Associate Dean Newsletter

Associate Dean Newsletter - February 2019

tracyTracy Isaacs, Associate Dean (Academic)
Faculty of Arts & Humanities  

Dear Arts and Humanities Students,


Welcome to February! It can’t be any colder than January, right? I hope everyone is having a great winter term so far. What I love most about the winter term is that the end of classes coincides with the onset of spring. And when we’re in the thick of it, we already would rather be inside anyway. So that’s good for studying. 


 In this month’s edition of the Associate Dean’s Newsletter, I’ll be covering:

      1. Important Dates
      2. Intent to Register
      3. Combined Degrees with Ivey
      4. Reading Week
      5. Applying to Graduate
      6. Summer Courses
      7. News from the AHSC
      8. Upcoming events
      9. Resources for students struggling with physical or mental health
      10. Volunteer Opportunities in Arts and Humanities 



February 1st March 31st – Intent to Register

February 1st – Online Summer Activation begins

February 18th – Family Day

February 22nd – In Absentia February Convocation

February 18th – 22nd – Spring Reading Week

March 7th – Last day to withdraw from a 2nd Term 0.5 course without academic penalty.


 The Intent to Register (ITR) period starts February 1st and runs until March 31st. If you are planning to return in September, you must complete your Intent to Register online through the Student Center. By completing your ITR online, you are letting Western know that you are returning and will also be choosing the program that you plan to take next year. It only takes a couple of minutes to complete this, so there’s no need to let the task overwhelm you! If you do not complete your on-line ITR on time, you will not be able to register for courses. Here’s some useful information about ITR, from the Arts and Humanities Counselling website:

ITR is a very useful opportunity to review the courses you've taken so far and what you plan to take next, and is best done, if possible, in consultation with one of our Academic Counsellors in UC 2230.


Did you know that it’s possible to get your Honors Specialization in Arts and Humanities plus an Honors Business Administration degree from Ivey – that is, a dual degree – by adding one year to your studies?  For more information, speak to one of our academic counsellors and visit Ivey’s dual degree



 Reading Week is happening from February 18 to February 22 (that includes Family Day). I encourage everyone to take a time out from your studies for a least part of this week as a way of hitting the “reset” button and feeling fresh for the second half of the term. Please be aware that the Academic Counselling Office does not grant accommodations for students who miss classes, assignment due dates, tests, or anything else missed as a result of taking an extended Reading Week. If you decide to extend your break by leaving early or returning late, you are responsible for any academic penalties you may incur. Another way of putting this: Reading Week is just a week. Plan accordingly


 If you are intending to complete all of your degree requirements by the end of this term and graduate in the Spring, please visit the Convocation information page at

This outlines what you need to do to ensure that you receive your diploma and are eligible to walk across the Convocation stage in June. Applications begin February 1st through to April 30th.


If you plan to take any courses during the summer, you'll need to activate yourself for summer registration. You'll be able to do that as of February 1st by logging in to your Student Centre and clicking on "Summer Activation" (right side under Student Services Links > Summer and PT Activation). Here is the link to this information:



 The AHSC Presents: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza

 Come see the annual AHSC Play at the TAP Centre for Creativity!


AHSC Interrogation

Purple Sex

  • Student Writer in Residence UWO, Arts and Humanities Students' Council (UWO), and Women's Issues Network USC present Purple Sex, a submissions based presentation of original poetry, storytelling, live music and more performed and written by Western students in a safe(r) space. Purple Sex is a celebration of sexuality, art, self, and community.

    The event will be held in the UCC Community Room from 7pm - 10pm on February 8th. If you would like to perform at Purple Sex, please fill out the Google Form here:

    Submissions are due February 1st at 11:59pm. A dress rehearsal date will be set after submissions are due.

 purple sex

Publications submissions

 AHSC’s Call for Submissions for our academic and creative student publications, Semicolon and Symposium!

This semester’s theme is Cosmos! Submit your works to Check out our website or our Pubs FB page for Submission guidelines and check out previous copies of our publications for inspiration! Submissions are live from Feb. 1st until March 1st!

 Student-Alumni Networking Mixer: What to Do With a Liberal Arts Degree

Come explore the possibilities of your degree with an alumni networking event mixer catered to liberal arts students on February 7 presented by the Arts and Humanities Students' Council, Faculty of Information and Media Studies Students' Council, Faculty of Music Students' Council and Social Science Students' Council. Come join us for a casual gathering of alumni and students intended to bring together alumni at all stages of career to provide meaningful advice on careers and job hunting! Students will have the opportunity to meet featured networkers across several fields and industries as they share their career experience, industry insights and professional perspectives. This event will include an introductory panel and structured networking session followed by a casual reception of mixing and mingling.

 This opportunity is open to students in A&H, FIMS, Music and Social Science to engage with peers, and featured networkers from participating faculties to learn about the benefits of their degrees, increased awareness of career information as well as learn more about the transition from student to alumni.

 So, dress in your best business casual and bring your friends, your roommates, your soph partners… everyone! Come for the food and stay for the learning, the networking and the opportunity to actually hear about ‘what to do with your degree’ and gain valuable connections with peers in similar fields.


Registration is required for the event:

The event will be in the Physics & Astronomy Building Atrium.


Change Camp:

  • Change camp offers a relaxed low pressure setting to meet with professors and staff in the Dean’s office to voice student opinions on things within the academic structure that would benefit from a second look. From course selection structure to module requirements all is open to discussion. Visit us on February 12 in UC 3105 from 5:30-7:30 to voice your opinions!




Across campus we have various activities and resources to assist students. If you feel overwhelmed or stressed, please reach out to someone and be aware of the resources available to you.

Student Development Centre:
SDC has many resources, from individual counselling to learning skills. They are located in Western Student Services Bldg (WSS), Room 4100 and their hours are 8:30 – 4:00.

Learning Skills Services:
Learning Skills Services offers valuable resources to help students with challenges including exam preparation and time management. They also host ongoing workshops to improve writing and learning. To find out more about what’s being offered and to sign up, visit their website:

Wellness Education Centre:
The Wellness Education Centre (in the basement of the UCC) is a safe environment where you can discuss the various resources available on campus.

Wellness events can be found here:

Student Wellness Guide:

Mental Health and Wellness Resources:


 If you’re an Arts and Humanities student who feels enthusiastic about what we’re doing here in the Faculty and would like to help us spread the word, there are some upcoming opportunities for volunteering. These include: 

  •  helping represent your departments by volunteering to speak to prospective students and their parents at March Break Open House on March 9 (free pizza lunch for volunteers!)
  • helping out with Arts Day (April 10th), when we welcome grade 11 students to campus for the morning to give them a taste of what it means to be a student in Arts and Humanities. 

    If you’re interested in helping out at any of these events, please contact us at at


 I hope everyone has a great month and a restful Reading Week.  Remember that the academic counselling team is always here to help you. Please make a point of dropping by sooner rather than later if you run into any bumps along the way that affect your studies.

Yours sincerely,


 Tracy Isaacs, Associate Dean (Academic)