October Newsletter

Message from the Program Coordinator

Wow! What an exciting few months! This year, Connecting4Success has seen a number of changes: the addition of mentor drop-in hours, our Twitter and Instagram contests, mentors and mentees of the month, and much more! We have also had several events that have been a great success. Visit our Facebook Group to see pictures!

I want to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone that helped C4S get off to a great start. It's because of your enthusiasm for the program and attendance at events that makes the program truly shine. It's been so much fun getting to know all of you!

Please stop by my office anytime to chat, say hi, or ask any questions. I'm looking forward to an exciting year ahead!

Sydney Murray
Connecting4Success Program Coordinator

Message from the C4S Program Assistant

Thank you everyone for writing great reports - I have really enjoyed reading them and hearing about your mentee's progress! We have had some really great events, I hope you enjoyed them as well, and I can't wait to see everyone at our next event! I look forward to getting to know each of you!

I am always available to talk, whether e-mail or in person, so if you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask!

Miranda Dupuis

Connecting4Success Program Assistant

Mentor of the Month - Trisha Law

Trisha has been chosen as our mentor of the month for September!

Trisha wrote an amazing report, one of the best I have read all month! She also went out of her way to meet with her mentee 8 times, encouraged her to come out to events, and Trisha came to all the events with a great attitude! Way to go Trisha!

For all her hard work, Trisha has won a $25 Devonshire gift card. Congrats, Trisha! :)

Mentee of the Month - Milad Mamaghani

Milad has been chosen as our mentee of the month for September!

Milad is new to the University, but joined C4S to learn about all the campus has to offer. He has come out to all the events with a great attitude, and is always willing to talk to everyone! Milad really demonstrates the true meaning of a mentee, and we can't wait to see great things from you!

For all his enthusiasm, Milad has won a $25 Devonshire gift card. Congrats, Milad! :)

What's Coming Up in November?

We have two exciting events happening this month!

Effective Note Taking Workshop

Wednesday, Nov. 11th, 4-5pm

Dillon Hall, room 267

Taking quick and meaningful notes is not always easy. Learn effective ways to write faster and focus on those points that your professor wishes you to remember.

Drinks and food will be provided, and all who attend will be entered into a draw to win a $25 Devonshire Mall Gift Card!

Click here to RSVP!

High Ropes Leadership Retreat

Saturday, Nov. 21st, 12am

1034 Mole Side Rd

Essex, ON

We have our next event, a Leadership Retreat, on Saturday, November 21st! We will be going to Gesstwood Camp and participating in their high and low ropes course!

An RSVP for the event will be sent out later this month. The time of the event will be announced soon. We hope to see you there!

A little bit about Gesstwood High and Low Ropes: Our activities and initiatives relate directly to experiences that individuals and teams have to deal with in their daily lives. While working together on the course, participants practice enhanced communication, trust and co-operation.

Each challenge provides a unique opportunity for the group to develop leadership, teamwork, communication, problem solving, cooperation, and group identity. The various exercises require the group to work together in a supportive, creative, and safe environment.

The high ropes course will challenge participants to overcome their preconceived fears and self-imposed barriers. In turn, every participant will uncover new strengths and abilities that will aid him/her to excel in any situation.


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We would like to wish the following mentors and mentees a very happy October birthday!

October 3 - Kezia Mahendra & Joanne Yu

October 5th - Rachel Loerts

October 6th - Samarea Barrett

October 7th - Hannah Sweilem

October 9th - Elshaddai Afework

October 10th - Basil Malik

October 12th - Jayden Mayville

October 15th - Sarah Al-Shaikhli & Padma Ravi

October 16th - Meghan Laforet, Chase Tribble, Heather Woolridge & Karen Chung

October 17th - Tasha Riley

October 18th - Jade Roy & Eszter Ninacs

October 20th - Shaelyn Poisson

October 21st - Riley Tsang

October 23rd - Jessica El-helou

October 25th - Patric Angelini & Corey Klinkhammer

October 26th - Allan Riley

October 28th - Mousa Gawanmeh & Veronica De Silva

October 30th - Sheila Bagala, Kassandra Kay & Tolani Okutinyang

October 31st - Samantha Butterworth & Danielle Leduc

Promoting Wellness in the Fall and Winter Months

As the days get colder, we tend to spend more time indoors. It is important to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle during the winter months in order to prevent illness. It is beneficial to remind your mentees to try to get a full 8 hours of sleep, exercise at least 30 minutes a day, dress warmly and eat a balanced diet. Additional ideas for promoting wellness in your learning community include:

•Organizing an exercise group to help stay motivated
•Planning for the group to eat with one another in the dining hall to ensure that everyone is getting a balanced meal
•Asking students to take notes for each other in case one of them gets sick for an extended period of time
•Most importantly, remember to take care of your own health!

Incorporating 30 minutes of exercise a day is easy and extremely beneficial for your overall health. Scroll below for some fun exercise videos!

Yoga For Complete Beginners - 20 Minute Home Yoga Workout!
POP Pilates: New Body Makeover! (Legs, Abs, Arms)
30-Minute Full-Body Workout to Burn Calories | Get Fit 2015 Challenge