Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Workday Update: Waterloo's new HR system is coming

A message from Kenton Needham, Executive Director, Human Resources.

Replacing myHRinfo, Workday will provide University of Waterloo staff and faculty with a user-friendly Human Resources (HR) system that minimizes paper process and gives employees easy access to their pay, benefits and personal HR information. Workday is going live campus-wide in January 2019.

What’s changing?

Employees will be able to update their personal information, add multiple bank accounts, submit vacation requests (staff only), and much more. With Workday, you'll have more visibility into requests as they travel along the approval path. 

Managers will be able to review and approve staff vacation requests, hire casual employees, and delegate tasks in Workday. Workday will reduce the amount of paper forms and standardize processes across campus.

To see more improvements, check out the What's changing? page on the Workday website.

Workday Information Sessions & Training

Training is planned to begin in November and training resources will be soon be available on the Workday website. The Workday Project Team is offering information sessions every Wednesday in October. These sessions will focus on the employee self-service functionality available within Workday.

If you’d like to attend a Workday Wednesday, please register for one of the following sessions:

We look forward to seeing you there. In the meantime, see what Waterloo employees are saying about Workday in the video below.

Go fix the hard stuff, alumnus tells Hack the North audience

Chamath Palihapitiya speaks at Hack the North.

by Carol Truemner. This article originally appeared on Waterloo Stories.

Students who competed in last weekend’s Hack the North received a piece of sage advice from University of Waterloo alumnus Chamath Palihapitiya: go fix the hard stuff.  

“If you have a parent who is suffering from cancer and you can commit your life to doing something [about the disease], not only will you honour that person in the best way possible, you will probably impact thousands of lives positively,” said Palihapitiya, CEO and founder of Social Capital, a firm that specializes in technology startups, providing seed funding, venture capital and private equity. 

The electrical engineering graduate, who was an original member of Facebook’s senior management team, was the keynote speaker at the fifth annual event that challenges students from over 20 countries to collaborate on technology ideas and solutions.  Hack the North, the largest hackathon held in Canada, is organized by Techyon, a student-run non-profit organization, in partnership with Waterloo Engineering.  

Palihapitiya told the over 1,000 Hack the North participants that making mistakes is an important part of being successful.  

“Go prove to yourselves that you can start something and finish it and not be afraid of being judged or failure,” he added.  “It matters that you take away that thread: I started, I created a plan, I broke it down into small bits, I finished it, I’m proud of it and I don’t care how people judge it.” 

Following Palihapitiya’s inspirational address, Hack the North participants hunkered down to design apps that do everything from decreasing food waste to matching up strangers who think alike. 

At the end of the event on Sunday, industry experts awarded prizes for top designs to 12 teams including In Vein, comprised of three second-year Waterloo software engineering students. Ayush Kapur, Edwin Zhang and Ibrahim Irfan developed a palm-vein personal identification system they feel is more accurate and secure than other types of scanning such as fingerprint and voice recognition. 

It was the second Hack the North win in two years for Kapur and Zhang who won last year for their interactive, personal assistant robot. 

After staying awake for over 36 hours, Kapur doesn’t know if he’ll participate again next year. 

“I think we’ll retire for now,” said Kapur, adding with a laugh. “But maybe that’s just because I’m a little bit sleep deprived.”

Trainspotting: ION on campus today

An ION train rolls past the Davis Centre.

An ION train will be parked at the University of Waterloo station today from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. as part of the Campus Life Fair.

This is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to board and tour the vehicle, ask questions, and receive information on service and safety. Visit ION Safety to learn more about safety signs and signals.

The Campus Life Fair is hosted by the Federation of Students and takes place in the Student Life Centre and is an opportunity for students to connect with campus partners and learn about the various opportunities available to get some experience in areas that interest them.

15th annual Pow Wow takes place this weekend

St. Paul's Pow Wow banner

The 15th annual St. Paul's Pow Wow will be taking place on Saturday, September 22 in Waterloo Park.

Every year in the fall, the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre hosts a  Pow Wow, a coming together of the first peoples to celebrate and honour their traditional teachings.

An Indigenous dancer in traditional garb at the Pow Wow.The event celebrates drumming, dancing and other elements of Indigenous culture, and the event organizers are inviting members of the community to join them.

Craft and food vendors are on site, and we often have different stations where visitors can go to learn about different aspects of Indigenous culture.

The event will be held at Waterloo Park near the bandshell. The grand entry at noon and the closing ceremony at 5:00 p.m.

Supporters prepare for United Way launch; other notes

Feridun Hamdullahpur speaks with United Way co-chair Kim Gingerich and campaign coordinator Landon Jennings at the United Way kickoff lunch.

President Feridun Hamdullahpur speaks with United Way campaign co-chair Kim Gingerich and campaign coordinator Landon Jennings at the United Way Kickoff lunch event.

United Way champions from across campus gathered for lunch, networking and to learn about the campaign's 2018 events and goals. This year, campaign supporters, from volunteers and Friend+ level donors to senior campus leaders came together at one event.

Attendees heard from President Feridun Hamdullahpur, Joan Fisk, CEO of United Way Waterloo Region Communities and Landon Jennings, Campaign Coordinator for the University’s United Way campaign. They explained why Waterloo's investment in the community is important to the University and highlighted the key areas of impact that supporters' investments are targeted towards.

Event attendees also participated in a networking session to share ideas about generating campaign support within their department, learning where donations are being spent within the community, and tips for planning and executing events. They also shared why they support the United Way and how they plan on helping the University meet its 2018 campaign goal.

Watch the skies: To break up the intense 36-hour hacking marathon at Hack the North, there were workshops, snack and team building breaks as well as a special visit from a CH-146 Griffon helicopter. Members of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command demonstrated their landing techniques as they fast-roped from a hovering helicopter in a University parking lot on Saturday morning.

Today is UWaterloo Jacket Day at the Waterloo Store in South Campus Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for students of all faculties to show their Waterloo pride, while saving $60 off the regular price of a custom leather jacket. Mens and ladies sizing available as well as faux leather options. For more information check out the Waterloo Store's website.

Register for upcoming President's Lecture; submit a question for Q&A

There's still time to register for the upcoming President's Lecture that features Dominic Barton in Conversation: Dimensions of Global Disruption.

Barton, the University of Waterloo's 11th Chancellor, is global managing partner emeritus, McKinsey & Co.

The President's Lecture will take place on Friday, September 21 at 9:30 a.m. in the Humanities Theatre. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Register on Ticketfi. The event will be livestreamed.

The event includes a keynote address and a fireside chat with moderated Q&A with the incoming Chancellor. To submit a question via email, contact University Communications.

Link of the day

40 years ago: Battlestar Galactica

When and where 

Music Department Ensemble Auditions for Fall 2018, Thursday, September 6 to Friday, September 21, Conrad Grebel University College.

Peace Week, Monday, September 17 to Saturday, September 22.

The Body Project, Tuesday, September 18. 5:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Velocity Science: The Startup Rollercoaster, Tuesday, September 18, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

UWaterloo Jacket Day, Wednesday, September 19, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Waterloo Store, SCH. 

Campus Life Fair, Wednesday, September 19, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

UWRC Book Club featuring the the One Book One Community selection Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay, Wednesday, September 19, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

Healthy Workplace Committee Brown Bag Lunch and Learn, Helping Your Child Succeed at School, Wednesday, September 19, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., EC5-1111. Space is limited, so please register to attend.

Noon Hour Concert: "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Mason", Wednesday, September 19, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel chapel.

Strategic Plan Consultation Session for undergraduate students, Wednesday, September 19, 5:30 p.m., Village 1 Great Hall. Please note the updated time.

Velocity Start: What’s Your Problem?, “Larry Smith’s legendary talk on how find and solve “killer” problems,” Wednesday, September 19, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

WISE Public Lecture featuring Jason Jonkman​, Senior Engineer, NREL, "The New FAST.Farm: Wind Farm Design & Analysis." Thursday, September 20, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., E6 4022.

CBB Biomedical Discussion Group seminar, "A Positive Health Approach to Older People with Memory Problems and Their Family Caregivers” featuring Dr. Yvonne Yueh-Feng Lu, Associate Professor School of Nursing Indiana University, Thursday, September 20, 10:30 a.m., EC4-2101a. Register.

Biomedical Discussion Group: Dr. Yvonne Lu, Indiana University, Thursday, September 20, 10:30 a.m., EC4 2101a.

R&T Charity Tailgate Lunch Thursday, September 20, 11:30 a.m., Techtown.

Korea Art Forum Exhibit Reception, “A New Era of Peace and a Peaceful Land,” Thursday, September 20, 4:00 p.m., Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement.

Grimm Lecture 2018: When would Capitalism end? Thursday, September 20, 7:00 p.m., CIGI Auditorium, Balsillie School of International Affairs. 

2018 Cheriton Research Symposium, presentations by David R. Cheriton, Cheriton Faculty Fellows and grad student poster presentations, Friday, September 21, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., DC 1302.

President's Lecture featuring Dominic Barton in Conversation: Dimensions of Global Disruption, Friday, September 21, 9:30 a.m., Humanities Theatre. Registration required.

Café-rencontre – Professor Mélinda Caron, Université TÉLUQ, Friday September 21, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., PAS 2432.

Knowledge Integration seminar, “Startup KI: Applying cross-cultural collaboration & design thinking to invent new things and make money”, featuring Charlie Moscoe, Product Manager at Hubba, Friday, September 21, 2:30 p.m., EV3-1408.

Reunion 2018, Saturday, September 22.

NEW - International Students Breakfast Seminar, Saturday, September 22, 9:30 a.m., 268 Lester Street conference room.

St. Paul’s 15th Annual Pow Wow, Saturday, September 22, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Waterloo Park Bandshell.

Warrior Football Vs. Western - Reunion Game, Saturday September 22, Kick off at 1:00 p.m.  

Instructional Registration Deadline, Sunday, September 23.

2018 RBC Distinguished Lecture - The Future of Water: Innovation, Resource Recovery, and the Blue Economy, Monday, September 24, 5:00 p.m., QNC 0010/1103A.

CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy featuring Adam Molnar, Deakin University, “Evaluating the Australian government’s legislative response to the encryption debate,” Tuesday, September 25, 3:00 p.m., DC 1304.

Research ethics system training, Wednesday, September 26, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., MC 1078. For all upcoming sessions, please visit the Research ethics system website.

Operation Wallacea Info Session, Biological Conservation Research Opportunities for Undergrad Students, Wednesday, September 26, 10:30 a.m., QNC 1501.

Computer science PhD seminar, “Effective user interaction for high-recall retrieval: Less is more,” featuring Haotian Zhang, Wednesday, September 26, 12:30 p.m., DC 2568.

Computer science PhD seminar, “Effective user interaction for high-recall retrieval: Less is more,” featuring Haotian Zhang, Wednesday, September 26, 12:30 p.m., DC 2568.

NEW - Waterloo Arts Distinguished Lecture in Economics featuring David Card, Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley,  “Good Jobs: The Growing Importance of Who You Work For,” Wednesday, September 26, 4:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

NEW - Canadian Engineering Graduate Studies Consortium, Wednesday, September 26, 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., E7.

NEW - Velocity Start: Ain’t No Model Like a Business Model, “Learn how to create a lean business model canvas”, Wednesday, September 26, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Positions available

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

  • Job ID# 2018-3329 - Associate Director, Treasury – Finance, USG 15
  • Job ID# 2018-3313 - Business Development Officer - Mathematics Research Office, USG 12
  • Job ID# 2018-3345 - Grants and Contracts Manager - Office of Research, USG 9 - 11
  • Job ID# 2018-3308 - Student Financial Services Associate – Finance, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2018-3315 - Technologist, Water and Field Resources Engineering - Civil and Environmental Eng., USG 9

Internal secondment opportunities:

  • Job ID# 2018-3307 - Administrative Assistant - Office of Research, USG 6

  • Job ID# 2018-3336 - Associate Director, Operations - Waterloo International, USG 13

  • Job ID# 2018-3323 - Graduate Program Assistant – Kinesiology, USG 5

  • Job ID# 2018-3338 - Market Research Manager – Co-op Education & Career Action, USG 9