Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Family Welcome events need volunteers

A scene from a Family Welcome move-in event.

A message from Housing and Residences and the Student Success Office.

Waterloo staff and faculty members are invited to join Housing and Residences in welcoming the incoming undergraduate class to campus on September 6 and 7.

Family Welcome events are hosted on the Labour Day weekend to welcome incoming students to their new home and to celebrate the start of their University of Waterloo career with their families. Volunteers will be greeting families in Housing and Residence buildings or visiting with them at Fed Hall.

Creating a strong sense of community for our students from day one is important. Your participation in these events allows our students and their families to meet the faculty and staff members that will help shape their fantastic experience at Waterloo.

If you have any questions please contact Ben McDonald at extension 31890 or by emailing

Register to be a part of Family Welcome events on LEADS using your UWaterloo user ID. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers.

The event schedules are as follows:

Sunday, September 6

Morning Family Welcome: 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Afternoon Family Welcome: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Family Send-off: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Monday, September 7

Morning Family Welcome: 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Afternoon Family Welcome: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Family Send-off: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

You can register for an event by clicking on the link that best suits your schedule.

Writing Centre to hold Open House event

Writing Centre Open House September 16.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to come to the Writing Centre Open House on Wednesday, September 16 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 p.m. The Writing Centre will showcase its activities to support writing and communication, which include:

  • writing appointments;
  • course support;
  • graduate tutorials;
  • drop-in locations;
  • workshops;
  • the Writing Centre Learning Resources; and
  • Dissertation Boot Camp.

Attendees will have the opportunity to help the Writing Centre celebrate the launch of, a new online resource site for writing lab reports, case study reports, and reflective essays. was created by the Writing Centres of the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the University of Guelph, funded through the Council of Ontario Universities (COU).

Feel free to drop by throughout the afternoon. An official welcome by Mario Coniglio, associate vice-president, academic is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.

Remembering Donna Wilhelm and Anupam Banerji

Current staff member Donna Wilhelm, who worked as a housekeeper in Village One, died August 23. Donna began working for Housing and Residences in August 1994. She is survived by her husband, Larry and her two children.

Friends and colleagues can pay their respects at the Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre at 1001 Ottawa Street South in Kitchener on Thursday, August 27 at 2:00 p.m. The service to celebrate Donna's life will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the funeral home's chapel.

Professor Anupam Banerji with a painting of the Taj Mahal.Retired professor Anupam Banerji also died August 23. Professor Banerji began his career at Waterloo in May 1970 in the School of Architecture as an associate professor. His research areas included architectural acoustics, modern architecture, Eastern and Western architecture. He was granted tenure in July 1977 and was named full professor in July 1988. Professor Banerji also taught in the School of Planning and taught courses in environmental design. He was an accomplished painter and in 1981 also designed the addition for the then-100 year-old Graduate House. He retired in May 2003.

Professor Banerji is survived by his three children.

The visitation and service will be held at the Erb and Good Funeral Home in Waterloo, with the visitation on Friday, August 28 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and the service on Saturday, August 29 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday's notes

Human Resources is reporting the following faculty retirements, effective September 1, 2015:

  • Frank Zorzitto, who started at the University in July 1975. He retires as Professor in Pure Mathematics.
  • Wing-Ki Liu, whose start date was July 1980, retires as Professor in Physics and Astronomy.
  • J. David Fuller, who started at Waterloo in September 1979, retires as Professor in Management Sciences.
  • Mary Louise Kattides, who started at the University in September 1996, retires as Associate Professor in Environment and Resource Studies.
  • Ajit Singh, who joined the University in September 1993, retires as Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Link of the day

50 years of hypertext

When and where

Date for students to be "Fees Arranged", Thursday, August 27.

Retirement celebration for Byron Murdock, Thursday, August 27, 3:30 p.m., DC 1301.

Spring co-operative work term ends, Friday, August 28.

International Orientation event, Friday, September 4 to Sunday, September 6.

Single & Sexy open performance, Friday, September 4, 10:00 a.m., Humanities Theatre.

Family Welcome events, Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7, 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Family Send-Off events, Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7, 2:30 p.m.

Orientation Week, Saturday, September 6 to Saturday, September 12.

Labour Day, Monday, September 7, most University operations closed.

Single & Sexy, Tuesday, September 8 to Thursday, September 10, Humanities Theatre.

Engineering presents ExpecTAtions Teaching Assistant Workshop, Wednesday, September 9 and Thursday, September 10, J.R. Coutts Engineering Lecture Hall.

Making Exam Marking Easier, Thursday, September 10, 1:00 p.m., QNC 1502. Register by sending an email to by Wednesday, September 9.

Lean in Higher Education Conference, Thursday, September 10 to Friday, September 11, Federation Hall.

Lectures begin, Monday, September 14.

Faculty of Science Graduate Scholarship Information Session, Monday, September 14, 4:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Weight Watchers At Work registration session, Tuesday, September 15, 12:15 p.m., PAS 2438, info ext. 32218.

Waterloo Innovation Summit, Wednesday, September 16 to Friday, September 18.

UWRC Book Club featuring Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (One Book One Community Selection), Wednesday, September 16, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

Noon Hour Concert: Earth Voices, Wednesday, September 16, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel.

Gustav Bakos Observatory Tour, Wednesday, September 16, 9:00 p.m., PHY 308.

Quiet Research, Loud Results! Saturday, September 19, 10:00 a.m., TechTown building.

Mathematics graduate studies information night, Thursday, September 27, 4:30 p.m., MC 5501.

Faculty of Science Graduate Scholarship Information Session, Thursday, September 17, 5:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre. (Note: attendees only need to attend one of the two sessions).

Hack The North, Friday, September 18 to Sunday, September 20.

Conrad Grebel presents Peace Week, Monday, September 21 to Saturday, September 26. 

Senate meeting, Monday, September 21, 3:30 p.m., Needles Hall.

Velocity Science: Brainstorming, Tuesday, September 22, 7:30 p.m., QNC room 1506.

WPIRG presents September Slam: Humble the Poet & KWPS, Thursday, September 24, 7:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

The Birth of Homeopathy out of the Spirit of 1800: Medicine as Cultural History, Friday, September 25, 7:00 p.m., Location TBA. Presented by the Waterloo Centre for German Studies.

Ontario Universities' Fair, Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27, Metro Toronto Convention Centre. 

Hack4Health, Saturday, September 26 to Sunday, September 27, Waterloo Accelerator Centre.

Annual Traditional Pow Wow, Saturday, September 26, 12:00 p.m., Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre, St. Paul's University College.

The Ceremony of Induction into Professional Planning Education, Saturday, September 26, reception and registration in Environment 3 Atrium, 9:30 a.m., ceremony in Theatre of Arts, 11:00 a.m.

English Faculty Research Series: Mediated Bodies, Friday, October 2, 1:30 p.m., HH 373.

40th Anniversary Mathematics Reunion - Class of 1975, Friday, October 2 to Saturday, October 3.

Reunion 2015, Saturday, October 3.

AHS Annual Fun Run, Saturday, October 3, 8:30 a.m., BC Matthews Hall.

Fall Teaching Week, Monday, October 5 to Friday, October 8.

Positions Available

On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable through myHRinfo:

  • Job ID# 2930 – Digital Archivist, Special Collections & Archives – Library, USG 8-13
  • Job ID# 2951 – Research Administrative Officer – Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering, USG 7
  • Job ID# 2942 – Administrative Co-ordinator, Undergraduate Studies – History, USG 5
  • Job ID# 2948 – Technical Manager  - Computer Science Computing Facility, USG 14

Internal secondment opportunities, viewable on myCareer@uWaterloo:

  • Marketing & Recruitment Specialist – Applied Health Sciences – Marketing & Undergraduate Recruitment – Registrar’s Office, USG 9
  • Administrator, International Research and Partnerships  - Office of Research/Waterloo International, USG 7
  • Assistant to the Associate Vice President – Development, USG 7
  • Strategic Initiatives Advisor – Human Resources, USG 12