Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    W Store Essentials in MC closing for renovations

    The W Store Essentials currently located on the second floor of the Mathematics & Computer Building will be relocating to the third floor, according to a memo circulated by Director of Print + Retail Solutions Ryan Jacobs yesterday. To prepare for this move, the second-floor location will close on May 31, 2019.

    “Renovations are required to the third-floor space, which will take approximately eight months to complete,” writes Jacobs. “During this time, staff will be relocated to other W Store Essentials or W Print locations starting June 1. In addition, the W Store Essentials located in the Student Life Centre will be undergoing renovations as well as part of our master space plans.”

    The temporary closure and renovation is resulting in several personnel relocations, including:

    • Paula Zahra will be moving to the W Store Essentials location in the Science Teaching Complex. She will continue to provide thesis binding from this location. She can be reached at extension 32334 or by email at
    • Vecihe Arif will be moving to the W Print location in South Campus Hall. She can be reached at extension 32251 or by email at

    “All other questions related to printing should be directed to Karen Ertel, Production Manager, at extension 36575 or by email at,” Jacobs writes.

    Courseware will continue to be available for purchase in MC until May 31. For the fall 2019 term, all courseware will be available in the W Store | Course Materials + Supplies store located in South Campus Hall.

    For questions regarding courseware, please contact Custom Publishing and Marketing Coordinator Madelaine Paterson at extension 33996 or by email at

    “Our new location and renovations on the third floor of MC will allow us to serve students, faculty and staff from a centralized location next to other services in a high-traffic area,” writes Jacobs. “For more information on how this new location will benefit the Faculty of Mathematics, please contact Mona Skuterud, Executive Officer, Faculty of Mathematics at extension 32592 or by email at”

    “We are excited about the upcoming move and appreciate your continued support throughout these changes,” Jacobs concludes. “Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly with any questions regarding our plans.”

    Changes coming to guest Wi-Fi access on campus

    New guest Wi-Fi service banner featuring the wireless network icon.

    The Net-ID service used for guest Wi-Fi access is being shut down, according to an announcement from Information Systems and Technology (IST).

    Net-ID will no longer be available beginning Saturday, June 1. After June 1, users connected to Eduroam using Net-ID ( will be disconnected.

    IST reports that users can establish an alternate wireless connection using the steps outlined below:

    1. Click and connect to 'uw-wifi-setup-no-encryption' found under your computer's list of available Wi-Fi networks.
    2. In the Join 'uw-wifi-setup-no-encryption' pop-up window, scroll down and select the 'Click here if you are a guest user' option.
    3. Enter your first name, last name, and email address into each respective field. Click 'I Agree' to continue. 
    4. A confirmation code will be sent via email. Enter the code into the pop-up window to connect to the Wi-Fi. There will be a 10-minute window for you to enter the code before the process times out and needs to be restarted.

    Wi-Fi access will timeout after 24 hours.

    For more information, please visit IST's guest Wi-Fi network page.

    Anyone with questions or concerns is invited to contact the IST Service Desk, or ext. 44357.

    There's one week left for the Employee Engagement Survey

    The Employee Engagement Survey will close on May 22. If you haven’t already done so, consider taking some time to share feedback on your experience working at the University of Waterloo. This is a great opportunity to have your voice heard and play an active role in improving your workplace.

    Faculty and staff received the survey in their uwaterloo email on May 1st from our survey partner KF Surveys Canada. Employees represented by CUPE received paper invitations from their supervisors.

    All individual responses are kept strictly confidential by Korn Ferry, and only aggregate results will be provided back to the University of Waterloo. Themes will be shared with employees so that leaders can develop action plans to make improvements.

    If you didn’t receive the survey or have questions, please visit the Employee Engagement Survey website or contact

    Wednesday's notes

    Spring Welcome Week continues today with the Campus Life Fair, which takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Student Life Centre Great Hall, and a Disco Dodgeball event at the Columbia Icefield from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Stay loose and nimble, folks, because disco balls hurt when thrown at you.

    The Centre for Security Governance is hosting the second Waterloo Symposium on Technology & Society event tonight at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Speaking will be Avi Goldfarb, Rotman Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare and Professor of Marketing at Rotman, who will be speaking on “The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence.” For more information, visit the CSG website.

    Also tonight is Velocity Start's "What's Your Problem?" event, a fan favourite workshop hosted by Larry Smith, an economics professor and the Director/Founder of the Problem Lab. Larry will share his insightful take on how to find and solve “killer” problems. The workshop takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Velocity Start space in South Campus Hall.

    Link of the day

    Tim Conway, 1933-2019

    When and Where

    MFA Thesis 2 exhibition, Thursday, May 2 to Saturday, May 18, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, East Campus Hall.

    Spring 2019 Ensemble Auditions: Open for registration, Monday, May 6 to Wednesday, May 22.

    Feds Spring Welcome Week, Monday, May 13 to Friday, May 17.

    Survey Research Data Analysis 101 and Beyond Workshop, Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., M3 4206.

    Assessing Your Skills with SkillScan (for employees only), Wednesday, May 15, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., TC 2218.

    Alleviating Anxiety Seminar, Wednesday, May 15, 1:00 p.m., HS 2302.

    Research Ethics drop-in training session, Wednesday, May 15, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dana Porter first floor study booth.

    Coping Skills Seminar - Cultivating Resiliency, Wednesday, May 15, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

    Waterloo Symposium on Technology & Society featuring keynote lecturer Avi Goldfarb, Rotman Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare and Professor of Marketing at Rotman, “The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence,” Wednesday, May 15, 7:00 p.m., Balsillie School of International Affairs.

    Velocity Start: What's Your Problem?, Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 p.m., South Campus Hall second floor.

    UWaterloo Intellectual Property Workshop Series, What’s next? Panel Discussion, Thursday May 16, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., DC 1304. Events are open to all UW faculty, staff, and students. Registration is required for each event to ensure there is enough Pizza and Pop for all!

    safeTALK Mental Health Training for Faculty and Staff, Thursday, May 16, 1:00 p.m., NH 2447.

    Graduate Student Stress Management Group, Thursday, May 16, 3:30 p.m., HS 2302.

    NEW - Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI)’s Graduate Student Complexity Seminar & SocialThursday, May 16, 4:30 p.m., EV3 3401.

    Chemistry Seminar featuring Jesse Greener, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Université Laval, “Beyond biochemistry: combining analytical chemistry and microfluidics to study “living catalytic materials," Friday, May 17, 10:00 a.m., B1 266.

    Chemistry Seminar featuring Drew Woolley, Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, “Adventures in protein engineering - some interesting oddities,” Friday, May 17, 11:00 a.m., C2-361.

    CBB Biomedical Discussion Group: Intervertebral disc regenerative medicine: combining micro-scaled delivery systems and endogenous repair with Dr. Catherine Le Visage, University of Nantes, France, Friday, May 17, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., EC4 2101A. Please register.

    Victoria Day holiday, Monday, May 20, most University operations and buildings closed.

    Senate Meeting, Tuesday, May 21, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

    Velocity Start: The Realities of a Startup Co-op, Tuesday, May 21, 7:00 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

    Preventing Depression Relapse: A Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Group, Wednesday, May 22, 2:00 p.m., NH 2447.

    Eating Disorder Support Group, Wednesday, May 22, 4:00 p.m., NH 3308.

    Coping Skills Seminar - Empowering Habit Change, Wednesday, May 22, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

    Velocity Start: Don’t Make These Mistakes!, Wednesday, May 22, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

    QPR Mental Health Training for Students, Thursday, May 23, 9:30 a.m., HS 2302.

    WISE - Queen Elizabeth Scholars - Affordable Energy for Humanity Fellowship Program Information Session, Thursday, May 23, 11:30 a.m., TC 2218.

    Developing Your Compassionate Mind, Thursday, May 23, 3:00 p.m., NH 2447.

    NEW - EV Challenge, Saturday, May 25, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Q Parking Lot.

    NEW - Experience Part-Time Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET), Saturday, May 25, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Engineering 7 (E7) - 2nd Floor, Conrad School Hub.

    NEW - Velocity Fund $5K applications open, “Today’s Velocity Fund winners, tomorrow’s innovative companies,” Monday, May 27.

    Positions available

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

    • Job ID# 2019-3803 - Associate Director, Administration - Institute for Quantum Computing, USG 12
    • Job ID# 2019-4030 - Data Analyst - Public Health & Health Systems, USG 9
    • Job ID# 2019-4187 - Graduate Program Administrator Coordinator /Scholarship - School of Planning, USG 6
    • Job ID# 2019-4179 - Operations Supervisor - Campus Wellness-General, USG 8
    • Job ID# 2019-4057 - RAC1 Lab Technologist - VP University Research, USG 8
    • Job ID# 2019-4173 – Cook - Food Services                                    
    • Job ID# 2019-4199 - Food Services Support Person - Food Services                                        

    Internal secondment opportunity

    • Job ID# 2019-4181 - Senior Manager - Survey Research Centre, USG 9