As Glendon embarks on its 41st year, it is home to the largest number of students in its history - close to 2,500. This year’s entering class comes with especially strong academic records. And, in applying for admission, almost all of them made Glendon their first choice among York’s faculties. I wish a warm welcome to all new and returning students.
This year will see some important academic initiatives. The new Glendon International B.A. will become available to students majoring in many of our disciplines. Information will appear on this site. York’s Faculty of Education is now offering on the Glendon campus a concurrent B.Ed. geared to preparing teachers for Immersion, Extended and Core French. Application can be made through the Faculty of Education.
At the same time, Glendon’s new bilingual Master’s in Public and International Affairs has been approved by the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies and will start receiving students in September of next year. Housed in the Glendon School of Public Affairs, the MPIA will constitute Canada’s first fully bilingual Master’s degree in public and international affairs. Information about the program, and application procedures, can be found elsewhere on this site.
Several new full-time faculty members are joining us this fall, including Mary Catherine Davidson in English, Francis Garon in Political Science and Alexander Zamora in Hispanic Studies. Sylvie Clamageran is assuming a cross-appointment in ╔tudes franšaises and Translation. As well, Robert Despatie continues with the Economics Department and Aurelia Klimkiewicz and Yukari Takai are assuming limited term positions in Translation and History, respectively.
Also, you may have noticed that construction is underway at the ‘Breezeway’, located beneath ‘B’ wing of York Hall. The project will result in splendid new facilities for a Student Lounge, GCSU and student clubs space, and the Welcome Centre and offices of the Recruitment and Liaison team.
Just as we are expanding our academic offerings, so we are creating new space in our main classroom building. You will notice two freshly renovated classrooms across from the dining hall, in the space formerly occupied by the Salon Garigue. They will help to meet our need for medium-sized classrooms.
This is a time of growth at Glendon. Yet, through it all, Glendon will retain its essential character: a small liberal arts institution that offers a uniquely bilingual education on a beautiful mid-town campus. Faculty members, students and staff, we are all part of a special community.