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Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Are you ready for the big game?

The jubilant crowd at the Fantastic Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Retiree Day basketball game.

Fantastic Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Retiree Day is next Saturday, February 2.

Bring your family and friends and cheer on our men’s and women’s basketball teams as they compete against the Lakehead Thunderwolves.

There will be a kids’ activity during the women’s game and the annual airplane toss during the men’s game. The best paper airplane pilots will take home amazing prizes, including:

  • $500 Best Buy Gift Card, Fitbit and Google Home Mini
  • $500 Vision Travel Gift Card and Bose Headphones
  • Holiday Inn Kitchener one-night gift card
  • $300 Retail Services Gift Card, Keurig and Google Home
  • 55” TV and Nintendo Switch

All registered guests will receive one free airplane upon admission, with additional airplanes available for $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. All proceeds will support student wellness programs and services at Waterloo.  

When: Saturday, February 2, 2019 | Women’s Game 12:00 p.m. | Men’s Game 2:00 p.m.

Where: Physical Activities Complex (PAC). Free parking in Lots R and M.

Cost: Complimentary with promo code FAD2019.

To register, please visit the event page and follow the instructions.

See you there!

Emergency communication system test on January 31

A message from Information Systems & Technology (IST).

A test of the University’s emergency communication system is scheduled for Thursday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m. Test activation and deactivation messages will be sent using the below channels:

  • Tweets to @UWaterloo and @WatSAFEapp
  • WatSAFE mobile app
  • The ‘UW Emerge’ on-screen pop-up for desktops and laptops
  • Skype for Business Instant Messages
  • Portal alerts and push notifications

Your feedback on how these channels operated, specifically the newly added Portal alerts and push notifications option, is appreciated (helpdesk@uwaterloo.ca or ext. 44357).

In the event of a real emergency during this test, please contact Police Services at 519-888-4911, or ext. 22222.

Be sure to install the WatSAFE app on your device to receive this test message, and more importantly, to stay informed of campus emergency situations. Visit the WatSAFE website for more details.

Wednesday's notes

President Feridun Hamdullahpur and President Tony Chan.President Feridun Hamdullahpur's visit to Davos and the World Economic Forum continues today. Yesterday, the president tweeted a photo of himself with President of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Tony Chan. Chan was formerly the president of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, which has several partnership agreements with the University of Waterloo.

And while we're on the subject, in a bit of serendipitous Swiss synchronicity, the Current, a website funded by Swiss electronics distributor Distrelec, recently ranked the University of Waterloo fourth in a survey of “The Americas’ most innovative universities for AI and robotics.” Waterloo stood in rarified company in the ranking, behind only the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Southern California.

Professional Skills banner image.

There are still a few spots remaining in the Professional Skills Foundations introductory workshop next week, according to a note from Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs. This introductory workshop is a requirement for participating in the Professional Skills Foundations program, a new professional skills credential for graduate students at the University. Registration is required through Eventbrite.

For more information, check out the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs website.

Employers on campus next week hosting employer information sessions include: Grand Rounds, HSBC Bank, Electronic Arts Inc, Bold Commerce, PointClickCare, Loblaw Digital, Yelp, Perpetua, FDM Group, BlackBerry Limited, Cisco Meraki, Tesla, League Inc, and NVIDIA. Visit the employer information sessions calendar for more details.

Link of the day

20 years ago: Toronto declares war on snow

When and where

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

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.

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

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.

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. 

Résumé Tips (for employees only), Wednesday, Jan. 23, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., TC 1208.​

Interviews: Proving your Skills, Thursday, January 24, 10:30 a.m., TC 1208.

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 1:00 p.m., Davis Centre 1302. Please register as seating is limited.

WaterTalk, “Building adaptive capacity for water management--the role of knowledge and power,” delivered by Professor Marie Carmen Lemos, Thursday, January 24, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., DC 1302.

Résumés, Careers and Personal Branding – Part 1, Thursday, January 24, 4:30 p.m., TC 2218.

Career-Focused Workshop for Graduating Students, Friday, January 25, 1:00 p.m., TC 1208.

Knowledge Integration seminar: “Sketching for communication”, featuring speaker Matt Gorbet, Gorbet Design Inc., Friday, January 25, 2:30 p.m., EV3-1408.

Warriors Basketball vs. Laurier – Battle of Waterloo, Bell Let’s Talk. Friday, January 25, 6:00 p.m., PAC Main Gym.

Warriors Volleyball vs. York – Warrior Recreation League Night, Donor Appreciation Day, Staff and Faculty Day (Email warriorstickets@uwaterloo.ca for a free ticket code sponsored by Campus Dentist). Saturday, January 26, noon, PAC Main Gym.

Waterloo ExL Community of Practice: Games and Simulations in the Classroom, Monday, January 28, 12:00 p.m., DC1301 (DC Fishbowl). RSVP.

Turning Back the Doomsday Clock. Tuesday, January 29, 7:00 p.m., Kitchener Public Library Main Branch.

W3 (Waterloo Women's Wednesdays) presents Getting Unstuck: Tools to Deal with ConflictWednesday, January 30, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., NH 3318.

Student Service Centre Grand Opening, Wednesday, January 30, 2:30 p.m, The Centre, first floor of Needles Hall.

President's Lecture featuring Donna Strickland, Nobel laureate, Wednesday, January 30, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., J. G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities.

One Click Away: Daily Davos edition

President Feridun Hamdullahpur is attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week. Here are some highlights of what’s being discussed at the Forum, which kicked off yesterday:

Positions available

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

  • Job ID# 2019-3789 - Administrative Coordinator - Graduate Studies - Applied Mathematics, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2018-3649 - Manager, Partnerships and Programs – Office of Research-SOWC   , USG 12
  • Job ID# 2018-3703 - Senior Software Developer - Advancement Services, USG 11
  • Job ID# 2019-3784 - Undergraduate Awards Coordinator - Registrar-Student Awards, USG 6

Internal secondment opportunities:

  • Job ID# 2019-3787 - Communications and Media Relations Manager - Federation of Students, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2018-3655 - Government Relations Advisor (Institute for Quantum Computing) - Government Relations, USG 12
  • Job ID# 2019-3805 - Graduate Administrator - MEng & Recruitment - Mechanical & Mechatronics Eng., USG 6
  • Job ID# 2019-3797 - Legal & Governance Support Specialist - Secretariat, USG 7
  • Job ID# 2018-3648 - Manager, Digital Experience - Coop Education & Career Action, USG 10
  • Job ID# 2019-3795 - Recruitment Coordinator - School of Computer Science, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2019-3800 - Senior Instructional Developer, Emerging Educational Technologies and Communications - Centre for Teaching Excellence, USG 12
  • Job ID# 2018-3695 - Software Technical Support Specialist - Advancement Services, USG 10