Enterprising Waterloo students Anna Kuepfer, Leah Wouda and Abby Loewen recently won the World’s Challenge Challenge with SheCycle, an antimicrobial reusable sanitary pad that can be locally sourced and distributed in Uganda. The competition, based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, is more than just a pitch competition. The trio will receive $30,000 to help further develop the proposed solution and support implementation.
Triumphant return of the enigmatic pickle forks
They’ve been decorated, climbed on and pranked. Officially titled A Sculpture Environment, to most of campus (including the artist Ron Baird) they’re known as the pickle forks. Erected in 1977, they graced the Hagey Hall courtyard for 44 years before being placed in storage to make way for the Hagey Hub. But don’t fret, pickle fork fans. On July 27, 2019, the sculpture made its return to the public thanks to the care and hard work of Plant Operations. The forks are now displayed proudly at the southwest corner of Ring Road
Environment’s 50th birthday
In July 1969, the Division of Environmental Studies was created at the University of Waterloo. Today, it’s Canada’s largest faculty devoted to environmental sustainability. It has been home to nearly 16,000 alumni who now live in more than 80 countries around the globe. They include geographers, ecologists, knowledge integrators, green entrepreneurs and planners connected by a shared sense of purpose and values.
To celebrate its remarkable history, the Faculty of Environment published its 50th anniversary book, edited by retired professor Robert Shipley. Jean Andrey (PhD ’89), dean of the Faculty of Environment has been hosting pop-up birthday parties at studentrun events throughout the faculty’s schools and departments. She also launched the Global Citizen Internships, a fund enabling Environment students to apply their knowledge at local and global notfor- profit organizations.
3D-printed Alumni Gold Medals
To honour the academic achievements of its top graduating students, Waterloo began producing its Alumni Gold Medals on campus. Inside the University’s state-of-the-art, multi-scale additive manufacturing lab, lasers cut layers of nickel superalloy to create the medals with flawless precision. Each medal is coated in 24-carat gold and its surface is finished by hand to produce a brilliant shine. The result: a tribute to Waterloo’s most accomplished graduates, created for each proud recipient by members of the Waterloo community.
Columbia Icefield (CIF) Field House opens
On September 17, Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo, and the Department of Athletics and Recreation officially unveiled Waterloo’s new $16.5 million Columbia Icefield Field House. Built just north of Warrior Field, the 65,000 square foot Field House connects the west side of the existing CIF building and features a multi-activity turf space.
The new project aligns with Waterloo’s commitment to student wellness as it offers more opportunities for students to balance their academics with physical activity in a year-round, climate controlled recreational space. The Field House also creates additional training and practice space for recreational and varsity teams, while community members will have access to the facility in the same fashion as other recreational spaces on campus.