Monday, April 29, 2024

Building community at United College with new outdoor amenities

An artist's conception of the new outdoor facilities at United College.

An artist’s rendition of new outdoor amenities on the United College green. 

By Rebecca Wagner.

Something exciting is about to happen across the creek. 

Beginning end-of May, ground will break for the construction of new outdoor amenities on the United College green.  This exciting project is expected to wrap up just in time to welcome students back to campus fall term.    

The new amenities are thanks in part to the generosity of United College staff, faculty, alumni, students, and friends, who recently contributed to a special 60th anniversary fundraising campaign that well-exceeded its target. 

What will the new amenities include? 

  • Outdoor pavilion with a fire pit and barbeque.    
  • Basketball/pickleball court that transitions to a refrigerated ice rink in the winter.
  • Protected bike storage shed. 

United College regularly hears from students about the importance of spaces for connection, particularly in the wake of the pandemic, where many incoming students have spent part of high school in relative isolation and are now entering university looking for community.  This project aims to help fill this gap. 

United looks forward to bringing the next generation of students together through new gathering spaces and hopes they will be a source of pride for students, alumni, and the broader University community. 

Celebrating a Chancellor's legacy

Vivek Goel, Dominic Barton, and David Johnston.

By Carrie Gabla. This article was originally published on the Office of Advancement website.

Against the elegant backdrop of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto, leaders from across the global business and education community gathered on April 25, 2024, to celebrate and reflect on Dominic Barton’s legacy as the University of Waterloo’s eleventh chancellor from 2018 to 2024.  

The event was a fundraiser for Indigenous Initiatives at UWaterloo, a cause Dominic has supported as part of his $1 million gift to the university. The Chancellor’s Celebration would not have been possible without the commitment of our generous sponsors, including AltasCIBCRio TintoSun Life (silver level).   

More than 250 guests, including prominent figures from industry, business, government and academia, mingled with UWaterloo faculty, students and alumni. Their presence underscored the impact Dominic has made within the University community and worldwide.

Piya Chattopadhyay, host of CBC's Sunday Magazine and Master of Ceremonies for the evening, expertly guided the festivities. Speakers, including the Right Honorable David Johnston, former Governor General of Canada and UWaterloo’s fifth president, applauded Dominic's visionary leadership and ability to bring people together.  

They also highlighted his instrumental role in fostering collaboration between academia and industry, driving forward-thinking initiatives, and championing diversity and inclusion. 

Vivek Goel, UWaterloo’s president and vice-chancellor, said, “Dominic has an uncanny ability to bring people together to uncover solutions to difficult problems. Whether in industry or as a diplomat, his skill at opening doors and forging collaborations is unparalleled. For the past six years, Dominic has been a champion for what we do and who we are at the University of Waterloo. He has inspired and supported our students and our institution in immeasurable ways. I am grateful for his leadership, collaboration and friendship.” 

During convocation ceremonies this June, as thousands of new UWaterloo graduates cross the stage, Dominic will confer his last degree before he passes the torch to Dr. Jagdeep Singh Bachher (BASc ‘93, MASc ‘94, PhD ‘00). Dominic expressed his gratitude for the privilege of serving as chancellor. “I have loved every minute of it. The faculty, the ideas, the independence, the students, the innovation and the leadership with Feridun and Vivek — to this day I remain humbled by the opportunity this role has allowed me to play in such an exciting organization.”  

In addition to his role as UWaterloo chancellor, Dominic is Chair of Rio Tinto, Chair of LeapFrog Investments and a senior advisor and partner at Radical Ventures. He was formerly the Ambassador of Canada to the People’s Republic of China, and a senior partner at McKinsey & Company.  

Tune in to Global Futures in Focus, a newly released podcast hosted by Dominic Barton. 

CEL offers TA training for facilitating online courses

A message from the Centre for Extended Learning (CEL). 

The Centre for Extended Learning (CEL) is hosting an online certificate course entitled Getting Ready to Facilitate Online CoursesTA Training – Spring 2024, which will run from Monday, May 27 until Friday, June 21.

This 4-week, online certificate course is suitable for any current or future UWaterloo teaching assistant (TA) wishing to build skills and knowledge of best practices in facilitating fully online courses, says the course description. You will discover how to successfully contribute to the facilitation of an online course, foster student engagement, support student outcomes, and build a sense of community using various forms of interaction. Participants will also learn how to use LEARN LMS tools to create presence and connection, assess student learning and work effectively in their TA/Preceptor role.

Note: The format of the course is asynchronous (no live virtual sessions), however, participants are required to engage with the course content, interact with other participants, and complete activities each week by the scheduled deadlines. Participants should expect tospend about 4 hours per week on the course.

Register on GoSignMeUpCourse registration closes on Tuesday, May 21. 

Jaggaer eProcurement Project update

A warehouse worker holds a glowing tablet.

A message from Finance.

Further to our project announcement on January 12, 2024, the Jaggaer eProcurement implementation project is on track and well under way, with significant progress made across the various modules. Configuration for Contracts and Supplier Management areas are both progressing smoothly, setting the stage for a transformative shift in our Supplier management processes. The Supplier Enablement component of the project kicked off in March, where our initial list of suppliers were contacted to consent to set up integrations with the system, and this marks a crucial milestone in enhancing supplier relations and streamlining operations.  

With targeted go-live for the Fall term for the eProcurement module, anticipation is high! Among the big wins anticipated are streamlined supplier onboarding, bolstered by new functionality and supplier self-service, and improved user empowerment through enhanced shopping experiences. Additionally, the integration of punch-out and hosted catalogues promises will simplify purchasing for high-volume suppliers, reducing reliance on manual processes. 

The implementation also introduces electronic invoicing, poised to accelerate entry and approval processing and enhance visibility across transactions. Supplier self-service capabilities will also provide suppliers with transparency into the status of their invoices with us, reducing the requests to the University for updates. Overall, the Jaggaer implementation represents a significant leap forward in operational efficiency and promises to deliver tangible benefits to the University and stakeholders as a whole. 

As the project advances, project communications and change management plans are actively being developed to ensure a seamless transition. As part of our campus engagement, we are inviting you to help us name our platform! From Wat-Mart, to Warrior Marketplace, WatProcure, and WatShop, responses so far have been quite entertaining and creative to say the least. The Name our eProcure shop Qualtrics survey will be available until May 15, and if you haven’t done so already, we would love to hear from you.  

We will continue to share bi-monthly updates in the Daily Bulletin as well as on our Jaggaer Implementation website where milestones of the project will be posted. 

Upcoming office closures

The Arts Undergraduate Office (PAS 2439) will be closed all day today.

The Science Undergraduate Office will not be accepting appointments and there will be limited access to advisors for Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30 due to the advisor conference.

The AccessAbility Services Office and Exam Centre will be closed on Tuesday, April 30 from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. for a staff event.

Link of the day

Bust a move: it's International Dance Day

When and Where

The Student Health Pharmacy (located in the lower level of the Student Life Centre) is offering flu shots with no appointments needed daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call 519-746-4500 or extension 33784 for more info. COVID shots will be available on appointment basis only. You can register online at

Warriors Youth Summer Camps. Basketball, Baseball, Football, Hockey, Multi-Sport and Volleyball. Register today!

NEW - 2024 Advisor Conference, Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30.

See it Like a Student: Student Life Tours by WUSA, Monday, April 29, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., SLC multipurpose room.

Cheriton School of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series, "Privacy, Learning, and Inference," featuring Adam Smith, Departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University, Tuesday, April 30, 10:00 a.m., DC 1302 and online.

Safeguarding Science workshop and more, throughout May and June. Public Safety Canada invites faculty, staff and students to attend a series of virtual event via MS Teams. Register to receive a link.

Quantum Connections 2024: Quantum Perspectives, Wednesday, May 1 to Thursday, May 2, QNC.

Teaching and Learning Conference 2024, Wednesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 2.

Chemistry Seminar: Exciton dissociation by topological edge states featuring Dr. Udo Schwingenschlögl, Associate Dean, Faculty, Physical Sciences and Engineering, Applied Physics, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thursday, May 2, 11:00 a.m., C2-361 Reading Room. 

Spring Tree Planting, Thursday, May 2, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., main campus.

NEW - WaterTalk: We fail on the estimation of flood hazards; reflections on the July 2021 floods in Central Europe, presented by Dr. Mário Franca, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Wednesday, May 1, 2:30 p.m. in DC 1302. Reception to follow in DC 1301.

Red Dress Day event, Friday, May 3, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m., BC Matthews Green.

Master of Taxation virtual information sessionSaturday, May 4, 9:00 a.m.

BioBlitz, Monday, May 6 to Sunday, May 12.

Spring term lectures and classes begin, Monday, May 6.

Co-operative work term begins, Monday, May 6.

Equitable Recruitment and Selection, Monday, May 6, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Spring Tree Planting, Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 9, 12 noon to 2:00 p.m., main campus.

Bridging Black: Building Black Connections for Black Flourishing, the 2024 Inter-Institutional Forum of the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education, Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10, University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University campuses.

Climate Drinks with the Waterloo Climate Institute, Thursday, May 9, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Graduate House.

GOODHack24, Saturday, May 11, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 151 Charles Street, Kitchener.

Esports Gaming Lounge, Monday, May 13 to Thursday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Black & Gold Room.

Seedling Swap, Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16, Environment 3.

Campus Life Fair, Wednesday, May 15, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

Clubs and Societies Days, Thursday, May 16, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Friday, May 17, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

University of Waterloo Knowledge Mobilization Community of Practice, “Bibliometrics and Research Impact and Thinking Through How to Improve KM Metrics”, Thursday, May 30, 10:0 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Contact Nadine Quehl to request a Teams invitation or for more information. Please note the new new date and time.

NEW - Deadline to register for Centre for Extended Learning (CEL) "Getting Ready to Facilitate Online CoursesTA Training – Spring 2024" course, Tuesday, May 21.

Foundations of Collaborative Leadership, Chapter one of the Community Leadership Certificate (CLC), Thursday, May 23, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (virtual)

Foundations of Collaborative Leadership, Chapter one of the Community Leadership Certificate (CLC), Wednesday, May 29, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (virtual)

Engineering Graduate Studies Fair, Wednesday, June 6, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Engineering 7 second floor event space.

Upcoming service interruptions

Stay up to date on service interruptions, campus construction, and other operational changes on the Plant Operations website. Upcoming service interruptions include:

  • REV mechanical room (boilers), Tuesday, April 30, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., heating and hot water will not be available for the Central Complex and the residential South/East and North/West quads
  • South Campus Hall (SCH) steam trap replacement, April 30 to May 2, brief interruption of hot water and heating
  • East side of B1 crane operation, Wednesday, May 1, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., partial blockage to pedestrians on main pathway during crane operation.
  • Steam and compressed air temporary interruptions across campus, May 1, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., loss of steam-derived heating, hot water, and humidification for up to 30 minutes during the interruption period.
  • Quantum-Nano Centre exhaust fan preventative maintenance, Saturday, May 4 (rain day Sunday, May 5), 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., all exhaust fans and air supply units turned off
  • Engineering 6 electrical shutdown, May 12, 8:00 a.m., utility power will be off for four hours, emergency power will be operating
  • Stratford Campus electrical shutdown, May 26, 9:00 a.m., all electrical power shut down for four hours