Wednesday, February 10, 2010

  • New-look business cards and paper coming
  • Call for nominations to Senate
  • Dragons, phish, stress, teaching awards
  • Editor:
  • Chris Redmond
  • Communications and Public Affairs

Opening of the Physics Building, Feb 10, 1960

Fifty years ago today, dignitaries unveiled a plaque at the official opening of the “Physics and Mathematics Building”, now known just as Physics. It was the university’s second new building, following “Chemistry and Chemical Engineering” (now Doug Wright Engineering). Officiating at the ceremony were Waterloo’s founding president, J. Gerald Hagey; chancellor Ira G. Needles; and E. W. R. Steacie, president of the National Research Council. The photo is from the K-W Record negative collection in the UW Archives.

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New-look business cards and paper coming

TThe new visual identity framework for the University of Waterloo developed throughout 2009 will have one addition: there will be a secondary stationery option that includes a business card and letterhead with a wordmark and shield design. 

New business card“Executive Council has confirmed support for the new visual identity that uses the Gotham wordmark, colours representing the faculties, and lines representing the movement forward that’s part of Waterloo’s identity,” says Provost Feridun Hamdullahpur. “Adding the secondary stationery option allows for the advancement of our positioning strategy while respecting the desires of those on campus who prefer a more traditional approach to presenting Waterloo to their audiences.

Publications, the university’s web space, and items from banners and podium flags to presentation folders and the new booth for the Ontario Universities Fair will transition to the new look throughout 2010, says Meg Beckel, vice-president, external relations. All university faculty and staff are encouraged to order business cards and stationery in the new look as they need new supplies after February 19th.

old business cardThe secondary stationery option (letterhead and business cards only) will also be available at that time. This added option will not be identical to current cards and letterheads, as the mark will feature the words “University of Waterloo” in Gotham font over the original shield design from the university’s seal (with three differentiated lions, rather than the lions being the same). That mark is not for use anywhere other than on the letterhead and cards some individuals may choose to order. As was stated in the November 30th Daily Bulletin story, we will no longer use the old wordmark and old shield as a logo, and we will phase out its use as supplies are depleted. 

Waterloo Graphics aims to have an online ordering form ready for cards and stationery by Friday, February 19. Based on campus feedback, several stationery options using the new visual identity framework will be made available, including ones using our black, gold and red colours; a multicoloured approach similar to the road banners; and faculty-specific colours.

Next up is a detailed Waterloo Positioning Guide, which is being finalized and will be available online for everyone on campus in March, says Beckel. This will include four sections:

  1. An introduction to why Waterloo underwent an identity review and the promise and position that came out of that process.
  2. Writing tips and guidelines for telling Waterloo’s stories in publications, both in print and online.
  3. A visual identity guideline: How to use the system of wordmarks, fonts, and colours, and advice on appropriate use of the university’s official seal. This section will also include advice on photography.
  4. What this all looks like: a portfolio of examples.

“The positioning guide is being pulled together so everyone can learn how to do his or her part to tell the Waterloo story in a consistent way so we can strengthen our position as a top-tier university in Canada,” says Beckel. “The guide will give Waterloo’s community the tools they need, both visuals and words, so everyone we touch – our students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, co-op employers, and the community – knows who we are, what we represent, how we differ from other universities, and how we’re working together to make the future a better future.”

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Call for nominations to Senate

from the Secretariat

Nominations are requested for the following seats on Senate:

Faculty Representatives

One faculty member of the university to be elected by / from each faculty of the university, terms May 1, 2010 to April 30, 2013.

One faculty member of the university to be elected by / from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, term May 1, 2010 to April 30, 2011.

Faculty-at-large Representatives

Seven faculty members of the university to be elected by / from the members of faculty of the university, terms May 1, 2010 to April 30, 2013.

Faculty Representative from Conrad Grebel University College and St. Jerome's University

One faculty member to be elected by / from the members of faculty of Conrad Grebel University College, term May 1, 2010 to April 30, 2013.

One faculty member to be elected by / from the members of faculty of St. Jerome's University, term May 1, 2010 to April 30, 2013.

Graduate Student Representatives

Two graduate students of the university to be elected by / from the full- and part-time graduate students of the university, terms May 1, 2010 to April 30, 2012.

Nomination forms are available from the Secretariat (x36125) and from the Secretariat webpage; see

At least five nominators are required in each case.  Nominations should be sent to the Secretariat, Needles Hall, Room 3060, no later than 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 3, 2010.  Elections will follow if necessary.

Senators whose terms expire April 30, 2010

Faculty:  Jane Buyers (fine arts), Sujeet Chaudhuri (electrical & computer engineering), Tara Collington (French studies), Tristanne Connolly (SJU), Peter Douglas (chemical engineering), Keith Hipel (systems design engineering), John Honek (chemistry), Heather Mair (recreation & leisure studies), Paul McDonald* (health studies & gerontology), Elizabeth Meiering* (chemistry), John North (English language & literature), Jim Pankratz* (CGR), Metin Renksizbulut (mechanical & mechatronics engineering), Susan Wismer (environment & resource studies), Michael Worswick (mechanical & mechatronics engineering), Frank Zorzitto* (pure mathematics)

Graduate Students:  Michael Makahnouk (earth & environmental sciences), Rashid Rehan* (civil & environmental engineering)

*not eligible for re-election

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Dragons, phish, stress, teaching awards

Chinese dragon graphicChinese New Year starts this Sunday, February 14, but some people are already celebrating. Heather Kelly of food services writes about “the great Chinese New Year dinner we are hosting at Mudie's in Village 1!” It’s today, 4:30 – 7 p.m. “And it gets better, we were able to arrange to have the Dragon Dance performed live in Mudie's Cafeteria! The show does not last long, so anyone interested in seeing it should be there promptly at 6 p.m.”

It could do your heart good to make time to attend the Employee Assistance Program Brown Bag session on “Stress: The Heart of the Matter,” on Thursday, noon to 1 p.m., in Davis Centre room 1304. “Although stress can sometimes be a good thing, too much stress can actually harm your health and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke,” says EAP’s description. “So, whether you're dealing with stress, good (for example weddings) or bad (for example the loss of a loved one), we can all benefit from learning effective stress-busting techniques. Join Lusia Desousa from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, who will discuss the different types of stress, symptoms of excess stress, how stress impacts the body, and the relationship between stress, heart disease, and stroke. Many helpful stress-busting tips will be shared.”

“It might be worth reminding people again about phishing,” says Jason Testart, manager of IT security in IST. A number of people, including Testart himself, have received bogus emails that appear to come from someone at Bell. The message begins, “Dear E-mail User” and informs you that “We are currently upgrading our system and deleting email that is no longer valid. To complete your Account Verification process, you are to reply this message and enter your Username and Password respectively in the space provided below this email. You are required to do this before the next 48hrs or your mail Account will be de-activated and erased from our Database.” Testart says the problem has been reported to Bell. As always, never give anyone any passwords and never reply to such messages: just delete them.

The nomination deadline for the Amit and Meena Chakma Awards for Exceptional Teaching by a Student is coming up fast: it’s this Friday, February 12.  The awards are open to all registered students who have a formal teaching role at the University of Waterloo. From the website: “The selection committee will look for intellectual vigour and communication skills in the interpretation and presentation of subject matter. Concern for and sensitivity to the academic need of the students is an important criterion.” More information about the award, criteria, and judging, as well as a nomination form, is on the Centre for Teaching Excellence teaching awards webpage.

Want some input on the public face of your city? The City of Kitchener’s Public Art Working Group committee is eager for responses from the public to their Public Art Survey / questionnaire. The deadline to respond is this Friday, the 12th.

CPA staff

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Link of the day

Le Carnaval

When and where

Federation of Students polls continue today, close Thursday at 8 p.m.

Class enrolment appointments for spring term courses, February 8-13 on Quest. Open enrolment begins February 15.

‘Freedom to read’ bookstore sale, continues today, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., South Campus Hall concourse.

Haiti Earthquake Relief video game tournament, all proceeds to Doctors Without Borders. Prizes. Today, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Student Life Centre, Great Hall.

Library workshop: “RSS Feeds” today, 10:00, Flex Lab, Dana Porter Library. Details.

Graduating students’ information session and lunch sponsored by student life office and alumni affairs office, today, 11:30, Needles Hall room 1116. Repeated February 23. Details.

UW Recreation Committee presents “The Five F’s of Heart Healthy Eating” today, 12:00, Dana Porter Library room 329.

Free noon concert: Dennis Bender, operatic bass, with Joanne Bender, piano, today, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel UC chapel.

Planning school speaker series. Scott Nevin, director of policy development, City of Waterloo, "Growth Management in Waterloo," today, 12:30 p.m.,  EV1 room 354.

Staff workshop: “Sell Your Skills” in job interviews and performance reviews, today, 3:00, Tatham Centre room 1208. Register by e-mail: lkoblyk@

‘Thinking About Pharmacy?’ workshop today, 5:30, Tatham Centre room 1208. Details.

Alumni in Palo Alto: reception with dean of science and guest speaker Calvin Harley, BSc 1975, “Seeds of (Cell) Immortality”, today, 6:00. Details.

Alumni in San Francisco: join dean of science Terry McMahon for breakfast on Thursday, 8 a.m. Details.

‘Find books and more’ workshop on doing research in the UW library, Thursday at 10:00, February 22 at 1:30, March 1 at 10:30, Flex Lab, Dana Porter Library. Details.

‘Better searching, better marks’ workshop on doing research in the UW library, Thursday at 1:30, March 15 at 1:30, Flex Lab, Dana Porter Library. Details.

‘Career Interest Assessment’ workshop Thursday, 2:30, Tatham Centre room 1112. Details.

Chemical engineering Park Reilly Distinguished Seminar: Jim McLellan, Queen’s University, “Following the Curve: Statistical Estimation When the Data Include Profiles” Thursday, 3:30, Doug Wright Engineering room 2529.

Classical Studies talk. Waldemar Heckel, Alexander the Great expert from University of Calgary, public lecture on "Alexander the Great and Achilles," Thursday, 4 - 5 p.m. in Arts Lecture Hall room 105.

Reading and book signing: Yan Li, Lily in the Snow, Thursday, 4:30 to 6:30, Renison UC chapel lounge.

Engineering alumni reception at Google (Mountain View, California) Thursday, 6 p.m. Details.

Loving to Learn Day Friday; contest information online.

Valentine’s Day luncheon buffet (11:30 to 2:00) and dinner (5:00 to 8:00), Friday, University Club, reservations ext. 33801.

Centre for Teaching Excellence workshop: “Understanding the Learner” Friday, 1:00, Flex Lab, Dana Porter Library. Details.

Chinese Students and Scholars Association New Year festival event Friday, 7:00, Humanities Theatre.

Family Day holiday Monday, February 15; UW offices and most services closed.

Reading Week February 15-19; classes not held.

Chinese New Year: celebrate the Year of the Tiger, 11:30 to 2:00, February 16 - 19, University Club, reservations ext. 33801.

UW Recreation Committee Book Club discusses A Mercy by Toni Morrison, Wednesday, February 17, 12:00, Dana Porter Library room 407. Details.

"What is Chinese New Year?"  presentation by Waterloo International on traditional culture, Chinese calligraphy and traditional treats, February 18, noon to 1 p.m. in Needles Hall room 1116.

Last day for 50 per cent tuition fee refund, February 19. Drop (penalty 1) period ends, February 26.

Positions available

On this week's list from the human resources department:

• Administrator, School of Optometry (Centre for Sight Enhancement), USG 10
• Mechanic I – plumber, plant operations
• 3rd class stationary engineer, plant operations
• 12-month internal secondment or external contract opportunity: Undergraduate services co-ordinator, dean of science office, USG 7
• 8-month internal secondment or external contract opportunity: Graduate studies co-ordinator/records specialist, graduate studies office, USG 6
• 12-month internal secondment or external contract opportunity: Computing administrator, School of Architecture, USG 7

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