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Toronto businessman Miller Lash purchases 375-acres in the Highland Creek Valley and over the next two years has his summer estate designed and built. It includes a 17-room mansion, a barn, a coach house and three houses for staff. The estate is also a working farm, with over 100 acres under cultivation every year.


Three years after Miller Lash's death, insurance broker E.L. McLean purchases the estate for $59,000, adding a 20' x 55' heated swimming pool and change room, and a stone retaining wall.


The University of Toronto purchases a 202-acre estate from E.L. MacLean for close to $650,000. The heating system in what would become known as the "Principal's Residence" is modernized, as the building had to that point been heated by two coal furnaces and five huge fireplaces, consuming 25 tons of coal per year. McLean dies shortly afterwards. The University later adds 70 acres on the north side of Ellesmere.


Scarborough College, a constituent college of the University of Toronto is established.

Toronto Architect John Andrew unveils a model of the design for the campus buildings.

D.C. Williams is appointed Principal and Vice-President of both the Scarborough and Erindale campuses.

16 faculty members are appointed to Scarborough College, with offices at 49 St. George Street.

Construction of the Scarborough College begins in July.

Evening extension courses are offered at Scarborough's Birchmount Park Collegiate beginning in October.


A strike in the construction trades delays completion of the College's buildings, and Scarborough College welcomes its first one-hundred-and-ninety-one full-time students to temporary quarters at the Old Biology building on the St. George Campus.

A general assembly of Scarborough College students votes unanimously for a unified approach to sports and recreation, forming a coeducational Scarborough College Athletics Association.

A.F. Wynne Plumptre is appointed as the College's second Principal, and becomes the first Principal to reside in the Principal's Residence (Miller Lash House).

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The College's first building, made up of the Sciences and Humanities wings (S-wing and H-Wing) opens in January to international attention for its striking architecture.

The "nerve center" of campus is a 6,000-square-foot television production studio transmitting closed-circuit lectures and instructional material to 50 classrooms.

Official Opening Ceremonies take place in the fall, and the first full year of operation begins with 500 students.

The Scarborough College Students' Council is formed.

The Scarborough College Drama Society presents the morality play Everyman as its inaugural production.


Enrollment doubles to 1000 students.

The first student magazine, Marooned, is published.

Television becomes de-emphasized as a teaching medium.

The men's track and field team wins Scarborough's first inter-faculty championship.


One hundred members of the first graduating class receive their degrees - Karen-Anne Aboud becomes the first Scarborough College graduate.

A sleep-in is organized to protest the lack of residence space.

Students organize a co-operative to run seven nearby houses on university property as residences.

Apocalypse, the first Scarborough College Student Newspaper, publishes three issues.

The first Winter Carnival is held on campus.


The Scarborough College Alumni Association is formed.

The first Scarborough College literary magazine, Mimesis, is produced.

Balcony Square establishes itself as the new student newspaper.

A group of students form the Scarborough College International Students Association (SCISA) to fulfill the social and extracurricular educational needs of international students.

The campus provides the exterior location for David Cronenberg's first feature-length film, Stereo.


Former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson delivers the first F.B. Watts Memorial Lecture, inaugurating the annual lecture series in honour of geography professor Fred Watts, a founding member of Scarborough College.

A football field, three-hole golf course, and four tennis courts are located in the Valley.

The first Scarborough women's inter-faculty championship is won by the tennis team.

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Designs are approved for a student residence complex and the Board of Governors approves the construction of a recreation center.

A ski trip to Blue Mountain lays the foundation for a series of hugely popular "Ski Bashes".

Pollution Probe Scarborough establishes its office on campus.

Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau visits the campus in September.


Dr. Ralph Campbell is appointed the College's second principal. He is the last person holding that position to reside in the Miller Lash House.

Scarborough College becomes a separate arts and science division of the University of Toronto and assumes more independence in curriculum development.

The new recreational building (R-Wing) opens, providing students with a fine arts studio, a gymnasium and other sports facilities. However, the writing of Christmas exams in the gymnasium is the first use of the facility.

The Writing Lab is established.

CSCR Ratio goes on the air.


The first on-campus residences open; the Student Village is a complex of townhouses designed to accommodate 250 students.

Scarborough becomes the first college or university in Ontario to adopt an academic credit system.


A Co-Operative Program in Administration is established.

The first issue of Scarborough Fair - An Anthology of Literature is published.

The U of T Horse Riding Stables are opened in the valley and are financed and operated by the SAC and SCSC.

Don Carr becomes the first winner of the Plumptre Award for outstanding contribution to the advancement of athletics and recreation at Scarborough College.


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

Zoology professor Fred Urquhart's years of research on the migration patterns of the Monarch Butterfly culminate in the discovery of the wintering place of the Eastern population of the Monarch: Mexico's Sierra Madre.

1,800 community and student members register in the athletics summer program.

Flooding of Highland Creek damages the tennis courts.

Environmental group Save the Rouge Valley System begins meeting on campus.

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Principal A.D. Allen is appointed, but falls ill and passes away shortly afterward. Joan Foley is appointed to the position, becoming the first female Principal of a University of Toronto College.

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

Scarborough Campus' Stan Bohonek competes in Men's Figure Skating at the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Montreal, Quebec.

The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce opens its doors close to the Student Residences.


Construction of a library building is made a leading priority.

The Scarborough College Computing Centre is formed as a remote site for U of T's Computing Services.

The Gallery opens in its new location adjoining the Meeting Place.

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

Scarborough College Alumna Cindy Nicholas becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel non-stop both ways. She will later be named a Member of the Order of Canada.

Former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker delivers annual Watts Lecture to a packed Meeting Place.


Students vote in favour of a $10-per student levy for 10 years for the construction of a new college library.

The College, the Alumni Association, and the Students' Council establish the Scarborough College Teaching Award to recognize excellence in teaching. John Coleman is awarded the first award a year later.


The Meeting Place is filled to capacity for an SCSC-sponsored visit of federal Liberal leader Pierre Trudeau.

Over 3000 community, student, and alumni members register for summer recreational activities.

Professor Andrew Pattenall of the Humanities Division initiates the Stratford Festival Theatre Summer Seminars, which becomes an annual tradition.


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

800 Students attend the 10th annual Ski Bash.

Scarborough College holds a Remembrance Day ceremony for the first time. Dr. Bill McKay delivers the keynote speech.

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Construction begins on the library.

The College offers a neuroscience program, which is unique in Canada.

The first "Jock Reunion" attracts over 200 alumni.


The new library, named in memory of economics Professor Emeritus Vincent W. Bladen, is officially opened.

Student newspaper The Underground begins publication.

Scarborough College wins the Marie Parkes Award for overall participation and athletic excellence in inter-faculty competition.


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

The Campus begins an inter-faculty hockey dynasty by winning the championships of all three divisions, a feat it repeats each of the next two years.

Hans Kung, world-renowned Catholic theologian, delivers a Watts Lecture entitled "Martin Luther as an Ecumenical Challenge" to a record audience of about 1000. He receives a standing ovation.


Ron Williams is appointed as the sixth Principal and Dean.

Two additional co-operative programs are added: one in Arts Administration, the other in International Development Studies.

250 party-goers attend "February Frolic", a dinner-dance co-sponsored by the SCSC and the SCAA.

Scarborough College is awarded the Government of Ontario Citation for continued outstanding support to the advancement of amateur sports.

Physics Lab S-507 is dedicated to Professor Emeritus Bert Corben.


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

International Development Students students launch Partners in Village Development to aid victims of desert encroachment in the African Republic of Niger.

After much debate, the decision to raise athletic fees by $15.50 per student is defeated in a 4-4 vote.

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At age 87, Scarborough Campus' Olive Howell receives her B.A. in English, becoming the oldest person ever to graduate from the University of Toronto.

The Centre for University Studies in Languages opens a new multimedia resource room.

Scarborough College Classes are halted for the Student Rally at Convocation Hall protesting underfunding.

"The Great Computer Race" takes place on U of T day, featuring racing on tricycles, tandem bicycles, wheelchairs and hospital beds all over the GTA.


Jonathan Mastin, son of Bruce Mastin (B.Sc., 7T1, and first ever President of the SCSC), becomes the first "second generation" Scarborough Campus Student.

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

Encore: A Festival of the Arts, a week-long event showcasing performing and visual artists, is held.

For the first time, a no-smoking policy takes effect on campus, restricting smoking to specific areas.

Scarborough Graduate Doris McCarthy is named a member of the Order of Canada due to her long career as an artist and teacher.


The Co-Operative Program in Computer Science and Physics is introduced.

110 participants in "Dance for Heart" raise over $9,000 for the Heart Foundation.

Construction begins on the new Soil Erosion Research Building. It will become the first building constructed on the Scarborough Campus that is dedicated primarily to research.

The Computing Centre severs its ties with University of Toronto Computing Services and begins operating as an independent facility.

The campus becomes a popular site for television production and is featured in episodes of "Adderly", "Counterstrike", "E.N.G.", "The Hitchhiker", "Strike Force" and "War of the Worlds".

Construction begins on the Soil Erosion Lab, which will become the first building on the Scarborough Campus dedicated solely to research.


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

Dr. Paul Thompson, a Scarborough graduate (B.A., 7T0), is appointed Principal and Dean.

Scarborough Campus produces nine championship teams on its way to winning the men's and women's trophies for the greatest number of points in inter-faculty competition.

The Campus receives $660,000 in funding for a child-care facility.


The West Village opens, creating a second residential area on campus; making the total number of students that can be accommodated in residence 536.

Grand opening of the N'Sheemaehn Child Care Centre, a non-profit center managed by a parent/university board of directors (the Ojibwa name means "My little brother or sister").

The Computing Centre establishes a local area network.

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The Centre for Instructional Technology Development is established within the Computing Centre.

Commerce and Economics is removed from Social Sciences and the new Department of Management and Economics is created.

The Campus Pub, The Attic, is officially reopened after extensive renovations.

The Student Common Room in the R-Wing opens.

The Campus receives an Honourable Citation from the Trillium Awards Committee, acknowledging the beautiful front gardens


Scarborough Campus' oldest resident, Frank Harbutt, celebrates his 100th birthday. The former groundskeeper on the McLean Estate before the University acquired it, he lived in the groundskeeper house in the valley until July of 1992.

The gymnasium is named after Taimo Pallandi, a Director of Physical Education and Athletics who retired in 1991 after 26 years at Scarborough.

For the first time in its history, Scarborough becomes the U of T campus with the greatest number of applicants.

A Drama Alumni reunion takes place with a murder mystery in the Principal's residence

The Student Village Centre is presented with the City of Scarborough Urban Design Award.


Renovation of the old TV studio is completed and the curtain rises on the new theatre designed by one of Canada's foremost theatre architects, Robert Smith. Dedicated to drama tutor Leigha Lee Browne, the first performance at the Leigha Lee Browne Theatre is Shakespeare's The Tempest.

The barn in the Valley burns down, destroying one million dollars' worth of drama props, equipment, and furniture stored there.

Computer rooms are used by over 2000 students to complete assignments and for personal applications.

Scarborough Campus launches its new Environmental Sciences Program.

The first Academic Open House for OAC students and their families is organized by the Recruitment and Liaison Office.


The Scarborough Campus Women's Centre opens.

The Bladen Library establishes a World Wide Web site.

One of the first ATM network links in Canada is installed to interconnect the campus with the U of T backbone network; some classes are now being taught entirely in computer rooms rather than in traditional classrooms.

Mr. Abdullah Abdullah, the ambassador of Palestine in Greece, and Mr. Itzhak Shelef, Israel's ambassador to Canada, share a historic Watt's Lecture entitled: "The Politics of Reconciliation".


Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada's first female astronaut in space, delivers the 25th anniversary Watts Lecture.

The Hall of Excellence, featuring each year's grad photos, is established in the hallway linking the R-Wing to the H-Wing.

Construction on the new Co-Ed fitness facility begins; "The Key" opens in September.

The Scarborough Campus Alumni Theatre Group, "Althea", is formed.

Four Fine-Arts students create and donate the "Dragon Plan" mural as their graduation gift to the Campus. It is hung outside the H-Wing Cafeteria.

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The Campus is renamed University of Toronto at Scarborough.

Campus representatives join the City of Scarborough's trade mission to China and Hong Kong; a reception is held in Hong Kong for Scarborough alumni.

Over 5,000 students use computing accounts to access the Internet, e-mail services, course Web Pages, commercial software packages, and personal web sites.

Geography Information Systems and Fine Arts Multimedia courses are added to the Course Calendar.

The Division of Co-operative Programs is disbanded; programs are relocated to other Campus divisions.

The Co-operative Program in Administration is discontinued and replaced with a new four-year Management and Economics Co-Op Program.


Dr. Paul Thompson is reappointed as Principal and Dean.

Elevator access is completed in the R-Wing near The Key.

A new Fundraising Campaign is launched in September to raise funds for programs, endowed chairs, and the Academic Resource Centre.

Renovations and restoration begin on the Miller Lash estate and continue over the next several years.


Initial plans for the Academic Resource Centre (ARC) are unveiled to the campus and community. The project will bring together the Bladen Library, the Computing Centre, Photography and Graphics, Audio-Visual and other services, forming a hub for out-of-classroom learning.

The "Saturdays at Scarborough" fall lecture series begins inviting high school students, their parents and the community to attend one of three lectures offered on various days.

1999 David and Ed Mirvish host a fundraising evening at the Royal Alexandria Theatre supporting the Prague Toronto Theatre Project. This creative collaboration between the U of T Scarborough Drama Program, the Faculty of Alternative Theatre of Charles University in Prague and the Studio Ypsilon Theatre involves an international exchange between the two universities as well as the creation of an original work.

U of T Scarborough is granted the right to offer the only U of T programs leading to the the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (B.B.A).

The University of Scarborough adopts a four-colour block logo.

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U of T Scarborough students make the single-largest financial commitment to the University of Toronto in its 174 year history, pledging over $20 million for the building of a U of T Scarborough Student Centre.

Students begin attending classes in the U of T Scarborough Pavilion. Anticipated to be a 7-month project, the 300-seat lecture theatre was built by U of T Scarborough staff and outside contractors in only two months.

U of T Scarborough is officially named the Co-op campus for the University of Toronto, building on 25 years of exciting co-operative education Programs.


Ground is broken for the new U of T Scarborough Academic Resource Centre and the new 230-bed student residence.

More than 600 moviegoers attend U of T Scarborough's first-ever outdoor movie night - part of the University of Toronto's 175th anniversary celebrations

Putting a human face on the University's considerable achievements, twenty-one of U of T Scarborough's graduates, faculty, staff and students are recognized as "U of T Scarborough's Great Minds"


Academic Resource Centre (ARC) opens with inaugural lecture by CBC Journalist, Joe Schlesinger. The ARC features one of Canada's few digital libraries and a 500-seat lecture and performance hall -- the largest in the area.

New 230-bed student residence, Joan Foley Hall, opens and ground is broken for U of T Scarborough Student Centre and Management Building.

Joint Programs are established with Centennial College.


Campus installs new principal, Professor Kwong-loi Shun, for a 6 ? year term. Shun succeeds Professor Paul Thompson who held the position for 14 years.

The $1.1-million Doris McCarthy Gallery opens. Situated in the Academic Resource Centre, the Gallery will permanently house 10 important McCarthy canvases worth over $200,000.

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

The much-anticipated Student Centre opens and the first on-campus restaurant, Bluff's, welcomes its first customers.

The three-story, 47,000 sq. ft. Management Building opens, featuring specially designed case rooms, classrooms, study space, offices, and a spectacular atrium.

U of T Scarborough celebrates its 40th anniversary.

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The new Student Centre receives a Green Design award from the City of Toronto's inaugural Green Toronto Environmental Awards of Excellence.

A new Math lab opens, featuring 118 new computers in a joint venture between Computing and Networking services and the Computer and Mathematical Sciences department.

The first graduate program to be fully based at the Scarborough campus, the Master of Environmental Science degree, is announced. The one-year program is administered by the Department of Physical and Environmental Science.

Two professors are elected to the Royal Society of Canada, the country's oldest and most prestigious scholarly organization. They are: Psychology professor John Kennedy and computer science professor Alberto Mendelzon. Mendelzon passed away in June 2005.

The four-storey Arts and Administration building opens its doors. With studios for music and visual arts and a 300-seat lecture theatre, it is also the home of the tri-campus Master's Studies Program in Visual Arts.


Professor Emeritus Jonathan Freedman, an internationally renowned social psychologist, is appointed as Interim Principal of U of T Scarborough.

Two professors are named Canada Research Chairs, key appointments by the federal government to retain the country's best and brightest researchers. History professor Daniel Bender is named Canada Research Chair in Urban History, and botany professor Herbert Kronzucker is named Canada Research Chair in Metabolic Bioengineering of Crop Plants.

The new University Playing Fields baseball diamond opens at U of T Scarborough.This is the first permanent home for the U of T Varsity Blues baseball team.

Three U of T Scarborough professors are named among the top 10 finalists from across the province for TVO's Best Lecturer. They are: Professors Maydianne Andrade, (Biology), Marc Fournier, (Psychology), and Steve Joordens, (Psychology).


Psychology professor Franco Vaccarino is named Principal of the University of Toronto Scarborough and Vice-President, University of Toronto.

A PhD thesis by senior lecturer Richard Pancer in the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences at U of T Scarborough, wins a prestigious prize for best dissertation from the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society.

Biology professor Michelle Aarts is named a Canada Research Chair. A member of the Centre for the Neurobiology of Stress, Aarts is recognized for her work in cell biology related to ischemia, and is named the Canada Research Chair in Signal Transduction in Ischemia.

Mathematics professor Lisa Jeffrey is named to the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of her work in symplectic geometry, a field at the intersection of mathematics and physics.

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The Toronto Zoo and the University of Toronto Scarborough form educational partnership through a new undergraduate course on the Role of Zoos in Conservation.

The Academic Resource Centre (ARC) at the University of Toronto Scarborough wins an architectural design award from the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA).

The First Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference is held by the Philosopher's Society attracting submissions from all over the world and participants from across North America.

The new state-of-the-art Science Research Building officially opens. The 6,080 square metre facility is home to 16 principal investigators and their research staff of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The building, designed by Moriyama & Teshima Architects, establishes research clusters in a more open concept setting than is historically used in science buildings.

Two faculty members from U of T Scarborough -- both in the psychology department -- are among the top 10 finalists from across the province in TVO?s Best Lecturer Competition. Professors Gerald Cupchik and Marc Fournier are the only University of Toronto faculty members on this year?s top ten list.

Physical and environmental sciences professor Andr? Simpson has been named the recipient of the prestigious Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry/Royal Society of Chemistry Environmental Sciences Award. This international research award recognizes an early- to mid-career scientist who has accomplished and published outstanding contributions that have advanced the environmental sciences. Simpson?s research focuses on the development of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and specifically linking it to other analytical methods such as mass spectrometry.

Katherine Larson, a U of T Scarborough professor of English and women?s studies, is the recipient of a John Charles Polanyi Prize, given annually by the provinicial government to up to five recipients in Ontario in honour of John Polanyi, a U of T professor and the recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Her research area is 16th and 17th Century English literature with a focus on women?s writing and issues of gender and language. Completed in 2007, her dissertation is titled Politic and Civil Words: The Textual Conversations of Early Modern Women, 1590-1660.

Ralph Campbell, a former principal of U of T Scarborough as well as a scholar, Second World War veteran, and agricultural economist, dies on March 13 at the age of 89. Campbell, who studied at U of T and at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, served as principal of the campus from 1972 to 1976.

University of Toronto Scarborough psychology professor John Kennedy has been named a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, Germany, a prestigious fellowship that he will hold for a year. He is the only Canadian fellow this year. Kennedy focuses on the psychology of perception and cognition as it relates to art, particularly on line pictures drawn by both the sighted and the blind and metaphoric representation in pictures such as political caricatures.

The Academic Resource Centre (ARC) at the University of Toronto Scarborough wins an architectural design award from the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA). Designed by Brian MacKay-Lyons in association with Rounthwaite, Dick & Hadley Architects, the ARC was among 15 structures from across the province to win an award in the organization?s Design Excellence category.

Mathematics professor Balint Virag of U of T Scarborough has been named the recipient of the prestigious Rollo Davidson Prize, awarded each year for research in the field of probability by the University of Cambridge. The award recognizes outstanding research by a young probabilist. Virag shares this year?s award with his colleague and co-author, Professor Brian Rider of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

History professor Franca Iacovetta is awarded this year?s Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for the best non-fiction work in Canadian history, the Canadian Historical Association (CHA) announced recently. Her book is titled Gatekeepers: Reshaping Immigrant Lives in Cold War Canada (Between the Lines Press). It is an in-depth study of European immigrants to Canada following the Second World War and during the Cold War.

Psychology professor Laura-Ann Petitto of U of T Scarborough is one of five U of T researchers who have been elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general science society and publisher of the prestigious journal Science. In the AAAS citation, Petitto was praised for contributions to the understanding of human language, including bilingualism and sign language, using behavioral and neuroscience techniques.

Tanya Mars, a senior lecturer and program supervisor in visual and performing arts in the Department of Humanities at U of T Scarborough, has won a Governor General?s Award for artistic achievement in visual and media arts. Cited as one of Canada?s most innovative multidisciplinary artists, Mars has been active in the Canadian alternative art scene since the early 1970s. Her dramatic, humorous and satirical works -- ranging from performance through to sculpture and video -- have influenced an entire generation of artists in a career spanning some 30 years.

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The University of Toronto Scarborough hosts the annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Zoologists. This is the first time the event has been held at any University of Toronto campus.

UTSC is awarded $70 million dollars, for the creation of a new Instructional Centre, through the federal and provincial governments? knowledge infrastructure program. Military Trail is closed for a street party and the official groundbreaking in October.

Students from the first cohort of the Green Path program at U of T Scarborough are set to graduate from the University of Toronto in the spring convocation.

Government funding is announced for a brand-new $170 million dollar athletics centre at UTSC. Students vote yes in an historic referendum to help fund the facility. A legacy venue for the 2015 Pan Am Games, the state-of-the art athletic facility includes plans for two Olympic-sized, 52-metre swimming pools, a 10-metre diving tank, multipurpose gymnasiums, a running track, racquet courts, fitness and training areas.

Professor Rick Halpern is selected as the new vice-principal of academic and dean at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Prof. Halpern is a specialist in modern US history and served as Principal of New College at U of T from 2006-2009.

Professor Malcolm Campbell, a world-renowned leader in plant biology, is named vice-principal of research at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Rex?s Den, formerly known as Bluffs, celebrates its grand opening in the fall. The new pub- restaurant is named in honour of the campus macot, Rex the raccoon.

The International Development Studies Co-op Program celebrates its 25th anniversary.

A book by UTSC history professor Stephen Rockel has won the Joel Gregory Prize from the Canadian Association of African Studies for the best book on African studies published by a Canadian, a Canadian landed immigrant, or an African educated in Canada. Rockel?s book is titled Carriers of Culture: Labor on the Road in Nineteenth-Century East Africa (Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2006).

Biology professor Clare Hasenkampf, director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at U of T Scarborough, has been recognized for outstanding teaching by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) for 2009.

Two University of Toronto Scarborough faculty members are recipients of the Ontario Government?s Early Researcher Awards, announced by Minister of Research and Innovation, John Malloy on August 17. Michael Inzlicht, a professor in the department of psychology, and George B. Arhonditsis, a professor in the department of physical and environmental sciences, will each receive $140,000 to further their research. Arhonditsis is developing environmental management approaches to sustaining our fresh water resources using mathematical modeling. Inzlicht?s research is examining the specific economic and health consequences for stigmatized groups, stereotyped on the basis of their ethnicity, race, gender, or religion and how chronically coping with prejudice can indirectly affect the everyday decisions people make.

Faculty members at U of T Scarborough receive more than $3.6 million in research grants awarded by the federal government. A total of 34 researchers on our campus received funds in the grant rounds announced this past spring by both the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The Centre for the Neurobiology of Stress ? a collaborative research centre and cluster of scientists at the University of Toronto Scarborough conducting leading research on the brain?s responses to biological stresses ? receives $2.7 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

A record number of 375 zoologists from across Canada spend a week at the University of Toronto Scarborough for the annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Zoologists, held for the first time at any U of T campus.

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SCSU and U of T Scarborough raise funds in support of the millions of victims of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that took place in Haiti on January 12, 2010.

UTSC hosts the first annual International Development and Culture Week to raise awareness of international issues as well as highlighting diversity and culture.

The first annual Rainbow Tie Gala is held on February 24 as part of a campaign to raise awareness about positive space and how it affects the campus community, while at the same time celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer people (LGBTQs) and their allies at U of T Scarborough.

Dimitris Azemopoulos, the Consul General of Greece in Toronto, visits the campus on March 23 in celebration of ?Greek Day?, hosted by the Greek Students? Association (GSA).

On March 30, the Council of the University of Toronto Scarborough unanimously approved a proposal to create two new academic departments: Department of Philosophy and Department of English -- effective 1 July 2010. This will bring the number of academic departments to nine.

Rogers TV airs a 27-minute documentary about the architectural and social history of the University of Toronto Scarborough for the program Structures. Structures is the award-winning television series focusing on Toronto's dynamic historical buildings, legends and personalities. Featured in this episode are interviews with Principal Franco Vaccarino, faculty and alumni.

The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) has named mathematics professor Balint Virag of the University of Toronto Scarborough the recipient of this year?s Coxeter-James Prize. The national prize recognizes an outstanding research contribution by a young mathematician. Virag is a Canada Research Chair in Probability, and his area of expertise lies in the field of mathematical probability.

Professor Steve Joordens is a finalist in TVO?s Best Lecturer competition.

Gerald Cupchik, professor of psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough, is the recipient of the coveted Rudolf Arnheim Award for distinguished contributions to research in the psychology of the arts from the American Psychological Association (APA). Cupchik's areas of research focus are aesthetic experience, sensory awareness and gender differences.

Biology professor Clare Hasenkampf of the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) is one of 10 educators from across Canada to win a 3M National Teaching Fellowship this year. Hasenkampf is the director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at UTSC and has been recognized for excellence in teaching by 3M Canada and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Professor Bal?zs Szegedy of the department of computer and mathematical sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) has won a prestigious American-based Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The two-year fellowships recognize exceptional performance and unique potential among early-career scientists in the fields of chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, molecular biology and physics. His area of research focuses on the conjunction of two mathematical fields called combinatorics, which focuses on countable discrete structures and group theory.


New Instructional Centre opens as part of North Campus expansion. The IC increases academic space on campus by 25 per cent. At 165,000 square feet, the $78 million IC is the largest building to be constructed since 1966, when the original Andrews Building was completed, establishing the UTSC campus. 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 was supported by an investment of $35 million by the Government of Canada, through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, and a matching $35-million contribution from the Government of Ontario.

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