Outstanding Performance Award recipients named
Vice-President, Academic & Provost Ian Orchard has announced the winners of the 2015 Outstanding Performance Award.
Effective May 1, 2005, in accordance with the 2003 Faculty Salary Settlement, the University established an Outstanding Performance Fund to reward faculty members for outstanding contribution in teaching and scholarship.
"I am very pleased to announce the award recipients for 2015 and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them for their outstanding contributions to the University of Waterloo," writes the provost in a memo distributed earlier this week.
The 2015 winners are:
Applied Health Sciences: Jack Callaghan, Leeann Ferries, David Hammond, Heather Keller, Diana Parry, and Suzanne Tyas.
Arts: Janice Aurini, Emma Betz, Emanuel Carvalho, Tara Collington, Martin Cooke, Joan Coutu, James Danckert, Shannon Dea, Andrew Faulkner, Myra Fernandes, Geoffrey Fong, Eric Helleiner, Jingjing Huo, Margaret Insley, Greta Kroeker, Kate Lawson, Patricia Marino, Bessma Momani, Marcel O’Gorman, Susan Roy, Jennifer Schulenberg, Anindya Sen, Winfried Siemerling, Daniel Smilek, Tony Wirjanto, and Dinghai Xu.
Engineering: Mark Aucoin, James Craig, Eric Croiset, Samir Elhedhli, Monica Emelko, Roydon Fraser, Fatma Gzara, Keith Hipel, Karim Karim, Robert McKillop, John McPhee, Kevin Musselman, Mansour Raafat, Catherine Rosenberg, Manoj Sachdev, Lola Sheppard, Stephen Smith, Gordon Stubley, Lin Tan, Ehsan Toyserkani, and Mark Weber.
Environment: Derek Armitage, Sarah Burch, Claude Duguay, Brendon Larson, Markus Moos, and Stephen Murphy.
Mathematics: Christopher Bauch, Byron Becker, Shai Ben-David, Timothy Chan, Bertrand Guenin, Kevin Hare, Matthew Kennedy, Katherine Larson, Alejandro Lopez-Ortiz, Bruce Richter, Marek Stastna, Justin Wing Lok Wan, Ruodu Wang, Bernard Wong, Grace Yi, and Mu Zhu.
Science: Avery Broderick, Zheng-Yu Chen, Andrea Edginton, Shaun Frape, Nadine Furtado, Elizabeth Irving, Rohan Jayasundera, Juewen Liu, Elizabeth Meiering, Kirsten Muller, Josh Neufeld, Kevin Resch, Marlee Spafford, and Benjamin Thompson.
Gear up for Bike Month
June is Bike Month in Waterloo Region This annual campaign promotes the good old-fashioned bicycle as an excellent way to get to and from work and around the city. To celebrate, the University of Waterloo is holding two Bike Breakfasts and a month-long Bike Challenge as a way of saying thank-you to cyclists and giving a little encouragement for everyone to try transportation on two wheels.
The Bike Breakfast events will be held Thursday, June 9 and Tuesday, June 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. outside the Dana Porter library. There will be free bike tune-ups provided by King Street Cycles, as well as coffee, fruit and snacks. Information about cycling resources on campus and in the community will be available.
For the Bike Challenge, log your trips on the Student or Employee user group on TravelWise from June 1 to June 30. Every trip log is a prize entry! Prizes include a $250 King Street Cycles gift card, 1 of 2 bike swag baskets valued at $100 each, and 1 of 2 $100 King Street Cycles gift cards.
For more information and full details, visit the Bike Month page. There will be weekly Bike Month updates in the Daily Bulletin this month.
Kinesiology student finds her fit
Kinesiology co-op student Emily Chiara has enhanced women’s lives, one bra fitting at a time.
Emily completed her first work term at Susan’s Fine Lingerie and Mastectomy Boutique this past winter. She trained as a professional bra fitter for women who have had (or will have) a mastectomy, a treatment for cancer that involves the surgical removal of all or part of the breast.
“When you’re dealing with such a personal matter, people tell you things,” Emily says, touching on the conversations she had during the fittings. “They talk about their experiences. They share things about their lives. We had a lot of that.”
During her co-op term, Emily applied her kinesiology experience to help women make their post-surgery recovery more comfortable. She introduced them to a variety of breast moulds, often for the first time. “Lots of [the women] that come in have never seen a breast form before. If you haven’t gone through it, you just don’t know what’s out there,” Emily said.
Emily described overcoming the nervousness of the first job application process and gaining confidence in her abilities. “Learning about different diseases in various classes allowed me to have a greater understanding of cancer and what these women were going through,” Emily said. “One of my career paths is going into medicine. I believe in personalized medicine that focuses on creating a strong patient-doctor relationship. This job showed me how to be personal but professional.”
Fostering a sense of belonging with Adrienne Clarkson
This is the latest in a series of #UWCommunity stories that feature Waterloo in the community.
What makes you feel like you belong?
“…we are most fully human, most truly ourselves, most authentically individual, when we commit to the community.”
On Wednesday, May 25, the University of Waterloo in partnership with House of Friendship and The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation, brought The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson to campus to talk about the importance of belonging. Expanding on her highly successful 2014 CBC Massey Lectures Tour and her recent book, Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship, Mme. Clarkson captivated close to 500 community members about the need for diversity, community capacity, and contribution in today’s society.
Arriving in Canada with her family in 1941 as a refugee, Mme. Clarkson is a Hong Kong-born Canadian journalist, politician, and stateswoman. After receiving a number of university degrees, and spending time working for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), she was appointed as the 26th Governor General of Canada by Queen Elizabeth II, making her the first visible minority (Chinese-Canadian) and second woman to ever hold the position. Mme. Clarkson has subsequently published her memoirs, founded the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, and became Colonel-in-Chief of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.
Touching on her personal experiences with immigration and belonging, and bringing her background in Canadian theory and culture to the forefront of her talk, Mme. Clarkson spoke eloquently about the various ways an individual can feel like they belong:
“In other words, when we belong together, we are more than we could possibly be alone.”
Followed by an engaging question and answer period, members of our Waterloo community inquired about the role of public education and the private sector, and how they can help to amplify ongoing volunteerism and philanthropy efforts:
“I believe that a public education is the single most valuable institution that our society provides to help people belong.”
Through collaboration with local partners, the University of Waterloo was proud to provide our community with an opportunity to hear from The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson. By sharing her insight on community, diversity, and inclusion, regional residents explored what it means to belong. Whether it’s joining a sports team, signing up to volunteer, or simply smiling at someone on the street, building a sense of belonging is integral to the overall health, well-being, and success of any community.
Human Resources is reporting the following staff retirements, effective June 1:
- Anne Fullerton, who started at the University in April 1992, retires as Liason Librarian at the Library;
- Ruth Martin, who joined Waterloo in October 1982, retires as Cook at Conrad Grebel University College;
- John Sebalj, who began working at the University in January 2005, retires as Custodian I in Plant Operations;
- Kenneth Jacobs, whose career at Waterloo began in October 1984, retires as Grounds Gardener in Plant Operations;
- Marie O’Brien-Stockie, who started at the University in April 2002, retires as Assistant to the Chair in the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization;
- Linda MacKay, who began working at Waterloo in May 2004, retires as Counsellor in Counselling Services;
- Magdalena Ovcharovich, who started at the University in July 1994, retires as Custodian II – Plant Operations;
- Raziye Souleyman, who began working at Waterloo in March 1995, retires as Custodian II – Plant Operations;
- Hilda Hofstetter, whose start date was in July 1989, retires as Administrative Receptionist in the Office of Advancement; and
- Karen Shantz, who joined the University in October 1974, retires as Library Clerk: Derived Cataloguing in the Library.
Employers on campus next week hosting employer information sessions include Arista Networks, Apple, Mosaic Manufacturing, Zenefits, Electronic Arts, and TribalScale. Visit the employer information sessions calendar for more details.