Thursday, June 20, 2019

That's a wrap for the Keystone Picnic

Employees sit on the grass at the Keystone Picnic.

A message from the Office of Advancement.

The sun shone brightly upon the Keystone picnic as the Office of Advancement celebrated the staff, faculty, and retirees who donate to the University each year through the Keystone Campaign. 

More than 1,000 members of our campus community descended on the DC quad to enjoy a barbecue lunch, satisfy their sweet tooth with cupcakes and candy floss, and socialize with colleagues.

Lucky prize winners included:

  • April Wettig from the Department of Biology, who won Lunch for Three with the President, courtesy of the Office of the President
  • Kelly Gordon in Central Stores, who won tickets to a wrestling event on July 21 at the Tannery Event Centre, courtesy of Smash Wrestling
  • Kate McCrae Bristol in the Student Success Office and Thiam Phouthonephackdy in the Office of Research, who each won a pair of sunglasses, courtesy of the School of Optometry

Many more prizes were given out at the evening event. For a complete list of prizes and prize donors visit our Keystone web page

The planning committee would like to give a big shout-out to all of the volunteers who helped make sure the day (and evening) ran smoothly. A special mention also goes to our senior leaders who pitched in to serve the food, and to our sponsors Food Services, Plant Operations and Crystal Clear Water, for their generous partnership in making the picnic a success.

READI project gets set to go on co-op education in Indonesia

Representatives from Indonesia's education ministry, Global Affairs Canada and the READI project celebrate the launch of the Ministerial Decree.

The Risk Management, Economic Sustainability and Actuarial Science (READI) Project has helped launch a government initiative launched in April that regulates the implementation of co-operative education in Indonesia.

This initiative is part of the work that READI, housed in Waterloo’s Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, has been undertaking in Indonesia.

READI has helped facilitate a Ministerial Decree on implementing co-operative education, which will set the tone for future progress on experiential learning across Indonesia. READI included the development and implementation of co-operative education programming in Indonesian universities to increase their capacity to educate career-ready actuaries able to meet the demands of a clearly identified labour market. This programming involves the private sector in providing suitable, meaningful and structured employment opportunities for co-op students.

The Ministerial Decree will be used by universities, students and employers as a formal reference and to maintain standards for student/industry work-integrated learning arrangements. The minimum time for the work term is one month or five working days per week for eight hours per day. Work terms are recognized with a credit score equal to one (1) credit or 45 hours of work experience.

The decree was unveiled at a Fintech Innovations Towards Indonesia Smart Society event in Jakarta on April 8, 2019 that included 1,500 students from various universities across Indonesia’s 34 provinces.

The READI project is funded by Global Affairs Canada.

19th annual President's Golf Tournament raises bar above par

A Waterloo Warriors golf flag on the course.

This article was originally published on the Athletics news site.

The 19th annual Waterloo Warriors President's Golf Tournament once again reaffirmed the generosity that exists on campus and in our Kitchener-Waterloo community.
An inflatable Warriors helm at the country club.The tournament helps raise money for the Warriors Excellence Fund providing support for student-athletes and teams travelling to national and international competitions, and the Women's Sport Initiative providing support for female student-athletes and coaches.

"It is a tremendous event held annually at Westmount Golf and Country Club and we could not be more thankful to our incredibly generous participants, sponsors and donors, that support our student-athletes," said director of athletics and recreation Roly Webster. 

"It is such an impactful day for our student-athletes who experience the benefits through the success of the tournament. It seems every year more and more companies step up in our region and we are forever grateful to those who provide key funds for two very important priorities in our department."

This year's tournament raised over $70,000 bringing the 19-year total to over $1.1 million. Money is raised through tournament fees, silent and live auctions, and donation cards.

"I am so thankful for the dedication and commitment of our tournament committee who put together an exceptional event each year. We look forward to making next year our best tournament ever as we celebrate the 20th anniversary," concluded Webster.

Upcoming office closure

Institutional Analysis & Planning will be closed on Friday, June 21 beginning at 11:30 for a team-building exercise.

Link of the day

World Refugee Day

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.

NEW - Bike Lunch, Thursday, June 20, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Peter Russell Rock Garden (by MC and QNC).

Retirement celebration for Marko Dumancic, Thursday, June 20, 2:00 p.m., Grad House.

CBB-Biomedical Discussion Group featuring Dr. Francesco Negro, University of Brescia, Italy: “The high-density Electromyography (EMG) technology and its applications in rehabilitation research,” Thursday, June 20, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., EC4-2101A. This event is open to faculty, staff, students, and postdocs. Register online.

Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI)’s Conversations on Complex Systems, Thursday, June 20, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., STC 1019.

Graduate Student Stress Management Group, Thursday, June 20, 3:30 p.m., HS 2302.

Interviews: Preparing for Questions, Thursday, June 20, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., TC 1208.

Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI)’s Graduate Student Complexity Seminar, Thursday, June 20, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., STC 1019.

NSERC Alliance Grants Introductory Workshop, Friday, June 21, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., East Campus 5, Enterprise Theatre, Room 1111. Please register to attend in person or via livestream.

Can we scale tobacco control intervention research with school teachers in india?,” Friday, June 21, 11:00 a.m., AHS 1621.

Thank You Celebration for Doug Peers, Dean of Arts. Friday, June 21, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Hagey Hall Hub.

Farewell celebration for Jason Coolman, Friday, June 21, 3:00 p.m., E7 second floor event space.

Brain Builders' Nengo Summer School Open House, Friday, June 21, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Engineering 7, room 7303.

Glow Goes to Toronto Pride 2019, Sunday, June 23.

Getting Published for Graduate Students, Monday, June 24, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

Coping Skills Seminar - Thriving With Emotions, Monday, June 24, 3:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Wellness Collaborative Launch Event, Tuesday, June 25, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Federation Hall. Register on Ticketfi.

Retirement celebration for Anne Wagland, Tuesday, June 25, 3:00 p.m., University Club. RSVP to Jaime Fohkens by June 14.

Talking Careers with Your Kids (for employees only), Wednesday, June 26, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., TC 2218.

Waterloo Women's Wednesdays: Pilates Class, Wednesday, June 26, 12:00 p.m., EIT 3142.

QPR Mental Health Training for Faculty and Staff, Wednesday, June 26, 1:30 p.m., HS 2302.

Retirement celebration for Sergeant Patrick Ulett, Wednesday, June 26, 3:00 p.m., University Club.

WISE Public Lecture: The Road to Reliable and Economically Feasible Electricity for Remote Communities in Developing and Developed Economies, Wednesday, June 26, 3:00 p.m., CPH 4335.

Eating Disorder Support Group, Wednesday, June 26, 4:00 p.m., NH 3308.

Coping Skills Seminar - Cultivating Resiliency, Wednesday, June 26, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Velocity Start: BYSB (Building Your Startup Brand), “The basics of setting up your brand and the online platforms available to help you,” Wednesday, June 26, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Waterloo Engineering and the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business present guest speaker Janét Aizenstros, “Pioneer Adventures in Entrepreneurship and Business,” Thursday, June 27, 5:35 p.m., Engineering 7 Conrad School hub.