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 building renovations to new faces, here are a few changes that have happened at Dal AC for 2017–18. Did we miss anything? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Jenkins Hall renovations
Perhaps you’ve noticed the new serving unit that combines the soup, salad, and sandwich stations into one. Or how about the expanded My Pantry station where you can make your own meals? There are induction cookers, induction wok, waffle maker, rice cooker, blenders, and more. And the fridge is stocked with fresh food! There’s a grocery list where you can request specific items (including special spices), and Chartwells staff are available to lend you any assistance you may need. Chef Victor will even be offering cooking lessons throughout the year!
2. 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 in the Dairy Building or going online to studentvip.ca/dsu and internationalhealth.ca/dsu.
3. New learning commons coming soon
It’s not ready yet, but construction has started on a renovated Student Learning Commons on the top floor of the MacRae Library. Once it opens in the spring, there will be an intercultural room; meditation space; all-gender washrooms; hand and foot washing stations; a self-serve café; video conferencing meeting room that you can book; a living wall; an Indigenous mural; and another program room that you can book for up to 60 people. You’ll also find DASA’s offices up there.
4. 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.
5. New Residence Life team
If you live in residence, then you’ve hopefully already met the team. Paul Coffin in the new Residence Life Manager and also the Residence Don for Chapman House. Ashley Coffin is Co-Don with Paul. Amanda Greeves is the Don in Trueman House, and Joel Peterson is the Don in Fraser House (as well as the assistant coach for our varsity men’s basketball team!).
6. Improvements in Chapman House
All the remaining rooms were renovated in Chapman House over the summer. Now every room in the residence has brand new flooring, lighting, furniture, and additional electrical outlets for all your charging needs.