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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Retiree's request sees Food Bank supported
  • Management accounting expert speaks today
  • University hosts journalists and other notes
  • Editor:
  • Brandon Sweet
  • Communications and Public Affairs

Retiree's request sees Food Bank supported

by Jacqueline Martinz, communications co-ordinator, Federation of Students

When Joanna Taylor retired from her role as associate director, stewardship, from the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs on April 30 she made a special request to her co-workers. Instead of a party or monetary gift, she asked them to contribute to the Federation of Student’s Food Bank.

“The idea was influenced partly by an alumna who has generously established a splendid undergraduate award in support of students struggling with the reality of insufficient funding,” Taylor said. “She recounted her own circumstances as a student when at one point she had only a few dollars left from her earnings – inadequate to cover the cost of groceries during the final weeks of her upper year term.”

The department collected 155 cans of tuna, beans, fruits and vegetables, six jars of pasta sauce, six jars of peanut butter, 28 boxes of macaroni and cheese, 16 bags of rice and dried beans, along with 20 bags of noodles. They also donated $105 that will be used by the Feds Food Bank to purchase highly requested items including peanut butter, chili, halal items, and canned stew.

“I was deeply touched by their wholehearted participation in honouring my request for food items,” Taylor said.

She noted that her simple gesture demonstrated how stories have the power to help people reflect and take action.

The Food Bank is a student-run service located in the Student Life Centre in room 2014, above The Bombshelter Pub. It provided emergency food hampers to 229 students during the winter 2012 term.

If you or your department is interested in donating to the Feds Food Bank either through non-perishable or monetary donations, please contact Zoe Naugler, Services Manager, Federation of Students at services.manager@ or 519-888-4567 x31202.

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Management accounting expert speaks today

a media release from the School of Accounting and Finance

Dr. Peter Turney’s sabbatical at the University of Waterloo in 1983-4 triggered a personal journey of exploration and innovation in the field of management accounting, culminating in his selection as the 1992 Society of Management Accountant’s Distinguished Speaker of the Year. Now, as a practitioner, Dr. Turney returns to Waterloo to reflect on the changes in management accounting during the intervening twenty years.

On Tuesday, May 15th, Dr. Turney will speak with SAF students and guests as he reprises the emergence of a revitalized and newly relevant field of management accounting in the late nineteen eighties. He will also outline the factors responsible for once again reinventing management accounting, and explains their impact on today’s practice.

Peter B.B. Turney, PhD, CPA is the founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of CT Global Solutions, Inc. While at CT Global Solutions Dr. Turney has been Adjunct Professor at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. He was previously the Tektronix Professor of Cost Management at Portland State University. He has held positions at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the University of Waterloo, KPMG, and General Motors. He co-founded ABC Technologies in 1990 with thirteen members of his Executive MBA class to provide the world’s first activity-based costing software. The company was acquired by the SAS Institute in 2002.

Dr. Turney is a frequent presenter to management groups and has published numerous works including the best-selling book Common Cents. He has written for the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Financial Executive, Cost Management, and other leading journals.

Dr. Turney is a graduate of Bristol University (BA) and the University of Minnesota (MS & PhD). He is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

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University hosts journalists and other notes

The University of Waterloo is hosting an international delegation of journalists tomorrow. Ontario's Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation has organized a week-long media tour to showcase Ontario's entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge technologies, and the University of Waterloo is the only university featured. The journalists will hear presentations from the Waterloo Commercialization Office (WatCo) and the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre before visiting the Accelerator Centre and local companies. The journalists come from the U.S., Japan, China, India, Germany, France, and the U.K.

The following is a note from Bob Hicks, Director, Client Services, Information Systems and Technology: "The University of Waterloo will be entering into a new agreement with Dell Canada, effective June 1, 2012 for advantageous pricing on seven systems. Representatives from Dell will be hosting an open house on Thursday May 17th from 10:30 am to 12 noon in MC 2009. The systems that have preferred pricing will be setup for you to have a look at, and also there will be demonstrations of the website to purchase these systems." The seven systems and the pricing can be previewed online.

The Centre for Career Action is hosting information sessions for graduating students on Tuesday, May 15 at 11:30 a.m. and Wednesday May 16 at 4:30 p.m., both in AL 116.

These sessions are 50 minutes in length and will cover resources and services provided by the Centre for Career Action, on-campus recruitment for the fall including employer information sessions and JobMine. Further details are available online.


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Countdown to Congress: 12 days remaining

Factoid: Of all the associations meeting at Congress, only four don’t have the words “Canada” or “Canadian” in their names: the Society for Digital Humanities; the Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture; the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research; and the Society for Socialist Studies.

Congress 2012 takes place May 26-June 2, 2012, and is co-hosted by University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and organized by the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Crossroads: Scholarship for an Uncertain World, the theme of Congress 2012, explores the real-world impact of the humanities and social sciences. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest annual multidisciplinary academic gathering in Canada.

Link of the day

International Day of Families

When and where

Unofficial grades begin to appear in Quest April 23, standings and official grades available May 22.

Co-op Job Posting for main group and Pharmacy opens Saturday, May 12, 7:00 a.m. Closes 11:59 p.m. on May 15.

Waterloo Unlimited Grade 10 "Change" program, Sunday, May 13 to Thursday, May 17.

WIN Seminar series features Professor Guillaume Wantz, Bordeaux Institute of Technology, France, "Organic Photovoltaic Research at Bordeaux University: A Focus on Advanced Materials for Efficient and Stable Solar Cells." Tuesday, May 15, 11:00 a.m., DC 1304.

The Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (I.B.M.B.) Seminar Series, featuring Prof. Brian Shilton, Department of Biochemistry, Western University, "ABC Transporter Mechanism from an Enzymologist’s Perspective," Tuesday, May 15, 3:30p.m., room C2-361.

Alumni event in Calgary, Tuesday, May 15, 6:00 p.m. Details.

The Chemistry Department Seminar Series features Prof. Boniface Fokwa, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, "Understanding and Designing New Magnetic Materials," Wednesday, May 16, 2:30 p.m., room C2-361.

Student Team Open House, Wednesday, May 16, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Student Design Centre, Engineering 5 first floor. Refreshments provided.

David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science distinguished lecture series, featuring Cynthia Dwork, Microsoft Research, "Lipschitz Mappings, Differential Privacy, and Fairness Through Awareness," Wednesday, May 16, 4:30 p.m., DC 1302. Details.

Chemistry Department Seminar Series featuring Prof. Venkataraman Thangadurai, Department of Chemistry, University of Calgary, "Solid State Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries and Solid Oxide Fuel Cells," Thursday, May 17, 10:00 a.m., C2-361.

Warriors band practice, Thursday, May 17, 5:30 p.m., PAC 1001.

Chemistry Department Seminar Series featuring Prof. Stephanie Brock, Department of Chemistry, Wayne State University, "The Role of Synthetic Levers for Control of Phase, Size and Morphology in Nanoscale Transition Metal Pnictides: Consequences for Catalytic and Magnetic Properties," Friday, May 18, 10:00 a.m., C2-361.

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