- A day in the life of Waterloo - in pictures
- Students immersed in history, innovation
- Keystone campaign names new faculty co-chair
- Brandon Sweet
- Communications and Public Affairs
A day in the life of Waterloo - in pictures
24 hours. 746 photos. Countless cups of coffee.
On September 26 the Student Success Office (SSO) put out the call across campus to show “uWaterloo life” in photos. From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. the photos came in from across campus, Ontario, Canada and the world. A constant theme, no matter the time of day, was of course the coffee break.
The SSO would like to thank everyone for sending in photos and sharing what their uWaterloo life looks like. The winner of the random draw for a $500 Retail Services gift card is Arielle Dalley, an Environment student; she submitted a photo of her laundry (for the record we got quite a few laundry shots). The SSO would also like to send a big thank you to UW Police for keeping us company in the wee hours of the morning.
You can view all 746 photos on Flickr, everything from the ever-present geese to students enjoying the new Waterloo sign. The Flickr set will be edited so that the photos appear in chronological order.
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Students immersed in history, innovation
Senior students enrolled in the International Trade Specialization in the Arts and Business program recently spent a week in Israel as part of an academic and cultural exchange known as the Waterloo-Israel International Trade Experience. The students departed August 29 and returned September 9.
The students are enrolled in a fourth-year seminar led by Geoff Malleck, the director of both the International Trade Specialization and the Global Engagement Specialization. Malleck joined the students on their journey.
Preparations for the journey began back in April with visits to the Israeli Consulate, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and a meeting with alumni, former Israeli citizens and Canadians doing business in Israel.
“What became obvious during the trip is the interesting contrast between Canada and Israel,” writes Geoffrey Malleck. “Aside from the obvious land and resource differences, Israelis have distinct values and attitudes, which have an impact on their approach to conducting business. When understood, the potential to form successful relationship with Israeli organizations is very good. Students came to appreciate this as they visited various organizations including businesses, not-for-profits, and post-secondary institutions.”
The trip was organized around three key themes. First, an understanding of the rich heritage that defines Israel, with visits to Jerusalem, Jaffa, Akko, the Dead Sea, and the Masada as a few of the highlights. Second, an appreciation of the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that is embedded throughout the country, which, Malleck writes, was reinforced by a visit to Technion University. Third, an exploration of the factors that shape the national psyche, including in Israel’s case the requirement for most youth to serve in the military, the influence of neighbouring states, and the integration of state and religion. Students were able to gain insights by staying at a kibbutz, visiting Heseg House and Hebrew University.
Students also visited with University of Waterloo alumni living in Israel.
“This trip has been one that has instilled growth for me, both personally and professionally,” says participant Justine Wadhawan. “Throughout our trip and adventures we have had the opportunity to witness harmony that exists between historical value and economic development. As a student in the International Trade Specialization, this coexistence is important to recognize.”
“This visit was surrounded by experiences that led to a better understanding of this rich and proud nation; a small nation in terms of size but with a large and welcoming heart,” writes Geoffrey Malleck. “There have been moments to reflect—seeing the Church of the Annunciation, to feel sadness and hope—learning of individuals who joined the Lone Soldier program, to be held in awe—the ruin of the Masada, to feel welcome—always.”
Support for the Waterloo-Israel International Trade Experience Program generously provided by The Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman Foundation.
Keystone campaign names new faculty co-chair
When he tours Germany, James Skidmore (right) pays close attention to the culture of the cities and towns he visits. He collects photos, video clips, and artifacts along the way. When he’s back in the classroom, as Associate Professor of Germanic & Slavic Studies in the Faculty of Arts, “Skid” shares this cultural inventory—a sort of “hitch-hiker’s guide to Germany"—with his students.
Earlier this year, James received the German Online Award, presented by the German Academic Exchange Service, in recognition of his advancement of innovative online learning practices.
“I try to make things interesting and relevant so that my students WANT to learn. What they take from the things I teach will help shape our society tomorrow,” he says.
Recently, James facilitated the largest annual multi-disciplinary conference in Canada – the 2012 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. His role as Academic Convenor, shared with Eleanor Ty from Wilfrid Laurier University, was “one of the best experiences of my professional life.” This year’s theme, Scholarship for an Uncertain World, attracted 7,500 faculty, graduate students, policy makers, and others from Canada and around the world to the campus James is so proud of. His dedication to making this event a success demonstrates how strongly he feels about working at Waterloo.
Another way Prof. Skidmore shows his commitment to the university is through his support of the Keystone Campaign. He’s been a contributor since arriving at Waterloo in 2000.
“We can’t rely on government funding to provide all the tools of teaching and learning, so the responsibility falls to each of us. I feel good knowing that I’m doing something that matters. Whether I choose to direct my donation to the library, to the art gallery, or to the Faculty of Arts, students will benefit.”
In addition to contributing his financial support, Prof. Skidmore has generously agreed to lend his time and energy to the Keystone Campaign as the new co-chair representing faculty. James joins fellow co-chairs Paul McKone (representing staff) and Bob Kerton (representing retirees). “I am honoured to have been asked to succeed Jean Andrey, whose commitment to the Keystone Campaign was inspiring. I look forward to working with Paul and Bob and connecting with faculty members to discuss the ways in which we can all make an impact.”
Link of the day
When and where
Imaginus Poster Sale, October 1-5, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall and multipurpose room.
Stand Up to Stigma Event featuring speakers Arthur Gallant and UW Alumni Alicia Raimundo, Thursday, October 4, 11:30 a.m., BMH 1621.
VeloCity Venture Fund event, Thursday, October 4, 2:00 p.m., DC Foyer.
WISE Lecture Series featuring Heather Andreas, Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, "Solving Energy Loss in Supercapacitive Energy Storage," Thursday, October 4, 3:00 p.m., DC 1304. Details.
Centre for Career Action presents Hot Tips from the Pros! Thursday, October 4, 4:30 p.m., Tatham Centre room 2218. Details.
Richard Nutbrown Memorial, Thursday, October 4, 7:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre. Details.
Pension & Benefits Committee meeting, Friday, October 5, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., NH 3004.
Tourism and Development lecture series featuring Daniel Olsen, Brandon University, "Rural development, rurality and tourism in Manitoba," Friday, October 5, 1:30 p.m., AL 113.
St. Jerome's University Lectures in Catholic Experience Friday, October 5, 7:30 p.m., Siegfried Hall. Details.
WatRISQ seminar featuring Prof. Jian Yang, Associate Professor of Finance, The Business School, University of Colorado, “Credit Risk Spillovers among Financial Institutions around the Global Credit Crisis: Firm-Level Evidence,” Tuesday, October 9, 4:00 p.m., DC 1304.
CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy and Sociology and Legal Studies presents Dr. Ian Kerr, University of Ottawa, "Repo Men Are Coming: Body EULAs, Privacy and Security of the Person," Wednesday, October 10, 1:30 p.m., DC 1302. Details.
English Language and Literature Departmental Lecture Series: "Affective Environments” featuring Ato Quayson, University of Toronto, "Self-Writing and Alienation in the Postcolonial Novel," Wednesday, October 10, 4:00 p.m., RCH 305.
CTE687 Active Learning in a Really Large Classroom, Session 0001: Thursday October 11, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., EV1 324A.
Faculty of Environment Friends & Alumni celebration, Thursday, October 11, 5:00 p.m., One King West Hotel, Toronto. Details.
Tourism and Development lecture series featuring Geoffrey Wall, "Cultural tourism, sustainable development and sustainable livelihoods - International perspectives," Friday, October 12, 1:30 p.m., AL 113.
School of Public Health and Health Systems retirement reception for Roy Cameron and Nancy Poole, Friday, October 12, 3:30 p.m., Lyle Hallman South Fireplace Lounge.
Terry Fox Run in NYC, Saturday, October 13, 8:00 a.m. Details.
Calgary Alumni Chapter Oktoberfest, Saturday, October 13 - Sunday, October 14, Austrian-Canadian Cultural Centre, Calgary. Details.
CTE presents Focus on Teaching Week, October 15 to October 19. Registration Details.
University Senate meeting, Monday, October 15, 3:30 p.m., Needles Hall room 3001.
Waterloo Stratford Campus opening, Tuesday, October 16, 1:00 p.m., 125 St. Patrick St., Stratford.
Ambassador Lecture Series featuring H.E. Ambassador Piragibe dos Santos Tarragô, Ambassador of Brazil to Canada, "Brazil and Its Prospects for the Future", Thursday, October 18,7:00 p.m., CIGI Campus Auditorium, 67 Erb Street West. RSVP details.
Public lecture by Stanford University President John Hennessy, Friday, October 19, 10:00 a.m., Humanities Theatre.
Fall 2012 Convocation, Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20.
Physics and Astronomy. Yeong-Yoon Kim, "Study of Cell Nucleation in Nano Polymer Foams: SCFT Approach." Supervisor, Russell B. Thompson. On deposit in the Faculty of Science graduate office, ESC-254A. Oral defence Monday, October 15, 2:30 p.m., PHY 352.
Chemistry. O. Paul Togunde, "Solid Phase Microextraction for in vivo Determination of Pharmaceuticals in Fish and Wastewater." Supervisor, Janusz Pawliszyn. On deposit in the Faculty of Science graduate office, ESC-254A. Oral defence Wednesday, October 17, 11:00 a.m. C2 361.
Chemical Engineering. Abdulaziz Alghyamah, "Comparison between CEF and HT-TGIC of Polyolefins made by Ziegler-Natta and Metallocene Catalysts." Supervisor, Joao B.P. Soares. On deposit in the Engineering Graduate Office, PHY 3004. Oral defence Friday, October 19, 9:00 a.m., E6 2022.
Electrical and Computer Engineering. Nicholas Allec, "Multilayer Energy Discriminating Detector for Medical X-Ray Imaging Applications." Supervisor, Karim S. Karim. On deposit in the Faculty of Engineering graduate office, PHY 3004. Oral defence Monday, October 22, 9:00 a.m., EIT 3142.