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Monday, July 11, 2011

  • Parking to cost more: try carpooling
  • Green told our story in pictures
  • When the rains ended; other notes
  • Editor:
  • Chris Redmond
  • Communications and Public Affairs

They’re greening the campus. These are some of the more than 300 student leaders from all six faculties who took part in the annual Orientation Leader Conference held on June 25. “For a team-building activity, leaders worked together in small groups to plant more than 175 shrubs and trees,” reports Cora Dupuis, student life co-ordinator, first-year experience. “To see their handiwork, walk along the path to Ron Eydt Village, by Mackenzie King Village. … The rest of the day focused on skill-building and gaining insight into their role as orientation leaders for Orientation 2011.”

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Parking to cost more: try carpooling

Come the fall, the cost of parking on campus will go up, announces Dan Anderson, director of Police and Parking Service.

Specifically, on September 1 the cost of a monthly parking pass for staff will increase to $36 from the current rate of $34; the daily rate for parking in Pay and Display lots (that is, lots N, W, and X) will increase to $5 plus HST from the current rate of $3; and daily rates in M lot will increase to $6, up from the current rate of $4.

For students, the current rate of $130 plus tax per term for a parking permit or $130 (tax exempt) for a residence parking permit will rise to $140 in either case.

Looking to cut costs? You could carpool

As gas prices spiral up and parking costs rise, commuters are looking for alternatives. Parking services invites staff and faculty to try out a new carpooling initiative at the university. The carpooling program, says Anderson’s memo, “allows registered carpool groups to pick any staff/faculty lot your group wishes to park in, and reserve your parking space; and be guaranteed of a ride home should you or your carpool partner have to leave during the day because of an emergency.”

Carpooling saves the participants money, because costs are shared; and it cuts down on the amount of CO2 that goes into the atmosphere. Parking services also offers these thoughts as incentives:

  • Statistically, those who carpool report fewer sick days.
  • Those who commute by means other than a single-occupancy vehicle demonstrate lower levels of stress, higher morale, and lower blood pressure.
  • Carpooling is a great way to make new friends.

Find out more about the carpool initiative here, or by contacting Parking Services at ext. 33100.

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Green told our story in pictures

Maurice Green in 1979Maurice Green (left, 1979 photo by Alan Magayne-Roshak) was the University of Waterloo’s first official photographer, starting in 1969. He also headed the university’s central photographic unit, and lectured in the fine arts department.

But in his key role, he was the eye behind the lens. When he retired at the end of 1990, he left a legacy of thousands of images of the campus, its people, and its celebrations.

Green died on June 30 in Waterdown, Ontario. A memorial reception will take place July 19.

As the university’s official photographer, he covered countless scenes, formal and informal, from convocation ceremonies to football games, public lectures to orientation barbecues, scholarly conventions to seminars on the grass. He chronicled the visits of politicians, authors, and international scholars, and also captured the faces of the not-so-famous: the proud parents, exuberant students, mud-spattered athletes, professors in their labs and classrooms.

His images traced the campus in all moods and seasons, from sunlit idylls to furious blizzards. And each year (as he told Jennifer Chen in an article in the spring 2006 WATtimes newsletter), he went up in an airplane to take aerial shots of the campus, recording its growth and change.

The best of this work was collected in two books: Reflections of Waterloo (1980) and Images of Waterloo (1992).

Photo by Maurice Green of Dana porter Library reflected in puddleHe was passionate about photography as an art, pursuing it both on the job and on his own time. “I always try to carry a camera. You may see something that makes you stop and go back,” he told Katherine George, in an article in the spring 1991 issue of Waterloo Magazine. He had an eye for the unexpected image — like this view (right) of Dana Porter Library, topped by Christmas lights, reflected in a puddle on the pavement.

He was known and honoured internationally, being the first Canadian chosen as president of the University Photographers Association of America (UPAA), 1978. He was always an active member, serving as newsletter editor, board member, and symposium co-host. In 1999 he was named a Fellow of the UPAA in recognition of his contributions.

Green continued pursuing the art of photography after he retired, publishing more books and mounting more exhibits, often in collaboration with his wife, artist Patricia Green.

A memorial reception for friends and family will be held at the Kitching, Steepe & Ludwig Funeral Home, 146 Mill Street North, Waterdown, Ontario on Tuesday, July 19, 2-5 p.m., with memories being shared at 4 p.m. 

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When the rains ended; other notes

June: when the rains ended
The temperature in June worked out to about average, reports Frank Seglenieks, co-ordinator of the University of Waterloo Weather Station. “A few hot days at the beginning and a few cool days after that made for an overall temperature just 0.3 degrees warmer than what we would expect.” What made June a standout was that it was slightly drier than average, following what seemed months of rain. Even so, the first half of 2011 retains the distinction of being “the second wettest first half of the year in the area since records began back in 1914. Only in 1947 was it wetter.” Full details are on the weather station’s website.

WatCACE has new director
Judene PrettiJudene Pretti (left) was appointed director of WatCACE, the Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education, May 1. Pretti previously directed the WatPD program, the professional development program required of all co-op students. She succeeds Gary Waller, WatCACE director 2005-2011, who continues as an associate with the centre and is moving his focus to a new support program for academic department chairs.

Waterloo's Elliott and Horton are CCAC directors
Susan Elliott, dean of applied health sciences, and Sue Horton, associate provost, graduate studies, have been elected to the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) board of directors as community members. The 14 CCACs across the province help people access the health and support services they need to stay in their own homes or make transitions between hospital, home, or long-term care. Among their other qualifications, Elliott is an adjunct professor with the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment & Health; Horton is CIGI Chair of Global Health at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Payroll deduction for GRT corporate pass
Human resources sends notice to faculty and staff with payroll deductions for the Grand River Transit (GRT) Corporate Pass that as of July 1, GRT fare increases have taken effect. The corporate pass payroll deduction will increase from $51.05 to $54.05 monthly and from $23.56 to $24.95 biweekly.

Students organize banking for students
Student organizers of the Waterloo Banking Project, a group led by Ryan Chen-Wing, currently a joint economics and history major, are holding an information meeting on Wednesday, 5 p.m., in J.R. Coutts Hall room 211. Attendees are asked to register (see their website) by 5 p.m. the day before. University Affairs magazine’s online issue of June 13 carried an article about the initiative, described as “Canada’s first student-run credit union.” Since its beginnings a year or so ago, the project has expanded to include Laurier students and organizers have discussed linking with an existing financial institution. Its special appeal will be its planning and advising services tailored to the needs of students.

CPA staff

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Link of the day

World Population Day

When and where

Architecture employer interviews for fall term co-op jobs, held in Cambridge July 11-13; rankings July 14-15; match results available July 18.

‘Prisons, Peace & Politics’ seminar sponsored by Waterloo Public Interest Research Group: guest speaker Wednesday 7 p.m.; Grand Valley Institution tour July 17, 2:00. Details, e-mail peacesociety@

Class enrolment appointments for fall term undergrad courses: first-time students, July 11-24; open class enrolment, July 25.

Warrior athletics camps week of July 11: women’s volleyball. Details.

Electrical power will be off in Mackenzie King Village, including elevators, Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., to allow a tie-in to the Ring Road lighting.

Career workshop Tuesday: “Exploring Your Personality Type” Part II, 2:30, Tatham Centre room 1112. Details.

Staff association golf social Tuesday, 4:00, Brookfield Country Club, $45 basic fee. Details.

Drama 349 (Cultural Management) symposium: “Engaged and Under 30: Arts and Culture Leadership” Wednesday, 2 to 6 p.m., Button Factory, 25 Regina Street South. Details.

Career workshop Wednesday: “Work Search Strategies”, 2:30, Tatham Centre room 1208. Details.

Career workshops Thursday: “Career Interest Assessment”, 10:30 a.m., Tatham Centre room 1112; “Thinking About Med School?” 6 p.m., Tatham Centre room 1208. Details.

Student Life 101 visits for future first-year students, July 14-15, 18-19, 22-23, 5-26, 28-29, August 2-3, 5-6, 8-9.  Details.

Farm market Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Environment I courtyard (also July 21).

Library workshop: “Geocoding Tabular Data with Google Fusion Tables” Thursday, 2:15, Flex Lab, Dana Porter Library. Details.

Chemical engineering seminar: Lauren Flynn, Queen’s University, “Soft Tissue Engineering with Adipose-Derived Stem Cells” Thursday, 3:30, Doug Wright Engineering room 2529.

WPIRG Seeds of Resistance workshop: Racism in Our Communities: Anti-Racism Practices. Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., Student Life Centre room 2135. For information or to register:

Design at Riverside gallery, Architecture building, Cambridge, “Installations by Architects” lecture and book signing Thursday, 6:30; exhibition continues through August 6.

Blue Jays vs. Yankees bus trip. Friday, 7 p.m., Rogers Centre, Toronto. Bus leaves from PAC Red South 4 p.m. Tickets $30 from athletics office, covers game ticket and bus. Details.

International Spouses Walk & Talk. UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival (free) for the whole family. Meet at Paul Puncher Clothing Shop, 20 Regina Street S., Friday, 7:15 p.m. Email if you plan to come. More information online.

Calgary Stampede alumni event at Wild Card Saturday Rodeo, Stampede grandstand, Saturday, July 16, 1:30. Details.

UWRC Book Club: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, Wednesday, July 20, 12:00, Dana Porter Library room 407.

Alumni on Pelee Island Saturday, July 23, 11:15 to 2:00, lunch at Pelee Island Winery. Details.

Canoeing the Grand River expedition sponsored by International Student Connection, Saturday, July 23, bus leaves 2:00, tickets $30 at Federation of Students office, Student Life Centre.

Get to Know UWS (Stratford campus) Day for university staff, includes restaurant lunch and tour of Stratford Shakespeare Festival costume warehouse. July 25 or 26. Information and registration here. Free.

Last day of classes for spring term, July 26.

PhD oral defences

Electrical and computer engineering. Babak Alavikia, “Hybrid Computational Algorithm for the Problem of Scattering from Grating Structures.” Supervisor, Omar Ramahi. On display in the faculty of engineering, PHY 3004. Oral defence Friday, July 15, 10:00 a.m., CEIT building room 3142.

Chemical engineering. Ahmad Alshaiban, “Propylene Polymerization Using 4th Generation Ziegler Natta Catalyst: Polymerization Kinetic and Macrostructural Study.” Supervisor, João Soares. On display in the faculty of engineering, PHY 3004. Oral defence Monday, July 18, 9:30 a.m., Doug Wright Engineering room 2534.

Electrical and computer engineering. Amir Mohammad Fazeli, “Development of a Novel Air Hybrid Engine.” Supervisors, Amir Khajepour and Cecile Devaud. On display in the faculty of engineering, PHY 3004. Oral defence Monday, July 18, 1:00 p.m., Engineering 5 room 3006.

Chemical engineering. Erica Judith Murray, “Proteomic Analysis and Long Term Live Cell Imaging of Primary Human Cells in Culture.” Supervisor, Eric Jervis. On display in the faculty of engineering, PHY 3004. Oral defence Tuesday, July 19, 1:00 p.m., Doug Wright Engineering room 2534.

English. Sheila Hannan, “The News About Genre: Setting the record straight." Supervisor, Neil Randall. On display in the faculty of arts, PAS 2434. Oral defence Wednesday, July 20, 9:00 a.m., PAS (Psychology) room 2438.

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