Monday, February 29, 2016

Anneyeong haseyo - Hello in Korean!


By: Baneen Fatima, Humber International Student
 

Yes, I know, I know! Korean has become my obsession. I have loved different cultures (as I keep reminding you guys -_-) and now I have grown to want to learn more about them. At first, it was just me going “Gaga” over Lee Min Ho (he is super cute – Google him :D). Then I realised that the culture and the way people think, behave and react to situations is so very different from what I would have done.

                     

So what am I doing about my obsession? I am learning Korean! No, not official classes! I don’t have the money for that… yet (still a broke student :$). Initially I was self-studying but I thought I wanted to do more. So, I started exploring. I was invited by the Korean Embassy, here in Canada, to attend classes that they hold for people interested in learning and, get this, it’s completely free!

                                             
                                                       At the Korean Embassy

I also joined online communities where language exchange takes place. One website in particular had active people – mylanguageexchange.com. The only drawback of this website is that you can’t communicate with people unless you or the other side, have a gold membership (which is $6 US). So, in that essence, it is kind of discouraging. However, I like to believe that I am smart. So what I did was, in my personal introduction, I added my contact ID for Kakao Talk (this is like WhatsApp or Facebook that is used by most of the Korean folks). This way the person interested in learning English or Urdu can contact me, while I learn Korean or Mandarin from them.


 
                                         Making friends from different cultures!

I know, the online platform sounds a lot like a dating website but it isn’t. I have made Korean friends all over the world and met with at least seven Korean speakers, who are interested in learning languages. Obviously, like every other social platform in the world, there will be some interesting characters. Those whom I have met with (with my friends, in public and in the middle of the day), were genuinely nice people who I now share voice recordings with. They teach me how to pronounce words and how things are written in Hangul (Kakao talk is pretty sweet).


Anyway, point is that no matter how strange or out of the “norm” your passion is, you should find ways to pursue it. I honestly never thought that I could study a different language with such ease, but its happening and it is so exciting! Who knows, maybe one day I will be writing to you guys from Seoul, Korea :D


Until next time, my (친구) Chingus!

Friday, February 26, 2016

University or college? Polytechnics fall somewhere in between.



Polytechnics have four-year degrees and an eye on the job market
Dream job: Companies scout Sheridan’s animation grads at its annual Industry Day (Jasper Savage/Sheridan College)

It’s a confusing post-secondary landscape out there, with universities that are home to colleges and colleges becoming universities. Then there are the polytechnics. A true polytechnic offers four-year bachelor’s degrees, but isn’t a university. It offers apprenticeship programs and on-the-job learning, but isn’t a community college. The wrong thing to do would be to go by the name.
Some go with “institute,” while one, Sakatchewan Polytechnic, tells it like it is. Ontario’s Sheridan College and Humber College tack on “Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning” on their names, while Seneca is a college of applied arts and technology. What it boils down to is that polytechnic schools don’t try to teach everything to everyone, unlike, say, a college, which has to serve the community and accommodate everyone, including students who want to do two years at college, then transfer to university to continue their education.
“You don’t go here to study psychology or sociology or ancient history, as vital as those may be,” explains Nobina Robinson, CEO of Polytechnics Canada, a member-funded association that conducts research, development and analysis. “You go to Sheridan because they’re world leaders in animation arts. You attend Seneca to do their bachelor’s in open-source-software technical development, because they’re working with Mozilla and Firefox.”
Polytechnics teach theory, but “in a way that’s more sticky,” says Glenn Feltham, president of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He calls it competency-based education, and points to engineering programs at universities as an example of how far removed some disciplines have gone from their practical roots.
Polytechnics also have a very close relationship with businesses, and their research is all about solving problems that businesses bring to them. At the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto, they offer “the practical education that’s going to make students job-ready,” says president Chris Whitaker. “Meeting the needs of industry and employers, that’s something that we’re very focused on.”
Polytechnics engage in research, just like universities, but with a different approach. At Humber, it’s all about “helping small- and medium-sized businesses find solutions to challenges in their business, and it’s really an extension of the learning environment,” says Whitaker.
According to Robinson, having the curricula designed with employers and industry sectors in mind, combined with a strong focus on graduate employment outcomes, makes polytechnic schools a solution for the massive social and economic challenge of youth underemployment, at 33 per cent, and youth unemployment, now at roughly 15 per cent.
She says they play a crucial role in education right now, as Canada’s workforce ages and employers complain that entry-level workers don’t have the skills for the jobs. At the same time, these employers are not investing in entry-level training and have “been using a bachelor’s degree as an HR filter.”
For that reason, Thomas Carey, a Vancouver-based supporter of undergrad education, sees polytechnic education only growing. “Ultimately, it’s the outcomes that matter: what our students are able to do [in the workplace].”
Whitaker thinks the polytechnic is the education model of the future. “It’s one that students want; it’s one that industry wants, and I think it’s a great example of where learning is going.” he says. “So, like all good things, they just catch on and take a life of their own.”
GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT RATE (within six months of graduation)
INSTITUTION
ENROLMENT
GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT RATE (%)
Algonquin College, Ottawa
23,386
85
British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, B.C.
45,097
82
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Kitchener, Ont.
17,806
87
George Brown College, Toronto
33,358
82
Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, Toronto
41,883
83
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton
29,439
92
Red River College, Winnipeg
13,766
96
SAIT Polytechnic, Calgary
24,976
94
Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon
14,465
93
Seneca College, Toronto
35,991
76
Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Oakville, Ont
30,827
82
Polytechnics Canada: Data from 2013-2014 Academic year 

This article first appeared on MACLEANS.CA.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Winter is coming: How Humber tackles the snow


Our answer to the snow.
Have you ever seen snow? Do you wonder about how cold Canada really gets in the winter? Don’t worry! Snow in the winter is almost inevitable, but you’ll quickly figure out how to stay warm and have fun (first: buy a good winter jacket and a pair of boots!).

At
Humber College, there are lots of fun ways to participate in outdoor winter activities that you may not have tried before.

Skiing and Snowboarding
Some of the most popular events are the skiing and snowboarding trips that take place in January and February. This is a great opportunity for you to experience these popular Canadian  sports in a safe and fun environment. The trip includes a lesson to prepare you for your adventure on the hills, and, if you get cold, there’s hot chocolate to warm you up!

Snowshoeing
Borrow snowshoes from the Humber Arboretum, and experience the beauty of Mother Nature with a snowshoe tour through the parkland that surrounds Humber’s North Campus. 

Winter Camping Trip
Looking for a unique way to spend your reading week? Give this three-day winter camping trip a try! Transportation, equipment, food, guides and games are all included.

Niagara Wine Tour
One of the most beautiful places in Canada is also home to the world’s largest icewine producers. You can celebrate this sweet treat at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival.

Be sure to ask for more information at the
International Centre and check our Facebook page for more updates if you want to give these events a try!

Monday, February 15, 2016

My first experience with snow

At Snow valley, Barrie – Ski/snowboard trip (25th January 2016)
I had never been in snow back in India, so when I heard about the ski and the snowboard trip, I was on my toes and ready to go. Let me tell you that it is my first time experiencing snow here in Canada and I love it. I felt like I was in one of those magical Disney movies. It was -10 degrees outside, I was all excited, geared up and ready to learn some skiing. One of the best perks of working as a student ambassador: You get paid to have fun and can travel places that were on your bucket list. I was the last one to wear my jacket, snow pants, boots, and other ski equipment before stepping outside in snow. Everything was very heavy (I am pretty sure everything weighed more than my body weight :p ); it is difficult for a tiny and skinny girl to handle that much weight (this reminds me that I have to work out more and eat more). So I step outside all alone trying to find my friends and I couldn’t move for few seconds. So I put in all my energy and carried the skis and ski poles to reach the station where I saw the instructors teaching skiing basics. There this sweet instructor helped me wear my skis and gave me basic instructions and a little push to move forward. After a certain point it felt I had no control over my body and I was slipping down. My heart raced very fast and I screamed “HELP!!!”. The other instructor came in the front and made me stop. My expressions were so funny that she couldn’t stop laughing and she had that “aww” look on her face. Later, she literally dragged me with the help of ski poles and took me to the next station where the other instructor was helping the students with the next stage of skiing. He asked all of us to walk and showed us how to wear and remove our skis. The next stage was learning how to balance and stop while skiing. I was walking up the station and I came back sliding down. It felt like the toughest job in the world, so the instructor had to give me a push and then I reached my destination. I went uphill and learnt to balance my feet and other few techniques. So I started moving down slowly and I started skiing. I had an adrenaline rush, I was breathing heavily and I was sweating (isn’t it funny that this sport makes you sweat even when the temperature is freezing cold?). I felt like I was going to fall but I balanced myself. It felt like a very big achievement. I went uphill five more times and fell twice during those five tries! :D . I felt like I was a kid again! I had a nervous face while I was trying to balance and this instructor cracked me up with a joke and I laughed and went ahead and fell down… Hehe…! but it was worth it! In the end, it was worth the fall, the pain in the wrist and legs and the sweat  The only thing that I regret is not having taken enough pictures. This is the only picture I could capture. Overall the journey was a lot of fun. If you are new to Canada, you should definitely indulge yourself in this sport. It is challenging, fun, exhausting but truly worth a shot, something you will remember for a lifetime.
This article has been written by our International Student Ambassador, Krupali Shah.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Leave for Change Volunteer Position Opportunity



Become an international volunteer with the support of Humber College.

Information sessions:
North Campus - February 9-10, 12 p.m. or 1 p.m., Room LRC6167
Lakeshore Campus - February 12, 12 p.m. or 1 p.m., Room B118

If you are interested in attenting an information session, please RSVP to tanya.andrade.humber.ca or call 416.675.6622 ext. 5088.

leaveforchange.ca

Monday, February 8, 2016

Learning trip to Nicaragua

This post originally appeared in Humber Communique on February 2, 2016.

The School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism is opening up their Study Abroad Service Learning trip to Nicaragua to all Humber students.



  • Deadline to apply: Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
  • Trip takes place: May 1 to May 15, 2016
  • Cost: $2,325.00 includes flights, accommodation and meals.


Connect with local community members in rural villages while exploring the most spectacular beaches of the Pacific Coast and conduct valuable service work. This is an authentic volunteer experience combined with adventure, exploration and cultural immersion.

BE PART OF SUSTAINABLE CHANGE!

Contact: Sherri Branscombe, sherri.branscombe@humber.ca

More information: http://bit.ly/1Ovj26P

The City of Dreams

 
Image Source: http://www.seetorontonow.com/

When I first landed here in Toronto, oh my my ! the temperature was 2 degrees. For someone who has lived in the 40 degrees of humidity, 2 degrees was too much. It was my first journey outside my home country, first journey away from family and friends and first journey towards a new beginning in life. My heartbeat was faster, I was sweaty, a mixture of feelings that I just can’t express. I was choked while saying goodbye to my parents and my friends at the airport. Even though we all know that technology does keep us connected, but the feeling of not seeing them physically,  consumes you each minute that passes by. A nerve-wrecking experience is all you need to learn valuable life lessons and for me that was moving to Canada. Journey’s like these make you strong, independent, and confident and all the superior adjectives that you could find in the dictionary!
When I received the offer letter from Humber College, I jumped, cried (out of happiness), hugged my parents, I partied with my friends (I am a drama queen, I know right!).  It was a dream come true. 3 weeks out and my  life turned my world upside down. Coming to Canada especially Toronto, studying and building a career here was my dream ever since I was little and that offer letter was just a beginning of my dreams. It’s the city of coffee, bagels, lu lu lemon, moose, baseball, basketball, steakhouse, snow jackets and the most amazing thing people. At first, you might feel a little odd because the culture here is different, but once you blend into this is how you would think “The morning coffee aroma, cool breeze, lovely good morning wishes, chatty subway and buses, Yes! It’s Toronto, The city of dreams”.
If there was one thing I could convey to other International Students out there I would say this…
“I know it’s tough to leave your country, leave your people, but trust me it’s totally worth it. Opportunities like these are available to only few, if you are here you are blessed because you have the opportunity to explore the new culture, people, history, ideologies, scenery, festivals and so much more!”

This article was written by Krupali Shah (International Student Ambassador)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Lakeshore Information Session on Humber's Guatemala Initiative

Humber Students
Date/Time:  February 11, 2016 - 11:00am
Where:  Lakeshore Campus, L Space Gallery, L1002
Contact: 
Jennifer Wilson, 416.675.6622 x3297, jennifer.wilson@humber.ca
Humber is partnering with a small NGO in Guatemala that works with a Mayan community to meet its development needs.
Come learn about more about potential ways Humber faculty and students can get involved.
A community needs assessment and initial meetings revealed possible opportunities for faculty and students to work with the NGO and the community in developing their capacity in the following areas:
Nutrition and Healthy Eating
Environmental Awareness (Garbage Collection/Recycling/Composting)
Water Access/ Collection/ Conservation 
Sustainable and Renewable Energy
Personal hygiene and sanitation 
Female and Maternal Health
Early Childhood Education
Financial Literacy, Livelihood (entrepreneurial skills)
Farming/Horticulture
Skills-based training (sewing and carpentry) 
Tourism/Marketing Opportunities
Communications: website development, video, social media strategy, promotion of success stories
Fundraising for project(s) 
Project design, planning and implementation of community development projects
Proposal/Grant Writing
NOTE: a second information session at the North campus will be held
This article originally appeared here.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Learning Skills Workshops - February Calendar - North Campus


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Workshops are 50 minutes in length & FREE for all students! All workshops are held in the Seminar Room LRC 3058 on the 3rd floor of the LRC.

*Check out The Art of Note Taking facilitated by Note Taking Service’s Peer Support Leaders!

**Be sure to check out our TEST TAKING ANXIETY workshop – offered by a Humber Counsellor!

For more information, visit us online at humber.ca/learningresources

Date Time Workshop
Monday, February 1st, 2016 10:45 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Effective Reading
Monday, February 1st, 2016 2:25 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Cite it Right: APA
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016* 10:45 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. The Art of Note-Taking
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016** 11:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Test Taking Anxiety
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 2:25 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Study Skills
Wednesday February 3rd, 2016 10:45 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Stress Management
Wednesday February 3rd, 2016 11:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Presentation Skills
Wednesday February 3rd, 2016 2:25 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Ready, Set, Research!
Thursday, February 4th, 2016 3:20 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Time Management
Friday, February 5th, 2016 11:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Exam and Test Preparation
Friday, February 5th, 2016* 12:35 p.m. - 1:25 p.m. The Art of Note-Taking



Monday, February 8th, 2016 10:45 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Study Skills
Monday, February 8th, 2016 2:25 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Exam and Test Preparation
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 11:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Time Management
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 2:25 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Cite it Right: APA
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016* 1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. The Art of Note-Taking
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016** 2:25 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Test Taking Anxiety
Thursday, February 11th, 2016 9:50 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Study Skills
Thursday, February 11th, 2016 3:20 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Memory and Concentration
Friday, February 12th, 2016 11:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Time Management



Monday, February 22nd, 2016 1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Ready, Set, Research!
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016* 9:50 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. The Art Of Note-Taking
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 11:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Exam and Test Preparation
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 2:25 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Time Management
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 10:45 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Presentation Skills
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 11:40 a.m - 12:30 p.m. Effective Reading
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 2:25 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Cite it Right: APA
Thursday, February 25th, 2016 9:50 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Group Dynamics
Thursday, February 25th, 2016 3:20 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Money Management
Friday, February 26th, 2016* 10:45 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. The Art Of Note-Taking
Friday, February 26th, 2016 11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Ready, Set, Research!



Monday, February 29th, 2016 1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Time Management

Learning Skills Workshops - February Calendar - Lakeshore Campus

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Workshops are 50 minutes in length & FREE for all students! All workshops are held in A168 at the Lakeshore Campus.

For more information, visit us online at humber.ca/learningresources

Date
Time Workshop
Monday, February 1st, 2016 10:45 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Ready, Set, Research!
Monday, February 1st, 2016 1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Effective Reading
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 9:50 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Time Management
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 10:45 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Cite it Right: APA
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 2:25 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Exam and Test Preparation
Thursday, February 4th, 2016 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Study Skills


Monday, February 8th, 2016 10:45 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Memory and Concentration
Monday, February 8th, 2016 1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Exam and Test Preparation
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 9:50 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Presentation Skills
Thursday, February 11th, 2016 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Time Management



Monday, February 22nd, 2016 10:45 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Study Skills
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 9:50 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. The Art of Note Taking
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 10:45 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Time Management
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 2:25 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Exam and Test Preparation
Thursday, February 25th, 2016 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Memory and Concentration



Monday, February 29th, 2016 10:45 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Cite it Right: APA
Monday, February 29th, 2016 1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Ready, Set, Research!

February 2016 – Humber International Events Calendar

The International Centre encourages staff, faculty, and students to get involved in the many events and activities that we have planned to help international students transition to life in Canada.

We have some exciting events and workshops scheduled for international students and alumni this month! If you need more information, please contact one of our International Student Advisors: Matthew McDonald at Lakeshore and Matthew Keefe at North.



Monday February 1, 2016
Post Graduation Work Permit Workshop – Session 1 (Lakeshore)
Cost: Free
Time: 8:55am – 10:40am
Location: C112 (LAKESHORE)
No Registration Required

Tuesday February 2, 2016
Budgeting / Money Management Tips (Lakeshore)
Cost: Free
Time: 1:30-3:00 (group information session) and 3:00-4:30 (one-on-one advising)
Location: International Centre Lakeshore Campus
Registration Required: http://bit.ly/Money0202Lake

Tuesday February 2, 2016
CONNECT: Mix & Mingle (Lakeshore)
Cost: Free
Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Location: B303 (LAKESHORE)
Registration Required: http://on.fb.me/1o9wl86

Thursday February 4, 2016
Budgeting / Money Management Tips (Lakeshore)
Cost: Free
Time: 1:30-3:00 (group information session) and 3:00-4:30 (one-on-one advising)
Location: International Centre (NORTH)
Registration Required: http://bit.ly/Money204North

Thursday February 4, 2016
Post Graduation Work Permit Workshop – Session 1 (North)
Cost: Free
Time: 2:25pm – 4:20pm
Location: International Centre (NORTH)
No Registration Required: http://on.fb.me/1Ks9bne

Monday February 8, 2016
Post Graduation Work Permit Workshop – Session 2 (North)
Cost: Free
Time: 8:00am– 11:40am
Location: International Centre (NORTH)
Registration Required: http://on.fb.me/1L0cWeq

Tuesday February 9, 2016
CONNECT: How How to Be Successful in Your First Written Assignment (Lakeshore)
Cost: Free
Time: 12:30pm -1:30pm
Location: F201 (LAKESHORE)
Registration Required: http://bit.ly/assglake1

Wednesday February 10, 2016
CONNECT: How How to Be Successful in Your First Written Assignment (North)
Cost: Free
Time: 12:30pm -1:30pm
Location: LRC3031 (NORTH)
Registration Required: http://bit.ly/assgnorth

Wednesday February 10, 2016
Post Graduation Work Permit Workshop – Session 2 (North)
Cost: Free
Time: 1:30pm – 3:10pm
Location: International Centre (NORTH)
No Registration Required: http://on.fb.me/1mg1Lb2

Thursday February 11, 2016
CONNECT: Movie Night (North)
Cost: Free
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: E135 (NORTH)
No Registration Required: http://on.fb.me/20bFVTG

Friday February 12, 2016
Post Graduation Work Permit Workshop – Session 2 (Lakeshore)
Cost: Free
Time: 8:00am – 9:45am
Location: C108 (LAKESHORE)
No Registration Required: http://on.fb.me/1PkUE9E

Tuesday February 16 – Thursday February 18 2016 (During Reading Week)
Winter Camping Experience – Killarney Provincial Park
Cost:  $250/student (includes transportation, meals, equipment and 3 professional guides) - tickets will be limited
Time:  Bus times will be confirmed closer to the event
Registration: In person at the International Centre (Lakeshore H100, North LRC 2nd floor)

Monday February 22, 2016
Study Permit Workshop – Session 1 (Lakeshore)
Cost: Free
Time: 8:55am – 10:40am
Location: C112 (LAKESHORE)
No Registration Required: http://on.fb.me/1R5PAul

Tuesday February 23, 2016
Study Permit Workshop – Session 1 (North)
Cost: Free
Time: 10:45am – 11:35am
Location: F102 (NORTH)
No Registration Required: http://on.fb.me/20td2HV

Wednesday February 24, 2016
CONNECT: Common Grammatical Errors (North)
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: F102 (NORTH)
Registration Required: http://bit.ly/gramnorth

Thursday February 25, 2016
Study Permit Workshop – Session 2 (North)
Cost: Free
Time: 10:45am – 11:35am
Location: F102 (NORTH)
No Registration Required: http://on.fb.me/20td2HV

Friday February 26, 2016
Study Permit Workshop (Lakeshore)
Cost: Free
Time: 8:00am – 9:45am
Location: C108 (LAKESHORE)
No Registration Required: http://on.fb.me/1VQsreU

Friday February 26, 2016
CONNECT: Common Grammatical Errors (Lakeshore)
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: F201 (LAKESHORE)
Registration Required: http://bit.ly/gramlake

Friday February 26, 2016
Ski/Snowboarding Trip – Snow Valley (Barrie)
Cost:  $50/student (This trip includes the bus to and from the hill, equipment rentals, lift ticket and a lesson) - tickets are limited
Time:  Buses will be leaving from Lakeshore @ 2:00pm and from the North Campus @ 2:30pm
Registration: In person at the International Centre (Lakeshore H100, North LRC 2nd floor)

Monday February 29, 2016
Study Permit Workshop (North)
Cost: Free
Time: 12:35pm – 1:35pm
Location: B202 (NORTH)
No Registration Required: http://on.fb.me/23L2u6l