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Friday, January 4, 2013



  • Director of Hong Kong office named
  • IAP director taking position at Dalhousie
  • Students join Battle for Ca$h
  • FASS auditions, other notes


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  • Brandon Sweet
  • Communications and Public Affairs


Director of Hong Kong office named

with material from a media relations news release.

The University of Waterloo has named Eva Cairns as the new director of its Hong Kong office.

Eva Cairns.Cairns (right) joined the university on January 2, bringing her experience in marketing and media.  She will represent the University and advance its mission in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and across Asia.

Cairns has business experience in Hong Kong, Macau, the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, the Philippines and South Korea. Originally, she entered the media industry as a marketing manager with Asia Magazine, affiliated with the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong's leading English newspaper and developed extensive media and marketing experience as her career progressed and matured with Turner Broadcasting System, Forbes magazine and GND Media Group Limited.

Eva graduated from the University of Regina in 1992 where she majored in computer science. Born in Guangzhou, China, she is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

The office, established in 2011, is located in Hong Kong's central district and advances the University of Waterloo's mission in markets across Asia by supporting regional alumni communities, assisting in recruitment activities in schools, and by working with companies to develop co-op jobs and support co-op students.


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IAP director taking position at Dalhousie

Mary Jane Jennings.

The office of Institutional Analysis & Planning (IAP) will be seeking a new leader following the departure of Director Mary Jane Jennings in March 2013.

Jennings, who joined the University of Waterloo in 1997 as a member of the IAP team, has accepted a position as the inaugural Executive Director of Institutional Analysis and Research at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“Mary Jane has been a major asset to our leadership team at the University of Waterloo. Her hard work and dedication helped give shape to goals and initiatives that will inform Waterloo’s success for many years to come,” says Sallie Ann Keller, vice-president academic and provost. “She is a valued member of the campus community, and her contributions will be missed. On behalf of the university, we wish her great success at Dalhousie.”

Jennings was named Director of IAP in 2010. Her deep understanding of the institution and the higher education sector helped lay the groundwork for an expanded program of analysis, budgeting and planning services, with the goal of enhancing IAP’s leadership in information and analytical services. She will assume her new responsibilities in Nova Scotia in April.

Founded in 1818, Dalhousie University has a strong focus on research, with more than 18,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs.


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Students join Battle for Ca$h

Student teams from schools across the province, including the University of Waterloo, will be competing for "pride and prizes" in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario's Battle for CA$H on Saturday in Toronto.

Think of it as the Hunger Games, only with more tax forms and fewer arrows. It's billed as a friendly competition that stresses the use of chartered accountant (CA) skills such as communications, teamwork, leadership and time management.

There will be 36 three-person teams from 20 institutions in the competition. The team members are undergraduate business students and are selected by the Institute's Board of Ambassadors in partnership with accounting or business society executives from 20 university programs across Ontario.

First prize winners will take home the CA$H Cup, along with $3,000 in prize money and an additional $1,500 for the winning school's accounting club. The second place team will win $1,500 and third place gets $750, with $300 given to the fourth, fifth, and sixth-place teams.

The University of Waterloo goes into the competition as the defending CA$H Champion, which means that the other teams will be looking to prevent a repeat performance. May the odds be ever in our favour.


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FASS auditions, other notes

The university's amateur theatre company, FASS (Faculty, Alumni, Staff and Students) is holding auditions next week for FASS 2013, this year's edition of the annual night of musical comedy.

This year's theme is "FASS for President." Auditions will run Wednesday, January 9 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Thursday, January 10, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday, January 11, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The sign-in room is Hagey Hall 119. As always, everyone who auditions gets a part in the show.

FASS has enjoyed a long history on campus. The first show debuted in March 1963, and the theatre company celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. This year's edition of FASS will run Thursday, February 7 at 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and Saturday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Humanities Theatre.

More information can be found on the FASS website.

Among the 91 latest inductees into the Order of Canada, announced by the Governor General of Canada on December 30, is Ron Schlegel, who is being recognized for his "entrepreneurial and philanthropic contributions to improving the care of seniors in Canada." Schlegel is being named an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Schlegel, who was an applied health sciences professor at the university from 1973 to 1991, established the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging in 2005, as well as Schlegel Research Chairs, and most recently is helping develop a centre of excellence for research, training and innovation in senior health care and wellness on the university's north campus. Schlegel operates long-term care facilities in Ontario, where innovative ideas developed at the University of Waterloo enhance the quality of life for seniors.

The induction ceremony will be held at a later date.

The next public tour of the Gustav Bakos Observatory, which houses a twelve-inch telescope and is located on the roof of the Physics building will be held next Wednesday, January 9, at 8:00 p.m. The observatory is named in honour of the first astronomer hired by the physics department at the University of Waterloo and has been in operation since 1967. Bakos died in 1991.

Tours allow visitors to learn about astronomy, and yes, to take a peek through the telescope. The tour, which starts at 8:00 p.m., will be preceded by a short talk on astronomy, plus an opportunity to task questions, followed by a tour of the dome. Visitors can meet in room 308 of the Physics building.


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Link of the day

Happy 370th, Isaac Newton!

When and where

Feds Used Books extended hours for January 2013: Opening Wednesday, January 2, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, January 3 to Saturday January 5, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday, January 7 to Wednesday, January 9, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, January 10 to Saturday, January 12, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Regular hours resume Monday, January 14, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The Book Store, Waterloo Store, and Write Stuff extended hours for January 2013: Wednesday, January 2 to Friday, January 4 9:00 – 5:00 p.m., Saturday, January 5 and Sunday January 6 12:00 – 4:00 p.m., Monday, January 7 to Thursday, January 10 8:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, January 11 9:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Winter orientation events begin Sunday, January 6 to Friday, January 11. Details.

International Student Orientation, Sunday, January 6, 9:30 a.m., SLC Multipurpose Room.

U Start Here event, Sunday, January 6, 11:00 a.m., Student Life Centre Multipurpose Room.

Winter term classes begin Monday, January 7.

Winter orientation campus tours, Monday, January 7. Student Life Centre Great Hall.

Exchange Student Information Session, Monday, January 7, NH 3001.

Interstate Relations in Antiquity Study Day, Tuesday, January 8, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., ML 245. Details.

University of Waterloo and McMaster University Collaboration Event, Tuesday, January 8, 4:00 p.m., Waterloo Regional Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Downtown Kitchener Health Sciences Campus.

Athletics Open House, Wednesday January 9, 10:00 a.m., SLC Great Hall.

FASS auditions, Wednesday, January 9 to Friday, January 11. Details.

Nethermind Art Exhibition, Thursday, January 10 to Wednesday, March 13, University of Waterloo Art Gallery. Details.

Open online class enrolment ends, Friday, January 11.

Philosophy Colloquium featuring Anita Superson, University of Kentucky, visiting professor at the University of Waterloo, "Moral Bindingness," Friday, January 11, 3:30 p.m., HH334. Co-hosted by Women's Studies. Details.

Frost Week 2013, Monday, January 14 to Friday, January 18. Details.

Feds Get Involved Fair, Tuesday, January 15, 11:00 a.m., SLC Great Hall.

Leadership Lunch event, Wednesday, January 16, 12:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall. Details.

PhD Oral Defences

School of Public Health and Health Systems. Susan Kaai, "The Student and School Neighbourhood Characteristics Associated with Smoking Susceptibility, Experimental and Established Smoking among Secondary School Students (Grades 9 to 12) in Canada. Supervisors, Scott Leatherdale, Steve Manske. On display in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, BMH 3110. Ora defence Friday, January 11, 12:00 p.m., BMH 3119.

Pure Math. Collin Donald Roberts, "The Cohomology Ring of a Finite Abelian Group." Supervisors, Ragnar-Olaf Buchweitz, Frank Zorzitto. On display in the Mathematics faculty graduate office, MC 5090. Oral defence Friday, January 11, 1:30 p.m., MC 5045.

Electrical & Computer Engineering. Darrell Lorne Gaudette, "Stability for Systems with Unknown Time Delays." Supervisor, Daniel Miller. On deposit in the Engineering Graduate Office, PHY 3004. Oral defence Friday, January 11, 2:30 p.m., EIT 3142.


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