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coffee with a co-worker

A look at staff and faculty across campus

Name: Matt Park Title: Manager, Administration and Marketing Where you can find him: Laurier’s Toronto Office. Drink of choice: Grande bold from Starbucks (but currently enjoying the Christmas Blend!).

When Matt Park isn’t managing Laurier’s Toronto Office, you can often find him enjoying a superhero flick at the movie theatre.

How long have you been at Laurier? I started off as a student in 2004 and graduated with an Honours Political Science degree. I returned to Laurier in November 2011 and began my career in the President’s Office as an Administrative Assistant. What is your typical workday like? The only thing typical about my day is riding the TTC to work and back. Each day is really different for me, which is why I love my role. In the morning, I will often check emails and review budget documents. Most afternoons, I’m either at meetings or events with alumni, external partners, faculty or staff. There are only two full-time staff members at the Toronto

Office, so I’m sort of like a jack-of-all-trades. What do you like to do in your spare time? Right now, I’m currently taking online courses to complete my diploma in Business Administration at Laurier. When I am not busy doing schoolwork, I’m still trying to furnish my new apartment in Toronto. There are so many wonderful little furniture shops downtown; I like to spend my weekends trying to find pieces that are just right for me. What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? Well, there are a couple of things that I think people would be surprised to learn. First, when I’m not at work, in my typical

coming Events

Heard on Twitter Check out what the Laurier community has been tweeting about at Laurier also has official sites on Facebook at and YouTube at www.

@TonyClementCPC – Nov. 21 Exciting! RT @LaurierNews: Tony Clement to visit #Laurier’s Waterloo campus Nov. 22 to announce nation-wide appathon: @FBITatUOIT – Nov. 20 @DeanAdam_wlu We think the #AskDeanAdam session is very entertaining and educational. What a fun way to get to know your Dean of Students! @BPattersonCOU – Nov. 20 Look who COU @OntUniv Chair Max Blouw and I met yesterday at Queen’s Park? #cdnpse #onpoli @Kathleen_Wynne AcY6k78494 @techtriangle – Nov. 15 Philip Marsh named Canada Research Chair in Cold Regions Water Science at Laurier sco. lt/7UTSbZ#WRAweso… @ LaurierNews @CarolShaben – Nov. 14 Extraordinary people, incredible university @LaurierNews. Edna Staebler Awards showed me what an inspired learning community looks like.


suit and tie, I love to throw on a pair of jeans and a hoodie — that’s what I’m most comfortable in. The other thing is I’m still a kid at heart and love all the comic book movies that are coming out: Iron Man, The Avengers, Thor. I’m the youngest of four boys, and my brothers and I always used to play super heroes. Today, we all live in different cities or countries, so watching these movies reminds me of all the great memories we’ve shared. What do you like most about working at Laurier? As an alum and now an employee, I get to experience first hand what a great community Laurier truly is. Every day, I have the pleasure of interacting with such

a diverse group of people. I enjoy meeting with other alumni and hearing about their time while they were students here. And the best thing is, we share so many commonalities. What are your plans for the future? I’m really enjoying my new position at the Toronto Office. There are so many ways to grow the office, I feel like I have just scratched the surface. I really want to help others become more engaged with us — there is so much potential. If anyone is downtown, drop in for a visit, or feel free to call or email me. I’d love to hear from you!

By Erin Almeida

For a complete list of events visit

Wonders of Winter: A Festival of Lights When: Until Dec. 31, 2013 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Where: Waterloo Park Cost: Free (donations accepted)

Times Square in Harmony Square When: Dec. 31, 2013 6:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Where: Harmony Square, Brantford Cost: Free

A winter tradition in the region, enjoy a hot cider while taking in more than 80 displays with a total of 100,000 lights.

Ring in the New Year with music and fireworks. Kids can celebrate early with a countdown and fireworks at 8 p.m., followed by the real deal at midnight. For more information, visit

Email Etiquette When: Dec. 12 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Rm. GRH102B, Brantford campus. Cost: Free To register with this Learning and Organizational Development workshop (part of the Employee Success Factor Certificate program), visit White Christmas at the St. Jacob’s Country Playhouse When: Dec. 15 2 p.m. Where: St. Jacob’s Country Playhouse, Waterloo Cost: $36/adult, $22/youth A Laurier alumni event for the whole family. Join fellow alumni at Drayton Entertainment’s production of this classic family favourite. Tickets can be purchased at Seasonal Holiday at Laurier — University Closed When: Dec. 24, 2013 – Jan. 1, 2014

From the Big Bang to Black Holes: Canada’s Role in the Global Quest for the Stars When: Jan. 8, 2014 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Where: Milton Centre for the Arts, Milton. Cost: Free The Laurier Milton Lecture Series presents Shohini Ghose from the Faculty of Science. She will take audience members on a journey through time and space to explore the development of modern astronomy and Canadian contributions to this amazing story, from ancient Inuit traditions to Commander Hadfield’s inspiring musical messages from space. Erratum Addendum by Gordon Monahan When: Jan. 8 – Feb. 15, 2014 Where: Robert Langen Art Gallery, Waterloo campus Cost: Free This work is based on Marcel Duchamp’s Erratum Musical

Bring your lunch and enjoy the music of the Jason White Trio with Pam Patel, vocalist.

composed in 1913, considered to be the first piece of “chance music.” Monahan took the original note sequences and generated new variations by applying the compositional processes of inversion and retrograde. The new sequences are transposed to several resisters of the piano, and are recorded and played back in inderterminate order.

Women’s Varsity Hockey When Jan. 17 & 18, 2014 7:30 p.m. Where: Sun Life Financial Arena, Waterloo Recreation Complex, Waterloo Cost: Varies.

Music at Noon When: Jan. 9, 2014 Noon – 1 p.m. Where: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Waterloo campus Cost: Free

Cheer on the Golden Hawks as they face-off against Ryerson University on Jan. 17 and the University of Toronto on Jan 18. For a full schedule and tickets, visit

December 2013 InsideLaurier  
December 2013 InsideLaurier  

The December 2013 edition of Wilfrid Laurier University's InsideLaurier newspaper.