First PACS Bulletin of the Term

Alrighty PACS fans! I suppose I should introduce myself, I’m Emily Mininger, a 4th year PACS student at Grebel. I’ll be managing all of PACS social media (twitter/facebook/blog/website) so you’ll probably be hearing from me often! Here’s the first bulletin of the term. In the bulletin, you’ll find information on events, conferences, jobs, contests, PACS news, and more. If you have questions about any events posted or want more information, email If you’re new to PACS, check out this post for information about people you should know and how to get involved. Have a great term!

Volunteer internship fair

Wednesday, September 18th @ 11:00 am-2:30 pm @ SLC. If you’re interested in volunteering, come on out to the volunteer internship fair! It’s a great opportunity to get connected to agencies who are looking for volunteers or offer internships and check out different options that are available. PACS will have a booth, so come stop by if you have questions about doing a PACS field study. See you there!

Graduate Studies Fair

Thursday, September 12th @ 11:30 am -1:00 pm @ Hagey Hall Foyer outside Humanities Theatre. Come and learn about Graduate Studies at University of Waterloo! Information will be available about Master and PhD programs offered, admission requirements, research opportunities and scholarship and award options. A graduate scholarship info session for the Faculty of Arts will be held directly before the fair takes place in the Humanities Theatre at 10:15 am.

Mending the Sacred Hoop

mending the sacred hoopSaturday September 14th and Sunday, September 15th @ 9:30 am-4:30 pm @ CGUC Great Hall. Join a weekend gathering that will invite us to understand together the legacy of the National Residential School System. There will be a focus on three Mennonite Run Residential Schools in Northwestern Ontario.

Price is $40 per person for two days (lunch and snacks included). To register visit or call Lyndsay Mollins Koene at 705-264-2494

PJSA“Peace Studies between Tradition and Innovation”

October 17-19th @ Wilfred Laurier University. The PJSA conference, co-hosted by Wilfred Laurier University’s department of Global Studies and Conrad Grebel University College’s Peace and Conflict Studies Program will feature the theme of Peace Studies between Tradition and Innovation. This theme honours the tradition, history, and accomplishments of the peace and justice studies movement while simultaneously seeking to expand the movement’s frontiers in search of new and innovative ways to promote both the practice and the culture of peace in a divided world.

The student conference will be held alongside the main conference and students will have the opportunity to hear the main speakers such as Jody Williams and James Oribnski (Nobel Peace Laureates) and Rhoda Howard-Hassman (Canada Research Chair, International Human Rights), as well as their own keynote speakers. For more information on the conference and speakers, visit, or email with any questions.

MCC UN Office Student Seminar

mcc un officeOctober 24-26 in New York City. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.N. office invites you to their 18th annual student seminar. This year’s seminar is entitled “U.N. Peacekeeping: Pacifist Endeavor or Step toward War?” and will focus on discussion about the effectiveness of armed U.N. peacekeeping forces in creating lasting peace. One of the stated goals of U.N. peacekeeping is to “help countries torn by conflict create conditions for lasting peace,” but the forces deployed to create that peace are made up of armed, military soldiers. Does an armed solution to an armed problem stand a chance?

Space is limited, so reserve your spot soon! The deadline to register is September 27th. If you’re interested, email Eric Lepp at or Emily Mininger at More information at

PACS Student Society

Stay tuned for events from the PACS Student Society- there will be opportunities throughout the year to get connected with your fellow PACS students and engage with one either. Travis Kelly and Claire Davies are co-presidents this year, and you can contact them at


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