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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mini town hall to talk global prominence

A woman holding a University of Waterloo umbrella in front of a building marquee highlighting the Nikkei stock market index.

The latest in a series of Mini Town Halls will be taking place on Friday, May 26 in the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre. The theme focus will be on global prominence internationalization, with the event starting at 1:30 p.m.

Delivering remarks will be President and Vice-Chancellor Feridun Hamdullahpur and Associate Vice-President, International Ian Rowlands, who will provide updates on the internationalization theme in the University’s Strategic Plan.

The University of Waterloo's strategic plan focuses on eight theme areas of strength that will help achieve our institutional goal: to be recognized as one of the most innovative universities in the world. One of those themes is centred on a global outlook, with a primary objective to become one of the most internationalized universities in Canada.

The mini town halls are organized to give an opportunity to members of the University community to learn how the Strategic Plan is being put into action as the theme leaders and members of the theme working groups present their progress and also answer questions.

The mini town hall meeting will be preceded by a Twitter chat that runs from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and features a subject matter expert. Join the conversation ahead of time on Twitter using #UWTH.

Just like at the annual President’s Town Hall Meeting, questions can be submitted in advance to, and the conversation can be joined using the #UWTH hashtag and also by following @uWaterlooLIVE. The event will be webcast live.

Register today to reserve a seat.

Roberta Jamieson to deliver Convocation lecture

Roberta Jamieson.Members of the community are invited to a public lecture by lawyer and First Nations activist Roberta L. Jamieson as she addresses "Education and Reconciliation, the Path to Canada’s Future" in a special Waterloo 60th Anniversary convocation lecture on Monday, June 12 at Federation Hall.

The keynote address and moderated discussion will be hosted by CBC Radio One 89.1's Craig Norris, host of The Morning Edition and In The Key of C

This special lecture is being held in partnership with the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre at St. Paul’s University College and Waterloo's Faculty of Arts. The evening will feature a traditional drumming performance by the Indigenous Student Association Drum Group.

Ms. Jamieson is president and CEO of Indspire, Canada’s premiere Indigenous-led charity. Jamieson was the first Aboriginal woman ever to earn a law degree in Canada, the first non-Parliamentarian to be appointed an ex officio member of a House of Commons Committee and the first woman appointed as Ontario Ombudsman. In 2001, she became the first woman elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.

Jamieson received an honorary degree from the University of Waterloo in 2005.

This is a free community event, but registration is required.

The call is out for Canada Day volunteers

A Waterloo volunteer paints a child's face.

Are you looking for a unique way to give back to your community and be an Ambassador for the University of Waterloo? Apply to become a Canada Day Celebration volunteer.

All Waterloo staff and student volunteers will receive training, an event t-shirt to wear at the celebration, a meal, a chance to meet members of the campus community, and the opportunity to learn what goes on behind the scenes of the Region’s largest Canada Day celebration.

The following positions are available:

  • Spirit Squad (executive, team members, and mascot)
  • Face Painting (executive and team members)
  • On-Field Logistics (executives and team members for activity world, food vendors, entertainment and grounds, and parking)
  • Social Media (executives and team members)
  • Customer Service (executives and team members)
  • Stage Hands (executives and team members)
  • Merchandise Sales (executives and team members)

If you are a Waterloo student, log into LEADs for more information and to apply for an Executive position or a Team Member position.

If you are not a UW student- Please email the Canada Day Planning Committee for more information and to apply (

We look forward to having you as part of our 2017 Canada Day Celebration Team!

Centre for Extended Learning hosts 'amazing race'

Nat Eibich races a tricycle outside the Davis Centre.

On Tuesday, May 16, the Centre for Extended Learning (CEL) hosted its second annual Amazing Race activity.

The Amazing Race was launched in 2016 in celebration of the CEL's first year back on campus after at two-phase move from Gage Avenue to East Campus 3 in 2015. The event was conceived as a way to help the CEL team, many of whom had never been to the main campus, learn about all the cool things to be found inside (and just outside) the Ring Road.

On Tuesday, the CEL closed for the morning and sent teams out to achieve a number of tasks meant to energize the team and inspire hilarity.

Prizes were awarded to the first three teams who completed the tasks, and to the one demonstrating the most team spirit.

Staff members donned flippers, goggles, and swim rings and made a spectacle of themselves running across the DC green as the first leg of a relay race culminating in a trike hike for the last leg. They built Lego contraptions to roll down a ramp, picked Tic-Tacs out of a bowl of rice, and solved a tangram puzzle collaboratively.

"We earned many amused grins by passers-by cutting through campus!" says CEL Director Catherine Newell Kelly.

Occupational Health closed Thursday and Friday

Occupational Health will be closed Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19 as it moves to its new location in the COM.

If you have questions/concerns regarding sick leave during the closure, please contact Nellie Gomes, Disability Advisor in Human Resources at extension 32926

Occupational Health will reopen for business on Tuesday, May 23.

Link of the day

Bike to Work Day

When and where

German Language Film Festival, May 17, 24, 31, 7:00 p.m., Princess Cinemas. Waterloo Centre for German Studies for more information.

Occupational Health moving to COM 115, Thursday, May 18.

Accessibility Awareness Event and BBQ, Thursday, May 18, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Renison Great Hall Extension.

Exploring Your Personality Type (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) Part I, May 18, 12:30 p.m., TC - William M. Tatham Centre room 1112

CPA Ontario Networking for Success, Thursday, May 18, 6:00 p.m., Fed Hall.

UWFA general meeting, Thursday, May 18, 7:00 p.m., EV 1408.

WISE Public Lecture Series featuring Matthew Peloso, "Post-Net Metering for a Sustainable City," Friday, May 19, 10:30 a.m., DC 1302.

Symbolic Computation Group seminar, “Computing canonical bases of modules of univariate relations,” Xuan Thi Vu, ENS-Lyon, Lyon, France, Friday, May 19, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., DC 1304. DC 1331. Please note the new location.

Electrical and Computer Engineering seminar featuring Professor Arvind Easwaran, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, "Design and Analysis for Real-Time Mixed-Criticality Scheduling," Friday, May 19, 11:00 a.m., DC 1304.

Victoria Day, Monday, May 22, most University operations closed.

PhD seminar, “Reading garden: a case study of an in-classroom motivational game,” Diane Watson, PhD candidate, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Wednesday, May 24, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., DC 2310.

Understanding our brand, Thursday, May 25, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., EC5 1111.

A conversation on leading a non-profit organization, Thursday, May 25, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel Community Room.

A Celebration of George Dixon to thank him for his contribution to research at Waterloo, Thursday, May 25, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., University Club. Please register by May 18.

Global Prominence and Internationalization Mini Town Hall, Friday, May 26, 12:30 p.m., QNC 0101.

Games Institute GI Jam, Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28, QNC 2502.

Menstrual Hygiene Day, Friday, May 26, 11:30 a.m., Science Teaching Complex foyer.

Retirement Celebration for Lynn Hoyles, Biology Greenhouse Manager after 39 years of service, Friday, May 26, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., EIT 3142.

You @ Waterloo Day, Saturday, May 27.

SHARCNET Summer School, Monday, May 29 to Friday, June 4, Mathematics & Computer Building (MC) 3003 and 3027.

Retail Services Spring into Summer Sale, Monday, May 29 and Tuesday, May 30, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., South Campus Hall Concourse. 

Special screening of Hidden Figures, Monday, May 29, 6:00 p.m., AHS Expansion Rm. 1689.

Working with our brand guidelines, Tuesday, May 30, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Waterloo Women’s Wednesdays: “Mysteries of the Prime Numbers” lunchtime talk, Wednesday, May 31, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Grad House.

Velocity Start: Ain’t No Model Like A Business Model, “Learn how to create a lean business model canvas”,Wednesday, May 31, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Keystone Picnic, Friday, June 2, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., DC quad.

Velocity Start: Setup Your Business Like A Boss, “Legal and accounting considerations that will affect your startup,” Wednesday, June 7, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

PhD seminar, A biologically constrained model of semantic memory search,” Ivana Kajić, PhD candidate, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Tuesday, June 10, 11:00 12:00 p.m., DC 2310.

PhD oral defences

Electrical & Computer Engineering. Pansy Arafa, "Time-aware Dynamic Binary Instrumentation." Supervisor, Sebastian Fischmeister. On deposit in the Engineering graduate office, DWE 3520C. Oral defence Tuesday, May 23, 1:00 p.m., EIT 3142.

Electrical & Computer Engineering. Abdullah Humayd, "Distribution System Planning in Smart Grids to Accommodate Distribution Energy Resources and Electric Vehicles." Supervisor, Kankar Bhattacharya. On deposit in the Engineering graduate office, DWE 3520C. Oral defence Wednesday, May 24, 9:30 a.m., EIT 3142.

Systems Design Engineering. Yi Xiao, "Basin-wide Water Demand Management: Transfers and Compensation among Competing Users." Supervisor, Keith Hipel, Liping Fang. On deposit in the Engineering graduate office, DWE 3520C. Oral defence Tuesday, May 30, 9:30 a.m., EC4 2101A.