A Celebration for Everybody

With more than 76,000 alumni there will be something for everyone when it comes to helping DC celebrate 50 years of providing an emerging workforce with the skills and knowledge to power our local economy and far beyond. Maybe you began your college journey in 1967 or are a current student looking ahead to what the future holds. Perhaps you are an educator or staff member helping the next generation get its start in Ontario’s rapidly evolving workforce. Or, maybe you live in Durham Region and get the feeling that something amazing is going on at DC. Whoever you are, wherever you are, there is a way for you to get involved and help celebrate the 50th anniversary of DC. We are planning a series of events that will help tell the story of where we’ve come from and – more importantly – celebrate where we’re going on this amazing journey that all started 50 years ago. Check out some highlights of what we are planning below and visit us often for updates. You can also stay tuned to what’s coming up by following us on on TwitterFacebook and Instagram using #DC50. Have an idea for our celebration?  Contact us and share your thoughts and let’s celebrate the Start of Something Amazing together.

DC’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR BEGINS

What: DC launches its year-long celebrations commemorating the college’s five decades of excellence.
Where: Everywhere! On campus, across Durham Region and beyond.
When: Sunday, January 1
Who: Students, employees, alumni, retirees, community

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION

What: International students new to Durham College are invited to attend an event focused on their first steps to getting started on the right foot.
Where: Student Services building, Room 116
When: Monday, January 2
Who: Students

WELCOME BACK TO CAMPUS

What: Free hot chocolate and coffee being handed out around campus offer a warm welcome back to students and employees. Alumni and retirees are welcome to attend and volunteer.
Where: Oshawa and Whitby campus
When: Wednesday, January 4 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Who: Students, employees, alumni, retirees

DC ALUMNI AND EMPLOYEE NIGHT AT THE OSHAWA GENERALS

What: Durham College will cheer on the Oshawa General hockey team as they host the Hamilton Bulldogs. Tickets are $25 (suite level tickets) and include a reception, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Please contact Lori Connor to purchase tickets.
Where: Tribute Communities Centre (formerly the General Motors Centre), 99 Athol St E, Oshawa
When: Friday, January 13 | 7 p.m. pre-game reception | 7:30 p.m. puck drop
Who: Students, employees, alumni, retirees

CENTRE FOR SUCCESS COMPLETION CEREMONY

What: A private event for Centre for Success students, as well as their families and friends, to commemorate their achievements in the program.
Where: Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, Gyms 1 and 2
When: Thursday, January 19
Who: Students, employees, community

ABORIGINAL AWARENESS DAY

What: Join members of the Aboriginal Student Centre for a celebration of Aboriginal culture. There will be drumming, dancing, singing, fiddling and food.
Where: Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, Oshawa campus
When: Friday, January 20
Who: Students, employees, alumni, retirees, community

STUDENT AND DONOR RECOGNITION EVENING

What: A private reception that provides an opportunity for students to express their gratitude to the numerous individuals, organizations and corporate scholarship and award donors for their support and financial contributions.
Where: W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, 1610 Champlain Ave, Whitby
When: Monday, January 30
Who: Students, community

SALS PEER TUTORING RECEPTION

What: A celebration recognizing the success of the SALS peer tutoring program.
Where: To be announced.
When: To be announced.
Who: Students, employees, community

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

What: Festivities and events that honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present. Specific events to be announced.
Where: To be announced.
When: Throughout February.
Who: Students, employees, alumni, retirees, community

CAREER WEEK

What: This exclusive event for DC students and alumni provides an opportunity for them to explore their futures by participating in a number of events to find out about career paths, meet employers, connect with alumni and find out more about being entrepreneurs. The two major events of the week will be the Tradesmart Fair at the Whitby campus and the Job Fair at the Oshawa campus. For a full listing of events, please visit hired.durhamcollege.ca.
Where: Oshawa and Whitby campuses
When: Monday, February 6 to Friday, February 10
Who: Students, alumni

KPI OPPORTUNITY

What: Durham College students participate in the annual provincial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) survey.
Where: In class
When: Monday, February 6 to Friday, February 17
Who: Students, employees

TRADESMART

What: A trade-focused recruitment event with approximately 28 employers in attendance.
Where: Whitby Main Campus, Student Lounge
When: Tuesday, February 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Who: Students, alumni

JOB FAIR

What: An exclusive recruitment event for Durham College students and alumni with over 80 employers looking to hire.
Where: Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, Gyms 3,4 and 5, Oshawa campus
When: Wednesday, February 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Who: Students, alumni

TASTE OF THE TRADES

What: An opportunity for local students in grades 10, 11 and 12 to visit Durham College (DC) and participate in several hands-on trade-related workshops to gain a better understanding of the types of skilled trades training offered at DC.
Where: Whitby campus
When: Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24
Who: Community

ALUMNI IN THE PIT

What: Two alums will be on campus to share their stories and answer questions about turning their DC experiences into successful careers. Glimpse into the lives of two former DC students who once stood right where our students stand now – with a dream, an education and the drive to succeed.
Where: The Pit, Gordon Willey building, Oshawa campus
When: To be announced.
Who: Students, employees, alumni, retirees

MOTHER LANGUAGE FESTIVAL

What: A celebration of linguistic and cultural diversity on our campus featuring student-led exhibitions and presentations of language and culture.
Where: Atrium, UOIT Business and Information Technology building; The Pit, Gordon Willey building; Atrium, UOIT Science Building
When: Thursday, March 9
Who: Students, employees, alumni, retirees, community

SPRING OPEN HOUSE

What: DC will open its doors to the community for our annual Spring Open House. This event provides an excellent opportunity for prospective students and their families and friends to learn more about DC.
Where: Oshawa and Whitby campuses and Pickering Learning Site
When: Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Who: Students, employees, alumni, retirees, community

EXAM STRESS RELIEF WEEK

What: A series of stress-relieving events for students to help them stay calm and focused in the lead up to exams.
Where: To be announced.
When: Monday, March 27 to Friday, March 31
Who: Students

COUNTDOWN TO GRAD

What: Spring and fall 2017 grads can join the Durham College (DC) Alumni Association to find out everything they need to know about convocation and the benefits of being a DC alumni. All graduates will receive a gift from the DC Alumni Association.
Where: To be announced.
When: To be announced.
Who: Students

EMPLOYER PLACEMENT APPRECIATION RECEPTION

What: A private reception for DC students and faculty to show appreciation to the many employers who support work-integrated learning through field placements that allow our students to gain supervised, hands-on experience in their chosen field.
Where: W. Galen Weston Centre for Food
When: Monday, April 3, 4;30 to 6:30 p.m.
Who: Students, community

EXAM STRESS RELIEF WEEK

What: A series of stress-relieving events for students to help them stay calm and focused in the lead up to exams.
Where: To be announced.
When: Monday, April 3 to Friday, April 7
Who: Students

2017 DURHAM COLLEGE ATHLETIC BANQUET

What: A private annual dinner celebrating the academic accomplishments of student athletes during the 2016-2017 season.
Where: General Sikorski Hall, 1551 Stevenson Road North, Oshawa
When: Thursday, April 6 at 6 p.m.
Who: Students, employees

EPIC MAC N’ CHEESE COMPETITION

What: An opportunity for Grade 11 and 12 students who are considering a career in culinary arts, hospitality or special events planning to win a bursary toward their education. Students are invited to put their recipes to the test while friends, family members, teachers and mac n’ cheese lovers are encouraged to attend and cheer on the students who will whip up delightful and daring mac n’ cheese dishes. Attendees get to sample all entries and help decide the winner.
Where: W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, 1610 Champlain Avenue, Whitby
When: Saturday, April 8
Who: Students, employees, alumni, retirees, community

RESEARCH DAY 2017

What: The Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE) will host its seventh-annual Research Day where ORSIE staff will be joined by the Durham College Leadership Team, student and faculty researchers, and community and business partners as the college shares the importance of research on campus and highlights the applied research and innovation projects currently underway.
Where: Student Services building (SSB), Oshawa campus
When: Thursday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to noon
Who: Students, employees, alumni, retirees, community

EARTH DAY CAMPUS CLEAN-UP

What: An annual event that sees volunteers donate their time and energy to tidying up around campus.
Where: To be announced.
When: To be announced.
Who: Students, employees, alumni, retirees, community

UNITED WAY CAMPUS CAMPAIGN

What: Annual two-week fundraising campaign held around campus to raise money in support of United Way Durham Region.
Where: DC campus
When: To be announced.
Who: Employees

BUILDING FUTURE CONNECTIONS

What: Part of the provincial government’s School-College-Work Initiative, which aims to help students plan for a future in a college program, Building Future Connections is a two-day event that brings Grade 7 and 8 students to Durham College to explore various programs via group activities and course content discussions.
Where: Oshawa campus
When: Wednesday, May 10 and Wednesday, May 24
Who: Community

TASTE OF THE TRADES

What: An opportunity for local students in grades 10, 11 and 12 to visit Durham College (DC) and participate in several hands-on trade-related workshops to gain a better understanding of the types of skilled trades training offered at DC.
Where: Whitby campus
When: Friday, May 12; Friday, May 19; Friday, May 26
Who: Community

SCIENCE RENDEZVOUS

What: Durham College welcomes inquiring minds of all ages to Science Rendezvous 2017 where people and science meet! This event is a hands-on opportunity to explore and create. Meet the scientists who turn innovative research ideas into real solutions for our communities.
Where: Oshawa campus
When: To be announced.
Who: Students, employees, alumni, retirees, community

BUILDING FUTURE CONNECTIONS

What: Part of the provincial government’s School-College-Work Initiative, which aims to help students plan for a future in a college program, Building Future Connections is a two-day event that brings Grade 7 and 8 students to Durham College to explore various programs via group activities and course content discussions.
Where: Whitby campus
When: Friday, June 2
Who: Community

SPRING CONVOCATION

What: Durham College will celebrate our graduates as they embark on the next leg of their journeys. Whether beginning their career or pursuing further education, these individuals will continue with the confidence and knowledge represented in their DC post-secondary credential. Proud friends, family and DC employees will gather to witness students from more than 160 programs receive recognition for their accomplishments.
Where: Tribute Communities Centre (formerly the General Motors Centre), 99 Athol St E, Oshawa
When: Monday, June 12; Tuesday, June 13; Wednesday, June 14
Who: Students, employees, alumni, retirees, community

CENTRE FOR SUCCESS COMPLETION CEREMONY

What: A private event for Centre for Success students, as well as their families and friends, to commemorate their achievements in the program.
Where: Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, Gyms 1 and 2
When: Thursday, June 15
Who: Students, employees, community

CAMPUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY

What: Durham College employees have the opportunity to attend several breakout sessions that will cover a wide variety of topics over the course of this day dedicated to professional development opportunities.
Where: To be announced.
When: Wednesday, June 21
Who: Employees

HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION’S BIG BIKE EVENT

What: This annual event is a great opportunity for DC employees and students to show their campus pride and support a great cause and the greater community. Following their fundraising efforts, team members climb onto a one-of-a-kind bicycle built for 30 and ride around local streets to raise awareness of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Where: To be announced.
When: Wednesday, June 21
Who: Students, employees, alumni, retirees, community

CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE AND DISTINCTION

What: An evening of celebration to recognize the achievements of Durham College’s (DC) outstanding alumni, employees and community partners in the college’s 50th anniversary year.
Where: W. Galen Weston Centre for Food
When: Wednesday, June 26
Who: Students, employees, alumni, community

BISTRO ‘67 100-MILE DINNER

What: A field-to-fork-inspired menu that celebrates local food and the people who grow it. Bistro ‘67 will source all food and wine for the evening from within a 100-mile radius of the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food at the college’s Whitby campus. Visit www.bistro67.ca for reservations and more information.
Where: Bistro ‘67, 1610 Champlain Avenue, Whitby
When: Thursday, July 20
Who: Students, employees, alumni, retirees, community

SUMMER CAMPS

What: Durham College’s School of Continuing Education Summer Camp Program focuses on providing fun, innovative and stimulating programs that will provide children with life-long memories and skills. For many of our campers these camps provide a chance for them to let their creativity shine.
Where: Oshawa and Whitby campuses
When: To be announced.
Who: Community

ACADEMIC KICK-OFF

What: DC faculty and staff will celebrate the start of the 2017-2018 academic year with our annual Academic Kick-Off. This event energizes and inspires college employees for the upcoming year, and is an opportunity to celebrate our college and all the wonderful people that make up our community.
Where: To be announced.
When: Tuesday, August 29
Who: Employees

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION

What: International students new to Durham College are invited to attend an event focused on their first steps to getting started on the right foot.
Where: To be announced.
When: Thursday, August 31 and Friday, September 1
Who: Students

ORIENTATION WEEK

What: Students are invited to spend their first week on campus meeting their new classmates and participating in a variety of activities during DC Orientation Week!
Where: To be announced.
When: Tuesday, September 5 to Friday, September 8
Who: Students, employees

50TH ANNIVERSARY HOMECOMING

What: Two days of 50th anniversary celebrations that will help to kick-off the 2017-2018 academic year while also providing opportunities for the Durham College (DC) community to connect and share favourite memories from the past five decades while also looking to the future. Colleges Ontario’s interactive 50th anniversary bus exhibit will also be making a stop to give the DC community a chance to explore and learn more about the rich history of the province’s 24 colleges of applied arts and technology. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Homecoming Weekend Eventbrite page.
Where: Oshawa and Whitby campuses
When: Friday, September 8, Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10
Who: Students, employees, alumni, retirees, community

CAMPUS MARKET

What: This event is held to raise awareness about the availability of locally grown food. Vendors, including students from DC’s culinary and horticulture programs, offer a variety of fresh items, including meat, vegetables and baked goods.
Where: Polonsky Commons, Oshawa campus
When: To be announced.
Who: Students, employees, alumni, retirees, community

HARVEST DINNER

What: DC students bring the college’s field-to-fork philosophy to life for community members at this annual event. Planned, produced and executed by students and faculty, this event is a showcase for DC’s culinary, events management, horticulture and hospitality programs and marks the culmination of countless hours spent in the CFF’s fields, labs, classrooms and kitchens. Funds raised from ticket sales for the event will be used to fund bursaries for students enrolled in CFF programs.
Where: W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, 1610 Champlain Avenue, Whitby
When: Thursday, September 21
Who: Students, employees, alumni, retirees, community

SCOTIABANK TORONTO WATERFRONT MARATHON

What: Durham College (DC) runners and walkers are invited to join Team DC as members participate in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K events to help raise money toward the construction of the new Centre for Collaborative Education, a legacy building tied to the college’s 50th anniversary, at the Oshawa campus.
Where: Downtown Toronto
When: Sunday, October 22
Who: Students, employees, alumni, retirees, community

FALL CONVOCATION

What: Durham College will celebrate our graduates as they embark on the next leg of their journeys. Whether beginning their career or pursuing further education, these individuals will continue with the confidence and knowledge represented in their DC post-secondary credential. Proud friends, family and DC employees will gather to witness students from more than 160 programs receive recognition for their accomplishments.
Where: Tribute Communities Centre (formerly the General Motors Centre), 99 Athol St E, Oshawa
When: Thursday, October 26
Who: Students, employees, alumni, retirees, community

CAMPUS HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE

What: This annual initiative helps to feed many DC student families in need over the holidays. Financial donations and non-perishable food items are collected during the months of November and December and several fundraising events and initiatives are held on campus.
Where: Oshawa and Whitby campuses
When: To be announced.
Who: Students, employees, alumni, retirees, community