Undergrad Bulletin – April 5

(April 5th)
Undergrad Bulletin

Hi everyone!

We would love to hear your feedback about the bulletin’s! Fill out this quick survey (MAX 3 min) and help us make the bulletin for next year even better!

This will be the last bulletin for the 2015-2016 school year!


  • Textbooks for Change textbook drive
  • After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians – A public lecture with Dr. Gordon Laxer
  • PACS Bulletin Survey
  • Important dates
  • New courses offered in the fall by the Studies in Islam program
  • PACS Live Learn Leader
  • World Renew – 3 employment positions
  • Peace Camp – Student Facilitators


Textbooks for Change
Wish Youth Network Society Waterloo (WYNS) is partnering with Textbooks for Change to hold our first TEXTBOOK DRIVE during the months of March and April in the Waterloo region!

The drive will be running from March 23, 2016 to April 17th, 2016.

 50% of donated textbooks are donated to African colleges and universities, and 20% are resold, funding initiatives by both Wish Youth Network Society Waterloo and Textbooks for Change.

For more information about Textbooks for change and WYNS, visit their facebook page

Sign-up by clicking the link below
After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians – A public lecture with Dr. Gordon Laxer 
When: Wednesday, April 6th @ 7:00pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Kitchener Public Library, Central Library Theatre

Dr. Gordon Laxer is coming to KW to give a lecture on his new book After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians.

After the Sands is critical reading for anyone concerned about rising sea levels, pipeline and tanker spills, climate change chaos and Canada’s future in a carbon restricted world.
Click here to register

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PACS Bulletin Survey

Help us make the bulletin for next year even better!   Fill out this quick survey (MAX 3 min) and let us know about what you think

Important Dates

  • March 28th – Drop/add period starts for Spring 2016 courses
  • May 20-30th – Course selection for Fall 2016 for returning students
  • July 25th – Drop/add period begins for Fall 2016

Make sure to check quest for your appointment time!

New Courses offered in the fall in the Studies of Islam program

If you are interested in the Islamic civilization, culture and the Arabic language, check out some of the course offerings listed below

SI 121R – Islam in the World
This course provides a foundation for Studies in Islam, establishing a context for multidisciplinary approaches to a wide variety of topics

SI 231R – Calligraphy of Conceptual Art: Text as an Image in Islamic and East Asian Visual Arts
Exploring the history of Islamic and East Asian calligraphic arts and the study of Eastern and Western artists, this course examines multiple ways in which writing and other forms of visible language are incorporated into visual arts.

SI 221R- Islam, the West and the modern world
This course examines conceptions of East-West divide and confrontation as well as topics of interest, both geo-political and religious, that influence the relationships of Muslims and the Western world

SI 250R/MEDVL 250R – The History of Islamic Civilization from Late Antiquity to 1300
This course surveys the diverse history of Islamic societies from the seventh to the thirteenth century.


ACS Living and Learning Leader

The PACS Department is seeking applications for the PACS Living and Learning Leader. The PACS Living Learning Community (LLC) Peer Leader is responsible for providing leadership to their cluster (group of students) made up of 10-15 students enrolled in the PACS Living Learning Community. The Peer Leader is responsible for developing strong relationships with their appointed cluster ensuring that those students participate in and benefit fully from the initiatives of the Living Learning Community.

Some responsibilities include

  • Develop and implement a plan to connect weekly with your cluster by such activities
  • In collaboration with the PACS Communications Assistant and PACS Society, develop, promote and implement programs / events (2-3 events per term) to promote a sense of community among non-cluster students and all PACS students.
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 11, 2016

World Renew Job Postings

World Renew currently has 3 exciting employment opportunities for a Program Associate (Refugee), an East Africa Ministry Team Leader and a Program Manager based in Nepal

Check out the jobs descriptions by click the position title

Peace Camp – Student Facilitators
The Ripple Effect Education (TREE), an initiative of the MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement’s Incubator Program, will be facilitating workshops in grade six classrooms in Fall 2016 and Winter 2017. This program stems from Peace Camp’s elementary school workshop program, and aims to create peace-literate citizens with demonstrable conflict resolution skills and social justice awareness.
We’re looking for student facilitators who:
  • Have a passion for conflict resolution and social justice
  • Want to share their knowledge with elementary students
  • Will facilitate one morning or afternoon session per week for 6 weeks in Fall or Winter term

All the best and have a great summer!

Maia Fujimoto
PACS Communications Assistant
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