Renison HVAC system that shifts 97% of cooling power use to off-peak hours featured in trade magazine

Ed Fowler, Colin Umbach and Jim Robson standing in front of new TES cooling system at RenisonEnergy efficiency in the latest building addition to the Renison University College (Renison) campus has taken centre stage in Plumbing & HVAC, a trade magazine for the mechanical industry in Canada. An article written by Bruce Nagy highlights the use in our new building of ice-based thermal energy storage (TES) manufactured by Calmac because of its practical application in reducing energy loads brought on by the need for air-conditioning during summer peak hours. Renison HVAC system that shifts 97% of cooling power to off-peak hours featured in trade magazine

Renison puts accessibility issues front and centre at #GAAD16 event

Judi Jewinski speaks in front of audience at Accessibility Matters at Renison launch eventRenison University College (Renison) brought the issue of accessibility to the forefront on Global Accessibility Awareness Day by celebrating the launch of Accessibility Matters at Renison in an event that included refreshments and speakers on the topic of accessibility. After conducting an accessibility audit in April 2016 members of the Renison community acted quickly to put together a hub that would act as a central place to address immediate accessibility issues through a reporting system, take suggestions, celebrate staff and faculty champions and share the latest news around accessibility around Renison. Renison brings accessibility issues front and centre on #GAAD16

During the launch of the website, along with reporting and suggestion functions, Judi Jewinski also highlighted the Meet our Champions feature which features an accessibility champion from within the Renison community. Our first champion is a member of our faculty, Professor Christine Logel who provided us with an interview on what accessibility means to her. How We Champion Accessibility: Spotlight on Christine Logel

Along with the launch also came the release of the exciting news that thanks to Waterloo`s Federation of Students Student Life Endowment Fund, Renison will soon feature two new accessible water fountains with bottle filling stations! Renison Academic Student Council (RASC) president Kayla Wright applied for the funds last winter to replace the outdated fountain next to Renison`s Welcome Centre and supply one to Renison`s newest academic building. RASC secures funding from FEDS to install two accessible water fountains

Renison prof featured on expert panel discussing the growing trend of mindfulness in western culture

stick figure in meditation poseThe practice of mindful meditation or mindfulness has been a growing trend for many years now, and this topic was recently addressed on The Diane Rehm Show on American University Radio (WAMU 88.5) with host Diane Rehm by Renison professor Jeff Wilson from the Culture and Language Studies department. The show included a panel of other experts from various areas of the subject of mindfulness that fielded questions from both the host and audience members who called in to the show. Professor Jeff Wilson featured on expert panel discussing the growing trend of mindfulness in western culture

Renison prof discovers important relationship between social work and environmentalism 

Guelph water towerIn an article published last month in the Journal of Social Work, Professor Rob Case outlined how the fields of social work and environmentalism are now beginning to intersect by looking at a case study of water activism in Guelph, Ontario. The article highlighted the concept of "community resilience" as a framework for communities to work from when concerned about wellbeing and how to support it when dealing with the adverse effects of environmental change among other negative factors. Renison professor discovers important relationship between social work and environmentalism 

Renison invites select group of high school students to experience university for the weekend

group of student pose at SDS Social weekend in the atrium at RenisonRenison University College (Renison) gave a select group of exceptional grade 11 Social Science students the opportunity to surround themselves with peers who share similar interests and leadership traits, enhance their knowledge of the Social Sciences, learn something new, ask questions, and experience university life. Student participants were given the opportunity to tour the Renison facility, take part in three workshops hosted by Renison professors, listen to keynote speaker Jessica del Rosso, meet current SDS students, and stay in our residence at Renison for one night. We asked a couple of these students questions about their experience and this is what they had to say Renison invites select group of high school students to experience university for the weekend (Q&A style)

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