Tuesday, August 15, 2023

University Records Manager set to retire

Chris Halonen."Please join me in congratulating Chris Halonen on his retirement from the University of Waterloo," writes Jason Testart, Director, Information Security Services. "His last day of on the job will be August 31, 2023."

Halonen joined the University in 2009 as University Records Archivist with the Library, where he worked with departments to transfer records documenting UWaterloo’s history to the University Archives and assisted with the development of the University records management program. In 2012, Chris took on the role of University Records Manager where he’s been responsible for maintaining the WatCLASS University records retention schedules, and providing advice and assistance to University employees in managing the University’s administrative information.

"Over the years, Chris provided support to the University’s Document Management Steering Committee and its successor, the Administrative Information Governance Committee," Testart writes. "He also assisted with the development and implementation of Policy 46 – Information Management, which replaced earlier policies for records management, University archives, and information security."

"Recently, Chris has been responsible for the privacy reviews carried out as part of the University’s information risk assessments of new IT and information management initiatives, to help ensure the safeguarding of personal information collected and used by the University, and our continuing compliance provincial privacy legislation."

The University’s Chief Information Officer, Gregory Smith, will lead consultation and discussion about a permanent reporting structure for the University Records Management function. "In the interim, I will be overseeing the function, and privacy reviews as part of the University’s information risk assessment process," Testart's message concludes.

Math to host inter-faculty workshop in September

Mathematics Inter-Faculty banner showing graphical representations of global futures.

The Faculty of Mathematics will host a Math+X Inter-Faculty Research Workshop with a theme on Data+ Computation for the 5 Global Futures, on Wednesday September 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in DC1301/1304.

"The goal of the workshop is to initiate inter-Faculty, interdisciplinary research collaborations that address the 5 Global Futures which the University of Waterloo has identified in its Waterloo at 100 Strategic Vision to address the most pressing challenges for humanity and our planet," says a note from the Faculty of Mathematics. "Aligned to our academic and research strengths, the 5 Global Futures reflect the many changes happening in our region, country and world: Economic Futures, Health Futures, Societal Futures, Sustainable Futures, and Technological Futures."

Faculty members from any of Waterloo’s 6 Faculties who are interested in exploiting data and computation for attacking their research problems related to the 5 Global Futures are invited to attend.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 6.

Writing and Communication Centre office closed today

"Due to ongoing HVAC issues affecting temperatures in the Writing and Communication Centre's offices, the WCC offices and The Write Spot in South Campus Hall will be closed Tuesday, August 15," says a note from WCC. "All appointments will be held online, drop-ins will be held virtually, and other programs will be moved or rescheduled. Please visit our website for more information." WCC anticipates that it will be business as usual in their offices beginning Wednesday, August 16.

Link of the day

25 years ago: Music Sounds Better With You

When and Where 

Waterloo Warriors Youth Camps. Spring and Summer camps available for Boys and Girls ages 5-18. Baseball, Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Hockey and Multi-Sport and Games. Register today.

Student Health Pharmacy in the basement of the Student Life Centre is now offering Covid booster shots (Pfizer and Moderna) and flu shots. Call 519-746-4500 or extension 33784 for an appointment. Walk-ins always welcome.

Final examination period, Friday, August 4 to Saturday, August 19.

Ontario Mennonite Music Camp, Sunday, August 13 to Friday, August 25, Conrad Grebel University College.

Technology Governance Summer School, Monday, August 14 to Friday, August 18, Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Inclusive Research Tools: Identifying and Addressing Barriers, Monday, August 14, 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Register now.

Centre for Teaching Excellence New Faculty Teaching Days, Tuesday, August 15 to Friday, August 18. Registration is required

Sustainability Office Garlic Mustard Pull, Thursday, August 17, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., DWE parking lot. Sign up today.

Land Skills for Wellness and Sustainability Project: Weaving Together with the Land Nature Walk, Saturday, August 19, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

You+Waterloo Optometry Speaker Series featuring Dr. C. Lisa Prokopich, “Dry Eye Management,” Thursday, August 24, 6:30 p.m., Borealis Grill and Restaurant. RSVP by Friday, August 18.

Celebrating 50 years - Renison Residence Reunion, Friday, August 25 to Sunday, August 27.

Co-operative work term ends, Friday, August 25.

Waterloo Pharmacy Annual Alumni and Friends Golf Invitational + Dinner, Monday, August 28, Grey Silo Golf Course.

International Student Orientation, Thursday, August 31.

Fall first-year Residence Move-In, Thursday, August 31 to Sunday, September 3.

Land Skills for Wellness and Sustainability Project: Connecting to the Land, Thursday, August 31, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Fall Orientation, Saturday, September 2 to Saturday, September 9.

Labour Day, Monday, September 4, most university operations and buildings closed.

Co-operative work term begins, Tuesday, September 5.

Management Sciences seminar featuring Margot Racat, IDRAC Business School, “Haptics and Need for Touch in Retail Environments: Bringing Back Tangibility to Consumers?” Tuesday, September 5, 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon, CPH 4335.

Lectures and classes begin, Wednesday, September 6.

Music Ensemble Auditions start on Wednesday, September 6. 

When and Where to get support 

Check out the support listings for faculty, staff and students.