Culturama 2012 at the AWC
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The AWC was filled with the sights and sounds of cultures from around the world on Sunday with the first annual Culturama. The event was hosted by Centennial College and the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture. The festival included multicultural demonstrations, crafts, foods from around the world and live song and dance performances. The event represented a wide range of cultures and groups including Scouts Canada, the Guild Inn Theatre Group, Highland dancing from Bold Steps Dance Studio and the Latin Energy Dance Studio, among others.

Shyam Ranganathan, the Dean of the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture explained that Culturama will be a regular event to celebrate cultural diversity and engage with the communities surrounding Centennial College. “Culturama is not a one-off. It will become an opportunity for Scarborough, Markham and Durham to promote culture, heritage and tourism in Ontario.”

Michael Chan, the Ontario Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sport, agreed saying the celebration will lead to exciting opportunities for the province. Chan explained that cultural diversity is one of Ontario greatest strengths and will help the province compete and win in the international tourism market.

Ranganathan and Chan were joined by Centennial College President Ann Buller and Marg Middleton, the General Manager of the Scarborough Mirror, in cutting the ribbon for the $3.5 million culinary lab expansion at the Centennial College Residence and Conference Centre. Visit the Courier website for more information on the new culinary labs and view more photos in the gallery on the CCSAI website.

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Philosopher’s Cafe in the Fireside Gallery
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Students are always wondering what they need to be successful and if they could be doing more to prepare themselves for the rapidly changing world. A discussion was held on Monday to help students explore how to best prepare themselves for the future. The discussion was part of the Institute for Global Citizenship’s philosopher’s cafe held in the Fireside Gallery at the Progress Library.

The philosopher’s cafe is held once a month to facilitate discussion on a variety of topics and to bring students attention to resources available to them in the library. The questions posed by Dr. Eva Aboagye this time was “what character traits are important for success in this millennium?” Aboagye describes character traits as moral and mental qualities that distinguish us as individuals and while some are a part of our nature, others can be learned. While only a few students came out, the discussion was lively and engaging. Some of the traits highlighted in the discussion were a desire for social activism, self-reflection, versatility, flexibility and life-long learning.

The discussion also focused on the issues of privacy and ethics in a world that is quickly changing and redefining boundaries and privacy. The general sentiment was that the world is quickly changing forcing students to develop new expectations and responsibilities. The new technology is also creating new opportunities that can make communication easier and create new opportunities. The philosopher’s cafe will resume in September and is open to all students.

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Revised AWC Hours this week
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In anticipation of the Lil’ Rick concert this week, the AWC will have modified hours.

Thursday, October 3:
Gyms A, B, and C will be unavailable after 4:30 p.m.

Friday, October 4:
Fitness Centre will be open on a modified schedule of 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Gyms A, B, and C will be unavailable all day.

Regular AWC activities and hours of operation will resume on Monday October 7, 2013.

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Start a Club!
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Want to hang out with a group of like-minded students? Join a club! You can even start your own. Here’s how: Decide what kind of club you want. Then, print off this package, fill it out, and hand it in (along with supporting documents) at any CCSAI office before 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 30, 2013. 

To learn more, check out

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Got a Great Business Idea? Make It Happen!
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The Centre of Entrepreneurship is offering a Student Business Incubator (SBI) Orientation Session!

What is the SBI?
A Student Business Incubator is a forum to help students foster their entrepreneurial ideas through collaboration and support from advisors. The goal is to establish a sustainable business!

Orientation Session to take place:
Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Student Centre, 2nd Floor Boardroom, Progress Campus

For more information go to:
or contact Gabriella Puschel at 416-289-5000 ext. 8581 or

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