Programming and Supports


Updated November 8, 2018 at 9:00p.m.

The Student Experience portfolio is working with our community to expand programming and supports available to students during what can be a difficult time. This page offers information about resources, supports, and events that students can access during the suspension of classes. Our priority is to ensure that that our students have the supports they need to stay on track academically, and stay healthy.

If you have a question about how the labour disruptions will impact you, please click here for a list of FAQ's.

Student Experience staff are available by e-mail at from 8a.m. to 8p.m., and by telephone at 519-661-2111 ext. 85029 from 9a.m. to 7p.m.

Stay Connencted

We are committed to providing extended programming that supports your ability to maintain the friendships and relationships that have helped you foster a thriving student experience at Western.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Squash courts available for reservations
Squash Courts, 6:00a.m.-8:00p.m.

Long Course Fit Lanes
WSRC- Pool 6:05a.m.-1:30p.m.

Fitness OnDemand (Video) & Drop-In 
WSRC - Studio 1, 6:30a.m.-4:30p.m.

Personal Training Clients and Drop-In Fitness and Dance
WSRC - Studios 2 & Spin area, 6:30a.m.-12:00p.m.

Ringette Practice
WSRC - Thomson Arena, 7:00a-8:00a.m.

Drop-In Field Activity (Mustangs)
TD Waterhouse Stadium Fields, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

Open Jogging
WSRC - Indoor Track, 10:30a.m.-2:30p.m.

WSRC - Spin area, 12:05-12:55p.m.

WSRC - Spin area, 1:05-1:55p.m.

Personal Training Clients and Drop-In Fitness and Dance
WSRC - Studios 2 & Spin area, 2:00p.m.-4:30p.m.

Drop-In Volleyball
WSRC - Gym 1, 7:15a.m.-4:00p.m.

Drop-In Basketball
WSRC - Gym 2, 7:15a.m.-4:00p.m.

Drop-In Badminton
WSRC - Gym 3, 7:15a.m.-4:00p.m.

Fitness Centre Orientation
WSRC, 9:00-11:00a.m.

Men's Hockey Practice
Thomson Arena, 10:30-11:30a.m.

Open skating
Thomson Arena, 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m.

Short Course Shallow Fit Lanes
WSRC- Pool 2:00-6:00p.m.

Intramural Hockey League
Thomson Arena, 1-3:00p.m.

Know Your Knives - Knife skills for the beginner
Elgin Main Lounge, 2-3:00pm

Dodgeball Tournament
Saugeen Main Lounge , 2-4:00p.m.

Track & Fild Practice
WSRC - Indoor Track, 3:30a.m.-5:00p.m.

Football Practice
TD Waterhouse stadium, 4:00-5:30p.m.

Women's hockey practice
Thomson Arena, 4:00-5:30p.m.

Badminton Club
WSRC - Gym 2 & 3, 4:30-7:30p.m

Sculpt & Sweat 
WSRC - Studio 1, 4:35-5:25p.m.

Judo Club
WSRC - Studio 2, 5:00-6:30p.m.

Women’s Varsity Basketball - Western vs. Carleton
Alumni Hall, 6:00pm,

Akido Club
WSRC - Studio 2, 6:30-8:25p.m.

Men's Lacrosse
TD Waterhouse stadium, 7:00-10:00p.m.

Men's Varsity Hockey - Western vs Windsor
Thomson Arena, 7:00p.m. 

Men’s Varsity Basketball – Western vs. Carleton
Alumni Hall, 8:00pm

Ontario Got Talent
Ontario Hall Main Lounge, 8:00pm

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Intramural Senior Men's Hockey
WSRC - Thomson Arena, 9:00a.m.-10:00a.m.

Drop-In Basketball
WSRC - Gym 1, 9:15a.m.-7:15p.m.

Drop-In Badminton
WSRC - Gym 2 & 3, 9:15a.m.-7:15p.m.

Spin OnDemand
WSRC - Spin area, 9:30a.m.-12:00p.m.

Short Course Lanes
WSRC - Pool, 9:30a.m.-5:00p.m.

Squash Courts Available for Reservation
WSRC - Squash Courts, 9:30a.m.-8:00p.m.

Drop-In Field
TD Waterhouse Stadium, 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m

WSRC - Studio 1, 10:35-11:25a.m

Ballroom Dance
WSRC - Studio 2, 10:35-11:25a.m

Fitness On-Demand Video Classes
WSRC - Studio 1, 11:30a.m.-11:30p.m.

WSRC - Spin area, 12:05-12:55p.m.

Spin OnDemand
WSRC - Spin area, 1:00p.m.-11:30p.m.

Rec swim
WSRC - Pool, 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m.

Jiu-Jitsu Club
WSRC - Studio 2, 3:00p.m.-4:30p.m.

Sculpt & Sweat
WSRC - Studio 1, 4:35p.m.-5:25p.m.

Intramural ice hockey
WSRC - Thomson Arena, 5:30p.m.-1:30a.m.

Women’s Varsity Basketball - Western vs. Ottawa
Alumni Hall, 6:00p.m.

Pride Tie-Die
Saugeen Main Lounge, 7:00-9:00pm

Men’s Varsity Basketball – Western v. Ottawa
Alumni Hall, 8:00pm


Sunday, November 11, 2018

Spin OnDemand
WSRC - Spin area, 6:00a.m.-11:00p.m.

Drop-In Volleyball
WSRC - Gym 1, 9:15a.m.-10:30p.m.

Drop-In Basketball
WSRC - Gym 2 , 9:15a.m.-10:30p.m.

Drop-In Badminton
WSRC - Gym 3 , 9:15a.m.-10:30p.m.

Intramural Senior Men's Hockey
WSRC - Thomson Arena, 9:30-10:30a.m.

Squash Courts Available for Reservation
WSRC - Squash Courts, 9:30a.m.-8:00p.m.

Rec Swim
WSRC - Pool, 9:30-11:00a.m.

Short Fit Lanes
WSRC - Pool, 9:30a.m.-3:00p.m.

Yoga Stretch
Studio 1, 10:05-10:55a.m.

Aikido Club
WSRC - Studio 2, 10:00-11:30a.m.

WSRC - Gym 1, 2, & 3, 11:00a.m.-11:00p.m.

Aikido Seikido Club
WSRC - Studio 2, 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m.

All fields, 11:30a.m.-11:30p.m.

WSRC - Studio 1, 4:35-5:25p.m.

Judo Club
WSRC - Studio 2, 1-2:30p.m.

Fleetway Bowling

Explore the Forest
Saugeen, 2-3:00pm

Karate Club
WSRC - Studio 2, 2:30-4:00p.m.

TKD Club
WSRC - Studio 2, 4:00-5:40p.m.

Belly Dance
WSRC - Studio 2, 6:30-7:30p.m.

Making Waves Rental
WSRC - Pool, 3:30-6:00p.m.

Intramural Ice Hockey
WSRC - Thomson Arena, 5:30p.m.-1:30a.m.

Intamurals Inner Tube Water Polo
WSRC- Pool, 6:00-11:30p.m.

Remembrance Day Movie
Ontario Hall, 7-10:00pm

Wellness Workshop: Cooking Demo - Crepes
Delaware Hall 7-8:30pm


Stay Positive

We have increased our wide range of programmes designed to help inspire students who are confident in their capacity to learn, grow and meet the challenges experienced in their lives.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Pyschological Services
Room 4112, Western Student Services Building, 8:30a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Student Health Services
Room 11, UCC, 9:00a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wellness Education Centre
Room 76, UCC, 10:00a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Wellness Workshop:  Eating for Energy Discussion & Cooking Demo Crepes
Ontario & Saugeen Dining Room. 1:00-3:00p.m.

Thames Nature Walk
Meet in the MedSyd Lobby. 2:00-3:00p.m.

UCC 210 Seminar Room, 1:00-4:00p.m.
This workshop aims to give participants strategies and skills to connect someone going through a mental health crisis to the appropriate resources and professionals. Facilitated by a LivingWorks registered trainer, this three hour session will help teach members of the community to be “suicide-alert helpers.” No prior training around mental health is required. For more information about safeTALK, please visit:
*Note that in addition to the event facilitator, a community resource person will also be on site for support.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Student Health Services
Room 11, UCC, 9:00a.m.-1:00 p.m.

suicideTALK (Wellness) OR Paying for School 101 (Financial)
Student Success Centre, 11a.m.-12:00p.m.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

safeTALK (Wellness)
Student Success Centre, 9:00a.m.-12:00pm

Stay Focused

Our student Experience team has created programming to help you remain focused on your academic and career goals, as well as continuing to develop your personal strengths.  

Friday, November 9, 2018

Bridges out of Poverty (Co-curricular)
Student Success Centre, 9:00a.m.-12:00pm

Effective Self-Management
UCC 147A, 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
Time management, being assertive, recognizing and managing stress, and staying motivated are all personal development skills explored in this workshop. Participants will learn about the sources of stress, the advantages of an internal locus of control, and methods to make sure their own needs are met while being a productive and supportive member of any team. Completion of this module counts towards the requirements of Tier One of the Leadership Education Program.

What is Leadership?
UCC 210 Seminar Room, 10:30a.m.-11:30
What does it mean to be a leader? Can we break leadership down into core traits and skills? If so, what are they? This workshop will help students understand the concept of leadership through interactive discussions, an overview of the Social Change Model of Leadership, and an exploration of students' strengths that can contribute to their leadership effectiveness.
Note that this workshop is required (in addition to your choice of four others) to achieve the Letter of Accomplishment for Tier 1 of the Leadership Education Program.

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Centre
WSSB 4139, 10:30a.m.-3:30p.m.
Before paying for a tutor, get free assistance in Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Centre. You can discuss general or course-specific learning concerns with a Learning Peer in a supportive, peer-run environment and develop learning strategies to achieve your academic goals. Students are welcome to drop-in as needed - no appointment necessary!

Writing Support Centre Drop-In
Weldon Library 102A, 10:30a.m.-4:30p.m.
We offer free 25-minute one-to-one sessions with a writing advisor at our Drop-In Centre in the D.B. Weldon Library. We can offer quick advice for any of your writing concerns or questions. No appointments are necessary, though the services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure a session, especially during busy periods in November and March, come to the Drop-In Centre (beside Argo Tea Café) shortly before the sign-up sheets are posted at 10:30am. Students are allowed one writing session with a writing advisor per day: either a drop-in session at Weldon Library or a booked appointment at our main centre in WSSB4100.

UCC 147a, 12:30-2:30p.m.
Facilitation is a complex communication skill. The information and activities presented in this workshop will provide participants with the skills needed to conduct effective meetings, to moderate discussions, and to appropriately mingle and network in a variety of situations. Completion of this workshop counts towards the requirements of Tier Two of the Leadership Education Program.

Staying Focused on Academics during the Strike
WSSB 3134, 1:00p.m.-2:00p.m.
Learning Skills Services can help you stay focused on your academics while your classes are out. Learn strategies to improve academic performance and use your time away from class effectively so that you’re ready to face course demands in a positive, proactive manner.

Grammar Primer (UGRD Writing Seminar) OR Budgeting 101 (Financial Literacy)
Student Success Centre, 1:00p.m.-2:00p.m. 

Writing Clearly and Concisely
WSSB 3134, 2:00p.m.-3:00p.m.
Ever read an article, become frustrated, and thought, "What is this writer trying to say?" Too often, the great ideas in our heads become jumbled once they hit the page, so in this seminar we will explore ways to ensure your readers never get frustrated with what you're trying to say. We'll discuss ways to write clearly and concisely, to communicate with diverse audiences. This seminar is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Internships for Liberal Arts students: Information Session
UCC 147B, 1:30p.m.-2:30p.m.
Attention undergraduate students in Arts & Humanities, FIMS, Music, and Social Science! Internship programs allow you to explore career options while applying your academic knowledge and are also a great way to build skills and gain work experience. Join us at our information session to learn more about the variety of opportunities available to you.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Making the Most of the Writing Process (GRAD Writing Seminar)
Student Success Centre, 9:00-10:00a.m.

Maintaining Your Academic Focus (Learning Skills)
Student Success Centre, 10:00-11:00a.m.

Writing a Thesis Statement (UGRD Writing Seminar)
Student Success Centre, 2:00-3:00p.m.

Study Power Hour (Learning Skills)
Student Success Centre, 3:00-4:00p.m.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Credit and Debt 101 (Financial)
Student Success Centre, 1:00-2:00pm

Writing and Annotated Bibliography (UGRD Writing Seminar)
Student Success Centre, 2:00-3:00pm

Interview Skills (Careers)
Student Success Centre, 3:00-4:00pm

Stay Engaged

We are committed to ensuring you have the supports and programming available so that you remain a connected, and thriving member of your Western community, and broader local community.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Western Employment Resource Centre (WERC)
UCC 210, 10:00-4:00 (drop-in; no appointment needed)
Need help with your resume, cover letter, or CV? Looking to update your LinkedIn profile? Get into WERC and talk to a Career Profile Advisor (CPA) today. No appointment needed! At WERC, our CPAs assist the career counselling team in providing career and employment support to Western students and alumni. They receive comprehensive training on employment document development and interviewing strategies. Our CPAs are happy to provide you with constructive feedback (e.g. format, overall appearance, relevant content, etc.) on your application documents but please be aware this is not an editing service.

Saturday, November 10, 2018


Sunday, November 11, 2018


Stay Globally Minded

We are committee to ensuring that you are able to remain a globally and socially engaged citizen throughout your student journey. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Tea & Info Sessions for Spouses/Partners of International Students
International and Graduate Affairs Building, 1:30p.m., Details here

Saturday, November 10, 2018


Sunday, November 11, 2018