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Student Life

201 The New Brubakers

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Canada Day with UW p. 13

Stress Management

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CACUSS and Student Life 101 p. 7 & 8

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headlines Athletics Update | 4 Subway, Salads and More Coming to the SLC | 4 Library Workshops in June | 4 Presidents Circle Awards | 5 Father’s Day | 5 Check Out Geo-Abstract Davis and Porter| 6 The Canadian Roots Exchange Program | 7 Student Life 101 Volunteers | 7 CACUSS Volunteers | 8 OLT Training Schedule | 9

Features Uncovering Opportunities: Networking | 14 Get a Grip: Stress and Stress Management | 15

Events Health and Wellness Day | 10 Darfur Now | 11 Warrior Weekends| 12 Open Doors | 13 UW Canada Day Celebrations | 13 The 42nd K-W Multicultural Festival | 13

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President’s Golf Tournament: Fundraising event for the Warrior Excellence Fund. Held at Westmount Golf Course in Kitchener

Darfur Now - Me to We: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in EIT Foyer. Complimentary Food and Refreshments. Speakers: Caustin’ De Riggs, UW Alumni, and Angela Wallace. Special guest performances by Foyo Juma, and the WaterBoys.

10-13 Spring Convocations. Beginning 10:30 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. in the main Gymnasium of the PAC.


The 42nd K-W Multicultural Festival. 12 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Victoria Park.


CACUSS 2009 - The Canadian Association of College and University Student Services conference held, this year, by UW, WLU and Conestoga college.

Father’s Day

22-27 Enrollment Appointments for continuing students.

26-27 Warrior Weekends. Free activities, food and movies. WatCard required. SLC Great Hall @ 7:00 p.m.

Flag Football Tournament. $40 a team. Visit the Athletics Office for more information.





Beach Volleyball Tournament. $40 a team. Visit the Athletics Office for more information.

Last Day for Tuition Refund. Waterloo at Wonderland. Busses depart from DC at 9:30 a.m. Leave Wonderland at 8:00 p.m. $ 45 UW / $50 Non-UW.

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Athletics Update

Flag Football Tournament Saturday, July 11th

Learn to Golf with the Waterloo Warriors Varsity Golf Team

Beach Volleyball Tournament Saturday, June 27th

Campus Recreations’ Flag Football Tournament is coming on Saturday July 11th. Only $40 a team! For more information, visit the Athletics Office or

A look at all areas of golf; instructed by the Warriors Varsity Golf Team. Join these fun classes and learn how to putt, chip and swing. Register in the Athletics Office from May 19th-29th; $100 for 5 classes starting June 7th at 4pm, 5pm or 6pm. Contact Adam Steeves ( for details.

Bump, set and spike in the sun! Get a team together for Campus Rec’s “Over the Top” Beach Volleyball Tournament. Sign up your team for only $40. For more information visit the Athletics Office.

Swimming Lessons Athletics will be holding swimming lessons for all levels this term in different session lengths including 10 week, 5 week, 2 week (everyday for 2 weeks) sessions. Come cool off in the pool!

Subway, Salads and More Coming to the SLC “Brubakers cafeteria in the Student Life Centre is closed for the summer and will look very different when it reopens for the fall term”, says Lee Elkas, director of UW’s food services.

snack and meal options will continue to be available, but the UW community can look forward to the additions of a Subway franchise, pita concept, salad concept and a fruit smoothie concept.

Because the SLC is such a popular building for students to visit on campus, Brubakers must be appropriately maintained. Its renovations will allow Brubakers to better serve our ever-changing campus. Specifically, they will provide more healthy food options .

The increase in production demands greater fridge and freezer capacity so another difference to expect will be a decrease in seating. This is not an anticipated problem because Brubakers is removing tray service in favour of on-the-go meals. UW food services believes designing the cafeteria this way will better suit the lifestyles of UW’s busy students.

Teriyaki Made in Japan, Pizza Pizza, home cooked daily specials, fair trade beverages and grab-and-go

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Library Workshops in June Are term papers starting to loom? Need to start your research, but not sure how? Sign up for one or more of the Library’s spring workshops! Sessions cover everything from research skills, to Google Earth, to tips for helping you staying current in your field of study. Check out the full workshop descriptions and register today: http://www.lib.

President’s Circle Awards Nominations

Don’t let hard work go unappreciated. The President’s Circle Awards (PCA) was established in 1997 to recognize the exceptional volunteer efforts of students on campus and within the community at large. In 2007 PCAs for Leadership were instituted to acknowledge the outstanding performances of student leadership. Anyone (faculty, staff, students and members of the community outside the university) can nominate a student for a PCA for Volunteerism or a PCA for Leadership. Up to ten recipients are selected for each award of $250 each.

Father’s Day As you work your way through mid-semester assignments and study for those midterm exams, plan to take a break on June 21st to celebrate Father’s Day. Father’s Day falls on the 3rd Sunday in June and is thought to have stemmed from the love a daughter had for her father. The daughter’s name was Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd and her father raised six children on his own. The idea came to her from the existing day for Mother’s and she suggested June 5th which was the anniversary of her father’s death, but because she was not ready in time, it was pushed back to the third Sunday of June.

Nominations for 2009 are due October 13th 2009. Students may nominate themselves for a volunteerism award, but leadership award recipients must be nominated. Visit www.studentservices. for information about The President’s Circle, the committee of contributors who make these awards possible and for more information about the PCAs.

To help you with your preparations, we suggest: talking to your mother and siblings about possible gifts, investigating into what hobbies or projects your dad is currently pursuing, researching movies coming to theatre or DVD this month, and planning a get together with your father’s side of the family, especially with his own father.

Applications for nominations are available at: www.studentservices. html.

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Check Out Geo-Abstract Davis and Porter Art or map? Map or art? Sometimes it’s hard to tell! The Map Library’s popular GeoAbstract display is now re-exhibiting in the Davis and Porter libraries for the spring term. “At first glance, you may think you’re looking at a Picasso or Monet, but under study you’ll see

the beauty of the Earth as never before,” explains Eva Dodsworth, Geospatial Data Services Librarian. Each location features 10 maps created using true representations that reveal the innate “flair of abstract artistry” in reflecting the land, water, ground elevation, and population profile census information.

All of the maps show accurate graphical and photographic representations of the earth and its people and were created by Map Library staff using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology. Prepare yourself for maps as you have never seen them!

The Canadian Roots Exchange Program Canadian Roots is offering a powerful and exciting experience to 12 students this coming year: a 12 day cultural exchange that will take participants from Toronto to Moose Factory. This program is sponsored by the University of Toronto’s First Nations House and Operation Groundswell. Participants will engage in seven major themes surrounding First Nations issues in Canada, through speakers, group dialogue, community experiences and reading packages. Themes include: Aboriginal & Canadian Identity, Self-Determination and Sustainable Development.

youth. The program runs between June 2nd and 14th. The program cost is currently $600.00 per participant, which includes all food, transportation and accommodations. Please do not let finances prevent you from applying. Apply: Please apply online at We hold a rolling deadline for applications, so the sooner you apply the better chances you have. For more information, visit

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OLT Training Schedule

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Open Doors Sponsored by the Office for Persons with Disabilities July 20-24,2009

OPEN DOORS is designed for students beginning in Fall 2009 with: > Learning Disabilities > ADHD This program will give you an opportunity to: > Discover what to expect at university > Experience residence and campus life > Acquire or update your Psycho-educational Assessment. Program Agenda coming soon. For Questions or To Register, contact: Katie Damphouse 519-888-4567 ext. 32229 OR Susan Shifflett 519-888-4567 ext. 37025

UW Canada Day Celebrations Come celebrate Canada’s 142nd birthday at this year’s UW Canada Day celebration. Festivities will take place on July 1st from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. They include performances by adults and children, an arts and crafts marketplace, face painting, food and, of course, fireworks. Visit www. htm for more information about

the programs, as well as information on directions, parking and how you can be involved. If you are a highschool student, UW student, staff or member of the community and would like to help June 30th, July 1st and/or July 2nd you may apply at www.

The 42nd K-W Multicultural Festival The 42nd K-W Multicultural Festival will bring international food vendors, live performances, and 40 craft vendors to Victoria Park on June 20-21 from 12-8 p.m. An excellent opportunity to participate in with friends and family, especially if you want to celebrate Father’s Day with a cultural experience. The festival also lands on National Aboriginal Day, June 21. National Aboriginal Day celebrations will feature traditional dance and drum performances, children’s activities, food and crafts. These attractions will be available from 12-7 p.m. on both the 20th and 21st.

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Uncovering Opportunities: Networking


Never underestimate the power of networking in your job search. Experts agree that most job leads (perhaps as many as 80%) are found through networking. It is an essential part of a successful job search.

Take advantage of opportunities to network whenever they present themselves – and generate additional ones. Don’t be shy. Most people want to be helpful. You have something to offer them: talent on a temporary basis.

Networking is about making connections, developing leads, and building relationships with individuals and groups of people. Building and using your network will be useful now and throughout your career.

It is estimated that we all have 200-700 people in our personal networks. Tap into this. Speak to everyone you can think of. Begin with parents/family members and friends, then branch out to those less well known to you: professors, acquaintances at the gym, landlord, hairdresser ... the list goes on. Never assume you know everyone in a person’s network, no matter how close they are to you. Remember: every one of them also has a network of 200-700 people who might be able to help.

Networking for your job search is a planned process of contacting people who can provide information, advice, and referrals. If you’re interested in an organization, an employee who is a part of your network can help you and advise you on timing and the best way to approach the employer. Contacts inside an organization can also refer you to hiring managers and keep your name in people’s minds.

Attend networking events of all kinds. Although it’s a good idea to attend events related to your field (often offered through professional

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associations), any event that allows for “meet and greet” opportunities can yield potential contacts. Consider trade shows or meetings for service clubs your parents or other family members may belong to. Contact the local Chamber of Commerce, Municipal Development Office, or Board of Trade to learn of any upcoming events you may be eligible to attend. Lastly, consider using Google and social networking sites as a resource. Facebook is a readily accessible networking tool, as well as LinkedIn, a social networking site aimed at professionals and business people.

Get a Grip: Stress and Stress Management KAREN RITTINGER Counselling Services

What is Stress? Stress has become part of our everyday vocabulary. Why write about stress when everyone deals with it daily? Since stress is misunderstood and mismanaged, let’s start with understanding. Stress denotes the changes that we undergo as we experience and adjust to our continually changing environment. It has physical and emotional effects on us and can create positive or negative feelings. As a positive influence, stress creates anticipation and excitement and can compel us to action (remember that clutch single that won the T-ball game for your team?). As a negative influence, stress can result in discomfort, anger and rejection, with health problems such as headaches, upset stomach and insomnia. Although almost everyone responds to some situations with a high level of stress (death of a loved one, birth of a child, beginning or ending a relationship), individuals respond differently to most situations. These become stressors for an individual only if they are construed as threatening or dangerous. Most of us cringe at the thought of having to parachute

from an airplane; some find it a challenge. Most of us avoid contact with snakes. Others keep them as pets. Most of us experience anxiety at the thought of presenting in front of a class, and while some will do anything to avoid it, a few get totally turned on. The goal is not to eliminate stress but to learn how to manage it and even use it to help us.

avoid or eliminate the stressors? Are you working too many hours? Is this interfering with your educational goals? Can you reduce the intensity of your reaction to stress? Are you making a difficult situation a disaster? The presentation is only 5 minutes in length and worth 5% of your grade. Can you take better care of yourself, building your physical and emotional well-being? Exercise, sleep, nutritional eating and watching what you smoke and drink all add to your physical health. Cut one cup of coffee from your morning routine.

Coping with Stress The goal is not to eliminate stress but to learn how to manage it, even use it to help us. Raise your awareness of your stressors and your reactions to them. Don’t ignore your problems. If you failed the first test of a course, decide what you can do to increase your chance of success next time.

Having mutually-supportive friendships, setting realistic rather than perfectionistic goals and being good to yourself all contribute to managing stress. For further assistance, talk to a counsellor or take a workshop from Counselling Services. Visit the counselling services website at:

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