Monday, January 28, 2019

Check out the updated campus stores and website

A message from Print + Retail Solutions.

Wondering why so many campus store signs were covered up last week? Wonder no more.

All that paper is coming down this morning in an official ribbon-cutting launch at 9:30 a.m. in South Campus Hall, revealing brand new signage that showcases updated store names and logos.

Yet the signs are merely a taste of the changes and behind-the-scenes experience improvements that Print + Retail Solutions has been working on for the last two years. In fact, the makeover goes much deeper says Ryan Jacobs, the department’s director.

“It’s not just about a new logo. It’s about a total transformation of how we see ourselves and how we serve customers,” he says.

That transformation includes creating a cohesive brand across all stores: look out for spiffy new store window and merchandise displays, and even some new UWaterloo and Warriors products springing up across campus. And of course, brand new, more intuitive store and service names, all brought to you by the letter “W.”

For instance, the bookstore in South Campus Hall has been renamed W Store | Course Materials + Supplies, while the store across the hall is now W Store | Gifts + Apparel. (No ambiguity there!) SCH is going to serve as the central hub, where customers can access the full range of retail and printing services, including the recently added computers, tech accessories and computer repair service.

Meanwhile, the former Media.Doc satellite locations found in the Science Teaching Complex, Math & Computing and Student Life Centre buildings will all become simply W Store Essentials.

Don’t worry. These smaller retail locations will still stock merchandise pertinent to the courses taught nearby, but will now also sell a consistent range of bestselling items. No more need to dash across campus to South Campus Hall to pick up a new set of pens or a notebook for class!

Each location will still offer printing services, or students can still hit one of 60 W Print (formerly uPrint) kiosks across campus instead. For simplicity, all staff- and faculty-facing printing services will also be rebranded under the W Print umbrella.

This rebranding was much needed says Jaime Philip, business development officer, who points out that their research determined that a whopping 89 per cent of student shoppers didn’t know what the former store names actually stood for.

“When students, faculty and staff see the new prominent W icon, they’ll know all of our stores and printing services are connected,” she says. “No more confusion.”

Chris Read, associate provost, students, agrees that UWaterloo’s revamped stores and new, consistent branding will make shopping and accessing printing services more convenient for students, staff and faculty members.

“I’m really pleased with how the Print + Retail Solutions team has focused on listening to students, and then shifted their direction to better meet their needs,” says Read. “The evolution they’re launching today is going to positively impact all of their customers for years to come.”

But what’s perhaps even more exciting? The new Print + Retail Solutions e-commerce website launches today. (By the time you read this, it should be live. Check it out at Gone is the clunky, disjointed, confusing old site where it was possible to order textbooks, but not much else. The new site, which is clean and inviting, makes it easy to order and ship anything from books to hoodies and alumni mugs with just a few clicks.

“We’ve finally caught up with the rest of the retail world,” jokes Madelaine Paterson, custom publishing and marketing coordinator, who was part of the rebranding working groups. And while the new site’s intuitive design will help customers find what they need faster, it will also be more convenient for the Print + Retail Solutions team on the back end too.

“It used to be a challenge, from a technological standpoint, just to add new items. But now we can make sure the site stays up to date with daily sales, events and even product launches,” Paterson says.

The highlight of the brand launch festivities is a contest in which one lucky UWaterloo student will win up to $3,000 towards their next semester’s tuition. All students have to do is go to the new W Store website and follow the instructions. (Contest rules and conditions can be found on the W store site.)

“We knew there was an opportunity to do better for our students. We listened, and then we used what we learned to create this exciting transformation,” says Jacobs. “We’re really thrilled with what we’re launching today, as well as more great things to come.”

Grade 10 Family Night set for February 21

Grade 10 students and their families in an auditorium.

Grade 10 students and parents are invited to the annual Grade 10 Family Night information session to learn about applying to university and finding the right program.

The event will help younger students and their parents learn about actions they can take now to prepare for university.

Current Waterloo students will offer tips about what they wish they knew about university while still in high school. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about finding the right program and university, admissions, and financing their education.

Grade 10 may seem like an early time to be talking to students about their future plans, but they’ll soon be selecting their courses for Grade 11, which will greatly influence their pre-requisites for university. A question and answer period will follow and a live webcast will be available.

Grade 10 Family Night takes place on Thursday, February 21 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Hagey Hall. Registration is available online and open until the day of the event.

Link of the day

Jean Machine slows to a halt

When and where

Print + Retail Solutions brand launch event, Monday, January 28, 9:30 a.m., SCH Concourse.

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.

Applications for Velocity Campus Ambassador volunteer positions close, “Get a free t-shirt and toque, and immerse yourself in the world of entrepreneurship on campus,” Wednesday, January 30.

Research Ethics drop-in training session, Wednesday, January 30, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dana Porter Library.

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.

New - Auditions for FASS's Winter 2019 Theatre Production, "Act! Sing! Dance! Become part of a creative, inclusive community." Wednesday, January 30, 6:00 p.m., HH 123.

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.

Velocity Start: Building a Kicka$$ Team, “Learn how build the best team for your future startup”, Wednesday, January 30, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Velocity Idea Exchange @ Applied Health Sciences, “Brainstorm startup ideas with other students”, Thursday, January 31, 5:00 p.m., B.C. Matthews Hall (BMH), Room 1005.

NEW - Auditions for FASS's Winter 2019 Theatre Production, "Act! Sing! Dance! Become part of a creative, inclusive community." Thursday, January 31, 6:00 p.m., HH 336.

Arriscraft Lecture Series featuring Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller, "Agency Architecture: Public Insecurities,” Thursday, January 31, 6:30 p.m., Lecture Theatre, School of Architecture.

Knowledge Integration alumni panel on “Life after KI”, Friday, February 1, 2:30 p.m., EV3-1408.

NEW - Auditions for FASS's Winter 2019 Theatre Production, "Act! Sing! Dance! Become part of a creative, inclusive community." Friday, February 1, 6:00 p.m., HH 119.

NEW - Lectures in Catholic Experience presents Jonathan Homrighausen,Illuminating Justice: The Ethical Imagination of The Saint John’s Bible,” Friday, February 1, 7:30 p.m., Vanstone Lecture Hall, St. Jerome's University Academic Centre.

NEW - Auditions for FASS's Winter 2019 Theatre Production, "Act! Sing! Dance! Become part of a creative, inclusive community." Saturday, February 2, 1:00 p.m., HH 119.

The Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch Competition applications close, “Apply to pitch important industry problems for a share of $30,000,” Sunday, February 3.

Warriors Basketball vs Lakehead – Fantastic Alumni Day, Staff and Retirees Day, Youth Basketball Day. Saturday, February 212:00 p.m., PAC Main Gym.

University Club Lunar New Year menu, Monday, February 4 to Friday, February 8, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

The Executive Debate, Feds Elections, Monday, February 4, 2:30 p.m., SLC Great Hall.

Philosophy Colloquium Series presents Brian Rudrick Visiting Scholar Dr. John Corvino, “On the Rhetoric of Bigotry,” Monday, February 4, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., HH 373.

Boba and Ballots, Feds Elections, Tuesday, February 5, 10:00 a.m., SLC Great Hall.

Interviews: Preparing for Questions - Part 1 (for employees only), Tuesday, February 5, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., TC1208.

Feds Elections Voting Days, Tuesday, February 5 to Thursday, February 7, polling stations on campus, online.

Masterpiece Cakeshop, Sexual-Orientation Discrimination, and the Metaphysics of Cakes featuring Dr. John Corvino, the Brian Rudrick Visiting Scholar in Philosophy. Tuesday, February 5, 7:00 p.m., Federation Hall Columbia Rooms A & B.

NEW - Escape from the Nazis: The Dutch-Paris Resistance LineTuesday, February 5, 7:00 p.m., Waterloo Public Library John M. Harper Branch.

NEW - Research Ethics drop-in training session, Wednesday, February 6, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dana Porter Library.

NEW - Velocity Start: Setup Your Business Like A Boss, “A workshop that will address legal and accounting considerations that will affect your new business,” Wednesday, February 6, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

NEW - Feds Elections Results, Friday, February 8, 10:00 a.m., SLC Great Hall.