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Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Today is Giving Tuesday—are you in?

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday.

A message from the Office of Advancement

Today is Giving Tuesday, and we hope you’ll participate! We’re inviting the Waterloo community to join the movement and help more of our students become globally-literate, world-ready leaders of tomorrow.

With your support, more deserving students will have the chance to take part in an international study, volunteer, or co-op work experience. Plus, the University is matching gifts to this fund dollar for dollar! To see a video of Waterloo students out in the world and to make your gift online—to this priority, or another area of special significance to you—click here.

You can also stop by the SLC today between 11:30 and 1:30 to take your #Unselfie at our Giving Tuesday photobooth. Use our #GivingTuesdayUW Snapchat filters to show your support!

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving and a time to celebrate and encourage activities that support charities and non-profits. Whether you make a gift, volunteer time, or spread the word, you are the most important part of the Giving Tuesday movement.

Thank you!

Professor Heather Douglas named AAAS Fellow

A Professor in the Department of Philosophy has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Professor Heather Douglas.Professor Heather E. Douglas joins the ranks of the AAAS Fellows "for distinguished contributions to the philosophy of science, particularly to the analysis of science policy, science in a democratic society, and values in science."

Professor Douglas is the Waterloo Chair in Science and Society in the Department of Philosophy. Her research focuses on the interface between science and policy, including the use of science in policy-making and policies for science. Professor Douglas is also the Associate Director, Science and Energy Policy, at the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE).

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, founded in 1848 is the world’s largest general scientific society and the publisher of the high impact journal Science. The mission of AAAS is to “advance science and serve society”. Election as a fellow is an honour bestowed upon members by their peers.

“I am greatly honoured to be elected as a fellow of AAAS,” says Professor Douglas. “We want societies to be guided by both citizens and technical expertise, but how to combine these two threads in a constructive way is an ongoing challenge. AAAS helps scientists grapple with the responsibilities on doing science within and for complex societies, and I am happy to help with that goal.”

This year 391 members have been awarded this honour because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

The new Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, February 18 at the AAAS Fellows Forum in Boston.

Douglas is the third Waterloo AAAS Fellow. Previous inductees include Arthur Carty (2015) and Raymond Laflamme (2011).

Erin Sargeant Greenwood heading to St. Mary’s University

Erin Sargeant Greenwood.Erin Sargeant Greenwood, the University’s interim vice-president, advancement will be joining St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia as its Vice-President, Advancement in the New Year.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Erin and I ask you to join me in wishing her the very best in this new role,” wrote President Feridun Hamdullahpur in a memo circulated to the Office of Advancement and Executive Council yesterday afternoon.

Sargeant Greenwood joined the University of Waterloo in 2008, first as Associate Vice-President, Annual and Planned Giving and, since May 2015, as Interim Vice-President Advancement. During her time at Waterloo, the Office of Advancement successfully concluded Campaign Waterloo and led the way in building a model of shared partnership, innovative programs and success in Advancement that is the envy of universities across the country.

“Erin’s steady hand and leadership as Vice-President, Advancement has been exemplary in advancing the University’s goals through strategic fundraising and alumni relations programs, locally, nationally and internationally, raising more than $50 million each year for the University,” Hamdullahpur wrote. “Erin leaves a team that is united in its mission to inspire and engage people in philanthropy to advance the University of Waterloo in becoming one of the most innovative universities in the world.”

Her last day on campus will be December 19, though she will continue to be engaged at the University of Waterloo in January 2017 to support incoming Vice-President Advancement Joanne Shoveller’s transition until she starts her new role at Saint Mary’s on February 1, 2017.

“I want to personally thank Erin for her leadership and dedication to the University of Waterloo and wish her every success in her new role and for her family as they make this exciting move to Atlantic Canada,” writes Hamdullahpur. 

Latest issue of Waterloo magazine launches

Waterloo Magazine Fall 2016 cover.Unlocking our potential takes a combination of experience and insight.

Whether you’re about to embark on your first career or figuring out the next step in your personal journey, the fall 2016 issue of Waterloo Magazine has information you can use.

Want to learn more about how your reaction to failure can motivate success? Check out Not Afraid to Fail, for research and lessons learned the hard way.

Ready to learn what works — and what doesn’t — in the modern workplace? Running the world’s leading co-operative education program offers a wealth of research opportunities. You’ll find the 12 questions to expect in your next big interview, plus more great advice, in Career Lab.

In preparation for the University’s 60th anniversary year in 2017, learn more about the pivotal decisions and people that helped shape a campus in perpetual motion with 60 Years of Innovation, a decade-by-decade look at the evolution of Waterloo.

With this issue launching on Giving Tuesday, you won’t want to miss Entrepreneurial Spirit. This Advancement feature celebrates some of the early champions Waterloo’s new Startup Pledge program, which invites budding entrepreneurs to give back to the environments that helped them succeed.

Plus, from craft beer to artistically engineered chocolate creations, discover some of the unconventional journeys of Waterloo’s remarkable alumni.

All this and more inside the latest issue of Waterloo Magazine.

Winter fee payment deadline approaches

The due date for students to submit their payment in full or the Promissory Note to become "Fees Arranged" for Winter 2017 term is December 13, 2016. 

To view your term fees, log in to Quest and go to Student Center>Finances>Account Inquiry. 

Information on how to make your payment, submit the Promissory Note or become ‘Fees Arranged’ can be found on the Finance - Student Financial Services website.

If you need further assistance, please contact us at sfs@uwaterloo.ca.

Link of the day

60 years ago: Canada opens its doors to Hungarian refugees

When and where

Retail Services Book Store pop-up sale, Monday, November 28 and Tuesday, November 29, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Wednesday, November 30 to Friday, December 2, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., South Campus Hall. Save 25 percent on new titles and gift items.

Waterloo Store Monster EventMonday, November 28 to Wednesday, November 30, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., South Campus Hall concourse.

University Club Christmas Lunch Buffet, Monday, November 28 to Friday, December 23, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

HeForShe Ideathon, Tuesday, November 29, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., AHS 1689.

Retirement reception for Professor John Medley, November 30, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., University Club. RSVP to clashbro@uwaterloo.ca.

Velocity Fund Finals, Thursday, December 1, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

WaterTalks lecture series featuring Richard Luthy, Stanford University, “Urban Water Supply Re-invention for Dry Cities,” Thursday, December 1, 1:30 p.m., DC 1304.

CrySP Speaker Series featuring David Murakami Wood, Queen’s University, “Hack the Planet! From phone phreaking to subverting planetary infrastructures,” Thursday, December 1, 2:30 p.m., MC 5501.

Orchestra@uwaterloo presents "Farewell, Maestro," Thursday, December 1, 8:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

UW A Cappella Club End of Term Concerts, Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3, 7:30 p.m., Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages.

University Choir concert,“Classical Roots,” Saturday, December 3, 7:30 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 22 Willow Street, Waterloo.

Jazz Ensemble concert, Sunday, December 4, 2:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel Great Hall.

Instrumental Chamber Ensembles, Sunday, December 4 and Monday, December 5, 7:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College.

Animal Studies and the Voice of the Other, Monday, December 5, 5:30 p.m., HH 1108.

Faculty Association Fall General Meeting, Tuesday, December 6, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., MC 4020. Lunch provided.

GreenHouse Social Impact Showcase, December 6, 4:00 p.m., St. Paul’s Alumni Hall.

Faculty Association Town Hall Meeting for Lecturers, Wednesday, December 7, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., STC 0010.

Cognitive Science Confessions: My biggest research mistakesWednesday, December 7, 3:00 p.m. to 5:20 p.m., HH 1102.

Retirement reception for May Yan, Wednesday, December 7, 4:00 p.m., Book Store.

Office of Research closed for holiday lunch, Friday, December 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Retirement celebration for Janet Metz of CECA, Friday, December 9, 2016, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., TC 2218.

German Studies Forum 2016, hosted by the Waterloo Centre for German Studies. Monday, December 12 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Registration required.

Gender and Equity Scholarship Series featuring Madhur Anand, “A Sample Size of None: Creating Your Own Career Path,” Tuesday, December 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., MC 5501.

University Club Christmas Dinner Buffet, Wednesday, December 14, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., University Club.

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