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Friday, February 27, 2015

  • Faculty reach 3-year salary agreement
  • Celebrating Waterloo's cool factor
  • AVP International to retire this spring
  • Student portal: building momentum
  • Friday's notes

Faculty reach 3-year salary agreement

A message from the Vice-President, Academic & Provost.

The University is delighted to announce that the university and faculty association negotiating teams have reached agreement for faculty salaries starting May 1, 2015. The length of the agreement is for three years, until April 30, 2018. Terms of the agreement regarding scale are: 1.95 percent increase in each of the first two years, and 1.50 percent increase in the third year. Other terms include changes to the thresholds in the faculty salary structure and to the unspent balance in the Faculty Professional Expense Reimbursement, and the establishment of a working group on possible faculty salary inequities.

We are grateful to the members of the negotiating teams - FAUW: Professor Lynne Taylor (Chief Negotiator), Professor Lori Curtis and Professor Shelley Hulan - and the University: Professor Ian Goulden (Chief Negotiator), Professor Jean Andrey and Professor Doug Peers.


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Celebrating Waterloo's cool factor

by Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor.

Feridun Hamdullahpur.As promised in our last update, I am pleased to provide to you our inaugural State of the University report. The report, Defining Tomorrow, is available both in print and in an enriched digital format. In today’s globally competitive post-secondary education sector, we need to tell our story well. This report communicates very clearly that Waterloo is academically strong, unique, bold, innovative, and prepared to take on the world’s foremost challenges.


Being a global leader means attracting and retaining the best students, faculty, and staff.


On February 3 I was proud to announce Sandra Banks as vice-president university relations, and Stephen Watt as dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science. Welcoming them both on board is a testament to Waterloo’s ability to attract the best and brightest, not only in our students, but in our staff and faculty as well.


I travelled to San Francisco this month to welcome industry leaders, policymakers, academics, startups, VCs and alumni to the University of Waterloo Innovation Showcase in Silicon Valley at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual conference. AAAS shone a light on some of the world-changing research and technology to come out of the University of Waterloo, including: BlackBerry, Clearpath Robotics, the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, the Institute of Quantum Computing, MappedIn, Nicoya Lifesciences, Nuvation Engineering, Palette, and WAVElab. It was a wonderful evening showcasing Waterloo’s innovative spirit, and we managed to further deepen our valuable connection with Silicon Valley.


Additionally, Waterloo’s robust participation in AAAS was an opportunity to build enhanced links with academic and institutional leaders at some of the world’s leading research universities and market leading organizations. This is key to growing opportunities for our students and faculty, and for ensuring Waterloo’s story is never far from centre stage in our sector.


That was certainly the case in Ottawa this month, as I joined my colleagues across the country and Governor General David Johnston to celebrate Canada’s top Natural Sciences and Engineering Researchers for 2015. I encourage you to read about the prestigious awards and their recipients, several Waterloo researchers among them.

Congratulations to our distinguished award winners!

Feridun Hamdullahpur presents an award at the Business Excellence gala.


Closer to home, I was proud to be present an award at the 2015 Business Excellence Awards Gala last week. The gala allows the Chamber of Commerce to recognize businesses and entrepreneurs through twelve awards to those who have made a significant impact as role models in our community through their involvement and leadership. I was pleased to present an award and to extend my congratulations to all nominees.


This month’s Treat-a-Gram was another success thanks to campus-wide participation and the hands of many volunteers. I am pleased to say that through treat sales, as well as additional gifts made at the time of purchase, we raised $12,724 in support of the General Student Wellness Fund.


Thank you to all of you who participated, and especially those of you who lent your time and effort to making the project a success.


If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the Treat-a-Gram 2015 video and end your week with a smile.


On February 19th, Grade 10 students and their parents were invited to campus for an evening of information on post-secondary education. The event covered topics such as: finding a program you’ll love, admissions and applying to the university, how to pay for post-secondary education, and tips from current Waterloo students. Again, it’s all about attracting the best and brightest.


I hope all of our current students enjoyed the February reading week, and caught up both with their studies and their sleep!


Thanks to all of you for your hard work this month. February can be a tough month to get through – but spring is almost upon us!


With best wishes for a great weekend,





Pictured: Feridun Hamdullahpur presents the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Lesley Warren, owner of Lesley Warren Design Group, at the 2015 Business Excellence Awards Gala on Friday, February 20.


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AVP International to retire this spring

Nello Angerilli."Effective April 30, 2015 Dr. Nello Angerilli will retire as Associate Vice-President, International," says a note from Vice-President, Academic & Provost Ian Orchard. "Steps to appoint an interim Associate Vice-President are underway and a search committee will be established to appoint a new AVP, International in due time."

"At this time I would like to thank Nello for his many contributions to the University of Waterloo. Since joining UW in February 2013 Nello has led the transformation of Waterloo International as it repositions itself to support the university’s needs. As champion of the Internationalization theme under the strategic plan, Nello has steered UW towards global prominence and internationalization through strategic partnerships."

"We wish Nello all the best as he moves onto the next chapter, in which he intends to become a full-time sailor, prepare his small boat to cross a big ocean, and complete the next leg of a voyage, from Mexico to the South Pacific and New Zealand, that started in Vancouver 5 years ago."

"Bon voyage Nello!"


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Student portal: building momentum

The student portal has built some strong momentum as Engineering and Mathematics students have logged in this term, joining Arts and Environment students who gained access last year. Students in Applied Health Sciences will be invited mid-March, followed by Faculty of Science students in May.


A screenshot of the student portal.The mobile-friendly student communication tool delivers the Waterloo information students need, just when they need it. Based on student feedback, a new user interface was released last December, reconfiguring the layout with a widget browser. This lets students favourite their commonly accessed widgets and deliver content one widget at a time – an easier way for them to consume the information.


Student user feedback has been very positive and to gather further insights, we are hosting two student consultation groups, March 3 and 12. These sessions will help us understand how students are using the portal, ask for changes they’d like to see, and discover ideas for future cross-campus promotions.


The portal’s first Hackathon is planned for March 21. This group will help us test the newly created student development framework and they can create their own portal widgets. Their feedback will help us revise the framework so student web development can be offered more broadly in the fall term.


We’ve recently added new content:

  • WatCard widget – displays current balance and last transaction
  • Awards widget – lists undergraduate awards searchable by name and program/faculty (graduate awards coming later)
  • Computer labs widget – displays real-time lab availability in Arts and Engineering

Stay updated on the portal’s progress by reading regular news updates on the student portal site. If you would like to be included in the campus partner email updates, please email Jude Doble, the student portal project manager.


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Friday's notes

If you are a first or second-year Mathematics or Computer Science student who loves free sushi, then consider yourself invited to a special Computational Mathematics Sushi Night to learn more about the program on Wednesday, March 11 at 4:30 p.m. in—where else—the DC 1301 fishbowl.

"It will be an opportunity to socialize and enjoy some good sushi and a variety of Japanese cuisine," writes Patricia Robinson-Angel. "Computational Mathematics seniors and alumni will share their experiences."


RSVP to Patricia Robinson-Angel by Monday, March 2. if you are able to make it.


Test The Library's Website.There's still time to help the Library make its new website easier to use by taking a 10-minute online test that focuses on click-preference and site navigation. "Your responses will help us to organize the content on our website," says a note from the Library. Participants will be eligible to win an iPad mini. The test closes on February 28, 2015.


The Waterloo Region Record has a profile of Waterloo engineering alumnus Jaisal Chauhan who died on Whistler Mountain this week.


Connect with NSERC's president on a vision for 2020: As part of a cross-Canada tour, NSERC president B. Mario Pinto will be on-campus to meet with researchers, students, administrators, and stakeholders to discuss the NSERC 2020 Strategic Plan. Thursday, March 12, 10 a.m. to noon, Federation Hall, Main Hall. Seating is limited so please register by March 6.


Human Resources is reporting that the following staff members will retire, effective March 1, 2015:


  • Rosella Leis, who started at Waterloo in July 2001, retires as a staff member in Conrad Grebel University College;
  • Ann Saddington, who started at the University in July 2007, retires as Payroll Benefits Administrator in Human Resources;
  • Gordon Hitchman, who started working at the University in September 1989, retires as Research Associate in Mechanical Engineering;
  • Robin Atchison, who started working in December 2004, retires as administrative assistant and publicity co-ordinator in the Drama and Speech Communication department; and
  • JJ with his golden record at the Bombshelter Pub.John "JJ" Jongerius, who started working at the University of Waterloo's Federation of Students in May 1974 as the manager of the Feds Record Store, and who retires as Manager of Feds Used Books after more than 40 years with the Feds. After two years as an undergraduate student studying cultural anthropology and political science, JJ got a job with the Feds part-time beginning in 1973, holding various positions with Feds and its Board of Entertainment (BEnt), which produced and promoted concerts for Waterloo students, bringing such performers as The Bee Gees, Joni Mitchell, Sha Na Na, Leonard Cohen, and Frank Zappa to campus, just to name a few. From 1974 to 1991, he managed the record store, which was located in the Campus Centre, and took on the role of manager of the Used Bookstore in 1988. He was also the Feds' postmaster from 1990 to 2000, the manager of the Variety Store and Scoops, the Feds' ice-cream stand (now Wasabi!) from 1995 to 2000. At his farewell party in the Bombshelter Pub on Wednesday, his friends and colleagues presented him with a cake highlighting his penchant for loud Hawaiian shirts, and a special framed golden record commemorating his years of service with the Federation of Students over four decades.


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Updated 2015-2016 calendar now online

The Registrar's Office is reporting that dates for several online courses have changed, and so the Important Dates chart for the 2015-2016 academic calendar has been updated.


Link of the day

Chillingly appropriate: it's International Polar Bear Day today

When and where

UWaterloo CanBuild, Monday, February 9 to Thursday, March 12. Details.


Success on the Job, Friday, February 27, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., TC 1208. Details.


Knowledge Integration Seminar: Life After KI, Friday, February 27, 2:30 p.m., EV3 1408. Details.


English Language and Literature presents Professor Bruce Robbins, Columbia University, "The Absence of Imagination," Friday, February 27, 3:00 p.m. HH 150.


Philosophy Colloquium featuring Jacqueline Sullivan, Western University, "Construct Stabilization and the Unity of Neuroscience," Friday, February 27, 3:30 p.m., HH 373. Details.


Bridges Lecture: Mathematics and Democracy, Friday, February 27, 7:30 p.m., Siegfried Hall, St. Jerome's University. Details.


Waterloo Centre for German Studies presents author Daniela Wolff, “Kurzsturz,” Monday, March 2, 11:30 a.m., ML 216. Details.


School of Architecture Book Launch event, Monday, March 2, 6:00 p.m., Bridge Storefront, 60 Main Street, Cambridge. Details.


Panel: Career Paths in the Risk Management Industry, Wednesday, March 4, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tatham Centre room 2218.


Velocity Alpha: Pitch Like A Pro, Wednesday, March 4, 7:30 p.m., Mathematics & Computer building room 2054. Details.


Career Exploration and Decision Making, Thursday, March 5, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tatham Centre room 1112.


Healthy Workplace Brown Bag Lunch session, "Reducing Stigma: Mental Health in the Workplace," Thursday, March 5, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., DC1302.


Presidential Lecture with Nobel recipient Edmund Phelps, Thursday, March 5, 2:00 p.m., QNC 0101. Details.


Water Institute Lecture featuring John Smol, Queen’s University, “Exploring the past to protect our future: Using lake sediments to study water quality issues”, Thursday, March 5, 2:30 p.m., DC 1302. Details.


Make Networking Count, Thursday, March 5, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tatham Centre room 1208.


Professional School Interviews (Standard and MMI), Thursday, March 5, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tatham Centre room 1208.


International Women's Day Dinner, Friday, March 6, 5:30 p.m., University Club. Details.


The Department of Philosophy and the Canadian Bioethics Society present “Makayla’s Choice: Ethics and the Aboriginal Right to Pursue Traditional Medicine,” Friday, March 6, 3:30 p.m., HH 373.


DaCapo Chamber Choir, conducted by Leonard Enns, Professor Emeritus at Conrad Grebel University College, presents “O Earth, Return!” Saturday, March 7, 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 8, 3:00 p.m. with pianist Catherine Robertson. Tickets are available online.


Water Institute Lecture Series featuring Professor John Smol, Queen's University, "Exploring the Past to Protect our Future: Using Lake Sediments to Study Water Quality Issues," Thursday, March 5, 2:30 p.m., DC 1302. Details.


Résumé Tips: Think Like an Employer, Monday, March 9, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tatham Centre room 2218.


For graduate students and post docs: Mitacs - Essentials of Productive Term, Tuesday, March 10, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tatham Centre room 2218.


Work Search Strategies, Tuesday, March 10, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tatham Centre room 1208.


“Taking it personally: Why Gender Violence is an Issue for Men” – A lecture by Dr. Jackson Katz, Tuesday, March 10, 4:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre, Hagey Hall. Note the change in location. Details.


Velocity Science: Brainstorming, Tuesday, March 10, 7:30 p.m., Environment 3 room 4412. Details.


Noon Hour Concert, Metamorphosis featuring Mauro Bertoli, piano, Wednesday, March 11, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel. Free admission.


Career Interest Assessment (Strong Interest Inventory), Wednesday, March 11, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tatham Centre room 1214.


Computational Mathematics Sushi Night, Wednesday, March 11, 4:30 p.m., DC 1301. RSVP to Patricia Robinson-Angel by Monday, March 2.


Senior Co-op Student Panel: Strategies for Success, Wednesday, March 11, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tatham Centre room 2218.


Velocity Fund $5K Qualifier – Night 1, Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 p.m., Quantum-Nano Centre room 0101. Details.


UWaterloo CanBuild, Thursday, March 12. Details.


Connect with NSERC’s President on a Vision for 2020, Thursday, March 12, 10:00 a.m., Federation Hall, Main Hall. RSVP details.


For graduate students and post docs: Writing CVs and Cover Letters, Thursday, March 12, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tatham Centre room 1208.


2015 TD Walter Bean Lecture in Science featuring Tom Stohlgren, Ph.D., "Invasions from Inner Space: Species Invasions and Extinction," Thursday, March 12, 5:30 p.m., Humanities Theatre, Hagey Hall. Details.

PhD Oral Defences

Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering. Rakesh Goyal, "A Robust and Efficient Model for Fatigue Life Prediction of Welded Structures." Supervisor, Grzegorz Glinka. On deposit in the Engineering graduate office, PHY 3004. Oral defence Tuesday, March 3, 10:00 a.m., ERC 3012.

School of Planning. Tanya Markvart, "Planning for Social Change Towards Sustainability? Investigating Local Government Strategic Sustainability Planning in Canada." Supervisor, Pierre Filion. On display in the Faculty of Environment, EV1 335. Oral defence Monday, March 9, 10:00 a.m., EV2 1001.

Civil & Environmental Engineering. Akram Nour, "Automating and Optimizing a Transportation Model Classification Model for Use on Smart-Phone Data." Supervisors, Bruce Hellinga, Jeff Casello. On deposit in the Engineering graduate office, PHY 3004. Oral defence Monday, March 9, 1:30 p.m., E2 3324.

Management Sciences. Fazli Wahid, "The Impact of Internationalization on Post-IPO Performance Firms." Supervisor, Rod McNaughton. On deposit in the Engineering graduate office, PHY 3004. Oral defence Monday, March 9, 3:00 p.m., MC 2009.



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