Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Campus Wellness updates individual appointment model

A counsellor speaks with a student in an interview setting.

A message from Campus Wellness.

We’re excited to announce that Campus Wellness (CW) individual appointment model of counselling has gone through some changes to allow CW to more effectively support students with their therapeutic goals. The counselling services provided at Campus Wellness are available to students experiencing challenges with their mental health and wellbeing, especially when they are negatively impacting their academic success or university experience.

So, what’s new? CW's improved individual counselling model is designed to: 

  • Focus on the needs of each individual student who is accessing counselling;

  • Determine the number of sessions a student receives based on a student’s individual needs and progress, rather than a limited session model; and 

  • Does not have a calendar year restriction. Students can return the same calendar year for individual counselling if needed. 

This model does its best to balance the needs of each individual student who is currently seeking/accessing counselling. CW recognizes that waiting for an individual counselling appointment can be frustrating. During certain times of the academic year, students may experience longer waiting periods for individual counselling appointments based on the increased demand. Campus Wellness is making every effort to see students as soon as possible and working with a process improvement analyst to better this process. 

A variety of support resources are necessary to meet the needs of students. Same-day counselling appointments (Wednesdays and Thursdays) and intake appointments (Monday to Friday) are available to support students. Students can call Campus Wellness (519-888-4096) during daytime hours (8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) to book an appointment. If a student is in distress, crisis appointments can be accessed every weekday to be scheduled for either an Immediate (within 24 hours) or Urgent appointment (within 3 to 5 days). 

After-hours mental health crisis support is also available through Here 24/7: 1-844-437-3247 and counselling support is provided 24 hours a day through Empower Me: 1-833-628-5589. For more information about Empower Me students are encouraged to check out the Empower Me WUSA website

MAD changes its name and updates its service

Students in the ETIS workspace sit at computers.

A message from the Faculty of Environment.

Mapping, Analysis and Design (MAD) in the Faculty of Environment has undergone a work force planning review this past year and is excited to announce that they are changing their name to Environment Technology & Instructional Support (ETIS pronounced e-tis). This change will help clarify the services provided and demonstrates that the unit has grown from an IT focus to include instructional support through their work with the Environment Maker Space (formerly the “MAD Workshop”) and Ecology Lab.

The name change is not the only aspect of the unit that is evolving. There are three updates to their services that you should be aware of:

  • Space changes – The lab space in EV2-1011 now has workstations where students can bring their own laptop to work on. This includes new docking stations and cables, and (coming soon) a lounge area with new, modern chairs and coffee tables so that students can take a break from their work. All of these updates were possible thanks to funding from WESEF.
  • Equipment loans - The program is being phased out given a decline in interest and aging equipment. Functioning equipment will continue to be loaned out, but the responsibility of tracking and distribution is being taken on by other units and groups.
  • Contact options – Getting in touch by email and web is changing.
    • Email - To help you directly connect with ETIS staff, the team is installing an online chatting tool to replace the previous email intake process. They will be launching the new chat tool starting mid-September and the will be phased out over the fall term. We will continue to use Jira and if you require technical support, please submit a ticket.
    • Web – To reflect the new name, the website url is being updated and will change to A URL redirect will be installed so that if you use the old URL, it won’t break.

For more information about these changes, please reach out to Donald Duff-McCracken.

Achieve the right school-life balance this fall

Welcome (back) Warriors!

Whether you’re new to campus or are a veteran student, we want you to be an active part of building the #UWaterlooCommunity.  

Dedicating time to your studies is important, but so is forging new friendships, strengthening connections, taking care of your physical and mental wellness, and having fun. It’s all about finding the right balance.  

We have a host of exciting clubs and extracurricular activities to help you build your community at Waterloo, and we encourage you to explore all that Waterloo has to offer.

Learn more about the clubs and activities you can get involved in this term and beyond.

Walk this way: United Way March of 1,000 Umbrellas is back

People holding University of Waterloo umbrellas march on a sidewalk.

A message from the University of Waterloo United Way Campaign Committee.

United Way Waterloo Region Communities is excited for the return of its annual March of 1,000 Umbrellas – a 3 km walk from Waterloo City Hall in Waterloo to Carl Zehr Square in Kitchener. This march kicks off their fundraising campaign and is an incredible display of community, support, and awareness of the positive impact the United Way has on Waterloo Region.

President Vivek Goel stands with March of the 1,000 Umbrella participants.

Join the Waterloo Crew

This year’s march will take place on Thursday, September 14 - and you’re invited! We’ll meet up at the Waterloo sign outside of the Arts Quad for a quick picture at 10:30 a.m. We’ll then depart campus at 10:45 a.m. from the Ring Road entrance to South Campus Hall (SCH) to join all participants at Waterloo City Hall, where we’ll join the main walk at 11:30 a.m.

When we arrive at Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall, around 12:15 p.m., we’ll enjoy a lunch from Borealis Grille and Bar and take in some fun entertainment. Register to join the event through the United Way Waterloo Region Communities site. Note: Registration is $15 to offset the cost of the lunch.

Bring your own University of Waterloo branded umbrella or borrow one of ours! We hope to have enough for everyone. Help us fill the route with black and gold. Dress for the weather – we're walking with our umbrellas in rain or shine.

Once the festivities conclude, you are welcome to walk back to campus, or you can take the Ion light rail. It conveniently leaves from Kitchener City Hall and stops at our Waterloo campus!

Questions? Email

Link of the day

International Day of the Disappeared

When and Where 

Warriors Game Day Tickets: Season Passes, Black and Gold Alumni Passes and Single Game Tickets now available for the 2023-24 varsity season. Purchase your tickets 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.

TBH: To Be Honest premiere performance, Wednesday, August 30 (3:00 p.m.), Thursday, August 31 (3:00 p.m.), Friday, September 1 (7:00 p.m.), Physical Activities Complex (PAC) Gymnasium. Registration encouraged

International Student Orientation, Thursday, August 31.

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

TBH: To Be Honest premiere performance, Thursday, August 31, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Physical Activities Complex (PAC) Gymnasium. Registration encouraged

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

TBH: To Be Honest premiere performance, Friday, September 1, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Physical Activities Complex (PAC) Gymnasium. Registration encouraged

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

Warriors Football Home Opener – Sunday September 3, 6:00PM vs York, Warrior Field. Camps and Minor League Day & Punt, Pass, Kick for $5,000 sponsored by RBC. Free admission for UW Students. Purchase Tickets.

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.

Warrior Rec Registration Opens – September 5, 9:00AM. Clubs, Intramurals, Fitness, Instructional, First Aid, Strength and Conditioning and more. Find out more.

Warrior Rec Aquatics Swim Lessons Registration Opens– September 6, 12:00PM. Find out more.

Free Try-It Week – September 6 -13. Free fitness classes, clubs and more. Find out more.

Lectures and classes begin, Wednesday, September 6.

Music Ensemble Auditions start on Wednesday, September 6. 

WUSA’s First Year Fair, Thursday, September 7, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

WISE Public Lecture, “DECODING ENERGY ACCESS CHALLENGES, INTEGRATING ATTAINMENT OF UNSDGs” by Sankaran Ramalingam, President, Energy & Fuel Users' Association of India., Thursday, September 07, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Carl A. Pollock Hall (CPH) Forth floor Room no. 4335., In-person & on Zoom. Register today!

Warriors Football – Saturday September 9, 1:00PM vs Windsor, Warrior Field. Black and Gold Day, Orientation Carnival & Punt, Pass, Kick for $5,00 sponsored by RBC (if no previous winner). Free admission for UW Students. Purchase Tickets.

Conrad Grebel 60th Anniversary Alumni Picnic, Sunday, September 10, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel main building (outside).

Deadline to register for Centre for Extended Learning (CEL) "Getting Ready to Facilitate Online Courses: TA Training – Fall 2023" course, Monday, September 11.

WUSA Welcome Week begins, Monday, September 11.

ESports Experience, Monday, September 11, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., SLC Black & Gold Room.

WUSA’s Pancake Brunch, Monday, September 11, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., SLC and BMH greens.

Conversations on trust in science and technology (TRuST lecture), Tuesday, September 12, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Engineering 7 second floor event space and online. Register at

NEW - ECE distinguished lecture/IEEE EPS seminar: "Soft Electronic and Microfluidic Systems for the Skin", Wednesday, September 13, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m., Engineering 7 room 7303/7363.

United Way Waterloo Region Communities' March of 1,000 Umbrellas returns Thursday, September 14. Join your colleagues for this 3 km walk from Waterloo City Hall to Kitchener's Carl Zehr Square where you'll enjoy lunch by Borealis Grille & Bar and entertainment. Register for $15 and help us fill the route with black and gold; meet at the UWaterloo sign in Arts Quad at 10:30 a.m. and we'll walk together!

When and Where to get support 

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

Positions available

On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable on the UWaterloo Talent Acquisition System (iCIMS):

  • Job ID# 2023-10909 - Building Serviceperson I – Carpenter - Plant Operations - USG CUP
  • Job ID# 2023-10985 - Case Support Co-ordinator - Campus Housing - USG 8         
  • Job ID# 2023-10843 - Disability Inclusion Coordinator - Human Resources - USG 9  
  • Job ID# 2023-10939 - Payroll Administrator - Human Resources- USG 6-7  
  • Job ID# 2023-10865 - Unit Supervisor – Retail  Waterloo - Undergraduate Student Association - USG 6      
  • Job ID# 2023-10973 - Associate Director, Advancement - Optometry - USG 12-13           
  • Job ID# 2023-10949 - Computing Consultant - Information Systems & Technology - USG 9  
  • Job ID# 2023-10968 - Network Technician - Information Systems & Technology - USG 6-8      
  • Job ID# 2023-10951 - Library Associate, Service Desk and Collection Maintenance - Library - USG 6        
  • Job ID# 2023-10925 - Academic Services Coordinator - School of Architecture - USG 6-8      
  • Job ID# 2023-10975 - Assistant Supervisor - Engineering Society - USG 4    
  • Job ID# 2023-10954 - Academic Assistant Undergraduate - School of Public Health Sciences - USG 5;
  • Job ID# 2023-10937 - Manager, Communications - Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs - USG 9    
  • Job ID# 2023-10976 - Computing Consultant  - Information Systems & Technology - USG 9

Secondments opportunities

  • Job ID# 2023-10933 – Groundsperson - Plant Operations - USG CUPE   
  • Job ID# 2023-10946 - Services Support Specialist- Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association - USG 5
  • Job ID#  2023-10784 - Learning Environment Architect - WatSPEED - USG 10
  • Job ID# 2023-10974 - Grants & Contracts Manager - Office of Research - USG 9-11   
  • Job ID# 2023-10936 - Manager, Portfolio and Operations, Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology - Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology - USG 11
  • Job ID# 2023-10615 - Project Manager - Vice President Research and International - USG 9-10  

Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo opportunities