The spirit of innovation and commitment to students at Seneca is as strong as ever.
This was evidenced by an internal competition held earlier this fall by Seneca‘s Advancement and Alumni team. The Advancement Challenge stemmed from a pool of funds contributed by Seneca’s generous donors, alumni, partners and friends which was designated for the institution’s “area of greatest need”.
As the Advancement team considered different approaches to engage the Seneca community about how to employ the funds, a unique idea emerged—a call to action for faculty, staff and administrators to bring forward their innovative student-focused projects that could benefit from these donated dollars. For Seneca’s Advancement team, the Challenge also presented an incredible opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the new and impactful initiatives in need of funding support across Seneca.
In all, 14 project proposals were submitted from faculty and staff across Seneca addressing issues like student financial barriers, gaps in student mental health care and nutrition, needs for upgraded academic and simulation equipment as well as experiential learning opportunities for our students. The submissions were evaluated by a panel of Advancement team members as well as Seneca’s senior executive committee and scored based on: student benefit, innovative/unique elements and value for funds donated.
Transforming the student learning experience, one high-tech mannequin at a time
Long-time professor (and alum) Tania Killian of Seneca’s School of Health Sciences submitted a unique proposal that would enable her program, and others, to use the donated funds to purchase four additional simulation mannequins designed to help augment student learning experiences at their new facilities located at the recently-opened Magna Hall at Seneca’s King Campus.
Better patient care through enhanced simulation: To see the nursing simulation mannequins at work in Seneca classrooms, watch this clip that aired on a recent episode of Citytv Toronto’s Breakfast Television.