Tuesday, October 9, 2018

President's Office launches line of artisanal soaps for the United Way

President Hamdullahpur and President's Office staff show off their charity soap.

Yes, you read that right.

Stay clean, relaxed and invigorated this United Way Campaign with President Hamdul-lather’s Natural Handcrafted Soap!

Looking to relax? Try the Sweet Dream, Warrior soap infused with Lavender. In search of a little inspiration? Try Wash, Innovate, Repeat today and let the soothing, yet energizing scent of Cucumber Mint take hold. With six varieties to choose from, President Hamdul-lather’s soap has a scent for everyone.

Handcrafted by the team in the Office of the President, you will not want to miss the opportunity to get your hands on the best soap in Waterloo.

Each bar of this exquisite artisan soap is $5 with 100 percent of sales going towards United Way Waterloo Region Communities. The soap is available for purchase at the Office of the President.

Update: Sorry to burst your bubble, but as of 10:00 a.m. this morning, the soap has been sold out. 

Become a Part of the AI Conversation on Campus

The Faculty of Engineering's Nao robot at the launch of Waterloo's AI institute.

A message from the Global Engagement program.

We have seen exponential growth in the automation of jobs, from the manufacturing to the service sector, and the consequent transformations of our everyday lives, including the displacement of human labour. We are also witness to new cultural forms ranging from gaming devices to companion robots. It's clear then that the socio-cultural and political impacts of such trends deserve our attention -- as students, scholars, policy makers, and practitioners.

The Global Engagement Seminar invites senior undergraduates (third- and fourth-year students) from any faculty or affiliated college to apply now for its Winter ARTS 490 course on the Social and Political Implications of Artificial Intelligence.

Students will have the unique opportunity to interact with leading AI practitioners, David Jones and Mimi Onuoha (Jarislowsky Fellows). David Jones is the Executive Producer at Microsoft's Envisioning Center, which is involved with foresight and digital storytelling about the future of work and productivity. Mimi Onuoha is a renowned New York artist and coder who is currently involved in a series of arts installations, entitled "Missing Datasets" which question data collection practices, excluding certain societal groups and their experiences. The Jarislowsky Fellows, along with the course instructors, Ian Milligan (History) and Marcel O’Gorman (English Language and Literature) aim to equip students with the critical skills and know-how so as to be prepared to engage in shaping the future of AI. Working collaboratively throughout the term to develop critical knowledge as well as high level transferable skills, students may choose to design a public exhibit, write a policy brief, conduct research for a scholarly paper, produce a short film, write creative fiction, design an app, or some combination of these among other project options.

The seminar culminates in the annual high-level Global Engagement Summit where students’ ideas and projects are shared with the campus and local communities.

Students from all faculties and colleges are encouraged to submit their application on the Global Engagement Program’s website!! Applications close on October 15!

Recapping Reunion 2018

Fans react during the Reunion football game.

A message from Alumni Relations.

An alumni family poses with King Warrior.Reunion 2018 was a wonderful success with over 3,162 attendees on campus celebrating their University of Waterloo pride with friends and family.

Our campus community is an important part of the University of Waterloo story and we are thrilled so many of you came back to campus on the weekend to join the festivities.

Starting in 2019, we are excited to announce that Reunion will evolve into two events - one in the Spring and one in the Fall.

In June, we will honour all alumni celebrating a milestone anniversary – 5-55 years as well as specific class reunions re-branded as Alumni Weekend. 

This will allow a greater focus on recognizing alumni celebrating a special anniversary and will include a Presidential milestone luncheon as well as faculty-specific programs.

The fall event will be called the Alumni Black and Gold Day.

This day will be an opportunity to showcase and engage you in some good old fashioned Warrior school spirit and build greater pride in Waterloo.

Events will include an exciting lecture, the Warriors varsity game, the Fun Run, campus tours and exciting opportunities for alumni and students to connect with each other.

We look forward to delivering these exciting changes to Reunion in 2019 so alumni and friends can continue to return to campus, connect with other alumni and continue to see value in remaining connected to Waterloo.

A special thank you is extended to our campus partners and volunteers this year. They were instrumental in making this event another success. Thank you for all that you do.  

We look forward to seeing you next year in the Spring and Fall to help celebrate Reunion 2019!

Notes as the fall break continues

The third in a three-year Fall Break pilot takes place this week, with students enjoying two study days on Tuesday, October 9 and Wednesday, October 10. 

Several Food Services locations will have reduced hours or will be closed entirely during the fall reading break. Check the Food Services website for a complete listings of openings and closings.food

All Print + Retail Solutions locations will be opening today at 1:30 p.m.

The Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR), in partnership with Waterloo EDC, are hosting the third annual AutoTech Symposium on Wednesday, October 10. The symposium will include panel discussions, industry experts, WatCAR tours, and more and will take place at Engineering 7.

Arts Undergraduate Office closed Wednesday morning

The Arts Undergraduate Office will be closed on Wednesday, October 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for Keeping Well at Work 2018.

Power outage to affect several buildings on October 9

What is happening? Electrical power will be shut off to BMH, C2, COM, CSB, DC, ERC, FED, GSC, HS, M3, MC, MKV, OPT, PAC, QNC, REV, SLC, TH, UC, and V1.

When is this happening? Power will be shut off from Tuesday October 9 at 11:00 p.m. to Wednesday October 10 at 5:00 a.m.

Questions or concerns? Contact Gerd Kursikowski at ext. 42836.

Link of the day

Fire Prevention Week

When and where 

Fall Break, Tuesday, October 9 and Wednesday, October 10.

Getting it done: Productive writing strategies for big projects, Tuesday, October 9, 2:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

Faculty of Engineering strategic plan consultation session, Tuesday, October 9, 2:30 p.m., EIT 3142.

School of Architecture strategic plan consultation session, Tuesday, October 9, 2:30 p.m., ARC 2008 (Ward Room), Cambridge, ON.

Keeping Well at Work Day 2018, Wednesday, October 10.

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.

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

WISE Public Lecture: Show me your forecasts, I'll show you mine! Are we moving towards energy data markets?, Wednesday, October 10, 10:30 a.m., CPH 4335.

QPR Mental Health Training, Wednesday, October 10, 1:30 p.m., Counselling Services, Needles Hall.

Tri-agency financial administration engagement consultations, Thursday, October 11 and Friday, October 12, DC 1302.

Research Talks: Innovative approaches to revolutionizing healthcare featuring Catherine Burns, Juewen Liu, Carolyn Ren, and Roderick Slavcev. Thursday, October 11, 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please register as seating is limited.

Backward/Forward: Reflections on Peace, Conflict and Human Rights, Thursday, October 11, 7:30 p.m., Grebel Gallery, Conrad Grebel University College.

Annotated bibliography using RefWorks, Friday, October 12, 10:00 a.m., Library FLEX Lab.

TEDxUW, Saturday, October 13, 8:30 a.m., Humanities Theatre, Hagey Hall.

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

Quantum Innovators in Science and Engineering, Monday, October 15 to Thursday, October 18.

Design and deliver II: Creating assertion-evidence presentations, Monday, October 15, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

University Senate meeting, Monday, October 15, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

Coping Skills Seminar - Challenging Thinking, Monday, October 15, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

The Eagle and The Condor - From Standing Rock with Love, Tuesday, October 16, 4:00 p.m., St. Paul's University College Alumni Hall.

Jack Rosen ideation workshop, Tuesday, October 16, EV3 4412.

Waterloo ExL Symposium, Wednesday, October 17, 8:30 a.m., Federation Hall.

2018 High Risk Flu Vaccination Clinic, Wednesday, October 17, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Health Services Family Health Clinic.

Interviews: Preparing for Questions (for employees only), Wednesday, October 17, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., TC 2218.

Noon Hour Concert: The Water is Wide, Wednesday, October 17, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel Chapel.

Velocity Start presents Do People Want Your Sh*t?, Wednesday, October 17, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, South Campus Hall 2nd floor.

Politics at The Pub, Thursday, October 18, 4:30 p.m., The Bombshelter Pub.

The Body Project, Thursday, October 18, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., NH 2447.

2018 Benjamin Eby Lecture featuring Professor Alicia Batten, "Memory, Identity, and the Sermon on the Mount," Thursday, October 18, 7:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel Chapel.

2018 High Risk Flu Vaccination Clinic, Friday, October 19, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Health Services Family Health Clinic.

Warriors Basketball vs. Windsor Home Opener, Youth Basketball Day, Faculty Appreciation Day, Donor Appreciation Day, Saturday, October 20.

Thrive Week,  Monday, October 22 to Friday, October 26.

Fake cures: User-centric modeling of health misinformation in social media, featuring Amira Ghenai, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Monday, October 22, 9:30 a.m., DC 2568.

Further Education Fair, Monday, October 22, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

Coping Skills Seminar - Strengthening Motivation, Monday, October 22, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

An Evening with Michael Landsberg, Monday, October 22, 7:00 p.m., Federation Hall. This event is part of Thrive Week

Research ethics system training, Wednesday, October 24, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., MC 1078. For all upcoming sessions, please visit the Research ethics system webpage.

Student Mental Health Forum, Wednesday, October 24, 2:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre. This event is part of Thrive Week

NEW - UW Gem and Mineral Show, Friday October 26, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 27, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Earth Sciences Museum. Free admission for all.