Secretariat calls for staff Board of Governors nominations
The Secretariat has issued a call for nominations for the upcoming staff representative vacancy on the Board of Governors. Nominations are requested for one member of the regular full-time staff members of the University for a term ending April 30, 2023.
At least five nominators (regular full-time staff) are required for each nomination. To be eligible to accept the nomination, the candidate be a regular full-time staff member. A brief candidate statement (100 words maximum) should be submitted with each nomination form to appear with the ballot. The candidate statement can be emailed to Emily Schroeder.
Completed nomination forms should be submitted to the Chief Returning Officer, Secretariat, Needles Hall, room 3060, no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28.
The election is scheduled to open Thursday, March 12.
Please refer to the Secretariat website for more information on nominations and elections. Any questions relating to the above may be directed to Emily Schroeder, ext. 32749. Also, contact Emily to request copies of the nomination form, if needed.
Committee makes Office 365 email recommendation
A message from Bruce Campbell, chief information officer, Information Systems & Technology (IST)
Email services for University employees are currently hosted on an on-premises Microsoft Exchange environment, while email services for undergraduate students are hosted on the cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 environment.
Office 365 employee email investigation
As announced last June, and with the support of University Committee on Information Systems and Technology (UCIST) and the Campus Technology Services Committee (CTSC), Information Systems & Technology (IST) has explored the possibility of moving University employee email to Office 365. This included an in-depth analysis of this potential migration, a successful Information Risk Assessment, consultations with faculty and staff, and consultations with other Canadian universities.
In January, the project team delivered its report with the main recommendation that the University move forward with a staged migration of the majority of employee email to Office 365. It was also recommended that the University retain a small on-premises Exchange service, configured as an Exchange/365 hybrid deployment, to support a relatively small number of users with special requirements. The report, and its recommendations, were endorsed by UCIST and CTSC at their January 2020 meetings.
Microsoft Office 365 provides access to a robust set of productivity and collaboration tools, while continuing to provide familiar tools for email and calendaring (e.g. Outlook, webmail, smartphone clients). Additional benefits are summarized on the project website.
IST expects to begin migrating academic support unit email to Office 365 in June, followed by faculties. Detailed communications to the campus will follow as planning progresses.
Conrad Grebel celebrates HeForShe impact
Students, staff, and faculty at Conrad Grebel University College took time during their weekly Community Supper on January 22 to reflect on what HeForShe has meant for them at the University of Waterloo and in their personal lives. The HeForShe movement is “an invitation for men and people of all genders to stand in solidarity with women to create a bold, visible and united force for gender equality.” In 2014, UWaterloo was invited to be a part of the HeForShe Impact 10x10x10 campaign. This campaign involved men in positions of power (CEOs, heads of state, and university presidents) taking a stand against gender discrimination.
As part of its participation in the campaign, UWaterloo set three goals to achieve within a five year timeline. These were: to increase participation for girls in STEM outreach programs, enhance female faculty representation at the University of Waterloo, and advance women into positions that lead. At the end of the five years, the University has met, and even slightly exceeded, the criteria set for these goals. However, as Grebel faculty representative for HeForShe Paul Heidebrecht said, “there is so much left to do.”
The completion these goals presented a timely opportunity for Grebelites to speak about what HeForShe meant to them. Each of Grebel’s HeForShe faculty representatives (Paul Heidebrecht, Lowell Ewert, and Alicia Batten – whose comments were read by Ed Janzen) shared about their experiences in that position. Lowell said it is important that men are taking responsibility for the changes that need to happen. “I commend the HeForShe movement for opening up a dialogue for the ways in which power may still be used unfairly today.”
Last Saturday was Fantastic
A message from the Office of Advancement.
Cheering fans filled the PAC on Saturday, February 8, for the 21st annual Fantastic Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Retiree Day. Thanks to everyone who rallied behind the men’s and women’s basketball teams as they faced off against the Brock Badgers.
More than 600 guests attended the event, showing their Waterloo pride in the stands and on the court during our half-time activities. The event raised more than $500 for student wellness programs and services, and Warriors fans went home with some amazing prizes.
Congratulations to the winners of our paper airplane toss:
- Peter Stover (BMath ’05): $500 Best Buy gift card and family photo session
- Jay McAughey, guest of Anna McAughey (BA ’01): $500 Vision Travel gift card, Sony wireless headphones and overnight bag
- Elahna Rolls Carson, guest of Patty Rooke Tipper (BA ’89): Homewood Suites one-night stay, hot air balloon ride and dinner for two
- Asha Cox, guest of David Cox (BMath ’98): Manulife Vitality trial with Apple Watch, Sonos One and $300 W Store gift card
- Derek Schipper, Chemistry staff: Samsung 65” television
Special thanks to our event partners in Athletics and Recreation, and to our affinity partner Manulife for sponsoring this event.