- Student investment fund holds board meeting
- Professor awarded for innovative online course
- Celebrating old hardware and new software
- Brandon Sweet
- Communications and Public Affairs
Student investment fund holds board meeting
The School of Accounting and Finance is proud to announce that the SAF Student Investment Fund held its first Advisory Board Meeting on August 1.
The students provided an overview of their stock selection and allocation process during their presentation to the Advisory Board consisting of Anish Chopra (MAcc ’94) Managing Director, TD Asset Management, John Gort (BA’93), Controller, Burgundy Asset Management, Aazar Zafar (MAcc’99), Principal, AIMCO. This first student-investment team was selected after a competitive two-stage screening process in May and went on to provide investment advisory and management services for the Fund in the Spring term.
The team consisted of three Portfolio Managers, an Investment Manager, and eight Analysts. More information on the Investment Fund is available online.
Professor awarded for innovative online course
Professor Robert Sproule of the School of Accounting and Finance has won one of three Desire2Excel Awards. The awards, established by learning solutions provider Desire2Learn, were announced at the Fusion 2012 Desire2Learn user's conference in San Diego, California last month.
The Desire2EXCEL Awards "recognize organizations and institutions that have used Desire2Learn technology to deliver learning experiences that are innovative, collaborative, or have a significant impact on education."
Sproule won in the Innovation Award category. Finalists for the award included entries from Daytona State College, USFQ Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and the Colorado Community College System. The Desire2EXCEL Innovation Award "recognizes organizations and institutions that are changing and challenging the status quo."
Sproule's winning course entry was AFM 131: An Introduction to Business in North America, which uses the Desire2Learn platform. He is the course author and instructor, with instructional design and development support coming from the Centre for Extended Learning (CEL).
The awards committee stated that "Sproule was hailed as a "dedicated and creative teacher who is using technology in innovative ways to engage students.'" The committee added that "the course is offered in a blended model as well as a fully online format and has over 1,000 students who take the course. While high engagement in an online course is difficult to achieve, that is exactly what Sproule has achieved in AFM131."
There were two other categories - Collaboration and Impact.
Another CEL-backed entry —the collaborative ADAPT initiative (Adapting Pharmacists' Skills and Approaches to Maximize Patients' Drug Therapy Effectiveness) that included Barbara Farrell of the Elisabeth Bruyere Research Institution, the University of Ottawa's Department of Family Medicine, and the CEL — was a finallist in the Collaboration category. The Collaboration award "recognizes organizations and institutions that have used Desire2Learn technology to facilitate exemplary communication throughout the various levels of their organization."
This is the second innovation award win for Sproule and AFM 131 in recent months. In May, he won the Desire2Learn Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning, created jointly by Desire2Learn and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE).
Celebrating old hardware and new software
"It’s been 050 years (in octal) since the 'Bun came to campus!" writes mathematics alumni officer Katherine Jessop. "Did you use all of your 12 llinks?" That's right, with two l's.
The 'Bun she is referring to is the Honeywell 6050 mainframe, also known as the Honeybun or Watbun, that arrived on campus in August 1972.
At the time, the machine was a technical marvel that could process 6,000 jobs and handle 15 million lines of print in a single month. It also brought electronic mail to the university campus for the first time.
According to the history of computing at the University of Waterloo written by Ken McLaughlin and Harold Alkema, the machine was hooked up to Bell Canada's Datapac network in 1978, which at the time was connected to 72 cities.
The mind, it boggles.
To mark the 40th anniversary of the Honeywell 6050's arrival, and the 20th anniversary of the machine's final power-down, a reunion event is happening this weekend that includes a get-together tonight, a train outing to St. Jacob's on the Waterloo Central Railway, a tour of campus, a reception and gala dinner all on Saturday, and Sunday brunch.
As yesterday's launch of the university's new homepage demonstrates, new developments are always underway when it comes to campus computing, and the latest of these is the imminent arrival of Internet Explorer 9 to Windows 7 PCs on campus starting Monday, August 20. Version 9 of the browser will be installed remotely on those machines using the Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) offered by Information Systems & Technology (IST). This version will replace IE 8.
New capabilities include a minimalist approach to the interface with a single toolbar, a search feature in the address bar, an enlarged "back" button, the ability to pin sites to the Windows 7 taskbar, and a notification bar. The IST Helpdesk is available to take comments and questions, and to assist with problems at extension 84357. Or you could try your luck with Microsoft's Getting Started with IE9, although I have it on good authority that you can skip the video.
Photographs courtesy of reunion co-organizer Randall Howard's blog.
Link of the day
When and where
Student Accounts office opens at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 17, instead of its regular time.
Mathematics Faculty Honeybun Reunion, Saturday, August 18. Details.
CTE656 Getting Started in LEARN, session 0039, Tuesday, August 21, 10:00 a.m., FLEX Lab, LIB 329. Register through myHRinfo.
International Spouses event: "Singin' in the Rain" (with Gene Kelly) Sunday, August 26 at 1:00 p.m. Must pre-register. See website for details.
Fall 2012 Promissory Notes and payments are due August 27.
CTE656 Getting Started in LEARN, session 0040, Wednesday, August 29, 1:00 p.m., FLEX Lab, LIB 329. Register through myHRinfo.
Orientation Week, Monday, September 3 to Saturday, September 8.
Perspectives on Academic Freedom conference, Thursday, September 6, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Waterloo Inn. Details.
Weight Watchers At Work registration session Thursday, September 6, 12:15, PAS 2438, info at ext. 32218.
International Longevity Risk Conference, Friday, September 6 to Saturday, September 7, all day. Hosted by the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science. Details.
UW Farmer's Market, Thursday, September 13, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall. Details.
Centre for Career Action Volunteer Fair, Wednesday, September 19, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.
UWRC Book Club, "Lakeland" by Allan Casey (Region of Waterloo One Book, One Community selection), Wednesday, September 19, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.
Waterloo Lecture featuring Douglas Cowan, "Sacred Space: The Quest for Transcendence in Science Fiction Film and Television," Wednesday, September 19, 7:00 p.m., Stratford Public Library, 19 St. Andrew St., Stratford. Hosted by the Waterloo Stratford Campus.
UW Farmer's Market, Thursday, September 20, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall. Details.
Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre Grand Opening, Friday, September 21, 10:00 a.m.
School of Planning Induction Ceremony, Saturday, September 22, reception at 9:30 a.m. in the Environment 3 atrium, ceremony at 11:00 a.m. in Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages.
Rotary Scholarship Dinner for UW Stratford Campus, Wednesday, September 26, 6:15 p.m., Rotary Club of Stratford. Details.
St. Jerome's Alumni Golf Classic, Saturday, September 29, 8:00 a.m., Grey Silo Golf Club. Contact Kelly Macnab at kmacnab @uwaterloo.ca for details.
Reunion 2012, Saturday, September 29, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., various locations on campus.