Inside WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY Waterloo | Brantford | Kitchener | Toronto Photo: Rainer Leipscher OCTOBER 2012 University Stadium was packed with football fans for Homecoming on the Waterloo campus. The Golden Hawks were defeated by the Guelph Gryphons 22-19. For more Homecoming highlights, see page 5. Laurier honours employee achievement Ceremony recognizes Employee Achievement Award recipients and long-serving employees By Sandra Muir Photo: Sandra Muir Friends, family and colleagues filled the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall Sept. 24 as Laurier recognized the recipients of the inaugural Employee Achievement Awards, a new award program that celebrates employees for their contributions toward the achievement of Laurier’s mission and vision. In addition to the employee awards, Laurier also recognized long-term service employees for 15, 25, 35 and 40 years. “As a community we have deeply benefitted from the contributions of all of these individuals and it is a pleasure to take this moment to say thank you for all the work you have done,” said Pam Cant, acting assistant vicepresident of Human Resources. The Employee Achievement Awards are based on Laurier’s five Employee Success Factors, which were introduced in September 2010. The factors aim to identify the positive attitudes, behaviours and work styles that align most closely to Laurier’s mission, vision and values. “The Employee Success Factors serve as the blueprint, or guide, for all of our employees,” said Max Blouw, Laurier’s president and vice-chancellor. “Today, it is our pleasure to celebrate those who exemplify the highest levels of talent and success, and advance the important work of our university.” Students, staff and faculty can nominate colleagues who exemplify one or all of the Employee Success factors. Cant was chair of the awards committee. She said the decision process was not an easy one. “We were truly humbled by the achievements and contributions of all of those who were nominated and it really brought to the light the number of talented and devoted individuals and teams here at Laurier,” said Cant. “Selecting just a few individuals to highlight that reinforces the many strong contributors we look forward to recognizing in the years to come.” The Employee Achievement Award winners include: President’s Awards: • Individual Achievement: Steve Farlow, Executive Director, Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship. Employee awards see page 4 Conference on academic freedom fosters discussion By Sandra Muir Engaging in difficult conversations on academic freedom and academic integrity is essential for the future of post-secondary education, and is exactly the type of debate the Perspectives on Academic Freedom conference, co-hosted by Laurier and the University of Waterloo, was intended to foster. Held in September in partnership with the Association of Universities and Colleges Canada (AUCC), its aim was to have informed discussion around issues of academic freedom 5 6 A look at this year’s Homecoming highlights in photographs. Meet Jennifer Brickman, avid volunteer, sports enthusiast and soon-to-be new mom. and integrity in the context of partnership agreements. “It is truly a profoundly nuanced discussion that we have embarked upon,” Max Blouw, Laurier president and vicechancellor, told the conference. “Identifying what is critical in partnerships, what we are trying to achieve, what we are trying to protect, what it is we are trying to encourage — I think those are the key issues.” The conference brought together a number of international experts, including Conference see page 3 7 Laurier students dig up the past at War of 1812 site in Fort Eerie.