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Friday, July 28, 2017


As Faculty 101 Days wrap-up, a thank you

A new student and her family look over 101 Day reading materials.

An incoming student and their parents reviewing the 101 Day schedule over morning refreshments.

A message from the Student Success Office new student transition team

Throughout July, more than 1,600 incoming first-year students, and 1,800 of their family members, visited campus to participate in Faculty 101 Days. Attendees represented approximately 30 percent of Fall 2017 incoming students from Ontario.

After attending targeted and faculty-specific programming including sample lectures, information sessions and expert panels, students and their families left campus with a better understanding of academic and social life at Waterloo. Attendees were also able to drop-in at services around campus to pick up their WatCard, get a parking pass, or purchase black & gold gear from the Waterloo Store. Many toured residence buildings and took the opportunity to get more familiar with campus.    

“It was awesome, I really got a chance to experience the environment first hand before the semester," says an incoming student who attended one of the Faculty 101 Day events. "The faculty members were so welcoming and provided very useful information for what’s to come next.”

“It was a great experience," says another incoming student. "I loved talking to upper year students, meeting other students in my program and faculty and found the sessions very useful.”

A sincere thank you to the many campus partners, staff and faculty who collaborated and contributed in the planning and delivery of these important events. More information about Orientation, and how to get involved with welcoming new students, will be coming soon.

IDEAS summer experience 2017 draws to a close

Students listen to a speaker during an IDEAS Summer Experience session.

29 international high school students from 14 countries have spent the last two weeks at IDEAS Summer Experience.

The students range in age from 14 to 18 and for most, this is their first time in Canada.

During their time at Waterloo, students lived at St. Paul's and were able to explore academic topics from all 6 faculties. Ron McCarville gave an inspiring welcome to the students followed by “Good intentions or great accomplishments?” by Larry Smith.  

Other professors from across the campus helped students learn about nutrition, explore ideation and creativity, play algorithmic problem solving games, learn about urban planning, make their own Tylenol in a chemistry lab with, discover ecology, and test out their engineering skills.

They also learned about the internet of things, design thinking, the future of quantum technologies as well as talking political science and improving their presentation and communication skills.

While the IDEAS Summer Experience is highly academic, students have also enjoyed bubble soccer, paint night, Waterloo Park, a Canada 150 celebration, and visiting the Eaton Centre. They have also seen some of Ontario’s highlights including the CN Tower, Niagara Falls, and a play at the Stratford Festival.

This afternoon they will be presenting their BIG IDEA: solutions to some BIG world problems. Students chose a problem related to Climate Action or Quality Education, two of the UN Sustainability Development Goals, and have spent the past two weeks researching and developing their own unique solutions.

We are excited to see the innovative and creative results of their hard work and we hope to see them back in the near future! More about the IDEAS Summer Experience can be found online.

Link of the day

World Hepatitis Day

When and where

Bridges 2017 Conference, Thursday, July 27 to Monday, July 31.

Bridges Conference and UWAG present PASSAGE + OBSTACLE, Thursday, July 27 to Sunday, July 30, East Campus Hall.

Examination period begins, Friday, July 28.

UWRC presents Mental Health in Childhood and Parenting, Friday, July 28, 12:00 p.m., STC 0040.

Bridges 2017 Formal Music Night, Saturday, July 29, 8:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Bridges 2017 Family Day and Math-Art Expo, Sunday, July 30, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Davis Centre.

Conrad Grebel Peace Camp, Monday, July 31 to Friday, August 4.

Conversation Café, Monday, July 31, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., SCH 219.

More Feet on the Ground Mental Health training, Wednesday, August 2, 9:00 a.m., Counselling Services.

WISE Public Lecture Series featuring Mahdi Shahbakhti, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics, Michigan Tech, "Physics-based Control of Energy Systems Ranging from Smart Buildings and Power Grid to Smart Hybrid Electric Vehicles," Wednesday, August 2 10:30 a.m., CPH 3681.

UWRC presents Advance Care Planning, Wednesday, August 2, 12:00 p.m., MC 5501.

Employee-Explore your personality type: Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Wednesday, August 2, TC 1113. - Please note, you must sign up for the session on July 26 as this is a follow up session to that one.

New Faculty Teaching DaysWednesday, August 9 and Thursday, August 10.

Ontario Mennonite Music CampWednesday, August 9 to Friday, August 25, Conrad Grebel University College.

Biomedical Discussion Group featuring Professor Patricia Trbovich, Academic Research Lead, UHN and Assistant Professor, U of T at University Health Network and University of Toronto, "Application of Human Factors to Quality Improvement and Patient Safety," Wednesday, August 9, 2:30 p.m., STC 1019. 10:30 a.m., EC4-2101a. Register online. Please note the new time and location.

Stargazing Party and Black Holes Lecture, Wednesday, August 9, 7:30 p.m. (lecture) to 10:30 p.m., OPT 347 and Columbia Fields 3 and 4. Register online.

Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students, Friday, August 11 to Friday, August 18.

UWRC Book Club presents The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy, Wednesday, August 16, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

10th Annual St. Paul's Golf Tournament, Friday, August 25, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Glen Eagle Golf Club.

PhD oral defences

Computer Science. Xu Chu, "Scalable and Holistic Qualitative Data Cleaning." Supervisor, Ihab Ilyas. Thesis available from MGO - mgo@uwaterloo.ca. Oral defence Tuesday, August 1, 10:00 a.m., DC 2314.