Monday, February 11, 2019

Thrive on campus today

Thrive logo - Building positive mental health for all.

The Thrive winter term events will be hosted on campus today and this week.

Thrive is a series of events focused on building positive mental health for University of Waterloo students, faculty, and staff. Thrive is also a mindset that encourages you to flourish. We all have mental health, and we can each strengthen our mental health by learning about it, thinking about it, talking about it, and discovering new skills and resources to help us Thrive.

Wear your Thrive T-shirt and attend these events to show your support for building positive mental health on campus:

  • Positivitea with Feds - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the DC Library foyer.
  • Free Fair Trade Coffee, Tea and Oatmeal for Grad Students with the GSA and GSPA - All week at the Grad House
  • More Feet on the Ground Mental Health Training for Faculty and Staff - 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Register on LEADS.
  • Coping Skills - Empowering Habit Change Seminar for Students - 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Register on LEADS.

Check out the Thrive website for event times and locations.

Campus community rallies at anniversary event

Sports fans in Warriors gear at FAD Day.

A message from the Office of Advancement.

Cheering fans filled the PAC on Saturday, February 2, for the 20th annual Fantastic Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Retirees Day. Thanks to everyone who rallied behind the men’s and women’s basketball teams as they went head to head against the Lakehead Thunderwolves.

More than 600 guests attended the event, showing their Waterloo pride both in the stands and on the court during our half-time activities. Warriors fans especially enjoyed our paper airplane toss in support of student wellness programs and services.

Congratulations to our prize winners:

  • Martaza Abidi: $500 Best Buy gift card, Fitbit, Google Home Mini
  • Tibor Vezsenyi: $500 Vision Travel gift card, backpack, Bose headphones
  • Hana Vezsenyi: One-night stay at Kitchener Holiday Inn, escape room gift certificate, Cara gift card
  • Peter Brown (BA ’96): $300 W Store gift card, Keurig coffee maker, Google Home
  • Todd Sayles: 55” TV, Nintendo Switch

Special thanks to our event partners in Athletics and Recreation, and to our affinity partner Manulife for sponsoring this event.

Missed Fantastic Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Retirees Day, or want to relive the fun? Check out this video:

Grebel gets grant for green roof

A digital rendering of the expanded kitchen facility at Conrad Grebel showing its green roof.

In April 2019, the shovels will hit the ground in front of Conrad Grebel University College’s residence building as construction on a new kitchen facility begins.

“Ensuring we that are being environmentally responsible is always top of mind at Grebel,” said Director of Operations Paul Penner, who is coordinating the construction project with the help of a building committee. The committee was pleased when early in the process the architects suggested a green roof for the new kitchen.

This project is part of a $6.8 million undertaking to expand the kitchen and dining room capacity at the College. As demand for space at weekly Community Suppers has grown, off-campus students, faculty, and staff are unable to participate regularly in this core aspect of community life because of limited seating area in the dining room. The kitchen, too, has experienced heightened requests for catering and must keep up with the ever-growing need for specialized diets among resident students.

“We try to integrate our buildings into the surrounding landscape as much as possible,” said Brian Rudy, the lead architect from Moriyama and Teshima. “Using a green roof for part of the new building made sense aesthetically and environmentally.”

Region of Waterloo logo.Grebel students were excited about the prospect of having a view of native grasses and vegetation from their residence rooms, coupled with a decreased environmental impact.  Simon Chute, a first-year student in Environment, Resources and Sustainability (ERS) was part of a team of five students who helped to apply for a grant with the Region of Waterloo. They calculated that a green roof utilizing native species vegetation would help to divert over 34,000 litres of rainwater from the municipal storm sewer annually.

“As we expand our cafeteria to accommodate our growing community, we must strive for environmentally conscious ways to be sustainable,” Chute said. “Green roofs provide many ecosystem services that can help our residence leave a positive mark on our environment here at Grebel and the University of Waterloo.”

In January, the student team received news that it was successful in its multi-year application for funding from the Community Environmental Fund administered by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. The project has been awarded $12,500, and is being recommended for an additional $12,500 in 2019.

Environment and Business student Hannah Hill, who serves as a student representative on the “Fill the Table” fundraising campaign, reported that the “students at Grebel are thrilled to have this financial support from the Community Environmental fund from the Region of Waterloo.” 

Fred W. Martin, Director of Advancement at Grebel, noted that “this grant is part of a broader campaign with donors, alumni, parents and students pledging over $3.4 million to date toward a fundraising goal of $4 million.”

This project is an example of the many ways students get involved in leadership opportunities and seek to enhance the community at Grebel.

“I got involved because it is relevant to my program and it is a project I fully support," Chute added. "I wanted to be a part of the planning process and see the project through to completion.”

Commuters can watch the progress on this project as the green roof will be located on the kitchen facility facing Westmount Road, on the southwest corner of the University of Waterloo campus.

Arts Undergraduate Office closed this afternoon

The Arts Undergrad Office will be closed today from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Link of the day

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

When and where

Winter 2019 Thrive, Monday, February 11.

NEW - Blind date with a book, 5th Edition, Monday, February 11 to Friday February 15, all Library locations.

Dr. Shumone Ray, “The NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health and the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition 2025 - A Consolidated Review of Global Efforts towards Medical and Healthcare-Related Nutrition Education,” Monday, February 11, 11:00 a.m., AHS 1686.

More Feet on the Ground - Mental Health Training, Monday, February 11, 1:00 p.m., NH 2447.

EDGE – Skill Identification and Articulation, Monday, February 11, 5:00 p.m., TC 2218.

Staff Work-Travel Information Session, Tuesday, February 12, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Room DC 1301. Please register.

Exploring Your Personality Type - Part 2, Tuesday, February 12, 1:30 p.m., TC 1112.

NEW - Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation’s WICI Talk: Graduate Fellowship Awardees, Tuesday, February 12, 2:00 p.m., DC 1302.

Interviews: Practice Answering Questions – Part 2, (for employees only), Tuesday, February 12, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Velocity Idea Exchange @ Arts, “Brainstorm startup ideas with other students”, Tuesday, February 12, 4:00 p.m., Hagey Hall (HH), Room 150.

Public Lecture by the Honorable Murray Sinclair, "Reconciliation and the University," Wednesday, February 13, 10:00 a.m., Conrad Grebel Great Hall.

Research Ethics drop-in training session, Wednesday, February 13, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dana Porter Library.

Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) Webinar, Wednesday, February 13, 12:00 p.m.

Noon Hour Concert: Grand Duo, Wednesday, February 13, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel Chapel.

NEW - Gustav Bakos Observatory Tour, Wednesday, February 13, 6:30 p.m., RCH 302. telescope viewing at 7:00 PM at the observatory (access across from PHY 313).

Successfully Negotiation Job Offers, Wednesday, February 13, 3:30 p.m. TC 1208.

Indigenous Speakers Series presents Maria Campbell, elder and author of Halfbreed, Wednesday, February 13, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Theatre of the Arts.

Law School Admissions, Wednesday, February 13, 5:30 p.m., AL 113.

Coping Skills Seminar - Cultivating Resiliency, Wednesday, February 13, 6:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Warriors Basketball vs. Western – Senior Day, Warrior Recreation League Night. Wednesday, February 13, 6:00 p.m., PAC Main Gym.

Velocity Start presents You Built it, Will They Buy it?, Wednesday, February 13, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH second floor.

University Club Valentine’s Day Luncheon, Thursday, February 14, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

UWaterloo Intellectual Property Workshop Series – IP Case Study, Thursday, February 14, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., DC 1304.

Exploring Career Pathways, Thursday, February 14, 1:30 p.m., TC 1112.

NEW - Design and deliver II: Creating assertion-evidence presentations, Thursday, February 14, 2:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

NEW - Alleviating Anxiety Seminar, Thursday, February 14, 5:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Warriors Volleyball vs. Brock – Senior Day, Alumni Day, Camp Day, Warrior Night, Friday, February 15, 6:00 p.m., PAC Main Gym.

Warriors Women’s Hockey vs. Laurier – Battle of Waterloo, Donor Appreciation Day, Camp and Minor League Day, Saturday, February 167:00 p.m., CIF Arena.

NEW - Velocity Fund $5K applications close, “Today’s Velocity Fund winners, tomorrow’s innovative companies,” Sunday, February 17.

NEW - W3 REPRESENTS: A Research Symposium, Wednesday, February 20, all day.

NEW - QPR Mental Health Training, Wednesday, February 20, 9:30 a.m., Counselling Services, Needles Hall.

NEW - Research Ethics drop-in training session, Wednesday, February 20, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dana Porter Library.

PhD oral defences

Earth & Environmental Sciences. Elizabeth Preibe, "Investigating new approaches for mapping groundwater systems in karstic carbonate bedrock: A case study in the Early Silurian formations of the Niagara Escarpment cuesta, southern Ontario, Canada." Supervisors, David Rudolph, Richard Jackson. On deposit in the Science graduate office, PHY 2013. Oral defence Tuesday, February 12, 8:30 a.m., B1 266.