Thursday, December 10, 2015

Presidential Nominating Committee seeks members

"Feridun Hamdullahpur’s initial term as president expires 30 June 2017," says a note from the Secretariat & Office of General Counsel. "He has indicated to the Chair of the Board of Governors that he is interested in appointment to a second term."

As required by Policy 50 – The President of the University, the Secretariat & Office of General Counsel is preparing to constitute the Presidential Nominating Committee.

Nominations are requested for the following seats on the nominating committee:

  • One senator of professorial rank from each Faculty, elected by a vote within that Faculty – nomination form
  • Two regular faculty members, elected from and by the faculty-at-large of the University – nomination form
  • One staff member elected from and by the regular ongoing staff of the University – nomination form

Completed nomination forms (at least three nominators are required in each case) should be submitted to the Chief Returning Officer, Secretariat & Office of General Counsel, Needles Hall, Room 3060, no later than 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 21. Elections will follow in early January if necessary.

For more information, see the Secretariat & Office of General Counsel website.

Happy Holidays from the Keystone Campaign

The folks at the Keystone have a special message to all Waterloo donors: faculty, staff and retirees. "At this wonderful time of year, we say simply but sincerely, best wishes for a peaceful and restorative holiday season!" says a statement from the campaign. "All the very best for a Happy New Year to our Keystone Family."

The video was created by members of the Keystone Communications Volunteer Committee. 

Remembering Nick Cercone

Nick Cercone.The David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science is deeply saddened to share the passing of former Chair, Nicholas Cercone. Professor Cercone passed peacefully with his wife by his side, members of the School were told in a letter from York University's Dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering Janusz Kozinski. He was 68 years old.

"Nick was Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Waterloo from 1997-2002, a time of much growth and excitement," said Cheriton School Director Mark Giesbrecht. "He hired many faculty and staff members who are here today, myself included, and had an enormous influence on the shape of our School."

Friends and colleagues are invited to share their thoughts and memories of Professor Cercone via e-mail to Eddy Evans, Director of External Relations at York University where he was a professor and former Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Thoughts will be shared on the Lassonde School of Engineering website.

Thursday's notes

If you're looking for stocking stuffers this season, you could do worse than stop by the Turnkey Desk in the Student Life Centre, where they have discounted passes available for Cineplex, Landmark, and the Princess Cinemas.

Yoga pose.Staff and Faculty Yoga Sessions start up again in 2016, and there are still spaces available. 

For more information, please contact Sandra Gibson by sending an e-mail to 

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign wraps up today, fittingly, on International Human Rights Day. The campaign concludes with an event entitled Sex Symbol - Questioning Symbols in the lower atrium of the Student Life Centre from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

16 Days of Activism Banner.

Waterloo student’s new smartphone app will help women in New Delhi, India travel safely. 

Upcoming Science Undergraduate Office closures

The Science Undergrad Office in ESC 253 will be closed at the following times:

  • Thursday, December 10, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 11, from 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, December 16, from 11:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

"We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause," says a note from the Science office. "Check the Science current undergraduate students page for our regular hours."

Link of the day

25 years ago: Edward Scissorhands

When and where

Kinesiology Lab Days, Monday, December 7 to Friday, December 11.

Deadline for students to become "Fees Arranged" without a penalty, Thursday, December 10.

On-line examination days, Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12.

CBB Workshop: How to Start a Spinoff Company: Some Key Steps and Who Can Help, Friday, December 11, 1:00 p.m., DC 1302.

UWaterloo Alumni NY Chapter Holiday Happy Hour, Friday, December 11, 6:30 p.m., Windfall Restaurant, New York, NY.

Double Book Launch with M. Darrol Bryant, Religion in a New Key and Ways of the Spirit: Persons, Communities & Spiritualities, Saturday, December 12, 4:00 p.m., Dunker Family Lounge, Renison University College.

Kinesiology Lab Days, Monday, December 14 to Wednesday, December 16.

Waterloo This-Idea-Must-Die Day, Monday, December 14, 1:00 p.m., AL 208.

Retirement celebration for Jenny MacIntyre, Tuesday, December 15, 2:00 p.m., MKV multipurpose room. 

MBET Webinar, Tuesday, December 15, 5:00 p.m.

UWRC Book Club event featuring Dennis Maione's "What I Learned From Cancer," Wednesday, December 16, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

Advent Jazz Vesper Service, Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel University Chapel.

Retirement reception for Bob Gillham, Thursday, December 17, 4:00 p.m., EIT Atrium. RSVP to Mary Anne Hardy, ext. 32658 or

Calgary Alumni Chapter Thirsty Third Thursday, Thursday, December 17, 5:00 p.m., The Last Best Brewing & Distilling, Calgary AB.

Co-operative Work Term ends, Friday, December 18.

On-Campus Examinations end, Tuesday, December 22.

Christmas holidays, Thursday December 24 to Thursday, December 31, most University services and buildings closed.

New Year's Day, Friday, January 1, 2016, most University services and buildings closed.

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