Thursday, August 2, 2018

Warm welcomes from Faculty 101 to Orientation

Volunteers speak with a student at a Faculty 101 event.

A message from the Student Success Office new student transition team.

Throughout July, more than 1,700 admitted, incoming first-year students and 1,700 of their family members visited campus to participate in Faculty 101 Days. Attendees represented approximately 30 percent of the fall 2018 incoming students from Ontario.

Each of the Faculty 101 Days included sample lectures, information sessions, and expert panels. Attendees were also able to drop-in at services around campus like the Registrar’s Office, WatCard Office, and AccessAbility services, or to purchase black & gold gear from the Waterloo Store.

“(My favourite part was) being able to watch a sample lecture and meeting other first year students,” said a Faculty 101 Day attendee and incoming student. “It definitely helped me become less nervous about starting school in September.”

A parent who attended a Faculty 101 Day with their student said “I appreciated the enthusiasm of everyone involved in the presentations. It was a very welcoming atmosphere.”

A sincere thank you to the many campus partners, staff, faculty and students who collaborated and contributed in the planning and delivery of these important events.

Faculty, staff invited to participate in Orientation

As we prepare for Orientation, evidence shows that the opportunity to connect with faculty and staff is valued by students and improves their sense of belonging.

As per an email to faculty and staff from Chris Read yesterday, there are many ways to participate, so sign up online to volunteer and be a part of the excitement this fall! Here are some of the events at Orientation where you can volunteer:

  • Airport Bus Pick-up – August 31
  • Canada House – August 31
  • Orientation’s Family Send-Off – September 2
  • Welcome Centre – September 3
  • Warrior Wayfinding – September 6 and 7

From August 31 to September 14, all staff and faculty are encouraged to wear Here to Help buttons to indicate your knowledge of campus amenities, awareness of student resources, and your willingness to help a new student if they need assistance. If you do not have a button and would like to participate, please fill out the request form to receive buttons.

Libro supports Big Ideas Challenge

Greenhouse team

This article originally appeared on the St. Paul's news site.

A big thank you to Libro Credit Union who continues to support GreenHouse from its Prosperity Fund. A fund that recognizes initiatives, which focus on regional economic development, money smarts, and youth leadership.

GreenHouse invests these funds in sales training and coaching that help students launch impactful ideas for social good.

At this summer’s Social Impact Showcase, we heard from those who were awarded the Big Ideas Challenge Fellowship in April and since that time have been working hard and diligently with GreenHouse on creating change in the fields of clean tech, mental health, accessibility and child wellbeing.

The 2018 Big Ideas Fellows are:

“GreenHouse has added a lot to my education. My business background focused on for-profit, and I never really understood about social entrepreneurship," says Pablo Amaya. "I didn’t realize that there was funding out there to support ventures like mine.”

"Supporting students in identifying and understanding pressing problems to solve, as well as training and skill development on design thinking practices is what GreenHouse is all about," says Greenhouse Director Tania Del Matto. "Students go on to inspire others in creating social impact ventures to help cultivate innovation and tackle problems in the social environment space."

“We are proud of the progress our GreenHouse Fellows have made over the past few months in moving their ventures forward, all are working hard on securing partnerships and revenue. As past Fellows have demonstrated, for every $1 we invest in them, they attract an additional $8 via other investors or direct sales revenue.”​

Libro Credit Union has been a huge contributor to this initiative. Jordan Moat, Libro regional manager for Kitchener-Waterloo came personally to see the awarded students and continue to demonstrate Libro’s passion for investing in the communities.

This grant has helped the continued growth of the Big Ideas Challenge, a competition that creates Fellowship opportunities for student entrepreneurs to receive in-depth sales training, coaching and funding to further develop their ideas and initiatives.  Past Fellows have gone onto launch ventures such as Demine Robotics, Curiato, and PASS kit, to name a few.

“It’s been really useful to receive training in all areas of running a business," said Lauren Smith. "It’s also been really nice to be around others whose business at the core is about doing good.” 

For more information about Libro Credit Union and the Prosperity fund program, visit or follow #prosperhere on social media for pictures, videos and more.

Organizational & Human Development closed today

The office of Organizational & Human Development in MC will be closed all day today for an all-staff retreat. Regular operations and office hours will resume on Friday, August 3.

Link of the day

100 years later, remembering Toronto's anti-Greek riot

When and where 

Celebrate Canada's Diversity at the University Club, Tuesday, July 3 to Friday, August 10, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

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

Lobsterlicious at the University Club, Tuesday, July 31 to Friday, August 10, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

Pop-Up HR session, Wednesday, August 1, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., outdoor quad between EC1 and EC5.

Part Time Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) Info Session, Wednesday, August 1, 12:30 p.m., Online Webinar.

Alleviating Anxiety Seminar, Thursday, August 2, 5:00 p.m., NH 2447.

SSHRC START training: Master Methodologies, Thursday, August 2, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Hagey Hall 373

Civic holiday, Monday, August 6, most University operations closed.

Seminar featuring Daniel Berry, Software Engineering — A rerun of "The Prehistory and History of RE (+SE) as Seen by Me", Tuesday, August 7, 10:30 a.m., DC 2310.

Coping Skills Seminar - Strengthening Motivation, Tuesday, August 7, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Computer science seminar, The prehistory and history of RE (+SE) as seen by me, Daniel Berry, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Tuesday, August 7, 10:30 a.m., DC 2310.

LGBTQ+ Making Spaces workshop, Wednesday, August 8, 12:30 p.m., NH 3318.

SSHRC START training: Knock-Out Knowledge Mobilization Plans, Thursday, August 9, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Hagey Hall 373.

NEW - CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy featuring Aiman Erbad, Qatar University, "When a small leak sinks a great ship: Deanonymizing Tor hidden service users through Bitcoin transactions analysis," Thursday, August 9, 3:00 p.m., DC 1304.

Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students (QCSYS), Friday, August 10 to Friday, August 17, Institute for Quantum Computing.

Examinations end, Saturday, August 11.

Perseids Sky-watching Party and lecture: "Mapping the Universe", Sunday, August 12, 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., OPT 347.

NEW - Unofficial grades begin to appear in Quest, Monday, August 13.

Food Services Recruitment Fair, Tuesday, August 14, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Fed Hall. 

SSHRC START training: Stellar Student Training Plans, Tuesday, August 14, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Hagey Hall 373

More Feet on the Ground - Mental Health Training, Thursday, August 16, 9:00 a.m., NH 2447.

SSHRC START training: Bringing your Budget “A Game”, Thursday, August 16, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Hagey Hall 373.

SynBio at Waterloo featuring Stanley Cohen, Stanford University, Friday, August 17, 9:30 a.m., QNC 1506.

Multi-Year Accessibility Plan information session, Wednesday, August 22, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., BMH 1016.

Co-operative work term ends, Friday, August 24.

QPR Training, Monday, August 27, 10:30 a.m., Needles Hall 2nd Floor.

NEW - Waterloo Women's Wednesdays: Knit & Nourish, Wednesday, August 29, 12:00 p.m., DC 1301.