Friday, April 7, 2017

Writing Centre gets new nom de plume

The Writing Centre has changed to the Writing and Communication Centre following Board of Governors approval at its meeting on Tuesday.

The Centre’s new name reflects its growth over the past few years, including new roles and expanded programming that better meet the diverse needs of students, postdocs, and faculty in changing communication contexts. In addition to writing, the Centre now provides coaching and support for a range of communication activities, from digital design to presentation skills.

The Writing and Communication Centre offers numerous programs and services that foster academic and professional communication skills. Partnerships with faculty and other support units tailor disciplinary and professional communication services for undergraduates. Graduate students can access thesis writing and defense coaching, as well as key professionalization initiatives in partnership with other units. And a new role now supports faculty and postdoctoral fellows with their publications, projects, and research writing.

The name change was also approved by the University's Senate at its March meeting.

The Writing and Communication Centre celebrated its 40th anniversary in October 2016.

Mental health advisory committee website online

The President's Advisory Committee on Student Mental Health now has a web presence, with resources including a contact form that gives people an opportunity to learn more or contribute their thoughts.

The Advisory Committee will aim to continue a campus conversation on student mental health and wellbeing. Through opportunities including open houses, stakeholder meetings and online forums the Committee will collect feedback and suggestions on what further steps can be taken to ensure that those who may be struggling can access the supports they need.

The committee is inviting feedback and ideas throughout the process, either at one of the in-person engagement opportunities or at any time by completing the web form.

Counselling Services offers mental health training

As this new web resource comes online, Counselling Services has announced its offerings of training sessions on mental health and suicide prevention skills. Several options are upcoming in the Spring and Fall terms:

  • QPR training (1.25 hours) – Learn how to recognize and support someone who may be having thoughts of suicide.
  • safeTALK (3.25 hours) – Learn simple, yet effective, TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe.
  • More Feet on the GroundOnline – A free online mental health education program that teaches students, staff, and faculty to Recognize, Respond, and Refer individuals experiencing mental health concerns on campus. 
  • More Feet on the Ground In Person (2.5 hours) - This program uses online materials, as well as vignettes to teach students, staff, and faculty how to Recognize, Respond, and Refer individuals experiencing mental health concerns on campus.
  • Mental Health First Aid (12 hours) - This training teaches students, staff, and faculty how to help someone who is showing signs of a mental health concern or is experiencing a mental health crisis.

For more information about each option and to register, visit Internships and Training on the Counselling Services website. Check back often as new sections and offerings will be posted as they become available.

Remembering Trudi Bunting

Professor Trudi Bunting circa 1981.Human Resources has reported that retired Professor Trudi Bunting died on April 3.

Bunting joined the University in July 1970 as an assistant professor in the Geography department and received tenure in July 1981. The Geography department was later renamed Geography and Environmental Management.

Professor Bunting was also appointed to the School of Planning.

She was promoted to Associate Professor in January 1984.

Her field of interest included urban geography, environmental behaviour, and environmental personality in children. Her research and teaching included work in urban sprawl and its polar opposite, the development and health of downtown city areas, including studies of pedestrian behaviour and safety in central Kitchener and Cambridge.

Her work was often quoted in newspaper articles about the importance of downtown cores to a city's overall health. She was also the co-editor of several editions of Canadian Cities in Transition, a key urban planning textbook.

She was a CMHC Fellow and a member of the American Association of Geographers, the Canadian Association of Geographers, the Regional Science Institute and Community Planning Association.

She retired in January 2009 as Professor in Geography and Environmental Management and the School of Planning.

Professor Bunting is survived by her spouse Thomas Abler.

Notes on the first day of exams

The examination period begins today and runs until Tuesday, April 25. Students can take advantage of a variety of studying resources available to them through the Student Success Office and elsewhere. Best of luck!

The Critical Media Lab has shifted the time of its April 8 symposium, Data Publics/Data Paradigms. It is now taking place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday instead of from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. as originally reported. The symposium will feature presentations from students from English 794.

Human Resources is reporting that retiree Magdalene Koch died on March 23. Koch started at the University in September 1969 and retired as a Housekeeper in Village II in October 1988. She was predeceased by her spouse Gerhard.

Link of the day

100 years ago: Vimy Ridge

When and where

IGNITE, the 43rd Annual Senior Undergraduate Exhibition, Thursday, March 16 to Saturday, April 8, University of Waterloo Art Gallery.

Sustainable Campus Photo Contest, Monday, March 20 – Friday, April 21, across campus.

Green Office Energy Challenge, Thursday, March 30 to Friday, April 21, across campus.

Examinations begin, Friday, April 7.

Online course examination days, Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8.

Fundamentals for writing your thesis, Friday, April 7, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Analytics Day 2017: From Data to Decisions, Friday, April 7, 9:00 a.m., QNC 0101.

Challenge/Coding Day for AquaHacking 2017, Saturday, April 8, 10:00 a.m., Engineering 5

Supporting Nurses with Health Information Technology: Cognitive Functions of the Kardex and 'Brains' Artifacts, Monday, April 10, 2:30 p.m., East Campus 4 2101a. Register for this FREE event. Coffee and snacks will be available.

CBB Bioinnovations seminar featuring Zhanfeng Cui, PhD, Donald Pollock Professor of Chemical Engineering, Director, Oxford Centre for Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing, Director, CRMI Technology Centre, University of Oxford, "From Fundamental Research to Commercial Bio-Manufacture," Tuesday, April 11 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., EC5 1111. Networking reception with light refreshments immediately following the talk. Registration is required for this FREE event. Please RSVP via EventBrite.

University Club Easter Buffet, Wednesday, April 12 and Thursday, April 13, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

Pizza with the Profs, "Zero-effort Ambient Vitals Monitoring" with Jennifer Boger, Assistant Professor, Systems Design Engineering, Wednesday, April 12, 12:00 p.m., Grand River Hospital Freeport Campus. Register.

Staff International Experience Fund Lunch & Learn, Wednesday, April 12, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., EC1-1227 (Philanthropy Room). Feel free to bring your lunch. Some light refreshments (coffee and cookies) will be provided.

WaterTalks Lecture, Water: Abundance, Scarcity, and Security in the Age of Humanity, Wednesday, April 12, 2:00 p.m., QNC 0101.

Good Friday holiday, Friday, April 14, most university buildings closed.

WISE Public Lecture featuring Professor S. Eswar Prasad, "Piezoelectric Materials and their Applications," Tuesday, April 18, 10:30 a.m., CPH 4333.

Retirement celebration for Sandra Hayes, Tuesday, April 18, 3:30 p.m., East Campus 1. RSVP online.

#PowerShiftWR: Transforming Energy in Waterloo Region, Tuesday, April 18, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Kitchener Public Library Main Branch.

WISE Lecture Series: Energy-Secure, Adaptable Housing and Infrastructure for Remote and Northern Communities, Wednesday, April 19, 10:30 a.m., CPH 4333.

UWRC Book Club, The Piano Teacher by Janice YK Lee, Wednesday, April 19, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

Vision Science Graduate Research Conference 2017, Monday, April 24, all day, Optometry Room 1129.

Examination period ends, Tuesday, April 25.

Pharmacy Research Day, showcasing graduate student research, Wednesday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., School of Pharmacy.

Staff Appreciation Lunch, Wednesday, April 26 to Friday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, "Cultivating Curiosity in Teaching and Learning," Thursday, April 27, Science Teaching Complex.