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Season 3 | Episode 6 | Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Starting Fresh: The changes from Mexico to Canada as an International Student
In this episode, Amanda sits down with Ximena Paredes, a third-year psychology co-op student in the research stream at Brock University. Ximena is an international student from Mexico and has been awarded the International Ambassador Award for the past two years. This award recognizes international students with significant academic achievements and community involvement. Ximena has been heavily involved with the Brock community with on-campus jobs and Varsity Tennis. Ximena shares her experiences as an international student, the various supports available at her “home away from home”, as well as her journey coming to Canada and being a part of the Brock community.
Season 3 | Episode 5 | Tuesday, January 17, 2023
From Coffee Consumer to Coffee Producer: Chris Battagli and the 416 Coffee Co. Story
In this episode, Shree sits down with Chris Battagli, co-founder of 416 Coffee Co. (a local coffee shop in the Niagara Region) and Brock graduate of the Business Administration program. Chris sheds light on how 416 Coffee Co. came to fruition, and how he leveraged his university experiences to help his business grow. He also touches base on the challenges of running a small business and offers sound advice for future students who are looking to become entrepreneurs.
Season 3 | Episode 4 | Tuesday, January 10, 2023
All about Music and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts
In this episode, Emma chats with Chloe Racho, a current student in the BA Music program, with a Concentration in Music Education and a Minor in French. Chloe discusses why she chose Brock University, and the joys of studying Music at the downtown St. Catharines campus of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. In addition, she outlines her process of expanding her degree with a Minor in French, and changing the components of her degree while at Brock.
Season 3 | Episode 3 | Tuesday, January 3, 2023
Icewine and Gold Medals: Exploring the Oenology and Viticulture Program
In this episode, Alex sits down with Claire Findlater, recent graduate of the Oenology and Viticulture (OEVI) program at Brock, and one of the students that took part in first-of-its-kind Icewine co-op with Pillitteri Estates Winery – the official wine partner of the Canadian Olympic Team at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. She discusses the highlights of the OEVI program, and the experiential learning she participated in during her degree.
Season 3 | Episode 2 | Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Exploring Brock’s new Earth and Planetary Science Communication program
In this episode, Emma chats with Duncan Koerber, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, Pop Culture and Film, and Mariek Schmidt, Associate Professor from the Department of Earth Sciences. In this episode, both guests introduce the new Earth and Planetary Science Communication program at Brock by discussing what to expect in the classroom, opportunities in the field, and the exciting future of this program. They additionally talk about their experiences in the field of Communication Studies and Earth Sciences, and how both of these departments merge together.
Season 3 | Episode 1 | Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Full Circle: From Student Experience to Executive
In the season 3 premiere of the Let's Talk Brock podcast, Alex sits down with Andrea Lepage, a former Political Science student at Brock, and current Vice President of University Affairs for the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU). Andrea is a passionate Brock individual who cares for student success and experience. In this episode, she shares some of her favorite experiences as an undergraduate student, and how those have helped her in her current position. She also discusses the impact that BUSU has on the overall undergraduate student experience at Brock, and ways for students to get involved.
Season 2 | Episode 10 | Thursday, October 27, 2022
Data Sciences and Analytics + LinkedIn = Working in London, England
In this episode, Tricia is joined by Brad Klassen who completed both his undergraduate and master's degrees in Statistics at Brock. Brad explains how these programs coupled with his minor in Business helped him secure his three co-op work terms in the growing field of Data Sciences and Analytics, and how he was named both Brock’s and Ontario’s Co-op Student of the Year in 2019. Brad currently works as a Data Scientist for Expedia Group in London, England, and he outlines the importance of using LinkedIn to build your professional network and set yourself up for success.
Season 2 | Episode 9 | Tuesday, October 25, 2022
How Goodman fostered one of the Top 100 Tech Companies to Watch in Canada
Liam catches up with Asad Jalib, an entrepreneur who recently graduated from the Business Administration program at Brock. Asad discusses what brought him to Goodman, his hands-on, presentation-focused courses, and gaining a problem-solving mentality through his executive positions outside the classroom. He also took advantage of Brock’s entrepreneurship opportunities like Monster Pitch, a competition in which students pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges, emulating the show Dragon’s Den. He and his business partner won the competition in 2021, securing guidance and funding to kickstart DirtMarket, which was recently named among the Top 100 Tech Companies to Watch in Canada.
Season 2 | Episode 8 | Thursday, October 20, 2022
Sport Management and the Importance of Staying Open-Minded
Today’s episode highlights Alex Mohamed, a Sport Management graduate, and current Program Specialist for the Toronto Blue Jays – Jays Care Foundation. He outlines helpful strategies to help you choose your post-secondary pathway, how getting involved might look different for everyone, and the importance of trying new opportunities at Brock that you might not have initially considered. He then touches on his experience facilitating our intramural sports leagues on campus, hiring and training students, and how the Sport Management program opened his eyes to different avenues in sport, including that of his current not-for-profit role for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Season 2 | Episode 7 | Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Journalism Opportunities on Campus and Beyond
Liam sits down with Rob Terpstra, a Brock graduate who spent his years as a student working as the Editor-in-Chief of Brock’s student-run news source, The Brock Press. Rob describes why he fell in love with Brock’s campus at such a young age, how he got involved in journalism as a student, and the benefits of Brock's intramural sports leagues in relieving his stress. He then explains how he was able to combine his passions for traveling and writing to visit 115 countries, noting positions for the United Nations in New York City, several Olympic games, and even magazines overseas!
Season 2 | Episode 6 | Friday, March 25, 2022
Athletics, Wrestling and Finding Balance
On today’s episode our host Liam talks with Jevon Balfour, a Brock graduate who has pursued his passion for wrestling all the way to Team Canada. Jevon shares with us how he got started in wrestling, what a typical week for a varsity athlete is like and discusses what it was like representing Canada across the globe. Tune in to learn more about varsity sports at Brock and Jevon’s journey.
Season 2 | Episode 5 | Thursday, March 10, 2022
A Chat with Gold Medalist and Lead Sports Performance Coach: Vicki Bendus
In this episode Liam talks with Vicki Bendus, the Lead Sports Performance Coach at Brock University. Vicki shares with us her incredible journey starting from growing up in Wasaga Beach, winning a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship, working on a master's degree, and how Brock University has played a part in that story.
Season 2 | Episode 4 | Thursday, February 24, 2022
Getting to Know Ken Chan: Brock’s Vice President of Administration
In today’s episode Sarah is joined by Ken Chan, the Vice President of Administration of Brock University. Ken shares with us his day-to-day responsibilities at the University, how he chose his major, and his fascinating journey through business, law, healthcare, politics and more!
Season 2 | Episode 3 | Thursday, February 17, 2022
International Student Experiences, Psychology and Social Justice
Today we are joined by Maia Andrew, a graduate of Brocks Psychology program and an international student from Trinidad and Tobago. While at Brock she was heavily involved in student life and she shares with us her experiences as a Brock Ambassador running campus tours, what supports are available for international students, how her previous social justice work at Brock now guides her work as a legal assistant, and so much more.
Season 2 | Episode 2 | Thursday, February 10, 2022
Exploring Opportunities in Applied Linguistics
In today’s episode Liam talks with Katarina and Maddy, both 4th year students majoring in Speech Language & Hearing Sciences. Our two guests share their experiences getting involved in a fascinating research practicum, discuss their positions as co-presidents of Brock University Linguistics Network and review some of the many enriching opportunities available within the Applied Linguistics program.
Season 2 | Episode 1 | Thursday, February 3, 2022
Brianne’s Story: Business Owner, Hockey Coach and Educator
In this episode, Sarah is joined by Brianne, a graduate of Brock’s Concurrent Education- Physical Education program and a Brock Varsity Women’s Hockey Team alum. Brianne shares her experiences of being a heavily involved student athlete at Brock, including how she learned to balance varsity sports, academics and extra- curriculars throughout her undergrad. We learn of how since graduating, Brianne has merged two of her biggest passions- sport and education, to become the founder and lead instructor of the Northern Elite Female Hockey Academy, where she utilizes the skills she developed at Brock to serve and inspire young female athletes every day.
Season 1 | Episode 35 | Tuesday, September 7, 2021
From Sociology to Social Justice and Beyond: Finding Your Way at Brock
On today’s season one finale, Tricia is joined by Jasmine, a graduate of the BA in Sociology and master's in social justice & Equity programs at Brock. Jasmine recently started law school at the University of Sydney, Australia and has a love for social research and policy making. Tricia and Jasmine discuss her involvement on campus through jobs, volunteering with various organizations and was a member of the Indian Student Association and Brock Women in House clubs. Let’s Talk Brock will be back with more this Fall!
Season 1 | Episode 34 | Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Staying Involved While Studying From Home
On today’s show, Tricia is joined by Madelyn, a second-year student in the Sport Management program. Tricia and Madelyn discuss her involvement with the Sport Management Council. She is also a member of the Brock Leaders Citizenship Society where she has joined volunteering and being a leader in the community. Madelyn shares insight into beginning her Brock experience virtually and the many ways to get involved despite being online.
Season 1 | Episode 33 | Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Getting Involved in the Sport Management Program
On today’s show, Sarah is joined by Tyler Seguin, a recent graduate of Brock University's Sport Management program and former member of the Brock men’s golf team. Tyler shares his experiences as a Sport Management student, varsity athlete and a founding member of SHEMA. Tyler also shares valuable insights into the importance of getting involved at Brock, speaking to his experiences with the Sport Management Alumni Day and his fourth-year internship.
Season 1 | Episode 32 | Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Advice on Choosing Your Educational Path
On today’s show, Liam is joined by Gianluca Agostinelli, a graduate of Brock University and current employee in the Faculty of Education and Faculty of Humanities. Gianluca provides advice for students looking to pursue a career in education and outlines the various paths which have led him to his current position as a PhD candidate. Gianluca also discusses his wide range of experiences through Brock and in the Niagara Region.
Season 1 | Episode 31 | Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Studying Kinesiology while working on the Residence Life Team
On today’s show, Liam is joined by Robert O’Halloran, a current student at Brock in the BSc Kinesiology program. Robert sheds some light on the experiential learning opportunities available for Kinesiology students, and also outlines his experiences in the residence community at Brock. Robert also shares some insights on how students can get involved at Brock beginning right away in their first years.
Season 1 | Episode 30 | Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Experiencing Brock as a Transfer Student
On today’s show, Liam is joined by Nick, a graduate of the Recreation and Leisure Studies program at Brock. Nick discusses his experience transferring to Brock from another institution as well as his current role at the Bruyere Research Institute in Ottawa. Nick also touches on his wide variety of on-campus experiences in Brock Sports, on-campus jobs, and experiential education.
Season 1 | Episode 29 | Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Business Communication & Badgers Building Bridges
On today’s show, Liam is joined by Owen, a fourth year Business Communication student at Brock. Owen talks about his experiences in the BCOMM program and discusses his unique path to becoming a Badger. Owen also outlines his involvement with the Badgers Building Bridges program and provides some tips for how incoming students can get involved on campus.
Season 1 | Episode 28 | Tuesday, June 8, 2021
The Brock Press
On today’s show, Sarah is joined by Noah, a current student in Brock’s Political Science program and Editor-in-Chief of The Brock Press, Brock’s student newspaper. Noah speaks about his experiences getting involved in both political science and journalism during his time at Brock. Noah shares insights into the value of experiential learning at Brock, including volunteer opportunities, on-campus jobs, and co-op options. He encourages future students with interests in writing to get involved in the Brock Press by reaching out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Season 1 | Episode 27 | Tuesday, June 1, 2021
On today’s show, Sarah is joined by Karlyn, a recent Brock graduate from the BA in Film Studies program. Karlyn shares her vast experiences getting involved in the program, including her roles as the student Film representative and the Mentorship Coordinator for the Badgers Building Bridges program. She also shares her story of how she became interested in the film industry and takes us on a journey from her discovery of film in high school, throughout her time at Brock and where she is now.
Season 1 | Episode 26 | Thursday, May 27, 2021
Applied Linguistics & The Value of Getting Involved
On today’s show, Sarah is joined by Alex, a 2017 graduate from Brock University’s Applied Linguistics program. Alex shares stories of the many valuable experiences she had as a student, including volunteer opportunities and on-campus jobs. Alex also shares the educational and career path that has led her to her current position working for the Niagara Region.
Season 1 | Episode 25 | Tuesday, May 25, 2021
From Kinesiology to the US Paralympic Training Centre
On today’s show, Tricia is joined by Yunus, a graduate from the Bachelor of Kinesiology program. Yunus is presently a strength coach and research assistant at the University of Illinois. Tricia and Yunus discuss his work with a US Paralympic Training Centre and how Brock’s experiential education opportunities guided his path to get there.
Season 1 | Episode 24 | Thursday, May 20, 2021
From Political Science to a Research Think Tank
On today’s show, Andrea is joined by Arushana, a recent graduate of the Political Science program with a minor in Media Studies. Arushana talks about her involvement in the Political Science community and how her experiences have led her to her current job at a research think take in Ottawa.
Season 1 | Episode 23 | Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Insights for Prospective Students
On today’s show, Tricia is joined by Lauren, a fourth year Concurrent Education student. Lauren talks about her experience in the Concurrent Education program, changing teachable subjects, time in Residence and being part of the Residence Action Council, and share wisdom for prospective and incoming students.
Season 1 | Episode 22 | Thursday, May 13, 2021
SPMA Council Podcast
On today’s show, Liam is joined by Will, a third-year student in the Sport Management program at Brock. Liam and Will talk about some of their favourite experiences in the Sport Management program, both inside and outside of the classroom. Will also talks the Brock Sport Management Council podcast, and why he finds it so rewarding to connect with Brock Sport Management alumni.
Season 1 | Episode 21 | Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Meet the Dean of the Goodman School of Business
On today’s show, Liam is joined by Dr. Andrew Gaudes, Dean of the Goodman School of Business. Dr. Gaudes discusses his educational and career experiences which have led him to Brock, as well as what makes the Goodman School of Business unique.
Season 1 | Episode 20 | Thursday, May 6, 2021
Neuroscience and Research Opportunities
On today’s show, Liam is joined by Zoe, a second-year student in the Neuroscience program at Brock. Zoe discusses her unique path to Brock, as well as how she’s been involved in her first two years. Liam and Zoe also discuss the importance of building relationships with professors, and some research opportunities which can arise from those relationships.
Season 1 | Episode 19 | Tuesday, May 4, 2021
On today’s show, Tricia is joined by Rebecca, a fourth-year nursing student from St. Catharines. Rebecca is a member of the Brock Leader’s Citizenship Society and shares her experiences with a wide variety of activities at Brock. Tricia and Rebecca also discuss working on campus at Student Life and getting involved outside the classroom.
Season 1 | Episode 18 | Thursday, April 29, 2021
Concurrent Education and Getting Involved
On today’s show, Tricia is joined by Abby, a fourth year Concurrent Education student at Brock University. Abby shares her experience as a Brock student and ways that she has been involved on campus, including her time as a Brock Ambassador and working for Parking Services.
Season 1 | Episode 17 | Thursday, April 22, 2021
From Brock to a Successful Career in Law
On today’s show, Andrea is joined by Alex, a graduate of the Political Science program at Brock University. Alex shares his educational path and experiences that led him to his successful career in law.
Season 1 | Episode 16 | Thursday, April 22, 2021
Nursing and the Transfer Student Experience
On today’s show, Liam is joined by Tara, a current student in the Nursing program at Brock. Tara discusses her Brock experience from a transfer student perspective, and highlights what makes Brock’s Nursing program so unique. Liam and Tara also talk about how Nursing students can get involved and maximize their time outside of the classroom.
Season 1 | Episode 15 | Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Dear Marilyn Podcast
On today’s show, Kylee is joined by Luca and Danielle. Luca is a fourth-year student from Oakville, studying Concurrent Education in the Intermediate/Senior stream with teachables in Dramatic Arts, French and Math. Danielle is a fourth year student from Hamilton studying Dramatic Arts and History with plans to go to teachers college next year. Luca and Danielle started the Dear Marilyn podcast within the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts to highlight local artists and the opportunities available for graduates with a degree in the arts.
Season 1 | Episode 14 | Thursday, April 15, 2021
From Brock to Parliament Hill
On today’s show, Andrea is joined by Alex Wellstead. Alex is a Brock alumnus (Political Science) and currently works as the Press Secretary for the Prime Minister of Canada. Andrea and Alex discuss his role working for the Prime Minister, how his experience at Brock helped prepare him for a career in politics, and advice for aspiring students and political staffers.
Season 1 | Episode 13 | Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Spirit of Brock inside and outside the classroom
On today’s show, Tricia is joined by Brittany Stewart. Brittany is a high school teacher in Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts and English as well as a Bachelor of Education from Brock University. Brittany discusses her involvement as a student, on-campus jobs, experience teaching abroad, and advice for prospective students and teachers.
Season 1 | Episode 12 | Thursday, April 8, 2021
Political Science & Law Plus
On today’s show, Andrea is joined by Madison, a second year Political Science student. Madison discusses her experience with Law Plus, extracurriculars she has been involved in, and her experience as a Brock student.
Season 1 | Episode 11 | Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Cheerleading World Champion
On today’s show, Tricia is joined by Sabrina, a fourth year Concurrent Education student. Tricia and Sabrina discuss their experience in Concurrent Education and as members of the ICU University World Cup Cheerleading Championship team. Sabrina also talks about Smart Start, our first-year orientation program for incoming students, as well as her experience in the Concurrent Education program.
Season 1 | Episode 10 | Thursday, April 1, 2021
From Child & Youth Studies to Social Media and a Small Business
On today’s show, Liam is joined by Maddy Wassink. Maddy is a graduate of the Child and Youth Studies program, current Brock employee, and current owner of Knot Really Art, a local business in the Niagara Region. Liam and Maddy discuss how to maximize your experience at Brock, as well as Maddy’s current Social Media Coordinator position, and her small business endeavors as the owner for Knot Really Art.
Season 1 | Episode 9 | Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Brock Leader’s Citizenship Society
On today’s show, Liam is joined by Alex, a current student in the Medical Sciences program and a member of the Brock Leader’s Citizenship Society (BLCS). Liam and Alex discuss the uniqueness of student-faculty interactions at Brock, as well as how current high school students can apply to the BLCS.
Season 1 | Episode 8 | Thursday, March 25, 2021
Boxed Cookies and Mental Health
On today’s show, Andrea is joined by Cate Basic. Cate is a graduate of the English Language & Literature program and current owner of Boxed Cookies, a local business in the Niagara Region. Andrea and Cate discuss her experience at Brock and how she is giving back to Brock students and supporting mental health services through her business.
Season 1 | Episode 7 | Tuesday, March 23, 2021
What Makes Brock Unique
On today’s show, Liam is joined by Dr. Lynn Wells, Provost and Vice President - Academic at Brock University to discuss what makes Brock unique, as well as Dr. Wells’ experiences which have led to her current role.
Season 1 | Episode 6 | Thursday, March 18, 2021
On today’s show, Tricia is joined by Brent, a fourth year Medical Sciences student. Brent discusses his experience in Med Plus and at Brock, and future plans upon graduating.
Season 1 | Episode 5 | Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Business and Law Plus
On today’s show, Andrea is joined by Anya, a second year Business Administration Co-op student. Anya discusses her experience with Law Plus, extracurriculars she has been involved in, and her experience as a Brock student.
Season 1 | Episode 4 | Thursday, March 11, 2021
From Brock to Beechwood Doughnuts
On today’s show, Tricia is joined by Tayler Book. Tayler is a graduate of the Sociology program and co-owner of the local and famous Beechwood Doughnuts. Tricia and Tayler discuss her experience at Brock, starting her own business, and advice to aspiring entrepreneurs.
Season 1 | Episode 3 | Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Varsity Hockey and Med Plus
On today’s show, Kylee is joined by Rebekah, a third year Medical Sciences student and member of the Varsity Women’s Hockey Team. Rebekah discusses her experience in the Medical Science program, time as a varsity athlete, her involvement with clubs and research, and the Med Plus program.
Season 1 | Episode 2 | Thursday, March 4, 2021
Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice
On today’s show, Recruitment Officer Daniel Deschenes is joined by Professor Angela Book (Psychology), Associate Professor Voula Marinos (Child and Youth Studies), and Associate Professor Matthew Hennigar (Political Science) to discuss Brock University's newest program Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice.
Season 1 | Episode 1 | Thursday, February 25, 2021
Maximize Your Brock Experience: Campus Wide Co-Curriculum
On today’s show, Tricia is joined by Jacqueline Harber. Jacqueline is a graduate of the Political Science program at Brock and was the first student to complete the Campus Wide Co-Curriculum. Jaqueline discusses her involvement on campus, including working in Recruitment, Student Life, and Brock Recreation, as well as her efforts in spearheading the BU4U Campaign.