The new Making Memories Courtyard Campaign at Renison University College is beginning to take shape with a large donation from Innovation Polymers going towards the installation of a fitness park for students. Innovation Polymers is a local business located in Kitchener that provides acoustic capable polymers to support the non-destructive testing and medical ultrasonic imaging industries. The donation of the fitness park along with an earlier donation for a gas fire pit from the Renison Builders Club (of which Innovation Polymers President Rick MacNeil is a founding member) supplies the student courtyard with two major pieces from its design plan. Innovation Polymers adds fitness park to Renison student courtyard
Social Development Studies professor Denise Marigold has been featured in one of the Centre for Teaching Excellence’s “Teaching Stories.” According to CTE’s website, these stories are “brief profiles of Waterloo instructors whose teaching is especially effective, innovative, or otherwise noteworthy. The purpose of these teaching stories is to honour excellent teaching in its own right, and to share good practices that can inspire or benefit other Waterloo instructors.” Denise Marigold (SDS) profiled on Centre for Teaching Excellence, Teaching Stories
Over the years College Dinners have been a great way for staff, faculty and students to get together and break bread. In fact, Renison holds a College Dinner three times a semester. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a meal where everyone can get together and socialize as a community. One of the College Dinners that stands out is Christmas College Dinner. There is a Christmas tree, the Great Hall is decorated, the place settings are themed—it is like a large family sitting down for an enjoyable turkey dinner. There have been some special past moments—remember the Follies and the unforgettable Proposal! What makes each year special are the unique traditions and building of traditions that each student, alumni, staff and faculty brings with them to share. Christmas College Dinner brings together students, staff and faculty
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Last week we told you about our student-led initiative to bring kindness to students around the University of Waterloo main campus through various activities organized by our Bridge to Academic Success (BASE) program. On the same day, a number of students from Waterloo volunteered their time at Schlegel Village, including one of our own Social Development Studies students, Hannah Sesink. We caught up with Hannah last week to ask her about volunteering, and here is what she had to say. Renison student Hannah Sesink volunteers at Schlegel Village for Random Act of Kindness Day
Last week, Arabic language students in the Studies in Islam program at Renison went on a field trip to Arabesque, a Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant on Victoria Street in Kitchener. The students enjoyed typical Middle-Eastern cuisine and learned the cultural aspects of eating as well as table manners. Students enjoy Middle-Eastern culture through food for Studies in Islam course
If you look around the world, and even here on campus, you are bound to find traditions that seem odd to the uninitiated but perfectly acceptable to those who practise them. The Faculty of Engineering can certainly support this sentiment, as can residents at Renison (try explaining what you are doing to someone who is not from Renison during the final weeks of Gotcha!). One Renison tradition that started before the millennium can be chalked up to harmless fun. Every year around Christmas time, purloined cracker packets decorate the Great Hall courtesy of the residents on Loft. Unique Loft tradition sees crackers turning up in unusual places