Wednesday, November 20, 2019


Featured at Grebel

MPACS Society Elections

When: TODAY!! Wednesday, November 20, 5:30
Where: Grebel Room 2202
If you are unable to attend the election in person, you have until 4pm! Click here to Vote Now and to be redirected to the online voting page.

The time has come for you to be introduced to your new council and to vote for those who are running against someone for the same role. Here are a list of the nominees:

President: Braiden, Jillian, Sandrine
VP Admin: Mathilda
VP Events: Abina
VP Communications: Brendah
VP Finance: Sana and Sherwin

For those of you who ARE attending the election, your votes will be collected at the ceremony following the presentation of speeches and a Q & A. Free food and drinks will be provided as this will also be a fun time to celebrate the end of term.
Make-A-Difference Market

When: December 7, 10am- 4pm
Where: Conrad Grebel
Make-A-Difference Market is Christmas shopping fundraiser being hosted on December 7th 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will consist of local and fair-trade vendors, a food and bake sale, a silent auction and live music performances.  The proceeds from this year’s Christmas Market will be donated to SheCycle, a student initiative whose goal is to improve women's health by developing menstrual, antimicrobial pads for women in developing countries. 


Keynote and Panel Discussion: Alexandre Trudeau

When: November 21, 1-3pm
Where: Humanities Theater, Hagey Hall
Cost: Free, Registration Required

Join us for a keynote by Alexandre Trudeau, renowned filmmaker and storyteller, followed by a panel discussion including industry professionals Sven Walker (Dale & Lessmann LLP), Narcis Tajvidi (BMW) and Antonio Ferreiro (Deloitte) along with University of Waterloo alumna Rosanne Abdulla and current student Regan Kat on the topic of the importance of languages and international experience.

This event is part of the Career Booster: Global Experience day in celebration of International Education Week.
Indigenous Day of Learning

When: November 29, 9am-4pm
Where: Paul Martin Centre (Laurier)

Morning Session: Presented by acclaimed Huron- Wendat author, activist and professor, Dr. Georges Sioui.

Afternoon Session: Dr. Kathy Absolon King will introduce participants to an Indigenous lens and methodology of research. She will engage in discussions of doing research with and/or on Indigenous peoples and introduce learners to a holistic research paradigm.

Waterloo Women's Wednesdays: Myth busting - Women and Awards

When: November 27, 12pm
Where: NH 3308
Cost: see below on donation recommendation

Please join Awards Officer Thomas Barber and 2019 Trudeau Fellow Aimée Morrison, as they take you through the Myths and Realities of applying for Academic Awards and Prizes. Aimée will share the myths she battled in the process of applying for the revamped Trudeau Foundation Fellowship and Tom will take you behind the green curtain to expose the great and powerful A.H.D. (awards, honours, and distinctions).

Fewer than 25% of the people nominated for awards from UW are women. Very few women put themselves forward for open call nominations and we are hoping to change this. At the end of this presentation, attendees will leave with a better understanding of the various steps, stages, and tasks of the awards nomination process, as well as some insider knowledge about less obvious pathways by which scholars and administrators shepherd nominations through this process.

Vegetarian lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Donation Recommendation: Please bring $5-$10 worth of donations for the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge chapter of the Period Purse to benefit marginalized menstruators. Backpacks/totes, period products, winter gloves/mittens and hats, sweet treats like granola bars and chocolates are most appreciated.

If you can’t make it out to our event but wish to donate, feel free to reach out to me or to any W3 committee member.
UW Climate Strike

When:  November 29, 10am
Where: Meet at SLC Great Hall, taking the Ion to Waterloo Town Square for 11am

The next global climate strike is on Friday, November 29th, and Waterloo Region is participating in solidarity with people across Canada and the world.  Join in!  
10am: The UWaterloo community is gathering in SLC Great Hall, then taking the Ion to arrive at Waterloo Town Square for 11am.  The WLU community is also organizing — contact Kai for more information:
11amRound dance organized by Idle No More at Waterloo Town Square in recognition that Indigenous sovereignty is climate action. Everyone is welcome to participate.
12pm: Very brief rally at Waterloo Town Square, then a procession to First United Church, 16 William Street West, Waterloo
12:30-1:30pm: Community panel on "Canada's International Climate Responsibilities: Our Role in Madrid,” hosted by numerous UWaterloo and WLU departments, at First United Church, 16 William Street West, Waterloo. Powerful, diverse voices will inspire us to ensure Canada takes a positive leadership role at the upcoming UN climate change conference

Read more here.

Jobs and Opportunities

Hiring: ARBUS TA Positions

Posting Date: November 8, 2019
Application Deadline: December 6, 2019
Position Available: 3 TA positions for ARBUS 300, 1 TA position for ARBUS 200
Pay Rate: $4,642.40 + 4% vacation pay

ARBUS is looking to hire 4 TAs for Winter 2020!

Requirements of position: This position is open to graduate students in all departments of the Faculty of Arts.  Applications must include a cover letter outlying the candidate’s qualifications and relevant work experience as well as a CV.

If you interested in this position, please send your complete application to Angela Christelis before Friday, December 6, 2019. Only successful candidates will be notified. Please note that successful candidates cannot hold concurrently this position and another TA position within their own department.
Map the System 2020
The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement at Conrad Grebel Univeristy College is pleased to be facilitating UWaterloo's participation in the global Map the System challenge. Organized by Oxford University's Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Map the System is a systems thinking competition that challenges studnets to deepen their understanding of complex social and enviromental problems.

 Funding Available from Waterloo for International Travel

When: November 21, 12-1pm
Where: Needles Hall, room 3318
Registration Required
At this graduate student info session, you will learn about various awards to fund your international experiences, whether you are traveling internationally for a conference, academic exchange, research, internship or volunteer experience. A panel of current graduate students will share their experience of receiving funding to support their international travel. Panelists will teach you about the benefits of international travel, and will share tips for planning and applying for funding.


Winter 2020 Class Enrollment

Class enrollment for Winter 2020 begins on Monday, December 2!

There are five PACS courses offered next term:  
In addition to PACS courses, you are free to take electives from other departments at UWaterloo or Laurier (or any university in Ontario). Note that electives which are not cross-listed must be approved by the PACS department (ask Seth about how this works). Some departments that may be of interest include:  
In case you need a refresher, instructions for adding courses can be found here.
Pro tip: the Schedule of Classes for Graduate Students is the most up-to-date database for UWaterloo graduate courses.
The Society of Fine Arts presents: A Holiday Art Market Sale

When: November 21, 10am-3pm
Where: Arts Quad, inside the S.A.I.L Trailer

This one day only event is your chance to purchase original art for a unique holiday gift.
Cash/Credit/Etransfer payments accepted.