Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Waterloo in NYC for HeForShe IMPACT Summit

President Feridun Hamdullahpur is in New York today for the 2018 HeForShe IMPACT Summit. The president will be taking part in the Summit in meeting and panel events, including the Spotlight Conversation on HeForShe Emerging Solutions panel discussion.

At the Summit, the UN will be convening world leaders, global CEOs, university presidents and public-sector leaders to share groundbreaking practices and concrete solutions towards the achievement of gender equality. 

The HeForShe Summit is being livestreamed.

President Hamdullahpur will join Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company Kevin Sneader, Chairman and CEO of Danone Emmanuel Faber, CEO of DeBeers Bruce Clever, Sciences Po President Frédéric Mion and panel moderator Anne Hathaway, in her role as UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, in a panel discussion entitled HeForShe Emerging Solutions at 10:20 a.m.

The Summit will also see the launch of the 2018 Emerging Solutions report, which features close to 100 emerging solutions for gender equality that are tied to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

The IMPACT 10x10x10 champions, drawn from post-secondary institutions, governments, and business, will be deliver updates that track the progress on the HeForShe commitments that are set to conclude in 2020.

The University of Waterloo made three commitments when it joined HeForShe:

  • Increasing the number of girls and women in STEM outreach experiences and and activities to 33 percent by 2020 (Waterloo is at 32 percent as of 2017);
  • Enhancing female faculty representation to 30 percent by 2020 (Waterloo was at 30.1 percent as of 2017); and
  • Committing to advancing female leaders into senior academic and administrative university positions to 29 percent by 2020 (Waterloo exceeded this goal and is at 32 percent as of 2017).

Shining a spotlight on GreenHouse co-op

Last month, the most recent batch of GreenHouse co-op students wrapped up their first work terms and joined the ranks of almost 100 first work term students from across all six faculties whose co-op journey started with GreenHouse Co-op.

Referred to as “Social Entrepreneurs-in-Training,” participating first work term students undergo a week of career and skill development workshops before being paired up for three four-week placements, each with a different social purpose employer.

For GreenHouse co-op employers, these short-term placements mean cost-effective solutions that help drive their social projects forward, bit by bit. Though they might not have the capacity to employ a co-op student for a traditional 16-week work term, GreenHouse employers get four weeks of hard work from students who are eager, adaptable and ready to make a change.

Take Francis Coral Mellon, Waterloo alumnus and CEO of the tech startup Uprise. With Uprise, Coral Mellon aims to help others by revolutionizing the way video campaigns are created and spread. By tapping into artificial intelligence and what he calls “the science of going viral,” Coral Mellon believes he can encourage authentic storytelling and enable human potential on a mass scale.

“Originally, I wanted to use technology to make money that would then be used to help others. Now the aim is to do good with the technology by offering it to charities and social entrepreneurs for free,” he says. “The fact that the GreenHouse program focuses on social entrepreneurship completely aligns with me and what I want to do with my startup,” says Coral Mellon.  

To date, Coral Mellon has hired fourteen GreenHouse co-op students, including Olivia Muysson, an Environment, Resources and Sustainability student.

At Uprise, Muysson helped create a presentation to be used in pitch competitions. At her other two placements, she assisted with trade show planning, worked on business plans and helped an entrepreneur prepare for a Dragon’s Den audition. She appreciated being exposed to “the business side of things” and seeing how her skills could be applied across multiple sectors.

“It put me out of my comfort zone, which was good. I walked away from each placement with a new skill or better developed ones,” she says. Among those skills she counts juggling competing priorities, interacting with a variety of stakeholders and learning to adapt to constant change.

With each placement, GreenHouse co-op students like Muysson test-drive new environments, further develop their skills and offer fresh perspectives to employers like Coral Mellon who need short-term, cost-effective talent.

“I’ve had incredible results. It’s a win-win situation,” he says. “I wish I could have more time with each student, but I understand how valuable it is for them to go through three companies. I’m happy to contribute to their journey.”

The GreenHouse co-op program was founded as a pilot led by St. Paul’s GreenHouse, Canada’s first and only live-in campus-linked social innovation and entrepreneurship accelerator and the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE).

Thank you for welcoming new students

A note from Waterloo Orientation.

Orientation by the numbers infographic.Today President Hamdullahpur thanked the campus community for helping to welcome our new students this fall.

More than 500 staff and faculty members, along with 1,100 student leaders, helped to make Orientation a success over the Labour Day weekend, throughout the week-long event, and during preparations over the summer. Many staff and faculty participated by wearing Here to Help buttons, volunteering at Canada House welcome centres during move-in days, with Warrior Welcome, or at other Orientation-related activities.

First-Year Orientation helps prepare all incoming first-year students with faculty-customized programming and campus-wide events to bring new students together. Approximately 87 percent of incoming first-year students, or 6,355 students, participated in 7 days of First-Year Orientation, which included more than 90 events.

Leading up to First-Year Orientation there was special Orientation programing offered for specific student audiences including Graduate Student Orientation, International Orientation, Transfer and Exchange Orientation and an Out-of-Province/American program.

2018 Orientation snapshot:

  • International Orientation had 631 students participate in 3 days of programming
  • Out-of-Province/American student program had 233 students attend
  • Transfer and Exchange Orientation had 256 students participate
  • Graduate Orientation, a conference-style event with 18 different sessions, had 863 students attend
  • Over three days, there were five events for 600+ parents and family members including international-specific events.

“I want to personally thank you for supporting our incoming students as they begin their journey at the University of Waterloo,” said President Hamdullahpur in an email to staff and faculty today. “Whether you volunteered at a family welcome event, wore a Here to Help button, participated in an Orientation event, or simply offered a friendly smile and directions around campus to a new student - your efforts are appreciated.”

Watch this 60 second video for some quick feedback from first year students during Orientation and the first day of classes.

Go Abroad Fair and other notes

Students stand in front of a yellow temple at the Chi Lin Nunnery in Hong Kong.

No matter where you go, there you are: Learn how undergraduate and graduate students can add international experience to their education on and off campus at the Go Abroad Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m in the Davis Centre today. At the fair you can:

  • Talk to current exchange students about their home country and institution
  • Hear first-hand accounts from Waterloo students who have studied abroad or gone on an exchange
  • Find out more about the Global Experience Certificate
  • Talk to Student Success Office, Cooperative Education, faculty and department representatives about opportunities abroad

Employers on campus next week hosting employer information sessions include HubSpot, Credit Karma, Arista Networks, Fidelity Investments, Morneau Shepell, Lifion by ADP, Citadel and Citadel Securities, Great-West Life, Rubikloud Technologies Inc., Ceridian, Konrad Group, Embark Trucks Inc, Scotiabank, Communications Security Establishment, Qualcomm Canada, Protiviti,, DHL Supply Chain, Milliman, Yelp, Labatt, ConsenSys, Quantstamp. Visit the employer information sessions calendar for more details.

Link of the day

25 years ago: Myst

When and where 

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.

Partnerships for Employment (P4E) Career Fair, Wednesday, September 26, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Manulife Sportsplex.

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 256812:00 p.m., DC 1304. Please nte the new time and location.

Noon Hour Concert: Far & Wide, Wednesday, September 26, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel. 

Mapping digital inscriptions and traces in the commodification of ‘security’, Wednesday, September 26, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., PAS 2030.

NEW - Preventing Depression Relapse: A Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Group, Wednesday, September 26, 2:00 p.m., NH 2447.

NEW - Eating Disorder Support Group, Wednesday, September 26, 4:00 p.m., NH 3308.

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.

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

NEW - Mindfulness Meditation: A Stress Reduction Program, Wednesday, September 26, 5:00 p.m., NH 2447.

NEW - Coping Skills Seminar - Managing Emotions, Wednesday, September 26, 6:00 p.m., HS 2302.

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.

United Way Bake Sale, Thursday September 27, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., EC5 lobby.

NEW - Hallman lecture: Love and sex in the digital age featuring Professor Justin Garcia of Indiana University, Thursday, September 27, 10:00 a.m., AHS 1686.

Learn to write and publish a great research paperThursday, September 27, 10:00 12:00 p.m., William G. Davis Centre, Room 1302.

G.I. Game Jam: Learn, Thursday, September 27, 5:00 p.m., Games Institute, EC1.

Conversemos en  español/Spanish conversation circles, “Opportunity to practice your spoken Spanish,” Thursday nights, September 27 to December 13, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Community Room, John M. Harper Branch, Waterloo Public Library.

Signal to Noise, a lecture by Eric Höweler, Thursday, September 27, 6:30 p.m., Laurence A. Cummings Lecture Theatre, School of Architecture.

Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) public lecture, “Blockchain: A new foundation for distributed energy resources,” Friday, September 28, 10:30 a.m., CPH 4335.

Strategic Plan consultation session - Staff Members, Friday, September 28, 11:00 a.m., EIT 3142.

Waterloo ExL Community of Practice: Crossing the Town/Gown Divide: Students’ Learning for Good, Friday, September 28, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., MC 2036EC1 – 1227 (Philanthropy Room). Please note the new location.

NEW - QPR Mental Health Training, Friday, September 28, 1:30 p.m., Counselling Services, Needles Hall.

Strategic Plan consultation session - Research Excellence, Friday, September 28, 2:00 p.m., Village 1 Great Hall.

NEW - Professionalism in your communication: How to talk to your professors, Friday, September 28, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

Knowledge Integration seminar: “Games at Work”, featuring Chelsea Mills, Designer at Overlap Associates, Friday, September 28, 2:30 p.m., EV3-1408.

G.I. Game Jam: Make, Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30, EV3 1408, 3408.

Velocity 10 Year Celebration on campus, Friday, September 28, 2:00 p.m., Green space between SCH and TC.

Health Careers Conference, Saturday, September 29, 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Arts Lecture Hall. Spaces are limited.

The Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch Competition applications close“Apply to pitch important industry problems for a share of $30,000,” Sunday, September 30, 11:59 p.m.

Assessing your Skills (for employees only), Monday, October 1, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 pm., TC1208.

Research ethics system training, Tuesday, October 2, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., MC 1078. For all upcoming sessions, please visit the Research ethics system webpage.

LGBTQ+ Making Spaces workshop, Tuesday, October 2, 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., NH 3318.

Indigenous Speakers Series: Lee Maracle with Bill Coleman, Wednesday, October 3, 4 p.m., Theater of the Arts, Modern Languages.

Warrior Men's Hockey Vs. Western Home Opener, Residence Night, Warrior REC League Night, Thursday, October 4, 7:00 p.m., CIF Arena.

Design research seminar: Dr. John S. Gero, Thursday, October 4, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., E5 2004.

NEW - Research ethics system training, Wednesday, October 10, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., MC 1078. For all upcoming sessions, please visit the Research ethics system webpage.

NEW - Auto Tech Symposium, Wednesday, October 10, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Engineering 7.

NEW - Research Talks: Innovative approaches revolutionizing healthcare, Thursday, October 11, 11:45 1:00 p.m., William G. Davis Centre, Room 1302.

NEW - Warriors Football Vs. McMaster Think Pink Game, Saturday, October 13, kick off 1:00 p.m. 

Positions available

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

  • Job ID# 2018-3380 - Assistant Registrar, Records Operations – Registrar, USG 12
  • Job ID# 2018-3344 - Director, Partners for Action - Dean of Environment Office, USG 13
  • Job ID# 2018-3358 - Parking Enforcement Officer – Parking, USG 4
  • Job ID# 2018-3231 - Supervisor, Systems Operations – Registrar, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2018-2444 - Technical Writer and Report Coordinator, Waterloo Advanced Manufacturing Consortium - Dean of Engineering Office, USG 9
  • Job ID# 2018-3339 - Receptionist - Campus Wellness, USG 4

**There are 3 Receptionist positions available. These are full time opportunities.

Internal secondment opportunities:

  • Job ID# 2018-3368 - Academic Administrative Assistant, Stratford School - Stratford Programmes, USG 4
  • Job ID# 2018-3302 - Administrative Assistant - Electrical & Computer Engineering, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2018-3365 - Communications Associate - Centre for Teaching Excellence, USG 9
  • Job ID# 2018-3360 - Coordinator, International Student Experience - Student Success Office, USG 7
  • Job ID# 2018-3363 - Customer Service Representative - Dean of Math Office-Ctr-Educ I, USG 5
  • Job ID# 2018-3353 - Donor Relations Officer - Advancement Comm'ns & Dnr Rels, USG 9
  • Job ID# 2018-3354 - LMS/QA Specialist - Centre for Extended Learning, USG 7 – 8
  • Job ID# 2018-3357 - Manager Graduate Studies - Chemical Engineering, USG 7