UWaterloo Community Events

Hello April,

Here is a summary of some of the many upcoming events, activities, and opportunities for UWaterloo staff. If anyone has any events they would like to share in these monthly communications, please send them to lbolger@uwaterloo.ca.


A taste of Spring.  Elmira Maple Syrup Festival is being held Saturday, April 6 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come out and spend the day at the largest one-day maple syrup festival. Enjoy a sugar bush tour, live performances, pancake flipping contest, and lots of yummy food!


Columbia’s winter end of season sale is making room for a new spring line, so now is your chance to save on cold-weather items and get a first look at Columbia Sportswear’s latest apparel. Save 40 – 50% now until April 22.


Ending April 6, the Department of Fine Arts proudly presents Caesura, the 45th Annual Senior Undergraduate Exhibition featuring artwork by fourth year honours students completing the Fine Arts undergraduate degree program at the University of Waterloo. Presenting a diverse range of themes, materials and media, the exhibition reflects both the creativity of the students and the wide-range of studio-based practices that they have been exposed to. Exhibitions are free and open to the public at East Campus Hall 1239.


2019 Waterloo Staff Conference takes place April 8 and 9. OHD will host this 12th annual staff conference, which features world-class keynotes as well as workshops. Registration closes April 5 at 12 Noon. UWSA is again hosting a booth in STC between workshops so stop by and enter your name to win an Ipad Mini 4 (members only) and meet members of the UWSA Board of Directors.


The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the Kitchener Aud on April 10th. UW staff and faculty are being offered discounted tickets for this 7 p.m. game.


Interested in changing your work scenery?  Regular full-time University of Waterloo staff members are offered the opportunity to further their professional development through the Staff Enhancement Experience (SEE) Canada Grant. Funded through the Staff Excellence Fund and in collaboration with the UW Staff Association, the SEE Canada Grant allows recipients to participate in idea-exchange and learning alongside counterparts at other Canadian universities, colleges, research institutions or industry-partner organizations. A selection committee will review proposals from staff for travel to one or more Canadian organizations for a period of one to two weeks. There will be up to five proposals accepted and funding up to $5000 for each recipient. Learn more about the SEE Canada Grant, hear from one of last year’s winners, and ask any questions you may have by registering for one of our brown bag lunch information sessions:

April 15th 12pm-1pm, EC5-1111

April 23rd 12pm-1pm, DC 1304

The deadline for proposals is May 31st. For eligibility, application details and forms, please visit the SEE Canada Grant web page.

If you have any questions about the award, email seecanada@uwaterloo.ca.


The Centre for Ocular Research and Education is seeking participants for a spectacle study. Children between six and nine who wear glasses for myopia (nearsightedness) will receive $690 for 9 visits over three years and a free pair of spectacle frames. Register at COREstudies.ca.


Celebrate a new chapter for Women in Communications and Technology in Waterloo Region on Wednesday, April 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Perimeter Institute. Special guest speaker Dr. Donna Strickland, Canadian optical physicist and pioneer in the field of pulsed lasers and professor at UW, will share her personal journey from her early career to receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics to what is next. Learn more about your community chapter of Women in Communications and Technology while networking with other local professional women.


Are you due for a dose of inspiration this spring? Join us April 25th – 27th in Waterloo Region for Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC) Conference 2019! Register today ahead of the April 1st early bird rate deadline. With the theme of the conference being Making brave spaces: The importance of allyship in the institution, we have an incredible lineup of panels, sessions, and keynotes. President Timmons has graciously accepted our invitation to be a panelist, and we guarantee it will be funny, engaging, and inspiring. Elizabeth Nyamayaro, the Head of the UN Women’s HeForShe movement will be our keynote. Have you heard her story? Look her TED talk up if you haven’t. If you identify as a woman or as a non-binary aspiring leader, are in a leadership position, or you are a senior leader, please join us at SWAAC. We’d love for you to come to the table. And, be that ally: invite your colleagues, and those people who report to you. People in your department who would never consider themselves able to be leaders at this institution. We think this conference will convince them that they can.


CFUW KW is hosting its 55th annual giant used Book Sale April 26 and 27. CFUW KW has recognized and encouraged educational excellence by offering scholarships and awards at secondary and post-secondary levels in our region since 1964. The revenue from their book sale contributes to more than $400,000 that has been awarded to local women and girls since 1991. Drop off books, sheet music, CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and video games at back door of First United Church April 24 and 25.


Stratford Festival has a staff early bird offer. STAR tickets are $35 for plays and $45 for musicals, including fees for performances up to June 24th. Offer ends April 30.


UW Fitness is offering several specialized once weekly small group exercise programs for UW Staff and Faculty in addition to our regular twice weekly Small Group Personal Training. Thanks to funding from the UW Staff Association’s Staff Excellence Fund, UW Staff receive a 50% discount on all “Learn To” programs AND Small Group Personal Training sessions!  Take advantage of the private on campus facility under the guidance of our certified staff. Please see our website for more details and scheduling at https://uwaterloo.ca/uw-fitness/fitness-appraisal-and-training-services/staff-and-faculty-small-group-training. Email fitness@uwaterloo.ca to register or call ext. 36841 for more information. Spaces are limited and new programs are starting soon so sign up ASAP!


W3 (Waterloo Women's Wednesdays) is a gathering (and mailing list) of women and non-binary grad students, post-docs, staff and faculty that meets on the last Wednesday of each month. Sandra Ace, a registered dietician at Campus Wellness is the guest speaker on April 24th. On May 29, Meghan Marie Honsberger will talk about mindful smartphone use. Contact Laura McDonald for further details.


PERFECT GIFT FOR MOTHER’S AND FATHER’S DAY. Sunday, May 26, 2019. That’s the day UWSA will host a Blue Jay game outing.

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