Monday, April 6, 2020

AccessAbility Services offers support online

A young woman works on schoolwork with an open laptop in front of her.

A message from AccessAbility Services.

We’re committed to providing our students with accessible online learning. During this pandemic, instructors and faculty members are required to accommodate students with disabilities when offering online courses and facilitating remote graduate milestones. 

While the doors to AccessAbility Services (AAS) and the Exam Centre are temporarily closed, AAS is still available to students, instructors and faculty members. AAS will continue to facilitate alternate format production for course materials and ensure students have access to course notes. Students will receive help with assistive technology, learning strategy support and accommodation consulting to ensure they are appropriately supported in the online space. Accommodation support for graduate milestones continue to be offered remotely.

New tools and resources to support online learning

Online tools and resources have been created to support instructors in accommodating students in the online space, see full list online.

AAS is here to help

Support is also available to help instructors in using technology that will enable their online course or remote milestone (e.g., remote defenses and proposals) to meet the accommodation needs of students with disabilities. Please contact AccessAbility Services at to be directed to the student's Accommodation Consultant or Adaptive Technologist.

Go viral in a good way with new goose meme contest

An image macro of a goose instructing her chicks "now children it's important when you're around humans to see the fear in their eyes."

A message from W Store, the Library and the Student Success Office.

What do you meme, Mr. Goose? banner image.Goose who’s back? In celebration of goose nesting season on UWaterloo campus, W Store, the Library and the Student Success Office have teamed up to launch the What Do You Meme, Mr. Goose? contest!

Students are invited to use the Library’s Creative Commons images to create and submit goose-themed memes to celebrate nesting season. The best memes will be shared on the @UWaterlooLife Instagram page for students to vote on their favourite. The top 3 submissions will receive prize packs from W Store’s limited-edition 2020 nesting season collection!

The contest runs from April 1 to 8. Submissions must be received by April 8 at 11:59 PM EST. Voting will take place on the @UWaterlooLife Instagram page from April 13 to April 16 and the winners will be announced on April 17.

To add to the goose fun, the Library is hosting a brand new digital event – Picture Day with Mr. Goose: Say Geese! Students are invited to submit a photo of themselves and to select from several geese-themed backgrounds for the talented Library staff to ‘green screen’ them into. The Library will be accepting submissions from April 6 to April 16.

Please note, the contest is only open to students currently enrolled at the University of Waterloo.

WUSA works to establish Student Support Fund

This is an excerpt of an article originally published on the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) website.

A person views WUSA news and updates from a smartphone.WUSA has committed to establish a support fund to help students who are struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be working diligently over the coming days to outline the details of this fund, including how students can access it. We are currently engaging the University of Waterloo and its Advancement Department to increase funding and support opportunities for students. 

On March 23, our Internal Funding Committee (IFC) committed to establishing a student support fund (as a subsidiary account of the Student Life Endowment Fund) to relieve pressure on students currently struggling with costs they didn’t anticipate, students who are unable to work to offset some of those costs from layoffs or otherwise due to COVID-19, and to support critical student services. The IFC – a Committee of the Students’ Council – controls the granting of funds from the Student Life Endowment Funds (SLEF), the Enterprise Opportunity and Innovation Fund (EOI), and the Special Projects Fund (SPF).

Read the rest of the article on WUSA's website

Yet another batch of very Good Buddies of the University

Stella the dog sits on a couch.

"This is Stella, my new supervisor," writes Josh Bolender, alumni relations program coordinator. "As far as I can tell, her only job is to stare at me from her sofa-throne while I work. She explained to me that HR insisted she receive treats between her 14 daily naps."

Taro the cat sleeps near a laptop screen.

"This is my work buddy Taro!" writes Michelle Hollis, director, HR client services. "Guilty of not practicing social distancing! He’s kind of over Microsoft Team meetings."

Three dogs and a cat.

"Both myself and Rob are working from home but the Cavalier King Charles and Cat clan gravitates to my office!" writes Sherry Hartung, administrative coordinator in the Arts Computing Office (Spouse Rob Hartung works as a space data analyst in the Space Planning Office). "Left to right: Chloe (little tri-colour, 2 ½), Brodi (tri-colour, 6 ½), Griffin (black & tan, 10 ½), and Jamie, (cat in bed 18 ½). As you can see, they could care less we’re home, but it’s calming having the fur kids close, despite Griffin’s periodic snoring!"

Arthur the cat walks in front of an umbrella.

"This is my cat Arthur," writes Mary Lynne Bartlett, student engagement coordinator in the Library Office. "He has been keeping me motivated by being pawsitive in the mornings with waves and his general overall cuteness. Gotta keep working to make that kibble."

Dexter the cat sits on their owner's lap.

"This is Dexter," writes Melissa Moogk-Soulis,design technologist, architectural in Design and Construction Services. "After realizing that he doesn’t enjoy collaborating on drawing review, he quickly settled in to spending the most days curled up under my desk."

Link of the day

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

When and Where to get support

Instructors can visit the Keep Learning website to get support on adapting their teaching and learning plans for an online environment.

Employees can access resources to help them work remotely.

Here are some tips for staying healthy while working from home.

The Writing and Communications Centre has gone virtual to provide assistance.

We understand that these circumstances can be troubling, and you may need to speak with someone for emotional support. Good2Talk is a post-secondary student helpline based in Ontario, Canada that is available to all students.

If you feel overwhelmed or anxious and need to talk to somebody, please contact the University’s Campus Wellness services, either Health or  Counselling Services.

WUSA supports for students:

Student Food Bank food hampers are currently available 24/7 at the Turnkey Desk in the Student Life Centre. If you have any questions please email us at

MATES – Providing general online Peer Support via Skype to undergraduate students. To set up an appointment, please contact

Empower Me is a confidential mental health and wellness service that connects students with qualified counsellors 24/7. They can be reached at 1-844-741-6389.

Glow Centre - Providing online Peer Support for the LGBTQ2+ community via Skype to Undergraduate students. To set up an appointment, please contact

The Women’s Centre – Providing online Peer Support via Skype to undergraduate students. To set up an appointment, please contact

Centre for Academic Policy Support - CAPS is here to assist Waterloo undergraduates throughout their experience in navigating academic policy in the instances of filing petitions, grievances and appeals. Please contact them at . More information at

WUSA Commissioners who can help in a variety of areas that students may be experiencing during this time:

WUSA Student Legal Protection Program - Seeking legal counsel can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time facing a legal issue. The legal assistance helpline provides quick access to legal advice in any area of law, including criminal. Just call 1-833-202-4571

When and Where it isn't

Please note: The University has suspended all in-person events until further notice. Please contact the event organizers to confirm whether the event has shifted to an online mode of delivery.

If you have listed an event with the Daily Bulletin and need to cancel, postpone or modify the listing, please send an email to

If you have an upcoming event that has not yet appeared in the When and Where listing, please send an email to to confirm the event's status.

Warrior Recreation online workouts, Monday to Friday, three times a day at 10:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Workouts will be broadcasted live through ZOOM Video Communications.

Writing and Communications Centre virtual writing cafés, Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Workplace Yoga Program is live-streaming classes every Wednesday in April from 12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.  

NEW - Pre-examination study days, Monday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 7.

Faculty Association Spring General Meeting, Tuesday, April 7, 12:00 p.m. Note: this event will take place online.

Managing Micro-aggressions in the Workplace, Tuesday, April 7, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Hosted by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, Register online.

Board of Governors meeting, Tuesday, April 7, 1:30 p.m., online.

NEW - End-of-term evaluation period, Wednesday, April 8 to Saturday, April 25.

Simple and Effective Online Teaching with Victoria Feth and James Skidmore, Wednesday, April 8, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

To join this online training session:

1. Go to the UWaterloo Webex site
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the session password: remotelearning
4. Click "Join Now".
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

Map the System Campus Finals, “A global competition that challenges students to think differently about social and environmental change.” Monday, April 6, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.mPlease note: The top three teams and campus nominee for the Map the System Canadian finals in May (to be held online) will now be selected based on written submissions due at 6:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, April 8.

NEW - CBB Lecture on Systematic Review by Lora Giangregorio, Thursday, April 9, 2:00 p.m. via Webex, click the link for instructions on how to join.

Akindi Live Training (Webinar), Thursday, April 9, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

NEW - Good Friday holiday, Friday, April 10, most University operations closed.