Friday, March 18, 2016

Waterloo honours Co-op Students of the Year

Rachel McDonald with Rocco Fondacaro, Anne Fannon, and Kirk Patterson.

The 2015 Co-op Students of the Year Awards were held on Tuesday, March 15 in the Tatham Centre. Six students, one from each Faculty, were recognized for their outstanding achievements in co-operative education.

One student was also honoured with the rare “co-op triple crown”, by winning the Faculty, provincial, and national Co-op Student of the Year awards.

Rachel McDonald, from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, was recognized by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) as the winner of the national Co-op Student of the Year Award and by Education at Work Ontario (EWO) as the winner of the provincial Co-op Student of the Year Award. She received these top awards for her work with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where she coordinated a radiotherapy program for people in the advanced stages of cancer.

Before the event, the winners sat down for lunch with University President and Vice-Chancellor, Feridun Hamdullahpur and Acting Executive Director of Co-operative Education & Career Action, Rocco Fondacaro.  

At the awards ceremony, family, friends, and employers of the winners and members of the University community, including deans, executives and students, came together to celebrate the students and their achievements in co-op.

The 2015 Co-op Students of the Year are:

Vinita Dhir, Faculty of Science

Vinita Dhir.​Vinita is a third-year Science and Business Student with a major in Biology. She worked at St. Michael’s Hospital as an oncology research assistant and bone metastases project manager. She conducted investigative studies, where she took a lead role submitting proposals, presenting research topics, and ensuring patient satisfaction. Vinita also conducted self-directed research studies, which she continues to oversee while working in another position.

She shares her experiences and knowledge about co-op with incoming high school students by giving presentations and speaking to them one-on-one. 

Jordan Grant, Faculty of Engineering

Jordan Grant.A second-year Management Engineering student, Jordan worked with Deloitte as an Innovation Analyst. During his work term, Jordan developed the Deloitte Tech Exchange (DTEX), an event that gives Waterloo students the opportunity to work with high-end technology, which would otherwise be unattainable due to cost. The event is designed to give students the experience and resources necessary to take them through the design process, where they are challenged to find a solution to an industry problem.

Jordan continues to volunteer his time overseeing the expansion of DTEX while working in another position. The event is currently scheduled for Fall 2016, offering a wider variety of events and workshops to a larger group of students.

Andrew MacDonald, Faculty of Environment

Andrew MacDonald.Andrew is a fourth-year Geography and Environmental Management student. Andrew was awarded an Honourable Mention for the CAFCE Co-op Student of the Year Award for his work as a Natural Heritage Educator with Pinery Provincial Park. With a passion for the environment and education, Andrew delivered educational programs to the public, led surveys on species at risk, and developed an interactive app for the park. The Explore Pinery app engages visitors by promoting park amenities and giving them the chance to track and observe the different wildlife and natural beauty of the park. By providing tips on how to avoid poison ivy and other dangers around the park, and having easy access to the emergency contact information in the app, it helps improve customer safety. The app can be found in the Google Play and iTunes stores.

In his spare time, Andrew volunteers as a camp counselor with Scouts Canada for a week every summer, where underprivileged children get to attend camp. He helps with the planning of activities, meals, and running of the camp.

Rachel McDonald, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

Rachel McDonald.Rachel is a fourth-year Health Studies student working as a Clinical Research Assistant with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She was honoured by the University, as well as both nationally and provincially by CAFCE and EWO, for her work coordinating a radiotherapy program for people in the advanced stages of cancer. Her work on the use of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for non-spine bone metastases has been published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics and a manuscript in the peer review journal Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment.

In addition to her work, Rachel volunteers with Adapted Aquatics, where she teaches swimming lessons to people with disabilities.

Joey Pereira, Faculty of Mathematics

Joey Pereira.A third-year Computer Science major, Joey worked as a software engineer and lead developer at PiinPoint, a Waterloo software startup that helps retailers determine the best location to open shop. He took on a lead role in the development, improvement, and expansion of PiinPoint’s platform, creating a drivetime polygon generator. He was also given the authority to deploy changes to the production environment and manage a team of engineers and co-op students.

Joey also worked with Hack the North (the largest hackathon of its kind in Canada) leading the platform team and was in charge of attendee experience, registration, and applications.

Emily West, Faculty of Arts

Emily West.Working as the assistant project manager at the Games Institute, Emily a fourth-year Psychology student, acted as the first point of contact for not only the day-to-day activities, but also for the organization and execution of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Grant Mid-Term Meeting, hosted by the Games Institute. She organized guest speakers, catering and equipment rentals, created the final conference schedule, and designed the event brochures. She also streamlined the communication process, creating an improved means of transmitting important information to the Games Institute’s members and researchers.

Emily is also the model director with Fashion for Change. Fashion for Change is a student-run club that brings together fashion, music, dance, and drama, hosting events throughout Fall and Winter terms. The culmination of both terms is a fashion show for which all the proceeds go to Free the Children.

In addition to the students listed above, Abhirup Chatterjee (Applied Heath Sciences), Kai Slaughter (Engineering), and Emma Hawley-Yan (Environment) received honourable mentions for Waterloo’s 2015 Co-op Students of the Year Awards. 

Congratulations to all of our student winners! 

March Break Open House set for tomorrow

Volunteers holding "welcome to Waterloo" signs.

A message from Marketing and Undergraduate Recruitment

The University of Waterloo will welcome more than 8,000 visitors at the annual March Break Open House tomorrow, Saturday, March 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The event is geared towards high school students, and their families, who have applied to Waterloo. It is a full-day program that is designed to answer the more detailed questions that future students may have now that they have applied or been admitted to Waterloo.

Attendees are invited to create a personalized schedule using an online tool for scheduling faculty and program-specific sessions as well as general information sessions about co-op, residence life, and financing. The Student Life Centre (SLC) will have booths featuring campus services, a clubs demo, and tours departing throughout the day. There will also be Residence tours including the University Colleges, throughout the day.

Faculty highlights for Saturday’s event include:

  • Faculty of Arts: Sample Lectures including; "Gaming the system: How games can help us understand the real world”, "The terrorist next door: The social ecology of homegrown radicalization”, and “Devil Baby at the Hull House”
  • Faculty of Applied Health Science: Program-specific student panels with current students
  • Faculty of Engineering: See first-year design projects up close and ask questions from the design teams
  • Faculty of Environment: Take home Faculty of Environment swag, including soap made from natural ingredients in our very own ecology lab
  • Faculty of Mathematics: Attend a professor panel to learn more about courses, academic options, research topics, and career outcomes.
  • Faculty of Science: Find out what “Dark Chocolate Matter” and “Frozen Laser Bean” really means in the new Science Teaching Complex.

For those who are unable to attend, the general information sessions will be livestreamed and include a live chat. To follow along on social media use hashtag #mboh16.

Friday's notes

 Angela Rooke, Carrie Nickerson, Patty Robinson-Angel, Julie MacMillan, Tasha Glover hold pancakes and utensils.

Pancakes aplenty: Members of the Graduate Studies Office (GSO) celebrated St. Patrick's Day by hosting a pancake event in Needles Hall. All proceeds went to support the United Way. Pictured left to right are Angela Rooke, Carrie Nickerson, Patty Robinson-Angel, Julie MacMillan, and Tasha Glover.

Here's today's Nutrition Month "Myth vs. Fact" supplied by Health Services Nutritionist Sandra Ace:

Myth: Almond “milk” has the same nutritional benefits as regular milk.

Fact: Many recent studies support the role nuts like almonds play in promoting overall health, including healthy weight management, heart health, and diabetes management. The same benefits don’t extend to nut milks like almond beverage, however. Almond “milk” is made by roasting and grinding whole almonds, blending them with water, straining, then adding other ingredients including sugar, thickeners, emulsifiers and salt. Almond milk is increasing in popularity, but it is low in protein compared to cow’s milk or soy beverage with only 1 gram per 1 cup/250mL serving (compared to 8 grams for milk, 6 grams for soy beverage). In fact, an entire litre of almond milk contains the protein equivalent of less than ¼ cup of almonds.

If you regularly use almond milk, look for a brand that is fortified with nutrients found in cow’s milk, including vitamins A, D, B12 and B2 (riboflavin) and calcium. If you use almond milk on your breakfast cereal in the morning, you can boost your protein intake by eating a hard-boiled egg or a ¼ cup serving of unsalted nuts. If you choose almond milk because you are lactose intolerant, consider trying a lactose free cow’s milk available in the dairy section of the supermarket.

Today is the deadline for performance evaluations

A message from Human Resources

Human Resources is reminding Managers and Staff that performance appraisal are due today. 

All appraisals are to be sent to Joan Kennedy, Compensation & Benefits Analyst in the General Services Complex in a confidential envelope. 

Link of the day

Earth Hour tomorrow

When and where

Waterloo Unlimited Grade 11 - Design, Monday, March 14 to Friday, March 18.

Code Squad Conference, Monday, March 14 to Friday, March 18.

KI-X 2016, Tuesday, March 15 to Friday, March 18, 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., EV1 250.

Blood Donor Clinics, Wednesday, March 16 to Friday, March 18, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily, Student Life Centre Multipurpose Room.

UpStart Festival of Innovative Theatre, Wednesday, March 16 to Saturday, March 19, 7:30 p.m., Theatre of the Arts.

Philosophy Graduate Student Association (PGSA) 23rd annual conference, Friday March 18 and Saturday, March 19.

Noon Hour Concert: Haydn String Quartet, Friday, March 18, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel chapel.

Knowledge Integration seminar: “Education by Design: The KI Story”, featuring Professor Ed Jernigan, Friday, March 18, 2:30 p.m., AL 113.

UW A Cappella Club End of Term Concerts, Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19, 7:30 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

March Break Open House, Saturday, March 19, 10:00 a.m.

KI-X 2016, Saturday, March 19, 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., EV1 250.

World Water Day Celebration, Tuesday, March 22, 10:30 a.m., EIT Atrium.

World Water Day Keynote Lecture by Linda Gowman, Trojan Technologies, “Reflections on water and jobs,” Tuesday, March 22, 11:30 a.m., EIT 1015.

World Water Day 2016 graduate student poster exhibition, Tuesday, March 22, 1:00 p.m., EIT Atrium.

World Water Day 2016 Panel Presentation on Water and Jobs, Tuesday, March 22, 4:00 p.m., EIT 1015.

theGROOVE, Tuesday, March 22, 5:00 p.m., CPH-3067. Contact Cindy Howe for more information.

TheGROOVE, Wednesday, March 23, 12:10 p.m., CPH-3607. Contact Cindy Howe for more information.

Noon Hour Concert: Immortal Beloved featuring Colin Ainsworth, tenor and William Aide, piano. Wednesday, March 23, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel chapel.

Communicating Blackness, Performing Race: Racializing the Visual in Contemporary Gaming Culture, Wednesday, March 23, 3:30 p.m., AL 113.

Water Institute Seminar featuring Peter Mollinga, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, “On Publishing in Water Alternatives,” Thursday, March 24, 11:00 a.m., EV2-2002.

Water Institute Seminar featuring Peter Mollinga, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, “Downstream of the dam: Farmers, pipelines and capitalist development in the Sardar Sarovar project,” Thursday, March 24, 2:30 p.m., EV2-2002.

Good Friday holiday, Friday, March 25, most University services and buildings closed.

Water Institute Seminar featuring Bejoy Thoma, Ashoka Trust for Reseach in Ecology and Environment, India, “Resilience, vulnerability and environmental change: Insights from the rapidly urbanizing Arkavathy sub-basin,” Monday, March 28, 10:00 a.m., EV3-4408.

theGROOVE, Tuesday, March 29, 5:00 p.m., CPH-3067. Contact Cindy Howe for more information.

TheGROOVE, Wednesday, March 30, 12:10 p.m., CPH-3607. Contact Cindy Howe for more information.

HeForShe Advocate Event featuring Jennifer Berdahl, PhD, Montalbano Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business, “From fixing the women to liberating the men: Gender in Organizations,” Wednesday, March 30, 4:00 p.m., STJ 3014.

WaterTalk Lecture by Prabhakar Clement, Auburn University, “Worthiness of complex groundwater models for decision making-when should we say enough is enough?“ Thursday, March 31, 2:30 p.m., DC 1304.

Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies Research Symposium featuring  Keynote Dr. Susan Dion, concurrent sessions of presenters; “Cultural Pluralities: Situating the Studies of Sexualities, Relationships, and Families”, Friday, April 1, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., St. Jerome’s 1036, Siegfried Hall.

Research Talks event featuring Canada Research Chair Jennifer Clapp"Trade: opportunity or threat for global food security?" Friday, April 1, 12:00 p.m., DC 1302. Please register – seating is limited.

Water Institute Seminar featuring Prabhakar Clement, Auburn University, “Authorship and author rank: Misuses, misunderstanding and a meaningful solution,” Friday, April 1, 12:30 p.m., RCH 211.

CrySP Speaker Series featuring Seda Gürses, Princeton University, “PET Sematary: Privacy's return from the dead and the rise of Privacy Engineering,” Friday, April 1, 2:30 p.m., DC 1304.

University of Waterloo Department of Music presents the University of Waterloo Balinese Gamelan Ensemble, Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m. 

University of Waterloo Department of Music presents “Reaching Out: University Choir,” Saturday, April 2, 7:30 p.m., First United Church, 16 William St. W. Waterloo.

University of Waterloo Department of Music presents UW Jazz Ensemble, Sunday, April 3, 2:00 p.m. Conrad Grebel Great Hall.

University of Waterloo Department of Music presents Chiaroscuro: Chamber Choir, Sunday, April 3, 7:30 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Church, Kitchener.

University of Waterloo Department of Music presents Instrumental Chamber Ensembles, Monday, April 4, 7:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel Chapel.

FAUW Workshop for Tenured Faculty, “Faculty Applying for Promotion to Full Professor Workshop,” Tuesday, April 5, 10:00 a.m., DC 1304.

FAUW workshop for tenure-track faculty, “Faculty Recently Hired to their First Probationary Term Workshop,” Tuesday, April 5, 12:00 p.m., DC 1304.

theGROOVE, Tuesday, April 5, 5:00 p.m., CPH-3067. Contact Cindy Howe for more information.

FAUW workshop for tenure-track faculty, “Faculty Applying for Probationary Contract Renewal Workshop,” Wednesday, April 6, 10:00 a.m., DC 1304.

Gender and Equity Scholarship Series featuring Dr. Andrea Collins, School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability, “Gender, Land, and Global Governance: Governing Global Land Deals?” Wednesday, April 6, 11:30 a.m., MC 5501.

FAUW workshop for tenure-track faculty, “Faculty Applying for Tenure Workshop,” Wednesday, April 6, 2:30 p.m., DC 1304.

Ed Jernigan Thank You Event, Wednesday, April 6, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., University Club. Register now.

Today's the day to register for CanBuild!

A collage of can-built displays.

Today is the deadline to register a team for the University of Waterloo's CanBuild competition.

UWaterloo CanBuild, a joint initiative led by the Community Relations & Events team and the Federation of Students, is a food drive with a twist: teams collaborate with colleagues and put their creativity skills to work by building structures from the food donations collected.

Check the Community Relations and Events registration page for more details.

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