Blog posts archive

January 2015

5 Ways Waterloo Prepared Me to be a Writer

Jennifer's book cover

I’ve always enjoyed the company of kids, appreciating their openness and general silliness. But, I pity the children I practiced testing on, while I was a student in the MASc Applied Psychology program. Along with lectures in child development, abnormal behaviour and (yikes!) statistics; I was given practical training in intellectual and educational assessment.

My Experience Working with Alumni Relations

I am in my first co-op work term as the Communication and Marketing Assistant for the Alumni Relations department of the University of Waterloo. Before coming into this work term, I had very little understanding of how the department operated. The only clue I had was that Alumni Relations deals with donations made by alumni to support the University. I really cannot say the same anymore.

Environment Alumnus Opens Waterloo’s Newest Bicycle Shop

The Life and Achievements of a UWaterloo Astronomer

In 1971, I enrolled at University of Waterloo at age 15, the youngest student ever up to that time at UWaterloo. After obtaining my BSc in 1976, I met Dr. Stephen Hawking who gave me the life-long resolve to persevere against any odds. I returned to UWaterloo via the correspondence program to earn a BA in Classical Studies in 1990.

My Story as a UWaterloo Australian Global Ambassador

It is International Education Week (IEW). The University of Waterloo celebrates IEW with more than 100 countries around the world. When graduating from Waterloo, never in a million years would I have predicted that I would be writing an UWaterloo article from Australia.

Why I Volunteer

When I stopped to think about my answer to the question “Why do I volunteer?”  The answer really comes down to it making me feel good.  I am fortunate to be in a position where I can support myself and I am healthy enough to do pretty much anything I want to do.

Increasing Tech Literacy in Waterloo Region

I am often asked why I do the work I do. While studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Waterloo, the most common question I received was “Why, as a woman, did you choose to study engineering?” Over time, my response evolved to a finely tuned sound bite that I could recite in my sleep, if needed.

An Alumnus Doubles Down

I’m not much of a gambler, so it’s quite unlikely that you’ll find me in a casino or even buying a lottery ticket as the odds are stacked against me and I’m not one to bet on good luck.

Convocation: The Student Story

In the past, Alumni Relations has shared behind the scene stories of what goes into making the University’s bi-annual convocation activities such a success. What we haven’t shared is the student story.

How outer space can help in the fight against Ebola

Bringing Local Food Right to Your Door

Cheering On the Warriors with the Big Ticket Pass

Science Class of 1990 25th Reunion

Can it really be 25 years?! We remember the first week well – a huge line up in the pouring rain to purchase textbooks, lab coats and of course a dissection kit at the Bookstore!

Memories from the AHS Fun Run

Fall is here again and that means it is time for Reunion and the AHS Fun Run. Coming back to the University of Waterloo for events such as this has always been part of my life.

Contribute to Science! Grow your Library

As a mother with two young boys, I am always looking for fun activities that we can do together.  If we can get out of the house, or even go for a little drive, it’s a bonus. Throw in a learning experience at the Infant Studies Group labs and a new book – for free! – and we’ll be there.

From Formulas and Equations to a Rural Nicaraguan Village: Lessons from a UWaterloo Math Alumna

It’s been almost 10 years since I graduated from the BMath program. On graduation day, if you had asked me where I saw myself in the future, “living in a rural village in Nicaragua” would not have been my answer.  But yes, even out here, everything I need to know I learned from UWaterloo Math.

My co-op term with Alumni Relations

Get Ready for Fall Athletics at UWaterloo with the Alumni Big Ticket

My family and I absolutely love the Alumni Big Ticket and here is why.  Before 2013, we would only go once or twice to UWaterloo campus to take in a basketball game, usually during the annual Naismith Tournament.  Since the introduction of the Alumni Big Ticket, we have gone to many more athletic games and events. 

A career of local music-making

Privacy, Comfort, Security: The Boogaloo Bunks Story So Far

My start-up Boogaloo Bunks is solving the issues of privacy, comfort and security in shared sleeping spaces. We accomplish this through our product that instantly transforms any bed into a personal private pod.

Inspired by Waterloo Professor, Teacher Shares Passion for Physical Dialogue

I always look forward to brilliant student moments on-stage. Sometimes, my students have absolutely no idea why their work is being commended… but I recognize them anyway. I’m thrilled when these young student-actors take informed character risks and articulate some rationale for their choices!

Pan Am Mascot Ambassador Secures Position Thanks to Athletics

I graduated from the University of Waterloo in June of 2014 and always had the dream of moving to Toronto after earning my degree. After graduating in Honours Sociology with a Business and Technology Specialization, and a Drama Minor, I moved to Toronto in January 2015 with the career aspiration of going into Sports and Events Marketing.

Artistic Director of KW Glee Leads Choir to National Victory

Alumni Relations had the opportunity to ask alumna Amanda Kind (BA ’06, Music) about her role as Artistic Director for KW Glee. The youth pop choir of 112 combined local teenagers who just won the title of Show Choir Canada and performed three sold-out shows this June.

In your role as Artistic Director for KW Glee, what are some of your main responsibilities?

Finding Confidence in Entrepreneurship

It’s hard to believe that after five years, I am simply done my Psychology and Business degree at the University of Waterloo. No more lining up to buy textbooks, attending lectures, cramming studying for midterms. After all those days and nights sweating over whether or not I would ever graduate, I can’t believe I’m here.

Years to remember

In high school I spent many nights debating whether to study design or business. I made the decision to apply and attend the Arts and Business Co-op program at the University of Waterloo, fulfilling my desire to study both art and business. The ability to shape my own program, complimented with the co-op experience, has shaped the person I have become today, that person being a wildly happy and passionate entrepreneur.

Alumnus and Son Release App for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a bit of a big deal to me. Not big celebrations or presents or anything, just a day of quiet pride of being a dad.

This year however, my five-year old Liev and I have made it an even bigger deal, by marking the occasion with the release of our first app.

Discovering what being a UWaterloo alumnus means to me

During my time at UWaterloo, I’ve picked up a lot of titles. President of Entrepreneurship Society at UWaterloo has been the main title I’ve associated myself with over the last year - probably because this has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my university career.

Share your passion for fashion, one Pout at a time

Recent graduate, Riley Donelson (BASc, Systems Design Engineering ’14), shares with us his journey after Waterloo into the startup world. Based out of the Velocity Garage, his company Pout has already changed the face of beauty and fashion, and he is passionate to continue doing just that.

1)      Can you tell us about Pout and what the company is all about?

Making an impact with UWaterloo on a Habitat for Humanity Canada Builds project

Sometime in the Fall of 2013, I heard about an opportunity for faculty, staff, and alumni to travel as a group to Whitehorse, Yukon the following summer to work on a Habitat for Humanity Canada Builds project the following summer. In August 2014, I found myself on a plane across the country, ready to do just that on the first annual Waterloo Habitat for Humanity trip.

Create meaningful experiences by doing what you love

Mingling with Alumni at the Ottawa Alumni Event

An Interview with the Games Institute

The Games Institute (GI) is a formal research centre that came into existence in June 2011. Staff, students and faculty that are involved with the GI specialize in games related research, and, much like games research, are multidisciplinary hailing from all disciplines.

Waterloo to Lucky Group- Tackling Environmental Challenges

From the time I started my under-graduate degree, I was enthusiastically waiting for the day I would complete my degree and join my fifty year old family business of metal recycling known as Lucky Group. In 2005, I moved back to our hometown of Dubai after completing most of my degree while I continued to finish my last couple of courses at my own pace.

Stage, Screen, and Everything in Between

Pitching at the UWaterloo Toronto Alumni Event

It's raining heavily. I'm sitting with my co-founder Daxal and all-star intern Rachel at the Blueprint/PCH headquarters. Only an hour left before we have to pitch to nearly 400 University of Waterloo alumni at the annual alumni event. Time to hustle. I dispatched our UberX ride and gathered our things.

Working with Our Volunteers-The Best Job at UWaterloo

Let me tell you a little about the newest role added to the Alumni Relations team. My new role, Alumni Officer, Volunteer Engagement was created in the last year as our volunteer programs have continued to grow.

Students Build Bridges to Innovate, Educate, and Inspire

In fall 2013, a group of University of Waterloo students came together to establish Bridges to Prosperity’s first Canadian university chapter. Bridges to Prosperity is a not-for-profit organization with a vision to improve the lives of impoverished communities around the world by eliminating rural isolation.

An Alumnus' New Novel Based in Waterloo

I am pleased to announce the release of my new novel titled “The Second Shooter”.  As you might have guessed by the title, it is about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and whether Lee Harvey Oswald really acted alone.

So what’s the Waterloo connection?

Alumni Theatre Night

Finding Meaningful Work

Investing in Waterloo Innovation

During my year-long graduate studies at the Masters of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology, I was exposed to the raw talent, creativity and motivation University of Waterloo students possess in developing innovative and cutting edge ideas for research and businesses. 

Invite young innovators to experience Waterloo

IDEAS helped me realize that although I am only one person, with drive and knowledge I have the power to change the world.” – 2014 IDEAS Participant

Special Event Renews Bonds of Community

From Arts Student to Artistic Director

Coming Together

On October 27, 2014, eight UWaterloo PhD and one BA Psychology grads from the late 1960’s and early 70’s plus partners, held a “mini-reunion” on a plantation house just outside of Nashville, Tenn.

Alumnus to Filmmaker

I have no idea how it happened but I’ve somehow become a filmmaker. At least, I think I am. An actual filmmaker with many titles to his name told me recently after a screening of his film, “If you’ve made a film, you’re a filmmaker.”

Motivating with Games at UWaterloo

At the Games Institute at the University of Waterloo, we understand that games can be used to motivate players to part-take in real world (aka non-game) activities.

Games motivate by providing three things: the sensation of being and becoming competent in a skill, the feeling of being in control, and by providing social contact.

Alumni Shanghai Chapter Annual Event - Entrepreneurship

The annual event of the University of Waterloo Alumni Shanghai Chapter was held on December 7, 2014. The theme was “Entrepreneurship." As UWaterloo is an incubator for innovations, we aimed to provide a platform for entrepreneurs to present their ventures and business ideas. There are alumni in the venture capital industry as well, so it was an opportunity for UWaterloo entrepreneurs and investors to connect.

Strengthening my Bond

I never really thought about being an alumna during my first few years as a UWaterloo student. Working as a co-op student for Alumni Relations was definitely an eye opener for me. Who knew there was a whole extra chapter in our lives that would begin after convocation?

Back on campus… this time on the other side of the table. Alumni already?

UWaterloo to New York Broadway

The University of Waterloo is known as one of the top universities in Canada, especially for Math and Engineering. But few people realize that UWaterloo has a Department of Drama and Speech and Communication that also has a great reputation. 

A Passion for Sustainability

My name is Jenny McMinn and I graduated from UWaterloo with a BES in 2003 and a BArch in 2005.

A Career in Games

Jason Hawreliak (Ph.D., 2013) is an Assistant Professor of Game Studies at Brock University’s Centre for Digital Humanities. He is also a co-founder and editor of the online game studies periodical First Person Scholar.

Blog topics

  1. 2023 (2)
  2. 2022 (5)
  3. 2021 (3)
    1. January (3)
  4. 2020 (48)
    1. December (3)
    2. November (1)
    3. October (2)
    4. September (3)
    5. August (3)
    6. July (4)
    7. June (2)
    8. May (7)
    9. April (7)
    10. March (3)
    11. February (7)
    12. January (6)
  5. 2019 (39)
    1. December (5)
    2. November (8)
    3. October (7)
    4. September (4)
    5. August (8)
    6. July (7)
  6. 2017 (18)
    1. May (1)
    2. April (4)
    3. March (5)
    4. February (4)
    5. January (4)
  7. 2016 (40)
    1. December (2)
    2. November (5)
    3. October (4)
    4. September (5)
    5. August (3)
    6. July (2)
    7. June (4)
    8. May (2)
    9. April (1)
    10. March (4)
    11. February (4)
    12. January (4)
  8. 2015 (54)
    1. December (3)
    2. November (4)
    3. October (4)
    4. September (5)
    5. August (4)
    6. July (5)
    7. June (4)
    8. May (4)
    9. April (5)
    10. March (4)
    11. February (7)
    12. January (5)
  9. 2014 (50)
    1. December (3)
    2. November (5)
    3. October (5)
    4. September (4)
    5. August (5)
    6. July (4)
    7. June (4)
    8. May (5)
    9. April (4)
    10. March (3)
    11. February (3)
    12. January (5)
  10. 2013 (12)