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Friday, November 11, 2011

  • Waterloo remembers
  • $1 million gift will establish peace centre
  • Congress 2012 promises Big Thinking
  • Friday's notes go to 11
  • Editor:
  • Brandon Sweet
  • Communications and Public Affairs

Waterloo remembers

[Poppy] No words can add to their fame, nor so long as gratitude holds a place in men's hearts can our forgetfulness be suffered to detract from their renown. For as the war dwarfed by its magnitude all contests of the past, so the wonder of human resource, the splendour of human heroism, reached a height never witnessed before. — Arthur Meighen, prime minister of Canada, 1921

Ordinary life pauses for a few minutes this morning as the University of Waterloo, and all of Canada, marks Remembrance Day, mourning the country's war dead and honouring those who, daring to die, survived, in wars past and present.

Says a memo from the provost: "In 2005, UW initiated the practice of observing a minute’s silence at 11 o’clock on November 11 – Remembrance Day. I would therefore ask that, if possible, whether you are alone, with a group, or in front of a class, you take time at 11 o’clock on November 11th to observe a minute’s silence, remembering and honouring the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace."

As national leaders mark the occasion in Ottawa, local dignitaries will place wreaths at the Cenotaph beside Waterloo City Hall on Regina Street, and veterans will parade, in a ceremony that starts at 10:00 a.m. A wreath will be placed by two undergraduate history students, Andrew Basso and Sigita Bersenas, on behalf of the university. Basso and Bersenas are executive members of the UW History Society.

Ceremonies will also be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Kitchener Cenotaph on Frederick Street and at the Cenotaph on Queen’s Square a block from the Architecture building in Cambridge and at the Cenotaph in downtown Stratford.

On the main Waterloo campus, a service begins at 10:45 a.m. in the Student Life Centre great hall. The service includes the traditional two minutes’ silence and multi-faith prayers for peace. Across campus, the customary Remembrance Day service organized by the student Engineering Society will be held starting at 10:30 a.m. inside POETS in Carl Pollock Hall.

The official date of the Remembrance Day commemoration is always November 11, the anniversary of the day in 1918 when the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War. Much of the imagery of the day is connected to that war, including the poppies, worn in lapels, that are sold by the Royal Canadian Legion as a fund-raiser. They recall the wildflowers that grow in the fields of Flanders, north Belgium, as mentioned in the poem by Lt.-Col. John McCrae of Guelph that is read at many Remembrance Day commemorations.

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$1 million gift will establish peace centre

A press release from Conrad Grebel University College

An artist's rendering of the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement

In an announcement that has special resonance on this day of remembrance, Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) and Conrad Grebel University College have revealed plans to create the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement at Conrad Grebel. MSCU’s million-dollar commitment will empower Conrad Grebel to create an accelerator centre committed to collaborative peace innovation with lasting impact.

“We’re thrilled to make such a transformational commitment to peace building in our world. We believe the MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement will be an innovative expression of our core values and are gratified that we’re able to share our resources to enhance the Mennonite tradition of building peace-filled communities,” stated Brent Zorgdrager, chief executive officer of MSCU.

Together, MSCU and CGUC envision an MSCU peace centre that is a hub of entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary collaboration, fostering new ways to advance peace in a conflict-filled world. In addition to teaching and research facilities, the Centre will provide shared seminar and project space for students and faculty, as well as space for community service organizations, pastors, and other peace builders. The peace centre will add a fourth floor (pictured above) to the capital expansion already proposed for Conrad Grebel as part of their Next Chapter campaign. Construction is to start in March 2012.

“This is a new day at Grebel,” stated President Susan Schultz Huxman. “A day marked by a great partnership with MSCU to advance peace education and action here at home and around the world. Grebel and the University of Waterloo understand how interdisciplinary education and innovation work hand in hand. We’re excited to enhance our peace education work through this creative initiative.”

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Congress 2012 promises Big Thinking

A news release from the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Seven Canadian and American luminaries are coming to Waterloo in May to join the Congress 2012 of the Humanities and Social Sciences Big Thinking lecture series. Wilfrid Laurier University president Max Blouw and Douglas Peers, Congress Co-chair and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, made the announcement at last night's event at the Tannery.

The speakers include Margaret Atwood, Thomas Homer-Dixon, holder of the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Alberta professor and Canada Research Chair in Political Economy and Social Governance Janine Brodie, Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author Jane Urquhart, Mary Eberts, co-founder of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), and University of Michigan professor Sidonie Smith.

"The Big Thinking lecture series will open one of Canada's largest multi-disciplinary conferences to the host community of Waterloo, giving attendees and organizers a forum to connect with community members," said CFHSS president Graham Carr. "The stellar line-up of thinkers and their varied perspectives and disciplines are emblematic of the 2012 conference theme of 'Crossroads: Scholarship for an Uncertain World'."

Big Thinking lectures are open to both Congress delegates and community members. They are the cornerstone of Congress, highlighting the importance of humanities and social sciences scholarship on issues that affect all Canadians and giving community members a chance to experience the conference.

Congress 2012 will be hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo from May 26 to June 2, 2012.

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A poster depicting Spinal Tap character Nigel Tufnel in the spirit of Obama's 'Hope' poster.
Friday's notes go to 11

A quick reminder: The Registrarís Office, Student Awards & Financial Aid and Student Accounts offices will be closed this morning until 9:30 am for an information sharing meeting.

Some info from the Faculty of Environment: Donor bricks were installed at the entrance of the Environment 3 building yesterday in preparation for two opening evenBricks with the names of donors inscribed upon.ts next week. On Thursday, November 17th, a Friends & Alumni event features guest speaker Jay Ingram. The following day marks the official Environment 3 opening with government representatives helping to cut the ribbon on the targeted LEED Platinum building. Information and links to register for both events are available on the Environment Events website.

The first signs of work on the addition to Health Services will appear on Monday as construction fencing goes up to close off access to the building's rear entrance. All access will now be at the main entrance facing ring road. Existing parking will also be eliminated. The addition is expected to be completed in early 2013, at which point renovations will begin to the original structure. The pedestrian walkway along the roadway between Health Services and St. Jerome's will be closed and reworked during the first phase of construction.

The logo of TedxUW

TEDxUW is being held in Hagey Hall tomorrow. The student-organized event promises to showcase the best ideas from the University of Waterloo in the spirit of the renowned TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) conference series. The event will feature 12 speakers including economics professor Larry Smith and Desire2Learn founder John Baker. The event will be streamed live.

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, will be on campus Monday to make an announcement related to antibiotic resistance. The event will take place at 9:00 a.m. in room 339 of the Earth Sciences & Chemistry building. Minister Goodyear will be joined by Vice-President, University Research George Dixon and Dr. Marc Ouellette, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity.

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Link of the day


When and where

Shopping weekend in Erie, Pennsylvania, sponsored by staff association, November 11-13. Details.

Wilfrid Laurier University open house for potential students, Brantford campus,   8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Balsillie School of International Affairs seminar: “Field Research, Archival Work and Ethics” 12:30, 57 Erb Street West.

‘Seeds of Resistance’ series sponsored by Waterloo Public Interest Research Group: “Making Herbal Medicine” 1:00, Student Life Centre room 2134.

Knowledge Integration seminar: Panel of KI students reflect on their summer experiences, 2:30, St. Paul’s U College room 105.

John J Wintermeyer Lecture: Yves Y. Pelletier, government of New Brunswick, “Faith on the Battlefield: The Experience of Canada’s Roman Catholic Priests During the Second World War”, 7:30 p.m., Siegfried Hall, St. Jerome’s U.

TEDxUWaterloo Saturday, November 12, Hagey Hall. Details.

Mathematics Society’s Math Hatter Charity Ball, Saturday, November 12, doors open 6 p.m., tickets $75 couple, $40 single, from Math Society office.

Waterloo Public Interest Research Group presents Omar Ramahi, “Illegal Israeli Settlement” Saturday 6 p.m., CEIT room 1015.

DaCapo Chamber Choir, based at Conrad Grebel U College, “Imagining Home” concert November 12 (8 p.m.) and 13 (3 p.m.), St. John the Evangelist Church, Kitchener. Details.

Senate Graduate and Research Council Monday, November 14, 10:30, Needles Hall room 3004.

Waterloo Region Museum presents Marlene Epp, Conrad Grebel U College, “Mennonites of Waterloo Region” Monday, November 14, 1:30, Christie Theatre, 10 Huron Road, tickets $8, 519-748-1914.

Getting Started in Desire2Learn workshop for instructors, organized by Centre for Teaching Excellence, Monday, November 14, 3:00, and other dates, Flex Lab, Dana Porter Library. Details.

Warrior Think Pink Campaign for breast cancer research: percentage of sales at Boston Pizza will be donated to the campaign November 14 (King Street North location), November 21 (Erb Street West location), 5 to 8 p.m.

Jon Lajoie, comedian, “Live Nation” tour, Monday, November 14, 8 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies workshop: “Financially Sustainable Management Strategies for Urban Water and Wastewater Networks” Tuesday, November 15, from 7:30 a.m., Mississauga Grand convention centre. Details.

Stratford campus workshop: “Effective Public Consultation Strategies” Tuesday, November 15, 9 a.m. Details.

Alumni in Ottawa: business networking luncheon hosted by Concordia U, Tuesday, November 15, 11:30, Minto Suite Hotel. Details.

Library workshop: “The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas” Tuesday, November 15, 12:00, Tatham Centre room 1208. Details.

Career workshops: “Working Effectively in Another Culture” 1:00, Tatham Centre room 1208; “Exploring Your Personality Type” November 15, 2:30, Tatham room 1112.

International Week film screening, “The First Grader”, about 84-year-old student in a Kenyan village, Tuesday, November 15, 2:30, Princess Cinema, Waterloo.

‘Seeds of Resistance’ series sponsored by Waterloo Public Interest Research Group: “Decolonization for Settlers” Tuesday, November 15, 5:30, Math and Computer room 2017.

United Arab Emirates campus second anniversary dinner and reception, hosted by president Feridun Hamdullahpur, Tuesday, November 15, 6 p.m., The Address Dubai Mall.

Rockstar karaoke at Bombshelter pub, Student Life Centre, Tuesday, November 15, 9 p.m.

Waterloo Unlimited program for grade 12 students, “Roadmap to Research”, November 16-18. Details.

Flu immunization clinic November 16-18, 10:00 to 5:00, Student Life Centre multipurpose room.

Career workshops November 16: “Work Search Strategies” 10:30, Tatham Centre room 1208; “International Research Opportunities” 12:00, Tatham room 2218. Details.

UWRC Book Club: Too Close to the Falls by Catherine Gildiner, Wednesday, November 16, 12:00, Dana Porter Library room 407.

PhD Oral Defences

Chemistry. Ignace A. Moya, “Biochemical Investigations of L-Methionine Gamma-lyase from Trichomonas vaginalis.” Supervisor, John F. Honek. On display in the faculty of science, ESC 254A. Oral defence Friday, November 25, 10:00 a.m., Chemistry 2 room 361.

Management sciences. Andrew Maxwell, “Business Angel Decision Making.” Supervisors, Brian Cozzarin and Moren Levesque. On display in the faculty of engineering, PHY 3004. Oral defence Monday, November 28, 10:00 a.m., Engineering 2 room 3324.

Recreation and leisure studies. Ryan Snelgrove, “Living with a Chronic Illness in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood.” Supervisor, Roger Mannell. On display in the faculty of applied health sciences, BMH 3110. Oral defence Tuesday, November 29, 10:00 a.m., Matthews Hall room 3119.

Combinatorics and optimization. Peter Nelson, “Expontentially Dense Matroids.” Supervisor, Jim Geelen. On display in the faculty of mathematics, MC 5090. Oral defence Tuesday, November 29, 2:30 p.m., Mathematics and Computer room 5136.

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