Undergrad Bulletin – September 29 – October 14

September 29 – October 13



  • Thursday Peace Talk: On Iran, a welcome—and necessary—nuclear deal
  • Minka at St. Jeromes
  • The MPACS Society – Community Gathering and Potluck
  • Local Candidate Debate with Meet and Greet
  • Graduate Studies Information Reception
  • MCC UN Seminar


  • Arts major reset
  • Further Education Boot Camp
  • Professional School and Post-Degree Day

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Thursday Peace Talks

On Iran, a welcome—and necessary—nuclear deal

When: Thursday, October 1st at 12:10pm (noon)

Location: Room 4224 at Conrad Grebel University College

When: Thursday, October 1st at 12:10pm (noon)   

Speakers Bio: Cesar Jaramillo is executive director of Project Ploughshares. His areas of expertise include nuclear disarmament, outer space security and conventional weapons control. As an international civil society representative, Cesar has addressed, among others, the UN General Assembly First Committee (Disarmament and International Security), the UN Conference on Disarmament, the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), and states parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). He has also given guest lectures and presentations at academic institutions such as the National Law University in New Delhi, the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, and the University of Toronto. An occasional columnist on matters of disarmament and international security, Cesar graduated from the University of Waterloo with an MA in global governance and has bachelor’s degrees in honours political science and in journalism. Prior to joining Project Ploughshares, Cesar held a fellowship at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

Brief description: Despite inevitable uncertainties and knee-jerk skepticism, the deal struck between Iran and the P5+1 constitutes a welcome diplomatic development. While implementation of the JCPOA is fraught with risk and uncertainty, most initial analyses concur that the agreement is solid. Not only will it serve to gradually defuse the stalemate over the Iranian nuclear program, it will lay a strong foundation for normalized relations between the Islamic Republic and the West. The negotiation process itself represented a rare example of rapprochement between serious adversaries, which may yield ancillary benefits as the P5+1 and Iran work to overcome a history of mutual transgressions and utter mistrust.



When: Friday, October 2nd @ 8:00am—5:00pm

Location: St. Jeromes  

What is a Minka?

Minka is a Quechua word that represents the tradition of collective work on a project that benefits an entire community. It is a call to action where community members work side-by-side, bringing the expertise they have from their daily lives and placing it alongside the expertise of another. It is a culminating event where, in solidarity, people are empowered to create changes that have last-ing impact on the lives they build together. During a Minka, the needs of the community are placed over the needs of the individual; everything stops when someone calls a Minka.

On October 2nd, 2015, we’re creating an opportunity where all of our community members can put their daily tasks aside and come together to learn, grow, and work towards a common pur-pose. It will be an opportunity to collaborate with members in our local and international communi-ties while focusing on the social justice themes that connect us all. This year’s theme will be the Power of Community in Action.

The Power of Community in Action

Our Minka will be an opportunity to collaborate with members in our local and international com-munities on projects with social justice themes; themes that connect us all. This year’s theme will be the Power of Community in Action. We are bringing people together to share their sto-ries on how community plays a powerful role in addressing social justice causes around the world. Be a Minkee We’re looking for a dynamic group of community members to join us in our Minka this October 2nd, 2015. Whether you are a student, a professional, a service provider, a service user, a profes-sor, a teacher, an activist or something else—we want to see your unique standpoint in, and pas-sion for social justice. If you’re prepared to bring your stories, experiences and a willingness to share, listen and learn—we’d love to learn alongside you!

For registration please visit: www.sju.ca/minka/minkees/application.

Registration will be $10 and a canned food donation for the food bank. Fees will be required after registration has been submitted to the Minka.

Volunteer at the Minka If you are interested in volunteering at the Minka, please send us an email at minka@sju.ca.

For more information please visit sju.ca/minka or email minka@sju.ca.


The MPACS Society : Community Gathering and Potluck

When:  Friday, October 2nd @ 12:00 to 4:00pm

Where: Laurel Creek Conservation Area 625 Westmount Road North, #201 Group Campsite (please drive in, pay, pick up map, park at campsite)

Cost: $5. 75 per person


  • Potluck at 12:30 (snacks, desserts, salads, drinks)
  • Campfire (hot dogs – veggie and halal options, and smokes provided)
  • Hiking – 4.5 km of trail
  • Beach – 5 min bike ride
  • Welcome to bring instruments

Please RSVP by September 30th. For any questions, further information, or if you get lost, you can contact Aly at aly.ostrowski@gmail.com. Hope to see you there!



When: October 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Location: SLC Great hall

Local candidate debate in the SLC Great Hall from 1pm – 3pm followed by a meet and greet with the local candidates from 3pm-4pm in the Bombshelter Pub.

Graduate Studies Information Reception  

When : Thursday, October 15th @4:30-6:00pm

Location: Environment 3 Atrium

Register here: https://uwaterloo.ca/arts/registration-graduate-studies-information-reception

The Department of Peace and Conflict Studies would like to invite you to the Graduate Studies Information Reception on Thursday, October 15th.

The event will be hosted by the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Environment.

This is a wonderful opportunity to explore all that a graduate degree has to offer. The event will feature speakers:

Associate Dean Linda Warley | Faculty of Arts

Professor Thomas Homer-Dixon | Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Environment | CIGI Chair of Global Systems

Associate Dean Paul Parker | Faculty of Environment

You will have the chance to mix and mingle with professors, staff, and current graduate students to talk about the masters’ and doctoral programs available in Arts and Environment at UWaterloo, including the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies Program.

The event will take place in the Environment 3 Atrium from 4:30-6:00pm. An array of delicious hors d’oeuvres and sweet treats will be served.

We hope to see you there.

MCC United Nations Student Seminar “Palestine: A Time for Peace”

When: November 5th – November 7th Location: MCC United Nations Office, NYC MCC United Nations Office invites you to our 20th annual Student Seminar “Palestine: A Time for Peace”

To provide you with a brief background regarding this topic: The State of Palestine is located in Western Asia, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. It is a part of the territory created by the British Mandate following World War I (the other part being the state of Israel). The StatethUX7Z5U7Y of Palestine claims the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, all of which have been under military occupation by Israel since the 1967 war. Numerous peace proposals, peace processes, and peace treaties, all outside of the formal United Nations (UN) structure, have unsuccessfully attempted to bring peace and stability to the region. Several states are now encouraging the UN to sponsor its own peace initiative. In November 2012, the UN General Assembly voted 138 – 9 (with 41 abstentions and 5 absences) to recognize the State of Palestine as a non-member observer state. The State of Palestine is also currently recognized by 135 of the 193 member states of the United Nations.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has worked alongside Palestinians since 1949 and with Israelis since 1967. After the horrors of the Holocaust, many Jews welcomed the creation of the State of Israel, viewing it as a potential safe haven. The establishment of Israel in 1948, however, went hand in hand with the massive dispossession and displacement of over 750,000 Palestinians. In 1949, MCC responded to this refugee crisis with material assistance and in numerous other ways. Over the ensuing years, MCC developed bonds of friendship and partnership with the Palestinian churches, joining them in their ministry. Finally, since Israel’s occupation of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip) MCC has supported the dedicated work of both Palestinians and Israelis committed to nonviolence and to a future of peace, justice, and reconciliation for both peoples.

This year’s seminar will delve into the history and context of Palestine, MCC’s historic and current involvement, and the roles that the UN, the United States, other governments, and civil society have played in the region. The seminar will be led by MCC UN Office Staff with guest speakers from the UN, the NGO community, and from Palestine.

We are looking forward to the valuable contributions that your participation will bring to this discussion!

Due to limited space, registration will be carried out on a first-come, first-served basis with preference given to juniors and seniors and those who have not previously attended.

Please follow the link to the registration form containing details on lodging and the seminar Fee(https://mcc_us.formstack.com/forms/mccunseminar) Reservations will not be secured until the completed registration form and fee are received (no later than October 16).

Please note the early bird registration fee of $100 USD (deadline October 10th). Registrations submitted after the 10th will be charged the full cost of $110 USD. In late October, you can expect to receive a more detailed schedule as well as suggestions for how to best prepare for the seminar.

Please feel free to email me with any questions. You may also contact the MCC UN office and other prospective seminar attendees by joining our Facebook group: MCC United Nations Seminar. We hope to meet you in New York this November!


Arts reset

Over the last two years the Faculty of Arts has developed significant improvements for our 28 majors which will result in changes to the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements. This Arts majors reset comes into effect in September 2016. If you would to contact your Undergraduate advisor, Rachel Reist has drop in times September 30, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:00 on October 1st.

Further Education Boot Camp 

When: Saturday, October 3rd

Location: J.R.Coutts Engineering Lecture Hall (RCH)

Open to students and alumni

23 workshops in one day

Experts from health, business, law, teaching

Application requirements / admission test info


Professional School & Post-Degree Day 

When: Tuesday October 7th 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Location: Student Life Centre, Great Hall

The first session focuses on education, health, pharmacy, optometry, social work and college post-degree/certificate programs


If you have any questions or concerns feel free to give me a shout!
I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Maia Fujimoto
PACS Communications Assistant
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