McGill will join other public institutions in Quebec on Thursday, July 11, in lowering its flags to half-staff in remembrance of the victims of last weekend’s devastating rail disaster in Lac-Mégantic and all those who have been touched by the tragedy. Flags will remain lowered until dusk on Wednesday, July 17, at the request of the Quebec government.
A version upgrade of the myCourses Learning Management System is scheduled for Friday, July 26, from midnight to 5 p.m. During this time, myCourses will be completely unavailable to instructors and students. For instructors using myCourses this summer, please ensure you do not schedule any assignments or quizzes for your students to complete for that day. The upgrade will bring an updated, more colourful interface, as well as multiple improvements and new features which instructors and students have requested.
The Department of Physics’ Astrophysics and Cosmology Group presents another Public Astro Night, Thursday, July 18, in the Bell Room (Room 103) of the Rutherford Physics Building, 3600 University St. (8:30 p.m.). The event will feature a public lecture by Dr. Ryan Lynch called “NANOGrav: Opening a New Frontier in Astronomy.” The lecture will be followed by night-sky observations (weather permitting) and a lab tour. Public Astro Night is free of charge and intended for a general audience. No reservation is needed.
McGill University extends its most sincere sympathies to all those who have been touched by the deadly rail tragedy in Lac-Mégantic. Those who wish to support what will be lengthy recovery efforts, can do so through the Canadian Red Cross’s website.
Shakespeare in the Park is coming to McGill on July 4-5. Three Bares Park, that is. The Repercussion Theatre, in collaboration with McGill’s Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, presents William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the McGill campus, July 4-5. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information.
On Thursday, July 4, at noon in Leacock 232, the Office of Communications and External Relations presents a free lunch-hour session for McGill web editors working in the WMS (Drupal). Learn how to help your site’s visitors find what they’re looking for with an effective architecture that meets their needs. No registration required.
Now is the time to start thinking about submitting nominations to the Principal’s Awards for Administrative and Support Staff for 2012-2013. Colleagues can present nominees in six categories – customer service, quality of work, initiative/innovation, service to the community, teamwork and sustainability – for work carried out between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013.
Beginning on July 1, access to McGill Library electronic databases, e-journals and other e-resources is changing at McGill affiliated hospital sites in order to comply with the McGill University Library’s contractual licensing agreements.
If you are affiliated with McGill as a faculty or staff member, or as a resident or student, you will be asked to log in using your McGill username and password to access the library’s electronic resources.
The Quebec-wide construction strike affects construction and renovation projects underway at McGill. A strike of any significant duration will inevitably impact the schedule for completion of our projects. All construction sites at McGill have been closed and secured for the duration of the strike. For your safety, it is important to remember that all of these sites remain construction sites, even when work is not underway. They are not accessible to the public and security compliance measures remain in effect.
At the end of the workday, are you tired and sluggish? Look back – did you take a break? Did you get out of the office over your lunch hour? Or did you cram in lunch while you sat at your desk, answering emails and phone calls, and stressing over a report you have to finish?