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Tuesday, February 13, 2018


New Director for Waterloo International

Vinitha Gengatharan. “I am delighted to announce that Vinitha Gengatharan will assume the role of Director, Waterloo International on March 1, 2018,” writes Associate Vice-President, International Ian Rowlands in a memo distributed to Waterloo International and Executive Council earlier this week.

A new position, the Director, Waterloo International will serve as the chief of staff to the Office of the Associate Vice-President, International, supporting both the associate vice-president and Waterloo International, and working collaboratively with other leaders in the Faculties and academic support units at the University.

“Vinitha joins the University of Waterloo from the University of Toronto, where she has served in a number of leadership roles over the past 17 years,” Rowlands writes. Since 2008, she has served as the Director of International Strategy & Partnerships in the Office of the Vice-President, International, Government and Institutional Relations, leading the Office of International Relations team to advance the University of Toronto’s internationalization goals and objectives. Some of her contributions include leading the creation of U of T's China Office, developing a framework for strategic partnerships and country engagement, co-ordinating internal stakeholder engagement and alignment, and successfully executing over 30 integrated outbound missions. In 2015, she led the University of Toronto’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis in partnership with other GTA universities. In 2016, she received the University of Toronto’s Vice Presidents’ Award for her contributions. This past year, Vinitha has been located at University of Toronto Scarborough, developing that campus’s internationalization strategy. 

From 2001 to 2008, Gengatharan served as the Assistant Director of Student Affairs & Services at the University of Toronto Scarborough where she provided leadership in the areas of community engagement, student leadership, first year and transition programs, and international student programs. Before joining the University of Toronto, Vinitha worked for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario in corporate fundraising and volunteer management.

She has also been an active volunteer in the not-for-profit sector, including most recently as Chair of the Agincourt Community Services Association, a United Way anchor agency. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in Sociology and International Development Studies.

“With internationalization identified as a vital area for the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, Vinitha’s arrival at the University of Waterloo is particularly timely,” writes Rowlands. “Her extensive knowledge of, and deep experience in, international education will allow her to provide leadership both to the Waterloo International team and to the campus as a whole in the development and implementation of internationalization goals and objectives.”

“Please join me in congratulating Vinitha on her new role and in welcoming her to the University of Waterloo,” Rowlands concludes. 

2017 Alumni Award recipients named

2017 Alumni Achievement Award Recipients banner.

By Alumni Relations

University of Waterloo alumni distinguish themselves by dreaming big, charting unconventional paths, embracing innovation and inspiring others. The annual Alumni Achievement Awards recognize these exceptional alumni.

Congratulations to our 2017 alumni award recipients!

Trade ink for ink at the Library's Tattoo Tuesdays

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A message from the Library.

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Tuesday's tales and testimonies

Bomberlympics banner with Olympic rings and a hamburger.

To celebrate the Winter Olympic games, The Bombshelter Pub has a, shall we say, tasteful promotion on for employees and students alike. Come out and rep your country and cheer on your teams while enjoying a burger and pint for only $15.99. The games will be playing on all screens for your enjoyment. The offer is good until February 25.

The 2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Calendar has gone live online as of Friday, February 9. Previous undergraduate academic calendars are available in the List of Undergraduate Studies Archived Calendars section.

Link of the day

Pancake Tuesday

When and where

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

WISE Public Lecture: The Future of Net Zero Homes in Canada, Tuesday, February 13, 10:30 a.m., DC 1302.

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.

Race, Gender, and the University: A panel discussion, Tuesday, February 13, 12:00 p.m., Renison Room 2106.

Successfully Negotiating Job Offers, Tuesday, February 13, 3:30 p.m., TC 1208

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

Inside the Industry: Capital Markets (Presented by BMO), Tuesday, February 13, 5:00 p.m., TC 2218

Treat-a-Gram, Wednesday, February 14. Store is now closed.

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

University Club Valentine's Day Luncheon, Wednesday, February 14, 11:30 a.m., University Club.

NEW - Ash Wednesday Noon Service (with the imposition of ashes), Wednesday, February 14, 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., Chapel of St. Bede, Renison University College. All are welcome to attend as we begin the season of Lent.

Ash Wednesday Noon LiturgyWednesday, 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. 

Professional School Interviews (Standard & MMI) Q&A, Thursday, February 15, 12:30 p.m., TC 1112.

Computer Museum Brainstorming Session, Thursday, February 15, 2:00 p.m., MC 5501. Refreshments will be provided.

Hallman Lecture: How did Iceland transform rates of adolescent substance use over a 20 year period?, Thursday, February 15, 3:00 p.m., QNC 0101.

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.

The Problem Pitch Competition“Watch students pitch important industry problems for a share of $7,500,” Thursday, February 15, 7:00 p.m., E2-2002.

Rodney and Lorna Sawatsky Visiting Scholar Lecture featuring Dr. Don E. Saliers, “Psalms in a Difficulty Time: the Rhythms of Doxology and Lament,” Thursday, February 15, 7:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College.

Chemistry Seminar Series:  Mass Spectral Imaging:  Application to Pathology and Biomarker Discovery, Friday, February 16, 2018, 10:00 a.m., C2-361

2018 ICCA Central Quarterfinal, Sunday, February 18, 7:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Family Day holiday, Monday, February 19, most University operations closed.

Reading Week, Tuesday, February 20 to Friday, February 23.

University Club Chinese New Year Luncheon, Tuesday, February 20 to Friday, February 23, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) Information Session, Wednesday, February 21 10:30 a.m., Online Webinar.

Master of Digital Experience Innovation online information session, Wednesday, February 21, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 pm, Facebook Live session.

Weight Watchers: new members are invited to join the Weight Watchers At Work Series, Wednesday, February 21, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., PAS 2085. Contact tgneal@uwaterloo.ca for details. 

NEW - PhD seminar, “Nonsmooth Frank-Wolfe with uniform affine approximations,” Edward Cheung, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Wednesday, February 21, 3:00 p.m., DC 2102.

NEW - Joint Seminar presented by WatRISQ, University of Waterloo and IEOR, Columbia University, "New Ideas for Credit Portfolio Management," Thursday, February 22, Manhattan Institute of Management, 110 William Street, New York. 

Grade 10 Family Night, Thursday, February 22, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

University Senate meeting, Monday, February 26, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

Occupational Health brown bag lunch on mental health in the workplace, Wednesday, February 28, 12:00 p.m., COM 116E. RSVP by Wednesday, February 21 by emailing occupationalhealth@uwaterloo.ca. Spaces are limited.