NEW Routes is a e-newsletter focused on
connecting the New College community through 
sharing our news, stories, and resources

Vol. 1 - 04/03/2020

From the Principal
For our first NEW Routes newsletter, Principal Bonnie McElhinny reflects on the transitions of the past weeks, rethinking what wellness and safety mean, and New College's commitment to finding ways to make us all feel connected to our wider community.  

Read the Principal's message to the NEW community 
NEW Thanks
We would like to take a moment to thank all those who continue to work on campus to support the ongoing work of the college. We want to acknowledge and recognize the outstanding work and dedication of those who are keeping our facilities running, our residences operating, and our students cared for.  We look forward to using this space to highlight their work in future editions.

COVID-19 Podcast

With the overwhelming amount of information about COVID-19 available in traditional and social media, it can be difficult to know where to get timely and reliable information from a knowledgeable source. That's why UofT is launching a new podcast series hosted by Vivek Goel, a professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, renowned public health expert, and founding head of Public Health Ontario, which was set up in response to the SARS outbreak.
Episode 1 - Social distancing, “flattening the curve”, public health challenges, and next steps

Episode 2 - How will this end?

NEW at home

While many of us are now linked to the campus through remote access, our community is as active as ever! Here are some of the many ways New College faculty, staff, and community members are working to keep NEW going through this time of transition.
D.G. Ivey Library

What does a librarian do without a library? We asked Librarians Jeff Newman and Aneta Kwak to tell us about the work they are doing now that the doors to the Ivey are (temporarily!) closed. 

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Online Sitting Session with Ellen Katz

This has been a time of much transition for students and faculty. When Ellen Katz (Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and instructor of NEW330 - Mindfulness-Informed Interventions for Mental Health) realized that sometimes students need more than just class instruction, she decided to use Zoom to introduce a new online sitting group for her students.

Read more
How do you work from home (WFH)?

Even for those whose job is communicating, learning how to do so effectively from home has been a challenge. Here's a peak at the WFH setups of the New College Communications Team.
Want to share your 'NEW at home' experience? Submit a picture of your home office or work station, and let us know how you are adjusting! Email us at

NEW Congratulates

Dr. Khalid Ahmed Receives Superior Sessional Instructor Teaching Award

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Khalid Ahmed on being chosen as one of the recipients of the Superior Sessional Instructor Teaching Award for 2019-2020 by the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Read more about Dr. Ahmed

Lighter NEWS

NEW Bees
There is one group of New College residents who are weathering these times without a worry - the New College bees! Beekeeper Tom Nolan was able to sneak a peek to make sure the bees were wintering well (they are!) and was able to share this photo with us.

Learn more about the New College honeybees!

The GNU Lounge
When students return to campus, the GNU Lounge at 45 Willcocks will be ready and waiting for them! But don't worry - until we get back, Goliath will be there to keep an eye on things for us. Here were have New College's CAO Ron Vander Kraats making sure Goliath will fit in his new home.

We also have some preview shots of the Doo Auditorium - check them out!


A New Gnu in Town
While we're happy Goliath has a nice home, he isn't the only gnu in town! ORSL has adopted a new gnu and it needs a name. Drop them a DM on Instagram with your suggestion for this new edition to their office, and be sure to follow for all the latest residence and student life news.

Mental and Physical Well-Being

Finding ways to establish a new routine are important, but your physical and mental well-being are the most important. This is a collection of links, events, and information to help you find balance during these trying times. Don't forget - your UofT community is here for you.

A&S Key Resources
The Faculty of Arts & Science has compiled a collection of links for a wide variety of resources - everything from access to librarians, tips for taking an online exam, and mental health supports.

Because there is only so much Netflix one can watch, you can also enjoy critically-acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, award-winning foreign films, and more using your UTORid.

Benefits of Physical Fitness 
Experts from the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education offer tips and insights on how to reap the benefits of physical fitness during the pandemic. 

Check out ORSL's Instagram page @lifeatnew for daily #NewTips to help you navigate through the world of online learning! 

In Case You Missed it....

We know that during this period of transition you may have missed the announcements about New College students who have been recognized with awards both at the college and university level.

RecogNEWtion Awards
These students and organizations have exemplified the true excellence we know to be present in our New College community.

University of Toronto Student Leadership Awards - 2020 Recipients

New College Awards and Scholarships

Call for Submissions

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