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Thursday, July 18, 2013

  • In praise of summer camp
  • Student group hosts stock pitch competition
  • Athletics launches refreshed website
  • Editor:
  • Brandon Sweet
  • Communications and Public Affairs

In praise of summer camp

a news release by the Media Relations team.

The positive development that children and youth experience at summer camp results in sustained behavioural changes at home, school and in the community, says a new study from a team of researchers at the University of Waterloo.

“We found that summer camp allows for either improvement or reinforcement of positive attitudes and behaviours, and these changes are maintained long after camp has ended,” said Professor Troy Glover, a professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Waterloo, and the lead investigator on the study. "A lot more goes on at summer camp than roasting marshmallows and singalongs."

Part of the multi-phase Canadian Summer Camp Research Project, the study asked 1,405 parents of campers between the ages of 4 and 18 if they noticed any changes in their children’s attitudes or behaviours since returning from camp. The study looked specifically at social integration and citizenship, environmental awareness, attitudes towards physical activity, emotional intelligence, self-confidence and personal development.

“Parents perceived positive development in all five areas. Regardless of age, gender or camp experience, all campers experienced some degree of positive outcomes and growth,” said Professor Glover.

Older children tended to experience the greatest changes in attitudes and behaviours, while female campers experienced greater levels of social integration and citizenship than boys.

Children who stayed at camp longer exhibited greater changes in the five areas studied, with returning campers experiencing greater positive changes than new campers. Camp was rarely an aversive experience for youth, nor was it associated with negative changes.

Glover suggests that the findings support the development of national camp programs that focus on fostering positive outcomes in youth, rather than on programs that narrowly focus on decreasing unhealthy risk in children.

“In short, the camp experience transfers into everyday life, in the best way possible. Parents need to leverage this and help children develop and maintain the skills and values that will allow them to be successful adults,” said Professor Glover.

The study was prepared for the Canadian Camping Association. It represents the third phase of the three-phase project.


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Student group holds stock pitch competition

The UW Finance Association, a campus finance society, is hosting a stock pitch competition on Saturday, July 20 at the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre.

More than 20 teams will be making presentations in front of a panel of judges that include industry professionals in investment banking, asset management, and equity research from CIBC World Markets, BMO Capital Markets, the CPP Investment Board, Polar Securities, and more.

The teams will be pitching a buy-recommendation on a North American exchange-listed stock. Probably trickier than it sounds, because the student teams have been preparing for more than a month, with the finance society organizing two public tutorials last week to help competitors get ready for their presentations.

Formal pitches will take place at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony and networking event.


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Athletics launches refreshed website

with files from the Department of Athletics

Today the University of Waterloo Department of Athletics launches a redesigned version of its website, built for smoother functionality and enhanced visual appeal. With a greather emphasis on photo and video content and a streamlined user experience, the redesigned website is a major step forward for Athletics' online presence.

“We are very excited about the improved functionality and clean look to the redesigned site,” said Social Media and Brand Manager Steve Brooks.  “Our website is the centralized hub for all of our content.  With social media playing such a big role in all aspects of communication, our goal is to continue to drive traffic through those outlets back to our site.”

The updated site gives its visitors a more interactive, user-friendly experience with hopes of attracting new users and participants.  New features include a live Twitter feed, a larger video portal, more images, a scrolling event ticker, rollover links and more.

Over the last year, has been viewed over 300,000 times and will only continue to grow with a cleaner, more holistic looking website.


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When and where

Weight Watchers At Work series begins Thursday, July 18, 12:00 p.m., PAS 2438. For info call ext. 32012.

UW Farm Market, Thursday, July 18, SLC lower level, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Demonstration of Commodore SuperPET and HOSTCM Protocol by Robert Ferguson (B.Math, '86) Thursday, July 18, DC 1304.

Emergency First Aid and CPR C Course, Saturday, July 20, 9:30 a.m., 6:00 p.m., CLV Community Centre. Cost is $60. Details.

UW Stock Pitch Competition, Saturday, July 20, 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., QNC. Details.

UWSA special general meeting, Tuesday, July 23, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., PHY 145. Details.

UW Farm Market, Thursday, July 25, SLC lower level, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

VeloCity Demo Day and Venture Fund Finals, Thursday, July 25, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., SLC Great Hall.

ChemEd 2013 conference, Sunday, July 28 to Thursday, August 1. Details.

WatRISQ seminar featuring Roger Lee, associate professor of mathematics, University of Chicago, "Variance Swaps on Time-Changed Markov Processes," Monday, July 29, 4:00 p.m., M3 3127.

QKD Summer School 2013, Monday July 29 to Friday, August 2, Institute for Quantum Computing. Details.

Spring Term lectures end, Tuesday, July 30 (which is a Monday class schedule).

Pre-examination study days, Wednesday, July 31 to Monday, August 5.

Civic Holiday, Monday, August 5, university closed.

Drop, Penalty 2 Period ends, Monday, August 5.

3rd Annual Conference on Quantum Cryptography, Monday, August 5 to Friday, August 9, Institute for Quantum Computing. Details.

On-campus examinations begin, Tuesday, August 6.

Online class examination days, Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10.

Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students, Monday, August 12 to Friday, August 16, Institute for Quantum Computing. Details.

On-campus examinations begin, Tuesday, August 6.

Online class examination days, Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10.

Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students, Monday, August 12 to Friday, August 16, Institute for Quantum Computing. Details.

UWRC Book Club featuring Sebastian Barry's "The Secret Scripture," Wednesday, August 21, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.


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