For those of you who have been out of town over the summer, welcome back! Four months may not seem like a lot of time, but a lot has changed since you were last on campus! From new buildings to new initiatives, locations, and re-brands, here are a few changes that have happened at Dal for 2017–18. Did we miss anything? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. New one-stop shop for health care
Student Health Services, Counselling & Psychological Services, and Student Health Promotion have integrated their services into the new Student Health & Wellness Centre on the 2nd floor of LeMarchant Place. This means you can drop in or book an appointment at the same place, whether you want to see a doctor, nurse, psychologist, counsellor, or social worker. Check out the Dal News article for all the info.
2. New one-stop shop for advising
The academic advising services that were in the Advising and Access Services Centre in the Killam atrium have merged with the career advising and counselling services that were part of the Career & Leadership Development Centre. Now you can drop by the new Bissett Student Success Centre in the former CLDC location on the 4th floor of the SUB to get academic AND career guidance. Call 902-494-3077 or email email@example.com to book an appointment, or drop in Monday–Friday, 8am–noon and 1–4pm, until Sept. 18. Check out the Dal News article for all the info.
3. Accessibility Services and the Writing Centre are together in the Killam
The main office for the Writing Centre has moved next door to G28 in the Killam atrium (to the right of the main atrium entrance) and is sharing space with the newly named Student Accessibility Centre. The Mark A. Hill Accessibility Centre is still being used for exam writing and testing support.
4. Changes to your health coverage
The DSU Health & Dental Plan is now powered by Medavie Blue Cross. The DSU International Student Health Plan is now powered by Intrepid 24/7. What does this mean for you? Your coverage isn’t changing, but any claims you have from between Sept. 1, 2016 and Aug. 31, 2017 must be submitted and received by the insurance provider no later than Nov. 29, 2017. It also means you need to get a new health plan card by dropping by the Health Plan office on the 3rd floor of the SUB or going online to studentvip.ca/dsu and internationalhealth.ca/dsu.
5. New health app for international students
If you’re an international student, you can now download the I.M. Well app to access confidential health support and services. You can get live private chat support for anything from academic issues to home and family stress, and find resources on campus and in the community.
6. Fall Study Break is now 2 weeks long!
No, not really. Just seeing if you’re paying attention.
7. Free resilience training
Inquiring Minds is a free workshop for Dal and full-time King’s students that will offered throughout the year to help you build resilience and reduce stigma around mental illness and accessing mental health care.
8. Our chaplains have moved to the SUB
Multifaith Services is now located on the 4th floor of the Student Union Building. Drop by for some spiritual support or guidance, or just want someone to chat with. Keep an eye out for weekly meditation sessions in the DSU Wellness Room, and Monday Meals in the International Centre (1st floor, LeMarchant Place) starting Sept. 18.
9. Improved LGBTQ2SIA+ support
Dal’s Human Rights & Equity Services office has created the LGBTQ2SIA+ Collaborative to bring together and support groups doing work with these communities, such as Dal Allies, DalOUT, and South House Sexual and Gender Resource Centre. Read the Dal News story for more info.
10. New space for Indigenous student support
The Indigenous Student Centre (formerly Aboriginal Student Centre) has moved from the SUB to the 1st floor of 1321 Edward St. (corner of University Ave.) where it now has nice lounge, advising, and study space, as well as smudging facilities.
11. Fitness Centre is coming along nicely
The frame is complete, the walls going up, the windows are going in, and we’re well on our way to seeing the new Fitness Centre ready to open in the spring! It will include new fitness space, multi-use studios, and three locker rooms.
12. And so is the IDEA project
This big construction project on Sexton Campus includes two new buildings. The Emera IDEA Building will house workshops and prototyping labs for the Faculty of Engineering, and innovation studios focusing on hardware-based entrepreneurship. The DESIGN Building includes a 450-seat auditorium, a design commons with bookable meeting rooms, and studio space for the Faculty of Architecture & Planning. They’re scheduled to open next April.
13. Renovations in Howe Hall
Both Cameron House and Bronson House had big bathroom renos done over the summer. After four months of work they now have automatic lighting; automatic flush toilets; and new sinks, tiling, and flooring. The bathrooms are now all-gender with private shower and toilet stalls that have floor-to-ceiling, lockable doors for privacy and safety.
14. New lounge in the Dentistry building
The old lounge is now the new lounge, and it’s a bright, inclusive, welcoming space for all Dentistry and Dental Hygiene students. Read all about it in Dal News.
15. We now offer pickleball!
You can now book courts at Dalplex for pickleball, and even rent the equipment for free! No idea what pickleball is? Drop by Dalplex and find out.