Friday, December 13, 2019

We are one of the region's Top Employers

The University of Waterloo south campus entrance in wintertime.

The University of Waterloo has been named one of Waterloo Area's Top Employers. This year’s list of Waterloo Area’s Top Employers, released this week, showcases the organizations that lead their industries in creating forward-thinking workplaces and progressive HR policies.

The University was cited for its broad charitable focus and volunteer opportunities, the work of its Healthy Workplace Committee, and its support of its retirees through pensions, health benefits, and retirement assistance programs. 

Now in its 13th year, Waterloo Area’s Top Employers recognizes employers in the Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph area that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Employers were evaluated by the editors at Canada’s Top 100 Employers using the same criteria as the national competition: physical workplace; work atmosphere and social; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. 

The Waterloo Region Record published a special feature on this year's winners in its print and online editions earlier this week.

The President's holiday video is a gift that keeps on giving

A puppet of President Feridun Hamdullahpur stands next to a Snowman.

‘Tis the season for the President’s Holiday Video message.

Last year’s video took us down the Rankin and Bass rabbit hole with a stop-motion extravaganza featuring President Feridun Hamdullahpur in puppet form. The video earned a best-in-class award for “Best Animated President” from post-secondary consulting firm Eduvation.

Topping last year's video certainly seemed like a tall order for these tiny puppets, but watch below and you'll see that they pulled it off for 2019:

"The end of a year is a natural time to look back, but our community of students, faculty and staff never rest on the past but strive to reach higher," the president wrote in an email circulated to campus yesterday. "I am proud of your passion and thank each of you for adding to our successes."

"On behalf of the Office of the President and the entire University of Waterloo leadership team, I would like to wish you, your family, friends and colleagues a wonderful holiday season and a joyful New Year."

HREI launches Winter 2020 training schedule

Multicoloured strands being woven into a rope.

A message from the Office of Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion.

The Office of Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (HREI) has launched its Winter 2020 trainings and workshops program.

This winter, HREI is excited to offer over 20 different workshops to students, faculty, and staff at University of Waterloo. The campus community is encouraged to browse all 2020 HREI trainings, or by area of focus:

All workshops aim to create space and opportunity for conversation, learning, and exchange. Most trainings are hands-on, interactive, and designed for small groups, while some trainings (available on Learn) are available online at a time and place convenient to campus community members.

Since workshops are designed for small groups, trainings fill fast, so students, faculty and staff are encouraged to register as soon as possible to secure a spot.

Don’t see a training that suits your needs? The Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion team also creates customized trainings and workshops designed with your department or academic support unit in mind. Email with any questions, suggestions or requests – we would love to hear from you.

Beyond the Bulletin Episode 27

Beyond the Bulletin Podcast image featuring two vintage microphones.

The latest episode of the Beyond the Bulletin Podcast is now live. In the wake of the release of Waterloo’s 2019 Environmental Sustainability Report, Mat Thijssen tells us where campus is making great strides, opportunities for improvement, and what the deal is with coffee-cup recycling. Waterloo’s first-ever senior director of Indigenous initiatives starts in the new year. There’s a new deadline for workshop proposals for the 13th Waterloo Staff Conference. And the president’s animated holiday video premieres.

Upcoming office closures

The Department of Chemistry office will be closed today from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for a departmental event.

Parking Services will be closed on Monday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m. 

The Plant Operations offices will be closed on Monday, December 16 as of 2:45 p.m. for a departmental event.

Link of the day

Nanking Massacre Memorial Day

When and Where

University Club Holiday Lunch Buffet, Thursday, November 28 to Monday, December 23, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

2019 President’s Town Hall survey, open until Friday, December 20.

Free Exam Fitness, Monday, December 2 to Friday, December 20.

IT Seminar: Educause Conference Update, Friday, December 13, 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., East Campus 5 room 1111.

Statistics and Actuarial Science Department seminar by Yixin Wang, Columbia University, "The Blessings of Multiple Causes," Monday, December 16, 10:00 a.m., M3 3127.

Workday Support, Tuesday, December 17, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., EC1 1021. No registration required.

Pension plan information session, Tuesday, December 17, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., RCH 301.

Pension plan information session, Tuesday, December 17, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., RCH 301.

Portfolio & Project Management Community of Practice (PPM CoP) session, "Small 'p' Project Management" Wednesday, December 18, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., East Campus 5 (EC5), 1111. 

Research Ethics drop-in session for faculty and students, Wednesday, December 18, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dana Porter Library (study booth on the main floor).

Retirement celebration for Phil Knipe, Wednesday, December 18, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Graduate House green room. RSVP to

Statistics and Actuarial Science Department seminar by Yuqi Gu, University of Michigan, "Uncover Hidden Fine-Grained Scientific Information: Structured Latent Attribute Models," Thursday, December 19, 10:00 a.m., M3 3127.

Co-operative work term ends, Friday, December 20.

On-campus examinations end, Saturday, December 21.

Unofficial grades begin to appear in Quest, Sunday, December 22.

University closed for the holidays, Tuesday, December 24 to Wednesday, January 1, 2020. The University re-opens on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Classes and lectures begin, Monday, January 6, 2020.

Co-operative work term begins, Monday, January 6, 2020.

Workday Support, Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., EC1 1021. No registration required.