Wednesday, December 5, 2018

2019 Teaching and Learning Conference issues call for proposals

The 2019 Teaching and Learning Conference banner image showing smooth rocks underwater.

The Call for Proposals for the 2019 University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference is now open.

The 2019 conference theme is “Teaching and Designing for Diverse Learners”. We invite you to submit proposals for presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and poster presentations that share your practices and research related to inclusive education.

The deadline for proposals is January 23, 2019. To read the full Call for Proposals and learn more about the conference, please visit the University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference website.

Former Co-op Student of the Year, now a co-op employer, wins young innovator award

A version of this article was originally posted on the Co-operative Education website.

Christina Hassan.Congratulations to Christina Hassan, an alumnus of Applied Health Sciences program at the University of Waterloo for receiving the Rotary People of Action; Young Innovators Award. Christina Hassan has demonstrated exceptional achievement in developing FullSoul, a non-profit organization that works to provide sterile medical supplies for pre-and post- natal procedures to safely deliver and care for newborns.

“The more you give, the more you will receive.” This is a philosophy that Christina stands by.

Christina completed both her undergraduate degree in Health Studies and her Master of Public Health at the University of Waterloo. During her undergrad, she was enrolled in co-op and spent a work term in a maternity hospital in Uganda. With first-hand experience helping mothers who did not have proper access to basic health supplies, Christina began her project at St. Paul’s University College Greenhouse supported by the University of Waterloo to reduce these medical hardships. As of winter 2018, FullSoul opened up international co-op opportunities for students from a variety of disciplines.

Besides her dedicated efforts transforming a one-woman social enterprise into a larger team of both local and Canadian volunteers in Uganda, Christina has been recognized for other achievements throughout her philanthropic journey. Christina’s previous co-op experience in the medical field while working at St. Michael’s Hospital gave her some of the tools she would later use to create FullSoul. At St. Michael’s, Christina promoted the Women in Cancer initiative, presented two research papers gathering the world’s top professional breast cancer research and coordinated the launch of a virtual network of medical oncologists. Christina is also the recipient of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (2010), AHS Co-op Student of the Year (2011), the YMCA International Peace Medallion (2013) and the AHS Young Alumni Award (2015).

We wish Christina the best in her work that continuously inspires others to also make a positive impact both locally and internationally!

Join up and start using MS Teams

"Start Using Teams Today" says a slogan above a laptop shown using Microsoft Teams software.

A message from Information Systems and Technology (IST).

Microsoft Teams is an app in Office 365 that supports teamwork by providing a central place for tools and resources. With MSTeams, members can meet, chat, manage and share files, and collaborate on documents simultaneously. 

Teams allows you to customize your work space, keeps your work secure, and provides a convenient platform to do more, together. 

Visit our new website and be sure to register for our new Teams training course!

Tis the season for the jingling of keys as campus locks up

The Director of Police Services—Alan Binns—would like to remind the campus community that all buildings will be locked during the holiday break. UW Police Services will start locking doors at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, 21 December.

All buildings will be reopened by 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, 02 January 2019.

“Please ensure that anyone needing entry into your buildings during this time have keys available to them for that purpose,” writes Director Binns. “Also, as done previously, many of you leave building access keys with UW Police to be signed out. This practice will continue. Keys may be signed out only to those people that you have specifically authorized.” Persons signing out these keys will be required to deposit a WatCard or Driver’s License, to ensure their return.

Alan also informs us that this is a vulnerable time for the campus and valuables should not be left unsecured. UW Police also offers the use of their safe for the storage of money and small valuable items.

He would strongly advise that Department heads update their Faculty & Staff contact lists and have them on hand at home over the holiday, should the need arise to contact personnel in their department(s) during the closure. Alan reminds us of the Christmas 2017 shutdown when several buildings flooded requiring the attendance and assistance of off-duty Faculty/Staff members.

Wednesday's notes

Attention parents! The Centre for Ocular Research & Education is currently seeking children ages 6-9 to participate in a study investigating whether a new style of spectacle lenses can slow down the progression of myopia (nearsightedness). Receive up to $690 for 9 visits over 3 years and a FREE pair of spectacle frames. Check out for more information on how to register or email. Have a question? - email or call 519-888-4742.

UW Food Services is looking for customer service-oriented individuals to work in a variety of casual part time roles, all over campus! Submit your resume to or check out the Food Services website for more information.

The rooftop Christmas tree on the Dana Porter Library as seen from inside a bus on University Avenue.Laurie Strome of the Library snapped this pic of the iconic Christmas tree lit up on the roof of the Dana Porter library as seen from University Avenue. This version of the rooftop tree, built from a discarded TV tower, strewn with bulbs and topped with a glowing ball, has been in service atop the Library for 20 years as of this December. 

The University has a long tradition of dressing up its buildings for the holidays, including festive lights that once hung on the south wall of the Humanities Theatre facing University Avenue that were a fixture for many years, as well as lights on the Library when it was still only seven stories tall, and not ten.

Are you aware of any other iconic holiday decorations around campus? Send me an email and a photo at to have it featured in a future Daily Bulletin!

"Drop by the Bombshelter Pub before they close for the Winter break," says a note from the Federation of Students. "This week is your last chance to enjoy the Express Menu and the delicious new items The Bomber has to offer!  Doors close after December 7 and will reopen January 7, 2019."  

"From the Bomber family to yours, we wish you a safe and wonderful holiday season!"

Link of the day

World Soil Day

When and where

Holiday Luncheon Buffet at the University Club, Wednesday, November 28 to Friday, December 21, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

Pre-examination study days, Tuesday, December 4 and Wednesday, December 5.

Strategies for Success: CIHR grant information session for spring 2019 applications, Wednesday, December 5, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., DC 1304.

Research Talks: Pushing back the frontiers of knowledge with supercomputing, Wednesday, December 5, 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Math and Computer Building, Room 2017.

Copyright and Your Thesis, Wednesday, December 5, 12:00 p.m., LIB 329 FLEX Lab.

More Feet on the Ground - Mental Health Training, Wednesday, December 5, 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., NH 2447.

Retirement party for Vera Korody and Vic DiCiccio, Wednesday, December 5, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., University Club.

Retirement reception for Rohan Jayasundera, Wednesday, December 5, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., IQC main atrium.

Better Birth Experiences: Empowering Partners, Preventing Trauma, Wednesday, December 5, 6:00 p.m., AHS 2677.

Coping Skills Seminar - Cultivating Resiliency, Wednesday, December 5, 6:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Examination period begins, Thursday, December 6.

LGBTQ+ Making Spaces workshop, Thursday, December 6, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., NH 3318.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women vigil, Thursday, December 6, 10:30 a.m., Engineering 7 (E7) - Second Floor Atrium.

Online course examination days, Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8.

NEW - Chemistry Seminar featuring Thomas Baumgartner, Professor, Department of Chemistry at York University, "Organophosphorus Avenues Toward Powerful Electron Acceptors and Self-Assembled Nanomaterials," Friday, December 7, 10:00 a.m., B1-266 (Dean’s Conference Room).

Lectures in Catholic Experience featuring Christine Gervais, PhD, Beyond the Altar: Canadian Women Religious Confront Patriarchal Power in the Roman Catholic Church, Saturday, December 7, 7:30 p.m., Vanstone Lecture Hall, SJU Academic Centre.

QPR Mental Health Training, Monday, December 10, 9:30 a.m., Counselling Services.

Donna Strickland Nobel Ceremony Viewing Party, Monday, December 10, 10:30 a.m., Science Teaching Complex Main Commons. Livestream.

Coping Skills Seminar - Challenging Thinking, Monday, December 10, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Eating Disorder Support Group, Tuesday, December 11, 4:00 p.m., NH 3308.

Germanic and Slavic Studies presents Fall 2018 Poetry Walk and Golden Boar Awards, Thursday, December 11, 5:00 p.m., HH 1102.

NEW - PhD Seminar featuring Cole Atlin, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS), “Fostering Sustainability and Wellbeing in the Ring of Fire: Utilizing Next Generation Assessment with Indigenous Communities to Build Pathways,” Wednesday, December 12, 10:00 a.m., EV2-2021.

Guest Lecture featuring Professor Alison Marshall, Brandon University, "The doing and undoing of religion in the field: ethnographic approaches to religion and migration," Wednesday, December 12, 11:00 a.m., PAS 1055.

Waterloo Women's Wednesdays Holiday Party, Wednesday, December 12, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., HH 334.

Holiday Dinner Buffet at the University Club, Wednesday, December 12, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., University Club.

Alleviating Anxiety Seminar, Wednesday, December 12, 5;00 p.m., HS 2302.

Deadline to get "Fees Arranged", Thursday, December 13.

President's Holiday Luncheon, Friday, December 14, 12:00 p.m., Federation Hall.

Retirement celebration for Jerry Hutten, Friday, December 14, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., University Club. RSVP by Wednesday, December 5 to Sharon Rumpel -

Holiday Buffet Luncheon in Federation Hall, Tuesday, December 18, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Federation Hall.

Advent Jazz Vesper Service, Tuesday, December 18, 7:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel.

Portfolio & Project Management Community of Practice (PPM CoP) session, “Community of Practice: What is it and future direction,” Wednesday, December 19, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., East Campus 5 (EC5), 1111. 

UWRC Book Club, “The Steady Running of the Hour” by Justin Go, Wednesday, December 19, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., LIB 407.

Positions available

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

  • Job ID# 2018-3119 - 3rd Class Stationary Engineer - Plant Operations, USG 11
  • Job ID# 2018-3651 - Account Coordinator - Cooperative Education & Career Action, USG 5 - 8
  • Job ID# 2018-3642 - Administrative Assistant - VP University Relations, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2018-3629 - Expense Analyst – Finance, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2018-3640 - Financial Coordinator - Management Sciences, USG 7
  • Job ID# 2018-3637 - Financial Systems Specialist – Finance, USG 9
  • Job ID# 2018-3481 - Manager, Electrical Engineering - Plant Operations, USG 13
  • Job ID# 2018-3497 - Operations Manager, Cybersecurity & Privacy Institute - Cybersecurity & Privacy Institute, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2018-3661 – Scheduler - Campus Wellness-General, USG 4
  • Job ID# 2018-3599 - Scheduling, Examination and Resource Specialist – Registrar, USG 7

Internal secondment opportunities:

  • Job ID# 2018-3644 - Administrative Officer - Stratford Programmes, USG 11
  • Job ID# 2018-3446 - Co-ordinator CPD - School of Optometry & Vision Science, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2018-3660 - HRM Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor – Psychology, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2018-3609 - Online Learning Consultant STEM Specialist - Centre for Extended Learning,  USG 10 - 11

Additionally, check out the Federated University and Affiliated Colleges Opportunities site for other opportunities.