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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

This week and next, welcome new students to campus

September has almost arrived, and thousands of new students will soon be moving into residences and participating in an array of engaging Orientation activities. Orientation runs from Friday, September 2 to Saturday, September 10. There will be targeted programming for the various groups coming to the University of Waterloo including first-year, international, American and out-of-province, transfer, exchange/study abroad, and graduate students.

To help ease the transition to residence life for first-year students, parents are invited to be a part of move-in weekend from September 2 to 5.  There are also specific sessions family members can attend during this time.

Classes begin for all students during Orientation Week on Thursday, September 8 and will follow the normal Thursday schedule.

Staff and faculty are encouraged to participate in welcoming students to campus. 

Provide a helping hand

With the start of Orientation and a new academic year looming ahead of them, many new students are likely to feel simultaneously excited and overwhelmed. Remember to wear your “Here to Help” button! Say hello if you spot a student, and take a few extra minutes out of your day to answer questions from students or their families. If you don’t know the answer to a question, please check the Here to Help page or direct students to Orientation headquarters inside the Student Life Centre (SLC), the Orientation social media accounts, or Student Portal.

Encourage students to get involved

It’s important for students to have a well-rounded university experience. This means being active outside the lecture halls to meet new friends and hone new skills. During Orientation, students will be able to learn about opportunities within their faculty and the broader campus to get involved through volunteer roles or part-time employment. After Orientation, there is Get Involved Week from September 19 to 23, which will feature events such as the Feds Open House and Campus Life Fair. Encourage undergraduates to attend the events and explore what Federation of Students clubs, societies, and services have to offer.

Don’t miss Single and Sexy

The popular play Single and Sexy, which is written by Waterloo students and focuses on situations many students encounter while living away from home for the first time. This year, the play will be put on in the Physical Activities Complex (PAC), and the staff preview is happening at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 2. Attend the Single and Sexy 2016 premiere by registering online.

Questions about Orientation?

Send any questions to, and connect with staff on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Co-op students showcase their skills on campus

by Andreea Perescu

Co-op student Adrienne Wise overseeing an experiment.Kinesiology Professor Michael Barnett-Cowan knows the benefits of hiring on-campus talent. “Waterloo co-op students have a strong work ethic, are knowledge seekers and are full of energy. They are also comfortable working with people in the lab and in the community,” said Barnett-Cowan. This past term he welcomed two co-op students to Waterloo’s on-campus Multisensory Brain and Cognition Lab (MBC).

Research in the MBC Lab focuses on tricking the brain with sensory illusions to figure out how the brain works. This past term, Barnett-Cowan recruited Mechanical Engineering student Ilarion Kvitnevski to help build a virtual reality motion simulator. A second co-op student, Adrienne Wise from the Department of Kinesiology, was hired to help with the assessment of audiovisual integration in patients who have suffered a stroke and acquired brain injury.

Barnett-Cowan says that co-op students bring a unique skill-set to the laboratory. “Our approach is multidisciplinary and relies on research tools and theory from multiple backgrounds, primarily neuroscience, kinesiology, psychology, biology, engineering and computer science,” he explained. “Whenever possible, I try to match students to projects that they are most interested in. Occasionally, co-op students are given a project to manage and conduct primarily on their own, with my supervision. This often leads to opportunities to present at scientific conferences and publish results in scientific journals.”

When asked what Professor Barnett-Cowan looks for when hiring co-op students, past work experience was at the top of his list. “Past work experience, whether it is from another co-op or from a summer job from high school, is highly valued. Students with past work experience generally know how to work with other people, how to manage their time, how to conduct themselves professionally,” he said. “They know when to seek assistance and guidance.”

For more information about hiring Waterloo co-op students on campus, including a step-by-step guide, visit Hire Waterloo.

More hand-picked stories can be found on the @HireWaterloo twitter feed.

ChemStores hangs up its lab coats and other notes

ChemStores will no longer be selling undergraduate equipment or Chemistry courseware. All undergraduate equipment (including lab coats, safety glasses, safety goggles, lab notebooks, small and large model kits) will be sold in the Science Teaching Complex Media.doc location and at WriteStuff in South Campus Hall. Likewise, the green soft-cover Bio books (required for the first year Biology lab) will also be sold at the STC Media.doc location and WriteStuff. Chemistry course notes and lab manuals will now be sold at the BookStore.

This change is effective this upcoming September term and for all future terms.

There's still time to register to be a beta tester for Portal app. You'll get advanced access to the beta app so you can explore, submit feedback and customize your experience before Portal app is even released. The Portal app is scheduled to be released in Fall 2016.

Looking to send a message to graduate students? The e-news publication dates for the fall 2016 term have been posted to the Graduate student e-news submission request form.

Exterior photo of Mackenzie King Village.Mackenzie King Village recently made the Huffington Post's list of the most beautiful university residences in Canada. Who knew, right?

Built in 2000-2001 and opened in September 2001, William Lyon Mackenzie King Village is a 320-bed residence facility located between Village I and Ron Eydt Village and features four-bedroom suites, each with two bathrooms, a kitchen, living room and storage space.

Employers on campus next week hosting employer information sessions include Uken Games and Google. Visit the employer information sessions calendar for more details.

Students: Apply now for the Rhodes Scholarship

The Graduate Studies Office (GSO) is encouraging students to apply for the annual Rhodes Scholarship.

The Rhodes Scholarship covers tuition and fees and provides a stipend to help cover living expenses for 2 to 3 years of study while at Oxford.

The deadline to apply is 9:00 a.m. EST on September 12.

Link of the day

Kiss my grits! Alice debuted 40 years ago

When and where

Single and Sexy premiere performance, Friday, September 2, 10:00 a.m., PAC gym.

International Student Orientation, Friday, September 2 to Sunday, September 4.

Orientation 2016, Sunday, September 4 to Saturday, September 10.

Out-of-province/American Orientation, Sunday, September 4.

Family Welcome, Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5.

Family Send-Off, Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5, 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Labour Day holiday, most University operations closed, Monday, September 5.

Exchange/Study Abroad Orientation, Monday, September 5.

Transfer Student Orientation, Monday, September 5.

Graduate Student Orientation, Tuesday, September 6.

Chemistry Department Seminar Series featuring Dr. Fernando Moreno Benavente, Department of Analytical Chemistry, University of Barcelona, “On-line solid phase extraction capillary electrophoresis mass spectrometry for high-sensitivity analysis of biomolecules”, Tuesday, September 6, 2:30 p.m., C2-361.

Lectures begin, Thursday, September 8.

AutoTech Symposium, Tuesday, September 13, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Federation Hall.

The Writing Centre presents "Professionalism in your communication: How to talk to your professors," Tuesday, September 13, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

2016 Waterloo Innovation Summit, Wednesday, September 14 to Friday, September 16.

Fall Farm Market, Thursday, September 15, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Lower Atrium.

Writing Centre presents "STEM lab reports: Improve your lab report writing," Thursday, September 15, 1:00 p.m.

WaterTalks series: Peter van der Zaag, "Water Storage: Nature-based Solutions for Resilient Communities", Thursday, September 15, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Davis Center, Room 1304.

Waterloo Centre for German Studies presents "Von Berlin to Kitchener: Connotations and Cultures, A Discussion Panel", Thursday, September 15, 7:00 p.m., Kitchener Public Library.

Doors Open Waterloo Region, Friday, September 16 to Saturday, September 17.

September Senate meeting, Monday, September 19, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

CBB Workshop: UWaterloo Intellectual Property Part 2 Case Study, Wednesday, September 21, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., DC 1304.

UWRC Book Club featuring House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout, Wednesday, September 21, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

Fall Farm Market, Thursday, September 22, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Lower Atrium.

Feds Clubs and Societies Days, Thursday, September 22, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

Research Talks event featuring Linda Nazar, "New vistas in electrochemical energy storage," Friday, September 23, 12:00 p.m., QNC 0101.

Further Education Boot Camp, Saturday, September 24.

School of Planning’s 2016 Induction Ceremony, Saturday, September 24, 9:30 a.m. (reception in EV3 atrium), ceremony at 11:00 a.m., Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages.  

Fall Farm Market, Thursday, September 29, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Lower Atrium.

Positions available

On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable on the UWaterloo Talent Acquisition System (iCIMS):

  • Job ID# 2016-1193 - Associate Director Development, Dean of Math Office, USG 12-13

  • Job ID# 2016-1204 - Associate Editor, Undergraduate Calendar and Communications Specialist, Registrar’s Office, USG 7

  • Job ID# 2016-117 - Client Service Coordinator, USG 7, Dean of Science Computing

  • Job ID# 2016-1168 - Experiential Coordinator, Bridging, School of Pharmacy, USG 12

  • Job ID# 2016-1212 - Financial Aid Systems Analyst - Registrar-Student Awards, USG 8-9

  • Job ID# 2016-1210 - Manager, EDGE Program - WatPD, USG 11

  • Job ID# 2016-1176 - Manager, Global Programs and Initiatives - WISE-General, USG 10

  • Job ID# 2016-1205 - Manager, RF MEMS Laboratory - Electrical & Computer Engineering, USG 10 

  • Job ID# 2016-1172 - Mental Health Intake and Triage Coordinator - Counselling, USG 7 

  • Job ID# 2016-1207 - Project Officer - Dean of Math Office, USG 7

  • Job ID# 2016-1196 - Student Advisor - Coop Education & Career Action, USG 8-9