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Thursday, June 27, 2013



  • Dragon boat team puts the paddle to the medal
  • Local actions, global impact at Peace Camp
  • Report on Giving released and other notes


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  • Brandon Sweet
  • Communications and Public Affairs


Dragon boat team puts the paddle to the medal

by members of the University of Waterloo Dragon Boat Club

Dragon Boat teams pose for group photo.It was a successful medal haul for Waterloo’s dragon boat teams this past weekend as they competed in the 25th Annual Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival. 

Over 85 students, future uWaterloo students, alumni and staff joined forces to represent the University of Waterloo against some of the highest ranked dragon boat teams in the world.

Coached and mentored by uWaterloo students and dragon boat gurus Ricky Tjandra, Evan Trafford and Vladimir Kluev, every team competing medalled in their respective categories. It was also the first time that a uWaterloo staff/alumni dragon boat was entered.

“We are very proud to be associated with this wonderful group of students”, says Linda McKessock, whose opinion is clearly echoed by fellow staff team and alumni members pictured below, “They are amazing ambassadors of the sport, sportsmanship and teamwork. Their enthusiasm for dragon boating is absolutely contagious.”

Smaller group photo of dragon boat team members.Waterloo’s results in the 500m race were:  Waterloo Warriors 1: First place University Championships and Premier Mixed C division; Warriors 2: Second in University B division and Premier Mixed E; Warriors 3: Third in Premier mixed K; Dragon Warriors (Staff/Alumni Team): Second in Premier Mixed J; Baby Dragons (High School): Second in Junior Mixed D

The Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival is a two day festival held on Toronto Island each year. Athletes, who race in crews of 22 individuals, represented not only Canada but hailed from all over the United States, Jamaica, Europe and Trinidad and Tobago. This year, over 7000 athletes participated in a total of 114 races.

Anyone interested in becoming part of this mentally and physically exhilarating experience, regardless of fitness level, is encouraged to contact the University of Waterloo Dragon Boat club at or

Photographs by George Wang.


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Local action, global impact at Peace Camp

by Sarah Klassen, Conrad Grebel University College

Conrad Grebel University College’s third annual Peace Camp is a memorable and meaningful summer camp option for youth aged 11-14. This week long day camp, starting on July 29th, is action-packed with exciting new activities, crafts, games, and field trips that will encourage youth to inspire lives, strengthen ties, and make peace happen all over the Waterloo region.

This year’s theme, “Local Actions with Global Impact” will allow youth to participate in and experiment with arts, crafts, games, and sports that will not only teach co-operation and respect for others in the local community, but in the global community as well. Youth will learn about actions that can be taken at home that can have a peaceful impact around the world.

There are still some spots available! Peace Camp 2013 will be run from July 29th to August 2nd, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Peace Camp is committed to providing a low-cost program to make sure all interested youth can participate. The total cost per camper is $175.00, lunch included. Register today.


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Report on Giving released and other notes

The 2012-2013 Report on Giving is now posted on the Advancement website. Find out how the contributions of our Keystone family - Waterloo faculty, staff and retirees, help provide an exceptional education and rewarding experience for every student.

University of Waterloo economics professor Anindya Sen was recently featured in a piece in the Toronto Star. Sen is the author of a research article commissioned by the Ontario Convenience Store Association that talks about the benefits of letting private stores sell alcohol directly to the public in Ontario. The study argues that increasing alcohol sales competition in the province would actually increase government revenues while lowering prices.

The deadline for upcoming VeloCity Pitch Night Socials is approaching. The top teams from each night's pitches will move on to the Demo Day finals, which will be held on Thursday, July 25, with the top 3 overall teams getting a $1,000 prize.

Registrations for the pitch positions are due by midnight on Tuesday, July 2. The pitch nights will be held on Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Mathematics 3 lobby. Those who want to watch instead of pitch need to register as well. There will be free pizza.

As for the Demo Day on July 25, the top 10 teams from both pitch nights will compete for the $1,000 prize. That event will coincide with the VeloCity Venture Fund finals. Written submissions for the VeloCity Venture Fund are also due on Tuesday, July 2, with interviews taking place on July 8. Audience registration is also required. The Venture Fund portion of the event will showcase the top 10 companies from across the VeloCity program, with teams competing for one of four $25,000 awards to kickstart their

The results from the Matthews Golf Classic, held on June 10, have been released by the University of Waterloo Recreation Committee (UWRC).

The winning team was made up of Dan Anderson, Ed Danhousen, Marshall Gavin, and Dale Roe. Winning "Honest Golfers" were Annette Dietrich, Wendy Fleming, Lisa Hendel and Susan Widdifield. Nailing the "Longest Drive" were Blair Clarence and Susan Widdifield, and "Closest to the Hole" went to Dan Anderson and Lynn Hoyles.

Now in its 23rd year, the Matthews Golf Classic, named for Burt Matthews, uWaterloo's second president, is held annually. Organized by a committee of faculty and staff, the tournament is open to all students, faculty, staff, retirees and invited guests.

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Wear your Black & Gold as you celebrate the Red & White

Be an ambassador for your university on July 1 by wearing your uWaterloo spirit wear and welcoming the community to campus.

And bring your families! If you've got kids, check out children's performers Ronno and the Lunchbag Lizards, Stellaluna, and Wij the Magician.

More details are on the Canada Day Celebration website.

Link of the day

Watermelon Thump

When and where

Student Life 101, Thursday, June 27.

UW Farm Market, Thursday, June 27, Student Life Centre lower level, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Petition to the Registrar to register late form required to become Fees Arranged after Sunday, June 30.

Canada Day Celebrations, Monday, July 1, Columbia Lake.

Canada Day Holiday, Monday, July 1, university closed.

VeloCity Pitch Night, Wednesday, July 3, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Math 3 lobby. Register online.

Environment Lecture Series featuring Sven E. Jørgensen, University of Copenhagen, "Samsø , a Danish Island based on renewable energy," Wednesday, July 3, 7:00 p.m., Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment, Huntsville. Details.

VeloCity Pitch Night, Thursday, July 4, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Math 3 lobby. Register online.

VeloCity Campus Customer Discovery #2: How to Build a Launch Page, Wednesday, July 10, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., EV3 4412. Details.

UW Farm Market, Thursday, July 11, Student Life Centre lower level, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Student Consultation Group - uWaterloo Student Portal, Tuesday, July 16, 12:00 p.m., SSO multipurpose room. Details.

UWRC Book Club featuring ML Stedman's "The Light Between Oceans", Wednesday, July 17, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

UW Farm Market, Thursday, July 18, 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.

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.

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


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