Monday, September 8, 2008

  • Athletics program offers 'body blast'
  • Continuing ed sets its fall schedule
  • Notes on the first day of classes
  • Editor:
  • Chris Redmond
  • Communications and Public Affairs

Athletics program offers 'body blast'

The athletics and recreational services department will be holding an open house tomorrow to show off its programs, including 33 varsity teams and scores of recreational sports. “Now is the time to engage yourself in UW Athletics!” says the publicity for tomorrow’s four-hour opportunity, which will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the main gym of the Physical Activities Complex.

“Stop by the Athletics Open House,” a web site says, “to find out everything you need to know about Campus Recreation, Varsity and other ways to get involved. Visit a program or club booth for information, test your skills against a varsity athlete or watch our clubs perform. Lots of prizes to be won. This is the place to be to have all your questions answered and to find out about Athletics at Waterloo.”

Tomorrow's open house comes at the beginning of registration week for the campus rec intramural programs, which include leagues in sports such as basketball, dodgeball, hockey, flag football and even pool. Teams can sign up for those leagues between 9:00 and 4:00 any day this week in the athletics office, also in the PAC.

Next week brings registration for instructional activities, which are even more varied. Some of the programs sound pretty dramatic, including “Bronze Crash”, which is actually a form of lifeguard training; “Body Blast” (in the “fitness” category); and “Squash Privates”, which fortunately means private squash lessons. There are also learn-to-swim courses at various levels, Bollywood dancing, “total muscle conditioning”, learn-to-skate, tai chi, “yoga pop”, and dozens more.

As for clubs, how about archery? broomball? cycling? parkour? triathlon? “You can attend the information meeting at the start of the term,” the web site says, “or join the club at any time by attending a regular session and speaking with the executive. Some clubs do have limited space available, so be sure to get involved early in the term.”

[Large mascot, small dog]“Learn more,” says an invitation to the open house, about “programs such as Fitness, Personal Trainers, Dance Lessons, Yoga & Pilates, Aquatics, and more; learn-to courses such as Skating, Swimming, Golf, and more; clubs such as Archery, Martial Arts, Kendo, Outers, Cricket, Table Tennis; certification courses like First Aid, NLS, CanFitPro, and NCCP.”

And more: “how to get involved in varsity athletics; job and volunteer opportunities; how to use the facilities.” (Most athletic activities at UW are based either in the PAC or at the Columbia Icefield with its associated gyms and playing fields.)

Of course, athletics always wants fans, and those with school spirit are welcome at the open house too, under the banner “We Are Warriors”. They might even meet King Warrior, the athletics mascot, who was on hand Saturday to see the football team defeat McMaster 30-17 on the new north campus playing field. The crowd included a lot of human supporters and at least one canine (pictured), who was accompanying Heather FitzGerald, director of UW's student life office.

A bit more about the campus recreation programs, which UW has traditionally boasted are more extensive, and involve more students, than those at any other Canadian university: “Campus Rec is committed to a positive, diverse set of programs that develop a sense of community, contribute to the quality of life, and foster ongoing relationships with and for the students.”

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Continuing ed sets its fall schedule

from UW’s distance and continuing education office

When Cathy Gravelle wanted real world knowledge in real world time, she turned to UW’s Continuing Education department and was quite pleased with the results.

“I definitely found gems I’ll be able to use right now,” she said after recently completing a continuing education classroom course. Gravelle, the executive assistant to Kitchener mayor Carl Zehr, is just one of the thousands of working professionals who depend on UW Continuing Education to provide practical information that can be implemented immediately in the workplace.

“Our students’ vocation of choice may differ but they all have one thing in common: They want a future filled of opportunity and prosperity. Our job is to help make it happen,” says Michael Hunt, associate director of continuing education.

“To make it happen,” adds Hunt, “our department consults with other business-focused departments on campus and business leaders throughout Canada for expert insight into the changes and innovations that will shape the workplace of the future.”

The insight gained from these consultations has fostered strong partnerships within UW and beyond and has led to the transformation of many university-based courses into non-credit continuing education courses specifically designed for the adult learner: “We offer a variety of interactive classroom courses, over 100 flexible online courses and customized corporate training Ñ all aimed at improving your workplace performance and increasing your work opportunities. Whatever your personal, professional or career goals, our programs can give you the edge you need to succeed.”

Classroom courses for this fall have varied start dates, beginning September 29. Online courses also start at various times over the months ahead. Some highlights of what’s being offered for 2008-09:

• Delivered in four 4-week modules, with a one-week break in between, UW's Certificate in Project Leadership was developed with the demands of today’s real world in mind. It combines project leadership and project management content into one, robust and comprehensive program that prepares students to sit the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional examination. Further, graduates of the certificate program benefit from not only have the necessary process-oriented knowledge as defined by PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge but also the all-important softer skills and knowledge required to manage the many human and organizational issues that can contribute to overall project failure or success.

• The new Leadership Certificate program will provide useful insight, knowledge and skills for both supervisors and managers, as well as people identified in an organization as possessing the potential to achieve supervisory and management positions.

• A new Project Management Certificate program is designed for people who want to become project management specialists capable of delivering on target, on time and on budget.

New classroom courses include Understanding Personal and Work Stress; Managing Work Expectations; Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations; Effective Recruitment and Selection Techniques; Interviewing Skills and Evaluation Techniques; Direct Marketing; and Planning Your Network to Run Like a Business.

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Notes on the first day of classes

I don't suppose there's a National Bookstore Lineup Day, but if there were, today would be it, with thousands of students emerging from the first lecture of the fall term and heading on over to South Campus Hall to pick up the texts they now know they'll need. The bookstore will have extended hours (until 7 p.m.) today through Thursday to help cope with the rush. Also busy, and also staying open late this week, are the nearby TechWorx (the place to pick up pencils, lab coats and thumb drives) and the UW Shop (maybe a teddy bear or a pair of black-and-gold striped socks).

And then there's the Campus TechShop — a branch of UW's retail services department, like the other three stores, but located in the Student Life Centre, and marking a milestone of its own this week. As announced in July, the store is now an authorized Rogers Wireless dealer, able to set you up with cellphone or BlackBerry service: "Students living in residence or off campus will have access to the newest wireless devices, special UW student plans, SIM cards and great wireless accessories. These services are also available to staff and faculty for personal use." Details are online. And the store adds that "everyone is welcome to join us" for a grand opening celebration today, "which will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and cupcakes at 11:30 a.m. There will be door prizes, daily draws, and in-store specials throughout the week."

A memo went out to departments this week explaining the opportunity that's presented by the International Undergraduate Work-Study Program for the fall term. "You could employ an international student on a part-time basis for one-quarter the normal cost," writes Linda Jajko of the student awards and financial aid office. "International students are not eligible for provincial government financial aid (OSAP)," she explains, and "obtaining other financing or part-time employment that fits the student's schedule is very difficult." Hence the program, financed 75 per cent from "a central university fund", to subsidize up to 25 part-time jobs (up to 10 hours a week) in UW departments. "Jobs that tend to receive the most interest are those that create meaningful work experience for the students," Jajko notes, inviting faculty or staff members to submit job proposals by September 12 for the September-to-December term. More information: ext. 35726.

A memo from UW's library notes that books that were signed out by faculty, graduate students, and staff before August 18 are due on September 10, which is Wednesday. That means it's time for borrowers to return or renew them. Says Alex McCulloch from the circulation department's temporary quarters on the first floor of the Dana Porter Library: "If they are renewing on-line, they can link directly to 'your account'. On-line help for renewing is available. Patrons should not try to renew more than 50 books at a time."

Sue Fraser, long-time chair of the social committee for UW's staff association, says what she's offering today is the "last chance" for anybody who wants to get aboard the shopping bus in early November. That would be the association's annual "Retail Therapy 101" outing to Erie, Pennsylvania, home of tax-free clothing and bargain prices at Millcreek Mall. "Join us for a great weekend," says Fraser, also promising a "big sidewalk sale" at the Grove City factory outlet centre, which is en route. "The trip is fast filling up — sign up now so as not to be disappointed. For full information about the trip, including registration form and itinerary, please go to the UWSA website."


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Link of the day

International Literacy Day

When and where

Imaginus poster sale September 8-12 (Monday-Thursday 9:00 to 8:00, Friday 9:00 to 5:00), Student Life Centre.

Scholarship information sessions open to students, faculty and staff: science, today 3:30, Math and Computer room 4046; arts, Tuesday 9:30, Rod Coutts Hall room 103; mathematics, Tuesday 12:00, Davis Centre room 1302; engineering, Tuesday 2:30, RCH 211; environment, Wednesday 12:00, ENV courtyard; AHS, Thursday 3:00, Lyle Hallman Institute room 1621.

Warrior hockey team meetings and tryouts: men 4:00 p.m., women 6:00 p.m., Columbia Icefield meeting room.

Warrior basketball team meetings and tryouts: men 5:30 p.m., women 7:00 p.m., Physical Activities Complex room 2021.

Fed 101 beginning-of-term party, Federation Hall, doors open 10 p.m.

Class enrolment appointments for winter 2009 undergraduate courses will be listed in Quest as of September 9.

UW farm markets organizational meeting for volunteers Tuesday 2:00, Brubakers, Student Life Centre.

Warrior women’s volleyball team meeting and tryouts Tuesday 5:00, Physical Activities Complex room 2021.

Warrior badminton (men and women) team meeting and tryouts Tuesday 6:00, Physical Activities Complex room 2021.

Warrior baseball vs. McMaster, Tuesday 7 p.m., Jack Couch Park, Kitchener.

United Way 2008 kickoff September 10: lunch, 11:45 a.m.; program, 12:30 to 1:00 p.m., Accelerator Centre, 295 Hagey Boulevard, details online.

Academic integrity sessions for international students about academic expectations at UW: September 10 at 12:30, September 17 at 10:30, or September 24 at 3:30, Needles Hall room 1101.

World Suicide Prevention Day events co-sponsored by UW and Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council, Wednesday: Tom Ruttan, counselling services, briefing on QPR intervention technique, 2:30 p.m., Modern Languages room 246; annual general meeting of WRSPC, 4:00, “service to remember and butterfly release” 5:30, outside ML building; Richard Ennis, psychology, “Esteem as a Protection Against Suicide” 7:00, Theatre of the Arts.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research information session on graduate scholarships Wednesday 2:30 to 5:00, Doug Wright Engineering room 3516.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council information session on scholarships and fellowships Thursday, September 11, 9:30 to 11:30, Davis Centre room 1302.

Bruce Uttley, information systems and technology, retirement party marking 38 years at UW, September 11, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., South Campus Hall Laurel Room. RSVP to

Waterloo Public Interest Research Group “introduction to WPIRG: what WPIRG is and how you can get involved,” Thursday, September 11, 5:30 p.m., lower atrium, Student Life Centre.

Orchestra @ UWaterloo open rehearsal Thursday, September 11, 7:00, Ron Eydt Village great hall, register online.

International student orientation session for graduate students, Friday, September 12, 12:30 p.m., DC 1350, details online.

Trash 2 Treasure goods recycling sale sponsored by Waterloo Public Interest Research Group, September 13-14, Student Life Centre, following donation drive every Thursday starting July 31, information online.

Thomas Seebohm, UW school of architecture, died August 12, memorial gathering Saturday, September 13, 3:00 p.m., Architecture building, Cambridge, information ext. 27661.

Staff association town hall meeting to meet the new executive manager and provide information about serving on the executive, Monday, September 15, 11:45 to 12:30, Davis Centre room 1302.

UW Senate Monday, September 15, 4:30 p.m., Needles Hall room 3001.

Thomas Homer-Dixon, faculty of arts, speaks on "Crisis and Resilience," September 15, 7 p.m., Centre for International Governance Innovation, details and RSVP online.

On-Campus Part-Time Job Fair, Wednesday, September 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Life Centre great hall.

Last day to drop or withdraw from courses with full tuition refund; drop (no penalty) period ends, September 26.

PhD oral defences

Electrical and computer engineering. Hengameh Keshavarz, “Fundamental Limits of Rate-Constrained Multi-User Channels and Random Wireless Networks.” Supervisors, Ravi Mazumdar and Liang-Liang Xie. On display in the faculty of engineering, PHY 3004. Oral defence Tuesday, September 16, 10:00 a.m., CEIT room 3142.

Electrical and computer engineering. Sameeh Ullah, “A Soft Computing Based Approach for Multi-Accent Classification in IVR Systems.” Supervisor, Fakhreddine Karray. On display in the faculty of engineering, PHY 3004. Oral defence Thursday, September 18, 10:00 a.m., CEIT room 3142.

Biology. Wenxi Wang, "Toxicity Assessment of PAHs and Metals to Bacteria and the Roles of Soil Bacteria in Phytoremediation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons." Supervisor, Bruce Greenberg. On display in the Faculty of Science, ESC room 254A. Oral defence Thursday, September 18, 1:30 p.m., Biology I room 266.

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