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Monday, February 13, 2012

  • Fundraiser today for crash victims
  • Engineers without Borders founder to speak
  • CTE open house and other notes
  • Editor:
  • Brandon Sweet
  • Communications and Public Affairs

The puck stops here: Civil and Environmental Engineering's Jim Veldhuis (left) and Caleb Horst (right) celebrated the return of winter weather Thursday with a quick one-on-one game on Columbia Lake's frozen surface. Photo by Steven Kim.

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Fundraiser today for crash victims

a media release from Renison University College

Fundraiser poster.Renison University College will host a fundraiser today in support of the families of those involved in the tragic crash in Hampstead last Monday. Donations to support the Migrant Workers Family Support Fund will be gratefully accepted.

The event will take place from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Renison’s Great Hall Extension. Guests are welcome to bring their own lunch, purchase lunch from Renison’s cafeteria, or just pop in for a moment to show their support. Guest speaker Pablo Godoy will speak on human rights and workplace safety.

There will also be s screening of the hour-long film “El Contrato,” which follows a father of four living in Central Mexico on his annual migration to southern Ontario to do seasonal farm labour.

This event is open to the public, and donations received will be donated to the fund established by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) which states that “100% of the collected funds donated will be donated to the benefit of families of the injured or killed workers, who include 13 agriculture workers, as well as the driver of the colliding vehicle.”

This tragedy is particularly poignant as twelve Renison students will be leaving for Mexico on February 17 for the Mexico-Canada International Experience, a weeklong "learning experience" that includes engaging Mexican migrant workers in discussions about their experiences in Canadian agriculture to develop a deeper understanding of international issues.

Donations can be made in person at the fundraiser or online (Area of Giving: Renison; Project/Fund: Other, Migrant Workers Family Support Fund). Donations of $20 and above are eligible for a tax receipt and will be received until Monday, February 20, 2012. The event is being run with support from Renison’s School of Social Work, the Department of Social Development Studies, and the Renison Institute of Ministry.

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Engineers without Borders founder to speak

with material from a St. Paul's University College press release

George Roter, co-founder and CEO of Engineers Without Borders Canada and uWaterloo alumnus, will be presenting a lecture at St. Paul's University College Thursday entitled "Stop helping those poor people in Africa: An argument for a systemic approach to supporting international development."

Roter will dissect and examine both our perceptions and standard approaches to poverty reduction and development in sub-Saharan Africa. He will argue that simple actions—like building a well or a school—are both insufficient to achieving poverty reduction and get in the way of more effective approaches. A different way forward is needed—focusing on systemic change—in order to drive economic and social development, and transform the institutions and relationships that will underpin greater justice for those living in poverty.

Roter received a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo in 1999, and in 2000 he co-founded Engineers Without Borders (EWB) with friend and classmate Parker Mitchell. EWB has grown from an "idea scribbled on a napkin" to a global organization with 3,000 active volunteers, 50,000 supporters, 35 chapters in Canada and teams in Malawi, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Zambia.

Roter will be speaking at St. Paul’s University College in lecture hall 105 at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 16. Admission is free. Parking is available at St. Paul’s University College on a first come first serve basis and is free after 4:30.

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CTE open house and other notes

Mark Morton, senior instructional developer at the Centre for Teaching Excellence writes: "We’ve finally settled into our new office space, and would like to welcome instructors, staff, and students to stop by during our Open House, set for February 14 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm in EV1 325. There will be cake (chocolate), beverages (non-alcoholic), and a contest (multiple-choice)! Knowing the answers to questions such as the following might win you a coveted book prize: Who said, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”? A. William Butler Yeats. B. Trevor Holmes. C. Yoda. Come marvel at CTE’s new(ish) carpet! Feast your eyes on our freshly-painted walls! Behold our filing cabinets! But, seriously, do drop by: our delightful staff members would love the opportunity to chat and show you our new space."

From Associate Provost, Students Bud Walker comes the following: "Throughout December 2011 and January 2012, thousands of employees of the University of Waterloo heeded the call to complete the training required under the Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) to meet the compliancy requirement outlined by the Government of Ontario. As you are all aware by now, the AODA is an Act that provides accommodation for persons with disabilities, with the first component specifically focusing on Customer Service. The additional four key areas will be coming into play over the next few years."

"Given the complexity of rolling out the AODA training for faculties and departments along with a looming deadline, I would like to thank those in our campus community who were swift to act when called upon to do so, and to those who assisted the university in meeting compliancy.

"Those few who have yet to complete the AODA training need to act quickly to do so. If there is anyone in your area who has not completed the training, please have them go to for instructions.

"If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact Victoria Lehmann (ext. 35753). Victoria and the Office of Organizational Human Development are helping to assist departments meet this requirement.

"Thanks once again for your help."

And Janet Passmore, Associate Provost, Human Resources, writes: "Neil Murray, long-time director of staff and labour relations, will be retiring later this year, having reached the 25 year milestone of service to the university. Currently he is working on key projects and transfer of institutional knowledge to enable an orderly transition. Colleagues and friends will be invited to a celebration of Murray’s career at the university later this year."

"Human Resources is using this opportunity to refocus resources to meet the needs of our campus community. As part of that initiative Human Resources will be under the leadership of one director, Kenton Needham (kneedham@, ext. 33911). Supporting Kenton is Michelle Hollis, (mhollis@, ext. 31127) who was recently promoted into a new role as Assistant HR Director, Client Services, accountable for the HR Advisors and front line client support."

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Link of the day

Caruso sings, 100 years ago

When and where

Senate Graduate & Research Council, Monday, February 13, 10:30 a.m., NH 3004.

Upper Year Information Session, hosted by the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Monday, February 13, 3:30 p.m., DC 1302.

Arts Lecture Series 2012 featuring Chris Eliasmith, "How Brains Reason: The Mechanisms of Inference," Monday, February 13, 3:30 p.m., HH 1101. Details.

Sweet Treats and Sanctuary workshop featuring the University of Western Ontario's Dr. Margaret McGlynn, "Murder, Treason, and Sanctuary in Tudor England", Monday, February 13, reception at 4:30 p.m. in St. Jerome's Room 2011, lecture to follow in Room 2017.

Valentine's Lunch at Festival Fare, Tuesday, February 14, 11:00 a.m.

The Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation presents "Clearing the Fog of Geriatrics: Applying Complex System Thinking to the Health and Care of Older Adults," Tuesday, February 14, 2:00 p.m., EV3 3412.

Centre for Career Action workshop, "It's All About Your Skills," Tuesday, February 14, 3:30 p.m., TC 1112.

Centre for Teaching Excellence open house, Tuesday, February 14, 2:30 p.m., EV1325.

Valentines Dinner, Tuesday, February 14, 4:30 p.m., REVelation.

Water Institute Seminar featuring Zafar Adeel, "Crawling under the roadblocks to global water solutions?", Wednesday, February 15, 11:30 a.m., LHI 1621.

Noon Hour Concert series, featuring Elizabeth Rogalsky Lepock (soprano) and Jason White (piano), Wednesday, February 15, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College chapel.

Chemistry Department Seminar Series featuring Prof. James W.Y. Choy, Department of Biochemistry, University of Western Ontario, "Experimental and Computational Studies of Intrinsically Disordered Prothymosin-alpha and Its Interaction with Keap1" Wednesday, February 15, 2:30 p.m. C2-361.

Graduate Student Association pub lecture series featuring the Perimeter Institute's Lee Smolin "Is Time real?", Wednesday, February 15, 4:00 p.m., Grad House.

The Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies presents a lecture by Professor Barbara Borg from the University of Exeter, "Exploring the Underground of Rome: The Roman Catacombs Reconsidered," Wednesday, February 15, 5:00 p.m., ML 349.

Beyond Borders information session, Wednesday, February 15, 6:00 p.m., STJ 3027. Details.

Waterloo Lecture: "Harry Potter: Heroic Fantasy, Murder Mystery or Videogame." Neil Randall, Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 p.m., Stratford Public Library. Hosted by the Waterloo Stratford Campus.

Studies in Islam speaker series featuring Professor Larry Harder, "The Landscape of Occupation: Contemporary Israel and Palestine," Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 p.m., Dunker Family Lounge, Renison University College.

Wednesday Night Discussion Group, Wednesday, February 15, 7:30 p.m., MC 5136.

Centre for Career Action webinar "Perfecting your interview skills," Thursday, February 16, 3:30 p.m. Details.

MBET program information session Thursday, February 16, 5:00 p.m., Conrad Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology.

So You Want to Go to B-School? Thursday, February 16, 5:30 p.m., TC 1208.

Warriors Band practice, Thursday, February 16, 5:30 p.m., PAC 1001.

English Reading series featuring Giller Prize winner Esi Edugyan, Thursday, February 16, 7:00 p.m., Siegfried Hall, St. Jerome's University. Details.

Pension and Benefits Committee meeting, Friday, February 17, 8:30 a.m., NH 3004.

Senate Finance Committee meeting, Friday, February 17, 1:00 p.m., NH 3004.

Sawatsky lecture with Professor Julia Spicher Kasdorf Friday, February 17, 7:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel Chapel. Details.

Family Day holiday Monday, February 20, university closed.

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