Thursday, April 13, 2017

Athletics launches updated member portal

The Department of Athletics and Recreation, in partnership with IST, has rolled out an updated version of its Warrior registration website

"Students, faculty and staff that participate in our programming and services will now enjoy a more user/mobile friendly interface," says a news post on the Athletics website. "Member Portal 2 (MP2) by Fusion is designed to have a quicker response time when registering for a program, searching facility schedules or simply browsing program offerings." 
"MP2 also uses a responsive web design meaning the site will respond to a user's behavior and environment based on screen size, platform and orientation."

"Another key component of MP2 is a more prominent search option at the top, giving the user quicker access to what they are looking for."

MP2 is part of the Athletics department's initiative to provide better access to department information and improve user experiences. Earlier this year, Warrior Rec (also by Fusion) was launched to provide a quick reference platform of common activities for students.

For the full story, visit the Athletics and Recreation website.

Big Ideas Challenge winners announced

A collage of Big Ideas Challenge presentators.

St. Paul’s GreenHouse held its Winter Social Impact Showcase recently, announcing the winners of the Big Ideas Challenge and the recipients of the Social Impact Fund, as well as celebrating the successes of past Social Impact Fund recipients such as Richard Yim of Landmine Boys and Tina Chan of PASS.

The Big Ideas Challenge is a social venture competition, with winners receiving GreenHouse Fellowships during the summer months. This year, five social enterprises received Fellowships totalling $9,500 and the possibility of accessing $15,000 more through the Social Impact Fund. They are: MapleKey, a modular sleeping pod service; Soleful, a technology to reduce falls among older adults; Cultured, a plant-based approach to culturing meat; SEED, an innovative approach to burial; and Arawelo, a cross-cultural women’s health platform.

Some ventures have been years in the making. Julia Hiscock, founder of MapleKey, began thinking about her idea when she saw homeless people choosing to sleep on the lawn of a shelter. Recognizing issues of privacy and dignity needed to be taken into account, Julia began looking at different shelter models. This summer, she hopes to develop a team and to get her product market-ready.

Similarly, Soleful began with a health hackathon at UWaterloo, and led to a capstone project for this team. Team member Dhruv Guliana says, “Our team is really excited about GreenHouse. We’re all engineering students so it will be very useful for us to develop business knowledge and market analysis and receive other kinds of mentorship. We’re also looking forward to networking opportunities – even at the Social Impact Showcase event, we made many meaningful contacts.”

The Cultured team is also looking forward to developing relationships at GreenHouse. “You can get money or space anywhere,” says team member Jawad Khan. “What’s unique about GreenHouse is the people. These are the kind of people we want to work with. We’re looking forward to the culture of GreenHouse, getting connected with their network and developing friendships and partnerships that will help us grow.”

Other winners at the Showcase included the recipients of the Social Impact Fund, which provides startup support to developing GreenHouse ventures. This term, Nicole Yang and Anna Chang were the recipients of $2,500 and $1,000 respectively. Nicole’s venture, rePUBLIC, aims to create more engaging public spaces through art installations paired with an app, and Anna’s venture, Midori, will investigate how to alleviate textile waste by repurposing used textiles into eco-friendly clothing.

- with files by Susan Fish

Student Service Transformation Project update

A message from the Student Services Transformation Needles Hall (SSTNH) Project Team

This month, the presidents of the Federation of Students and Graduate Student Association, Chris Lolas and Robert Bruce, sat down for a short interview about their involvement in the Student Service Transformation project and an overview of how the new centralized service will impact students.

Catch up with the student reps in the video above and visit the project website for more information. Chris Read will be back next month with more progress updates.

Long weekend closures and other notes

It's a short week this week with tomorrow being Good Friday, a statutory holiday.

Bunnies, Easter or otherwise, will have the run of campus this weekend as most services and operations will be closed for the long weekend.

  • Retail Services outlets will be shuttered
  • Most Food Services locations will be closed for the holiday weekend, with the exception of REVelation and the SLC Tim Hortons, which will be open over the weekend for students studying for and writing exams.
  • The PAC and CIF will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. 
  • The Dana Porter Library will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Good Friday and the Davis Centre Library will be open 24 hours, with the circulation desks at both locations staffed from noon to 6:00 p.m. Check the Library's locations and hours page for more details.

The Turnkey Desk in the Student Life Centre will be open for business all weekend.

As always, even on holidays, the university police (ext. 22222, or 519-888-4911), and the central plant will monitor campus buildings (24-hour service and maintenance line, ext.33793).

An image of the WATCH magazine profile of Feridun Hamdullahpur.President and Vice-Chancellor Feridun Hamdullahpur has been interviewed by WATCH magazine, the official publication of the Research + Technology Park. President Hamdullahpur is the first interviewee profiled in the magazine's new "Humans of the R+T Park" feature. Read the interview online or pick up a hard copy of the latest issue of WATCH magazine.

Link of the day

25 years ago: Chicago's basements flood

When and where

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.

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

Aging and Frailty Lecture featuring Dr. John Muscedere, “The Future of Frailty in Canadian Health Care System,” Thursday, April 13, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sun Life Auditorium, LHS 1621.

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.

The Writing Centre presents Design and deliver II: Creating assertion-evidence presentations, Tuesday, April 18, 10:30 a.m.

Retirement celebration for Sandra Hayes, Tuesday, April 18, 3:30 p.m., East Campus 1University Club. Please note the new location. 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.

Earth Day, Saturday, April 22.

Deadline for students to get "Fees Arranged," Monday, April 24.

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

Examination period ends, Tuesday, April 25.

The Library presents "Why Open Educational Resources (OER) are essential for online learning," Tuesday, April 25, 10:00 a.m.

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.

David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series, “Data, predictions and decisions in support of people and society,” Thursday, April 27, 3:30 p.m., DC 1302.

Annual Meeting of the Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion, Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, Renison University College.

David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series, “The one hundred year study on artificial intelligence: an enduring study on AI and its influence on people and society,” Friday, April 28, 10:30 a.m., DC 1302.

Data-Driven Learning: Can and Should Language Learners Become Corpus Linguists? Friday, May 5, 4:00 p.m., ML 245.

PhD oral defences

Religious Studies. Anne Dyer-Witheford, "Neospirituality, Social Change, and the Culture of the Post-Fordist Workplace." Supervisor, David Seljak. On deposit in the Arts graduate office, PAS 2428. Oral defence Friday, April 28, 1:00 p.m., HH 373.

Recreation & Leisure Studies. Maggie Miller, "An Exploration of Sherpas' Narrative of Living and Dying in Mountaineering." Supervisor, Heather Mair. On display in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (BMH 3110). Oral defence Monday, May 1, 10:00 a.m., AHS 1686.

Electrical & Computer Engineering. Chao Xu, "Toward High Performance Broad-band Frequency Comb Operation of THz Quantum Cascade Lasers." Supervisor, Dayan Ban. On deposit in the Engineering graduate office (DWE 3520C). Oral defence Monday, May 1, 10:00 a.m., EIT 3142.

Computer Science. Rei Thiessen, "Efficient Pointer Analysis of Java in Logic." Supervisor, Ondrej Lhotak. Thesis available from MGO - Oral defence Tuesday, May 2, 7:00 a.m., DC 2314.