- Nominations open for Co-op Student of the Year
- Latest staff workshops announced
- Notes on All Hallows' Eve
- Brandon Sweet
- Communications and Public Affairs
Members of the International Spouses of the University of Waterloo group, hailing from Canada, China, Egypt, the United States, Israel, and Iran show off a fine crop of Jack O'Lanterns carved at a special event on Sunday, October 21. For some members of the group, it was their first time carving pumpkins. Not that it shows - they all look well done!
All spouses and partners of international students, visiting scholars, and faculty and staff are invited to the International Spouses events, which usually take place in the Columbia Lake Villages common area, but also include trips to movie theatres and other off-campus sites. Canadian spouses are welcome as well, says group founder and co-ordinator Nancy Matthews.
More details about the group's activities can be found on their website.
And today is the big day — Hallowe'en, that is — and we'll likely see more than a few costumes around campus even before the sun sets. Depending on which media sources you put stock in, popular costumes for 2012, based on popularity of Google searches, include pirates, zombies, Batman, vampires, and witches, with a few politically-themed costumes for good measure - "binders full of women" and Big Bird come to mind. In the end, though, we'll have to surf endless photo albums from the weekend's costume parties and wait for the doorbell to stop ringing tonight to determine what costumes came out on top. Naturally, if you happen to snap a picture of a costumed reveller on campus today, I'd happily publish it.
Nominations open for Co-op Students of the Year
Resourceful. Inventive. Rock stars. These are a few terms we’ve heard co-op employers use to describe Waterloo students. Are they warranted? We sure think so, based on their impressive achievements. Check out the accomplishments of some top performers; you may be delighted! The six students selected as Students of the Year represent the depth, breadth, and capability that our students are known for worldwide. There are over 120 nominations by employers every year.
The following students were named the 2011 Co-op Students of the Year:
Mei Chen, Accounting and Financial Management (top left)
Worked at: IBM Canada
- Completion of 30% of the IBM Canada tax return, and 80% of the IBM alliance companies’ tax returns
- Assessment and reporting of the tax implications of large international and foreign trade transactions
“Mei’s strong research skills, ability to adapt to new responsibilities, and aptitude at solving problems independently make her a strong technical professional.”
- Derek Kroft, IBM Canada
Terrence Chin, Actuarial Science/Finance Option (top middle)
Worked at: Mercer
- Development of a new tool to set manual rates for retiree claims costs, improving upon the user layout, functionality and efficiency of the former tool
- Communication with clients, Mercer consultants, and insurers to facilitate the implementation of a large organization’s benefits plan
“Terrence exhibited skills and experience that far exceeded our expectations and the goals we set for him.”
- Conor Rankin, Mercer
Christina Marchand, Health Studies (top right)
Worked at: St. Michael’s Hospital
- Promotion of the Women in Cancer initiative through exhibits, events, and publications, saving the organization $15,000 and increasing membership by over 30%
- Co-ordination of the launch of a virtual network of medical oncologists, securing participation from over 150 healthcare professionals
“Christina has shown integrity and exceptional leadership skills by truly taking full responsibility of the project and making it into a success.”
- Dr. Christine Brezden-Masley, St. Michaels Hospital
Samantha Lynne Dupré, Environment and Resource Studies (bottom left)
Worked at: International Joint Commission (IJC)
- Research on aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes which informs future monitoring efforts in Ontario, Quebec, and eight US states
- Presentation of research to a group of international water quality experts at the Great Lakes Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel which won broad support for the IJC’s Great Lakes protection project
“Samantha’s exceptional ability in researching and reporting, as well as her effective work with a diverse group of federal, state and provincial agencies enabled the International Joint Commission to complete its project on time and thousands of dollars under budget.”
- Mark Burrows, International Joint Commission
Sasanka Nagavalli, Mechatronics Engineering (bottom middle)
Worked at: Neptec Design Group
- Software design for the 3D mapping sensor of an experimental lunar rover for the Canadian Space Agency
- Improvements to the maintainability and reliability of the mapping sensor’s embedded software
“Sasanka achieved a level of trust and responsibility that normally takes years to develop. In fact, as word spread through Neptec of his abilities, senior developers on other Neptec programs began to seek out his opinions and assistance with their own issues.”
- Adam DesLauriers, Neptec Design Group
Janet Nguyen, Biology (bottom right)
Worked at: Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre
- Research on the quality of life of radiation patients, securing funding of $350,000
- Creation of a bone metastases handbook which is used by oncology professionals across the world, eight first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals, and presentations of these papers at conferences in Vancouver and Athens
“Our physician and radiation therapist colleagues have consistently said that Janet is one of the first people they can always go to for help in research-related or miscellaneous matters.”
- Dr. Edward Chow, Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre
Last week’s poll results: 52 per cent of you guessed correctly; 75-80 per cent of jobs are never advertised. Congratulations to last week’s draw winner Rahul Mehrotra, systems design engineering student.
This week’s question: What’s the name of the bi-monthly CECA student newsletter that features outstanding students, cool jobs, and career tips? Take a guess and enter to win a CECA chocolate bar from Rheo Thompson Candies in Stratford.
Latest staff workshops announced
The Staff Career Advising service is featuring two new sessions for staff this month. On November 8, guest speaker Louisa Jewell will run a session titled “Leverage your strengths for career success”. She will be teaching staff how to leverage their personal strengths to gain higher levels of job satisfaction and achievement. Participants will complete the StrengthsFinder 2.0 prior to attending. The session runs from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the Tatham Centre, room 2218.
On November 15, a panel of senior staff will participate in a session titled “How to excel in your career at Waterloo: Four panelists share their secrets”. Bob Copeland (Director of Athletics), Katherine Marshall (Executive Officer, Applied Health Sciences), Cathy Newell Kelly (Director, Centre for Extended Learning), and Sean Van Koughnett (Director, Student Success) will answer questions such as: What traits do top notch staff possess? What can you do to gain the skills required for a management session? What sets one person apart from another in the hiring process? This session will be held from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., also in the Tatham Centre, room 2218. Staff interested in attending can register online.
As a reminder, confidential, one-on-one career advising is also available for contract and regular staff. Appointments can be made for career planning and assessments, résumés, cover letters, and mock interviews. Any questions can be directed to Rebecca Burwell, Staff Career Advisor.
Notes on All Hallows' Eve
A felon makes bail: The Midnight Re-Caller, also known as University Librarian Mark Haslett, was set free after a brief incarceration in the Dana Porter Library yesterday, having raised $327.00 for the United Way campaign.
While we're on the subject of the United Way, The WatPD staff will be handing out candy in exchange for a donation to the United Way campaign. The Halloween Handout for United Way will be visiting many buildings on campus between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
And while we're on the subject of Hallowe'en, there will be a costume party at the Bombshelter Pub tonight, with prizes for best individual and group costume. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for guests and are available at the Federation's main office in the Student Life Centre and the Bombshelter.
The Federation of Students has also organized a local Trick or Eat campaign, with volunteers leaving the Student Life Centre at 4:00 p.m. to collect non-perishable food items for the Feds Food Bank. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the Trick or Eat website for ideas on fundraising.
A concert of new music for Lydia Herrle (left) will be performed at today's Noon Hour Concert in the Conrad Grebel University College chapel starting at 12:30 p.m.
"This concert hopes to bring further courage, strength, joy and healing to Lydia Herrle, whose parents James and Michelle Herrle own the famed Herrles Country Farm Market on Erb Street between Waterloo and St. Agatha," reads the press release from Conrad Grebel.
"Lydia was seriously injured in May 2012 while alighting from her school bus, and is now home from the hospital, regaining her strength. Literally thousands of Waterloo area people have been supportive of Lydia, displaying green bows and ribbons for her. This concert features new music by Grebel/UW music and composition professor Carol Ann Weaver, and Waterloo pianist, teacher and composer Joanne Bender. Performers include flautist Meaghan McCracken, saxophonist Willem Moolenbeek, cellist Ben Bolt-Martin, violinist Marianne Wiens, and pianists Joanne Bender and Carol Ann Weaver."
"Newly composed for the concert is three-movement suite composed expressly for Lydia by Carol Ann Weaver entitled Three Seasons for flute, alto saxophone, cello and piano. Within this piece are these sections: Summer Silence, Autumn Dawn, and Winter Prayers and Blessing. This music attempts to capture different aspects of Lydia’s story, while expressing hope for fullest-possible recovery."
Link of the day
When and where
Library Day, Wednesday, October 31, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., various library locations. Details. Note the corrected time.
Noon Hour Concert, "Courage for Lydia," featuring new music by Carol Ann Weaver and Joanne Bender, with Meaghan McCracken, flute, Willem Moolenbeek, saxophone, Ben Bolt-Martin, cello, Marianne Wiens, violin, Joanne Bender & Carol Ann Weaver, piano, Wednesday, October 31, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College chapel.
School of Public Health and Health Systems lecture featuring Dr. Ping Yan, “Quantitative models and their appraisal in the study of infectious diseases”. Wednesday, October 31, 2:00 p.m.,Lyle Hallman North, room 2703.
CTE687 Active Learning in a Really Large Classroom , Session 0002: Wednesday, October 31, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., EV1 324A. Note: this event has been cancelled.
WIN Seminar Series featuring Professor Steven Holdcroft, Simon Fraser University, “Sleeping Policemen on the Hydrogen Highway: Addressing Challenges in PEM Fuel Cell Technology through Basic Research,” Thursday, November 1, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., DC 1302.
Centre for Career Action seminar, "Financial Services Panel," Thursday, November 1, 4:30 p.m., TC 2218. Details.
CON-SNP Waterloo Launch, Thursday, November 1, 5:00 p.m., Lyle S. Hallman Institute Fireplace Lounge. Details.
Arriscraft Lecture Series featuring Margie Zeidler, Urban Space, "The Accidental Developer," Thursday, November 1, 6:45 p.m., School of Architecture.
Knowledge Integration seminar: "Summer off? No – summer on! KI students reflect on their summer experiences, and how they applied their KI learning," Friday November 2, 2:30pm, Environment 3 (EV3), room 1408. Details.
Mind, Violence and Freedom seminar featuring Hamid Tizhoosh, Systems Design Engineering, "Freedom: Can we be free?" Friday, November 2, 5:00 p.m., E5 6004.
Fall Open House, Saturday, November 3 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., various locations on campus.
Water Institute Seminar featuring John B. Czarnecki, "Assessing groundwater sustainable yield in Arkansas," Tuesday, November 6, 12:30 p.m., DC 1304. Details.
Shanghai Chapter launch and networking reception, Wednesday, November 7. Details.
Cheriton School of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Hector Levesque, University of Toronto, "Two Thoughts on the Turing Test," Wednesday, November 7, 3:30 p.m., DC 1302.
Google Map Maker Event, Wednesday, November 7, 10:00 a.m. to Thursday, November 8, 4:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall. Details.
"Life in 2030" panel discussion and researcher fair , Thursday, November 8, The Tannery. Note: this event has been postponed until January 2013.
Department of English Language and Literature lecture featuring Elizabeth Harvey, University of Toronto, “Shakespeare's Spirit World,” Thursday, November 8, 4:00 p.m., HH 373.
Knowledge Integration Seminar featuring Michael O'Rourke, Michigan State University, "One Reason Why Knowledge Integration Is So Hard," Friday, November 9, 2:30 p.m., EV3 1408. Details.
Department of Philosophy Colloquium (co-hosted with Women’s Studies) featuring Alice MacLachlan, York University, “ Gendering the Public Apology,” Friday, November 9, 3:30 p.m. in HH 373.
8th Annual UWSA Shopping Weekend to Erie Pennsylvania, Friday, November 9 to Sunday, November 11. Details.
Annual Hong Kong Alumni Networking Dinner, Saturday, November 10, 6:00 p.m. Details.
My World Abroad (Formerly The Big Guide to Working and Living Overseas), Monday, November 12, 11:00 a.m., LIB 329. Details.
International Education Week, November 12 to 16.
GIS Day 2012, Wednesday, November 14, 12:00 p.m., EV1 221. Details.
2012 Stanley Knowles Lecture featuring The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, "Indigenous Peoples and the Search for Human Security," Thursday, November 15, 7:30 p.m., Hagey Hall of the Humanities. Details.
Town Hall Meeting, Tuesday, November 20, 3:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.
Department of English Language and Literature lecture featuring Jacob Zimmer, Small Wooden Shoe Theatre Company, "Locality, Laughter, Theatre," Thursday, November 22, 6:00 p.m. HH 180. Co-sponsored by the Department of Drama.
2012 Hagey Lecture featuring Dr. Paul Collier, University of Oxford, "Will Africa's resource scramble lead to development or disaster?" Thursday, November 22, 8:00 p.m. Humanities Theatre, Hagey Hall. A free public lecture.
Student Colloquium: a discussion of governance and development, Friday, November 23, 10:00 a.m., HH 373.
On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable through myHRinfo:
• Manager, Office of Academic Integrity & Executive Assistant – Associate Provost, Resources, USG 9 • Communications and Graduate Recruitment Officer – Dean of Arts, USG 8
• Customer Service Assistant – Registrar’s Office, USG 5
• Storekeeper – Plant Operations, USG 6
• Head Football Coach – Athletics & Recreational Services, USG 11/12
• Safety Officer – Safety Office, USG 8/9
• Communication Operator – Police Services, USG 5
• Administrative Assistant – Institutional Analysis & Planning, USG 5
• System and Software Specialist – Chemistry, USG 9/10
• Operations – Interview Service Representative – Employer Debrief – Co-op Education & Career Services, USG 4
• Operations – Interview Service Representative – Paging - Co-op Education & Career Services, USG 4
Internal Secondment Opportunities:
• Undergraduate Co-ordinator & Advisor – Economics, USG 6
• Development Officer – Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, USG 9-11
• Graduate Admissions Specialist – Graduate Studies Office, USG 6/7