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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

  • Management engineers win honours
  • Stratford announces MDEI enhancements
  • Bits and pieces on bytes and peace
  • Editor:
  • Brandon Sweet
  • Communications and Public Affairs

The University of Waterloo management engineering teams.
Management engineers win honours

Waterloo management engineering students won a number of awards, including the overall conference grand prize trophy, at the Institute of Industrial Engineers National Student Conference held January 19-21 in Halifax.

The Golden I trophy was awarded based on the points the students earned for winning individual and team competitions, contributing a school video and cheer, and for participating in various conference events. Fourth-year student Amanda Leduc won first prize in the Technical Paper competition and Christopher Smellie, also in fourth year, came second in the same competition for a paper he co-authored with management engineering students Alex Dueck and Michael Quinlin.

The team of Yousif Al-Khder, Molly Beckel, Helen Jiang, and Pranav Sampat won second prize in the Theoretical Competition-a three-hour exam of academic knowledge related to industrial engineering. Other management engineering students who participated include Harleen Ahuja, Anirudh Cavale, Karen Choi, Tim Hong, Hobyung Lee, Sally Lee, Curtiss Luong, Megan Maguire and Jennifer Yip.

This is the first time Waterloo Engineering students have taken part in the conference.

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Stratford announces MDEI enhancements

a media release from the Waterloo Stratford Campus

The University of Waterloo Stratford Campus has announced that Master of Digital Experience Innovation students can now complete the education portion of the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification starting this fall. Also available this fall is a part-time option for the Master of Digital Experience Innovation, which also includes the education portion of the full PMP certification.

“The Project Management Institute sets the standard in project management and is globally recognized. By adding the project management modules to the curriculum, we will ensure that our students will be well on their way to become fully certified and sought after project managers,” explains Christine McWebb, Director, Academic Programs, University of Waterloo Stratford Campus. “The part-time option will be particularly attractive to professionals working in the digital media industry who wish to enhance their education or seek new challenges.”

The Master of Digital Experience Innovation program includes many of the 35 hours of project management education required by the Project Management Institute, with additional modules taught outside the existing curriculum. Students will also have the opportunity to practice what they learn during their team-based industry projects. Once students have completed their education hours, for the full PMP certification, they need to complete the required practical hours and the certification exam administered by the Project Management Institute.

For those already working, the part-time option of the Master of Digital Experience Innovation can work with their already full schedule. Instead of completing the degree in one year, it will take students 24 months. Eligible students will take two courses per term, and finish their program with a final project in the last spring term of their program.

“This makes our leading edge Digital Media program even more valuable and accessible!” says Ginny Dybenko, Executive Director, University of Waterloo Stratford Campus. “Our new PMP
certification gives graduates one more tool in their kit bag - an additional advantage in competing for jobs in the new Knowledge Economy. And the part-time program makes this amazing curriculum accessible to those who need to continue working while they pursue furthering their education.”

The first class of Masters of Digital Experience Innovation students will graduate in Fall 2012.

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Bits and pieces on bytes and peace

The University of Waterloo Computer Museum, established in 2010, is on the lookout for artifacts and stories that help illustrate the history of computing at the university. In particular:

  • old lab manuals from computer courses
  • old slide rules or programmable calculators
  • manuals from Waterloo spin-offs
  • scratch-built personal computers for research projects
  • old hardware, software, and punch cards

The museum has a contribute/donate page that will put interested parties in touch with the curators. The museum's collection can also be viewed online.

Professor Edward BreuerThe Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Chair of Jewish Studies and the Waterloo Centre for German Studies are presenting a lecture by Hebrew University professor Edward Breuer (right). "Can Jews and Christians Be Friends? Lessons from Mendelssohn and Lessing" will take place tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Siegfried Hall at St. Jerome's University and is open to all.

Later this week, on Thursday, February 2, author and editor Glen Stassen will be delivering a lecture entitled "Just Peace" at 7:00 p.m. at St. Jerome's University. Stassen is the author and/or editor of several books, including "Just Peacemaking: The New Paradigm for Ethics of Peace and War", "Peace Action: Past, Present, and Future", "Living the Sermon on the Mount", and "Just Peacemaking: Transforming Initiatives for Justice and Peace". This lecture will also be taking place in Siegfried Hall.

This weekend the Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference gets underway at Conrad Grebel University College. This year's theme is "Environment and Peace: Reimagining Our Place in the Environment." The conference will feature a keynote address by University of Waterloo professor Dr. Paul Fieguth. "This year's theme of Environment and Peace aims to encompass humanity's relationship with tech environment and how it affects people around the world," the conference promotional material states. "The Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference began in 1948 at Goshen College and represents the peace societies and other peace and justice interested students of Mennonite and affiliated colleges/universities in Canada and the United States."

The conference runs from Friday, February 3 to Sunday, February 5.

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When and where

Petition to the Registrar to Register Late form required after January 31 to become fees arranged.

Federation of Students election campaign period begins Tuesday, January 31.

Dr. Edward Breuer lecture: "Can Jews and Christians be friends?" Tuesday, January 31, 7:30 p.m., Siegfried Hall, St. Jerome's University, free and open to all.

Graduate Studies Awards reception, Wednesday, February 1, by invitation only.

Critical Media Lab salon, Wednesday, February 1, 4:30 p.m., 158 King Street West, Kitchener. Details.

Upstart 2012 “festival of innovative Canadian theatre” February 2-4 and 9-11, Studio 180, Hagey Hall, organized by department of drama. Details.

World Wetlands Day seminar, Thursday, February 2, 3:00 p.m., DC 1304.

Warriors Band practice, Thursday, February 2, 5:30 p.m., PAC 1001.

"Just Peace" lecture at St. Jerome's featuring author Glen Stassen, Thursday, February 2, 7:00 p.m., Siegfried Hall. Details.

Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference, February 3-5, Conrad Grebel University. Details.

Knowledge Integration Seminar featuring Mark Weber, "Hanging out in the borderlands between psychology and economics (and management, and social innovation...)", Friday, February 3, 2:30 p.m., St. Paul's University College Room 105.

Super Bowl Sunday Tailgate Party, Saturday, February 4, 4:30 p.m., REVelation.

"Journalism 101 for Scientists" media training workshop, Tuesday, February 7, 1:00 p.m., DC1302. Details.

Board of governors Tuesday, February 7, 2:30 p.m., Needles Hall room 3001.

Polynesian Night at Mudie's, Wednesday, February 8, 4:30 p.m.

Reading at St. Jerome’s University: poets Rishma Dunlop and Tanis MacDonald, Thursday, February 9, 4:30, StJ room 3014.

St. Jerome's University Alumni-Student Career Mixer, Thursday, February 9, 7:00 p.m., Sr. Leon White Room, Sweeney Hall. Details.

Knowledge Integration Seminar: What Happened When I Woke Up, featuring medievalist Sarah Tolmie, Friday, February 10, St. Paul's room 105.

United Way Fundraiser featuring The Lost Faculties, Saturday, February 11, 7:00 p.m., The Museum, 10 King Street West Kitchener. Call Marilyn Thom for tickets at ext. 37188 or email mthom@

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

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.

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.

Reading Week, February 20 to 24.

Deadline for 50 per cent tuition refund, Tuesday, February 21.

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