Monday, July 19, 2021

    Brandon Sweet
    University Communications

    Germanic and Slavic Studies students had a confession or two to make

    A close up of a German medieval manuscript.

    A group of graduate students in Germanic & Slavic Studies have authored a recent online publication that involved transcription, translation and analysis of a famous medieval text.

    A copy of the 16th century manuscript.“The Two Confessions / Dÿ zwu peicht,” transcription, translation, and commentary by Margreet De Rooij, Eva Dirschka, Matthieu Martin, Elizabeth Milne, Nina Profazi, and Myrto Provida, appears in The Global Medieval Sourcebook A Digital Repository of Medieval Texts.

    The Global Medieval Sourcebook (GMS), based at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California "is an open access teaching and research tool. It offers a flexible online display for the parallel viewing of medieval texts in their original language and in new English translations, complemented by new introductory materials. The transcriptions, translations, and commentaries in the GMS are produced and reviewed by scholars of medieval studies."

    The graduate students produced their transcription, translation, and commentary of this anonymous, 215-line comic tale, written in Middle High German (the medieval precursor of modern German) and from the second quarter of the fifteenth century, as their final group project for the 2021 winter term course Introduction to Medieval German Studies (GER 620/720), taught by Professor Ann Marie Rasmussen, the John G Diefenbaker Memorial Chair in German Literary Studies.

    Alumni podcast considers reconciliation and Canada's legal system

    Waterloo alumnus Brad Regehr.

    Brad Regehr (BA '93) was working at the Turnkey Desk when a friend stopped by holding an LSAT study guide. That's the first time he considered becoming a lawyer.

    A grandchild of a residential school survivor, and a survivor himself of the Sixties Scoop, Brad has worked in Indigenous law for more than 20 years. In the fall of 2020, he was named president of the Canadian Bar Association—the first Indigenous president in the organization's 124-year history.

    Brad is a member of the Peter Bellantyne Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, and in this episode you'll hear his conversation with Abby Ollila, a current history student at Waterloo. They discuss how he reconnected with his identity and culture, and what the future holds for Indigenous rights in Canada.

    Learn more and find educational resources on the show notes page.

    Listen to the new episode of Uncharted: Warriors in the World on Spotify, Soundcloud or Apple Podcasts. 

    Have you participated in Waterloo's equity survey?

    A woman sits at a table in front of a computer.

    A message from Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion.

    Last week, all Waterloo students and employees who hadn’t yet participated in the Equity Survey received a reminder via their Waterloo email address. The entire campus community is encouraged to participate so that we can better know who is part of our community and create strategies to ensure programs, supports, and services are working for everyone.

    Here’s how to participate

    If you have not yet participated, look for an email in your Waterloo email inbox from UWaterloo Communications, with the subject line First Reminder | Take Waterloo’s Equity Survey Today. In this email, you will find a link to participate that is unique to only you. It will only take 5 to 10 minutes to complete. If you have any questions about the survey, email

    Optometry and Vision Science study seeks participants; other notes

    Grace McAlorum takes part in her first research study, with her father Andrew.

    Grace McAlorum takes part in her first research study, with her father Andrew.

    Researchers at the School of Optometry & Vision Science are currently seeking infants/toddlers aged 12 to 36 months to participate in a study developing a new, more accurate, method of assessing detailed vision in this age group. The study is called “Development of Form Visual Acuity in Infants”. This study will include one in-person visit lasting less than 30 minutes with an optional second visit later. The study includes tasks such as pointing at shapes and faces shown on a touch screen. Eligible participants will receive $20 per visit at each visit. For more information, please contact Kalpana Rose, University of Waterloo at                    

    This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee.

    International Cooking Classes banner showing a number of dishes from various cultures.

    Calling all foodies - registration for Renison’s next series of International Cooking Classes (open to everyone in the community) is now open. "Our head chef Tim Farley is pleased to be offering another set of 3 classes highlighting delicious fall dishes from turkey pot pie to vegetarian squash soup and curry to international holiday favourites fesenjan and hojeulas," says the note from Renison. "Don’t miss your chance to learn how to make some delicious international dishes. We invite you to explore the world through food." Register for all 3 classes (by September 27) and receive a 15 per cent discount:

    A statement encouraging university employees and students in Ontario to get vaccinated.

    The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) launched a joint message with the Ontario Undergraduate Student Association (OUSA) late last week, encouraging students, faculty and staff at institutions in the province to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

    The message recognizes the exceptional contributions and dedication of Ontario’s students in accelerating provincial COVID-19 vaccination efforts to date, highlights the importance of vaccinations in bringing student life back to campuses and reiterates that universities will continue to work with public health units and the provincial government to prioritize the health and safety of students in their reopening strategies.

    You can find the full message on the Ontario’s Universities website here:

    Link of the day

    35 years ago: Aliens

    When and Where to get support

    Students can visit the Student Success Office online for supports including academic development, international student resources, leadership development, exchange and study abroad, and opportunities to get involved.

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

    Course templates are available within your course in LEARN to help you build and edit your content and assignment pages quickly.

    The following workshops, webinars, and events are offered by the KL team (CTE, CEL, ITMS, LIB):

    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.

    Stay informed about COVID cases on campus by consulting the COVID case tracker.

    The Writing and Communication Centre has virtual services and programs to help undergrads, grad students, postdocs and faculty members with academic writing.

    Co-op students can get help finding a job and find supports to successfully work remotely, develop new skills, access wellness and career information, and contact a co-op or career advisor.

    The Centre for Career Action assists undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, staff, faculty, and alumni through navigating career services that are right for them. You can attend a one-on-one appointment or same day drop-in session at the CCA for assistance with cover letter writing, career planning and much more. You can also book an appointment online or visit our Live Chat to connect with our Client Support Team. The CCA is here to help you.

    If you feel overwhelmed or anxious and need to talk to somebody, please contact the University’s Campus Wellness services, either Health Services or  Counselling Services. You can also contact the University's Centre for Mental Health Research and TreatmentGood2Talk is a post-secondary student helpline available to all students.

    The Library continues to offer virtual access to learning and research materials as well as through their book pickup and delivery services. Davis Centre Library study space is open by appointment Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special Collections & Archives can also be accessed by appointment. Library staff are available for questions via Ask Us. Full details of current service offerings can be found on their Services Updates page. The Library has also published a resource guide on how to avoid information overload.

    The Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo (FAUW) continues to advocate for its members. Check out the FAUW blog for more information.

    The University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA) continues to advocate for its members. Check out the UWSA blog for more information.

    The Indigenous Initiatives Office is a central hub that provides guidance, support, and resources to all Indigenous and non-Indigenous campus community members and oversees the university Indigenization strategy.

    The Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, based at St. Paul’s University College, provides support and resources for Indigenous students, and educational outreach programs for the broader community, including lectures, and events.

    WUSA supports for students:

    Peer support  - MATES, Glow Centre, RAISE, Women’s Centre - Visit to book an appointment

    Bike Centre – Open via Appointments and Rentals

    Campus Response Team, ICSN, Off Campus Community and Co-op Connection all available online. Check for more details.

    Food Support Service food hampers are currently available from the Turnkey Desk on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Student Life Centre. If you have any questions please email us at

    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.caMore information is available.

    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

    Empower Me is a confidential mental health and wellness service that connects students with qualified counsellors 24/7. They can be reached at 1-833-628-5589.

    When and Where (but mostly when)

    Healthy Warriors at Home (Online Fitness)

    Fitness Classes on Warrior Field. Starting June 14. Power Yoga, HIIT and Zumba. Only $4/class. Advanced registration required.

    Warriors vs. Laurier Blood Donation Battle. Join your fellow Warriors, donate blood and help us win the Blood Battle against Laurier for a second year in a row. Set up a profile or add the PFL code: UNIV960995 to your account if you have a account already. Questions? Contact

    Drop-in to Warrior Virtual Study Halls on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Come together in this virtual space to set goals and work independently or in groups each week.

    Warriors Custom Varsity Apparel. On sale July 7 to July 21. Show your Warriors pride with the line-up of customizable apparel including dry-fit tees, Nike Hyper Dry Hooded Long Sleeves and Nike Fleece Hoodies from W Store. Please note that this will be your only opportunity this year to purchase sport specific black and gold gear. Order today at

    Renison English Language Institute continues to offer virtual events and workshops to help students practice their English language skills.

    Renison/WPL Lecture series, Invisible Heartbreak: Personal Support Workers Share Their Front Line Experiences, Tuesday, July 20, 7:00 p.m.

    CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy, "Digital fitness instead of blame and entrapment: re-framing "security awareness," featuring Angela Sasse, Ruhr Universität Bochum, July 23, 11:00 a.m. Zoom link.

    UWSA Open Consultation Session - Updated MOA, Tuesday, July 27, 12 noon.