President's Accolades: Recognizing those who go above and beyond
Each month, the Office of the President recognizes students, faculty, staff and alumni who go above and beyond. The President’s Accolades was launched in November on the Office of the President website to celebrate stories of dedication, passion and contribution from our University community.
Congratulations to the University of Waterloo community members currently being recognized:
- The Finance department’s social committee raised an impressive $1500 for the Food Bank, providing more than 4,500 healthy meals to those in need over the holiday season.
- Multimedia Design Manager Matt Regehr stepped up this year’s President’s annual holiday video message with a creatively nostalgic stop-motion animated video.
- PhD student Max Salman spearheaded an initiative to inspire and encourage students, faculty and staff to express themselves through music with open access to pianos.
- Post-doctoral fellow Veronika Irvine was recognized for combining science and art in a meaningful way by teaching artisans new lace making patterns she creates through mathematical models.
- Denise Mueller, Undergraduate Advisor for Chemical Engineering, went the extra mile to provide encouragement--through tea, fruit and cookie stations in student study spaces--throughout the exam season.
- Accounting and Finance student and pollution warrior Dillon Mendes co-founded social venture PickWaste to host weekly litter cleanups.
Do you know of a member of the University of Waterloo community who stands out? Submit their story and it could be featured in a future edition of the President’s Accolades.
Nominations for next month’s edition are due by January 28.
Showcase NSERC funded research for the chance to win
Students can win up to $3,500 in this year’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Science, Action! video contest.
To enter, students must submit a short video showcasing research in the natural sciences or engineering fields and can enter the contest on their own or as a team.
In addition to a cash prize, the top 15 videos will be featured in museum exhibits and shown at public science events, including Science Odyssey and Science Literacy Week national celebrations.
The contest will be open until January 18, 2019. Be sure to review NSERC’s website for full contest details and rules before entering.
And the winner is . . . Waterloo!
by Jude Doble.
It’s awards season in Hollywood, and in Waterloo too.
Waterloo was just awarded four international 2018 CASE District II Awards, which recognize innovative, strategic and creative programs in print, multimedia, marketing, communications, events and program development.
The largest of the eight CASE districts, which includes international institutions, CASE District II is an organization of advancement professionals in alumni relations, communications and philanthropy.
Waterloo’s four awards include:
- GOLD for best Annual or Institutional Reports: Print for the Institute for Quantum Computing’s 15 years of discovery and innovation;
- GOLD for best Website: Publications/News for the Student Success Office’s international student guide;
- SILVER for best Alumni Relations Events and Affinity Programs for Get Ready for: Life After Graduation, created in partnership with Advancement and Housing and Residences; and
- GOLD for best Special Event: Individual Events for the Hong Kong 60th Anniversary Dinner, created in partnership with Advancement and the University of Waterloo Hong Kong Alumni Association.
Building on a strong record of wins year over year, these programs, publications and websites reflect the creative and innovative work of staff across campus, representing the best of Canadian and North American post-secondary education support.
Awards will be given at the annual conference in March 24-26, in Philadelphia, PA.
Congratulations to all the winners.
Registration is now open for the UW Hagey Bonspiel. The event takes place on Saturday, February 23 at the Ayr Curling Club. The registration Fee is $40.00, and includes two games of curling, morning and afternoon snacks, a sit-down luncheon and prizes. Register online.
There are a few spaces left in the myopia control study at the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE). Children who wear glasses for nearsightedness and who are between the ages of 6 to 9 years old could be eligible to participate. Participants can receive up to $690 and a free pair of spectacle frames for 9 visits over 3 years. Learn more or register at www.COREstudies.ca/cypress. If you have questions, contact CORE at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-888-4742.
UWaterloo Jacket Day is coming to the Waterloo Store in South Campus Hall on Wednesday, January 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students of all faculties can show their Waterloo pride, while saving $75 off the regular price of a custom Waterloo leather jacket. Mens and ladies sizing available. Faux leather options are also available. More information can be found on the Waterloo Store website.