Thursday, January 10, 2019

President's Accolades: Recognizing those who go above and beyond

accolades nominees

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!

screenshot of website for international students

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:

Cover of report "15 years of discover and innovation"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.

Thursday's notes

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 If you have questions, contact CORE at 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.

Link of the day

The Sopranos debuted 20 years ago, wiseguy

When and where

Chamber Music Ensembles Winter 2019 Auditions open, Monday, January 7 to January 19. See for details.

Research Ethics drop-in training session, Thursday, January 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Dana Porter Library.

UWaterloo Intellectual Property Workshop Series, Thursday, January 10, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – IP 101 and Commercialization, DC 1304.

CBB Annual General Meeting presentation and networking reception, Thursday, January 10, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., DC Fishbowl. Please register if you plan on attending.

GRADflix showcase, Thursday, January 10, 3:30 p.m., Needles Hall 3407.

Opening of Shake-n-Make and Kristiina Lahde exhibitions. Thursday, January 10, 5 p.m., University of Waterloo Art Gallery (East Campus Hall).

NEW - Free Shoe Tag Classes. January 10 – January 13.

NEW - Warriors Basketball vs. Guelph, School Day Game. Thursday, January 10th, 11:00am PAC Main Gym.

NEW – Warriors Basketball vs. Guelph, School Day Game. Thursday, January 10th, 11:00am PAC Main Gym.

Winter 2019 Orientation, Friday, January 11.

Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work, Friday, January 11, 1:00 p.m., HH 1106.

NEW - IT Seminar “SHARCNET at Waterloo,” Friday, January 11, 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., MC 2009.

NEW - Warriors Men Hockey vs. Brock – Camp and Minor League Day. January 12th, 2:00pm CIF Arena, 2:00pm CIF Arena

Clarity in scientific writing, Monday, January 14, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

Alleviating Anxiety Seminar, Monday, January 14, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Coping Skills Seminar - Challenging Thinking, Monday, January 14, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

NEW - Youth Sumer Camp Registration Opens. Monday January 14th, 8:30am​

NEW - Intramural Registration Deadline. Monday, January 14th, 1:00pm​

NEW - Free Instructional Classes. January 14th – 18th

NEW - Athletics and Recreation Open House. Tuesday, January 15th, 9:30am – 2:00pm SLC Great Hall

NEW - Apply to the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program, Wednesday, January 16, 12 p.m., Online Webinar.

NEW - Velocity Start: What’s Your Problem?, “Larry Smith’s legendary talk on how find and solve “killer” problems,” Wednesday, January 16, 7:30pm, Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor

Communication for the workplace, Wednesday, January 16 and Thursday, January 17, SCH 228F.

Research Ethics drop-in training session, Wednesday, January 16, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dana Porter Library.

Noon Hour Concert: Wie Melodien, Wednesday, January 16, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel.

QPR Mental Health Training, Wednesday, January 16, 1:30 p.m., NH second floor.

Gallery launch for Gichitwaawizi'igewin: Honouring, Thursday, January 17, 4:00 p.m., Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement at Conrad Grebel University College.

Book launch — Atomic Assurance: The Alliance Politics of Nuclear Proliferation. Thursday, January 17, noon. Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Knowledge Integration Seminar: Building a grassroots coalition for the green economy, Friday, January 18, 2:30 p.m., EV3 1408.

NEW - Conditioning Classes Registration Deadline. January 18th

NEW - Warriors Volleyball vs. RMC. Residence Night. Friday, January 18th 6:00pm PAC Main Gym

NEW - Warrior Women’s Hockey vs Brock – Alumni Day, Bell Let’s Talk. Saturday, January 19th 2:00pm CIF Arena

NEW - Instructional Registration Deadline. Sunday, January 20th

Velocity Graduate Student Startup Fund applications close, “Win $20,000 in funding for a startup and acceptance into the Velocity Garage incubator program,” Sunday, January 20, 11:59 p.m.

Literature reviews for grads (Part A): Organizing research, Monday, January 21, 2:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

Coping Skills Seminar - Thriving With Emotions, Monday, January 21, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

CBB/WIN Lecture featuring Dr. Alessandro Olivo, University College London, “Origins, state-of-the-art and application perspectives of incoherent x-ray phase contrast imaging methods,” Tuesday January 22, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., QNC 1501. [Registration]

NEW - Velocity Fund $5K applications open, “Today’s Velocity Fund winners, tomorrow’s innovative companies,” Monday, January 21

The Body Project, Tuesday, January 22, 5:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research seminar, “UW, Intellectual Property & You,” Tuesday, January 22, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., QNC 1506.

The legal, business, and moral duty to design hardware, software, and human-computer interfaces to be fully accessible to people with disabilities — Why and how, David Lepofsky, Chair, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, Tuesday, January 22, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., DC 1350.

NEW - Faculty Research Networking Event: VR & Augmented Reality, Wednesday, January 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., GI Collaboration Space (EC1-1323). Please register. Open to faculty and post docs.

NEW - Research Ethics drop-in training session, Wednesday, January 23, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Dana Porter Library.

NEWVision Science Research Seminar Series, featuring Dr. Michael Barnett-Cowan, “More Than Meets The Eye: Multisensory Integration in Virtual Environments.” Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 4:30 p.m., OPT 1129.

NEW - Velocity Start: Do People Want Your Sh*t?, “Learn about topics related to market validation,” Wednesday, January 23, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

NEW - Portfolio & Project Management Community of Practice (PPM CoP) session, “Framing decision making,” Wednesday, January 23, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., EC5 1111. 

NEW - Résumé Tips (for employees only), Wednesday, Jan. 23, 12 - 1 pm, TC 1208​

NEW - Research Talks, “Unearthing ancient environments with microbes,” featuring Alexis Dolphin, Andrew Doxey, Kirsten Müller, and Peter Keech. Thursday, January 24, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Davis Centre 1302. Please register as seating is limited.

President's Lecture, featuring Donna Strickland, Nobel laureate, Wednesday, January 30, 7 to 9 p.m., J. G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities.

Positions available

Correction to job posting (job was listed yesterday with the incorrect department):

  • Job ID# 2018-3172 - Manager, International Relations, Waterloo International, USG 10

Viewable on the UWaterloo Talent Acquisition System (iCIMS).