Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Join in and contribute to the Wellness Collaborative

A woman leads a group seminar.

All members of the campus community are invited to the formal launch of the University of Waterloo Wellness Collaborative on Tuesday, June 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Federation Hall.

The Wellness Collaborative is the cross-campus partnership to move the Okanagan Charter and Healthy Workplace Statement into action.

At the event you will:

  • hear about exciting initiatives from UBC Wellbeing resulting from the Okanagan Charter;
  • learn about tangible ways you can impact wellness in your role or department;
  • learn about the University of Waterloo Wellness Collaborative and how you can get involved, and
  • connect with other partners across campus who are interested in wellness.

Registration is limited, so please get your tickets today. You can also visit the website to learn more about the Wellness Collaborative.

Bookmark this: changes coming to Library catalogue

A screenshot of the new Library catalogue system.

This article was originally published on the Library's website.

In December 2019, the Library will be moving to a new library system. What does this mean for you?

  • Modern, accessible library catalogue with one-stop searching across 14 university collections
  • Streamlined library account processes, including WatIam authentication
  • Better collection and fund management will improve our resource stewardship

Get a sneak peek of our new search page, to get an early look at what is to come. Try it out now and let us know what you think.

Why are we changing?

University of Waterloo Library is one of 14 members of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) involved in the Collaborative Futures initiative. We are working together to create one integrated library system to support your academic research. 

Learn more about the project on the OCUL Collaborative Futures website.

What else is changing?

Our old catalogue, Trellis, will be decommissioned in December, 2019. If you are an active user of Trellis, please make sure you save any items or searches in your Trellis account by November 30, 2019.

Keep up to date with what's happening throughout the year on the Library's Collaborative Futures blog.

Board of Governors meets today and other notes

The University's Board of Governors will have its June meeting today at 1:30 p.m. in NH 3407.

The Board of Governors will approve changes to incidental fees at the University in a framework that takes into account the Ontario government's new policy on ancillary fees and makes a distinction between compulsory and optional student fees at Waterloo.

"The University, in consultation with student groups, reviewed all ancillary fees to classify each as compulsory or optional," says a note from Vice-President, Administration & Finance Dennis Huber. "All ancillary fees collected and retained by the University have been classified as compulsory fees and as such, the University is not expecting to experience a decrease in revenues resulting from the changes. Many of the student group fees that were compulsory will become fully or partially optional."

The new fee schedule is as follows:

  • The Federation of Students fee will increase to $63.46 per term effective September 2019 and will be itemized as 5 optional fees totaling $20.10 and 4 compulsory fees totaling $43.36;
  • The Federation of Students Administered fee will be itemized on the fee bill as 1 optional fee totaling $1.03 (the student refugee program fee) and 3 compulsory fees (health, dental, and U-Pass fees) totaling $219.30;
  • A new optional Legal Service Plan fee will be set at $9.56 for regular students and $17.94 for co-op students per term effective September 2019;
  • The optional Imprint Publications fee will be increased from $4.35 to $4.42 per term;
  • The optional Engineering Society fee will rise from $16.40 to $16.75 per term;
  • The optional Math Society fee will decrease from $12.50 to $12.25 per term;
  • The Graduate Student Association fee will remain unchanged at $22.80 per term but will be itemized on the fee bill as 4 optional fees totaling $10.80 and 3 compulsory fees totaling $12.00;
  • The GSA administered fee will be itemized  as 1 optional fee totaling $23.50 and 3 compulsory fees totaling $251.60;
  • The compulsory GSA dental fee will be increased from $81.00 to $91.00; and
  • The compulsory GSA Grand River Transit U-Pass fee will be increased from $93.91 to $98.60.

Other agenda items include:

  • A motion to approve Sabbatical and Administrative Leaves;
  • Motions to approve the annual report of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), which will then be submitted to the Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development and to approve IQC's 2019-2020 corporate plan;
  • A motion to approve Revisions to Policy 42 – Prevention of and Response to Sexual Violence; and
  • reports from the President (including an update on the University's strategic plan), the Provost, the Vice-President, Advancement, and Board committees (with items for information).

Gamelan performers at Waterloo Town Square.

"The Balinese Gamelan is meant to be heard outdoors," says a note from the Music department at Conrad Grebel University College, "so please join us at Waterloo Town Square for a terrific evening concert." The Balinese Gamelan Ensemble will be performing on Friday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Waterloo Town Square. Admission is free.

The ensemble is directed by prominent gamelan composer I Dewa Made Suparta and Dr. Maisie Sum. Stick around after the concert for the opportunity to try out an instrument or two.

The rain location is Conrad Grebel's Great Hall, so please keep an eye on the music department's website should storms threaten the afternoon and evening of the concert.

A scientist in a lab coat stands on a soapbox in a public park.

Waterloo scientists will be taking to their soapboxes on Sunday, June 9 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Victoria park to showcase science to the general public.

Soapbox Science Waterloo's mission is to help "eliminate gender inequality in science by raising the profile, and challenging the public’s view, of women and non-binary people in science. These interactive, engaging talks encourage everyone to learn more about science." 

The event is part of Waterloo's HeForShe initiative.

Link of the day

A lone man stands before a column of Communist tanks in this iconic image from 1989.

30 years ago: Tiananmen Square

When and Where

Bike Month, Saturday, June 1 to Sunday, June 30, across campus.

Bike Challenge, Saturday, June 1 to Sunday, June 30, across campus.

The Water Institute international PhD summer school, "Climate change and water security
in urbanized watersheds: An interdisciplinary perspective,”
 Monday, June 3 to Wednesday, June 12, SJ2 2003.

W Store Spring Reading Sale, Monday, June 3 to Wednesday, June 5, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., SCH Concourse.

LGBTQ+ Making Spaces, Tuesday, June 4, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., STC 2002.

Chemistry Seminar Series featuring Jean-Luc Renaud, Professor, Université de Caen Normandie, Laboratoire de Chimie Moléculaire et Thioorganique, Caen, France, “From Hydrogenation to Alkylation: A Journey with Iron Complexes,” Tuesday, June 4, 2:30 p.m., C2-361 (Reading Room).

What’s Your Employer’s Problem? And how you can leverage your solutions for career success – undergraduate students, Tuesday, June 4, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., TC 2218.

Webinar: Copyright and Your Thesis, Wednesday, June 5, 10:00 a.m.

Project and Portfolio Management Community of Practice (PPM CoP) chat - Team Building, Wednesday, June 5, 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., DC 1568. 

Bike Repair Lunch and Learn, Wednesday, June 5, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., EV3-3412.

Exploring Your Personality Type (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) Part 1, Wednesday, June 5, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., TC 1214.

Coping Skills Seminar - Cultivating Resiliency, Wednesday, June 5, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Velocity Start: Building a Kicka$$ Team, “Learn how to build the best team for your future startup & network with other students”, Wednesday, June 5, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Annotated Bibliography Using Refworks, Thursday, June 6, 1:00 p.m., DP 329.

Grammar Studio: Workshop 2, Thursday, June 6, 1:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

Graduate Student Stress Management Group, Thursday, June 6, 3:30 p.m., HS 2302.

Get a Job Using LinkedIn, Thursday, June 6, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., LIB 329.

Keystone Picnic, Friday, June 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., DC Quad. Event for evening workers, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Student Life Centre.

NSERC Discovery Grant information session for faculty members, Friday, June 7, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Science Teaching Complex, Room 1012. RSVP by Monday, June 3 by email to uwnserc@uwaterloo.ca.

Soapbox Science Waterloo, Sunday, June 9, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Victoria Park (near the playground).

Not Just a Lab Report: The Recipe for Communicating in All Research Disciplines, Monday, June 10, 10:00 a.m., SCH 228F.

Coping Skills Seminar - Empowering Habit Change, Monday, June 10, 3:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Decisions, Data and Dollars: A Canadian Nerd on Wall Street, Monday, June 10, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., QNC 1502.

NEW - University Club Convocation Luncheon, Tuesday, June 11 to Saturday, June 15, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

Procurement and Contract Services Annual trade show, Tuesday, June 11 and Wednesday, June 12, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., DC 1301.

NEW - Interviews: Preparing for Questions (for employees only), Wednesday, June 12, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., TC 2218.

Velocity Start: Do People Want Your Sh*t?, “Learn about topics related to market validation,” Wednesday, June 12, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

NEW - Balinese Gamelan ensemble concert, Friday, June 14, 7:00 p.m., Waterloo Town Square.

NEW - Velocity Fund $5K applications close, “Today’s Velocity Fund winners, tomorrow’s innovative companies,” Sunday, June 16.

PhD oral defences

Pure Mathematics. Michael Deveau, "Computability Theory and Some Applications." Supervisor, Barbara Csima. Thesis available from MGO - mgo@uwaterloo.ca. Oral defence Thursday, June 13, 10:00 a.m., MC 5403.

Geography and Environmental Management. Bronwyn Lazowski, "Engaging beyond the meter: Encouraging residential energy management using smart grid tools." Supervisor, Paul Parker. On display in the Faculty of Environment. Oral defence Friday, June 14, 1:00 p.m., EV1 221.

Statistics & Actuarial Science. Yunran Wei, "Risk Management with Non-Convex and Non-Monotone Preferences." Supervisors, Ruodu Wang, Gordon Willmot. Thesis available from MGO - mgo@uwaterloo.ca. Oral defence Friday, June 14, 2:00 p.m., M3 3001.

Electrical & Computer Engineering. Wentao Liu, "Generalized Rate-Distortion Functions of Videos." Supervisor, Zhou Wang. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Monday, June 17, 10:00 a.m., EIT 3142.