Members of the LSSU Community,
I am writing to you today to provide information on changes to the Academic Calendar that may affect you.
About two years ago, the faculty, students, and administration reviewed the 13-14 Academic Year Calendar and decided to incorporate a mid-semester break that coincides with the Canadian Thanksgiving. That day will be Monday, October 14, 2013. There will be no classes on that day. Students will be encouraged to explore the EUP and enjoy the changing seasons. Canadian students will be able to enjoy the holiday with their family and friends. To accommodate the lost instructional day (a lost Monday), an additional day needed to be added.
This is where it's a bit confusing. After Labor Day, classes will resume one day earlier than normal; they will resume onTuesday, September 3, 2013. This gets us the day we lost due to the holiday, but we still have lost a Monday (and now an extra Tuesday).
To regain the lost Monday, the Tuesday (October 15th) after the mid-semester break (October 14th) will be treated as Monday! Students and faculty should plan to attend/hold their regularlyscheduledMonday classes on that Tuesday. The remainder of the week and semester are unchanged. I'm sure that as an institution of high learning we can navigate these new waters; providing a much needed break for our students, and recognizing a holiday of our many Canadian friends. Faculty may want to note this on their syllabi and highlight the date.
*** Classes resume one day earlier than normal after Labor Day.
***Tuesday, October 15thwill be treated as a Monday.
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For those of you that see the big picture, the following question should come to mind; "Why wasn't the Tuesday that was added used as the Monday?". The answer is...several people felt that making the Tuesday after Labor Day a Monday didn't provide enough time to notify everyone of the multiple changes....and, connecting the holiday with the Tuesday/Monday swap seemed like a better solution - chronologically. In any event, we'll see how it goes!
Morrie Walworth, Provost & Vice President