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The star quarterback shows why it takes more than talent to succeed

It may seem strange to talk about Tre Ford’s talent, if only because the conclusion is so obvious: Naturally Ford (BA ’22) has talent. He is arguably the most talented player in the history of the Warriors football program.

The accolades and accolades speak for themselves: Ford is graduating with every school record passed this year and has been twice named Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Conference MVP. He was also the first warrior — and the first black school quarterback — to win the prestigious Hec Crighton Trophy for Canada’s most outstanding varsity football player. Most recently, Ford was awarded the Doug & Lois Mitchell Trophy for U SPORTS Male Athlete of the Year.

Ford’s talent is evident because he had the opportunity to develop it as a quarterback at Waterloo — along with a relentless work ethic and a desire to perfect his craft. But historically, black athletes have been less likely to receive these leadership opportunities.

Now Ford is working to prove himself as a quarterback in the NFL or CFL. Ford was recently selected by the Edmonton Elks in the first round of the CFL draft. Ford has also been invited to rookie minicamps for the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants. Eventually, he hopes to become a football coach where he can provide those opportunities to other black athletes.

Read the rest of the article in Waterloo Magazine.

Three cheers for the supervisors

Two graduates in draft robes hug.

By Brian Caldwell, Wendy Philpott and Jon Parsons. This article was originally published on Waterloo News.

Each year, the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) and the Graduate Student Association (GSA) at the Spring Convocation recognize outstanding professors who have gone above and beyond in their work as supervisors.

The nominations and judging for the annual Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision use submissions from former graduate students themselves, who evaluate and reflect on their experiences of working with faculty members.

This year’s winners are Claudio Cañizares, Jay Dolmage and Gord Willmot.

Claudio Canizares is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Hydro One Endowed Chair and Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy. He received his bachelor’s degree in Ecuador and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Cañizares has held various academic and administrative positions since joining Waterloo in 1993. His research focuses on issues of stability, control, modelling, simulation and computation in mass flow systems, microgrids and power systems.

As an author or co-author of over 350 scientific publications, Cañizares has also supervised or co-supervised more than 170 PhD students and research fellows.

In a rationale for the award, his longtime colleague Siva Sivoththaman described him as a demanding but extremely supportive supervisor whose students have gone on to impressive careers in industry and academia.

Cañizares himself ranks friendliness, “but not excessively,” as well as professionalism, courtesy, and consideration among the most important qualities of an effective manager. He also emphasizes the need for respect, encouragement, recognition and fairness to accompany high expectations.

his last word? “Put the students’ interests and needs first.”

Jay Dolmage, Professor of English, is the epitome of a student-focused faculty member. He is just as committed to the supervision, advice and confidence building of his doctoral students as to his own scholarship.

Dolmage is published frequently on current and important issues – disability, accessibility, race and immigration. He is the founding editor of the multidisciplinary Canadian Journal of Disability Studies and was appointed to the RSC’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in 2020.

During his decade at Waterloo, Dolmage has supervised nine PhDs to completion, currently supervises seven dissertations and has served on more than 19 PhD committees to support and advise students both within and outside the Department of English Language and Literature.

Dolmage attributes graduate success to collaboration and teamwork, and encourages his students to explore interests, even if it means changing lanes. “It’s part of the natural process of intellectual curiosity and learning. So sometimes the approach to supervision has to change as well.”

Known among students for his support for work-life balance, Dolmage says research must fit real life. “The life of the students is diverse, often challenging and life does not stop when writing a thesis.”

Gord Willmot is Professor of Statistics and Insurance Mathematics.

He is a widely sought-after supervisor, in large part due to his significant contributions to research, standing in the scientific community, and eventful career.

Willmot began work at Waterloo as an undergraduate student in 1975, then completed his Masters and PhD at Waterloo before joining the faculty.

During his tenure at the Institute for Statistics and Actuarial Science, he supervised around 65 master’s, PhD and postdoctoral research projects.

Willmot’s approach to mentoring and supervision is based on the way he was mentored himself and the collegiality shown to him. He likens mentoring graduate students to passing it on, and is proud to note that many of his former graduate students have become respected colleagues and friends.

“For me, it’s all about respect and collegiality,” says Willmot. “I think the key to mentoring is to allow students to pursue their own interests and respect their autonomy.”

Environment honors outstanding faculty and staff

A collage of environmental faculty and staff.

This article was originally published on the Faculty of Environment website.

The Faculty of Environment has instituted four annual awards to recognize faculty and staff for their exceptional contributions and dedication to their fields, which has led to enrichment of the faculty.

This aligns with the Together for a Sustainable Future Faculty strategic goal to demonstrate “an ethos of caring in everything we do” and specifically focuses on the commitment to “be a culture that supports educators and celebrating outstanding educational achievements”.

The winners are awarded in the categories of teaching, research and service (both for lecturers and employees).

The teaching prize recognizes excellent teaching achievements that have a positive effect on the students or the training. The recipient of this award uses innovation in their teaching methods and creates an environment conducive to learning.

Paul McKoneThis year’s recipient of the Teaching Award is Paul McKone, a senior design teacher who helped create the Waterloo Unlimited Enrichment Program. He influenced the creation of the knowledge integration program in which he teaches. McKone’s teaching style is described as lively and comprehensive. He uses innovative hands-on projects that motivate his students and inspire his colleagues.

The Research Award is given based on both the quality and quantity of research that creates an impact or reputation within the Academy. The recipient actively participates as an academic citizen and inspires others through knowledge mobilization.

Daniel Scott.professor Daniel Scott, the winner of the research award, is a world-renowned climate scientist. Scott works exclusively on the interactions between climate change and tourism. As one of the most influential climate scientists in the world, Scott is a highly sought-after advisor and lauded for his academic and policy impact in his field.

In the Service Award category, which is for both faculty and staff, recipients demonstrate strong leadership within the university, faculty or unit. In addition, recipients of the award must have participated in a variety of activities that have a positive impact on those around them while demonstrating an ethos of caring.

Janice Barryprofessor Janice Barry, the recipient of this year’s Faculty Service Award, is known on campus for her inspiring leadership roles as well as her focus on issues of equality, inclusion and indigenization in planning. Barry’s commitment to social justice has not only had a lasting positive impact on students, but has also strengthened the connection between faculty and Indigenous communities.

Carol KnipeCarol Knipe, the Human Resources Service Award winner, serves as the undergraduate coordinator for the Faculty of Environment and is responsible for a variety of complex tasks, which she carries out with a high degree of skill and diplomacy. Knipe’s contributions include the development and implementation of policies, programs and curriculum in which she symbolizes the ethos of caring.

Congratulations to all faculty and staff recipients.

Philanthropic champion supports a low-carbon, resilient future

Phil CaravaggioThe University of Waterloo’s Interdisciplinary Center on Climate Change (IC3) empowers businesses, governments and civil society to respond effectively to climate change. Thanks to a generous donation from entrepreneur Phil Caravaggio, IC3 can now share research in new, creative ways to help us all build a low-carbon, resilient future.

Caravaggio is co-founder of Precision Nutrition, the world’s largest private nutrition education and research company. His generous donation of $240,000 will be used to translate IC3 members’ interdisciplinary research and insights in innovative ways that reach wider audiences and result in real adoption and impact.

Find out more on the IC3 website.

The Electric Vehicle Challenge is coming this weekend

An electric car number 8 in high-speed use

Teams from over 10 high schools and colleges across Ontario will compete in the ninth Waterloo Electric Vehicle (EV) Challenge on Saturday, May 28th. Students will compete in two endurance races and drive electric cars they designed and built from the ground up on a makeshift road circuit on Waterloo’s East Campus. This competition is unique to the University of Waterloo – you won’t see these cars driving anywhere else in Canada.

Admission and parking for the event are free. Register on the Waterloo EV Challenge 2022 page.

Q Parking permit holders do not have to go home, but they cannot park here

Parking Services has informed Q-Lot parking permit holders that due to this weekend’s Electric Vehicle Challenge competition, the parking lot will be closed for the Saturday 28th March race.

“If you visit campus on the 28th or May 29, your monthly permit allows you to park in any unattended visitor lot, the closest Q lot would be N,” read Parking Services’ announcement Parking until Friday, May 27 at 4:00 p.m

Signs have been posted at the entrance to the Q site to inform campus staff and visitors of the upcoming closure.

“We appreciate your understanding and cooperation,” says Parking Services. “If you have any questions about the event, please contact Parking Services.”

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