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August 2021

Ahh, the "dog days" of summer, associated with the hottest and driest part of the summer, sometimes interrupted by a few sudden thunderstorms. We hope you are enjoying these dog days of summer, a well-deserved break, a time to relax, recharge and reconnect with family and friends.

However, with August upon us, we are excited to think about fall and a return to campus for students and staff alike!

In the coming weeks you can expect to receive communications about return to work dates and unit assignments. A few of the protocols and measures from last year to assist the smooth operations of all areas will continue as we reopen.

Here are a few updates for your information:

Take Care. Get the Shot.
As we look forward to fall and prepare for a full return to in–person classes, Western strongly encourages all members of the campus community to get vaccinated against COVID-19. It is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself, each other, and our community.

For updates and information select this link COVID-19 Information for Campus, also found on Western's homepage.

Western's on-campus vaccination and testing centre at the Graphic Services Building is now open throughout August and into the fall to accommodate first and second doses for students and employees. Vaccinations are required for students living in residence and we strongly encourage all members of the campus community to get vaccinated as soon as they can.

A three-layer non-medical mask remains a requirement for those working and studying on campus, both indoors and outdoors where physical distancing is challenging. Western will continue to follow public health guidelines, working closely with Middlesex-London Health Unit.

New faces and places. We are excited to be opening a full-service Starbucks this summer, more about that below! Craig Clifford, Operations Manager and Brady Parr, Area Manager have joined the Campus Eateries team and for Lesley Cook it feels a bit like coming back to the future, returning to a busy Residence Dining as Operations Manager this fall.

Residence Life:
Many of the activities typical of startup will resume, which include housing international students in August; hosting the Mustang Football team for meals in early September; Housing L&D meals ahead of Move-In; and a four day move-in over Labour Day Weekend (September 3 - 6).

The residence system is at full occupancy this year with 5300 students expected to move Labour Day weekend.

Lambton Hall is now a first year suite style residence with 280 beds. It offers an optional meal plan with Saugeen-Maitland Hall providing the closest dining hall.

London Hall, with 417 beds, will operate as a first year residence again this year, providing a mandatory meal plan and nearby dining in Essex Hall.

Delaware, Essex, Elgin, Medway-Sydenham, Ontario, Perth and Saugeen-Maitland will be at full occupancy this September.

Alumni House may house first year students if needed. Residence for upper-year students will not be offered for the 2021-22 academic year.

Campus Eateries:
With the announcement of a return to in–person classes, planning has quickly turned to reopening eateries for the fall. A brand new full service Starbucks in lower UCC is scheduled to open mid-August. We are also excited for the future arrival of a new ChaTime (bubble tea) concept, currently in the planning stages, also in lower UCC.

Argo Tea is no more. Once the Weldon Library renovations are completed, a new eatery will be introduced in late fall, early winter.

Lucy's will see new flooring and seating throughout, as the entire main level of Somerville House will soon reveal a massive transformation.

Eateries opening in September:

  • Lucy's
  • UCC: Tim Horton's
  • Upper: UCC Starbucks
  • Lower: UCC Starbucks
  • UCC: Booster Juice
  • UCC: Tim's Express
  • UCC: Centre Spot
  • UCC: Subway
  • UCC: Bento Sushi
  • IVEY: Servery
  • IVEY: Starbucks
  • Natural Sciences: Einsteins
  • Natural Sciences: Tim Hortons
  • Engineering
  • Talbot College
  • South Valley
  • North Campus
  • WSRC

These plans are still subject to change, based on operational needs, classroom schedules and staffing availability.

Great Hall Catering:
With staff and faculty gradually returning back to campus, business orders are increasing daily. We also look forward to the return of the Angry Goose Food Truck to various campus locations this fall!

A full return to in–person classes means Hospitality Services is hiring! Please share the news. To apply and find further information check out Working at Western on the Human Resources webpage. To ensure all areas are staffed to operational needs, a sharing of staff resources across hospitality departments will continue this fall.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to a Unit Manager or our office if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you back in a few short weeks!

Chris Alleyne
Associate Vice-President
Housing & Ancillary Services

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