09, Carrel Room

8:00am: THE END


Who are these wonderful people and groups?

Anne-José Villeneuve is an assistant professor of French and Linguistics at Campus Saint-Jean. Her research focuses on language variation and change, bilingualism and language contact. 

Anna Chilewska is a Writing Studies instructor, who writes poems about demons and rescues homeless animals in her spare time.

Bart Lambrecht works as a Learning Strategy Advisor for the Faculty of Extension. Through his daily contact with students from all over the world he's been privileged to share in many unusual approaches to learning English. Tonight, he would like to share some of the lighter things he's learned with all of us in the form of a game show. Active participation highly desirable.

Betsy Sargent teaches WRITE courses in creative nonfiction as well as Writing Studies courses at the graduate and undergraduate level and was the Founding Director of Writing Studies/Writing Studies 101. 

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a.... WRITING TEACHER! Christina Grant--a longtime journalist and WRS 101 instructor--wants to reveal to you the Deepest Secrets of Writing in the Deepest Part of the Night so YOU can be your own WRITING SUPERHERO in any style. Really!

Debby Waldman is a Writing Advisor at Writing Resources, where she helps graduate students polish their papers. An author and freelance writer, her error-free prose has appeared in a variety of publications including People, Sports Illustrated, Glamour, and the Washington Post. 

Domenico Manocchio started dancing about 9-10 years ago in the ballroom world and "switched" to Argentine tango 3 years ago. He goes to Buenos Aires every year to take private lessons and dance. He loves to attend tango festivals and marathons.

Dorothy Woodman is a full-time contract instructor in the Department of English and Film Studies. She teaches lots of first year English courses that devote substantial time to writing. Having graded thousands of essays, she is very familiar with undergraduate needs. A firm believer that writing skills can be developed, she enjoys working with students to create clear, interesting, and persuasive essays. Writing is work, but it should be an opportunity for exploration, growth, and sharing knowledge!

Emelie El-Hage was born in Lebanon and is fluent in Arabic, French and English. Emelie graduated with a bilingual High School diploma and is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Alberta, majoring in Chemistry at Campus Saint-Jean.

Germain Richard studied languages (English, Spanish, and Italian) at university in France – his home country, as well as Anglo- Saxon literature and history. He loves to travel and is interested in languages, translation, history, politics, minority groups, among other things.

Jason Murray is a Psychologist at Counselling and Clinical Services, where he has worked supporting student mental health for the past 8 years. He is strangely positive and hopeful by nature in spite of being occasionally sardonic. Like most students, he has periods of cooperating with procrastination that punctuate long stretches of solid routines and hard work.

Kevin Haggerty is a Killam Research Laureate and editor of the Canadian Journal of Sociology. He is Professor of sociology and criminology at the University of Alberta. His recent work has been in the area of surveillance, governance, policing and risk. He and his co-author (Aaron Doyle) wrote 57 Ways to Screw Up in Graduate School, which conveys a series of professional lessons for the next generation of graduate students.

Marianne Krajicek has taught and tutored French as a graduate student in the MLCS Department, as well as for the Faculty of Extension, Edmonton, and at Queen's University and Western University, Ontario. She is also a freelance editor and translator, and volunteers at the Art Gallery of Alberta as an Exhibition Guide.

Michael Lahey is a writing consultant with Writing Resources in the Student Success Centre and veteran English instructor.

Nicole Brandsma is a PhD candidate and Instructor in the Department of English and Film Studies. Her research, which is often hampered by her own procrastination tendencies, and teaching focus on contemporary Canadian and Indigenous literatures.

The Peer Educators are student employees of the Career Centre who assist fellow students with their career needs.

René Beauparlant is a student in the Bachelor of Education after degree and is interested in the social sciences and humanities: philosophy, psychology, literature, sociology, history and communication. Fun fact: “Beauparlant” means “speaks well.”

Richard Dietrich is a registered psychologist working out of Counselling and Clinical Services' Triffo Hall satellite office, with an emphasis on the graduate student population. He facilitates the Graduate Student Support and Strategy Group on campus. 

Rob Desjardins, a Graduate Writing Advisor in Writing Resources at the Student Success Centre, offers workshops and individual consultations to help writers develop their skills.

Sarah-Jeanne Bélec is a French monitor working at the CEB. Knowing French can be intimidating, she wants to help people realize and embrace their language creativity.

Silvia Sgaramella is a PhD candiate in Russian at the U of A and a C4W tutor. She has been dancing since she was a child and fell in love with Argentine tango over a year ago.

Sonya Widen and Caroline Cheng are PhD students in Developmental Genetics. Sonya is a TA in Biology 107 and Caroline TAs Zoology 303, and is a past Biology 207 TA. They enjoy long walks on the beach and the correct usage of a semicolon.

Ted Bishop: author of Riding with Rilke: Reflections on Motorcycles and Books (which garnered a Governor General's Award nomination, a Globe and Mail “Best Book” designation, and eleven words of praise in Playboy magazine) has just published The Social Life of Ink.

Thao Tran-Minh teaches French at Campus Saint-Jean and is well aware of pitfalls of French language that are problematic for students. Her field of research deals with how to teach and learn languages in a minority context and how to apply it with her students at Campus Saint-Jean.  

Wendy Doughty is Director of the Student Success Centre and offers seminars and individual consultations on communication skills.

West Coast Swing Addicts are a small segment of Edmonton dancers infected by a highly contagious virus called West Coast Swing.  The symptoms of the WCS virus include endorphin rushes, spontaneous dancing, and an eagerness to spread the symptoms.

Chimo Animal-Assisted Wellness & Learning Society