January 2014

From public lectures to signature celebrations such as Canada Day, we're honoured to invite our community to the University of Waterloo.

Holiday Giving

Traditions are an important part of every community, especially around the holidays, and the University of Waterloo is no exception.  Each December students, faculty and staff in our many faculties and departments come together to support numerous holiday initiatives. From toy drives to the collection of winter wearables to food hamper deliveries, our Waterloo community is working together to give back to the community we live in.  


Real Warriors Wear Pink

The end of November marks the wrap up of Waterloo's annual Think Pink campaign lead by our department of athletics and recreation.  In its 7th year, Think Pink raises awareness and funds for breast cancer research with all funds going to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Ontario division.   

Think Pink began as an initiative by Waterloo's Women's Basketball team and in just seven years has expanded to include multiple varsity teams, recreational activities, and other fundraising events engaging the entire University community. 

UWaterloo Warriors “Team-Up” with local schools

Positive messages from positive role models. This is the key idea around which the Team-Up program, sponsored in part by the Education Credit Union, is based. Team-Up brings Varsity Student-Athletes to schools where they speak to classes or teams about topics such as goal setting, having positive role models and being a team player. With over 52 schools, both elementary and secondary, and over 5,500 individuals participating last year in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, this year’s Team-Up school outreach program looks to reach even more students with their positive message that focuses around the Six Keys to Success.

Waterloo West Neighbourhood Fest 2014

From how to calm crying toddlers to delivering more than 26 programs in 9 locations, over 120 University of Waterloo students had the opportunity to get hands on experience delivering programing designed for the community. On Saturday November 22, second year Recreation and Leisure students hosted Waterloo West Neighbourhood Fest in partnerships with the Stork Family YMCA, and John M Harper Branch of the Waterloo Public Library.  Activities ran from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and saw around 200 participants from the local community. 

Dining in the Dark

Imagine waking every morning without being able to see the sunrise. Taking a class but needing someone else to write your notes because you can’t see as far as the board.  Slowly losing your sight and knowing that in your country help is not available for you.

Over 600 million people are vision impaired because they do not receive proper eye care.  Optometry Giving Sight works to change all of that. It is a Global Initiative that seeks to provide diagnosis, care, and treatment for those with sight problems in developing countries.  On September 26, 2014, the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science held its 3rd annual “Dining in the Dark” fundraiser as a part of this global initiative.

Spreading kindness in our community with #UWaterlooRAK

On November 7, 2014 the University of Waterloo teamed up with The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation and our Federation of Students to spread kindness on our campus and in the community. #UWaterlooRAK day saw hundreds of students, staff, faculty, and community members giving and receiving random acts of kindness.  Some of the activities included sharing kindness treats, gratitude and thank you card stations, exemptions on parking violations, the collection of winter wearables for those in need, toiletry donations for the Out of the Cold program, kindness encounters with Tony the Tiger and King Warrior, and a local community clean-up.

Trick or Eat

On the scariest night of the year, 190 people from the University of Waterloo community ventured out into the streets. They needed to find food. No, they weren't secret zombies but participants in Trick or Eat.

Trick or Eat is an annual event held on Halloween by the Feds Student Food Bank, which is a Federation of Students service. It is a part of the national initiative launched by Meal Exchange, a charity that works to help young adults improve their local food systems.

20th Annual Science Open House sparks science discovery

On Saturday, October 25th, the University of Waterloo opened its doors for their Science Open House.   This year marked the 20th anniversary of this annual event and we welcomed over 1,500 visitors from our community for a day of engaging science discovery.

Aspiring young scientists spent the day exploring nearly 100 different hands-on activities centred on the different scientific disciplines including biology, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, pharmacy and optometry.

1 out of 5 experience; 5 out of 5 affected

1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental illness in their lifetime, however the majority of Canadians will be affected at some point throughout their lifetimes.  Whether this be through a family member, a friend, a colleague or themselves mental illness touches us all. 

In order to spread awareness about the staggering effect of mental illness, where to find help, as well as provide an opportunity for people to improve their mental health, the Health Services Rec & Leisure Team, in association with Good2Talk, Feds Diversity Education Team, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Party Smart, Counselling Services, and Stand Up to Stigma ran Spin for Mental Health, an event promoting the benefits of physical activity to mental wellbeing.

Community Building

With campus locations across the region from our School of Pharmacy in downtown Kitchener, our School of Architecture in Cambridge, and our Digital Media campus in Stratford, the University of Waterloo brings the energy and diversity of our students to these areas having a significant impact on our regional community. 

Building a Vibrant and Thriving City

Culture is a vital part of a thriving economy and impacts the quality of life of a city's residents. The City of Waterloo recently sought to create a 10-year culture plan, which was approved by Council nearly a year ago.  The City's plan is the culmination of a broad public consultation process and now depicts a collective vision for culture in our community.   

The ultimate goal is to position Waterloo an even more vibrant and creative city in which to live, work, learn and play. Students, faculty and staff at the University of Waterloo contributed to the development of the Culture Plan and look forward to working with the City to implement many of the recommendations.

UWaterloo Goes Red for United Way

October 1st signaled the launch of Waterloo’s annual United Way workplace campaign and saw the University going red for the United Way.  This year our fundraising goal is set at $250,000, and will include funds raised through individual donations, campus events, and activities lead by departments and groups at Waterloo.

Olympian and Alumna Heather Moyse returns to campus for Reunion 2014

The University of Waterloo opened its doors to the community in celebration of Reunion 2014 on Saturday. The event boasted a full schedule of exciting events including a free keynote lecture by alumna and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Heather Moyse (BSc 2000).


UWaterloo Takes Back the Night

Wearing black and gold, the group of UWaterloo students, faculty and staff stood out among the over 300 participants at the 31st annual Take Back the Night march and rally.  Numerous departments and groups on campus, such as the Federation of Student’s Women’s Centre, brought out members to this year’s event. Take Back the Night addresses the rights of women, children, and trans*people to be safe, without violence, regardless of age, creed, location, numbers, or attire.  

Life long learning

As part of our very nature the University of Waterloo is committed to spurring a sense of curiosity, provoking thought leadership and fostering lifelong learning.  As a leading academic institution it is Waterloo’s role to ensure that these values expand well beyond the walls of our campus and into our communities.

Come in the Doors Open

Each year as part of Doors Open Waterloo Region we invite our community to join us for a special look inside our buildings and to learn more about what goes on at the University of Waterloo.  At our locations this year Waterloo offers the public the opportunity to step inside our doors and learn about the human eye, see medicinal plants, and explore the last industrial plant built on the Grand River. 

Be sure to visit Waterloo’s School of Architecture, School of Optometry, and School of Pharmacy as we open our doors to the public on Saturday September 20, 2014.

Join UWaterloo to Take Back the Night

All students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to join the University of Waterloo and participate in Waterloo Region's 31st annual Take Back the Night rally and march.  Take Back the Night addresses the rights of women, children, and trans*people to be safe, without violence, regardless of age, creed, location, numbers, or attire.   

Photo courtesy of the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region

Global Business and Digital Arts Orientation

On September 4th, 2014 the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus welcomed 135 incoming and upper year students, professors and staff for Orientation 2014.  Students had the chance to learn more about their program, and to experience all that the City of Stratford has to offer. 


Each year over 31,000 students attend the University of Waterloo and call Waterloo Region their home.

On September 3, as part of Orientation week, Waterloo's Student Success Office and the Federation of Students planned an evening of fun and activities out in our community called World of Waterloo.  

The Terry Fox Run

Terry Fox was a first-year kinesiology student at Simon Fraser University and only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer).  As a result he was forced to have his right leg amputated 15 centimetres above the knee. 

While in hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients, many of them young children, that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.

Terry Fox running through Waterloo Region during his Marathon of Hope.  Photo from to Waterloo Terry Fox Run facebook page via Cathy Smith

Building a sustainable walkway for our campus

If you have been around the Davis Centre recently, you would have noticed the refurbished pathway in the DC courtyard.  The Davis Centre Redevelopment Project, which involved paving an egress created by frequent foot traffic, was established in August 2013 originating from Sustainable Campus Initiative (SCI).  

Stargazing at Waterloo

Despite the unpredictable weather the stars aligned and the skies cleared just in time for the University of Waterloo’s annual Perseid Stargazing Party.  Over 200 members of the local community joined Waterloo’s Faculty of Science and local Royal Astronomical Society of Canada members as they hosted a stargazing party at the University’s Columbia Lake Fields. 

Jim Goetz, RASC member, teaching crowd to use the RASC star chart to identify constellations

Celebrating cultural diversity on our campus and in our community

Our campus is made up of incredible cultural diversity.  Our students, faculty and staff come from all across the globe to learn, teach, research and contribute to the University of Waterloo and to our community.

One Warrior’s fight in the battle against MS

Each spring Scott Davis, Faculty Relations Manager at the University of Waterloo’s Co-operative Education and Career Action (CECA) tunes up his bike and begins another journey in his fight against Multiple Sclerosis.

Building a difference at home and abroad

A group of Waterloo faculty, staff and alumni are hoping to make a difference one brick at a time.  On August 2nd, 2014 this group will depart Waterloo and head to Whitehorse, Yukon to build a house as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program. 

From Left to Right, Front row: Michelle Burlock, Jennifer Jantzi, Olivia Roth, Ralon Nazareth, Ann Kallin, Debika Burman.Back Row: Erin Smith, Mike Marshman, Barry Ferguson, Bev Marshman, Rod Smith (Absent: Angela Googh)

Summer camps, the Waterloo way

The benefits that camps and enrichment programs have on the development of children are widely known.  Through our diverse year-round programing, the University of Waterloo strives to meet the needs of our community and have a positive impact in shaping the minds of tomorrow's leaders. 

Discover a world of fun

Kid friendly science, magic, and hands-on activities are just some of the free and exciting events at this year’s Discovery Square in downtown Kitchener.

Diversity shines high as the University of Waterloo marches in the World Pride Parade

As Katy Perry's hit song Firework filled the air, 150 members of the University of Waterloo community began marching in the World Pride Parade on June 29, 2014.  

30th Canada Day celebration at UWaterloo

The University of Waterloo was pleased to host our community for our 30th annual Canada Day celebrations.

Highlights include musical performances by Steven Page and the Born Ruffians; TVO Kids stage appearances by Kara, Treehouse's Splash and Boots and the Silly People; a daring stunt by magician Scott Hammell; the National Anthem performed by Waterloo's own Chris Hadfield; and of course amazing fireworks.  

Join the University of Waterloo and our Federation of Students for Canada Day 2014

Don your black and gold University of Waterloo gear and come out and celebrate Canada’s 147th birthday, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Columbia Lake Fields.  

This year’s celebration will mark the 30thyear of a strong partnership between the University of Waterloo and its Federation of Students, coming together to deliver this fun-filled event as an opportunity to give back to our community each year.

President unveils community relations framework

University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur was joined by community leaders on Friday, June 20, 2014 for an exclusive launch of the University’s first-ever community relations framework. 

Volunteers clean house on Day of Caring

Little hands will be touching clean surfaces in Bright Starts Cooperative Early Learning Centre Inc. at the University of Waterloo. On Friday, June 6, a team of volunteers from all over campus spent the morning scrubbing tables, wiping windows, and cleaning cupboards at the location for the United Way's Day of Caring.

UWaterloo CanBuild 2014 Winners

The judging is complete and the donations have been made! Check out the UWaterloo CanBuild Cup 2014 winners.

Thank you for your support

CanBuild: Fighting hunger one can at the time

Helping fight hunger, one can at a time! Thirteen teams from across campus collected donations and put their design skills to good use in this year's CanBuild competition.

The Co-operative Education & Career Action team, winner of the "Best Meal" award.

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