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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

  • Test today turns arts quad into accident scene
  • Schulich scholarship winners announced
  • Tuesday's notes
  • Editor:
  • Brandon Sweet
  • Communications and Public Affairs

Members of the Campus Response Team participate in a casualty simulation event.
Test today turns arts quad into accident scene

with material from the Campus Response Team

If you happen to come across a scene of chaos and carnage on campus this afternoon, don't panic.

Today the University of Waterloo's Campus Response Team (CRT) is staging their first-ever joint training exercise with the UW Police Services and Region of Waterloo Emergency Medical Services to test and demonstrate the integrated response abilities of the three agencies.

The student-initiated and organized exercise will simulate an on-campus car collision with cyclists, including a realistic accident scene, fake injuries, uniformed student responders, and police and EMS vehicles.

Pictured above is a scene from last Saturday's "Casualty Simulation," held once a term by CRT. Today's joint training exercise promises to be a much larger affair that will include screaming bystanders.

"This unprecedented exercise not only demonstrates the dedication of CRT's volunteer responders to service, excellence, and professionalism, but also showcases the incredible cooperation and trust developing between the three emergency response organizations," said co-organizer and past CRT Coordinator Eric Kennedy. "The Campus Response Team plays an integral role in the health and safety of the Waterloo community, and these sorts of training exercises keep our responders prepared for any emergency."

The exercise starts at 1:30 p.m. in the Arts Quad in front of the Dana Porter Library, and is part of a full day of joint training between CRT and regional EMS. The public is invited to observe the exercise, which will include live narration of the response process and will last approximately 30 minutes. The event will also be recorded for future training use by all three agencies.

The University of Waterloo Campus Response Team (CRT) is a student-run FedS service
that provides emergency medical care for the uWaterloo community.

Photograph by Sarah Lillico.

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Schulich scholarship winners announced

A news release from the media relations department

The University of Waterloo is pleased to announce that Waterloo-bound students Nicole Pitre, of Burlington, Ontario, and Nicole Shum, of Burnaby, British Columbia, have been chosen to represent their high schools as inaugural Schulich Leaders.

Originally, only 20 high school students across Canada were to receive the four-year, $60,000 Schulich Leader Scholarships. Due to the overwhelming number and calibre of the nominees, the number of scholarships was doubled to 40.

Waterloo is proud to welcome two of those scholars for the coming academic year.

Nicole Shum, from Burnaby North Secondary in Burnaby, B.C., was selected due to her outstanding academic average and demonstrated leadership in extra-curricular academic efforts, charitable fundraising drives, health advocacy and volunteering. She will begin Nanotechnology Engineering in September.

Nicole Pitre, from Nelson High School in Burlington, Ontario, was also recognized for both an outstanding academic average and demonstrated leadership with social justice groups, charitable fundraising, sports and theatre. She will begin a double degree in Business and Mathematics this September.

The Schulich Leader Scholarships program recognizes students across Canada who demonstrate excellence in academics and/or community leadership and who plan to study one of the STEM subjects — Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics — during their undergraduate years.

The Schulich Leaders were selected from a pool of 977 nominees. Every high school, secondary school and CEGEP (in Quebec) could nominate one student.

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Tuesday's notes

A graduate study and professional development opportunities fair is taking place today from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Accelerator Centre in the David Johnston Research + Technology Park. This is an opportunity to explore part-time and full-time graduate studies options and professional development opportunities and to speak with graduate recruitment specialists.

This year's month-long Shad Valley program starts on Sunday, July 1 with the arrival of 48 high school students from across Canada. This is the 30th Shad program that Waterloo has hosted, a milestone that will be celebrated with an alumni event. "Waterloo was the first university campus to host this award-winning program in 1983 and remains the flagship program for the now 10 host campuses across Canada,” says Ed Jernigan, Shad Waterloo program director, and director of the Centre for Knowledge Integration, who incidentally will be living in residence at Conrad Grebel University College with the Shads, for the 27th summer.

Shad Valley is an enrichment program for teenagers with strong interests and potential in sciences, technology, engineering and entrepreneurship and involves as many as 600 high school students each summer. The first week of July will bring Designer Boot Camp, after which small groups will work on a design project, including creating a working prototype. Lectures and workshops offered by faculty from across campus, and from interested companies, are also part of the month's agenda. The Shads will hold a public open house to show off their achievements on Thursday afternoon, July 26, in the great hall at Grebel.

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Link of the day

15 years of Pottermania

When and where

Department of Systems Design Engineering seminar featuring Dr. Sandeep Paul, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra, India, "Robust Computational Intelligence Systems for Generic Engineering
Applications," Tuesday, June 26, 10:30 a.m., E5-6111.

Pension information session, Tuesday, June 26, 12:45 p.m., RCH 301.

Pension information session, Tuesday, June 26, 2:15 p.m., RCH 301.

Graduate studies and professional development fair, Tuesday, June 26, 4:30 p.m., Accelerator Centre.

Pension information session, Tuesday, June 26, 5:45 p.m., RCH 307.

UWRC presents What's Your Hang Up? featuring Annette Trudelle, certified interior decorator, Wednesday, June 27, 12:00 p.m., NH 1116. Register by emailing uwrc@

James Ford commemoration event, Wednesday, June 27, 10:00 a.m., E6 2024.

Water Institute Seminar Series featuring Dr. Trevor Dickinson, Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph, “How rising temperatures have changed winter hydrology across Ontario,” Thursday, June 28, 2:30 p.m., RCH 309.

Canada Day holiday observed Monday, July 2, classes cancelled, university offices and most services closed.

To compensate for Monday, July 2 (Canada Day), Wednesday, July 4 will follow a Monday schedule of classes. The Wednesday, July 4 schedule will not be re-scheduled.

Shad Valley program, July 1 to July 27.

WatRISQ presents Stephen Vanduffel, associate professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), "Mean-Variance Optimization in Presence of a Stochastic Benchmark,” Tuesday, July 3, 4:00 p.m. DC 1304.

Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment open house, Thursday, July 5, 5:00 p.m., 87 Ford Hills Drive, Huntsville. For info contact Robin Brushey, Events Manager, Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment, University of Waterloo, at 705-571-0259 or rbrushey

Waterloo Residences presents the 2012 Make Your Mark Student Staff Conference for Housing and Residences’ and the University Colleges’ student staff and volunteers. Saturday, July 7. Details.

Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) presents Charles Xu, associate professor, Western University, "Thermochemical and Catalytic Upgrading Biomass into Industrial Bioproducts," Monday, July 9, 1:30 p.m., CPH 4333.

Thank You Celebration for David Perrin, president, St. Jerome's University, Thursday, July 12, 3:00 p.m., D.R. Letson Community Centre, St. Jerome's University.

UWRC Book Club, "The Grief of Others" by Leah Hager Cohen, Wednesday, July 18, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

Lectures end, Wednesday, July 25.

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