University of Waterloo


University of Waterloo
University of Waterloo


University of Waterloo seal
Motto Concordia cum veritate
Motto in English In harmony with truth
Established 1957
Type Public
Endowment $247.3 million[1]
Chancellor V. Prem Watsa
President Feridun Hamdullahpur
Academic staff 1,047 full-time
Admin. staff 2,184
Undergraduates 26,451 full-time,
1,628 part-time[2]
Postgraduates 3,505 full-time,
921 part-time[2]
Location Waterloo, ON, Canada
Campus Urban/Suburban, 1,000 acres (400 hectares)[3]
Sports teams Waterloo Warriors
Colours Black and Gold         
Nickname UW
Affiliations AUCC, CARL, IAU, COU, ATS, CIS, CUSID, OUA, Fields Institute, Ontario Network of Women in engineering, CBIE, CUP
Website uwaterloo.ca
Waterloo's Logo

Coordinates: 43°28′8″N 80°32′24″W / 43.46889°N 80.54°W / 43.46889; -80.54

The University of Waterloo is a comprehensive public university in the city of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The school was founded in 1957 by Drs. Gerry Hagey and Ira G. Needles, and has since grown to an institution of more than 30,000 students, faculty, and staff. The school is notable for being the first university in North America to create a Faculty of Mathematics,[4] and for having the largest co-operative education program in the world.[5]

Maclean's Reputational University Rankings for Canadian universities has consistently ranked UW first in the "Most Innovative" and "Leaders of Tomorrow" sections, and second in the "Highest Quality" section. As of Fall 2009, there were 26,451 full-time (1,628 part-time) undergraduate and 3,505 full-time (921 part-time) graduate students, with 1,047 full-time faculty members and 2,184 staff.[6] The school has approximately 151,000 alumni in 143 countries. The university's newspapers include Imprint,[7] The Iron Warrior,[8] and mathNEWS, along with student run social networking site OMGUW.[9]

Contents

History

The University of Waterloo was originally conceived in 1955 as the Waterloo College Associate Faculties (WCAF), a semi-autonomous entity within Waterloo College (now Wilfrid Laurier University, formerly known as Waterloo Lutheran University). The non-denominational school was founded in 1957 by Dr. Gerry Hagey and Ira G. Needles in Waterloo, Ontario.[10] The Waterloo College of Arts became affiliated with the University of Western Ontario in 1925.

This university was established in response to community demand for improved education facilities, particularly in technical and scientific fields of study. Renowned for the success of its cooperative education programs, it now has the largest engineering school in Canada.[11]

A plaque was erected just inside the entrance to the university on University Avenue West across from Seagram Drive, Waterloo:

The University of Waterloo

In 1956 community leaders, headed by Dr. J. Gerald Hagey, formed the Waterloo College Associate Faculties, a non-denominational corporation, to provide Waterloo with improved educational facilities, particularly in the technical, scientific and engineering fields. A year later about seventy students, attracted by a pioneer programme in co-operative education, attended the institutions first classes. Full university powers were conferred by a 1959 Act and the next year the University awarded its first degrees. St. Jerome's College, a century-old Roman Catholic educational institution, federated with the University of Waterloo in 1960 and within the next year Renison (Anglican), St. Paul's (United Church) and Conrad Grebel (Mennonite) became affiliate colleges of the University.

Today Wilfrid Laurier University is reputed for its business and liberal arts programs while the University of Waterloo is reputed for its engineering and math programs. The university's first president, Gerry Hagey, gathered teachers of engineering and basic sciences, and also obtained an initial grant of $625,000 from the government. The first 74 students began classes on July 1, 1957, in makeshift temporary buildings on the Waterloo College campus. In 1958, the University of Waterloo established an extension department.

In January 1958, Hagey and colleagues purchased 74 hectares (180 acres) of farmland a kilometre west of Waterloo College's main campus in order to meet the growing expansion needs.[12] Soon, construction began of the first academic building on the new site, known as the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Building, later renamed Engineering 1 and now named after Douglas Wright, UW's first Dean of Engineering.[13] Through a series of delicate negotiations which turned into bitter hostilities, the "Faculty of Science and Engineering" broke free from Waterloo College, partly due to the fact that the two campuses were now disjoint. Hagey himself was opposed to the break, as his dream had been to establish a world-class university built on the strengths of Waterloo College's liberal arts strengths and the applied science education of WCAF.

The University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario was incorporated and granted a university charter in 1959.[14] In early 1959, the government established three universities: Waterloo Lutheran University, University of St. Jerome's College, and the University of Waterloo.

The policy of university education initiated in the 1960s responded to population pressure and the belief that higher education was a key to social justice and economic productivity for individuals and for society.[14] The governance was modelled on the provincial University of Toronto Act of 1906 which established a bicameral system of university government consisting of a senate (faculty), responsible for academic policy, and a board of governors (citizens) exercising exclusive control over financial policy and having formal authority in all other matters. The president, appointed by the board, was to provide a link between the 2 bodies and to perform institutional leadership.[14]

Initially, St. Jerome's and Waterloo Lutheran were both expected to federate with the new UW, but in the end Waterloo Lutheran chose to remain independent. Waterloo Lutheran Seminary is currently an affiliate of the nondenominational Wilfrid Laurier University and offers several programs at the master's level and a Doctor of Ministry in pastoral counselling and marriage and family therapy. The Waterloo Lutheran seminary established the Institute for Christian Ethics in 1986.[15] UW then quickly created a faculty of arts in order to gain respect as a university. In the same year, arts students joined the science and engineering students in the new campus.

Three more church colleges ended up joining the university. These carried the name of "College" for many years, but this was later changed to the somewhat cumbersome "University College" designation in order to reflect the degree-granting nature of these affiliated institutions. These colleges are: Renison, Conrad Grebel, and St. Paul's. Waterloo created the first Faculty of Mathematics in North America, and the first co-op programs outside of engineering soon followed. The co-op system then was revised in involving four-month terms rather than the initial three-month terms. In 1967, the College of Optometry of Ontario, at the time an independent institution in Toronto, moved to Waterloo and became affiliated with the university as the School of Optometry. In 1967 the world's first Department of Kinesiology was created, which later grew into the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. The Faculty of Environmental Studies was created soon after. It was renamed the Faculty of Environment in 2008.

The University of Waterloo launched its program in architecture in 1967. More recently, in 2004, the School of Architecture was relocated to downtown Cambridge in an effort to enhance the school's facilities and strengthen its community ties. The School, located in a former industrial building on the Grand River, is an important part of plans to bolster the economy of Cambridge's downtown area. Additionally, Architecture is now part of the Faculty of Engineering. It formerly fell under Environmental Studies.

In 2001, the University of Waterloo announced its intentions to develop a Research and Technology Park on the university's north campus. The RT Park intends to house many of the high-tech industries in the area and maintain the partnership between university and private-sector innovation. Sybase/iAnywhere Solutions and Open Text Corporation were the first two tenants, and the multi-tenant Accelerator Centre building opened in April 2006. Google has since established an office in the RT Park. The RT Park continues to grow with 2- and 3- storey multi-tenant buildings, again surrounded by ample parking lots. Earlier suggestions to include medium- and high-density residential facilities, with the hope of enabling employees in the RT Park to have the option of not having to commute to suburban detached houses, have so far not come to fruition. In 2010, it was announced that the RT Park would bear the name of David Johnston, who departed Waterloo on October 1, 2010 to become Governor General of Canada.

University of Waterloo's Arms and Flag were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on February 15, 2001.[16]

Campus

The brutalist Math and Computer Science building, as seen from what was then the B2 Green.
The Student Life Centre courtyard.

The main campus is located along University Avenue in Waterloo, Ontario on what was, until the 1960s, farmland. Since its creation, a considerable level of commercial and residential development has built up around the Waterloo campus, notably with many offices of high-tech firms. This has resulted in a major urban expansion into the surrounding rural areas, with a consequent loss of prime farmland and degradation of natural areas.

The Dana Porter Arts Library, with sculptures by Ron Baird in the foreground

Over a period of five years (2003–2008), the University experienced its second largest building boom since the 1960s. New buildings completed include the Tatham Building (Co-op Education), the Environmental and Information Technologies Building (chiefly Earth Sciences and Electrical Engineering), expansions to Burt Matthews Hall (Applied Health Sciences) and J.G. Hagey Hall, a building for the School of Architecture, a new Solar Technologies Building, a major addition to the School of Optometry Building, and sundry additions to several Engineering buildings. Currently (2011) under construction are the Quantum Nanotechnology Building, the Engineering 7 Building. Construction of the Math 3, the Environment 3, and Engineering 6 buildings have reached completion and opened their doors in the fall of 2011.

To commemorate individuals who have made major contributions to the University of Waterloo, some buildings, most notably in the Engineering realm, have been renamed. Three examples include Engineering 4 becoming Carl Pollock Hall, Engineering Lecture Hall becoming Rod Coutts Hall, and the aforementioned Engineering 1 becoming the Douglas Wright Engineering Building. Some buildings, such as the Davis Centre (William G. Davis Computer Research Centre), the J.G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities, and Ira G. Needles Hall (Administration) were named after people at their time of inception.

The geographical coordinates of the main UW campus, using the NAD 83 datum, are 43°28′14″N 80°32′50″W / 43.47056°N 80.54722°W / 43.47056; -80.54722.

The School of Architecture was relocated to a former mill in Cambridge, Ontario, in 2004.

A new campus for the health sciences program has been built in Kitchener, Ontario and includes a satellite of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and the School of Pharmacy. The building opened in December 2008. The building has unique elements, such as a colourful curtain wall featuring images of medicinal plants and its use of natural materials such as wood.

South entrance to Main Campus. From left to right: Hagey Hall of the Humanities, Tatham Cooperative Education Centre, South Campus Hall.
A panoramic view of the campus from the BMH Green. From left to right: Davis Centre, Math & Computing, Student Life Centre, & Physical Activities Complex.

University of Waterloo has a series of residences: University of Waterloo Place; Wellesley Court North; Wellesley Court South; William Lyon Mackenzie King Village; Tutors' Residence; Columbia Lake Townhouses; Minota Hagey Residence; and Sweeney Hall. Conrad Greble University College has a Residence Building. St. Jerome's University College has J.R. Finn Residence and Sweeney Hall. [17]

Faculties

  1. University of Waterloo Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
  2. University of Waterloo Faculty of Arts
  3. University of Waterloo Faculty of Engineering
  4. University of Waterloo Faculty of Environment
  5. University of Waterloo Faculty of Mathematics
  6. University of Waterloo Faculty of Science

Rankings and reputation

University rankings
University of Waterloo
ARWU World[18] 151-200
ARWU Engineering & CS[19] 52-75
THE-WUR World[20] 201-225
THE-WUR Engineering/Tech.[21] 48
Canadian rankings
ARWU National[22] 7-8
Maclean's Comprehensive[23] 3
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The University of Waterloo has topped the charts in the Maclean's reputational survey.

Great emphasis is placed on furthering the growth of research by quick and steady expansion of resources. The Institute for Quantum Computing, established in 2002, is one of a number of institutes and centres for research established, and has already begun to attract international scientists and a Nobel laureate to the university.[citation needed]

The University of Waterloo ranks 15th among the top 50 research Universities in Canada.[24]

2011 Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked the University of Waterloo in the 91-100th by reputation along with Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and Nanyang Technological University. [25]

Computer Science and Mathematics

In the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, Waterloo students have won championships in 1994[26] and 1999.[27] They have also won gold medals in 2000,[28] 2001,[29] 2002[30] and 2005.[31]

Even though Waterloo was established in 1957, its teams have accumulated the sixth most top-five finishes in the Putnam competition ahead of Berkeley, Cornell, Stanford, Duke, Chicago, WUSL, Yale, Columbia and Carnegie Mellon among others.[32]

Engineering

Iron Ring received by Engineering students at the University of Waterloo

Out of 24 participants in the 2008 North American Solar Car Challenge from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Germany, the University of Waterloo finished 4th overall and was the top Canadian team in the competition.[33] On September 15, 2004 the Midnight Sun Solar Car Team set the record for Longest Journey by Solar Electric Vehicle[34] The University of Waterloo Nano Robotics Group competed at the Microassembly Challenge at the 2011 Mobile Microrobotics Challenge and placed first place overall.[35] In 2010 they were also successful and placed third place overall. The team was the only completely undergraduate team, as well as the only Canadian team competing. UW_NRG was also participant in the NANOTECH EXPO 2009 TOKYO, JAPAN in 2009, where the group travelled to Japan to represent the Canadian delegation, along with government officials and private organizations. The group was the only undergraduate organization at this international event.

School of Accounting and Finance

The University of Waterloo School of Accounting and Finance offers undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs. Its Masters of Accounting graduates are well prepared for the UFE exam for Chartered Accountants. The programs offered at the School of Accounting and Finance are Accounting and Financial Management (Public Accounting and Financial Management streams), Computing and Financial Management, Mathematics/Chartered Accountancy, and Biotechnology/Chartered Accountancy.

International rankings

In 2011 QS World University Rankings[36] ranked the University of Waterloo 160th overall in the world. In 2010 QS World University Rankings[37] had ranked the University of Waterloo 145th, dropping back 32 places from its position of 113th in the 2009 THE-QS World University Rankings (in 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings parted ways to produce separate rankings), wherein it came 27th in the world for technology, 56th in the world for the natural sciences, and 114th in the world in life sciences and biomedicine.[38]

According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities conducted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University the University of Waterloo was ranked 151-200 and 52-75 in Engineering Technology/Computer Science.[18][19]

Globe and Mail Canadian University Report Card

In the annual Globe and Mail Canadian University Report Card, Waterloo was ranked first or tied for first amongst large universities in three categories. Waterloo received the highest grades for career preparation, quality of education, and academic reputation. Waterloo also ranked third in student satisfaction category and second on course availability/variety.[39]

Maclean's rankings

Waterloo prides itself on its high performance in Maclean's magazine's Canadian university rankings. The university routinely places in the top three in the numerical Comprehensive ranking,[40] and in the reputation survey it placed first as best overall 13 out of 15 times that the ranking was published.[41] Maclean's describes the university as "strong in math, engineering and computer science," as well as being "internationally recognized for the unparalleled success of its more than 100 undergraduate and graduate co-op programs."[42]

Co-operative education

Waterloo is famous for being a groundbreaking proponent of co-operative education in Canada and currently maintains the largest co-op program in the world with over 10,000 co-op students per year.[citation needed]

Joint Graduate Programs

  • Balsillie School of International Affairs (Waterloo & Laurier)
  • Guelph-Waterloo Center for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry (GWC2) is one of Canada’s largest and most successful graduate schools[43]
  • Guelph-Waterloo Physics Institute (GWPI) is a joint graduate program offered by the Departments of Physics at the University of Waterloo and Guelph[44]
  • The Guelph-Waterloo MA Program in Public Issues Anthropology[45]
  • Tri-University Graduate History Program (Waterloo, Laurier, Guelph)
  • International joint MA in Intercultural German Studies (IcGS): Joint degree with Universität Mannheim[46]

Ties with industry

Through its large co-op program (the largest in the world) and many spin-off companies, the University of Waterloo maintains close ties with the high-tech industry.

UW has a long-standing intellectual property policy[47] that leaves ownership rights with the inventor, rather than the university, which has helped create many spin-off companies that maintain a good relationship with UW. In particular, it has a strong connection with Research In Motion, the makers of the Blackberry, that goes beyond its close physical proximity. Co-founder and CEO Mike Lazaridis was a UW student before he started RIM, and was the chancellor of the university. RIM hires hundreds of UW co-op students each term and a large proportion of its employees are UW alumni.[citation needed]

During his visit to Waterloo in October 2005, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates stated, "Most years, we hire more students out of Waterloo than any university in the world, typically 50 or even more."[48]

Agreement with Microsoft

Bill Gates at the University of Waterloo

The university announced a controversial agreement with Microsoft in 2002.[49] As part of this agreement, the University of Waterloo was to receive $2.3 million in funding from the Microsoft Canada Academic Innovation Alliance and would introduce Microsoft's C# programming language in its Electrical and Computer Engineering programs (also known as ECE.) The university came under harsh criticism for this agreement to develop Engineering courses using Microsoft's .NET Framework.[50] The university administration asserted that this agreement would not jeopardize academic integrity at the institution, although the university president acknowledged making mistakes in announcing the deal.[51]

The School of Computer Science was not part of this agreement, and currently offers Scheme and a choice of C or Python in its introductory courses.[52]

Career fair at RIM Park

A collaborative effort between the University of Waterloo, Guelph, Wilfird Laurier and Conestoga College the Partnerships for Employment Career Fair is the largest in the country.[53]

Spin-offs

Several companies have roots in, or have been spun off from the university. Some of the most notable spin-offs include:


Notable companies founded by alumni

Plans

With a lake and a conservation area on campus, Waterloo is home to a variety of vegetation and wildlife.
The fields just north of the University of Waterloo, before the development of the technology park.

The Faculty of Engineering is in the midst of a $150 million expansion between 2008 and 2012 in the form of three new Engineering buildings. Engineering 5, which opened in October 2010, houses a Student Design Centre that showcases the Waterloo Engineering student teams. Engineering 5 is also the new home for the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and the Department of Systems Design Engineering. It also houses offices for several members of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Engineering 6 opened on 28 October 2011[55], and houses the Department of Chemical Engineering. Engineering 7 is still in the planning stage.

The university and the City of Kitchener are constructing a health sciences campus, including a School of Pharmacy, in the central Kitchener warehouse district. The project will cost $34 million for the first phase. The Honours co-operative Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy program began in January 2008. Preliminary operations, including staffed medical and optometry clinics, are based out of the former Victoria Public School in Kitchener's downtown.

The Kitchener site will also host a satellite campus of McMaster University's medical school, bringing 28 first-year medical students to Waterloo Region each year to study. They will remain until the end of the three-year McMaster program, and have the option of continuing as a resident in the area.

On October 16, 2006, President Johnston announced that the university has entered discussions with the City of Stratford and the Stratford Festival of Canada exploring the possibility of establishing a satellite campus in Stratford. On the same day, Stratford City Council unanimously endorsed a memorandum of understanding to continue exploration of the issue. This was clarified further on March 26, 2008, following a funding commitment in the previous day's provincial budget; the campus is to specialize in digital media and global business, and also has a funding commitment from Open Text corp.[56] The University of Waterloo Stratford Campus together with the Canadian Digital Media Network hosted Canada 3.0, a digital media forum in Stratford that attracted 1,500 attendees. In February, 2010 the campus opened its doors at 6 Wellington St., Stratford.

With donations by alumni and matching contributions from government, the university announced in April 2004 the founding of the Institute for Quantum Computing.[57][58]

Construction began in September 2008 for the Quantum-Nano Centre, a massive building which will house the Institute for Quantum Computing as well as the new Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology. The building will be located in the centre of campus and its cost will exceed $100M. It is planned to be opened in September 2010.[59]

Though in preliminary discussion there also has been talks for the initiation of a law program.[60]

The university is planning for its sixth decade (2007–2017) with an "ambitious plan".[61] According to the plan's documentation, some objectives are benchmarked by the following targets:

  • By 2017, at least 12 UW academic programs will be the best in North America
  • By 2017, at least 12 out of 44 departments/schools will be ranked top 12 in North America
  • By 2017, at least 20 UW departments/schools will be ranked top three in Canada
  • Each department/school will participate in a doctoral program
  • All departments/schools will be ranked top 25% in Canada

UW has opened, in partnership with the Higher Colleges of Technology, a satellite campus in Dubai; the UAE Dubai Men's College campus. During earlier media releases of the Dubai plans, the campus had come under scrutiny for its perceived lack of transparency in the planning stages, as well as issues regarding the labour used, as well as UAE laws restricting the conventional Canadian freedoms of female and homosexual members of staff. In particular, debate has come up in both the student Senate, the university's Board of Governors over possible violations of Policy 33, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.[62][63][64][65]

Logo controversy

The old logo (left) versus proposed new logo (right)

In late July 2009, news of a possible remodeling of the university logo surfaced.[66] With a Facebook group reporting over 4000 members just three days after its creation and an article released in the National Post, the new logo has gathered somewhat large student and media attention.[66] The key points offered by those opposing the new logo are that it lacks professionalism, does not portray Waterloo as the academic institution it claims to be, as well as the lack of student consultation in designing the new logo. Those for the new logo believe that it offers a look into the future of the University of Waterloo, capturing its ingenuity and ability to remain ahead of the times.[66]

The three new logos being considered (right)

In the light of the logo controversy, the University of Waterloo administration has released several other designs and opened the floor to community feedback.[67] After considering the feedback, Waterloo's new visual identity will not entirely incorporate a new logo. Instead, the wordmark will be used on marketing materials, and the traditional seal used where a link to tradition is required.[68]

Mascots

  • The University's athletics mascot is a lion named King Warrior. The Warriors are the University's sports team and King Warrior's initials, K-W, reflect a common nickname for the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo.[69]
  • The mascot for the undergraduate students' Mathematics Society (MathSoc) is the Natural Log (see natural log), which is a wooden log about 60 cm (23.6 in) long, often mistaken as the Faculty's mascot.[70]
  • The mascot for the Faculty of Mathematics is a 12.2 m (40 ft) long and 3.4 m (11 ft) wide pink tie, often mistaken as MathSoc's mascot.
  • The mascot for the Engineering Society is a 60 in (152 cm) pipe wrench called The TOOL,[70] often mistaken as the Faculty's mascot. It was formerly the RIDGID Tool, because it was donated by the Ridge Tool Company[71] in 1968. This mascot was stolen by University of Toronto Engineering students in 1982 and returned encased in a 45 gallon drum of concrete. Engineering students worked tirelessly for 6 hours using sledgehammers to free it.[72][73]
  • The mascot for the Faculty of Arts is a statue of a boar which was donated to the University of Waterloo Math Faculty in 1978, and in turn donated to the Arts Faculty. It is one of several copies of Italian sculptor Pietro Tacca's (1577–1640) "Il Porcellino" statue. Some students claim that rubbing the Boar's nose brings luck.[74]
  • The mascot for the Faculty of Environment Orientation Week is The Big Banana.
  • The mascot for the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences is a Kangaroo.
  • The mascot for the Science Society (SciSoc) is Arriba the Amoeba, a giant human-sized amoeba dressed in a lab coat.
  • There is also a pair of 14 ft goggles which the Faculty of Science will be introducing for orientation week 2009, and potentially there will be an ongoing theme of goggles as science's mascot. Long term storage for the massive goggles has not yet been decided.
  • Arts Students also find solidarity through a recognizable pair of sunglasses that all first-year students to the Faculty receive.

Fight song

Notable among a number of songs commonly played and sung at various events such as commencement, convocation, and athletic games are: University of Waterloo Seagrams! Seagrams! Vat 69. Warriors, Warriors, Hold that Line! and 'The Black and White and Gold,' with words by K.D. Fryer and H.F. Davis and music by Alfred Kunz.[75]

Coat of arms

The coat of arms of the University of Waterloo was granted in 1987. The shield's blazon is as follows:

Or, on a chevron Sable between three lions rampant Gules a chevronel Argent.[76]

The full blazon of the arms (rarely used) continues:

Above the Shield is placed a Helm suitable to an Incorporation (a Salade proper lined Gules) with a Mantling Sable doubled Or, and on a Wreath of the Liveries is set for Crest between two maple branches in saltire a trillium displayed and leaved all Proper, and in an Escrol over the same this Motto "CONCORDIA CUM VERITATE".

Representing Waterloo's location in the twin cities of Kitchener-Waterloo, the double-chevron is taken from the coat of arms of Earl Kitchener, and the red lions are taken from the symbol of Arthur, Duke of Wellington, the victor at the Battle of Waterloo.

Housing and Residence

There are 5 primary residence communities for the University which include; Ron Eydt Village(REV), Village 1 (V1), University of Waterloo Place (UWP), MacKenzie King Village (MKV), and Columbia Lake Village(CLV). Of these 5 residence communities, 2 are more traditional style and the other 3 are suite-style residences.

The 2 traditional style residences are Village 1, and Ron Eydt Village. REV composes of only one type of room format which is the double room, where there are 2 students sharing a large single room which are split into 2 sides. V1 however has 3 different housing formats which include the double room with 2 students sharing the same room, the interconnected room where there are 2 separate rooms connected by a door which each have 1 student living in them however both rooms have only 1 entrance door, and finally the single room which has 1 student living inside and 1 entrance door. Both these residences have a cafeteria, a community center with athletic facilities such as a gym, table tennis, and pool and finally a laundry room. Each room in the residences have a work desk with a light, a closet for clothes and accessories, and a single bed, even though a bathroom is not provided for each room these is a common bathroom system for each floor.

The 3 suite-style residences are University of Waterloo Place , MacKenzie King Village , and Columbia Lake Village. UWP has a range of suite formats including 3 room suites, 2 room suits, 4 room suites, and finally a combination of double room and single room suites. There is only one housing format within the MKV residence, which are the 4 room suites. And finally Columbia Lake Village has a townhouse suite format where the residences look like houses with 2 floors with the upper floor for rooms and the lower floor allocated to the living room and kitchen. CLV is primarily for upper year and graduate students, while the other 4 residences are for first year students. Each suite in all 3 residences have a living room, a dining table, a kitchen with a stove, oven, and refrigerator, a cleaning closet which include a mop, broom, and a vacuum cleaner, and finally either 1 or two bathrooms. Each room has a work desk with a light, a closet for clothes and accessories, and finally again a single bed. The residence is made up into separate buildings with each building composing of a lounge with a large screen television, and a laundry room.

Each floor within all residences on campus have a figure called a Don. Dons are responsible for the safety of their respective floor as well as making the floor a friendly and social environment. Dons are also responsible for organizing and executing events for the residents on the floor. And sometimes Dons across all residences collaborate to organize campus wide events.

ResCouncil is a council composing of residents that live on campus. Approximately every 2 buildings within residence has a ResCouncil whose primary goal is to set up and organize residence wide events. They must organize 1 building event, and 1 all residence event. Each ResCouncil consists of 1 president, 1 communications representative, and 1 treasurer, floor representatives from each floor within the residences, and finally general council members. In order to have an executive position such as president, communications rep, or treasurer one must apply with their resume and cover letter. After which the board will read these applications and the applications they see worthy they will call the students for an interview from which point they will decide to appoint them the position or not. And almost all residents can become floor representatives or general members by approaching their respective dons. [77]

Administration

See also

Histories of the university

  • James Scott 'Of Mud and Dreams: University of Waterloo 1957-1967' (Toronto: The Ryerson Press, 1967)
  • Paul Axelrod 'Scholars and Dollars: Politics, Economics, and the Universities of Ontario 1945-1980' (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, September 1, 1982)
  • Professor Brian McKillop, 'Matters of Mind: The University in Ontario, 1791-1951' (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press © 1951)
  • Dr. Kenneth McLaughlin, Dr. Gerald Stortz, and Father Jim Wahl, 'Enthusiasm for the Truth: An Illustrated History of Saint Jerome's University', (Waterloo: University of Waterloo Press © 2002)
  • Dr. Kenneth McLaughlin 'Waterloo: The Unconventional Founding of an Unconventional University' (Waterloo: University of Waterloo Press © 1997)
  • Dr. Kenneth McLaughlin 'Out of the Shadow of Orthodoxy: Waterloo @ 50' (Waterloo: University of Waterloo Press © 2007)
  • Flora Roy 'Recollections of Waterloo Lutheran University 1960-1973' (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, September 25, 2006)

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