Timeline

1911

UTSC has modest roots as a turn-of-the-century, summer escape from the city heat of Muddy York for Toronto businessman Miller Lash. In 1911, he purchased 375 acres in Highland Creek Valley and built a 17-room mansion and working farm. In 1944, three years after Miller Lash passed away, local insurance broker E.L. McLean bought the estate and put in a grand-sized swimming pool.

From scenic, pastoral paradise to world-renowned centre of innovation and inspired learning, this is the story of UTSC. 

1963

Anticipating the huge cohort of post-World War II baby boomers graduating from high school and looking toward higher education, the University of Toronto wisely makes plans for two new campuses in the eastern and western regions of the Greater Toronto Area. The University purchases 202 acres of the Miller Lash Estate from E.L. McLean and another 70 acres north of Ellesmere for a campus in Scarborough. 

 

 

 

 

1964

U of T establishes Scarborough College as a branch of the Faculty of Arts and Science, with 16 faculty members and three divisions: Science, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Australian-born architect and U of T Professor John Andrews leads a team that creates a dramatic, innovative design for Scarborough College. Construction begins in July.

Dr. David Carleton Williams is named Principal for both Scarborough College and Erindale College, spearheading the development of both campuses.  The University’s first academic to serve as director of the Department of Extension, Williams, a psychology professor, was part of the Live and Learn TV lecture series that was one of the University’s first forays into television.  In 1967 Williams was named President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario, where he served for ten years. 

Ten evening extension courses are offered at Scarborough's Birchmount Park Collegiate in October as excitement rises in the community about the new campus that is under construction.

1965

A prolonged construction strike results in Scarborough College welcoming its first 191 full-time students in temporary quarters at the old Biology building on the St. George Campus. Students’ hearts are in Scarborough, but their bodies must temporarily be studying downtown.

Built during a time of considerable university expansion in Canada, UTSC’s original campus was an ambitious social exercise as much as it was an architectural one. John Andrews’s design for the campus intended to forge interaction among disciplines, teachers and students. The Science Wing and Humanities Wing, the campus’s original building, included a 6,000-square-foot (560-square-metre) television studio to develop and transmit closed-circuit lectures, a unique experiment in pedagogy.

Distinguished U of T Economist and civil servant A.F. Wynne Plumptre is named Principal and was the first to live in the stately Principal's residence, the Miller Lash House. A U of T graduate, Plumptre studied at Cambridge with John Maynard Keynes. Plumptre had served as assistant secretary of the Royal Commission on Banking and Currency in Canada. He later co-edited, with Harold Innis, The Canadian Economy, work which led him into a study of central banking in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, and later to service with the Canadian Embassy in Washington and the Wartime Prices and Trade Board in Ottawa before returning to academia. Plumptre’s wife Beryl was also a forceful and forthright economist who became famous 10years later after Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau appointed her to head the Food Prices Review Board with the unique mandate to report not only to politicians on why prices were increasing rapidly, but directly to the Canadian public. She was named Canadian Newsmaker of the Year in 1975.

1966

Scarborough College opens in January to international acclaim for its striking architecture and its state-of-the-art technological facilities. It contains a large television production studio transmitting closed-circuit lectures and instructional material to 50 classrooms. In the current age of the Internet and iPhones, this may seem dated—but at the time, it was revolutionary technology, and the University of Toronto’s Scarborough College was a pioneer.

About 500 students attend the first full academic year at the new campus.

Scarborough College Students' Council (SCSC) is established.

Always at the vanguard of progress and equity, students vote unanimously to form a coeducational Scarborough College Athletics Association in which women are on the same sports footing as men, another first for U of T.

1967

Scarborough College’s original building, later known as the Andrews Building, is embraced by architecture critics and covered in magazines across the country and around the world—including a cover and four-page spread in the Canadian edition of Time magazine’s January 13, 1967, issue.

After just a few years, enrolment doubles to 1,000 students.

Establishing the start of a long tradition of excellence in athletics, the men's track and field team wins Scarborough College’s first inter-faculty championship.

 

 

 

 

1968

Karen-Anne Aboud is the first Scarborough College graduate of the 100 who make up the Class of ’68.

Ever politically active and socially conscious, students hold a sleep-in to protest the lack of residence space. End result: the establishment of a Scarborough campus co-operative to run seven houses on University property as residences.

The student newspaper, Marooned, begins publishing, the first of several newspapers to publish over the decades.

Students publish the first issue of Scarborough Fair, a collection of literary and artistic works by UTSC students. The anthology was published for 25 years, took a hiatus for five and was revived. Published works are selected for coherence, authenticity and originality.

Scarborough College offers language courses in French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Slavic, and Spanish.

1969

Recent graduates indicate their desire to stay connected to campus, and the Scarborough College Alumni Association is born.

In keeping with the diversity of the student population, a group of students starts up the International Students’ Association.

The campus introduces Russian language courses. 

Celebrated Canadian Director David Cronenberg films his first feature-length production, Stereo, at UTSC. 

 

 

 

 

 

1970

The Rt. Hon. Lester B. Pearson, PC, OM, CC, OBE, delivers the inaugural F.B. Watts Memorial Lecture two years after leaving office as Prime Minister. The Nobel laureate and former diplomat’s lecture, Partners in Development, is based on his work as Chair of the Commission on International Development, which was sponsored by the World Bank. The Watts Lecture is named in memory of Professor Frederick Basil Watts, a founding member of Scarborough College. Watts was regarded as a stimulating speaker and a magnificent teacher—known for his sensitivity to his students and an irrepressible humour that brought people together. A geographer, Watts was modern and perhaps even ahead of his time. His work focused on climatology.

A program in Linguistics is introduced and Slavic was no longer offered.

Furthering the athletic inclination of the campus and its students, Scarborough College builds a football field, three-hole golf course and four tennis courts in the Valley.

1971

Architectural designs for a student residence complex are approved by local authorities.

Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, invited by Scarborough College students, gives a talk called The Quiet Revolution, about the October crisis—the series of events triggered the year before by the two kidnappings of government officials by members of the Front de liberation du Quebec.The events ultimately culminated in the only peacetime use of the War Measures Act in Canada’s History. While opinion polls at the time showed widespread support, a number of prominent leaders including René Levesque and Tommy Douglas believed the actions were excessive and the precedent dangerous. The crisis galvanized support for a political means of attaining Quebec sovereignty, including support for the Parti Québécois, which formed the provincial government in 1976.

The Watts Lecture features London’s University College Provost Noel Gilroy Annan, Baron Annan, OBE, on the subject What’s a University Anyway? A former military officer and long-serving academic, Lord Annan’s best-known work illustrated the web of kinship that united British intellectuals like the Darwins and Huxleys in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He was also a signatory to a famous letter published in The Times in 1958, which saw the establishment of a group that fought for homosexual law reform.

1972

On his last day as president of the University, Claude Bissell created the Faculty of Scarborough College. The college now has its own divisional chairs, selects its own faculty, sets curriculum and manages its own buildings and development.

Agricultural Economist and Rhodes Scholar Ralph Campbell, CM (BSc 1949), becomes Principal. Campbell had served as the Ford Foundation advisor to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 1962 and later left Canada for Kenya in 1970 to help establish the Mumias Sugar Factory, creating thousands of jobs. He returned to the University in 1972, and as Principal, he spearheaded the University’s first co-operative education program. He was the last Principal to reside in the Miller Lash House. Campbell was appointed President at the University of Manitoba in 1976 and in 1984 led the AUCC’s efforts to assist Canadian universities in establishing productive relations with universities in the developing world. Campbell was named a member of the Order of Canada in 1986.

Student-run CSCR Radio launches with its first broadcast; the station later broadcasts as Fusion Radio.

Scarborough College takes over extension courses previously offered by Queen’s University. Three full-year courses and four term courses are taught at Durham College in Oshawa.

Scarborough College opens its own climatologic station.

Scarborough College’s first writer-in-residence is Martin Myers, who became known for his black humour and deadpan dialogue. Myers was a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University in 1971 when he sold his first novel, The Assignment, to Harper + Row in just two weeks. He returned to Canada, writing The Frigate at UTSC. His later works include Izzy Manheim’s Reunion, The Secret Viking, and his only work of non-fiction, The Urban Loft.

 

1973

The R-Wing, also known as the Bladen Wing, opens. Designed by John Andrews International Pty. Ltd., the building follows Andrews’s master plan for Scarborough College, incorporating classrooms, office space, a gymnasium, sports facilities and a fine arts studio, and the building quickly becomes a hub of activity on campus.

UTSC’s first campus-based housing, the long-awaited Student Village, opens. The residence complex consists of townhouses that accommodate 250 students.

Scarborough College becomes Ontario’s first post-secondary institution to implement an academic credit system, allowing students to complete degrees at their own pace year-round.

For the first time, Scarborough College offers a music course, Introduction to Music.

1974

A first for U of T: Scarborough College offers a co-operative program in Administration.

The U of T Students' Administrative Council and Scarborough Campus Students’ Union open the U of T Horse Riding Stables in the Ravine, offering riding and instruction.

The A.F.W. Plumptre Award is launched, recognizing outstanding contributions in the advancement of sport, recreation and athletics by a student, alumni, staff or faculty member.

The Watts Lecture presents Nobel laureate Gerhard Herzberg, PC CC, who addresses the campus on Science and Society. Herzberg was a pioneering physicist and physical chemist whose main work concerned atomic and molecular spectroscopy.

Canada’s oldest alternative theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, becomes Artists-in-Residence. The theatre group is dedicated to the development and production of new Canadian work.

1975

Zoology Professor Fred Urquhart, CM, discovers the wintering place of the Monarch Butterfly: Mexico’s Sierra Madre. The discovery is published in National Geographic magazine the following year. It would be the first of many environmental challenges and mysteries solved at UTSC to world-wide accolades. Urquhart devoted 38 years to this research and enlisted hundreds of citizen scientists to help with sightings. Together with his wife Norah, Urquhart tracked their trails by tagging the wings of thousands of individual butterflies. They founded the first Insect Migration Association, today known as Monarch Watch. The film Flight of the Butterflies tells the Urquharts’ story.

Students start a new environmental group, Save the Rouge Valley System. The fledgling campus group becomes the prime mover in the creation of Rouge Park.

Scarborough College wins the inter-faculty football championship and brings home the Mulock Cup.

Architect Raymond Moriyama, CC, O.Ont., presents the Watts Lecture, answering the question Can your Life Become a Work of Art? Moriyama and partner Ted Teshima designed the Scarborough Civic Centre in 1973, which was recognized with the Governor General’s Medal for Architecture. Moriyama later designed the Goh Ohn Bell at Ontario Place, the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, the Bata Shoe Museum, the National Museum of Saudi Arabia, the Canadian War Museum, and UTSC’s Science Research Building. A planner as well as an architect, Moriyama is also known for his vast master plan for Saskatchewan’s Meewasin Valley and the 100-Year Vision for Niagara Falls.

A world tour exhibiting the work of Italian Renaissance Architect Donato Bramante touches down at Scarborough College. It is the only Canadian showing of the exhibit. Bramante introduced Renaissance architecture to Milan and the High Renaissance style to Rome, where his plan for St. Peter’s Basilica formed the basis of the design executed by Michelangelo.

The Campus’s 10th-anniversary celebrations include a special concert, an archival exhibit, a lecture, two theatre productions, a dinner dance in the meeting place, a mini-marathon, a horse show and a football game.

Scarborough College biology student Stan Bohonek finishes fourth in the Canadian Men’s Figure Skating Championship. Bohonek won the Bronze medal in the Canadian Championship in 1975 and again in 1976, and was named to Canada’s team for the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. Born in Prague, Bohonek and his family emigrated to Canada in 1968 following the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia.

Physician and social activist Charles Godfrey delivers the Decennial Lecture, The Role of the Citizen in Government.

1976

A.D. Allen is appointed Principal, but falls ill and passes away shortly after. The A.D. Allen Memorial Scholarship is created in his memory to recognize the top student in each year in any field of study.

The astronomical observatory opens on the roof of the S-wing.

In yet another nod to equity and equality on campus, Joan Foley is appointed Scarborough College’s fifth Principal, the first female head of a University of Toronto college. Foley went on to become the first female provost at the University.

Rhodes Scholar and former NDP Leader David Lewis delivers the Watts Lecture, Corporate Power Today: The Image and the Reality. Lewis had been a key architect in the formation of the NDP and was known as one of Parliament’s most devastating debaters. Considered by some a controversial figure, few doubted his intellect, energy and sacrifices on behalf of Canadian socialism.

The Scarborough College Student Union publishes a Decade Book and distributes free copies to students. If the staff and faculty wanted one, they had to pay $2!

 

1977

Cindy Nicholas (BSc 1979) becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel non-stop both ways. She went on to a record five two-way crossings, earning her the nickname “Queen of the Channel.

For the first time, Scarborough College wins the T.A. Reed Trophy for overall success in inter-faculty athletic competition.

Scarborough College hosts The Roger Fry Exhibition in honour of the English artist and critic who was a member of the prestigious Bloomsbury group of scholars.

The Hudson Bay Company funds expansion of the library collections at both Scarborough College and Erindale College. With this support, the Scarborough College library purchases almost 10,000 new books as well as back issues of Canadian journals, newspapers, maps and reports.

Scarborough College Physics Professor M.B. Walker is awarded the Herzberg Medal by the Canadian Association of Physicists. The medal is awarded each year to a Canadian physicist under the age of 38 for distinguished research work.

Scarborough College hosts a major exhibition of works by internationally known Canadian painter, printer and filmmaker, Kim Ondaatje. The exhibit is on display for three weeks.

1978

With a 90 per cent approval rate, students vote for a $10-per-student levy for 10 years to support construction of the new library. The levy raises $400,000 over the next decade.

In collaboration with the Royal Ontario Museum, the Scarborough College Art Committee exhibits a rare collection of Medieval Islamic textiles and artifacts. A full program of events includes a lecture by the ROM’s Assistant Curator Prof. Edward Keall titled A Survey of the Muslim World: Historic Places, the Culture and their Geographic Setting and performances by master of Arabic music George Sawa and the classical Arabic Quartet, at the time the only North American music ensemble of Arabic-speaking people.

Former Prime Minister The Rt. Hon. John Diefenbaker, PC, CH, QC, presents the Watt’s Lecture, speaking on Canadian unity. The only Progressive Conservative party leader between 1930 and 1979 to lead the party to an election victory, Diefenbaker did so three times. Many of what are now considered defining features of modern Canada can be traced back to Diefenbaker. While his own Bill of Rights was ineffective, it laid the foundation for the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which came into force after his death. Canada achieved universal adult suffrage with the granting of the vote to Native Canadians in 1960, and the removal of explicit racial discrimination from the criteria for admission to Canada under the Immigration Act of 1961 is considered a major factor in the creation of today’s multi-cultural and multi-ethnic Canada.

A Languages of the World course is offered by the Linguistics program.

The first Student Art Show selects 29 of 58 submissions for display.

1979

For the second consecutive year, Scarborough College and the Royal Ontario Museum collaborate to bring an exhibit to campus. The Anglo-Saxons and their Neighbours included artifacts dating from the 1st to the 11th century from the museum, as well as a facsimile manuscript of the Lin disfarne Gospels lent by the Leonard Library of Wycliffe College and a reproduction of the Ardagh Chalice lent by the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies.

Scarborough College hosts a week-long Humanities Festival featuring lectures, plays, concerts, film viewings and a colloquium on Medieval Civilization.

The Scarborough College Chinese Students’ Association presents an exhibition of paintings by Chinese artist Madame Wong Ying, whose works had been exhibited widely in Hong Kong and Singapore.

As a result of Professor Fred Urquhart’s research on the Monarch Butterfly, Mexican Authorities set aside conservation areas in the Mexican Neovolcanic Plateau to serve as protected areas for the overwintering Monarch Butterflies.

Alumna Cindy Nicholas, CM, is made a member of the Order of Canada. She is later inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

The Scarborough College Gallery marks International Year of the Child with an exhibition of artwork from students at Military Trail Public Elementary School.

Scarborough College launches the Summer Internship Program. The six-week program is an opportunity for bright and highly motivated Grade 12 students to get involved in teaching and research projects. This early exposure to research and the university culture provides a tool for stimulating and encouraging further study among high school students.

1980

Project Handicapped, an SCSC initiative, increases building accessibility for physically disabled persons.

The Rt. Hon. Pierre Trudeau again visits the Scarborough Campus during his campaign for re-election. Every floor with a sightline to the Meeting Place is packed, with people waiting to get just a glimpse of the leader.

The Students’ Cultural Clubs of Scarborough College join forces to host a Cultural Week consisting of a Chinese Day, an Italian Day, a Jewish Day, a German Day and a Mosaic Day.

The Scarborough College Women’s Basketball team wins the University of Toronto’s “Double A” Interfaculty Championship.

The February issue of Newscientist features research by Professor John Kennedy demonstrating blind individuals have untapped abilities to understand and use lines and outlines to depict objects.

In collaboration with Washington, D.C.’s Folger Shakespeare Library, Scarborough College hosts an exhibit of rare Shakespeare texts, the first time the exhibit ever travelled outside the United States. The main features of the display consist of two original quartos of A Midsummer’s Night Dream and Merry Wives of Windsor, and a collotype facsimile of the First Quarto of Titus Andronicus dating back to 1594, making it the earliest of Shakespeare’s plays to be published. The first four folios of Shakespeare’s collected works are also included in the exhibit.

A capital fundraising campaign is launched to raise the last $300,000 of the $2.7 million needed to build the new library.

To raise money for the Scarborough College Library Building Campaign, staff host a Library Levity Christmas dinner and dance for faculty, staff and friends.

British writer, poet and anthologist Robin Skelton gives a poetry reading at the College. His work The Practice of Poetry was used in both the Creative Writing and the English Poetry courses.

World-renowned novelist and social critic Mordecai Richler, CC, presents the Watts Lecture. An essayist throughout his career, Richler contributed to The Atlantic Monthly, Look, The New Yorker, The American Spectator and other magazines. 

1981

A Canadian first: Scarborough College begins offering an undergraduate BSc program in Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology. Students are now able to obtain either a Major or Specialist Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience. This makes U of T the first Canadian university to offer an entire program in Neuroscience, rather than individual courses.

After a nine-year struggle to get approvals and raise funds, construction for the Vincent W. Bladen Library begins.

In conjunction with the Travellers, Traders and Foreigners Colloquium on Medieval Civilization, the Scarborough College Gallery displays medieval artifacts from the Royal Ontario Museum, including an ornate Spanish ironwork lock-plate circa 1500 and Albrecht Durer’s Adoration of the Magi.

Renowned Historian J.M.S. Careless, OC, O. Ont., presents Canadian Federation: The Best Laid Schemes as the Watts Lecture. Careless was a U of T alum and faculty member teaching political, ethnic, urban and intellectual history. A former diplomat, Careless was known for his ability to interpret Canadian history to the general public.

Scarborough College hosts a TV auction to raise money for the new library, netting $6,500.

Psychology Professor John Kennedy is featured in the March issue of the widely circulated Science 81.Kennedy’s article “Seeing Without Eyes” describes his groundbreaking studies of the blind and their innate ability to read lines.

Scarborough College offers its first telecourse. In cooperation with TV Ontario, Scarborough College offers a special half-credit course in moral philosophy to residents of Pickering and Markham. Taught by Professor Paul Thompson, the course has students watch a seven-week series of documentaries on TV and attend weekly meetings at either the Pickering or Markham Public Library, where they participate in seminars led by graduate students.

Nationally recognized artist and writer Roy Kiyooka opens his first show in Toronto in a decade—a photo exhibit—at the campus’s Scarborough Gallery. Kiyooka also gives readings of his literary work and participates in an improvised dance performance with dancer Victoria Tansey.

David Onley (Hon. BA 1975) achieves overnight fame when his space thriller novel Shuttle: A Shattering Novel of Disaster skyrockets to the bestseller list. U.S. astronauts take an autographed copy with them on a Space Shuttle mission. Onley carved out a niche for himself as one of Canada’s leading experts on NASA’s shuttle and space programs, which led to his being hired by City TV as a science and weather specialist, launching a distinguished career first in journalism and being named a Torontonian Most Likely to Succeed by Toronto Life magazine. The prediction was solid: Onley later serves as Ontario’s 28th Lieutenant Governor.

Strike Force, an American action-adventure series produced by Aaron Spelling, airs on ABC in 1981 and 82. An episode was shot at the Scarborough Campus. The show starred Robert Stack as Capt. Frank Murphy, and mixed elements of Stack’s classic TV series The Untouchables with doses of Mission Impossible and Dirty Harry. 

1982

The Vincent W. Bladen Library opens, named for the late professor of Economics and former Dean of U of T’s Faculty of Arts. The new library extends the east side of the R-Wing.

A new student newspaper The Underground publishes its first edition.

Scarborough College wins the Marie Parkes Trophy, which goes to the U of T faculty or college whose women athletes obtain the highest number of points in interfaculty competition, In fact, during the 1981-82 academic year, Scarborough College women’s and men’s teams win five interfaculty awards in basketball, volleyball, tennis and water polo.

The Honourable Flora MacDonald, PC, OC, O Ont. ONS, Canada’s first female Secretary of State for External Affairs and one of the first female foreign ministers anywhere in the world, is also the first female Watts lecturer. MacDonald is also the first woman in Canada to mount a serious campaign for leadership of what was then considered one of the two major governing parties. 

1983

Scarborough College emphasizes its affiliation with the University of Toronto by adopting the name Scarborough Campus, University of Toronto.

The Scarborough Campus starts an interfaculty hockey dynasty by winning the championships of all three divisions two years in a row.

The campus offers, for the first time, free university instruction for the unemployed. The courses don’t provide academic credit, but are intended to help people keep their minds sharp as they look for work.

Author Sheila Watson, best known for her novel The Double Hook, serves a one-week term as writer-in-residence.

Investigation of a Language course is offered by Linguistics. The course allows the students to study a language unfamiliar to the student, usually a non-Indo-European language.

Scarborough Campus tops its previous athletic season by bringing home seven interfaculty championships in six different sports: hockey, basketball, squash, tennis, water polo and skiing.

The Society of Management Accountants of Ontario funds the annual Management Accounting Students of Merit Scholarship. The award goes to the top student completing third year in Management or Management Economics.

1982’s Nobel Peace Prize winner and nuclear disarmament advocate Alfonso Garcia Robles gives a lecture on campus. The presentation was co-sponsored with [or sponsored by] the Scarborough College Alumni Association and the F.B. Watts Memorial Lecture Committee.

World-renowned Catholic theologian Hans Küng presents the Watts Lecture, Martin Luther as an Ecumenical Challenge, to a crowd of nearly 1,000 and receives a standing ovation. Küng, Professor of Ecumenical Theology at the University of Tübingen in West Germany, gained recognition for his controversial and outspoken opinion of the Roman Catholic Church. The Vatican condemned him in 1979, and a year later he resigned his position as the official Catholic Chair of Theology at the university.

Canadian poet and author of 20 books, Gwendolyn MacEwan is writer-in-residence. MacEwan won the 1969 Governor General’s Award for her collection of poetry The Shadow Maker. She went on to be writer-in-residence at the University of Western Ontario in 1985 and at U of T’s St. George Campus in 1986 and 1987.

The Hitchhiker, a mystery anthology series, begins airing on HBO and First Choice in Canada. It had episodes shot at UTSC and was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Overall Sound in a Dramatic Series.

1984

Two new Co-op programs are added, in Arts Administration and International Development Studies.

For continued support to the advancement of amateur sport, Scarborough Campus is awarded a Government of Ontario Citation.

The campus continues to top its interfaculty competition records bringing home a total of eight awards, one more than the previous year.

Scarborough Campus Student Paul Rocchi puts his life in danger to defend a TTC bus driver and is stabbed in the process. He recovers and receives a Metro Toronto Police Civilian Citation for his heroism.

G. Ronald Williams becomes Scarborough Campus’s sixth Principal. Williams had served from 1970 to 1977 as Chair of the Department of Biochemistry at U of T and research blossomed during his tenure, with several department members receiving Canadian Biochemical Society Ayerst awards.

Noted Environmentalist and Broadcaster David Suzuki, CC, OBC, delivers the Watts Lecture, From 1984 Toward the Year 2000.

Joe Rosenblatt, a contemporary of well-known Canadian poets Milton Acorn, Gwendolyn MacEwan and Al Purdy, is the writer-in-residence. Rosenblatt won the Governor General’s Award in 1976 for his collection of poems Top Soil.

The campus receives a $1,000 grant from The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation to fund a series of lectures and seminars for the Arts Administration Co-op program. Some of the lecturers included Arnold Edinborough, the President and CEO of the Council for Business and the Arts; Bill Poole, Academic and Administrative Director of the National Ballet School; and Tom Hendry, the Founder of Toronto Free Theatre.

Professor Michael Gervers is aboard a flight carrying 255 passengers from Srinagar to Dehli, India, when the plane is hijacked. After a forced landing in Lahore, Pakistan, and a 17-hour standoff, the hijackers let the passengers go and surrender to authorities.

The Orford String Quartet, considered one of the best in the world and the winner of the 1974 European Broadcasting Union’s International String Quartet Competition, performs at Scarborough Campus.

Two Scarborough College staff members—Professor Bill Graham and Penelope Laycock—sail across the Atlantic Ocean together, embarking at Oshawa Marina and landing in Vilamoura, a city on Portugal’s Algarve Coast.

English Actor Nicholas Pennell visits Scarborough Campus as a guest lecturer in the Later Shakespeare class. Pennell was a regular on English television before moving to Stratford, Ontario, in the 1970s.

The new students’ residences open in December, increasing the capacity of the Student Village from 252 people to 394.

1985

The Student Village Centre, formerly the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce building, opens its doors to students.

Scarborough Campus wins 10 interfaculty competitions in downhill skiing, basketball, water polo, tennis and volleyball.  
 
Stephen Lewis, Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, is the annual Watts Lecturer.  He delivers a speech entitled How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the UN.
 
Joan Foley, former Principal of Scarborough College, is appointed Vice-President and Provost of the University of Toronto and becomes the first female Provost at U of T.

Well-known Canadian jazz guitarists Ed Bickert and Lorne Lofsky perform in the Meeting Place as part of a series of Sunday afternoon concerts on campus. Bickert has performed all over the world, and Lofsky is a stalwart of the Toronto jazz scene. The concert draws media attention and City TV sends a camera person and reporter to interview Bickert and film part of the concert.

Pianist Marc Widner takes part in the Scarborough Campus concert series. Widner was a silver medalist in the 1975 Geneva International Competition as well as first place prize winner for piano at the 1981 Canadian Music Competition. 

1986

Scarborough Campus's Olive Howell receives her BA in English at age 87, becoming the oldest person to graduate from the University of Toronto.

Ever the activist campus, classes are halted as students attend a rally at Convocation Hall on the St. George Campus to protest underfunding.

Scarborough College receives funding from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities for a new soil erosion research facility.  The new facility is to consist of a 25-metre flume, making it one of the largest in North America.  The flume not only will attract researchers from around the world due to its mere size, but also because of its highly unique segmented design. 
 
Scarborough wins eight interfaculty championships for flag football, soccer, tennis, volleyball and hockey.
 
Unionist Robert White, the national president of the Canadian Auto Workers Union, and the vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress,  presents the annual Watts Lecture.  He discusses Canada’s Unions: Looking to the future.

The Great Computer Race takes place on U of T Day. Students on tricycles, tandem bicycles, wheelchairs and hospital beds race through streets all over the GTA.

 

 

 

 

1987

For the first time on a U of T campus, smoking is restricted to specific areas.

Jonathan Mastin, son of Bruce Mastin (BSc, 1971 and Founding President of the SCSC), becomes the first second-generation Scarborough student.

While attending classes as a mature student, Doris McCarthy, 77, is named to the Order of Canada recognizing her outstanding career as an artist and teacher.

The Scarborough Campus football team completes an undefeated season and wins the Mulock Cup for the second year in a row.

To celebrate its rich arts history, Scarborough Campus holds Encore: Festival of the Arts, a week-long event that showcases performing and visual arts.

The Scarborough Campus acts as a set for episodes of Canadian TV show Adderly.

1988

Construction begins on the Soil Erosion Lab, the first campus building dedicated exclusively to research. The lab will consist of a long flume that will give scientists a real-life look at how erosion happens.

The Canadian-American science fiction series War of the Worlds, an extension of the original 1953 film, begins airing. Episodes were shot at UTSC.

Nine teams and individuals are honoured as winners for U of T’s interfaculty competitions in skiing, tennis, football, rugby, skiing and volleyball.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1989

Scarborough Campus celebrates its 25th anniversary with an Open House, Homecoming Weekend, and Alumni Reunion.

Scarborough graduate Dr. Paul Thompson (BA, 1970), a professor of Philosophy and Zoology, is appointed Principal and Dean. Thompson was a faculty member at UTSC during the 1970s, where he introduced a course that brought a philosophical approach to current social issues. He later became Chair of Humanities at U of T from 1987 to 1989. As UTSC Principal and Dean, he would go on to oversee expansion of UTSC’s Co-op program, the introduction of the Bachelor of Business Administration degree and the strengthening of environmental sciences at the campus.

Canadian TV drama E.N.G., which had episodes shot at UTSC, begins airing on CTV. The show follows the staff of a fictional Toronto television news station and stars Victor Garber who would later play Jack Brisow in Alias and Canadian ambassador to Iran Ken Taylor in the Academy Award-winning film Argo; Sherry Miller, a real life former Global News anchor, plays weathercaster turned co-anchor. 

Scarborough Campus makes a clean sweep in athletics, bringing home both the T.A. Reed and Marie Parkes Trophies.  These awards are presented to the U of T college or faculty which accumulates the greatest number of points based on participation and championships in men’s and women’s interfaculty competition. 

1990

The N'Sheemaehn Child Care Centre opens for children of students, staff, faculty and the local community. The centre’s indoor spaces are thoughtfully linked to generous outdoor play areas, and the building is nestled in the wooded surroundings.

The West Village opens, creating a second residential area on campus, bringing the total number of residence spaces to 536.

The Watts Lecture is delivered by Ed Mirvish, OC, CBE, whose talk is entitled You Don’t Have to Know Too Much About Theatre to Make it Work. The Canadian businessman, philanthropist and theatre impresario was known for his flagship business Honest Ed’s. A patron of the arts, Mirvish was instrumental in revitalizing Toronto’s theatre scene. 

1991

The new Department of Management and Economics takes over commerce and economics courses, which had previously been offered by the Department of Social Sciences. This advances the expansion of business education on campus.

Canadian/French crime-fighting espionage series Counterstrike, which had scenes shot at UTSC, begins airing on CTV.

1992

The campus’ oldest resident and former groundskeeper for the McLean estate, Frank Harbutt, celebrates his 100th birthday. Harbutt lived at the groundskeeper’s house in the Ravine until July.

1993

The Leigha Lee Browne Theatre opens in the old TV studio, designed by one of Canada's foremost theatre architects, Robert Smith.

UTSC launches the Environmental Sciences Program, recognized to this day as a leader in research and teaching.

A horrible fire rages through the barn in the Ravine, destroying $1 million worth of drama props, equipment and furniture.

 

 

 

 

1994

An early adopter, the Bladen Library establishes a World Wide Web site.

The Scarborough Campus Women's Centre opens to promote education about feminism and provide resources and references on women’s issues.

Ground breaks for Phase III of the residential area on campus.  This phase will accommodate 142 more students.

1995

Photos of each graduating class are installed in the hallway linking the R-Wing and H-Wing, and the corridor becomes known as the Hall of Excellence.

The Key, a new co-ed fitness facility, opens its doors.

Canada’s first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space, Dr. Roberta Bondar, OC, O Ont., delivers the 25th Watts Lecture. A distinguished scientist, Bondar received her PhD in Neuroscience from U of T in 1974. She is a recipient of the NASA Space Medal, has received over 22 honourary degrees and has been inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame. Bondar flew on the Space Shuttle Discovery in January 1992, performing experiments in the Spacelab. As a photographer, Bondar focuses on the natural environment and she has since authored four photo essay books, including Passionate Vision featuring Canada’s national parks. 

 

1996

Scarborough Campus is officially renamed the University of Toronto at Scarborough, or UTSC.

Over 5,000 students receive computer accounts to access the Internet, e-mail services, course web pages, commercial software packages and personal websites. 

1998

Plans for the new Academic Resource Centre (the ARC) are unveiled. The new space will bring together the Bladen Library, the Computing Centre and other services to form a unique hub for out-of-classroom learning.

The Province of Ontario designates the Miller Lash House and Ice House historic buildings under the Ontario Heritage Act, Part IV.

The TV series Animorphs, a 26-episode adaptation of the Scholastic book series of the same name, starts filming at UTSC and is broadcast on Nickelodeon in the U.S. and Canada between 1998 and 2000. 

2000

UTSC begins offering U of T’s only Bachelor of Business Administration.

The University receives a grant from the Canada Millennium Partnership Program to restore the Miller Lash House. Lyne Dellandrea (BA 1976) is the project’s restoration coordinator. 

 

 

 

 

 

2001

UTSC students make the largest single financial commitment to the University of Toronto in its 174-year history, pledging over $20 million for the construction of the Student Centre.

UTSC is officially named the Co-op Campus for the University of Toronto recognizing more than 25 years of co-operative education programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2002

Three hundred people attend the double ground-breaking and inauguration ceremony for the new UTSC Academic Resource Centre and a suite-style student residence building. Guests get a first glance at the architectural drawings of the residence and Academic Resource Centre as well as the proposed design of the Doris McCarthy Gallery. The new residence will accommodate 230 students.

UTSC Computer Science graduate Wojciech Golab is the first UTSC student to receive the John Black Aird Award. The award is given to the top graduate from a bachelor’s degree program across all University of Toronto campuses.

UTSC begins offering Modern Standard Chinese, an introduction to Mandarin.

UTSC alum Adrian Aitcheson designs the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games outfits for Canada and the U.S. as well as the parade uniforms and casual wear for the United Kingdom.

The offbeat Canadian romantic comedy Men With Brooms (2002), starring and directed by Paul Gross, is filmed at UTSC. The story about a reunited small town curling team also starred Leslie Neilsen and Molly Parker. Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip made a cameo appearance in the film along with Winnipeg curler and three-time Brier champion Jeff Stoughton. 

2003

The Academic Resource Centre opens, featuring a 500-seat lecture hall, a performance hall, the Doris McCarthy Gallery, the renovated Vincent W. Bladen Library and the Sun Microsystems Informatics Commons—one of the country’s few digital libraries. Designed by Halifax-based architect and urban designer Brian MacKay-Lyons, the ARC contributes significantly to the formation of the east-west pedestrian walkway running through the heart of the campus. This is one of several new facilities, part of a major expansion designed to meet the demand of the double-cohort and the baby boom echo generation this is estimated to double the student population at UTSC. CBC Journalist Joe Schlesinger delivers the inaugural lecture.

Joan Foley Hall, a new student residence, opens. The 231-bed apartment-style residence is named in honour of the University’s first female provost and the first female principal of UTSC. The four-story structure sits at the crest of the ravine, its sculptural, glazed tower visually anchoring the eastern end of the campus’s pedestrian spine. Clustered apartments are distributed to maximize natural light. Environmental responsibility played an important role in the design, and the building is considered energy efficient.

Joint programs in journalism, new media studies and paramedicine are established with Scarborough-based Centennial College, combining the very best of university and college learning.

UTSC introduces a trimester system enhancing opportunities for year-round study and co-op programs.

The New York Times lists UTSC Psychology Professor John Kennedy’s research on blind persons’ perception as one of the Top Ideas of 2002.

Construction on the 60,000-square-foot Arts and Administration Building begins.

Construction of the Management Wing begins. The 48,000-square-foot building is being funded mostly by the students, who voted to contribute $60 per full-time student per year for the next 30 years.

UTSC alum and CFL player Steve Howlett becomes the new Varsity Blues Football Coach.

U of T receives the Corporate Award from The Canadian Foundation of Physically Disabled Persons for our work in accessibility.

2004

UTSC hits middle age! The campus celebrates its 40th anniversary as the largest graduating class in campus history. At a series of special events and activities on the weekend of October 14 – 16, twenty-five leading Canadians are honoured as 40th Anniversary Award recipients (and Great Minds banners), including women’s hockey player Dr. Justine Blainey-Baker (1995), Molecular Biologist and Founder of several biotech companies Dr. Tony Cruz (1974), U of T Chief Advancement Officer Dr. Jon Dellandrea (1973), Editor-in-Chief of the Atlanta-based ART PAPERS Sylvie Fortin (1986), Taste of the Danforth Executive Director and Founder Sue Graham-Nutter (1981), Founder and President of Visions of Science Francis Jeffers (1978), Political Commentator for CBC Chris Waddell (1974), and Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Ipsos-Reid John Wright, among many others.

The spectacular, new three-storey Management Building opens. Designed by Kuwabaraayne McKenna Blumberg Architects, the building’s exhilarating four-storey atrium provides a communal focus for students. The new building signals a renewed appreciation of the key role of business and co-op programs at UTSC.

The new, $1.1-million Doris McCarthy Gallery showcases contemporary art and becomes the permanent home to 10 of McCarthy’s most important canvases. Its first exhibition, Everything Which Is Yes, features the work of its namesake.

The state-of-the-art Environmental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Centre is the first of its kind in Canada dedicated to research in environmental science.

The Student Centre and first on-campus restaurant, Bluff's, open. The dramatic three-storey structure houses the offices of student organizations and student affairs, the health centre, the equity office, a food court, the campus’s first restaurant/pub (Bluff’s), a multi-faith chapel, the campus radio station, a games room, study areas and retail stores. Designed by Stantec Architects Inc., it is an uncompromisingly modern building. Environmental sustainability played an important role in the design. The architects worked closely with student stakeholders exploring innovative techniques to support the efficient use of energy and resources. Eighteen tons of steel from demolition at the Royal Ontario Museum, which was building its Daniel Libeskind-designed crystal, are reused in the building. The Student Centre achieves LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Status.

Professor Kwong-loi Shun becomes the new Vice-President and Principal of the campus. He is the eighth Principal in the campus’s 40-year history. A distinguished scholar and accomplished academic administrator, Shun previously served as Dean of the undergraduate division of the College of Letters and Science at UC Berkeley. Shun is a professor of Chinese philosophy and the author of numerous articles and reviews who completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Hong Kong, the University of London and Oxford University, and his PhD at Stanford University. At U of T, Shun holds an appointment in UTSC’s Department of Humanities and in the graduate Departments of Philosophy and East Asian Studies.

UTSC alumna Merika Ramudo is awarded the 3rd annual Pfizer Award for Emerging Arts Managers. The award is presented to a Canadian who has contributed two to five years of arts-management skills to the cultural sector and has outstanding volunteerism and entrepreneurial skills. Ramundo was chosen for her ability and drive to further enhance development in the arts, and for her contributions the Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre.

UTSC student Kaley McLean competes in the 50 m backstroke and 50 m butterfly at the 2004 12th Summer Paralympic Games in Athens. McLean was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of two, and doctors said she would never walk. Nineteen years later, she’s an Olympic athlete.

2005

The new Master of Environmental Science degree is the first U of T graduate program to be completely based at the Scarborough Campus.

UTSC’s Student Centre wins a Green Design award from the City of Toronto.

The innovative Green Path program is launched recruiting top students from China. The name translates as “the way to success.”

The four-storey Arts and Administration building opens, complete with music and visual arts studios and a 300-seat lecture theatre. For most visitors to the campus, the Arts and Administration Building, designed by Montgomery Sisam Architects, is the point of orientation and welcoming. The campus’s seat of governance, the Council Chamber, is a tall and grand room located at the south end of the building, which is also the heart of the campus. The slender courtyard formed between the Arts and Administration Building and the Bladen Wing was designed by Janet Rosenburg Associates, and presents subtly angled walkways amidst varied plant material and pleasant night lighting.

A new, super-powerful supercomputer upgrades the UTSC math lab expanding research opportunities for undergraduates.

For the first time in campus history, a management student does his Co-op term working for himself. Rocky Zhou becomes a fashion industry entrepreneur.

UTSC alumnus Bill Blair is appointed Chief of the Toronto Police Service on April 26th.

UTSC offers Arabic language courses.

UTSC takes part in fundraising for relief efforts to help those affected by the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami that happened on Boxing Day 2004.By the end of January, UTSC students had raised $25,000 for the Red Cross.

UTSC Professor John Youson was awarded the Fry Medal for 2005 by the Canadian Society of Zoologists. The Fry Medal is the most prestigious award granted by the Society and is presented to a Canadian Scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of zoology during their career.

UTSC’s South Asian Alliance dance team takes XX place at the annual South Asian Dance Competition. This event features performers from 14 different Canadian universities and is the largest university cultural event in Canada.

Two UTSC professors are inducted into The Royal Society of Canada. Professor John M. Kennedy is elected to the Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences for being a leader in perception and cognition research, and whose work influences basic theory and new practices for the blind. Professor Albero O. Mendelzonis is elected into the Academy of Science’s Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division for being a leader in database theory and a dominant Canadian Researcher in data management.

The Buddhist Education Foundation held a vegetarian banquet that raised $24,000, which will go towards UTSC’s Buddhist Studies Program.

IMANI, which means “faith” in Swahili, starts out in 2005 by mentoring a handful of high school students in a UTSC classroom with the goal of helping more black youth get to university. Today, with support from founding donor and UTSC alum Mary Anne Chambers, it has grown to serve 120 mentees each week at high schools, elementary schools and library sites throughout Scarborough.

Director Ron Howard releases Cinderella Man, the story of American heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock, which was filmed at locations in Toronto including UTSC. The film stars Academy Award-winners Russell Crowe and Renée Zellweger, and Golden Globe and Emmy winner Paul Giamatti.

Resident Evil: Afterlife, the Canadian-German 3D science fiction horror film written and directed by Paul Anderson is filmed at UTSC. The film, based on the Capcom survival horror video game, stars Milla Jovovich and Ali Lartner, and is Anderson’s second time to direct the series. The film was released in 2010 and became the highest-grossing entry of the series.

2006

UTSC drops the “at” in its name and is now known as the University of Toronto Scarborough.

A $4 million gift, the largest in UTSC’s history, is donated by the Hong Kong Buddhist organization Tung Lin Kok Yuen to support Buddhist studies. This donation supports UTSC’s Buddhist Studies program and is the largest monetary donation received by the campus.

UTSC partners with the ecological group Evergreen to enhance the natural environment on campus and provide experiential learning for students interested in environmental issues. Each year, students plant trees, shrubs and an organic vegetable garden as well as undertaking other environmental-stewardship initiatives.

The new University Playing Fields baseball diamond opens at UTSC and becomes the permanent home for the U of T Varsity Blues baseball team.

UTSC gains three new undergraduate scholarships supported by the Canadian Federation of University Women. The gift is part of the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund II program, which allows the Canadian Federation of University Women donation to be matched by the provincial government, bringing the total endowment to $112,000.

Ground is broken for the new Science Research Building. This building will house 16 new laboratories, office space, meeting rooms, lounge areas and a 250-seat lecture theatre.

U of T alum Dr. Sheela Basrur, O Ont., presents the Watts Lecture, speaking about Healthy Weight: Healthy Life. Widely hailed for her leadership as Toronto’s Chief Medical Officer of Health during the SARS crisis, Basrur also implemented a city-wide ban on cigarette smoking. 

2007

Professor Franco Vaccarino becomes the new Principal, UTSC, and Vice-President, University of Toronto. Vaccarino started his career at UTSC in 1984 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Vaccarino had worked in several executive capacities at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health before returning to U of T as Chair of the Department of Psychology, where he was also responsible for the tri-campus graduate program. During his seven years at the helm, he would oversee significant growth in student and faculty populations as well as a new phase of growth on the North Campus. He would be instrumental in reorganizing academic departments and developing a new master plan. Vaccarino would go on to become President of the University of Guelph.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper appoints alumnus David Onley (BA, 1975) Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor, the Queen’s representative. The long-time City TV journalist was a student council president during his undergraduate years.

UTSC establishes a Sustainability Office to further incorporate environmental awareness and measures into daily campus operations.

UTSC introduces courses in Sanskrit.

Mathematics Professor Lisa Jeffrey, one of relatively few women in the discipline, is named to The Royal Society of Canada in recognition of her work in SymplecticGeometry—the intersection of mathematics and physics.

In recognition of women’s needs and religious diversity on campus, the Recreation Centre begins offering Women’s Only Workouts (WOW).

A new UTSC Student Travel Fund is established to help support student travel to conferences and for? research.

Jean Clottes, a French Archaeologist that led a team to find the world’s oldest rock, the 35,000-year-old Chauvet Cave, presents the annual Watt’s Lecture. His lecture, entitled The Original Masterpiece: Explore the Earliest Cave Art, speaks to the significance of his findings.

UTSC launches the BikeShare program, a partnership between the University’s Student Union and the UTSC Bike Movement , aimed at promoting a green and cost-efficient way to get around.

UTSC hosts the Tung Lin Kok Yuen International Buddhist Art Conference.

2008

The new Science Research Building opens. Designed by Moriyama & Teshima Architects to encourage interdisciplinary approaches to the physical, environmental and life sciences, the innovative plans establish research clusters in an open-concept setting for maximum collaboration. The facility houses 16 laboratories, offices for faculty and research assistants, and a 235-seat lecture theatre. Its location, footprint and materials make the Science Building a familial architectural extension of the Andrews Building and a recommitment to the original vision for the campus.

Using the Environmental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Centre, UTSC’s Myrna Simpson, Dudley Williams and Andre Simpson publish research demonstrating that global warming increases the danger of soil erosion by changing its molecular structure.

UTSC introduces new Mandarin language courses for non-heritage students, Hindi language courses and Tamil language courses.

UTSC partners with the nearby Toronto Zoo, developing a new undergraduate course on zoos and conservation, taught jointly with UTSC faculty and research staff from the zoo.

2009

The first annual Rainbow Tie Gala helps raise awareness about positive space and celebrates LGBT individuals at UTSC.

UTSC and East Scarborough Storefront, with support from the Galin Foundation and United Way Toronto, partner to develop shared community programming, research and education. The City Studies program is the first of many UTSC courses in which students have the opportunity to volunteer in the community.

UTSC offers courses in Japanese.

The Psychology department offers Canada’s first undergraduate program in Mental Health Studies.

2010

UTSC students pass a tuition levy that will contribute $30 million over approximately 25 years toward the planned $205 million Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre at UTSC, due to open before the 2015 Games.

Celebrated artist and UTSC benefactor Doris McCarthy (BA 1989) dies at age 100. Her estate donates more than 200 works of art to the Doris McCarthy Gallery along with her photographs, correspondence, journals and keepsakes. The value of the collection has been appraised at almost $4 million.

UTSC launches a doctoral program in Environmental Science, the first PhD to be administered solely at UTSC.

English and Philosophy become full-fledged academic departments, reflecting their strong scholarly presence and reputation on campus.

UTSC begins hosting weekly Farmer’s Markets from June through October to promote sustainability and buying local. Vendors from the Greater Toronto Area sell fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, cheese, honey and much more. Through sustainable-food production practices, all vendors produce locally grown farm products within Ontario and the GTA.

UTSC Senior Lecturer Connie Guberman receives the Canadian Urban Institute’s Urban Leadership Award for her work on safety and resilience in Canadian cities. Guberman has been teaching a course on violence against women since 1990, the year of the Montreal Massacre, and continues to inspire the next generation of leaders, educators and activists in her courses year after year.

 

2011

In a historic agreement with Parks Canada, the University of Toronto Scarborough takes a leading role in the transformation of the Rouge Valley into Canada’s first national urban park. A memorandum of understanding signed with Parks Canada establishes UTSC as the primary research and educational partner with Parks Canada as the agency launches the planning process for the new Rouge National Urban Park. Rouge Park is already one of North America’s largest urban parks. At 47 square kilometres, the Rouge is 10 times larger than New York’s Central Park, 30 times larger than London’s Hyde Park, and its location on the border of Scarborough and Pickering puts it within driving distance of 20 per cent of Canada’s population.

Total Recall, a remake of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger blockbuster, is filmed on campus. The film stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston and Bill Nighy.

A state-of-the-art demonstration lab begins changing the way students engage with the field of Psychology and positions UTSC at the forefront of high-tech undergraduate education. The new lab begins offering an imaging course in which undergraduates gain in-depth experience with four methodologies: functional magnetic resonance imaging (fRMI), electroencephalogram (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). The new demonstration lab is also outfitted with live videoconferencing capabilities

The Women and Gender Studies program celebrates 25 years at UTSC. Launched in 1986 under the Department of Humanities, it included six faculty members, most of whom were cross-appointed. From its earliest days, the program has been interdisciplinary, drawing from philosophy, social sciences, English literature, life sciences and other disciplines.

UTSC student Paige Schultz brings home a bronze medal from the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. She was one of the women on Canada’s 4X100-metre relay team, which clocked in at 3:48.37, placing behind a record-setting U.S. team and Brazil.

Andrew Stark, UTSC Professor of Management, receives a Fulbright Scholar Award and spends an academic year at Columbia University conducting research for his book about U.S. intellectual property conflicts. His book, A Theory of Intellectual Property in America, examines the contentious U.S. legal battles over patents and copyright through the lens of philosophy.

Nick Eyles, Professor in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at Scarborough and in the Department of Geology at the St. George Campus, is awarded the 2012 Geosciences in the Media Award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the world’s largest professional geological society. The award is presented for notable journalistic achievements that contribute to public understanding of geology, energy resources and the technology of oil and gas exploration.

The new Instructional Centre (IC) opens on campus, increasing academic space by 25 per cent and inaugurating expansion north of Ellesmere. At 165,000 square feet, the $78 million IC is the largest building to be constructed at UTSC since 1966, when the original Andrews Building was completed. It offers more student study rooms, lecture halls and classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art digital technology; a high-tech trading floor with double-monitor workstations and an LCD stock ticker; and a microprocessor lab. Also LEED Silver–certified, the building features green roofs and solar panels on the rooftop. The IC is supported by a $35 million investment by the Government of Canada, through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, and a matching $35-million contribution from the Government of Ontario

The back gym of the Athletic Centre becomes temporary home to the Canadian National Wheelchair Rugby Team, who spent a full week on campus for training camp. Wheelchair rugby, nothing like the sport of rugby played by other athletes, is played indoors on a hardwood court. Developed in Canada in 1977, the game was originally called “murderball.”

Professor Noam Chomsky, one of the world’s pre-eminent scholars and intellectuals, delivers his lecture Academic Freedom and the Corporatization of Universities. Professor Chomsky speaks about the corporatization of higher-learning institutions and how they have led to fundamental shifts in educational, research and cultural priorities in universities across North America.

UTSC students receive outstanding honours at graduation. Timour Al-Khindi—a student in the Neuroscience specialist Co-op Program and a major psychology—wins the 2011 Governor General's Silver Medal for science earning the highest marks among all science students graduating from U of T in 2011. Al-Khindi was nominated by Psychology Professor Michael Inzlicht. Juan Ma, a BBA graduate specializing in Economics for Management Studies, wins the 2011 Governor’s General Silver Award for the highest marks among all arts students graduating this year and the John Black Aird Scholarship for being the top graduating student overall among all three University of Toronto campuses and undergraduate programs for 2011.

Project Nim, a documentary by Academy Award-winning director James Marsh, is chosen from among thousands of entries to open the Sundance Film Festival. Project Nim Chimsky was started by researchers at Columbia University including UTSC Cognitive Neuroscientist Laura-Ann Petitto. It is the story of raising an infant ape named Nim in a rich social and loving context, and their attempts to teach him American Sign Language.

The Environmental Science program provides students with a unique research camp opportunity in Iceland to see how oceans widen by spreading along what are called mid-ocean ridges. The program brings students and faculty together for 10 days abroad, creating incredible learning opportunities for students far outside a traditional, formal classroom atmosphere.

In response to a student-led environmental campaign, all three U of T campuses stop selling bottled water. The Breaking up with Bottled Water campaign was the end result of three years of discussion with the student group Public Water Initiative (PWI). Principal and Vice-President Franco Vaccarino officially initiates the UTSC’s ban on the sale of bottled water on campus with an event at the Meeting Place. Although bottled water is not completely banned on the UTSC campus, it will no longer be provided at University functions, sold in vending machines or by on-campus restaurants and vendors. A survey showed 80 per cent of students supported an end to bottled water sales on campus. As a result, the university installed new water fountains and filling stations to make it easier for students, staff and faculty to fill up their own reusable bottles.

U of T President David Naylor renames the UTSC baseball diamond the “Dan Lang Field,” in honour of Professor Dan Lang, who coached the Varsity Blues for 13 seasons, leading them to two provincial championships.

2012

Construction begins on the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, jointly owned by U of T and the City of Toronto, which will include a major aquatic facility.

UTSC sets a fundraising target of $35 million as it joins U of T’s Boundless campaign.

Six new academic departments are created from the former Departments of Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing the total to 13. The original Scarborough College had just three divisions.

UTSC signs its first college academic transfer agreement, with Seneca College.

The new Centre for Critical Development Studies becomes home to UTSC’s pioneering, interdisciplinary International Development Studies program.

In conjunction with the East Scarborough Storefront, UTSC offers free tennis lessons to children from priority neighbourhoods, supported by a bequest from the estate of Henry Norrington.

 

 

2013

Miller Lash House, now used for functions and conferences, celebrates its 100th birthday.

Construction starts on the $65-million Environmental Science and Chemistry Building, due to open in 2015.

UTSC begins offering a PhD in Clinical Psychology, a program that will bolster mental health support services in the Province of Ontario. It will augment a graduate program in applied psychology at U of T’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) that has long been accredited for training clinical and counseling psychologists.

A partnership with Toronto Community Housing brings local youth aged 14-16 to campus to play late-night basketball at the Midnight Madness summer program. Jamaal Magloire, a former Toronto Raptor and current basketball development consultant and community ambassador, throws his support behind the program. Magloire grew up in Scarborough and played in UTSC’s summer community basketball league as a teen before being drafted to the NBA.

UTSC students organize U of T’s first TEDx event, based on the famous TED talks. The event trends locally on Twitter after the first session of speakers, then nationally by the afternoon session.

UTSC partners with the local community group Malvern Action for Neighbourhood Change to create an urban farm in Rouge Park.

Wheelchair Basketball Canada locates its elite National Academy at UTSC, aiming for future Paralympic gold.

U of T’s Governing Council establishes the 28-member UTSC Campus Council, giving the campus greater autonomy in curricular and administrative matters.

A team of University of Toronto Scarborough students wins the UTSC-hosted LIVE Competition, one of the most challenging business-case competitions in the country, a first for UTSC. Another UTSC team placed third in the eight-year-old event.

A $1 million gift from the TD Bank Group enables UTSC to build on its reputation as a leader in the field of environmental and biological science. The gift funds undergraduate and graduate students with research scholarships and creates the TD Limited Term Professorship in Urban Forest Conservation and Biology. The professorship focuses on research and teaching expertise in the field of environmental and/or biological science.

Twenty-four new faculty members join UTSC, 15 of who are filling newly created positions. Five hold the rank of associate or full professor with 11 out of the 15 academic units at UTSC adding at least one new faculty member.

Three UTSC researchers - all in the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences (CMS) - receive Sloan Research Fellowships. The two-year, $50,000 awards are given by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to early-career scientists and scholars that it considers to have outstanding promise. The Sloan Foundation awarded 10 fellowships in Canada this year, five of those to U of T researchers. Of only 10 Sloan Fellowships awarded in Canada this year, an unprecedented total of three went to researchers in UTSC’s CMS department.

Ruslan Salakhutdinov and six other talented researchers from around the globe receive a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow. This honour has been awarded to fewer than 60 computer science researchers since the program launched in 2005. Salakhutdinov, an assistant professor of statistics in UTSC’s Department of Computer and10th Mathematical Sciences, has developed methods used at Microsoft, Google, IBM and Netflix. His work allows computers to make sense of vast amounts of data and improves their ability to conduct tasks like web searches, image retrieval and speech recognition.

The University of Toronto Scarborough begins welcoming students recruited directly from Taiwan under a new program called FAIR-Taiwan. The first 19 Taiwanese student participants enroll in an eight-week program that prepares them to start undergraduate studies at UTSC for the 2013-2014 academic year. Recruited through FAIR-Taiwan (Facilitated Admissions International Recruitment) from the country’s top 10 high schools, they spend the summer in student residences, learning about life in Canada and honing their academic and language skills.

On World Hunger Day, UTSC Professor Herbert J. Kronzucker receives the Science for a Better Life award from Bayer, Inc. The award pays tribute to outstanding individuals who contribute to society through science and innovation. His research looks at ways of increasing rice production and alleviating world hunger.

Professor Larry Sawchuk is one of three recipients of the University of Toronto’s President’s Teaching Awards in recognition for his work with students in the Anthropology program at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Cindy Bongard becomes the first PhD to graduate from UTSC's groundbreaking doctoral program in environmental science. Launched in 2010, UTSC's doctoral program in environmental science prepares the next generation of scientists to explore and grapple with the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. It is the first PhD at U of T to be solely administered on the UTSC campus.

UTSC sociology and criminology graduate Jeffery Alderdice (BA, 1990) is awarded the Canadian Medal of Bravery by the Governor General for saving the life of a U.S. Army officer in Afghanistan while serving there as a police training officer.

Zindel Segal, a pioneer in the emerging field of mindfulness-based psychotherapy, joins UTSC in the fall as the director of training in UTSC’s new Graduate Department in Psychological Clinical Science. Segal’s research focuses on mindfulness as a way to prevent relapses of depression.

Twenty-nine education professionals from the People’s Republic of China spend two weeks at UTSC learning about post-secondary education works in Ontario and forging stronger ties between the U of T and China. The Academic Leadership Institute offers an opportunity for delegates from Jiangxi province to explore the University of Toronto specifically, but also get a better understanding of Ontario’s post-secondary education system in general. It is the largest delegation to visit UTSC from the People’s Republic of China.

A delegation from UTSC rings the opening bell at the Toronto Stock Exchange. UTSC Principal Franco Vaccarino and faculty and staff from the Department of Management were invited to ring the opening bell to celebrate the recent opening of UTSC’s new state-of-the-art Finance and Trading Lab. The lab is an experiential learning centre for financial education and research, and provides a hands-on learning experience for students interested in finance and its real-world applications, while supporting the research needs of the UTSC faculty.

The Centre for Climate Change Research is established in Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi Province, China, at Northwest University. Researchers from both institutions will study ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to change that is already under way. The new partnership between UTSC and China’s Northwest University will help researchers in both institutions learn how to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.

A new groundbreaking specialist degree in Management & International Business (MIB) is launched. MIB students study for a semester at a business school abroad and receive a co-op placement there. It is U of T’s only undergraduate international business program and the only such program in Canada with a mandatory study-abroad component.

The new, responsive design of the UTSC website receives a Best in Class award in the University category at the Interactive Media Awards in December. The new design is adapted for mobile, tablet and desktop users. It is recognized for being more visually engaging, with larger photographs and seamlessly integrated rich media content.

Professor Herbert Kronzucker is invited to Seattle to speak at an international conference hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The conference focuses on how to help small-scale farmers in impoverished regions improve their agricultural yields, specifically in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia, with researchers advising the Gates Foundation on promising root, soil and micro-organism research.

For the first time in UTSC history, Mengtian Bao, a Computer and Mathematical Science student, wins three of the top U of T graduation awards: the Governor General’s Academic Medal for the highest academic standing; the John Black Aird Scholarship for the most outstanding undergraduate; and the Rose Sheinin Award for the most outstanding female science graduate.

The University of Toronto launches the Co-Curricular Record (CCR) enabling students to record skills and competencies gained through approved extracurricular activities in an official University of Toronto document. The CCR was developed in response to focus groups regarding school spirit and engagement conducted in 2010. Phase One of the program launched with 32 partners including all three U of T campuses and the Office of Student Life. There are a select number of activities included in the database in this first phase, but activities are added on a continual basis.

2014

UTSC celebrates its 50th anniversary as its student population reaches 11,000.

Professor Bruce Kidd becomes interim -President and Principal of UTSC, and a search begins for the 10th UTSC Principal. Kidd previously served as Warden of Hart House from 2012, was Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Health from 1998 to 2010, and is a former Olympian and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre is selected by Swimming Canada as the venue for Canada’s 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Swimming Trials.

Award-winning Canadian novelist Miriam Toews begins mentoring the next generation of writers as the University of Toronto Scarborough’s new writer-in-residence. Toews visits classes, facilitates workshops, delivers readings and consults with students on manuscripts in progress.

World-renowned Primatologist and Chimpanzee Expert Jane Goodall delivers a message of hope to a packed audience at the 37th Watts Lecture. The Jane Goodall Institute supports a range of global projects including community-based conservation initiatives, chimpanzee sanctuaries, primatology research, a youth-empowerment program called Roots & Shoots, and micro-credit programs to support sustainable businesses started by women. Dr. Goodall spoke passionately about the need to make positive change, no matter how small or incremental.

A group of UTSC students invents a new app that adds flare to photo posting and sharing through social media, and releases it on the Apples iTunes store. Colopal gives users the ability to add their own animations, colours, frames and other patterns to images, and also allows users to create their own greeting cards and upload maps among other things.

A record number of alumni—close to 500—return to UTSC to celebrate Spring Reunion. Highlights of this year’s reunion, which coincided with the 50th anniversary of the UTSC campus, included the LGBTQ Spring Soirée, SHAKER For Young Alumni, Stress-Free Degree Lectures, the 50th Anniversary Ceremony, Spring Reunion & Pre-AGM BBQ.

UTSC is one of the venues across Scarborough and East York hosting local, Canadian and world cinema, with screenings and on-stage conversations for the second annual Scarborough Film Festival. The Festival offers special educational programming for youth and families, and brings the bright lights of the big screen to the eastern GTA. U of T is the Festival’s Presenting Sponsor. Sixteen features and 18 shorts from 20 countries around the world were screened.

For the second consecutive year, U of T's top student comes from UTSC. Shan Arora graduates with an honours bachelor of science degree, a double major in economics and mental health studies and a minor in French. In honour of his accomplishments, he receives the John Black Aird Scholarship for the top student at all three U of T campuses, as well as a Governor General’s Silver Medal for his standing as one of the University’s most academically outstanding graduates.

UTSC continues its pioneering tradition of employing the latest technology to deliver its diverse programming with WebOption, the campus' online Lecturecasting service. The web-based service broadcasts more than 100 courses annually to students.

TTC launches a new limited express service between Kennedy Station and UTSC with buses departing every ten minutes during the day and every fifteen minutes in the evening.

The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre opens. The 365,000 square foot facility aims for LEED Gold status. It also becomes the new home of UTSC's Department of Athletics and Recreation.

UTSC alumni Zoe Danahy and Katherine Devlin Rosenfield and current student Jesse Watts receive Dora Awards honouring excellence in live performance.

UTSC's Centre for French and Linguistics offers a minor in English to Chinese Translation.

A new tennis centre at UTSC will be the venue for the 2015 Parapan American Games tennis competitions. The new facility's seven tournament courts will also become home to wheelchair tennis high performance sport training in Ontario.

UTSC’s Green Path program celebrates 10 years.  More than 1,400 students have completed the program; many achieve a high level of academic success at U of T with all students earning at a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Three UTSC faculty receive honours from the Royal Society of Canada.  Prof. Judith Teichman is named an RSC fellow, Prof. Natalie Rothman is named to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, and Prof. Balint Virag received the John. L. Synge Award for outstanding research.

The Hon. David Onley (Hon. BA 1975) returns to his roots at UTSC, assuming the role of senior lecturer and distinguished visitor, teaching classes in the Department of Political Science and working with students on research projects using papers from his term in public office as Ontario’s 28th and second-longest serving Lieutenant Governor. He will archive his papers, working with staff from the UTSC Library.  Onley will also serve the University as Special Ambassador for the Pan Am and Parapan American Games, contributing to the momentum leading up to the Games at a series of events on both the UTSC and St. George campuses, which will both host Games competitions.

Professor Bruce Kidd O.C., Ph.D., LL.D., a distinguished academic, accomplished athlete and experienced administrator, has been named the new principal of UTSC and vice-president of the University of Toronto.  The appointment continues Professor Kidd’s longstanding connection to Scarborough, his promotion of accessibility in sport through the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan American Games as well as his commitment to the U of T tri-campus system.

2015

Nino RicciA new partnership between UTSC and U of T’s Faculty of Social Work creates a pathway for students in Mental Health Studies to pursue the Master of Social Work at U of T. An MOU grants UTSC fourth-year students access to research opportunities under the guidance of Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work professors, supervised by UTSC Psychology faculty, which they can continue in the graduate program.

Celebrated Canadian author Nino Ricci is writer-in-residence.  Ricci’s first novel, the internationally acclaimed Lives of the Saints, spent 75 weeks on the Globe and Mail’s bestseller list and won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction.  Published in 17 countries, it was the first volume of a trilogy that continued with In a Glass House and the Giller Prize-nominated Where She Has Gone. Ricci’s novel Testament won the Trillium Award and was recognized as a Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year.  His national bestseller The Origin of Species earned him the Canadian Authors Association Fiction Award as well as his second Governor General’s Award for Fiction. He is also the author of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, part of Penguin’s Extraordinary Canadians series.

UTSC Assistant Professor Artur Izmaylov is the first chemist at UTSC to be awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship, honouring early career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, and the next generation of scientific leaders.  Since 1955, the Sloan Foundation recognizes the distinguished performance of 126 Canadian and American researchers, and their unique potential to make substantial contributions to their fields. Past Sloan Research Fellows have gone on to notable careers and include such intellectual top names as U of T chemist and Nobel laureate John Polanyi and John Forbes Nash, the subject of the film A Beautiful Mind.

Psychology Professor Steve Joordens is one of 10 educators across Canada to be named fellows for 2015 by 3M Canada and The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, in recognition of his innovative approach to keeping students engaged.  Started in 1986, the 3M fellowship is the only pan-Canadian, cross-disciplinary recognition of educational leadership and excellence in university teaching. Joordens’ broad approach to teaching cognitive skills goes beyond acquiring knowledge, embracing and developing educational software that delivers results.  His embrace of technology as a learning tool has led him to develop peerScholar—which has been adopted by universities across Canada, the United States and Europe—along with Cogneeto, a version for K-12 students, mTuner, and Digital Labcoat, at Joordens’ Advanced Learning Technologies Lab at UTSC.

Canadian Naomi Duguid is UTSC’s first food-writer-in-residence in the Culinaria Research Program, a unique appointment in higher education. A world traveller, photographer and cookbook author, Duguid won Cookbook of the Year from the James Beard Foundation in 1996 and in 2001, as well as the Cuisine Canada Cookbook Award in 1999 and 2004.

UTSC Student Karen Young is the first UTSC student, and one of only 10 post-secondary students in Canada, to receive the 3M National Student Fellowship Award. The award recognizes outstanding leadership.  Young is a co-founder of TEDxUTSC, the first campus-wide TEDx event at the University, and she helped bring the C3 Inspire conference, which connects aspiring student entrepreneurs, to Toronto. She founded Minds Matter Magazine, U of T’s first student-run mental health magazine catering to students, their colleagues and families, and serves on the The Varsity’s Board of Directors.

The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) is U of T’s first new building to be awarded Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Gold by the Canadian Green Building Council. The award recognizes TPASC as among the best in the world, having met strict standards in design, construction, maintenance and operations. TPASC is netting other awards as well, including the 2015 Ontario General Contractors Association award for Best Project Built in Ontario and the Best of the Best Large Project Achievement Award from the Toronto Construction Association.

For the third consecutive year, a UTSC graduate is U of T’s top student.  Ahn Cao graduated with an honours bachelor of science degree, and received the John Blair Aird award as well as a Governor General’s Silver Medal.  As an undergraduate, Cao won numerous awards including an international student award from the City of Toronto, the prestigious Undergraduate Research Training Award from the Stem Cell Network, an entrance scholarship and the A. D. Allen scholarship. A leader outside of the classroom as well, Cao has worked as an academic programmer and promoter in residence, as a teaching assistant and as a course facilitator with the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Cao is staying at UTSC, working on a master’s degree in Immunology.

UTSC and Seneca College create Ontario’s first bachelor of science pathway via a transfer agreement that enables qualified students to receive both a college diploma and a university science degree in as little as four years. The agreement builds on an existing transfer program established in 2012, and expands access to higher education to a wider range of qualified students.

The Pan Am Torch made a stop at UTSC on Day 36 of its 41-day journey.  Scarborough native and former Toronto FC star Dwayne de Rosario lit the cauldron; the flame was carried off the stage by UTSC Principal Bruce Kidd.

Prominent chemist Dr. Hans-Bernhard Kraatz is named UTSC’s Vice-Principal Research. The highly research active Kraatz has published more than 240 peer-reviewed journals and has been recognized with the 2015 Principal’s Research Award, the PetroCanada Young Innovator Award, and the Canadian Research Chair in Biomaterials among others. 

Fairgrounds, an accessible and temporary sculpture marking the Pan Am Path at UTSC is celebrated as part of an art relay stretching the length of the path, from the Humber River to Lake Ontario’s shore at Toronto’s eastern-most edge. One alum and three U of T students—Zarish Asif (Hon BA, UTSC 2014), Vineetha Sivathasan and Zee Bolad—combined their diverse artistic backgrounds and passion for visual expression to create the sculpture and its launch.

The 2015 Pan Am & Parapan American Games---the largest ever—shone the spotlight on award-winning new facilities at U of T Scarborough. Spectators came to the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) and adjacent field and the new UTSC Tennis Centre, to watch athletes perform at the height of their abilities.

Competitors knocked down records, especially in the pool, where swimmers set new Pan Am marks in 28 of 32 events and continued with more than 100 new records in Parapan Am swimming, including three world records. At the UTSC Tennis Centre, Canada earned its first-ever Parapan medal in wheelchair tennis, when Joel Dembe (the first athlete to use the courts) and Phillippe Bedard captured bronze in the men’s doubles. A world record was also set at UTSC, for the fencing component of the modern pentathlon.

During the 2015 Pan Am & Parapan American Games, Team Canada won 140 medals – more than 35 per cent of all medals won by the team—at U of T Scarborough.

The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre is recognized with a Facility of Merit award from "Athletic Business".

Celebrated author Helen Humphreys, one of Canada’s most innovative and multi-talented novelists, poets and nonfiction writers, is U of T Scarborough’s Writer-in-Residence for Fall 2015.  Humphreys, who is considered a literary innovator, hosts a conversation with award-winning biographer Rosemary Sullivan in the first-ever International Festival of Authors event held at UTSC. IFOA, Canada’s largest writers’ festival, brings authors from around the world to Toronto to discuss their craft.

The fall term welcomes more new students than ever before to UTSC. More than 3,400 students from age 16 to 70 come to campus for the first time, from all over the GTA, across Canada and from six continents. And they’re impressive, too – the number of students who come with high school averages of more than 95 per cent is up by 20 per cent.  Co-op students make up more than a quarter of the new student population.

Toronto 2015 hands the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre keys back to the City and UTSC, officially launching the legacy of the Pan Am & Parapan American Games.  With this transition, UTSC becomes the place for bright students who also shine in sport.

U of T Scarborough researchers receive nearly $1 million in new funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The 10 faculty members who received funding represent the departments of Anthropology, English, Management, Sociology, Human Geography, French and Linguistics, Arts, Culture and Media as well as the UTSC Library.

UTSC becomes the first institution in Canada to mount a program promoting the use of high-quality personal protective equipment (PPE) in labs, distributing 250 new, tightly woven cotton and more fire-resistant lab coats.  The program, supported by the UTSC 50th Anniversary Legacy Fund, and motivated by a tragic lab accident at UCLA in 2008, replaced traditional lab coats that are made with synthetic fabrics that easily ignite and melt. 

Metasebia Aseefa, a fourth-year human biology and health studies student at UTSC, is named the 2015 recipient of the City of Toronto International Student Award of Excellence for community service. 

Professor Bruce Kidd O.C., is installed as the 10th Principal of U of T Scarborough. Kidd is a distinguished academic and experienced administrator as well as an accomplished athlete who was twice elected Canada’s male athlete of the year and was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.  Kidd, who served as UTSC’s interim principal since 2014, is well-known for devoting his life to eradicating sexism and racism in sporting communities around the world, and helped guide the campus through its 50th Anniversary celebrations and the 2015 Pan Am & Parapan American Games.  U of T President Meric Gertler says Bruce Kidd embodies the ethos of UTSC. “His fundamental commitments to inclusiveness, community, excellence and innovation; his ability to connect with everyone he meets; his easy rapport with students; his warmth and generosity – in sum, Bruce’s character is ideally suited to guide UTSC through the next chapter in its history.”

UTSC alum Ravi Ravindran (BSc 2015) wins the top prize of $100,00 at the Launchpad, a Toronto-based competition for Tamil entrepreneurs across North America, for his app Mapian.  The online community provides smartphone users with user-generated and geo-tagged content using digital maps and offering localized interactions and feedback on places, venues and events.  Ravindran refined the idea for the app at The Hub, UTSC’s early-stage innovation and business incubator.

Victoria Prince (BSc, 1981) is named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women of 2015 by the Women’s Executive Network.  Prince is a corporate lawyer and partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and serves in one of the firm’s most senior leadership positions, and serves on serveral not-for-profit boards. The award recognizes talented leaders as a way to inspire others to push the boundaries of what is possible.

Four 2015 UTSC graduates—Danièle Dennis, Daniel Griffin Hunt, Dorica Manuel and Tiffany Schofield—open Y+contemporary, a cutting-edge and community-involved arts collective located in Scarborough. The gallery quickly gains the attention of the Toronto arts scene.

2016

Environmental Science and Chemistry BuildingU of T Scarborough alum Satish Kanwar (BBA, 2008) is named to Forbes Top 30 Under 30 List. Kanwar is co-founder of the design agency Jet Cooper which was acquired by Shopify.

The new home for U of T Scarborough’s Environmental Science and Chemistry programs opens. Built to the highest of environmental standards, U of T Scarborough has put its motivation into action by committing to sustainable building practices in a space that adds 1,838 sq. metres of research laboratories and 1,052 sq. metres of teaching labs.  

U of T Scarborough acquires a massive collection of Chinese food artifacts to help scholars explore the important role food culture plays in the immigrant experience throughout North America. The collection of 10,000 items—mostly menus—is recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records as the largest of its kind in the world and puts the campus on the map as an important destination for those interested in food and also in the role of migration and food. The UTSC Library’s Digital Scholarship Unit is digitizing the collection so make it more accessible both to scholars and to a general audience.

The Scarborough Oral History Project presents Stories of UTSC: 1964-2014, a multi-media exhibit in the Meeting Place. Supported in part by the UTSC 50th Anniversary Legacy Fund, the project and the full oral history digital archive is an initiative of the Department of Historical & Cultural Studies, the City Studies program, the Centre for Teaching & Learning, in partnership with the UTSC Library’s Digital Scholarship Unit.

The Undergraduate Research Catalogue helps undergraduate students discover research opportunities on campus and beyond. This innovative online hub developed by the office of the Vice-Principal Research together with the Academic Advising & Career Centre, helps students manage their academic and career goals.

Premier Kathleen Wynne delivers the keynote address at Math in Motion…Girls in Gear!, a one-day event aimed at inspiring Grade 9 girls from local schools to study math and pursue STEM-related fields.  The event is organized annually by U of T Scarborough faculty together with local teachers who are alumni, along with former participants who are now UTSC students. 

U of T Scarborough is named a Fair Trade Campus by Fairtrade Canada, becoming the 15th campus in the country to achieve this designation recognizing leadership in the movement that upholds safe and equitable labour practices, as well as ecological and sustainable measures of production. 

The Green Path program welcomes its largest-ever cohort of 260 students, including the first-ever recruit from South Korea. 

For the fourth consecutive year, University of Toronto’s top student is from U of T Scarborough. Mihilkumar Patel, a long-time Scarborough resident who is originally from India, received the University’s top honour—the John Black Aird Award—as well as the Governor General’s Silver Medal, which is awarded to the student with the highest marks of all U of T science students. 

U of T Scarborough’s Culinaria Research centre hosts more than 500 international food scholars and participants for Scarborough Fare, the four-day Joint 2016 Annual Meetings and Conference of the Association for the Study of Food and Society; the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society; and the Canadian Association for Food Studies. It’s the first time the three organizations have met together. The conference explores the changing nature of food production, distribution and consumption, focusing on how people, foods and culinary and agricultural knowledge move across cultural and national borders.

The Hub, U of T Scarborough’s innovation and business incubator, launches the mobile app and website SALT (Scarborough a little taste), sharing information about food, specific cuisines and Scarborough restaurants to enjoy them.  The student-developed app includes recipes and links to YouTube videos about the dishes; content for the website and app was developed by UTSC students working with Historical & Cultural Studies Professor and Canada Research Chair Dan Bender, the director of the Culinaria Research Centre at UTSC.

Fifteen U of T Scarborough researchers receive $3.1 million in grants from NSERC. The national program supports scholarships, fellowships, research supplements and equipment.

Following an international search, noted climate change scientist William Gough is named Vice-Principal Academic and Dean for a three-year term.  Gough, a professor of environmental science, had served as interim VP Academic and Dean. His 23 years of dedicated tenure at U of T Scarborough includes the development of innovative graduate programs yielding historical graduate student enrolment success, increased quality and advancement of the campus’ commitment to innovative research and to emerging areas of scholarship.

Researchers at U of T Scarborough team up with Parks Canada and the Toronto Zoo to help Blanding turtles, a threatened species, rebound in the Rouge National Urban Park.  The turtles—which suffer a loss of habitat and high predation—were released into a restored wetland section and tracked by UTSC students to learn more about their behavior in the wild.

The augmented reality game Pokémon Go, the most viral app of all time, takes hold at U of T Scarborough which is credited as the best place in the city to play by the Toronto player who is the first to catch all 142 of the Pokémon characters in North America.

U of T Scarborough receives $17.8 million in new funding to upgrade labs and teaching spaces as part of the Lab Innovation for Toronto (LIFT) project, supported by the Government of Canada’s new Strategic Investment Fund.