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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Self-serve proof of enrolment now available in Quest

A screenshot of the new Proof of Enrolment website.

A message from the Registrar's Office.

Most students no longer need to order a proof of enrolment letter online or in-person. They can now visit Quest under the ‘My Academics’ tab and print a letter at no cost, at their convenience.

The self-serve proof of enrolment letter can be used for organizations such as banks, RESP providers, Canada Pension Plan, insurance companies, and employers. For students needing letters for immigration documentation, or any other reason where an embossed version is needed, the letter can be ordered and purchased via the Undergraduate Forms page or the Graduate Forms page.

This project was a joint initiative between Information Systems & Technology, Finance, the Registrar’s Office, Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs and the Student Service Centre, and will provide an easier, quicker, more affordable option for students.

Peggy Day reflects on tech support from punch cards to smartphones​

The University of Waterloo's Red Room.

by Susan Fish.

When Peggy Day started work at the University of Waterloo in 1977, things were simple. “I came for an interview on the Monday, got a call on Wednesday that I had the job, moved on the weekend, and started work the next Monday.”

The keypunch room in MC 1059 in 1977.But not all things were that easy. Peggy, who is the Manager of IST Service Desks, responsible for the service desks in residences, the libraries and the central service desk, began as a keypunch operator at a time when the two-storey “Red Room” in the Mathematics and Computer Building contained the massive mainframe computer which was possibly the biggest computer in all of Canada. Programming was manual work for keypunch operators, but Peggy moved with developments in technology to terminals connected to the mainframe, and then PCs with increasingly smaller disks, before moving to the technology we use today.

Peggy Day.Peggy, who worked in the same department, Information Systems & Technology, for her 41-year career at Waterloo credits her supervisors who regularly gave her new challenges and opened doors for new opportunities.

A lifelong learner who says “I learn something new every day,” Peggy enjoyed the shift to providing support for students, staff and faculty across the campus. She does admit, wryly, that on occasion a student has initially seemed skeptical about what she might know when she staffs a service desk, but “Really quickly they get comfortable working with me, and realize the scope of what I know and how I can help them.”

Although she says the work at the University and particularly the wonderful people she’s met (many of whom recognize her voice from having called her for support) helped give her focus when her husband died ten years ago, she is looking forward to retirement now, with plans to travel to Chicago the very day after she leaves the university. She also plans to spend time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as enjoying her trailer on Lake Huron. She doesn’t think she could stop learning if she tried, and plans to get more involved in the retirees association, for which she has long provided technical support.

As she reflects on the changes in technology over the years, Peggy likens it to the changes her parents experienced in their lifetime, with the advent of television and telephones. “Like them,” she said, “I’ve seen an exponential change in technology.”

Peggy Day's retirement celebration takes place today from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Federation Hall.

Fifth Annual Eco-Summit takes place today

EcoSummit banner.

The Sustainability Office and Sustainable Campus Initiative are inviting members of the University community to Waterloo’s fifth-annual Eco-Summit today from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Mathematics 3.

The Eco-Summit brings together staff, students, faculty, and community partners to reflect on the University's progress towards its sustainability and environmental goals, to network over refreshments and food, to share ideas, and get inspired about campus sustainability.

This year's event will focus on building commitment among all campus members to improve sustainability at the University and beyond. 

The evening will feature opening remarks from Vice President, Academic and Provost James Rush. The keynote address will be delivered by Tom Ewart, who is the Senior Manager of Sustainability at The-Cooperators, where he and his team help the organization realize its vision of catalyzing a sustainable society.

Ewart was also the founding Managing Director of the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS), a non-profit organization that enables business sustainability by fostering collaboration between research and practice. In 2015, he was recognized as an Emerging Leader by Canada’s Clean50.

The event will also feature case studies from students, staff, and faculty around campus.

Online registration for the event is now closed, but you can still register at the door today in M3 1006.

    IST office closures today

    The IST Service Desk in East Campus 2 and IST Media Resources in MC 1007 will be closing at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 for a staff event.

    Check the IST page for more details.

    Link of the day

    Diverse reflections as Mulan turns 20

    When and where 

    Exploring Your Personality Type (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) - Part 1, Thursday, July 12, 12:30 p.m., TC 1112.

    Getting published for grad students, Thursday, July 12, 1:00 p.m., South Campus Hall 228F.

    Retirement celebration for Peggy Day, Thursday, July 12, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Federation Hall. RSVP to

    Eco-Summit 2018: Building Commitment, featuring keynote speaker Tom Ewart, Senior Manager of Sustainability, The Co-operators, Thursday, July 12, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., M3 1006 and foyer.

    Résumés, Careers and Personal Branding - Part 2, Thursday, July 12, 4:30 p.m., TC 2218.

    Open House - Harnessing Quantum Technologies, Friday, July 13, 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre.

    WISE Lecture Series featuring Sankaran Ramalingam, WISE Senior Research Fellow, "Decoding the Energy Access Puzzle: An Overview of an Experiment at the Grassroots Level," Friday, July 13, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., DC 1302.

    CS seminar: The prehistory and history of RE (+SE) as seen by me, featuring Dan Berry, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Friday, July 13, 3:00 p.m., DC 2585.

    The Promise of Living: University Choir, Saturday, July 14, 7:30 p.m., Cedars Worship Centre, Waterloo.

    Book Store Summer Reading Sale, Monday, July 16 and Tuesday, July 17, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., SCH concourse.

    Arts 101 Day, Monday, July 16.

    Writing CVs and Cover Letters for Academic Job Applications (for graduate students and post-docs only), Tuesday, July 17, 10:00 a.m., TC 1208.

    Coping Skills Seminar - Cultivating Resiliency, Monday, July 16, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

    Say it in your own words: Paraphrase & summary, Tuesday, July 17, 1:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

    Getting a US Work Permit, Tuesday, July 17, 1:00 p.m., TC 2218.

    Coping Skills Seminar - Strengthening Motivation, Tuesday, July 17, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

    Getting it done: Productive writing strategies for big projects, Wednesday, July 18, 10:00 a.m., SCH 228F.

    Math 101 Day, Thursday, July 19.

    Exploring Your Personality Type (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) – Part 2, Thursday, July 19, 12:30 p.m., TC 1112.

    5th Annual UWSA Golf Social Tournament, Thursday, July 19, 3:30 p.m., Foxwood Country Club. Deadline to register is Friday, July 6.

    Velocity Billion Dollar Briefing, “Get introduced to five different billion-dollar problems,” Thursday, July 19, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

    Beautiful Wanderings: orchestra@uwaterloo, Thursday, July 19, 7:30 p.m., First United Church, Waterloo.

    Instrumental Chamber Ensemble Concert, Sunday, July 22, 7:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel Chapel.

    WISE Public Lecture: Biogas - Resource Recovery & Clean Tech, Tuesday, July 24, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., DC 1304.

    Waterloo FileMaker Database Workshop presented by CoreSolutions, Tuesday, July 24, 1:00 p.m., DC1304.

    Hallman Lecture: Whiteness, Women and Sex Tourism, Tuesday, July 24, 3:30 p.m., AHS 1686.

    Lectures and classes end, Wednesday, July 25.

    More Feet on the Ground - Mental Health Training, Wednesday, July 25, 9:00 a.m., NH 2447.

    Velocity Fund Finals, “20 startups compete for $130,000,” Wednesday, July 25, 11:00 a.m., SLC Great Hall. 

    Waterloo Women's Wednesdays: Lunchtime Yoga, Wednesday, July 25, 12:00– p.m. to 1:00 pm., NH 3407.

    Pre-examination study days, Thursday, July 26 and Friday, July 27.

    Environment 101 Day, Thursday, July 26.

    Examinations begin, Saturday, July 28.

    Online examination days, Saturday, July 28 and Friday, August 3.

    CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy featuring Vern Paxson, University of California, Berkeley, Tuesday, July 31, 11:00 a.m., DC 1304.

    Internal secondment opportunities

    Additional internal secondment opportunities on this week's list from the human resources department, viewable on the UWaterloo Talent Acquisition System (iCIMS):

    • Job ID# 2018-3037, Coordinator, Library Accessibility Services & AODA Advisor, Library, USG 9.
    • Job ID# 2018-3038, Liaison Librarian, English Language and Literature & Special Projects, USG 8-9.