SDS student profiled as part of National Volunteer Week

Cristy ApoteA Renison student has been featured as part of #UWCommunity National Volunteer Week news series, which is profiling UWaterloo members who give their time and talent by volunteering in our community. Cristy Aponte is wrapping up her time as an SDS student, and gearing up to start the BSW program this fall. She came to Canada seven years ago from Colombia as a refugee and now uses her experiences to help mentor and support new immigrants in the Waterloo Region. In the article, Cristy says, "Seeing people in the community willing to help you, makes you feel a part of the community. As a refugee, having a social worker help us was just really meaningful to me and made me want to do that for others, which is why I volunteer." Read the full write-up on the Daily Bulletin.

SI lecturer featured in art show, nominated for award

Studies in Islam lecturer Soheila Esfahani will be one of the artists featured as part of the group exhibition Human Nature at Carlton University Art Gallery in Ottawa. It will feature 14 Ontario artists who look and the state of the natural world and our impact on it. The opening of the exhibit is on Monday, April 27 from 5:00-7:30 pm, and everyone is welcome to attend. The exhibition will run until August 23, 2015.

Esfahani has also been nominated for the Jameel Prize at Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. The Jameel Prize is "an international award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition. Its aim is to explore the relationship between Islamic traditions of art, craft and design and contemporary work as part of a wider debate about Islamic culture and its role today."

Registration open for non-credit Korean courses

Registration for spring 2015 non-credit Korean courses is now open, offering opportunities for beginners to learn to speak and understand Korean. If you have business and cultural contacts in Korea, or plan to travel to the area, or you would just like to learn the language, then these courses are designed for you. Korean non-credit courses are offered for only $141.25 (includes tax and textbook). Classes run from May 7 - July 9, from 7:00-9:30 pm. Contact Damaris McKinley for more information, or register online.


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