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

Circle of Life-Long Learning blends traditions of the past with generations of the future

Last week, the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre (WAEC) at the University of Waterloo’s St. Paul’s University College hosted its first ever Circle of Life-Long Learning interactive summer camp. The five-day program offered a fun and engaging learning experience for Aboriginal families - 13 youth and 8 caregivers - from across southwestern Ontario through a Higher Education Learning grant graciously provided by the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation.

UWaterloo glows at the 2015 Toronto Pride Parade

Over 60 University of Waterloo students, faculty and staff marched in the rain to show their support during the 2015 Toronto Pride Parade. Held on June 28, the event featured a line of spectacular displays and lively music in the downtown core.

Canada Day Celebration Announcement

Each year, the University of Waterloo and our Federation of Students thank our community for its partnership and mutual support by hosting Waterloo Region's flagship Canada Day Celebration. Canada Day 2014 marked the 30th anniversary of our celebration, with more than 60,000 people in attendance, and we’re building another exceptional event for our community this year.

Volunteer Profile: Meaghan McCracken

This story is part of the #UWCommunity National Volunteer week series, profiling University of Waterloo members who give their time and talent by volunteering in our community.

Meaghan McCracken has a serious love for music.

A recent graduate of Waterloo’s Conrad Grebel University College Music program, she is keen on using the knowledge she’s gained through her freshly minted degree to explore the field of music librarianship. Over the past year, Meaghan has been taking time off to focus her efforts on exactly that by dedicating her time to learning more about the role and what it entails.

Merging her hands on and theoretical musical background with a strong desire to help musicians and musical groups succeed, Meaghan has been able to quickly adapt to her current volunteer role in music librarianship with our local Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS).

“I never really wanted to be a performer or be a teacher and was trying to find some other way to use my degree because I still am a huge supporter and lover of the arts; this role has been a great solution for helping me navigate the next steps after graduating.”

Cultural Caravan

As part of the Federation of Students International Celebrations Week, last Thursday night the annual Cultural Caravan showcase filled the SLC Great Hall with a vibrant array of colours, costumes, and energy.

This unique festival of diversity adds excitement to our campus community by highlighting different cultures through creative performances. Cultural Caravan has become a University of Waterloo tradition, with a continuous annual turn-out close to 700 people. Spectacular dance and musical routines lit up the stage, demonstrated by a number of student-driven clubs and groups.

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.

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.  

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.


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