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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

  • Grad House closing for renovations
  • Conrad centre receives $1.6M grant
  • Wednesday's notes
  • Editor:
  • Brandon Sweet
  • Communications and Public Affairs

The Grad House.
Grad House closing for renovations

"After years of planning, months of discussions and weeks of waiting we have finally received confirmation that major renovations of the Graduate House will begin in May 2012," writes Rose Vogt of the Graduate Student Association (GSA).

"Our challenge is to ensure that all the major projects are completed by the end of August 2012," Vogt continues. "Major repairs/renovations include external and internal projects that will require a complete suspension of operations in the Graduate House."

That suspension kicks in after the grad house's last open day on Friday, April 27, and the campus landmark will remain closed for the 2012 Spring term. The plan is for full operations to resume in September 2012.

"We thank you for your continued support, and for your patience with these matters," Vogt concludes.

Campus history doesn’t record exactly when the house was first built, but it was home to the Schweitzer family when they operated one of the seven farms that have become the University of Waterloo's campus over the past half-century. A number of departments used the house as office space in the university’s early years; the GSA became its tenant in 1972, and the house was renovated and expanded in 1981.

Anyone wishing to stay up to date on the progress of activities at the Graduate House can join its Facebook group, or follow @UWGraduateHouse on Twitter.

Photograph by Mike Christie.

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Conrad centre receives $1.6M grant

a news release from the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre

The Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre (Conrad) at the University of Waterloo has received a US$1.6 million grant that will boost countless student businesses.

The Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), owner of the GMAT® exam and the leading membership organization of graduate business and management schools worldwide, announced the award today. Waterloo was the only Canadian university to receive funding this round.

“Waterloo is internationally recognized for student innovation and entrepreneurship, and for educating the leaders of tomorrow,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president & vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo. “This generous grant will do much to enable our students to develop their cutting-edge ideas into meaningful, profitable ventures.”

The funding will support the implementation of a Virtual Incubation Program (VIP). It will establish a global, online network of students, community groups, local entrepreneurs and international university partners, and is designed to support the development and launch of new businesses.

The GMAC Management Education for Tomorrow (MET) Fund awarded more than US$7.1 million in grants to 12 organizations across six countries in this round of its Ideas to Innovation (i2i) Challenge. GMAC’s MET Fund, a US$10 million initiative to advance business education around the world, created and managed the i2i Challenge.

Schools and organizations developed their grant proposals in response to an earlier phase of the i2i Challenge, in which individuals were invited to answer the question, “What one idea would improve graduate management education?” Waterloo’s proposal responded to the winning ideas concerning a need for more practical entrepreneurship education in graduate business programs and getting ahead of the incubator trend.

“Success, for most entrepreneurial students, hinges on having easy access to essential resources, learning opportunities and networks for collaboration and funding, to build their business,” says Rod McNaughton, director of the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre at Waterloo. “With this funding, the GMAC MET Fund has given us the ability to further support and produce successful new ventures on campus, in the community, and eventually take it global through academic partnerships.”

There were 25 proposals from seven countries submitted in this round of the challenge, which ran from January to December 2011. The grantees include business schools and organizations in the Canada, U.S., Spain, Italy, India and Botswana.

“The foundation of the MET Fund has been that GMAC, starting with the GMAT exam and culminating in this phase of i2i grants, should be investing in and giving back to management education and its institutions. And not just giving back, but giving back in order to move management education forward,” said David A. Wilson, president and CEO of GMAC. “The power of these grants is in the implementation of ideas that can reshape and revitalize management education worldwide, and that acknowledge the critical role that management education plays in training and developing business leaders who can have global impact.”

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Wednesday's notes

Feridun Hamdullahpur and Abdullah A. Al-Othman.The University of Waterloo renewed and expanded its co-operation with King Saud University as president Feridun Hamdullahpur and Abdullah A. Al-Othman, university rector at King Saud University (right, at left) signed an agreement that expands on existing collaborations between the two institutions. It involves joint research and commercialization opportunities and an international exchange for faculty members and non-degree graduate students.

“The University of Waterloo values the strong relationship that we have enjoyed with King Saud University since 1999,” said Hamdullahpur. “We look forward to building on our mutually beneficial collaboration with this respected international institution.”

Hamdullahpur is also representing Canadian universities at the prestigious International Exhibition & Conference on Higher Education in Riyadh today, speaking of ways in which institutions can prepare graduates to be productive in an ever-changing world.

“We need to help them develop the skill of critical enquiry; the instinct to question and understand that there can be more than one solution to a problem,” he said. “We need to help them develop the entrepreneurial skills that will turn ideas into commercially viable businesses or implementable solutions to health care or social issues.”

Jatin Nathwani, Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE), will be providing an overview of the Equinox Blueprint: Energy 2030 report at a public forum organized by the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) entitled "North America’s Energy Future: Powering a Low-carbon Economy for 2030 and Beyond today at the Delta Chelsea in Toronto. The event begins at 9:00 a.m. and will be webcast and translated simultaneously in French and Spanish for audiences in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

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Link of the day

World Amateur Radio Day

When and where

On-campus examinations April 9 - 21.

TD Discovery Day in Health Sciences, Tuesday, April 17, 8:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Details.

Waterloo Lecture: the Representation of Apes in Medieval Art, Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 p.m., Stratford Public Library.

University senate Monday, April 16, 3:30, Needles Hall room 3001.

Official launch of the School of Public Health and Health Systems in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Thursday, April 19, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland. Details.

Grades due April 16 to May 1.

UW Biomedical Discussion Group Seminar Series, featuring Dr. Richard Epand, Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University, "Phosphatidylinositol Cycling and Acyl Chain Specificity." Wednesday April 18, 2:30 p.m., PHY-150.

Lunch & Learn: Apple 101 for uWaterloo Faculty & Staff, Thursday, April 19, 12:00 p.m., Laurel Room, SCH. Online registration required. Lunch will be provided.

Surplus sale of furniture and equipment, Thursday, April 19, 12:30 to 2:00, East Campus Hall.

International Potluck Lunch, Thursday, April 19, 12:45 p.m., Columbia Lake Village community centre. Details.

Chemistry Department Seminar Series, featuring Prof. Paschalis Alexandridis, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University at Buffalo, "Nanostructured Polymers and Solvents: Opportunities in Health, Environment, and Energy Applications," Friday, April 20, 10:00 a.m., C2-361.

On-campus examinations end April 21.

International spouses meet-up event "Movie & Coffee", Sunday, April 22, 1:00 p.m., Breakfast at Tiffany's, tickets $5, meet at Galaxy Cinema on King Street North, Waterloo. Details.

Graduate Student Research Conference, Monday, April 23 to Thursday, April 26. Details.

Unofficial grades begin to appear in Quest April 23, standings and official grades available May 22.

Spring 2012 promissory notes and payments due April 24.

Co-operative work term ends April 27.

Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference, April 27 to 29, University of Calgary and University of Toronto. Details.

Retail Services locations closed for inventory, Friday, April 27.

WatRISQ presents Eike Brechmann, Department of Mathematics, Technische Universitat, Munchen, Germany, "Financial Risk Management with High-Dimensional Vine Copulas," Tuesday, May 1, 4:00 p.m., DC 1304.

David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science distinguished lecture series, featuring Jeannette Wing, Carnegie Mellon University, "Computational Thinking," Tuesday, May 1, 4:30 p.m., DC 1302. Details.

OCUFA Status of Women workshop, "Navigating the Academy: Lessons and Strategies for More Equitable Universities," featuring a keynote address by University of Waterloo Professor Carla Fehr, Friday, May 4, 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., OBA Conference Centre, Toronto. Details.

Positions available

On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable through myHRinfo:

• Associate Director Stewardship – ODAA, USG 12
• Director of CRAIG – Office of Research, USG 15
• International Industrial Liaison Officer – Office of Research, USG 14
• Coordinator, Communications and Student Engagement – Athletics & Recreation, USG 7
• Online Technologies Consultant – Centre for Extended Learning, USG 8-10
• Assistant Athletic Therapist – Athletics & Recreation, USG 7
• Career Advisor – Centre for Career Action, USG 10
• OHD Coordinator, Student Program – Organization and Human Development (OHD), USG 8

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