Monday, February 5, 2018

Health Services open for flu shots

A message from Health Services.

Health Services still has influenza vaccine stock available. According to the Region of Waterloo Public Health Department, flu cases for this season are still on the rise. If you have not yet received your vaccination it is not too late. Students and staff can book an appointment at Health Services to get their shot by calling 519-888-4096.

The Region of Waterloo Public Health department defines the flu as “a serious, acute, respiratory infection that is caused by a virus.” People who get the flu typically have a fever, chills, cough, runny eyes, sore throat, stuffy nose, muscle and headaches, fatigue, and extreme weakness. People can get quite sick from influenza, requiring hospitalization and in some cases, the flu can even cause death from complications. Even healthy, young people should get the vaccine, to avoid missing work or school, but also to avoid spreading influenza to people who might not have as well-developed of an immune system.”

Treat-a-Gram needs YOU!

A message from the Keystone Campaign

Time’s running out to get your Treat-a-Grams!

Buy yours before the store closes this Friday, February 9. You’ll be doing something kind for a colleague and supporting Waterloo’s Student Wellness programs.

On February 14, you’re invited to join the fun! We’re looking for volunteers to deliver treats in the following buildings:

  • Centre for Environmental and Information Technology/Physics
  • Columbia Lake Village
  • Commissary
  • Central Services Building
  • Douglas Wright Engineering Building
  • East Campus 3
  • Energy Research Centre
  • Environment 3
  • Federation Hall
  • Math 3
  • Student Village 1
  • Toby Jenkins Applied Health Research Building

If you can help, please contact Whitney Albright at or at ext. 37195.

WatIAM upgrade coming up in March

A message from Information Systems and Technology (IST) 

The identity management system known as WatIAM will be replaced. This foundational work is part of a multi-year program to update campus identity and access management services. The system upgrade is scheduled to begin Friday, March 9 at 4:30 p.m. and complete Tuesday, March 13 by 8:00 a.m.

The WatIAM system will be down and unavailable to clients during the upgrade process. Note: Authentication services will remain available.

While most end-users will not see a significant change, the introduction of SailPoint IIQ technology will bring considerable changes for WatIAM administrators. As such, training for administrators will be required before gaining access to the upgraded system. Additional details are available on the IST website.

Engineers took their obligation this weekend

One iron ring to rule them all.Nearly 1,300 students took an important symbolic step towards becoming full-fledged engineers this weekend as graduating students from the faculty of engineering participated in the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer, otherwise known as the Iron Ring Ceremony, and put on the Iron Ring, the symbol of an engineer's professional commitment, for the first time. Four such ceremonies took place in the Theatre of the Arts on Saturday, February 3.

Approximately 1,326 engineering students are expected to file an Intent to Graduate form to the Registrar's Office by March 1, and almost all graduating students usually attend the ceremony to receive their Iron Ring. In preparation for this event, graduating students have been attending introductory talks and have participated in ring fittings. The final tally of ceremony attendees was 1,280 from Waterloo, with an additional 40 candidates from outside the Waterloo community; individuals from other schools or from outside of Canada who demonstrated an intent to practice engineering professionally in Canada.

In helping to stage the uniquely Canadian ceremony, the Faculty of Engineering works with an independent agency, Camp 15 of the Corporation of the Seven Wardens, which conducts the Ritual.

"The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer is a tradition that was established in 1922, and since then over 390,000 engineering graduates from coast to coast have participated," says a note from Engineering. "Since 1962, when Waterloo's Camp 15 was founded, over 32,000 graduates have "accepted the ceremony, the ring and the associated obligation."

After the ceremony comes the Iron Ring Stag. Amid the merriment, the Tool, mascot of Waterloo engineers, will be introduced — and the newly ringed ones permitted to touch its metal surface for the first time.

Monday's notes

Federation of Students Brunch & Ballots event with a number of pancake stacks.Students are invited to come and meet their incoming Federation of Students executive as well as candidates for the student elections at the Brunch & Ballots event today in the Student Life Centre from 12:30 p.m to 2:30 p.m.

The elections for Federation of Students Council members and undergraduate student senators is running from today until Wednesday, February 7. Eligible students can vote online, through Portal, or at on-campus voting locations.

Waterloo Architecture 50th anniversary logo.Waterloo Architecture’s 50th Anniversary Exhibition kicks off today at the Design at Riverside Gallery at the School of Architecture in Cambridge. Entitled Questioning the Canonthe exhibition "gathers the work of innovative alumni, ground-breaking architectural practitioners and academics as well as projects by current students and recent graduates. Together, they have been invited to address one overarching question: In a world of unprecedented possibilities and unforeseen brutalities, what can architectural education do?" The opening reception takes place at 6:30 p.m. today at the gallery.

The exhibition runs until April 8.

The Book Store Winter Reading Sale will run from Monday, February 12 to Wednesday, February 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the South Campus Hall concourse. All new titles will be 25 percent off the sticker price.

The Winter 2018 final examination schedule has been posted and is available on the Registrar's Office website.

Link of the day

Eagles win Superbowl LII

When and where

NEW - Federation of Students elections, Monday, February 5 to Wednesday, February 7.

Brunch & Ballots, Monday, February 5, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

Master Your Job Search – undergraduate students & graduate students only, Monday, February 5, 1:30 p.m., TC 1208.

School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability PhD Research Seminars, Panel 1, “Relational Resilience,” Tuesday, February 6, 10:15 a.m., Panel II, “Restorative Regimes,” Tuesday, February 6, 1:15 p.m., EV2 2006.

Seminar, “Making performance engineering more accessible to software developers,” Cor-Paul Bezemer, Software Analysis and Intelligence Lab, Queen’s University, Tuesday, February 6, 10:30 a.m., DC 1304.

Department of Classical Studies presents “Modeling the Past: Applying Photogrammetry to Greek Art and Architecture,” a lecture by Colin Wallace, PhD candidate in Geography and Environmental Management, Tuesday, February 6, 11:30 a.m., HH 138.

Board of Governors meeting, Tuesday, February 6, 1:30 p.m., NH 3407.

CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy, “CSIS bulk data collection and national security surveillance,” Micheal Vonn, BC Civil Liberties Association, Tuesday, February 6, 2:00 p.m., DC 1304.

NEW - Partners 4 Employment Job Fair, Wednesday, February 7, RIM Park.

Noon Hour Concert: Still and Again, Wednesday, February 7, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel.

Hagey Lecture: Weapons of Math Destruction, featuring Cathy O’Neil, February 7, 7:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Battle of Waterloo at the Aud Warrior Men’s Hockey vs. Laurier, Wednesday, February 7, 7:15 p.m., Kitchener Auditorium

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

Exploring Your Personality Type (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) Part 2, Thursday, February 8, 1:30 p.m., TC 1112.

Professional School Interviews (MMI), Thursday, February 8, 5:30 p.m., TC 1208.

50th Anniversary Lecture Series- Conversation 4, Thursday, February 8, 6:30 p.m., Laurence A. Cummings Lecture Theatre- School of Architecture.

Amit and Meena Chakma Awards for Exceptional Teaching by a Student nomination deadline, Friday, February 9.

Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference, Friday, February 9 to Sunday, February 11, Conrad Grebel University College.

Knowledge Integration alumni panel on “Life after KI”, Friday, February 9, 2:30 p.m., EV3-1408.

Warriors Basketball Game vs. Guelph Final Regular Season Home Game, Friday, February 9, (W) 6:00 p.m., (M) 8:00 p.m., PAC.

Master of Taxation Open House, Saturday, February 10, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 220 Yonge Street, Unit 115, Toronto.

Warrior Women’s Hockey vs. Western Final Regular Season Home Game, Saturday, February 10, 7:00 p.m., CIF.

Warriors Volleyball vs. Trent Final Regular Season Home Games, Sunday, February 11, (W) 12:00 p.m., (M) 2:00 p.m., PAC.

Velocity Fund $25K and $5K applications open, Monday, February 12.

NEW - Book Store Winter Reading Sale, Monday, February 12 to Wednesday, February 14, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., SCH Concourse.

Discover Your Interests (for employees only), Tuesday, February 13, 12:00 p.m., TC2218. Note: online completion of the Strong Interest Inventory is required prior to the session (instructions will be e-mailed to registrants).

Intellectual Property Workshop Series “IP Case Study,” Tuesday, February 13, 12:30 p.m., DC 1304. Supported by the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB) and the Games Institute.

Seminar, “From SAT to stochastic SAT,” Ricardo Salmon, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Tuesday, February 13, 4:00 p.m., DC 2306C.

Treat-a-Gram, Wednesday, February 14. Orders are due Friday, February 9.

LGBTQ+ Making Spaces workshop, Wednesday, February 14, 9:00 a.m., NH 3318.

Ash Wednesday Noon Liturgy, Wednesday, February 14, 12:00 p.m., St. Jerome’s University Notre Dame Chapel.

Noon Hour Concert: Heart’s Ease, Wednesday, February 14, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel.

Velocity Start: Do People Want Your Sh*t?, “Learn about topics related to market validation,” Wednesday, February 14, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor. 

CBB Biomedical Discussion Group, "Ballistocardiography - An Old Methodology in the New IoT Health Monitoring Space," featuring Dr. AQ Javaid, University of Toronto, Thursday, February 15, 3:00 p.m., EC4 2101a.