Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Progress report on Multi-year Accessibility Plan

A message from the Accessibility Committee.

The Accessibility Committee has published the Multi-Year Accessibility Plan (MYAP): 2019 Progress Report update for the University community. This on-going initiative guides the strategies and actions to meet Waterloo’s commitment for creating an accessible environment under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and within Policy 58: Accessibility.

The MYAP 2019 Progress Report includes an assessment of the status of each objective providing the community with a snapshot of Waterloo’s progress on each of the seven key themes: Policy and Procedures, Customer Service, Information and Communication, Design of Public Spaces, Employment, Education, and Training and Tools for Employees (including instructors). This update outlines the status of each theme identified within the initial report and the progress on relevant projects and initiatives that have occurred at Waterloo throughout 2019.

Waterloo has undertaken many initiatives this past year, covering broad areas to ensure we are addressing accessibility needs in many aspects.  As this report reflects the first year of implementation within the five-year plan, it should be understood that many objectives are only in the “Started” phase, and will move towards completion over time.

“As we highlight and celebrate our achievements over the past year, we will continue to build momentum and consider accessibility in everything that we do,” says Marilyn Thompson, Associate Provost of Human Resources.  “We will not be complacent in our efforts, and we recognize that this past year has been a catapult start to our journey of becoming an accessibility champion, and not the end of a goal achieved.”  

Waterloo is committed to fostering an accessible campus environment for persons with disabilities. Through the directives set by MYAP, members of the Waterloo community are encouraged to think strategically when planning by addressing barriers that might exist rather than retrofitting accessibility considerations in an end state.

You can view the Multi-Year Accessibility Plan online.  Should you have any questions about this update, please contact Joyce Barlow (ext. 40520).

Clairmont, Ternowski named 2020 Athletes of the Year

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This is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared on the Athletics and Recreation website.

The Department of Athletics and Recreation celebrated the outstanding achievements of the 2019-20 Waterloo Warriors season virtually on Friday night. 
"It is unfortunate we could not all be together in the same room to celebrate all of our individual and collective accomplishments of the past year but I am glad we still had the opportunity to recognize all of our award nominees and winners over our social media platforms," said Roly Webster, director of athletics and recreation.

"It was an honour to watch all of our exceptional student-athletes perform this year and I am very pleased we were able to still celebrate them. We are no doubt in unprecedented times right now but it is incredibly uplifting to see the spirits of our student-athletes, staff and coaches who will once again galvanize our community when they are permitted to return to competition"

"I would also personally like to thank all of our graduating student-athletes for their commitment and efforts over their career as Warriors, and would encourage them to stay connected with our university, their team, and the Warrior family." 

The top awards of the 2019-20 season went to Taytum Clairmont of women's hockey and Tyler Ternowski of football.

Read the rest of the article on the Athletics and Recreation website.

Board of Governors will discuss presidential terms of endearment

The University's Board of Governors is taking its meetings online, with its April meeting scheduled for today at 1:30, the public portion of which is being broadcast on Microsoft Teams. Among the agenda items:

  • A motion to approve a number of sabbatical and administrative leaves;
  • The University will announce the three latest faculty members to receive the University Professor designation: Claudio Canizares of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Richard J. Cook of Statistics and Actuarial Science, and Lyndon Jones of Optometry & Vision Science;
  • A motion to formally approve the name change of Waterloo Residences to "Campus Housing," based on the recommendation of Senate at its March 2020 meeting;
  • A motion to approve the Vice-President, Administration & Finance's recommendation that incidental fees, assessed and collected during the spring term 2020 from full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students, be modified to reflect the on-line delivery method deployed for the term;
  • A motion to delegate the Board's authority to approve the university’s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended 30 April 2020 (the “Financial Statements”) to the Board Executive Committee;
  • A motion to approve the 2020/21 Provisional Operating Budget, "recognizing that this budget establishes a reference point from which updates will be made as the emerging impacts of the evolving pandemic situation are measured"; and 
  • A motion to endorse the recommendation of the Presidential Nominating Committee to appoint the next President of the University to a term of office of five years, renewable for five years, to a maximum of 10 years.

The current draft of Policy 50, President of the University, reads “…The term of office of the President of the University is normally six years, renewable for six years to a maximum of 12 years.” This decision to recommend that the next President serve a five-year term with the possibility of renewal, is the result of observations of the Presidential Nominating Committee members that "a total presidential term of 12 years may be too long for one person to fill the position of president in a rapidly changing world and university sector, and that in the normal course, a total term of 10 years is the most appropriate total maximum appointment length."

The committee also notes that the five-year term structure is in line with current practices at many of Waterloo’s comparator institutions.

The committee feels that the flexibility of the Policy 50 wording on term lengths is such that a formal review of the policy is not warranted at this time.

You want more Good Buddies of the University? You got 'em

Rosie the dog stands with shears and some of her hair on the floor.

"Office Assistant Rosie does not approve of recent cuts due to the Covid crisis," writes Chantal Wall of Co-operative and Experiential Education. "In related news, I will not be quitting my day job to become a dog groomer."

A dog sits on a laptop power cord

"Here's a picture of my girl totally irritated at having to dodge the power cord," writes Sharon Rumpel, associate director, parking, grounds and transportation.

Stoneleigh the Cockapoo sits on a chair in front of a laptop.

"Here's a picture of Stoneleigh, my cuddly little cockapoo, helping me answer my Monday morning e-mails!" writes Jessica McCormick, immigration consultant in the Student Success Office. "She keeps me smiling amidst the stressful moments." 

Sophie the bulldog in a series of photos.

"My new workmate, Sophie, is a bit of a bully," writes Debbie Knepper, executive officer in the Registrar's Office. "She passively aggressively stares and sighs at me when I am working, she then turns away when I address it-see exhibit 1 and 2. I feel likes she is constantly scrutinizing me, see exhibit 3-5.  She does a lot of napping and is highly unproductive. She also barks at me when she thinks I should be working beside her (something I might need to take up with HR?). She has however been great at encouraging lunch time and end of day walks. I think she was concerned about me as my first work from home day I logged only 236 steps on my Fitbit. I will acknowledge she has been helpful with my work-life balance!"

Kirkland the cat curled up in a ball.

"My cat Kirkland keeps me company laying beside me all day and doesn’t move until the end of the work day. He makes sure there is some distance between us (keeping with the social distancing regulation), but keeps me so I am not alone," writes Jennifer Crane, examinations specialist at the Centre for Extended Learning.

Shasta the dog grudgingly sits for a photo, but then perks up while walking.

"My dog Shasta ensures I get out for a walk and fresh air on my lunch break," Crane continues. "I made her sit before our walk for a picture and she was not happy; however, once we got moving she perked right back up."

Link of the day

World Health Day

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.

NEW - Employees can access resources to help them work remotely, including managing University records and privacy of personal information

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 foodbank@wusa.ca.

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

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 glow@wusa.ca

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

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 caps@wusa.ca . More information at http://wusa.ca/caps

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 bulletin@uwaterloo.ca

If you have an upcoming event that has not yet appeared in the When and Where listing, please send an email to bulletin@uwaterloo.ca 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.  

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. Watch on Microsoft Teams.

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.

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.

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