Undergrad Bulletin – Feb. 24

February 24, 2015


  • PACS Scholarships!


  • Moving Targets: Framing Ashley Smith’s Death in an Era of Rights, Risk and Institutional Protection – Feb. 26
  • PACS Pub Night – Feb. 26
  • MEDA Mingle – Feb. 26
  • Breaking the Silence Talk – Mar. 3
  • Rising Powers: Power Shifts in Global Governance – Mar. 5
  • Can We Accommodate Religious Objections to Same Sex Marriage? – Mar. 9


  • Peace Camp – Assistant Intern and Outreach Facilitator Position
  • Peace Speech Contest
  • Christian Peacemaker Teams Delegations
  • Canadian School of Peacebuilding
  • BIU International Summer Program: Identity-Based Conflict Resolution
  • India for Transformation’s School Turnaround Project
  • Masters Programs at the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at U of G


  • Faculty of Arts Nominations for Valedictorian

scholarships, SCholarships, Scholarships!

PACS Scholarships
Deadline to apply: March 2
The PACS department offers a number of PACS-specific scholarships every year to help cover tuition costs (WOOT!) . A list of scholarships are available on our website or on the application form. There is one form for all scholarships. Complete details are available on the PACS Scholarship Application Form 2015. Submit applications to Rachel Reist in the PACS office by March 2.


Moving Targets: Framing Ashley Smith’s Death in an Era of Rights, Risk and Institutional Protection – Feb. 26
@ 5:30pm, Feb. 26 in PAS 2083
The Department of Sociology and Legal Studies is hosting a Jim Curtis Memorial Lecture discussing the recent rights violations and deaths in custody, drawing from the specific story of Ashley Smith. The speaker, Kelly Hannah-Moffat, has published extensively on risk, punishment, parole, gender and diversity, specialized courts, and criminal justice decision-making. A wine and cheese reception will follow in the PAS Psych Lounge.

PACS Pub Night
@ 9 – 11:30pm Feb. 26, Kick-Off (in the University Plaza)
kick off sports bar
PACS Society is hosting another pub night at Kick-Off this Thursday! Stop in for a drink and mingle with fellow PACS students.


Mennonite Economic Development Associates Mingle
@ 7 – 10pm, Feb. 26, Heuther Hotel Billiards Room 
medaMEDA and Grebel students are hosting a MEDA Mingle at the Heuther. It will be an opportunity to get to know others than are interested in international development, social justice, business, finance, and those that want to make a positive difference in the world. Free food will be provided! For more information or to register, visit the event page.

Breaking the Silence: Sexual Assault on Campus 
@ 6 – 7:15 pm Mar. 6, Siegfried Hall (Rm. 1036), St. Jerome’s
Sexual Assault on Campus Poster.1Sigma Chi Fraternity, Male Allies Against Sexual Violence and the SMF Department are hosting a talk discussing sexual assault on campus. View event details here. There will be food, drinks, and door prizes.

Rising Powers: Power Shifts in Global Governance
@ 12 – 7:30 pm, Mar. 5, DC 1304
PSCI Graduate Student Conference 2015The 2015 Graduate Political Science Committee presents a conference exploring power shifts in global governance, such as the fate of the BRICS nations and shifts in agriculture and food industries. Free food will be provided!

Can We Accommodate Religious Objections to Same Sex Marriage?
richard moon@ 2:30 – 4pm, Mar. 9, Arts Lecture Hall Rm. 211
Richard Moon, internationally recognized expert on freedom of expression and religion will be speaking about the religious objections to same sex marriage. The event is sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies at SJU. Wheelchair accessible.


Peace Camp – Assistant Intern and Outreach Facilitator 
It’s that time of year – Peace Camp is looking for an Assistant Intern and Outreach Facilitator to aid the Peace Camp Coordinator, Katie Gingrich, in running Peace Camp 2015. Please read the job description attached. Benefits include staying in town, working in a camp setting, deepening your understanding of peacebuilding, and networking as you promote Peace Camp and run workshops in schools and community centers across the region.

Applications are due by Feb 28th (THIS FRIDAY!) and can be sent to peacecamp@uwaterloo.ca.

Peace Speech Contest
Deadline to submit: March 6
It’s time for the annual Peace Speech contest! Any resident / associate of Grebel or any student enrolled in a PACS program is invited to submit a speech related to the theme of the Christian peace position and contemporary concerns by March 6th @ 4pm to be presented in the contest on March 11. See the attached Poster for peace speech 2015 for complete details or message rreist@uwaterloo.ca if you have any questions!

Christian Peacemaker Teams Delegations
cptChristian Peacemaker Teams has several delegations coming up in the Spring / Summer to Colombia, Detroit, Iraqi Kurdistan, and  Palestine / Israel, as well as an Aboriginal justice delegation in Kenora, Ontario and a borderlands delegation in Tucson, Arizona. The 2-week long delegations are typically the first step to getting a paid position with the organization. If you’d like more information on the CPT delegations in Colombia, you can contact former PACS student Cass Bangay at cassandra.bangay@gmail.com or visit their website for details.

Canadian School of Peacebuilding
Join local, national and international practitioners and students of peace, justice and development and take your choice of five-day courses for academic credit or professional development at the seventh, annual Canadian School of Peacebuilding. 2015 course offerings are:cmu

Session I: June 15 -19, 2015
Women and Peacebuilding
Youth Voices and Peace Activism
Human Rights and Peace

Session II: June 22-26, 2015
Train the Trainer: Working for Conflict Transformation
Friendship and Peace: The Blackfoot Way
The Justice of God: Questions of Justice in the Bible and the World
Peace Psychology

Register online or using the PDF form at http://csop.cmu.ca/index.php/registration/.  For more information, check out our website at csop.cmu.ca, e-mail at csop@cmu.ca.

BIU International Summer Program: Identity-Based Conflict Resolution
@ July 5 – 30, 2015, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. 
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis interdisciplinary summer program provides students the opportunity to earn 11 graduate academic credit and a certificate in 4 weeks. It also  includes internships with peace NGOs and leading think tanks. Applications are open to holders of undergraduate / graduate degrees, current advanced undergraduate students, and current graduate students. This flyer provides further information, including tuition, course details and contact information.

India for Transformation’s School Turnaround Project
IPTIFT is an India-based social enterprise, seeking interns for their School Turnaround Project. Participants will assume a Directorial role of a distressed school in India, and with extensive mentoring support, re-build the school’s ecosystem with a team of other volunteers.  For more information, visit their website.

Masters Programs at the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at U of G
The SEDRD offers unique applied Masters Programs in Rural Planning and Development, Capacity Development and Extension, and Landscape Architecture that focus on creating strong, sustainable communities around the world. For more details about the programs visit https://www.uoguelph.ca/sedrd/ or check out the flyer.


Faculty of Arts Nominations for Valedictorian
|The Faculty of Arts will be selecting two Valedictorians for the 2015 Spring Convocation- one for each of the Arts Convocation ceremonies being held on Wednesday, June 10. It is extremely important that we receive a set of nominations that is broadly representative of the faculty. Each Valedictorian is expected to speak for a maximum of five minutes and the address should be appropriate to the dignity of the occasion.The position of Class Valedictorian is an honoured one, and we urge members of the graduating class to nominate their best-qualified colleague. Nominations may be made by any member of the October 2014 or June 2015 graduating class in the Faculty of Arts and must have the signed agreement of the nominee. Please see Rachel Reist (rreist@uwaterloo.ca) in the PACS Office for a copy of the nomination form.Nominees will be asked to present their individual Valedictory Address before a selection committee on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in HH 138.

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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