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June 2014

Hey Waterloo students - you do some pretty awesome things and we want to tell your stories of success. Help us bring your accomplishments (and those of your friends) to life. While you're here, read what other students are up to, share their stories and tell the world about the cool, smart and fun things Waterloo students do.

Raise your voice

Fatin with Margarita Astrálaga, the Regional Director, UNEP Regional Office for Latin America & the Caribbean

Fatin with Margarita Astrálaga, the Regional Director, UNEP Regional Office for Latin America & the Caribbean

Environment student wins vlogging competition, advocates for environmental action in Barbados

Fatin Chowdhury, a UWaterloo Environment student, has a fierce commitment to sustainability in the face of climate change. Recently, he followed this passion and entered a vlogging competition held by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), where actor and UNEP ambassador, Don Cheadle personally selected him for first place.

A shift in perspective

A woman stands looking at a wall of Brodie's photographs in Cafe Pyrus.

Photos by Hannah Love Yoon

Environment student captures the urban shift in China

Third-year Environment student Brodie Vissers travelled to China last year to help build a community centre and skate park in Yunnan province. When he arrived in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan, he visited thriving villages but by the time he left, those same villages had been torn down for new development. Brodie took photos of this transition throughout his stay, and this month he exhibited those photos for the first time in Café Pyrus in Kitchener.

Telling the story of sustainability

Phil and his volunteers stand together behind bags of trash they cleaned up in Arnprior.

Environment student advocates for sustainability on- and offline

This past weekend, a group of volunteers organized by third-year Environment & Business student Phil Murphy gathered in Arnprior, Ontario to clean-up their community together. In just one hour they filled five garbage bags while working along the marina. Phil’s commitment to the environment reaches far beyond his hometown though.

Sounding off

Caroline Bordignon

Second-year Arts student’s first orchestral piece performed at Sound in the Land

Guest blog by Caroline Bordignon

On June 6, the Waterloo Chamber Players performed my orchestral piece, Wind at the Sonic Convergences Concert during the Sound in the Land 2014 music festival at Conrad Grebel. This was a very exciting opportunity for me as a student, and I feel extremely privileged to have been a part of it.

A poetic solution

Matt Neill

Arts student awarded for integrated, interactive media project

At Toronto Digifest 2014, English student Matt Neill competed against 40 teams from 13 different post-secondary schools, and earned the ‘Best Integrated Media Project’ award for his Point of Experience Technology (POET).

A positive impact

Melissa, Dominique, Sarah, and Bianca pose with Professor Chris Hadfield at the IMPACT! Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership.

Environment students attend sustainability leadership conference

Connecting with over 170 youth leaders from across Canada, meeting Chris Hadfield, learning to play the djembe drum, engaging with environmental professionals, and tackling a diverse range of sustainability issues - what do all of these things have in common? The fact that we were able to experience it all within four days at the IMPACT! Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership this past May.

Champions of safety

The Lifesaving Club poses with their National Championship banner.

University of Waterloo Lifesaving Club earns first national championship banner

Adrian Cossu, the UWaterloo Lifesaving Club president has been training for and competing in lifesaving sport competitions for almost 10 years, and this year he and his team brought the national championship banner home to Waterloo for the first time.

Locally grown

Lexi Salt stands infront her new community garden with St. Paul's staff and faculty who supported her project.

St. Paul’s GreenHouse student opens campus community garden

Guest blog by Lexi Salt

Thursday, May 22 was a very important day for me, for St. Paul’s University College, and I would argue, for the entire university. On this day, the St. Paul’s Community Garden officially opened!