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Connecting U - Spring 2011 Edition

Connecting U - Spring 2011 Edition

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About four years ago, I arrived home after a busy day of high school.As I walked through the door, my mother immediately told mesomeone from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)had called and asked that I call him back. I quickly went to my roomand dialed the number she had recorded. Sure enough, the presidentof Oshawa’s brand-new university answered the phone, introducedhimself as Dr. Ronald Bordessa, and invited me to study at UOIT onscholarship. That phone call changed my life…Four years later, Dr. Bordessa’s strong leadership has also had animpact on the lives of thousands of students, faculty and staff, and the Durham Region community and beyond. During this short time,much of Ron’s remarkable vision has become reality. I have witnessedour campus grow to more than 7,400 undergraduate and graduatestudents who come from all over the globe. I have witnessed former
elds and parking lots transform into state-of-the-art facilities: an
Automotive Centre of Excellence, an Energy Research Centre, aCampus Recreation and Wellness Centre and many more. Whileconstruction continues, this is certainly no longer the mini northOshawa campus I recall during my orientation days.If Ron wasn’t already busy enough, the creation of a new downtowncampus has also become a striking reality. While Ron and I haveshared the stage on many speaking occasions, it seems like everymonth there’s an announcement for a new downtown facility, or the transformation of a historic building – all built to the high-techstudent-friendly UOIT standard. As a result of his leadership, Oshawa’score is being transformed and revitalized, which is a feat that some of us Oshawa residents once considered impossible.Challenging the impossible, innovating post-secondary culture, andconnecting our campus with the local and global community – Ron’s
legacy will clearly go down in history. From saying ‘hello’ the rst time
he called, to now, I am honoured to say ‘farewell’ and best of luck
 to a great president who time and again embodied UOIT’s motto: by
 thinking and doing, we shall lead.
Farewell to Dr. Ronald Bordessa
By Anthony Boland, president, Student Association 2010-2011
 
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UOIT celebrated the grand opening of its downtown Oshawa locationon March 8 during an event held at the historic Regent Theatre.Joining the celebration were Ajax-Pickering MPP Joe Dickson, Oshawa
MPP Jerry Ouellette, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Ofcer of The
Regional Municipality of Durham Roger Anderson, and Oshawa MayorJohn Henry, City Councillors and senior staff.“UOIT’s expansion in downtown Oshawa has been spectacular, butwe are far from complete,” said Dr. Ronald Bordessa, president, UOIT.“We are projecting that by 2015 11,600 students will be enrolledat the university and potentially 5,600 of those students will be
studying downtown. A recent economic feasibility study conrms that
continued growth of UOIT and the anticipated economic spinoffs couldmean hundreds of millions injected into the downtown and hundreds
of new jobs created. It’s denitely an exciting time for Oshawa and the
university.”Attendees of the event enjoyed bus tours of UOIT’s downtownfootprint, guided tours of the 61 Charles Street building and areception afterwards. Internal and external plaques were alsounveiled to commemorate the City of Oshawa’s leadership in thepreservation of the Regent Theatre and another external plaquewas revealed to mark the theatre as a designated heritage building.
Historic moment with UOIT’sdowntown grand opening
 
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