Hi everyone! I hope you are all settled back in at Grebel and enjoying the term so far. We have a bunch of events and opportunities happening in the next couple weeks that you’ll definitely want to check out! Keep an eye out on the Facebook group as well for posts about other events as we go!
- PACS Kick-Off Event – Sept. 24
- International Day of Peace Event – Sept. 25
- SHEN Annual Conference – Sept. 27/28
- The Amish Project and Special PACS Panel – Oct. 3
- MCC UN Seminar – Oct. 30/Nov. 1
- Emmanuel Jal Concert – Oct. 11
Volunteer / Internships
- Frontier College
Scholarships / Bursaries
- WPIRG Community Builder Bursary – Oct. 15
PACS Kick-Off Event
@ Wed. Sept. 24 @ 12pm @ The Bomber
Come kick-start the term with fellow PACS students at the Bomber! This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with other students and enjoy Bomber’s awesome food.
SHEN Annual Conference
@ Sept. 27 and 28 @ WLU, 120 Duke Street West, Kitchener
The Spiritual Heritage Education Network is hosting its fifth annual conference on Education to Globalize the Human Mind: The Spirit of Wellness and Oneness. This is a two-day conference on promoting local, national and global unity through educational means. For more information visit: http://spiritualeducation.org/work/conf2014. There is no registration fee for PACS students – e-mail Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to attend!
Celebrating International Day of Peace: Taking Peace to the Pentagon
@ Thurs. Sept. 25 @ 7 pm @ Conrad Grebel Great Hall.
To celebrate the International Day of Peace, PACS is hosting a free public lecture “Taking Peace to the Pentagon”, featuring a Grebel alumna, Lisa Schirch. After the lecture, there will be a reception (and networking opportunity!) in the Grebel Gallery in the MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement.
Lisa Schirch has had an extensive career in peacebuilding. She currently works with a global network to write a curriculum on security sector-civil society relations. During her time at Grebel Lisa worked to stop NATO air flights from testing on Innu land in Labrador. Over the years she has come full circle and now works with NATO, training them on how to interact with civilians and people indigenous to the areas in which they are working. Since graduating in 1990, she has also conducted conflict assessments in over 20 countries. Click here for her full bio.
The Amish Project
@ Oct. 3 @ 8pm @ Studio 180 Theatre, Hagey Hall
Green Light Arts and the University of Waterloo Department of SPCOM is presenting “The Amish Project” by Jessica Dickey, about a woman trying to rebuild her life after her husband opens fire on a schoolhouse full of Amish girls and the incredibly forgiving nature of the Amish community. After the performance, the PACS and MPACS Societies are co-hosting a panel discussion to further examine the power of forgiveness. Student tickets are available for $15.00 at www.ticketscene.ca. For more information contact email@example.com.
MCC UN Seminar
@ Oct. 30-Nov. 1 @ MCC UN Office, New York City
Registration deadline: Oct. 3rd
The MCC United Nations Office is holding their 19th annual student seminar at the end of October. This year’s theme is focusing on “Peacekeeping and Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo”. The seminar features incredible speakers from a variety of backgrounds and an opportunity to discuss this issue with like-minded students from other Mennonite colleges and universities. There are 6 spots available to Waterloo students, so be sure to register soon! I attended this seminar two years ago and would definitely recommend it! The seminar fee is $103, which also includes a Tour of the UN, lunch, and transportation at the Seminar. Travel bursaries are available to help cover costs. If you’re interested, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Rachel Reist. The deadline to apply is October 3rd.
Emmanuel Jal Performance
@ Oct. 11 @ The Registry Theatre, Kitchener
Emmanuel Jal, former child soldier of Sudan’s civil war and now international hip-hop star with a message of peace, is performing in Kitchener on Oct. 11! Many of you may have seen him perform at last year’s PJSA conference – here’s your chance to see him live again (and if you missed it – here’s your second chance!). Tickets can be purchased starting at $10 here.
Volunteer / Internships
The Waterloo branch of Frontier College, a national literacy organization, is looking for volunteers for some of their after-school literacy programs. This is an excellent opportunity to gain volunteer experience, teaching experience, and make a difference in the community! Below are the programs and times open for volunteers:
- High School Homework Club (Mon 6-8pm)
- Books and Games Reading Circle (Tues 6-7:30pm)
- Family Language and Learning (Thur 4:30-6pm)
- Refugee Youth Homework Program (Wed 4:30-6:30pm)
- Newcomer Homework Program (Thur 6:30-8:30pm)
- Games Galore Reading Circle (Sat 2-3pm)
If you’re interested, send an e-mail to email@example.com for more information and to receive an application! The training sessions will be held Sept. 29th and 30th.
Scholarships / Bursaries
WPIRG Community Builder Bursary
Deadline to apply: Oct. 15
Each Fall and Winter term, WPIRG offers a bursary of $500 for full-time undergrad students who show a passion about community-focused work. You can download the application form here. If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.