Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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.

Congratulations all!

Gear up for Bike Month

Bike Month poster.

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

Former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson speaks at a podium.

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.

Wednesday's notes

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.

Science Undergraduate Office opens late today

Please note that the Science Undergrad Office in STC 2031 will be opening at 10:15 a.m. today due to a staff training event.

Additionally, on Friday, June 3, the office will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a staff event.

Link of the day

Global Day of Parents

When and where

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

UWRC presents Books for Kids in Cameroon, Wednesday, June 1, 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 pm, MC 5501 (formerly MC 5158). 
Register by emailing

Writing Centre presents Grammar workshop series, every Wednesday in June, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Student Success Office presents Effective Meetings, Wednesday, June 1, 12:00 p.m., SCH 108A.

Test Preparation and Test Anxiety, Wednesday, June 1, 3:00 p.m.

Velocity Start presents Ain’t No Model Like A Business Model, Wednesday, June 1, 7:30 p.m.,, Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Sustainability at Uwaterloo, Thursday, June 2, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 pm, MC 5501 (formerly MC 5158). Register by emailing

The Student Success Office presents Presentation Skills, Thursday, June 2, 5:00 p.m., SCH 108A.

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

UWFA Finance Co-op Panel Discussion, Thursday, June 2, 7:00 p.m., MC1085.

Keystone Picnic, Friday, June 3, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., DC quad.

The Student Success Office presents Principles of Leadership, Saturday, June 4, 11:00 a.m., SCH 108A.

The Student Success Office presents Motivating Others, Saturday, June 4, 1:30 p.m., SCH 108A.

The Student Success Office presents Creativity, Saturday, June 4, 4:00 p.m., SCH 108A.

Matthews Golf Classic, Monday, June 6, all day, Grand Valley Golf Course.

President's Golf Tournament, Monday, June 6, all day, Westmount Golf Club.

Procurement and Contract Services Annual Trade Show, Tuesday, June 7 to Thursday, June 9, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., DC 1301.

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

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

The Student Success Office presents Conflict Management, Tuesday, June 7, 12:00 p.m., SCH 108A.

WatRISQ seminar featuring Harry Zheng, Professor, Department of Mathematics, Imperial College, London, UK, “Convex Quality Method for Constrained Quadratic Risk Minimization via FBSDEs,” Tuesday, June 7, 4:00 p.m., DC 1304.

UW Gamelan Ensemble Concert, Wednesday, June 8, 7:30 p.m., Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages. Free admission.

Velocity Start presents Setup Your Business Like A Boss, Wednesday, June 8, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor. 

The Library presents International Archives Day celebration, Thursday, June 9, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., LIB 131.

Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference, Thursday, June 9 to Sunday, June 12, Conrad Grebel University College.

Voices for Peace concert, Thursday, June 9, 7:30 p.m., Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages. 

Yellow Bellies, Saturday, June 11, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 12, 2:30 p.m., Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages.

Spring Convocation ceremonies, Tuesday, June 14 to Saturday, June 18.

Research Seminar: Gerald McKinley, Western University, “Sydemics of Substance Use, Violence and Suicide: Public Health partnerships with First Nations Communities in Northern Ontario”, Tuesday, June 14, 10:30 a.m., Pharmacy 1008.

UWRC Book Club featuring Ariel Lawhon, "The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress," Wednesday, June 15, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

Recreation and Leisure Studies presents “Legacies of Flow” featuring Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Wednesday, June 15, 2:30 p.m., STC 1012.

Velocity Start presents Do People Want Your Sh*t?, Wednesday, June 15, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor. 

2016 J.W. Graham Medal Seminar featuring Tas Tsonis, “How I used Math and Software to get into every Fashion House in the world...”, Thursday, June 16, 2:00 p.m., DC 1302.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Distinguished Lecture featuring Professor Shankar Sastry, Dean, College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, "Societal Scale Cyber Physical Systems," Friday, June 17, 2:00 p.m., EIT 3142.

Public lecture featuring Dr. Celine Latulipe, Associate Professor, Software and Information Systems, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, "Team-based Learning and Pedagogy for Gender Inclusiveness in STEM," Monday, June 20, 1:00 p.m., Location TBC.

25, 35, 45-Year Club reception, Tuesday, June 21, 6:00 p.m., Physical Activities Complex.

Velocity Start presents How To Find Your Customers Online, Wednesday, June 22, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor. 

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.

Velocity Start presents Pitch Like A Pro, Wednesday, June 29, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor. 

Positions available

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

  • Job ID# 3244 – Account Coordinator – Co-operative Education & Career Action, USG 5-8
  • Job ID# 3236 – Research Officer, Principal Gifts – Office of Advancement, USG 7
  • Job ID# 3213 – Analytical Lab Instructor – Chemistry, USG 9
  • Job ID# 3238 – Online Learning Consultant – Centre for Extended Learning, USG 10/11

Internal secondment opportunities, viewable on myCareer@uWaterloo:

  • Advancement Assistant – Office of the Dean Faculty of Environment, USG 6
  • Research Administrative Assistant – Chemical Engineering, USG 6
  • Communications & Graduate Recruitment Officer – Faculty of Arts, USG 8