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Renovation completed and new look for W Store

A message from Print + Retail Solutions.

During the spring of 2022, W Store underwent a major renovation in South Campus Hall to redesign the space and bring its brand to life. This project was a colossal undertaking, and this renovation needed to be completed by mid-August in order for W Store to be ready to facilitate the delivery of course materials and textbooks to incoming and outgoing students for the fall term of 2022.

This renovation was necessary to position W Store within the changing retail landscape, respond to customer feedback and market trends, and provide the best customer experience to the Waterloo community.

“It’s important that W Store is able to create a welcoming and positive shopping experience for students, faculty, staff and alumni,” said Ryan Jacobs, director of Print + Retail Solutions. “We renamed and updated our website four years ago; we updated our MC store location last year; and this reimagining of our flagship store is the next step in our master plan. We look forward to our continued evolution as we strive to better meet the needs of the campus community.

W Store is delighted to announce that the renovation is now complete and the new space is ready to be showcased on campus. This project is a direct result of Plant Operations, Print + Retail Solutions, and PragerNuform working together to complete this project on time and within budget. W Store owes special thanks to Carlos Medina Marroquin and Dwayne Sewers of Plant Operations who spearheaded this project, and to PragerNuform who helped bring W Store’s new vision to life.

W Store will be hosting several days of launch festivities the week of October 3 and encourages everyone to join us. Details will be announced later.

Print + Retail Solutions’ mission is to be the trusted source for services and products essential to the advancement of knowledge, student success, and an enriched campus experience. If you have any questions regarding this renovation, please contact Ryan Jacobs, Director, Print + Retail Solutions ([email protected]).

Rethinking the way young people learn about climate change

A boy is playing with a tablet while wearing headphones.

A message from the Games Institute and the Waterloo Climate Institute.

This summer’s fires, floods and heat waves have reinforced what we already knew: the effects of climate change are happening now and the need for action is urgent. But the steps to take to mitigate and adapt are often not well understood. This is where the interactive game enlighten can fill this knowledge gap.

Developed by the Waterloo Climate Institute at the University of Waterloo in partnership with the Games Institute and a multidisciplinary team of students, staff and faculty from across campus, the game aims to help students in grades 4-12 to understand the science, the risks and, above all, the solutions to climate change.

The game presents players with interactive scenarios that require them to make thoughtful choices to deal with the challenges of climate change in rural (agriculture), urban (cities, heat) and coastal (flooding, storm surge effects) areas. Players are tasked with investing in high-impact strategies within a given budget, and their choices determine one of four possible endings. In this way, the game helps teach young people about solutions to climate change as well as the costs and benefits of certain approaches when acting as decision makers.

“We wanted this game to be at the interface between science and education,” said Simon Glauser, chief executive of the Waterloo Climate Institute. “We wanted to translate the science into a useful format for younger audiences and teach them that there is no perfect solution to the climate crisis, but acting now can have a positive impact on what our world looks like. coming.”

Illuminate is public so any parent, guardian, or teacher can access it. It is also available on the Climate Educator Portal, an educational platform designed to enable elementary and secondary teachers across Canada to educate their students about climate change. By targeting this earlier educational cohort before they get to college, Illuminate aims to help raise awareness of the complexities of climate change and its solutions. In doing so, he meets students where they are and inspires conversation and constructive action inside and outside the classroom.

See for yourself. Test and expand your knowledge of climate change solutions — Play the game.

For more information, read Illuminate: A simulation game to instill grounded hope in young people for climate action by Tina Chan and Adam Leung.

Remembering Distinguished Professor Emeritus Grant Russell

Professor Grant Russell in his office.

This article was originally published on the School of Accounting and Finance.

Grant Russell, retired associate professor and associate director of the School of Accounting and Finance died peacefully surrounded by his family late last week.

Russell joined the University’s Department of Economics in 1974 and became one of the catalysts in building the foundations of the School of Accounting and Finance. Russell’s legacy lies in his ability to harness Waterloo’s entrepreneurial and innovative spirit to help define accountancy education at Waterloo as the international benchmark it is today.

Early in Russell’s 42-year tenure at the University and true to Waterloo’s entrepreneurial spirit, it was Russell who introduced Jack Hanna to Robin Banks, the Dean of Arts in 1979. The conversation and planning that Hanna and Banks had led to groundbreaking developments and innovation in accounting education. This was just the beginning of a long list of Russell’s contributions to the University and the School.

Grant Russell with other members of the accounting faculty in a black and white photo.

Russell was also a well-known and beloved instructor, having received Waterloo’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000. He inspired and guided the development and improvements of nearly every educational and student-focused initiative, including the introduction of the AFM Admissions Assessment (AFMAA, now known as SAFAA), Scholarship Program, Career Futures Conference (now known as Co-op Ready) and Financial Literacy Competition, for n to name a few.

“Grant Russell was one of the main builders of the School and many of our programs,” says Steve Fortin, Director of the SAF. “His passion for creating and delivering innovative programs to enrich our students’ academic journey has had an everlasting impact on our school, our graduates, and our students that remain today.

“He was a prankster and he was always looking for small, subtle ways to break the tension or make you smile and feel comfortable,” said Gwen, Russell’s daughter.

Russell will be missed, but his legacy and the impact of his teaching and the initiatives he pioneered will remain to continue to educate and train future professionals in the fields of accounting and finance.

A celebration of life will take place in the coming weeks. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Russell Family Scholarship.

The Russell Family Scholarship was established in 2007 with the goal of helping students achieve their goals and attracting talented new students to attend the School of Accounting and Finance. Grant’s vision has blossomed into a $210,000 endowment fund, the scholarship has provided awards to 24 students since its inception and is supported by over 100 donors.

Grant’s passionate vision was to inspire others to donate to continue to grow this scholarship in perpetuity or create their own to help more students each year. We thank the Russell family and all donors who have supported this scholarship.

Annual steam shutdown completed

A message from factory operations.

As many of you know this week, the campus experienced its annual steam shutdown. This year was the largest planned shutdown in recent history. The utilities team, with the help of several contractors, tackled more than fifty jobs in campus buildings and tunnels. This work ranged from the replacement of pipes worn by age and use, to compliance/regulatory inspections and the installation of equipment.

The teams’ efforts won’t be noticed by many on campus, but the safety of staff, students, and buildings, meeting government regulations, and maintaining miles of piping are always a priority for the Plant Operations Utilities team. .

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