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Seneca Professor Talks Basketball and Belonging on CBC

Laura Cavanagh, Professor and Coordinator of the Behavioural Sciences diploma program, was interviewed on CBC’s The National in early June about the impact of the Toronto Raptors success on fan psychology.  Cavanagh also did an interview on CTV News Channel earlier in June on the same topic.  Professor Cavanagh is one of the co-authors of the Canadian edition of the textbook “Essentials of Understanding Psychology”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBCaEeuReGE#action=share 


Seneca Students Help Community Partner with Emergency Preparedness

Students from the Advanced Investigations and Enforcement (AIE) Program worked on an applied project with the YMCA Markham to create a Bomb Threat Response Plan for the Rudy Bratty Centre.   A team of students working with Professor Mark Rohlehr developed an extensive plan and training process over January – May which was passed to Mr. David Cheung of the YMCA in early June 2019.  


Behavioural Sciences Welcomes Community Partners to Appreciation Event

On 22 May 2019, the Behavioural Sciences program welcomed over 60 placement partners, faculty, students, alumni and program advisory members to Magna Hall for an appreciation event for our placement and community partners. The event involved networking activities, a student-led panel discussion on placement success, and a key note presentation.


Seneca Advanced Investigations and Police Foundations Alumni Nominated as Rising Star in the Security Industry

Shannon Toomey, a graduate of the AIE and Police Foundations program was nominated by Canadian Security magazine as one of the “Top Ten Under 40” security professionals for 2019 in May 2019. https://www.canadiansecuritymag.com/the-future-of-security-canadian-securitys-top-10-under-40-winners/


Students and faculty attend York Regional Police Appreciation Night

Students and faculty from Seneca's School of Public Safety attended the York Regional Police Appreciation Night on Thursday, May 10 2019. The event was held to help raise money for police programs and equipment and was hosted by radio and TV personality and Seneca Alumni, Mr. Kevin Frankish.


Behavioural Studies Students and Faculty Present Research at OCE Conference

Students and faculty from Seneca’s Behavioural Studies programs presented research into augmentative and alternative communications systems at the Discovery event (May 2019) hosted by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).   Garnering over 3,600 attendees and more than 550 exhibitors, Discovery is Canada's leading innovation-to-commercialization conference.  Discovery brings together key players from industry, academia, government, the investment community as well as entrepreneurs and students to collaborate.  The team from Behavioural Studies won 2nd place at a Seneca ARIE research event in April 2019 and were asked to attend the OCE event.  Thank you to Professor Ling Ly Tan for leading the team.


Crowd Management Training with York Regional Police

Over 50 Seneca College students from the School of Public Safety volunteered to help York Regional Police (YRP) with their crowd management training in early May 2019. Students participated in a large-scale public order exercise over two days in Port Hope. Thank you to our friends at YRP for involving Seneca students in this great training opportunity.


Behavioural Sciences Students Attend Professional Workshop

From 30 April – 02 May, six students and faculty from Seneca College's Behavioural Sciences program attended the Acceptance and Commitment Certification Training (ACT) Workshop. Student involvement at this event was made possible by the kind support of Seneca Alumni.


Fifty anniversary of Police Foundations

On 30 April 2019, Seneca College celebrated the 50th anniversary of Law Enforcement studies at Seneca College. Over 100 alumni, faculty, staff, students and community partners attended an evening reception in Magna Hall where President David Agnew presented the ‘Senecan of Distinction’ Award to Thomas Carrique (Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police - OPP) and Constable Monica Rutledge, Aboriginal Peacekeeping Unit, Toronto Police.


Behavioural Sciences Alum Prepare to Graduate from Behavioural Psychology Degree

In early April, the first cohort of graduating students from the new Bachelors (Honours) in Behavioural Psychology presented their final semester research posters and presentations in the Alumni Atrium, Magna Hall. These graduating students were alumni of Behavioural Sciences (BHS) who entered the accelerated entry pathway into semester 5 of the degree via a summer bridge to complete their degree studies within 2 years.


School of Behavioural Studies: Gala Celebration of Student Success

On 27 March 2019 the Behavioural Studies Club held an awards gala to celebrate the work and achievements of our students from Behavioural Sciences (BHS) & the Behavioural Psychology (BBP) Bachelors (Honours) degree. These awards celebrated student success, dedication and perseverance. Special awards were also made for excellence in work-integrated learning (WIL) and for student research.


Seneca's School of Public Safety hosts first Coffee with the Cops session

Seneca's School of Public Safety welcomed officers from the OPP, York Regional Police and YRP auxiliaries to its first Coffee with the Cops event on Friday, March 22 2019 at King Campus. More than 40 students had the opportunity to discuss careers in policing through an information chat with officers and recruiters.


Seneca hosts Future of Security event

On Thursday, March 21 (2019) the School of Public Safety held a student appreciation night in partnership with ASIS Toronto and Condor Security. More than 120 students and faculty from seven colleges across Ontario, along with security and public safety professionals attended the networking event to learn about future technologies and the use of drones in the security industry.


Cross College Police Fitness Challenge: Peel Regional Police

Students from Seneca’s Police Foundations students took part in the Peel Regional Police “Pin Test” College Challenge on 19 March in Mississauga.  Six colleges participated in the challenge and the event provided an opportunity for our students to meet serving officers and learn more about careers in policing.


Intelligence Analysis Seminar and Networking Event

In March 2019, the School of Public Safety welcomed guest speakers Jeff R. Weyers and Odhinn Kohout who shared their expertise and experience with the attendees at our first professional seminar for the Crime and Intelligence Analysis degree. The seminar on Geo-locational techniques was attended by practitioners from Rogers, OPP, YRP, TTC, Xpera, and other public safety organizations along with students and faculty from Seneca’s programs.


Seneca Research Shines at Geneva Symposium

Through the generosity of Seneca’s Alumni Association and the Geneva Centre for Autism, twelve students from Seneca’s Behavioural Sciences program attended the Geneva Symposium on Autism from 24-26 October 2018 at the Toronto Metro Centre. Bachelors of Behavioural Psychology student Ahmed Mirza also presented research from a Seneca Applied Research Fund (ARF) project at the symposium.


Technology Firm Introduces Investigation Students to Latest Surveillance Technologies 

November 2018, students from the Advanced Investigations and Enforcement (AIE) program visited Axis Communications in Mississauga for a dedicated orientation session at their interactive training centre to learn about the latest surveillance and video camera technologies.

Nigel McCoy (left), professor and Manny Prempeh (right), technical trainer at Axis led this visit.


Police Foundations Students Compete in Cross-College Physical Fitness Challenge

November 2018, a team of six students from the first year of Police Foundations program participated in the annual PARE Physical Fitness Challenge at Mohawk College. For the challenge, students from various GTA colleges competed against each other in a timed challenge to complete the RCMP’s Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE), an occupational test used to assess the capability to perform the physical demands of police work. This was the first time that a Seneca team participated in the challenge and students also had the opportunity to meet police recruiters from Halton Region, RCMP and Hamilton Police.


Police Students stand behind Serving With Pride

October 2018, Police Foundations students attended Serving With Pride -  Out of the Blue gala. The event promoted diversity, integrity awareness and non-discrimination of the LGBTQ2 personnel and equity of all persons within policing and criminal justice professions. Blue Line magazine featured our students in their online article talking about the event


Seneca Students Shine at ONTABA Conference

Eight student ambassadors from the Behavioural Psychology (BBP) degree program attended the annual conference of the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) in Toronto. BBP student Jennifer General received the ONTABA student award, a single award presented to a student in an ABA-based program who has furthered the field through a variety of activities. BBP students Ahmed Mirza and Jennifer General presented findings from a Seneca Applied Research (ARF) project to the conference delegates.


Students visit Toronto Emergency Medical Services headquarters

#senecaproud of the students and faculty from our Emergency Services Communications program who took part in a field trip to the Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) headquarters. Superintendent John Klich gave a sneak peek to our students on how his team handle emergency calls. 

 


Presenting behavioural research

Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology students, Jennifer General (left) and Ahmed Mirza (right) recently presented research at ABAJAM, a conference for applied behaviour analysis held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Their research identified innovative assessment and intervention procedures for working with people on the autism spectrum.


Seneca hosts security professional event on Cyber-Crime Prevention

March 2018, Seneca’s School of Public Safety welcomed 140 guests to the Newnham campus for the annual ‘ASIS Student Appreciation’ night.

Through the kind support of Seneca Alumni and the Toronto Chapter of ASIS International (the global association for security professionals), students and faculty from eight Ontario colleges (Centennial, Durham, George Brown, Fleming, Humber, Mohawk, Seneca & Sheridan) networked with security professionals from across the GTA and had the opportunity to learn about cyber-crime prevention from Detective Constable Kenrick Bagnall of Toronto Police’s Cyber-Crime Unit.  More information and pictures of Security Professional Event.


Students visit Ontario Police College 

Forty students from Seneca's Police Foundations program recently took part in an orientation visit to the Ontario Police College in Malahide township. With support from Seneca's Alumni Student Experience Fund, this activity helped students learn more about the professional standards for policing in Ontario, as well as speak directly with officers and trainers at the college.


Working with the community

Two officers from Toronto Police Service recently visited a Police Foundations class as part of an on-campus seminar. The officers, Randall Arsenault and Kyriakos Papadopoulos, shared insight and experience on the theme of community policing during the visit.


AIE student receives award of excellence

Caroline Gomba, an Advanced Investigation and Enforcement student, received an award of excellence from PolicePrep for her academic success, leadership and service in the community. The award was presented during spring 2018 Convocation by program Chair, Gary Galbraith (left) and Professor Keith Melo (right).