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Thursday, July 25, 2013



  • What a Rush for Waterloo hockey player
  • It's D-Day for Venture Fund finalists
  • Thursday's notes


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  • Brandon Sweet
  • Communications and Public Affairs


What a Rush for Waterloo hockey player

Excerpted from a news piece on the Athletics website.

Keaton Hartigan always knew he could play hockey at a professional level. Thanks to his role in the Warriors' Cinderella run to the University Cup tournament, the rest of the hockey world knows now, too.

Hartigan, who completed his illustrious 5-year CIS career with the Warriors in March, has signed a contract with the Rapid City Rush of the Central Hockey League, based in Rapid City, South Dakota.

"The deal came together rather quick," said Hartigan via email. "Their head coach Joe Ferras contacted me a few weeks ago and explained his current goalie situation. He explained that he lost both goalies this summer to overseas contracts, (and) he felt there was an opportunity here for me to play a fair amount of games. After doing some research on the hockey club and Rapid City in general, I felt that the program and the hockey-oriented city would be a great fit for me."

The 6'1" Kitchener native played 93 games in his career at Waterloo. Hartigan's best season with the Warriors was 2009-10, when he won the OUA goaltender of the year award, was named to the OUA first all-star steam, and was named a second-team CIS all-Canadian. However, the best hockey Hartigan played in the black and gold was undoubtedly this past spring – he posted a 7-3 record, a 2.60 goals-against average and .932 save percentage during the Warriors' playoff run. And according to Hartigan, that postseason success played a large role in his decision to go pro.

"I feel the playoff success of our team definitely had a large impact on Rapid City even knowing who I was," said Hartigan. "Any time a team has the success we had last season, it raises the awareness of not only the players on it, but the program and the university itself."

Read the full piece on the Athletics department's website.


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Demo Day and Velocity Venture Fund Finals logo.
It's D-Day for Venture Fund Finalists

The Great Hall of the Student Life Centre will be abuzz with biz today as the VeloCity Venture Fund Finals and Demo Day events take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The festivities kick off at 11:00 a.m. with Demo Day. Waterloo student finalists will pitch their ideas to a panel of three judges for a chance to win one of three $1,000 prizes. The seven competing teams that emerged victorious from two Pitch Night events held earlier this month are:

  • Closet Explorer
  • Diggos
  • Flow
  • Neverfrost
  • Shocklock
  • StudyMe
  • tl;dr

The Demo Day judges are Ali Asaria, Wayne Chang, and Ian McDonald. The teams will have booths set up for attendees to check out their pitches.

At 1:00 p.m. the VeloCity Venture Fund Finals will get underway, with student teams vying for a piece of the $100,000 in Venture Fund prize money. Ten finalists are competing for a $25,000 share of the grant funding and the opportunity to build their businesses within the VeloCity program.

The VeloCity Venture Fund was established in March 2011 after Ted Livingston, a VeloCity residence alum and high-tech entrepreneur who founded Kik, an instant messaging application, donated $1 million to the student startup incubator.

The startup finalists are:

A panel of four judges—Ted Livingston of Kik, venture capitalist Karam Nijjar, Mike Stork, president of Stork Holdings, and Communitech Executive-In-Residence Cameron Hay —will hear the teams’ pitches.

“The VeloCity Venture Fund Finals & Demo Day showcases University of Waterloo students with innovative ideas who seek support from the Waterloo community to turn their ideas into viable businesses,” says Mike Kirkup, Director at VeloCity and host of the event. “It also attracts the attention of big businesses and strategic investors who are looking for the next big idea.”

The event will be streamed online. Social media users can also follow along online and post to the event’s Twitter Wall by using the hashtags #DemoDay, #VVF, and by following @uwvelocity.


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Thursday's notes

The UW Farm Market will be taking place today from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Student Life Centre's lower level. The farm market, which sells local baked goods, produce, and other market fare, is a collaboration between Waterloo students and Food Services and is open to all students, faculty, staff and members of the public.

Be sure to swing by Conrad Grebel's Great Hall for Shad Valley Waterloo's Open Day today, which runs from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants in the high-school enrichment program will be showcasing their design projects that answer the question posed by this year's theme: "How might we improve the safety and convenience of Canadian, all-season, human-powered commuting?"

The Centre for Teaching Excellence has opened registration for a number of Spring 2013 courses for instructors. The courses include:

CTE705 LEARN Refresher

  • Session 0001: Monday, August 19, 2013, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Session 0002: Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

CTE601 Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)

  • Session 0015: Tuesday, August 20, Wednesday, August 21, Thursday, August 22, and Friday, August 23, 2013 (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day: total 24 hours)

CTE656 Getting Started with LEARN

  • Session 0051: Thursday, August 29, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Registration procedures are available on the CTE website.


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The Peter Russell Rock Garden.
Best of uWaterloo, question 2:

What is the best outside space on campus?

Tweet your answers with the hashtag #uWaterlooBEST.

Link of the day

That was quite a fire

When and where

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.

Shad Valley Waterloo Open Day, Thursday, July 25, 1:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel 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. Details.

Wednesday Night Discussion Group, Wednesday, July 31, 7:15 p.m., MC 5136. Details.

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).

Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology seminar featuring Professor Jeff Dahn, Dalhousie University, "Why do Li-ion batteries die and can they be immortal?" Tuesday, July 30, 11:00 a.m., QNC 1501. Details.

Institute for Quantum Computing presents Roee Ozeri, Department of Complex Systems at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, "The Ion-Qubit Toolbox," a three-part lecture mini-course, Tuesday, July 30, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., QNC 1102/1103. Details.

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

Student Success Office presents "Strength in Numbers: Student Leader Networking Event," Wednesday, July 31, 5:00 p.m., RCH 306. Details.

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.

PhD Oral Defences

Economics. Francesco Franceschi, "Female Labour Supply with Time Constraints." Supervisor, John Burbidge. On deposit in the Arts graduate office, PAS 2434. Oral defence Wednesday, July 31, 10:00 a.m., AL 210.

Electrical & Computer Engineering. Yongkang Liu, "Leveraging Cognitive Radio Networks Using Heterogeneous Wireless Channels." Supervisor, Sherman Shen. On deposit in the Engineering graduate office, PHY 3004. Oral defence Wednesday, July 31, 10:00 a.m., E5 5106-5128.

Combinatorics & Optimization. Laura Mancinska, "Separable State Discrimination Using Local Quantum Operations and Classical Communication." Supervisors, Debbie Leung, Andrew Childs. On display in the Mathematics graduate office, MC 5090. Oral defence Wednesday, July 31, 10:00 a.m., MC 5158.

Computer Science. Omar Khan, "Policy Explanation and Model Refinement in Decision-Theoretic Planning." Supervisor, Pascal Poupart. On display in the Mathematics graduate office, MC 5090. Oral defence Wednesday, July 31, 12:30 p.m., DC 2310.


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