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Monday, June 20, 2011

  • Canada Day next week: volunteers welcome
  • Newcomers of 1986 honoured tomorrow
  • Editor:
  • Chris Redmond
  • Communications and Public Affairs

[Kid with Canada T-shirt]Canada Day next week: volunteers welcome

by Brittany Stacey, Communications and Public Affairs

In a little over two weeks, a spectacular fireworks display will light the sky over the university’s north campus in celebration of Canada Day. This year marks the 27th annual University of Waterloo Canada Day Celebrations — a student-led event jointly hosted by the University of Waterloo and the Federation of Students that draws the biggest crowds of the year to Waterloo’s campus.

The event will run from 2 to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 1. Organizers expect that more than 60,000 local community members will join the university community to celebrate Canada’s 144th birthday. The opening ceremonies — set to kick off at 6 pm — will include the singing of the national anthem and Happy Birthday, along with the passing out of free cupcakes.

Lisa Willan, event manager, and Sheena Stevens, administrative coordinator, are leading this year’s event and currently finalizing every last detail of the day with help from the steering committee — a group of more than 25 student volunteers who help manage children’s activities and entertainment, arts and crafts fair, music, staging, volunteers, operations, security and concessions. 

Activity World brings together organizations from the local community to provide educational and entertaining activities for children throughout the day. Most activities run from 2 to 8 p.m. Among this year’s activities:

  • Fossil fish scavenger hunt and dinosaur puzzles by the university’s Earth Sciences Museum
  • Recycling sorting game and toilet paper challenge by the Region of Waterloo Waste Management
  • Canada Day wind-socks by the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
  • Foil art with artist Scott McNichol by the Homer Watson House & Gallery
  • Animal grossology exhibit craft by TheMuseum
  • Telescope display, solar system model and Mars Rover display by the student Space Society
  • Bike generator display and windmill turbine craft by STEP (Sustainable Technology Education Project)
  • Super slime by Engineering Science Quest
  • Energy producing bicycle and solar powered models by Waterloo Collegiate Institute’s e-team
  • An array of arts and crafts activities by the Girl Guides of Canada, K-W Terry Fox Run, Rangers Street Team, and the university’s MathSoc and EngSoc groups

This year’s main stage performances include The Lines Between, Juice, AirPlay, Eddy Culjak, The Waterboys, Mahy Riad, Scotty James, The Guys, Secret Broadcast and Patrick Robitaille. Performers for the children’s stage include Waterloo Kung Fu, Shamuon Generation, UW Hip Hop Club, Acabellas and Highland Troupe.

Food vendors will, of course, serve Canada Day classics throughout the day — hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, nachos, cotton candy, popcorn, pretzels and pizza — but also gourmet baked-potatoes, Chinese dishes, and freshly squeezed juice.

The event will come to a close with the grand finale fireworks display starting at 10 p.m. Parking is free in all university lots.

As in previous years, volunteer opportunities exist for university and high school students, as well as members of the general public. Volunteers can be involved in many aspects of the day including children’s activities, stage crew, face painting, security, operations, information tent, glowstick sales, setup and take-down, and concessions. More information on volunteer opportunities can be found on the web site.

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Newcomers of 1986 honoured tomorrow

Faculty and staff members who first came to Waterloo in 1986 will be honoured tomorrow evening as the 25-Year Club holds its annual reception in the Physical Activities Complex. Tomorrow's Daily Bulletin will include a few words about the events of 1986 and the intervening quarter-century, and about the 25-Year Club, but meanwhile, here's a list of this year's honorees, as provided by the human resources department:

Richard Andrighetti, Architecture
Sandra Avey, Optometry Clinic
James Barby, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Stephen Barr, Co-operative Education and Career Services
Teresa Boake, Architecture
John Boldt, Engineering Machine Shop
Peter Buhr, Computer Science
Jonathan Buss, Computer Science
Roy Carter, Plant Operations (Custodial)
Rosemary Chase, Information Systems and Technology
Mario Coniglio, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Christine Donovan, Dean of Mathematics Office
Peter Douglas, Chemical Engineering
Barry Ferguson, Dean of Mathematics Office
Michel Fich, Physics and Astronomy,
Bonnie Findlay, Physics and Astronomy
Susan Fisher, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Allan Fleming, Science Computing
Elsie Freiheit, Library
Greg Friday, Safety Office
Anna Gerrard, Health Services
Kathy Giles, Registrar

Gayle Goodfellow, Dean of Mathematics Office
Kimberly Groh, Centre for Extended Learning
Sylvia Hannigan, Speech Communication
Gail Henry, Library
Glenn Heppler, Systems Design Engineering
Ralph Higginson, Bookstore
John Honek, Chemistry
Jeffery Hovis, Optometry
Dennis Huber, Vice-President (Administration and Finance)
Jan Paul Huisson, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
Carmen Jaray, Central Stores
George Keta, Plant Operations (Buildings)
Kevin Luscott, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jenny MacIntyre, Mackenzie King Village
Murray McArthur, English Language and Literature
Alexander McCulloch, Library
Dawn McCutcheon, Dean of Applied Health Sciences Office
Stuart McGill, Kinesiology
Paul McKone, Centre for Knowledge Integration
Maria Mendes, Plant Operations (Custodial)
Karen Miinch, Biology
Wayne Oldford, Statistics and Actuarial Science

Hartwig Peemoeller, Physics and Astronomy
Alexander Penlidis, Chemical Engineering
Colleen Richardson, Systems Design Engineering
Guenter Scholz, Physics and Astronomy
Pennie Schrader, Co-operative Education and Career Services
Barbara Schumacher, Health Services
Carolyn Sedore, Dean of Mathematics Office
David Siegel, Applied Mathematics
Arminda Silva, Plant Operations (Custodial)
Ireneusz Szarycz, Germanic and Slavic Studies
David Thrower, Plant Operations (Grounds)
Doris Tom, Information Systems and Technology
John Vardon, English Language Proficiency
Dianne Vezsenyi, Co-operative Education and Career Services
Edward Vrscay, Applied Mathematics
David Walsh, Engineering Computing
Jean Webster, Institute for Computer Research
Gordon Willmot, Statistics and Actuarial Science
Beverley Winkler, Chemistry
Henry Wolkowicz, Combinatorics and Optimization

Tomorrow’s gala event, which starts at 6:00, will also honour some three dozen 35-year veterans who came to Waterloo in 1976 and are still serving as staff or faculty. Their names:

Tony Bairos, Central Stores
David Baumbach, Information Systems and Technology
Susan Baumbach, Plant Operations
Judith Ann Brown, Office of Research
Emanuel Carvalho, Economics
Lynn Crema, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
Wolfgang Dandyk, Library
David Frey, Plant Operations (Custodial)
Linda Grant, Health Services
Eric Haldenby, Architecture
Gretchen Harris, Physics and Astronomy

Ruth Hawes, Co-operative Education and Career Services
Joanne Holzinger, Dean of Environment Office
Betty Marie Jacobs, Dean of Mathematics Office
Ed Jernigan, Centre for Knowledge Integration
Connie Kovac, Library
John Lawrence, Pure Mathematics
David Mason, Information Systems and Technology 
Susan Mavor, Library
Esther Millar, Library
Deborah Mustin, Computer Science
Olaf Naese, Co-operative Education and Career Services
Doug Painter, Kinesiology

Deborah Ann Pallas, Dean of Arts Office
Robert Prus, Sociology and Legal Studies
James Robinson, Environment and Resource Studies
Roger Sanderson, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Gordon Savage, Systems Design Engineering
Stephen Smith, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Nancy Theberge, Kinesiology
Debbie Tytko, Library
Anne Weber, Optometry
Rick Wiggins, Optometry
Jennifer Williams, Library
Peter Wilson, Plant Operations (Custodial)

The 25-Year Club event is organized by the human resources department (information, ext. 32078).


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Link of the day

World Refugee Day

When and where

Pre-enrolment for winter 2012 undergraduate courses, June 20-26 on Quest. Details.

Heritage Resources Centre study trip to Cotswolds area of England, Monday-Saturday.

University senate 4:00, Needles Hall room 3001.

Applied health sciences alumni networking reception at Canadian  Public Health Association conference, 4:30, Palais des Congrès, Montréal. Details.

Career workshop: Career Exploration and Decision Making, Tuesday 2:30 p.m., Tatham Centre room 1112. Details.

Summer Solstice celebration and fund-raiser for Heartwood Place , music by Steven Page and Alysha Brillinger, Tuesday 7:00, Federation Hall.

Young alumni get-together at Boiler House pub, Toronto, Tuesday from 8 p.m. Details.

‘Experience Meditation’ introductory seminar sponsored by Sahaja Yoga Meditation Club, Wednesday or Thursday 9:00, 1:00 or 7:00, Student Life Centre multipurpose room.

UW Recreation Committee presents introductory session on Feldenkrais method yoga, Wednesday 12:00, Student Life Centre multipurpose room.

Co-operative Education and Career Services reunion of present, former and retired staff, Wednesday 3:00 to 6:00, Tatham Centre, information ext. 33926.

Bright Starts Daycare Fun Fair to raise funds for equipment, Thursday 5:00 to 7:30, Paintin Place day care, UW Place complex, includes barbecue.

‘Oriental Carpets: Mystique, Patterns and Elements’ (Studies in Islam workshop series) Thursday 7 p.m., Dunker Family Lounge, Renison U College, RSVP j3miller@

‘Managing Your Personal Brand as a Woman Engineer’ talk by Sandy Kemsley, 1984 systems design graduate, sponsored by Women in Engineering, Friday 12:30, Carl Pollock Hall room 3604, RSVP rwittke@

Canada’s Wonderland trip organized by Federation of Students, Saturday, $54 in advance at Feds office, Student Life Centre.

4-on-4 beach volleyball tournament organized by Campus Recreation, Saturday, Federation Hall courts, registration ($40 per team) at athletics office, PAC.

‘Yoga in the Village’ free yoga and relaxation class sponsored by Employee Assistance Program, June 29, 12:05, Village I great hall, reservations e-mail sandra.gibson@

PhD oral defences

Biology. Janis L. Thomas, “Distribution, Diversity and Antimicrobial Resistance of Salmonella enterica Isolated from Urban and Rural Streams.” Supervisors, William D. Taylor and Robin M. Slawson. On display in the faculty of science, ESC 254A. Oral defence Wednesday, June 29, 9:30 a.m., Biology I room 266.

Electrical and computer engineering. Hassan Mostafa, “Robust Design of Variation-Sensitive Digital Circuits.” Supervisors, Mohab Anis, Mohamed I. Elmasry and Karim S. Karim. On display in the faculty of engineering, PHY 3004. Oral defence Wednesday, June 29, 2:00 p.m., CEIT building room 3142.

Mechanical and mechatronics engineering. Vahid Fallah, “Solidification Morphology in Laser Powder Deposition of Ti-Nb Alloys.” Supervisors, Amir Khajepour and Steve F. Corbin. On display in the faculty of engineering, PHY 3004. Oral defence Thursday, June 30, 9:00 a.m., Engineering III room 4117.

Psychology. Stephanie Solc, “Not All Syllogisms Are Created Equal: Varying Premise Believability Reveals Differences Between Conditional and Categorical Syllogisms.” Supervisor, Jonathan Fugelsang. On display in the faculty of arts, PAS 2434. Oral defence Thursday, June 30, 10:00 a.m., PAS (Psychology) building room 3026.

Electrical and computer engineering. Rami Fathy Amin Gomaa Salem, “Computer Aided Design Solutions for Design for Manufacturability: Process Variation Analysis and Design Optimization Techniques.” Supervisors, Mohab Anis and David Nairn. On display in the faculty of engineering, PHY 3004. Oral defence Wednesday, July 6, 10:30 a.m., CEIT building room 3142.

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