Undergrad Bulletin – Mar. 24

March 24, 2015

Hey PACS Students! I hope you’ve all had a great term so far – only a couple more weeks left. There are a lot of events happening before the end of term that you’ll want to check out if you can manage a break.

peace speech contributorsIn other news,  Grebel had its annual Peace Speech Contest a few weeks back. We are very proud of our C. Henry Smith Oratorical Competition participants! They each gave a unique and thought-provoking speech. Rebekah DeJong’s topic was “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” Jono Cullar spoke on “Peace Through Business.” Kenny Hildebrand spoke on “Christianity and Accessibility” and Jonathan Smith talked about “Planes and Peace.” Kenny will move on to the second round of the competition between Mennonite and Brethren in Christ universities and colleges across Canada and the United States.

Job Postings

  • PACS Student Communications Assistant
  • PACS Peer Leader


  • “Animals as peers, as persons and peacebuilders” – Mar. 26
  • “Overseas and Home Again: Experiences of Canadian Soldiers” – Mar. 26
  • PACS Meets MPACS Pub Night – Mar. 26
  • Fiddler on the Roof – Mar. 28-29
  • “The Widow” Play – Mar. 31
  • PACS Movie Break – Apr. 1
  • Youth and Militarism Conference – Apr. 24 – 26


  • WSFPC Peace Essay Contest
  • Spring and Fall Courses at Goshen College
  • Satyagraha Summer Institute

Job Postings

PACS Student Communications Assistant
Deadline to apply: April 7, 2015
The PACS Department is seeking applications for the PACS Student Communications Assistant (that’s me right now!). It’s a part-time position for Fall 2015 and Winter 2016. The position is responsible for student communications, such as maintaining the Facebook pages, assisting with events, sending out this bi-weekly bulletin, updating the website, and other special projects. See the complete job description here (PDF). To apply, send a cover letter and resume, with three references to Rachel Reist at rreist@uwaterloo.ca by Tuesday April 7, 2015.

PACS Peer Leader
Deadline to apply: April 7, 2015.
The PACS Department is looking for a PACS Living Learning Community Peer Leader , responsible for mentoring a cluster of 10-15 students enrolled in the PACS Living Learning Community. The position runs from September to April and requires non-traditional hours. Responsibilities include connecting regularly with your students through one-on-one meetings and group activities, planning programs to build a sense of community within PACS in general, as well as other projects. To apply, send a cover letter and resume, with three references to Rachel Reist at rreist@uwaterloo.ca by Tuesday April 7, 2015.


“Animals as peers, as persons and peacebuilders” 
Bechtel talk 2015
@ 3:30 PM, Mar. 26, AL 211
In this talk, Trevor Bechtel, the dean of Conrad Grebel, considers some of the changes that have developed in human understanding of animal life over the last 20 years. In three circles of increasing particularity he probes the ways humans and animals relate and the lessons that humans can take from animal life. Drawing on insights from geography, theology, and ethology, Bechtel develops an ethics of human-animal relationships focused on the flourishing of the species.

Overseas and Home Again: Experiences of Canadian Soldiers 
cic logo
7 PM, Mar. 26, Community Education Room, Conrad Grebel 
The Waterloo Regional Branch of the CIC is hosting a panel discussion featuring the experiences of Canadian Soldiers. Panelists include Capt. Jeff Clark, who spent over 20 years with the Canadian Forces as a military engineer, Prof. Terry Copp, a Canadian military historian and professor at Wilfred Laurier, and Cpl Ryan Pagnacco, a veteran wounded in Afghanistan. It will be moderated by Lt.-Col. Gordon Greavette. This is a free event. Unreserved seating. Parking is available in Conrad Grebel and free after 7 PM.

PACS Meets MPACS Pub Night
@ 9 PM, Mar. 26, McMullan’s (in Uptown)
Join us at McMullan’s on Thursday night (Mar. 26) for PACS Society’s last pub night of the term. It will be held at McMullan’s in Uptown. MPACS Students will be joining us for a night of mingling, pool, drinks and free appetizers. Hope to see you there!

Fiddler on the Roof 
1 PM and 6:30 PM Mar. 28 & Mar. 29The Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts
Conrad Grebel University College Student Council is putting on a performance of Fiddler on the Roof. Tickets are available for $13 (Student and Senior) or $15 (adult), from the Conrad Grebel main office, online, or at the door. The story focuses on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions during the Pale Settlement of Imperial Russia in 1905.

“The Widow”
The Widow poster
@ 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Mar. 31 in the Theatre of the Arts
“The Widow” tells the story of Nour, a widow from the 2003 Iraq War who initiates an affair with Samir, an outspoken teacher. After receiving threats from a religious militia group, Samir flees Iraq, leaving Nour to deal with all of the consequences. As a jobless refugee in Canada, Samir returns to Nour in Iraq despite his family’s warnings. Tickets are $12 for the general public or free for students and can be purchased by contacting the Humanities Theatre box office at 519-888-4908 or at the door.

PACS Movie Break 
PACS Movie Break
3 PM – 6 PM, Apr. 1 in Rm. 1300, Conrad Grebel
Come out for an afternoon movie screening of “12 Years a Slave”, followed by a discussion facilitated by PeaceQuest. Popcorn will be provided.

Youth and Militarism Conference 
antimilitarism conference poster updated@ April 24 – 26, Peterborough, ON

The Canadian Quakers are hosting a Youth and Militarism Conference to discuss the presence of militarism in our lives and envision a future where war is no longer an answer. There will be workshops covering a variety of topics, from peacebuilding skills, to the militarization of police, to food as a form of resistance, and more. There is a $65 conference fee which covers food and housing for the weekend. For more information, visit the facebook page and register here. PeaceQuest is also offering a travel bursary for non-Quaker youth; details can be found here.


WSFPC Peace Essay Contest 
Deadline to submit: April 15, 2015
WSFPC peace essay winnersThe WSFPC is seeking submissions for their annual peace essay contest. Applicants must write an essay in 800 words or less, answering the question: “How Can We Obey the Law Against War?” Essays are to be directed to a person who can help promote knowledge of the Kellogg-Briand Pact (KBP) and, from whom a response is expected. Essays are judged on quality as well as on the impact of the response. For complete submission details, visit their website.

Spring and Fall Courses at Goshen College
Andree Krystal and LillieThis summer, Goshen college is offering an Agroecology Summer Intensive at merry Lea Environmental Learning Center. This is an opportunity to study the principles of agroecology, grow your own food and experience sustainable living at Rieth Village, interact with agroecology professionals and practitioners, and earn 12 academic credits in 9 weeks. For more information, visit their website.

In addition, the college is offering a Sustainability Leadership Semester in the fall, which includes a week-long canoe trip to Lake Michigan, networking with sustainability professionals, practising hands-on sustainable living skills, field-based exploration and research with complex issues in the watershed, and more. For more information, visit goshen.edu/sls.

Satyagraha Summer Institute 
@ Aug. 2 – 22, 2015. Black Hills of South Dakota

This summer program is designed to provide leaders interested in nonviolent social change an opportunity to deepen their understanding, skills, commitment, and community. Training on nonviolence, indigenous spirituality and traditions, as well as conflict prevention and resolution will be provided. The application deadline is May 31, 2015.  For more information view the  flyer (PDF).

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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