Student Life

  • a split video screen of the same student playing different instruments at simultaneously.

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    Grebel Now Fall 2020

    Musical Community isn't Skipping a Beat

    With the COVID-19 pandemic, music directors have been driven to change from a traditional in-person format to a far more challenging online experience. However, technology has allowed the music ensembles to practice and learn together, record individual students, and compile those tracks to create beautiful music.


    Category: Feature Academic Student Life
  • Conrad Grebel University College Convocation graphic with stained glass

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    Grebel Now Fall 2020

    Graduates Bring Peace, Hope, and Beauty to an Uncertain Future

    Though this year’s convocation took place through a screen, it still held excitement and appreciation for the graduates. This year’s speakers also included a dose of the reality and state of today’s world, but not without providing some much needed hope and inspiration.


    Category: Feature Academic Alumni Student Life
  • Students in the apartments meet with Paul and Mary through a window and laptop

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    Grebel Now Spring 2020

    Grebelites Continue in Community amid Separation

    While most Grebel residents moved home, they continued to engage in the community of support they had built up over the past year. Many student committees and leadership teams continued to meet virtually to plan activities for the College community.


    Category: Feature Student Life
  • Faith and Ronen sit on an empty bed in the empty Grebel residence building

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    Grebel Now Spring 2020

    Campus Hosts Stay in a Quiet Building

    As Grebel’s bustling halls were quieted at the end of March, a few people stayed behind in the empty halls. The Campus Hosts (known in past years as Senior Residents), Faith and Colin Friesen, and their two-year-old daughter Ronen, have lived in their Grebel residence apartment through the transition.


    Category: Feature Student Life
  •  Grebel’s much-anticipated “Roommate Challenge,” where students dress up as each other and show how much they know about their r

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    Grebel Now Spring 2020

    Intention and Expectation: Living with a Roommate

    It’s likely one of the most awkward moments and places in the world—standing in what will become one of the most intimate, vulnerable places in your life, your residence room—waiting, on either side of the door, to meet a stranger with whom you may spend significant time. Is the risk born in that moment worth the world of opportunity and possibility that a university education affords? Time and experience say, “Yes!”


    Category: Feature Student Life
  • Students sit at a table for community supper

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    Grebel Now Spring 2020

    There is Room at the Table

    In a time when fast food dominates university culture and cafeterias focus on eat-and-run, multiple options, 24/7 service, and seating that allows one to sit alone, Grebel’s dining practices are intentionally different.


    Category: Feature Student Life
  • Katrina and roommate

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    Grebel Now Spring 2020

    Strangers Becoming Friends

    The parking lot was full of anxious and excited incoming students, and I knew that one of them would be my roommate for the next eight months. Despite being nervous about the idea of sharing a room, my sister’s stories reassured me that having a roommate could be great.


    Category: Feature Student Life
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    Grebel Now Spring 2020

    Thriving in Inclusive Community

    At Grebel, we recognize that gender inclusivity is an important element of community members’ mental wellbeing. Gender inclusivity means that we recognize that gender is a spectrum rather than a binary of male and female. Simply, we recognize that some people are transgender or non-binary. Therefore, our facility and services strive to be mindful of all gender identities and expressions.


    Category: Feature Student Life
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    Grebel Now Spring 2020

    Associates See Grebel as Home Away From Home

    As a part of Grebel’s off-campus Associate program, we live in off-campus housing, while still participating in student council events, building relationships with the residents, and holding leadership roles.


    Category: Feature Student Life
  • Students on the MDS trip take a group selfie together

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    Grebel Now Spring 2020

    Service Trip Builds Relationships

    During the February Reading Week, nineteen Grebel students embarked on a service trip to Marianna, Florida, to volunteer with Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS) in working to repair homes damaged during Hurricane Michael in 2018.


    Category: Feature Student Life
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    Grebel Now Spring 2020

    Graduating Students Share Stories of Personal Growth and Resilience

    A beloved tradition at both the Winter End-of-Term Chapel service and the Community Supper prior to the Banquet is when several graduating students are asked to reflect on their university and Grebel experience. This year, students shared their reflections over Zoom videoconferencing, as nearly 100 students, staff, and faculty listened in.


    Category: Feature Student Life
  • Victoria Lumax, Henry Stevens, and Catherine Bergs

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    Grebel Now Spring 2020

    Speeches Express Diverse Perspectives on Peace

    On March 11, three Grebel students competed in the C. Henry Smith Oratorical Contest. The contest invites students from Mennonite and Brethren in Christ colleges and universities across Canada and the United States to speak on peace issues.


    Category: Newsbites Student Life
  • 2019-2020 Don team

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    Grebel Now Fall 2019

    Student Impact Stories

    The University of Waterloo has nurtured an environment where opportunities for experiential learning are vast and varied. Fully engaged in this trend of learning beyond the classroom, Grebel offers students a chance to participate in leadership roles, music ensembles, and volunteering. These opportunities complement in-class learning and allow students to link their studies with life experiences.


    Category: Feature Student Life
  • Upper-year students washing a car at the free car wash that they held during Orientation Week.

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    Grebel Now Fall 2019

    #Grebelife

    As the excitement of starting a new school year begins to fade, Grebelites are already looking back fondly on the past months.


    Category: Feature Student Life
  • staff and faculty vs students hockey game on student-built rink

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    Grebel Now Spring 2019

    #Grebelife

    #Grebelife


    Category: Feature Student Life
  • still of Beauty and the Beast cast

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    Grebel Now Spring 2019

    A Grebel Student Council Production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast

    Over 100 talented and dedicated Grebel students mounted a highly successful, student-driven, completely sold-out musical over a fun-filled March weekend. The crowds loved Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and so did our students. Congratulations to all involved!


    Category: Feature Specialty Programs Student Life
  • Graduates of the undergraduate class

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    Grebel Now Spring 2019

    Convocation 2019: Seeking Balance, Shalom, and Community for the Road Ahead

    A treasured tradition at Grebel centres on the celebration of all students who have been connected to the College over their university career. Whether these students lived in residence or associated, took courses in Music or Peace and Conflict Studies, or achieved master’s degrees in Theological Studies or Peace and Conflict Studies, the Grebel Convocation Celebration is a time to acknowledge the achievements and connections of each individual. On April 14, a crowd of around 400 friends and family members marked the end of a journey and the beginning of a new path for about 55 undergraduates and 20 graduates in attendance.


    Category: Feature Newsbites Academic Student Life
  • Grebel student Mennonite Disaster Service team

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    Grebel Now Spring 2019

    Serving Together Builds Relationships

    In keeping with the long tradition of Reading Week service trips, 14 Grebel students used their February study break to help repair flood-damaged homes, learn skills, and build relationships through Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS).


    Category: Feature Specialty Programs Student Life
  • Move-In Day energy from Orientation Week Leaders

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    Grebel Now Fall 2018

    #Grebelife

    This September, more than 260 new and returning Grebelites descended on the College!


    Category: Feature Student Life
  • Hebron Hailu Gabre-Marian (on left) posing in front of Grebel as part of a 2006 promotional photoshoot.

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    Grebel Now Fall 2018

    Engaging Others with Honesty, Respect, and Integrity

    Hebron Hailu Gabre-Marian’s (BASC 2007) first contact with Grebel was during a University of Waterloo Open House day in March 2002 when he was checking out the Mechanical Engineering program. His dad, knowing a little about Mennonites, convinced him to swing by Grebel for a quick tour. He remembers his tour guide fondly (Eric Lepp BA 2005) and thought, “if there are more people like this guy at Grebel, then this will be a fun place to live.”


    Category: Alumni Student Life
  • Debra Worth (BA 2001) in 1999 at Grebel with Tamara Shantz (BA 2003)

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    Grebel Now Fall 2018

    Finding Strength and Hope in Memories

    Debra Worth (BA 2001) grew up in Kitchener, Ontario with her home backing onto the train tracks of Victoria Park. Neither of her parents had gone to university and she didn’t expect to go either. And if she did, why would she live in residence when her home was minutes away?


    Category: Alumni Student Life
  • Jane Ramseyer Miller (BA 1985) at “Sing for Water”

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    Grebel Now Fall 2018

    Grebel Sings Bridges Gaps, Builds Community

    At the beginning of the academic year, Grebel students, staff, and faculty took a deep breath and sang together—first in unison, and then in several different parts to build a new melody.


    Category: Feature Newsbites Student Life
  • Melodie shows off her Grebel Hockey Jersey from the 1980s, when she returned for an alumni reunion in 2006.

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    Grebel Now Fall 2018

    Making People Feel Welcome and Accepted

    Originally hailing from Guelph, Ontario, Melodie Flook (BA 1984)was part of the Grebel community from 1979 to 1983 while she attended the University of Waterloo and studied Honours Arts.


    Category: Alumni Student Life
  • The 2004 Don Team. Trish (Niemeyer) Ashworth is at the top left, and Mary Brubaker-Zehr at the bottom right.

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    Grebel Now Fall 2018

    Sharing the Journey

    Trisha (Niemeyer) Ashworth (BASC 2005) lives in the greater Toronto, Ontario area. She is a professional engineer, a mother of two teenagers, a partner to John David, and an engaged member of Rouge Valley Mennonite church.


    Category: Alumni Student Life
  • students silly photo pose

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    Grebel Now Fall 2018

    The Impact of Living in Community

    Warm hellos. Meals together. Challenging Discussions.

    Grebel and its Student Services department has a unique vision for residence life. It includes expectations for participation, encouragement to explore questions of significance, involvement in chapels and community suppers, engagement with faculty and staff, and accountability to one another for creating a hospitable environment.


    Category: Feature Alumni Student Life