- Fraud charges laid against former employee
- Waterloo Engineering ranked best in Canada
- Courses, conferences, and other CTE events
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Fraud charges laid against former employee
University of Waterloo Police, assisted by Waterloo Regional Police, investigated and charged former University of Waterloo employee Jacqueline Hollmann with counts of theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000, involving a total amount of approximately $955,000.
The charges pertain to this individual’s role supervising the university’s copy centres, which operate as an ancillary business unit within the university providing print and other administrative services on campus. The matter came to light in early 2011 and the university took immediate and appropriate action to initiate an investigation. The individual no longer works at the university.
No further charges with respect to this case are expected.
The university's full statement can be found here.
Waterloo Engineering ranked best in Canada
The University of Waterloo's Faculty of Engineering is the best Canadian engineering school, according to a recent survey by Business Insider, a respected U.S.-based website.
Of the 723 survey respondents to the survey, 91 per cent reported having a computer science, engineering or equivalent degree. Most engineers who responded were research scientists, mobile developers or mechanical engineers. Most respondents said the two most important criteria that went into choosing an engineering school were the skills and knowledge that they acquired in school and the brand value of the school.
"Waterloo has the largest engineering school in Canada, and our students
and faculty are among the best and most innovative in the world," said
Feridun Hamdullahpur. "It is an honour for us to be considered the leader in Canada, and ranked highly among the world's best engineering schools."
The same survey placed Waterloo Engineering 29th in the world. The other Canadian engineering schools to make the list of the world's top 50 engineering schools were the University of Toronto at 35th place, and the University of Ottawa ranked 44th.
"I'm delighted that we've been recognized as the number one engineering
school in Canada," said Pearl Sullivan, dean of engineering at Waterloo. "The ranking speaks volumes about the high quality of our students and alumni. Our exceptional faculty members continue to make a significant global impact through education and technological innovations in Canada and around the world."
According to the survey, the top engineering school in the world is the California Institute of Technology, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University.
The Business Insider website was launched in February 2009 and is based in New York City. Founded by DoubleClick Founder and former C.E.O. Kevin P. Ryan, the site provides and analyzes business news and acts as an aggregator of top news stories from around the web.
Courses, conferences, and other CTE events
The Centre for Teaching Excellence is offering the following Spring 2012 workshops to University of Waterloo instructors. To register, log into myHRinfo, and if needed, visit the CTE website for registration procedures.
CTE681 LITE Grant Info and Working Session
Session 0002: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 9:30 to 11:30 am, FLEX Lab (LIB 329)
CTE601 Instructional Skills Workshop
Session 0011: Tuesday, August 14, Wednesday, August 15, Thursday, August 16 and Friday, August 17, 2012 (9:30 am to 3:30 p.m. each day (24 hours required)
Limit: 10 uWaterloo instructors (full)
CTE656 Getting Started in LEARN
Session 0039: Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, FLEX Lab (LIB 329)
Session 0040: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., FLEX Lab (LIB 329)
Registration is now open as well for the following Fall 2012 CTE events, which can also be registered for through myHRinfo:
CTE681 LITE Grant Info and Working Session
Session 0003: Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., EV1 221
CTE656 Getting Started in LEARN
Session 0041: Thursday, September 6, 2012, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., FLEX Lab (LIB 329)
Session 0042: Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 9:00 to 11:00 am, FLEX Lab (LIB 329)
CTE666 Using LEARN’s Quiz Feature
Session 0003: Friday, September 7, 2012, 9:00 to 10:30 am, FLEX Lab (LIB 329)
CTE665 Dropboxes and Rubrics in LEARN
Session 0003: Thursday, September 13, 2012, 11:30 am to 1:00 p.m., FLEX Lab (LIB 329)
CTE668 Using the Grades Tool in LEARN
Session 0006 Friday, September 14, 2012, 10:00 to 11:30 am, MC 2018B
Session 0007 Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., MC 2018B
CTE669 Discussion and Blogs in LEARN
Session 0003: Monday, September 17, 2012, 10:00 am to 11:30 am, FLEX Lab (LIB 329)
CTE680 Using LEARN’s ePortfolio
Session 0002: Monday, October 1, 2012, 10:00 am to 12 noon, FLEX Lab (LIB 329)
CTE642 Course Design Fundamentals
Session 0006: Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 10:00 am to 3:00 p.m., EV1 242
CTE686 LEARN Instructor User Group
Session 0001: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 10:00 to 11:00 am, FLEX Lab (LIB 329)
CTE685 LITE Grant Info & Question/Answer Session
Session 0001: Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 9:30 to 10:30 am, FLEX Lab (LIB 329)
In addition, there are a number of upcoming conferences that may be of interest to instructors:
37th Annual POD Network Conference, October 24-28, 2012, Seattle, Washington
This year's theme, Pencils & Pixels: 21st Century Practices in Higher Education, invites an informed exploration of the unprecedented array of technologies, both high-tech and low-tech, in use at institutions of higher learning.
32nd Lilly International Conference on College Teaching, November 15-18, 2012, Oxford, Ohio
Explore the theme Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning – early registration until Monday, October 1, 2012.
12th International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (issotl12), October 24-27, 2012, Hamilton, Ontario
This conference, Research on Teaching & Learning: Integrating Practices, will create a context for conversation and exchange between teaching and learning scholars from a range of disciplines, institutions and countries.
Link of the day
When and where
Shad Valley program, July 1 to July 27.
Co-op employer interviews to July 31.
VeloCity Demo Day, Thursday, July 19, pitches at 12:00 p.m., demos at 1:30 p.m. Details.
Centre for Career Action workshop "Are You LinkedIn? Learning the Basics," Thursday, July 19, 2:30 p.m., TC 1208.
University Choir presents "Soundscapes & Improvisations" featuring Harry Freedman, "Keewaydin", and Terry Riley, "In C" at The Cedars (543 Beechwood Drive in Waterloo) on Saturday, July 21 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets $10 for regular admission, $5 for students and seniors.
Systems Design Engineering presents "Real & Wicked Design Problems," Tuesday, July 24, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., DC 1301.
UWRC presents Tameem Hesham, "History of Ancient Egypt: A Journey through Time and Place," Tuesday, July 24, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., NH1116.
Centre for Career Action workshop "Interview Skills: Preparing for Questions," Tuesday, July 24, 2:30 p.m., TC 1208.
Lectures end, Wednesday, July 25.
Centre for Career Action workshop "Interview Skills: Selling Your Skills," Wednesday, July 25, 2:30 p.m., TC 1208.
Chemistry Department Seminar Series featuring Prof. Youngku Sohn, Department of Chemistry, Yeungnam University, South Korea, "Interfacial Bonding, Reaction, Electronic Structures, and New Material Synthesis," Wednesday, July 25, 2:30 p.m., C2-361.
Centre for Career Action workshop, The "Who Am I?" Self-assessment Game, Thursday, July 26, 1:00 p.m., TC 1112.
WISE lecture series featuring Dr. Mark Knight, Executive Director, Centre for Advancement Technology, Waterloo, professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo, "Do We Pay Too Much for Tap and Bottled Drinking Water?" Thursday, July 26, 3:00 p.m., DC 1302. Details.
Examination period begins July 30, runs to August 10, 2012. Details.
Retirement celebration for David Mason, Tuesday, July 31, 3:30 p.m., Laurel Room, South Campus Hall.
Centre for Career Action workshop on law school applications, Thursday, August 9, 12:00 p.m., TC 1208.
UWRC Book Club, "The Sentimentalists" by Johanna Skibsrud, Wednesday, August 15, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.
Mathematics Faculty Honeybun Reunion, Saturday, August 18. Details.
Fall 2012 Promissory Notes and payments are due August 27.
PhD Oral Defences
Civil and Environmental Engineering. Yusong Xue, "Capacity Design Optimization of Steel Building Frameworks Using Nonlinear Time-History Analysis." Supervisors, Lei Xu, Yanglin Gong. On deposit in the Engineering Graduate Office, PHY 3004. Oral defence Tuesday, July 24, 2:00 p.m., E2 2348.
Electrical and Computer Engineering. Mohammadreza Khorasaninejad, "Silicon Nanowire for Integrated Photonics: Bridging Nano and Micro Photonics." Supervisors, Simarjeet Saini, Safieddin Safavi-Naeini. On deposit in the Engineering Graduate Office, PHY 3004. Oral defence Tuesday, July 24, 2:00 p.m., EIT 3142.
Computer Science. Sevag Gharibian, "Approximation, Proof Systems, and Correlations in a Quantum World." Supervisor, Richard Cleve. On display in the Mathematics Faculty Graduate Office, MC 5090. Oral defence Wednesday, July 25, 2:00 p.m., RAC1 2004.
Physics and Astronomy. James J.W. Benson, "A Study of the Structure and Dynamics of Smectic 8CB Under Mesoscale Confinement Using the Surface Forces Apparatus." On deposit in the Faculty of Science Graduate Office, ESC 254A. Oral defence Thursday, July 26, 9:30 a.m., PHY 352.