Glendon Campus
York University
2275 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M4N 3M6
A Glorious Fall Campus Day and a Roaring Success


A record number of 850 visitors responded to Glendon’s invitation to Fall Campus Day 2009 on November 8th, a glorious fall Sunday of balmy temperatures and golden sunshine.

One of the many campus tours about to start

The beautiful weather is always a huge advantage – and impossible to plan for – but every other aspect of the program had clearly been carefully planned out and superbly organized by the Glendon Student Recruitment and Applicant Relations team. Prospective students and their parents travelled from as far as Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Chatham and Windsor, Ontario.

Left: Glendon Principal Ken McRoberts with the Glendon mascot, Richard Coeur de Lion

The day’s program started with a welcome and continental breakfast in the new Student Lounge, in B Wing of York Hall – next door to the Welcome Centre, the new home of the Recruitment Service. The Glendon Musical Ensemble’s choir provided a lovely, soft ambiance of jazz, spirituals and classical music, while visitors enjoyed pastries, fruit and coffee and planned out their day.

A new addition to the usual sessions, a general introduction to the campus, with the title “Discover Glendon” provided a well-rounded introduction to our mission, campus environment and sense of community. Visitors could then choose among four themed presentations: “Your Academic Path”, “Admissions and Money Matters”, “Go Global” and “University 101 for Parents”. Since every one of these sessions was offered four times, no one had to miss any of the information.

Right: Kristy Weenen and her mother

During the entire day, visitors could also take campus tours led by our enthusiastic ambassadors – student volunteers; and the residence open house, enabling prospective students and their families to see an actual residence room, talk to residents and hear about residence activities, was among the most popular activities of the day.

The Information Fair, set up in the Dining Hall, welcomed visitors during the entire day, with professors and staff members ready to answer questions at individual kiosks. The lineups at these tables confirmed the usefulness of this format and visitors expressed their approval for the opportunity to talk to those who teach the courses and provide the student services.

Left: Abi Balamohan and her family

Several representatives from the Keele campus had generously offered their time and participated in the Glendon program. Among these, Ken Withers, Director of Recruitment and Applicant Relations; Johanne Nolan, Admissions Assessor; and Beth Alaksa, Coordinator, International Mobility Programs, York International, who joined in and provided much-appreciated service.

Right: Two friends, Fatima Gassama (left) and Jasmine Hailu came to check out Glendon

Visitors were enthusiastic about the programs and the Glendon environment. Kristy Weenen, a grade 11 student from Ajax High School in Toronto said, “I have been in core French since grade 4, and I am eager to become really fluent in French. I would like to study psychology, and obtain a French and Spanish translation certificate. I fell in love with the Glendon campus as soon as I saw it and look forward to coming here. The tour and the workshops have been very interesting. What a great day.”

The information fair was very well-attended

“I have already decided that Glendon is my choice”, said Abi Balamohan, a student at Albert Campbell School in Scarborough. “I plan to study translation and obtain a teaching degree. Glendon can offer me this opportunity and I think the campus is wonderful.”

Right: The Translation Department's kiosk was popular

Fatima Gassama is a bilingual student from Collège Français in Toronto. “I want to continue my studies in French”, said Fatima,” and Glendon seems the obvious choice. I like to discuss and debate, but I think I need to learn how to organize my ideas and to have a better understanding of how people think. I plan to combine psychology, history and the law in my studies, because I hope to become a lawyer. The possibility of going on an exchange in third year is also very exciting. I want to go to Australia!”

Right: Many students wanted to learn about the Psychology program

Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School student Jasmine Hailu also hopes to find the perfect program for her plans at Glendon. “I love mathematics and science and want to find a way to build these into a law career”, said Jasmine. “I came to find out more about Glendon’s courses and I am impressed with the opportunity to learn about the programs directly from the professors who teach them.”

Left: Nicole Chan and her mother

Nicole Chan and her mother were impressed with what they experienced at Glendon’s open house. “I am interested in improving my French and would like to study psychology”, said Nicole. “My future plans are for a career in the Public Service and Glendon is a great place to prepare for this. It has been a very interesting, informative day.”

Gemma Johnson came to Fall Campus Day with her mother and grandmother. A student at Harbord Collegiate in downtown Toronto, Gemma found information about Glendon via the Internet. “I like Glendon’s small campus, with everyone so friendly and easy to talk to”, said Gemma. “It’s very different from other large, impersonal campuses and I feel much more comfortable here. I hope to work in international relations or in the field of development, and I feel certain that I will find relevant courses offered here.”

Right: Three generations: Gemma Johnson (centre) with her mother and grandmother

Victoria MacKenzie is a student at Ajax High School in the Greater Toronto Area. She plans to study history and become a French immersion teacher. “I have already decided that Glendon is for me”, said Victoria. “All the courses I need for my career plans are offered here. And the beautiful campus and friendly environment make me feel that I will really enjoy studying here. I also love participating in theatre activities and I learned today that I could be part of this within a course, or as an extracurricular activity. What a great opportunity!”

Left: Victoria MacKenzie and her mother

Miranda Miller comes from Lawrence Park Collegiate. When a Glendon representative came to her French class, the information she gathered motivated her to come and see for herself. But, in fact, she had already heard a great deal about this campus because her family has friends among the faculty members. “I don’t know yet what I want to choose as my future career”, said Miranda. “But I am fluently trilingual in French, Spanish and English, so the international BA [iBA] and humanities in general interest me. I like the idea of the small classes and the opportunity to do my third year abroad sounds great.” Miranda and her parents expressed their appreciation of the day’s informative, well-organized programs, and the friendliness of everyone concerned. “The move from secondary school to university is a big jump”, said Miranda’s father, Consul-General of Argentina in Toronto Julio Miller. “There is a great need to be well-informed and the programs of this day have been very helpful. In today’s workplace, we need ‘renaissance’ people with a wide range of knowledge. A well-rounded liberal arts education, such as what Glendon offers, is more important than ever in today’s global, multicultural world.”

Right: L-r: Miranda's mother -Maritza Miller; Director of Antares Margarita Feliciano; Consul General of Argentina in Toronto Julio Miller (Miranda's father); prospective student Miranda Miller and Glendon Principal Kenneth McRoberts

Fall Campus Day was organized and mounted by the Recruitment team of Léa Bertrand, Safia Dakri, Suzi Moore, Carol Yorkden-Chamberlain, Megan Sweeney and Tobi Strohan, under the leadership of Manager of Recruitment and Applicant Relations Isabelle Creusot. Their dedication, professionalism and hard work accounts for the smooth performance and huge success of the day. Many thanks are also due to the members of the faculty, staff and students who devoted this beautiful November Sunday to promoting Glendon and its future students.

A post-event website for Fall Campus Day 2009 is already active and can be visited for further details of the event.

Article submitted by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny

Published on November 10, 2009