Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Coronavirus - updated February 11

Public Health have issued new guidance that we have reflected on the website – namely that if you have been in Hubei province you need to contact Public Health and isolate. New arrivals from China also need to monitor for symptoms.

There have been a number of students contacting Waterloo who feel ostracised, or who are experiencing racism. At Renison and Waterloo, we value each other as individuals. We all belong here. Fostering our spirit of genuine care and concern is so important at a time when many people are feeling scared or nervous about the coronavirus outbreak. We must show empathy and concern for people in our community who are directly affected by the virus and work together to stand against racism of any kind.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

SDS faculty member Kelly Laurila uses song and drumming to support Wet’suwet’en

Group pf people standing in a circle Renison's hallway. Kelly Laurila, centre, drums and sings.

Last week, a busy hallway in Renison was filled with the sound of song and drumming in support of the Wet’suwet’en people, who are currently protesting the building of a pipeline through their traditional territory in British Columbia.

Friday, January 31, 2020

“You have changed my life”: Kirsten's Story

Kirsten and her dog, near the plaque with Eva Leflar's name on it.

"This award has changed my life. I have nothing but sincere gratitude and hope that you understand the immense impact you have made not only on my life in university, but the opportunities you have afforded me that will follow me the rest of my life." - Kirsten

Friday, January 31, 2020

Renison Recollections: Renison in the 1960s

Renison Residence, built in 1962, with a parking lot and 1960s cars.

We are the old-timers, a sometimes overlooked generation of Renison grads. Born after World War 2, we were the first wave of baby-boomers to swell student populations of Ontario universities in the 1960s, many of which did not exist a decade or two earlier, Waterloo and Renison included.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Professor Yan Li wins Chinese literary prize

Yan Li headshot

Professor Yan Li, part of the Culture and Language Studies department, was recently awarded winner in the prose category of the Fangzhimin Literary Prize, an award first launched in 2019. 

Monday, January 6, 2020

Project directed by Dr. Kristina Llewellyn featured on CBC

Woman wearing virtual reality goggles and headphones.

The Digital Oral Histories for Reconciliation (DOHR) project hit the news again in December, featured on CBC's The National. The project is directed by Renison's Dr. Kristina Llewellyn, and uses virtual reality (VR) to tell personal accounts of abuse at the ‘Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children.’ It is the first time in Canada that personal storytelling and immersive technology has been used in this way, allowing students to fully engage in the subject matter, and then participate in discussion.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

In Memoriam: The Right Reverend Clarence Mitchell

The Renison community mourns the passing of the Right Reverend Clarence Mitchell. 

Mitchell has many ties to Renison. He was named an Honorary Senior Fellow in the 1980s, and he ordained our President, Dr. Wendy Fletcher, when she became a deacon.  

More details can be found on the Anglican Diocese of Niagara's website

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

BSW students encourage peer connections with "The Connection Bench"

Green bench in front of a window, with an emoji cushion, a red cushion and a colourful cushion.

In mid-November the hallway in front of the Renison Registrar’s Office got a new addition – a brightly painted green bench, with some comfortable cushions and some signage.

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