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Arbor Awards recognize exceptional volunteers

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For that, they are celebrated each year with the prestigious Arbor Award, established by the University in 1989 to honour exceptional and longstanding volunteers. So far, more than 2400 U of T alumni…

On a mission: Breast cancer survivor takes her story from Toronto to Washington D.C.

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Priya Brahmbhatt, a master’s student of kinesiology at the University of Toronto, compares it to training for a marathon.  “It’s the process of preparing yourself for an upcoming course of treatment…

The gift that keeps giving: How donors ensure students stay passionate about their work

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Michael Jorgensen, a PhD student in the exercise science program at KPE, didn’t get the chance to meet his donor – and namesake - Michael Guinness, who was justifiably absent, but he did get to meet…

KPE researcher develops mobile rehab tool to help patients manage their concussion recovery

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RHEA is an app designed to assist patients with their concussion recovery (images provided by Michael Hutchison) The mobile tool, developed with support from UTEST, a University of Toronto program…

'I don't have to depend on anyone else': U of T's Symone Peltier on how she found empowerment in education

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Symone Peltier had her sights on the University of Toronto since she was in Grade 9. She gravitated to U of T’s varied architecture while searching online for universities – particularly Robarts…

An extraordinary honour for Blues coach Vicky Sunohara

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Sunohara is never one to say no to a new challenge, so when this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presented itself, she was quick to accept.  “I was shocked and humbled,” said Sunohara. “What came to…

Before heading off to the U.S. Open, Bianca Andreescu made a pit stop at U of T

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Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu and Terry Radchenko, Varsity Blues track and field coach (photo courtesy of Terry Radchenko)How did you two meet? My contact info was passed on to her from…

The making of a champion: U of T's Kylie Masse sets her sights on Tokyo 2020

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Three, two, one. Masse moves reflexively, like a machine getting into gear. She dives, resurfaces and surges forward into her lane for the 200-metre butterfly. “TORONTO” is spelled out in block…

Big win sends KPE’s Erica Gavel to the 2020 Paralympics

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“Hands down it was the most amazing experience of my entire life,” she said. “I’m still speechless.”  During the game, Team USA and Team Canada tied up the score a total of 10 times and experienced…

Writing Centre celebrates major milestone

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Boba Samuels, an assistant professor at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, joined the Writing Centre as director in 2016 and has witnessed the incredible impact that it can have.  “…

Beyond the gridiron: A Varsity Blues' summer in Rwanda

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The Ottawa, Ont. native spent two unforgettable months in Gisenyi, Rwanda – and the trip got off to a pretty rocky start.   "I flew out, landed there and had to wait two hours for someone to pick me…

Welcome to a new academic year: A message from Dean Ira Jacobs

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Our Faculty’s mission is to develop, advance and disseminate knowledge about the interactions of physical activity and health through education, research, leadership and the provision of opportunity…