- Mental Health Awareness Day approaches
- Group exercise program celebrates 10 years
- Integrity in the workplace: an employer's view
- Pebble founder to speak on campus Friday
- Brandon Sweet
- Communications and Public Affairs
Mental Health Awareness Day approaches
On October 25, the campus will be a sea of orange t-shirts to mark uWaterloo’s Mental Health Wellness Day. Faculty, staff and student leaders will be encouraged to wear orange t-shirts to demonstrate to our students that Waterloo is a caring community that encourages people to feel comfortable discussing their mental health.
“As one in five Canadians will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime, we want to our campus community to know they can ask for help and reach out for support,” says Campus Wellness Director Mark Beadle. “And that Waterloo has the resources to help.”
Several students groups are involved in this campaign including Stand Up to Stigma, who spent last week engaging the campus community in a conversation about mental illness and received almost 500 pledges to increase awareness of mental health. Other student groups, including Burst Your Bubble, Healthy Minds and Feds One Waterloo, will have booths in the SLC, workshops, and other media outreach in the week leading up to Mental Health Wellness Day (October 22 to 24).
All month long, TV spots will be running on screens across campus, highlighting celebrities who struggle with mental illness to help encourage a campus-wide dialogue about mental health and direct students to the resources available on campus.
As well, MHWD will be profiled at the uWaterloo Men’s Hockey Game on October 19th with promotion of student groups, on-campus resources, and t-shirt giveaways, followed by a special guest speaker in the SLC on October 25th.
An on-line ordering link for t-shirts will be sent to faculties and departments this week.
Group exercise program celebrates 10 years
Instead of connecting at the gym, a group of work-out buddies traded their workout gear for evening wear as they gathered at the Charcoal Steak House this week to commemorate a very special anniversary.
UW WELL-FIT, a group exercise program that operates on campus out of Applied Health Sciences, is commemorating 10 years of helping people with cancer cope with the side effects of treatment.
The program, which has served over 900 clients since its inception, is for adults of all ages who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation or other treatment for various cancers. The 12-week program is part of a comprehensive recovery strategy, and helps participants reduce the severity of treatment side effects, such as fatigue and muscle weakness. The program is free to clients, who must have a referral from an oncologist through the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre.
"Research suggests that exercise reduces the negative side effects of cancer and its treatment," says Caryl Russell, an instructor in the Department of Kinesiology and director of UW Fitness, which offers the UW WELL-FIT program. "Our certified staff members give clients individual attention and take into account any physical limitations they have resulting from their treatment when designing their exercise program."
After 12 weeks, clients have the option of joining the graduate program on a fee-for-service basis. The program's first-ever client still comes to the fitness classes.
"I was weak and nauseated when I started chemotherapy. With the support and encouragement of my oncologist, I decided to try this," said Beth Brown. "As time went on, I became stronger and it was easier to deal with the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Ten years later, the physical benefit and emotional support I receive there make a significant difference in my life."
Fundraising efforts help cover costs. To commemorate the special anniversary, the Charcoal Group of Restaurants has just created a UW WELL-FIT feature menu, with proceeds going directly to the program. The UW WELL-FIT feature menu is available at The Bauer Kitchen, Wildcraft, Charcoal Steak House, Martini's, del Dente and Beertown now through October 28.
Integrity in the workplace: an employer's view
With more than 230,000 employees across the globe serving organizations in 42 countries, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) knows about integrity in the workplace. It’s one of their core values. Co-operative Education and Career Action (CECA) interviewed Vivek Kawley, HR Head, Tata Consultancy Services Canada, to learn more. His perspective centred on three main principles of workplace integrity.
“Confidentiality and respecting intellectual property is part of day to day business for us; it’s part of the culture of our organization. We make every customer feel confident that we are protecting their intellectual property and their data and keeping their information private and secure. Their ideas can be worth billions of dollars. It is important for us to respect that.
“We will not share the data from one customer with anyone. Our security policy is very strict. For example if I’m at work I cannot check my personal email. I can only access my TCS email. That’s one way we ensure security isn’t being breached.”
“Every year close to 40,000 employees around the world join TCS. With this phenomenal level of hiring, we spend a lot of time training our employees so we retain the TCS culture and way of doing business. Our code of conduct, confidentiality agreement, and rigorous training focus on our values, laws, integrity, ethics, and acceptable behaviour. People expect a global organization to ensure a certain level of professionalism, including how we properly present ourselves in public as a TCS employee.
“How you communicate to your customers is important; you must always speak and act professionally. Our customers experience certainty with our work, and also with our employees. That means customers will expect a certain kind of behavior from everyone who works for TCS. Anytime anyone is in contact with TCS, every employee should act in the same manner.
Trust and Ethics
“We define ethics very simply; ethics is doing the right thing. Is something good to do or bad to do? Is it legal? Is it fair? Does it abide by the laws of the country we’re working in and the company we’re working for?
“We communicate our ethics values to our employees on a weekly basis. We focus on how we should do business because trust is essential in our industry. If we earn the trust of our customers we will continue to do good business. This year at TCS, 95% of our customers are repeat business. That shows the kind of trust people give us.
That’s the perspective of TCS. What do you think? Take the quick poll on our website to share your opinion. We’ll select five people at random to win a CECA mug.
Pebble founder to speak on campus Friday
Eric Migicovsky, Waterloo alumnus and founder of Pebble Technology, is presenting a Tech Talk to connect with students and recent grads who are looking for internships and jobs with an entrepreneurial startup.
Migicovsky knows a thing or two about the startup scene - his VeloCity project, the InPulse "smartwatch" for BlackBerry, was the forerunner to the Pebble e-paper watch for Android and iPhone, which set crowdfunding records on Kickstarter and became a $10 million success story. Migicovsky, a systems design engineering grad, is now based in Palo Alto, CA, but has stayed in touch with Waterloo through talks and visits with VeloCity students.
The event, co-hosted by Co-operative Education and Career Action, takes place on Friday, October 12 inside the William M. Tatham Centre at 11:30 a.m. Event registration details are online.
Call for Senate nominations
Nominations are requested for the following faculty seats on Senate:
• One faculty member of the university to be elected by/from the members of faculty of the Faculty of Engineering, term January 1, 2013 - April 30, 2013 (replacing Rick Culham, mechanical & mechatronics engineering)
• One faculty member of the university to be elected by/from the members of faculty of the Faculty of Science, term to April 30, 2014 (replacing Tadeusz Górecki, chemistry)
Nomination forms are available from the Secretariat (x36125) and from the Secretariat web page.
At least five nominators are required in each case. Nominations should be sent to the Secretariat, Needles Hall, Room 3060, no later than 3:00 p.m., Friday, October 12.
By-elections will follow if necessary.
Link of the day
When and where
Noon Hour Concert, "Duo Antik," featuring Justyna Szajna, piano, and Lance Ouellette, violin, Wednesday, October 10, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel Chapel. Details.
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.
Knowledge Integration seminar featuring Gary Klassen, “Of Triumph and Defeat: Selected Stories of creating the unexpected and the black art of intrapreneurship”, Friday October 12, 2:30 p.m., Environment 3 (EV3), room 1408.
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.
Pebble Tech Talk 2012 with Pebble Founder Eric Migicovsky, Friday, October 12, 11:30 a.m. TC 2218. RSVP details online.
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.
Go ENG Girl event, Saturday, October 13, 9:00 a.m., Davis Centre. Details.
ACM-style programming contest, 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 13, MC 3003. 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 ribbon cutting, Tuesday, October 16, 11:00 a.m., 125 St. Patrick St., Stratford.
Waterloo Stratford Campus public open house, Tuesday, October 16, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.., 125 St. Patrick St., Stratford. Details.
Arriscraft Lecture Series featuring Donald Schmitt, Diamond Schmitt Architects, "Just-In-Time Design," Thursday, October 18, 6:45 p.m., School of Architecture.
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, "Online Education: The Coming Tsunami," Friday, October 19, 10:00 a.m., Humanities Theatre.
Fall 2012 Convocation, Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20.
Open Access Week, October 22 to October 28. Details.
Public lecture for high school students by Dr. Michael Rosbash, recipient of the 2012 Canada Gairdner International Award, “Circadian rhythms: Time travels”, Tuesday, October 23, 10:30 a.m., Davis Centre 1302. Details.
Public lecture by Dr. Michael Rosbash, recipient of the 2012 Canada Gairdner International Award, “Circadian rhythms: Molecules, neurons and circuits”, Tuesday, October 23, 2:00 p.m., Davis Centre 1302. Details.
Noon Hour Concert, "Canadian Music for Saxophone & Piano," featuring Willem Moolenbeek, sax, Cheryl Duvall, piano, Wednesday, October 24, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College chapel. Free admission, all are welcome.
Data Management Day, Thursday, October 25.
UWSA Annual General Meeting, Thursday, October 25, 9:00 a.m., MC 5158, coffee and treats at 8:45 a.m. Details.
On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable through myHRinfo:
• Bombshelter Pub Manager – Campus Bar Operations, USG 7
• Senior Director, Government Relations – VP University Relations, USG 16
• Tribunal & Committee Clerk – Secretariat, USG 9/10
• Housekeeper – Housing & Residences – USG 2