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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Where in the World!? contest winners named

The City of Petra.

by Nicole Simec.

Entries in this year’s annual international photo contest once again exemplify the global reputation of Waterloo co-op students. With over 2,300 work terms taking place last year in 60+ countries, co-op allows students to explore international experiences while also building their résumé.

After a record-setting 273 votes were cast by students, staff, faculty, and employers, six students have been named winners for capturing striking images of the countries they visited while working abroad on co-op.

With her photo of the famous “half built, half carved” city of Petra – also known as the “Rose City” because of the colour of the stone throughout – Juana Attieh took first place in the international category.

Juana says she is grateful for her time working in such a historical, archaeological city.

“What inspired me to submit this photo is how beautifully integrated nature and man-made structure can be,” she said.

A photo snapped from inside a tent framing a desolate wilderness lake.

The first place winner in the USA category is Yahya Wahbeh, who captured what he calls the “desolation wilderness” of Fremont, California.

“I was on a backpacking and camping trip with other fellow Waterloo interns and grads,” explained Yahya. “I feel that this photo summed up the weekend and our adventures perfectly.”

Congratulations to Juana and Yahya, and also to the runners up:

International category:

The Matterhorn with a Toblerone bar held up for comparison.

2nd place - Julia Michniewicz – Matterhorn Mountain on the border of Switzerland and Italy

Black and white image of an urban setting in Cambodia.

3rd place – Mackenzie Van Dam – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

USA category: 

Two people stand on a cliff in Yosemite National Park.

2nd place – Suril Shah – Yosemite Valley, California

California's Pacific Coast Highway.

3rd place – Si Rui Wang – Pacific Coast Highway, California

Year after year, CECA staff build relationships with employers around the globe, who continue to hire Waterloo students for international work terms. Our reputation partnered with our high standards, and the excellence of our students has brought employers to the Tatham Centre from locations such as Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.

Thank you to all the students who submitted photos, to everyone who voted, and to the winners. Larger versions of these images can be found on the co-op website.  ​

Think safety as we slide into the slippery season

Sand Bin poster.With the effects of the first significant snowfall of the season still lingering, all members of the University community should begin to think about taking precautions as they travel around campus.

Helpfully, the Safety Office has prepared prevention posters that can be printed, placed, and otherwise passed around to remind students, faculty, and staff of the dangers this season poses to unsuspecting pedestrians.

A green sand boin“Watch out for icy conditions,” says one poster that features an image of the sort of sand bin that sits at many spots near building entrances, parking lots and walkways. “Play your part,” says the poster. “Use sand/salt from the bins." It adds that people on campus should report unsafe walking conditions to the plant operations 24-hour line at ext. 33793.

Give Falls the Slip poster.Another poster encourages all to "give falls the slip" by watching out and avoiding black ice. "Do not get caught by surprise — monitor the weather," the poster says. "Wear winter footwear, even for short walks."

"During storms UW's first priority is main road routes to ensure emergency access and then primary walkways. Attention to some walkways and parking lots may not be possible until at least 24 hours after a storm has subsided," reads the poster. "Keep clear of snow removal equipment for your safety and to expedite their response to storm conditions."

You can request a poster from the Safety Office by contacting Sheila Hurley.

Wednesday's notes

Jenny MacIntyre from Housing and Residences is retiring. Campus colleagues and friends are invited to come and wish Jenny well in her retirement on Tuesday, December 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at MKV. Remarks will begin at 2:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.

Employers on campus next week hosting employer information sessions include: CPP Investment Board and the Ontario Public Service.


16 Days of Activism banner.

16 facts about gender violence from the World Health Organization

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Link of the day

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

When and where

Federation of Students Wrap-Up Week, Monday, November 23 to Friday, November 27.

Waterloo Store Monster Event, Wednesday, November 25, 9:30 a.m., South Campus Hall.

Noon Hour Concert: Music of Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, November 25, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel Chapel.

Ecosystem and Resource Management in Protected/Natural Areas Guest Lecture Series featuring Leonardo Cabrera, Ecologist Team Lead, Rouge National Urban Park Initiative, Parks Canada, Wednesday, November 25, 1:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m., AL 105.

University Club annual open house, Wednesday, November 25, 4:00 p.m., University Club.

Velocity Fund Finals, Thursday, November 26, 11:00 a.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

WaterTalks Lecture featuring John Reynolds, Professor of Aquatic Ecology and Conservation, Tom Buell BC Leadership Chair in Aquatic Conservation, Simon Fraser University, “Salmon-fuelled ecosystems of the Great Bear Rainforest.” Thursday, November 26, 2:30 p.m., DC 1304.

WE Go.DEsign, Friday, November 27 to Saturday, November 28.

Systems Design and Biomedical Engineering Design Fair, Friday, November 27, 2:30 p.m., Engineering 5, 6th floor.

Annual 4th Year Architecture Exhibition, “Progetti per Porta Asinaria - Designs for Porta Asinaria,” Friday, November 27, 6:30 p.m., Piazza Santa Apollonia 3, Trastevere, Rome, Italy.

UW Balinese Gamelan Ensemble concert, Friday, November 27, 7:30 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Inspiration & Peace: University Choir, Saturday, November 28, 7:00 p.m., First United Church.

UW Jazz Ensemble Concert, Sunday, November 29, 2:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College.

Instrumental Chamber Ensemble Concert, Sunday, November 29, 7:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel.

9th Annual SMF 208 Social Justice & Anti Oppression Practices Interactive Exhibits, Monday, November 30, 2:45 p.m., St. Jerome's University Cafeteria.

Instrumental Chamber Ensemble Concert, Monday, November 30, 7:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel Chapel.

REC 252: Therapeutic Recreation, Physical Disability student showcase, "Educate the Community", Tuesday, December 1, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 1.

Centre for Extended Learning Open House, Tuesday, December 1, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., East Campus 3.

St. Paul’s Social Impact Showcase, Thursday, December 3, 4:00 p.m., Alumni Hall (STP 201), St. Paul’s University College.

CAFCE and WatCACE present a Sense of Belonging, Peer Support & Social Media seminar, Friday, December 4, 12:00 p.m., TC 2218.

University of Waterloo Staff Association presents Winterfest 2015, Sunday, December 6, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Columbia Icefield.

WatITis (Waterloo Information Technology and Information Systems) conference, Monday, December 7, Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quatum-Nano Centre (QNC).

Gender and Equity Scholarship Series featuring Dan Brown, Cheriton School of Computer Science and Cecilia Cotton, Statistics and Actuarial Science, “What’s wrong with a recent paper on sexist behaviour in video games?” Monday, December 7, 11:30 a.m., DC 2568.

Positions available

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

  • Job ID# 3027 – Analytical and Bioanalytical Services Technician – Chemistry, USG 7

  • Job id# 3030 – Media Technician – Faculty of Arts (Stratford Programs), USG 7

  • Job id# 3032 – Senior Development Officer – Faculty of Arts, USG 11

  • Job id# 3029 – Experiential Learning & Events Coordinator – Faculty of Arts (Stratford Programs), USG 4

  • Job id# 3031 – Program Manager – Psychology, USG 9

  • Job id# 2995 – Parking Services Clerk – Parking Services, USG 4

  • Job id# 3022 – Client Support Specialist – Federation of Students, USG 6

  • Job id# 3033 – Human Resources Advisor – Human Resources, USG 8

  • Job id# 3034 – Associate Vice-President, Communications – University Relations, USG 17

Internal secondment opportunities, viewable on myCareer@uWaterloo:

  • Administrator, Research Partnerships  - Office of Research, USG 7
  • Records Assistant – Registrar’s Office, USG 5