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Undergrad Bulletin Jan 27

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Information for graduating students. Congratulations on your achievements!  Visit our convocation webpage for more information about convocating with Grebel  if you are finishing your requirements in Fall 2013, Winter 2014, or Spring 2014.

Also, check out our first instalment of Monthly PACS student profiles! This monthly profile of PACS and MPACS students will give a small snapshot into the pursuits and experiences of our students. Take a look! January Student Profile- Rachel Reist cultivates her love for grassroots peacebuilding .

  • So you want to change the world? Jan 28th
  • Climate and Human Migration: Past Experience and future Challenges- Jan 31st
  • Fashion for Change Presents: The Premiere Gala Theme Release Party- Jan 31st
  • Field Study Info Session- Feb 5th
  • Job Fair- Feb 5th
  • PACS Student Society open house- Feb 6th
  • A Voice in Exile: Sathima Bea Benjamin- Feb 7th

Job Postings:

  • LeaderworX (Summer Opportunity)
  • WPIRG website designer (part time)


  • Participate in a criminology research study
  • MSCU Peace Advancement Challenge- Deadline Jan 31st
  • WPIRG Just Education? Conference- Feb 6-8


So you want to change the world?

@Jan 28th @ 5:30-6:45 pm @ St. Paul’s rm 105.  Economics Professor Larry Smith shares his stories of social change and entrepreneurship, with a talk called, “So you want to change the world?” By identifying the most important social and environmental problems, Waterloo students can work on the ideas that have the highest impact. If you truly want to change toe world, ask yourself, what’s the most important thing you can do?

The talk is being sponsored by St. Paul’s GreenHouse and includes free pizza.

Climate and Human Migration: Past Experience and Future Challenges

@Jan 31st @ 12:30 pm @ CIGI Seagram Room, 57 Erb St. West.  There is a growing concern that climate change will lead to large scale population displacements and migration in the coming decades. Some estimates suggest that by mid-century, hundreds of millions of people worldwide risk becoming environmental refugees. In 2013, a Kiribati man claimed political asylum in New Zealand, claiming that rising sea levels made it unsafe for him to continue living on his home island.

This panel of researchers will explore the scientific, political, and policy dimensions of the current debate over environmentally related migration, and consider some of the important challenges that will face researchers and decision makers in the years ahead.

This event is a book launch and panel discussion around the topic of climate and human migration. All are welcome and a light lunch is provided. For more information visit the CIGI event page .

Fashion for Change Presents: The Premiere Gala Theme Release Party

@ Jan 31st @ 9pm-2am @ Bombshelter Pub, SLC.  Fashion for Change invites you to the Premiere Gala, where they will be releasing the theme for the 2014 Annual Charity Fashion Show. This all ages  event  (with 19+ wristbands)  is a night of glamour, dancing, good food, and a great DJ! There will be free Hors D’oeuvres, VIP gift bags for the first 20 people, and door prizes! Dress code is semi-formal attire.

Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. All proceeds go towards supporting a village in Moyamba, Sierra Leone via Free The Children’s Adopt-A-Village Campaign. More info on their facebook event page .

Field Studies Info Session

Field Studies Coordinator Eric Lepp invites you to “dive in” to experiential learning!

@ Feb 5th @ 2-4 pm @ Grebel, lower atrium.  Interested in gaining course credit for practical work in the field, whether local or abroad? Then come out to our Field Study Info Session!

There will be information on what the requirements and steps are necessary to complete a Field Study in PACS, as well as tips to get you started. Eric Lepp, field studies coordinator, and PACS students who have completed field studies will be present to answer any questions  you may have.

So come on out, enjoy some snacks, and chat about field studies!

Job Fair

@ Feb 5th @ 10am – 3pm @ RIM Park, 2001 University Ave East.  A collaborative effort between the University of Guelph, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Conestoga College, Partnerships for Employment was created in 1994 to better serve our students, alumni, and employers through a sponsorship of annual Career Fairs and Job Fairs. Attend to network with potential employers, investigate career options, and obtain information from employers.

Admission is

free with a Student/Alumni ID card from any of the four participating institutions. Visit   for more information

PACS Student Society Open House

@ Feb 6th @ 2-4pm @ Conrad Grebel Lower Atrium. 

This is YOUR society! Come out and share your ideas with us!

The PACS Society is hosting its first event in the new term, and is inviting you to come out! This is a great opportunity to come learn more about the Society, share ideas about what kind of events you would want to see, plus free food!

So if you and your friends are interested in PACS Soc, have an idea you would like to share, or just feel the need to meet and greet with fellow PACS students, this is your opportunity! Come on out and spread the word!

A Voice in Exile: Sathima Bea Benjamin

@ Feb 7th @ 7:30 pm @ Conrad Grebel Great Hall. South Africa jazz singer Sathima Bea Benjamin (1936-2013) lived and performed in exile after the Soweto Uprising in 1976. The story of her extraordinary life will include recordings and video. Dr. Carol Muller will be presenting this event as a Rod and Lorna Sawatsky Visiting Scholar.

Admission is free. Dr. Carol Muller, Professor of Music in ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania, has published widely on South African music, and her interests include the relationship between music, gender and religious studies, migration and diaspora studies, and critical ethnography. More information can be found on the Sawatsky Lecture Event Website .

Job Postings

LeaderworX (Summer Opportunity)

LeaderworX is a summer program for young adults interested in living in community, sharing their faith, engaging in service, and learning about social justice. Participants spend the summer living in community, learning, developing faith, and doing service. LeaderworX members also help to facilitate week long social justice/service trips for middle and high school students. .

WPIRG Website Designer

The WPIRG website needs an overhaul! WPIRG is hiring a UW student to develop a redesigned that better reflects our brand and meets current accessibility standards. To do this, WPIRG is hiring a part time position on contract to help with this transition. The submission deadline for applications is Wednesday, Feb 10th at 11:59 PM. Please download the job posting from the WPIRG website for more information


Participate in a criminology research study

Dr. Owen Gallupe, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at uWaterloo. He is studying the effect of sight of rewards on task performance and I am looking for undergraduate students to participate in a one time, 30 minute experiment. This study has implications for incentive programs to promote good behaviour in prison settings.

All participants will be provided with a $15 gift card to local businesses for their participation in this research. You must be at least 18 years old to participate, and the experiment will be conducted in the Psychology, Anthropology, and Sociology (PAS) building.

If you would like to participate, want additional information, or have questions, email Katie Cook at You can also contact Dr Gallupe at or 519-888-4567 ext. 33361.

MSCU Peace Advancement Challenge

Submission deadline Jan 31.  Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) and Conrad Grebel University College are co-sponsoring an award that aims to inspire UW students to explore creative peacemaking and to deepen their understanding of concept development and practical peacemaking.

Up to $5,000 will be divided between winning submissions. Any undergrad registered in a PACS plan, enrolled in a PACS course, or is a Grebel resident or associate is eligible to compete. Applicants are to submit a new ideal for practical peacemaking. The submissions will be judged and selected candidates will give a presentation of their idea.


WPIRG Just Education? Conference

@Feb 6-8 @ University of Waterloo.  WPIRG is hosting its fifth annual School of Public Interest conference around the theme of social engagement on campus with the question “Just Education? Bringing Together Social Justice and Student Life.”

This 3 day conference will bring together students, activists, scholars, and community organizers to recognize and celebrate the important work that has been done to further social justice on the UW campus so far, and build skills and host challenging discussions to continue working towards a more just education, campus, and society.

Disclaimer: Events and opportunities above are not all endorsed by the PACS department; this bulletin includes opportunities that we think PACS students may be interested in but are not sponsored by PACS. Please use your own discretion to determine if an opportunity is right for you.

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