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Student Life


August 2009 | Volume 23

VOLUNTEER! Represent UW @ the Ontario Universities’Fair p.7

UW LEGO and our LEGO Library p. 6

Homecoming 2009

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Student Life


August 2009 | Volume 23

Calendar August & September | 3

headlines Thank You From the Student Life 101 Directors | 4 Online Career Advice for You | 4 The Shadow Program | 5 Extended Library Hours for the Exam Period | 5 Volunteer Opportunity - Ontario Universities’ Fair | 7 AV Jobs | 7

Feature It’s the Dana Porter Library, LEGO Style | 6

Events Operation Imani | 8 Homecoming 2009 | 9

Archives Clarica Building. Cropped Photo by Jamie Self.

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Labour Day


OSAP Funding now available

Civic Holiday

Exams Begin

Operation Imani August 11-12, 2009 A documentary by Greg John about ideas for sustainable African development. Playing at Princess Twin Cinema at 9pm. For tickets and more information, visit


Operation Imani


Exams End


Student Fees for the Fall 2009 term are due.

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Black and Gold Day UW vs Ottawa in Football

Lectures Begin

Warrior Weekends September 25-26, 2009 Warrior Weekends is a studentrun event which provides a diverse assortment of activities to all students in an effort to increase student night life at UW! Most events take place in the SLC. Event information can be found at www.warriorweekends. Open Enrollment Ends

For full fee payment instructions visit and click “Student fees� on the left side.


Homecoming 2009 Visit Warrior Weekends

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Thank You from the Student Life 101 Directors

He adl i n e s

Thank you for attending Student Life 101 - July 25, 2009. We hope you found all the presentations informative and that they provided you with a peek into your child’s life here at UW. As well, we hope that you had the opportunity to get the majority of your questions answered and to prepare your student for university in September. Know that your child is in good hands and that Student Life 101 is not the only time you are welcome to drop in and support your child. We look forward to your continued support here at UW.

Online Career Advice for You Joe Hour Website Review

The Work Shoppers Online website is a resource for career management. It is designed “to help you generate income from work that is meaningful. They do so by offering motivational workshops and relevant online resources”. The website is committed to jobs and careers. It provides more than 600 critical insights into job and career choices - featuring real people at work. And under the link COMPASS blog is a note board that provides news about occupational information and very up-todate labour market news. As the name of the website indi-

cates, it has online workshops. On weekdays, there are two major workshops. First, the Career Decision Making Program, which is completely free of charge, and can help evaluate what is important to you and the types of work that fit you best. The second is a program called Computer Basics, which can help you to evaluate what you know and what you need to know about any career. On Saturday, it provides a “W5 Resumes” workshop to help you to build your resume and increase the odds of your resume producing an interview. There are also 2 bi-monthly workshops. Ability Profiler assesses your strengths and abilities and helps you research career options

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that maximize those strengths. The Transferable Trade Skill Inventory identifies how well your trade skills, abilities, and knowledge match the requirements of other trades and certification goals. These two programs are all free. Another feature of this website that comes in handy is that it categorizes the information and resources into 13 parts including women, youth, immigrants, disabilities, etc. It definitely facilitates the process of finding suitable jobs. Overall, this website serves as helpful guidance when seeking a career. It is a great resource for all students: co-op, regular, or graduating, Do not hesitate to give it a try!

Extended Library Hours for the Exam Period

To accommodate students studying for exams, the Library will be extending its building hours at the Davis Centre Library from Sunday July 26 to Saturday August 15, 2009. The Davis Centre Library will be open 24 hours (with the exception of Sundays from midnight to 2:00am). The Circulation desk will be open until 12 midnight, nightly. The Dana Porter Library will maintain its regular building hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 11pm Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 11pm.

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Feat u r e

It’s the Dana Porter Library, LEGO Style

Student LEGO™ enthusiasts have taken a constructive interest in the Dana Porter Library recently, building a scale model of the Library as part of their larger project to build a LEGO™ model of the entire University of Waterloo campus. The Porter Library is the second building on campus (after Math) to be constructed by the UW Lego Initiative and was recently highlighted in the current issue of Waterloo magazine.

UW LEGO™ Initiative members Christine Ambre and Ivan Yu with their scale model of the Dana Porter Library. Photo by Simon Wilson.

The model itself only took one day to construct, however, the finished product is the result of over a month’s work of observing, scaling, designing, and constructing by five members of the group. Henry Shew, one of the group’s current executives, remarks that the most time-consuming aspect was ordering the lego pieces and waiting for them to arrive. the university.” When asked why the group elected to build Porter, Henry was quick to note the landmark importance of Porter. “DP is very significant on the Waterloo campus,” Shew says. “It’s the first thing you see when you’re in the city, driving toward

Porter’s prominence and unique look has made it a campus icon over the decades and has frequently inspired other creative works. In the past year alone, Porter has also been a muse to a student artist,

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Ryan Felix, who made a photographic transformation and merger of the building with the Davis Centre Library, as well as to over one hundred individuals who took part in Library Day events in October and doodled their own versions of the structure.

The Porter LEGO™ model created by the UW Lego Initiative is cur-

rently on display in Porter. You’ll find it behind the glass window at the Graphics Copy Centre across from the Browsers Café. Left: Dana Porter doodles from Library Day

Volunteer Opportunity Ontario Universities’ Fair Ontario Universities’ Fair September 25-27

Are you interested in helping recruit future UW students? Volunteer for the Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Dates and times: Friday, September 25, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm Saturday, September 26, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Sunday, September 27, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm UW is looking for volunteers to help them at the OUF this fall. Specifically, we need students and alumni to be part of our triage

team. The goal of the triage team is to create a good ‘social’ vibe at the booth and to provide excellent customer service to our guests at the fair. The triage team will connect with our guest and then direct them to the experts at the booth to have their detailed questions answered. Help make a difference and volunteer this fall! Shifts run 5-6 hours in length, and food tickets will be provided for volunteers. T-shirts are also available on a first come first serve basis. Please contact Jody Berringer,, by Friday, August 28th if you are interested in volunteering.

AV Jobs UW’s ITMS department provides AV Services on Campus. We are currently looking for intermediate, senior and graduate students to work part-time as Video Camera Operators and Student Projectionists. We want applicants who have strong interpersonal abilities, possess a strong sense of job commitment and are reliable and responsible. Experience is an asset. Work according to your availability, most assignments are weekdays between 8am - 10pm and the pay is $15/hr.  Paid training is provided. For more information check out http://www.adm.uwaterloo. ca/infoav/student/jobopportunity.html. If interested please send a resume to Pavlina Penk,  

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OPERATION IMANI Ideas for Sustainable African Development

A Documentary by Greg John Waterloo Screenings: Princess Twin Cinema, Tuesday August 11th, 9:00pm Princess Twin Cinema, Wednesday August 12th, 9:00pm For Tickets and Information Please Visit:

“Witness elegant simplicity combined with eyeopening complexity and change the way you look at international development.�  | Student life 201 | August 2009

Homecoming 2009 Saturday September 26, 2009

The count down has begun! On September 26th, come out with your friends to this year’s exciting Homecoming. There will be a wide range of activities to keep you entertained… > Cheer on the UW Warriors as they compete with the Windsor Lancers

Come make some memories Homecoming 2009! Celebrate the kaleidoscope of experiences that are Waterloo – from the flavours of the East Asian Festival to the rhythms of Pow Wow. Cheer on our Warriors football team as they take on the Windsor Lancers. Hear UW grad and Facebook VP Chamath Palihapitiya (BASc ‘99) speak, and much, much more…

Interested in volunteering? Email

> Hear alumnus Chamath Palihapityiya (BASc’99) chat about his experience at Facebook as the Vice President of User Growth, Mobile and International Expansion. > Support fellow student groups as they entertain family carnival participants through music and dance performances. > Take a challenge – submit a video corresponding to what your Waterloo means to you by entering our “Show us your Waterloo!”contest and you could win $250!

There’s no place like Homecoming. Saturday, September 26, 2009

Visit www.homecoming.uwaterloo. ca for contest and event details. Contest closes August 14th, 2009. Email for entry or participation questions. Want to have fun and gain great event experience? Volunteer with the Homecoming team in making this exciting day possible. If you’re a reliable, friendly person that loves working on a team, please click here to learn about how to volunteer. August 2009 | student life 201 | 

Student Life 201 - August 2009  

University of Waterloo's Student Life Office presents an e-zine for upper year students.