Friday, May 13, 2016

Pilot project opens doors to social entrepreneurs

Tania Del Matto, Director of St. Paul's GreenHouse.

This is the latest in a series of #UWStratPlan stories that profile some of the initiatives that are part of the robust efforts to implement the Strategic Plan. 

Twelve weeks, three companies, and a lot of different jobs to do. Such is life for students in the St. Paul’s GreenHouse Co-op pilot project.

“I gained many connections and learned a wide variety of lessons from these work experiences,” says Connor Bradey, who had work terms at Happenate, TreeHaus Collaborative Workspace, and REEP Green Solutions in the winter of 2014.

The pilot project began several months after GreenHouse formed as a social impact incubator in 2013 at St. Paul’s University College to help students launch projects and companies that make a social impact. Social entrepreneurs provide products or services that address communal problems, or seize upon opportunities that deliver a wider community benefit, such as diverting good food from the waste stream, providing coping mechanisms for stressed-out students, neutralizing land mines abroad so that innocent people are not harmed by them, and so much more.

With fewer resources than their commercial or industrial cousins, social impact companies and startups in particular have been smaller players in co-operative education. First work-term opportunities for students interested in the sector tend to be few and far between.

GreenHouse, with the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE), set out to improve the situation. GreenHouse recruited social impact companies and chose 18, most of them startups, for the pilot project. Twelve students made up the first cohort. They worked in pairs and spent four weeks at each of three companies on the list. 

"We wanted them to come away with three unique experiences they could place on their resumés," said Tania Del Matto, GreenHouse director. "The social ventures, meanwhile, had no resources, yet they had certain pain points on their to-do list they needed to address, like cold calling, updating client management systems and surveys."

As it returned for the winter of 2016, the project again underscores Waterloo’s commitment to experiential education, one of the eight themes in its Strategic Plan.

Read the rest of the article on the Strategic Plan website.

Responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

A screenshot of the Truth and Reconciliation Response Project website.

by Eugenia Xenos Anderson

Ever since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its 94 Calls to Action last June, many communities and individuals started exploring and implementing ways to respond to the Report’s recommendations - and the Waterloo creative and academic community is one of them.

To consolidate and communicate outreach, collaboration opportunities, and developing research practices, the Faculty of Arts and the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre at St. Paul’s University College are maintaining a website that will function as a hub for initiatives from across campus and partners throughout Canada. The Truth and Reconciliation Response Projects (TRRP) website will evolve and grow as projects, events, and other initiatives in response to the TRC Calls to Action develop. Specific goals for the site are outlined on the About page.

Major upcoming TRRP events include:

The Mush Hole Project is an immersive, site-specific art and performance installation event taking place at the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, the site of Canada’s oldest residential school.

This on-campus summit promises an intercultural gathering including scholars, social justice advocates, elders, artists, cultural and multidisciplinary practitioners, healers, intergenerational survivors, and students, to expand perspectives and decolonize as a step toward (re)conciliation.

Both events are currently accepting creative or academic submissions from members of the Waterloo community and beyond. Mush Hole Project submissions are due June 19; Integrating Knowledges submissions are due June 30. Submission information is on the TRRP website.

Canada Day Celebration seeks volunteers

The University of Waterloo Canada Day Celebration is looking for volunteers for the annual July 1 festivities.

There are a number of positions available, including spirit squad members, artistic face painters, customer services representatives, stage hands and more. All positions offer the opportunity for hands-on participation in Waterloo's Canada Day Celebration. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt to wear during the event and a meal will be provided.

Please sign up online to apply to both Executive Level and Member Level volunteer roles. Log in with your CAS credentials, clicking on "Jobs" and then scrolling down to Community Events and clicking on the various Canada Day Celebration volunteer opportunities. Applications close at 11:59 p.m. on May 18, 2016.

Link of the day

35 years ago: Pope John Paul II shot

When and where

Feds Welcome Week, Monday, May 9 to Friday, May 13.

Clubs and Societies Days, Thursday, May 12, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

Waterloo Unlimited Grade 10 - Change, Sunday, May 15 to Thursday, May 19.

Centre for Teaching Excellence workshop, CTE601: Instructional Skills Workshop (24 hours), Monday, May 16 to Wednesday, May 18, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EV1-241.

Research Seminar: Leonard Salmena, UofT Molecular and Cellular Biology, “Characterizing a novel phosphoinositide signalling mechanism regulating LSC maintenance in AML”, Monday May 16, 10:30 a.m., Pharmacy 1008.

Writing Centre workshop, "Literature reviews for grads (Part A): Organizing research," Monday, May 16, 11:30 a.m.

Senate meeting, Monday, May 16, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

Writing Centre workshop, "Say it in your own words: Paraphrase & summary," Tuesday, May 17, 10:30 a.m.

Accelerator Centre 10th Anniversary event, Tuesday, March 17, 12:00 p.m., Accelerator Centre.

Sabbaticals 101 with Nancy Matthews, Tuesday, May 17, noon to 1:00 p.m., MC5501 (formerly MC5158).  

Author Event with Professor Larry Smith - "No Fears No Excuses" book launch, Tuesday, May 17, 4:00 p.m., Federation Hall.

UWaterloo Blooms, Wednesday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Multipurpose Room.

Résumé tips, Wednesday, May 18, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., TC 1208.

UWRC Book Club featuring Lori Lansens, “The Mountain Story,” Wednesday, May 18, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

Library workshop: Introduction to ArcGIS, Wednesday, May 18, 2:00 p.m., LIB 329.

Velocity Start and South Side Marketplace Grand Opening, Wednesday, May 18, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Study Strategies, Wednesday, May 18, 3:00 p.m.

UW Retirees' Association AGM, Wednesday, May 18, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., University Club.

Velocity Start presents Find Your Kick A** Idea, Wednesday, May 18, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, South Campus Hall.

Caregiving for aging parents and other family members - Opportunities and unmet challenges, Thursday, May 19, 11:00 a.m., LHI 1621.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day celebration, Thursday, May 19, 11:45 a.m., Renison Atrium.

The Writing Centre presents Design and deliver: Practising presentation skills, Thursday, May 19, 1:30 p.m.

Mike Kirkup Farewell Celebration, Thursday, May 19, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Communitech Kitchen, 2nd floor, 151 Charles Street West, Kitchener.

Victoria Day holiday, Monday, May 23.

Waterloo Region MED TECH Bridging the Gap 2016 - Inaugural Meeting, Wednesday, May 25, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Grand River Hospital, Freeport Campus. Co-hosted by the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB).

Belonging: Diversity, Community Capacity & Contribution - An Evening with The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Wednesday, May 25, 6:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

You @ Waterloo Day, Saturday, May 28, various locations on campus.

Undergraduate School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing (USEQIP), Monday, May 30 to Friday, June 10, Quantum-Nano Centre.

English + Innovation celebration, Thursday, June 2, 5:30 p.m., Tannery Event Centre.

WISE Public Lecture Series: Towards Sustainable Development & a 'Green GDP', Tuesday, June 7, 10:30 a.m., CPH 4333.

Effective cover letters, Tuesday, June 7, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., TC 1208. 

Research Seminar: Kathryn Mercer, Waterloo School of Pharmacy, “Connecting and engaging cancer patients in decision-making with physicians and pharmacists through electronic health records”, June 28, 10:30 a.m., Pharmacy 1008.

Phd oral defences

Psychology. Christie Haskell, "The Interdependence of Attention, Memory, and Performance Based Reward." Supervisor, Britt Anderson. On deposit in the Arts graduate office, PAS 2428. Oral defence Friday, May 20, 10:00 a.m., PAS 3206.

School of Planning. Tapan Dhar, "Urban design and planning in adapting to climate change: advances, applications, and challenges." Supervisor, Luna Khirfan. On display in the Faculty of Environment, EV1 335. Oral defence Tuesday, May 24, 10:00 a.m., EV1 221.

Computer Science. John Doucette, "Social Choice for Partial Preferences Using Imputation." Supervisor, Robin Cohen. Thesis available on MGO - Oral defence Thursday, May 26, 9:00 a.m., DC 2310.

Civil & Environmental Engineering. Rizwan Azam, "Behaviour of Shear-Critical Reinforced Concrete Beams Strengthened with Fiber Reinforced Cementitious Mortar." Supervisors, Jeffrey West, Khaled Soudki. On deposit in the Engineering graduate office, PHY 3003.

Global Governance. Sarah Martin, "Storage Matters: Managing Grain, Securing Finance, and Building Markets." Supervisor, Jennifer Clapp. On display in the Faculty of Environment, EV1 335. Oral defence Friday, May 27, 9:00 a.m., EV1 354.