In this issue:
Students school the media on innovation and entrepreneurship * Join us March 20th for MDEI info session * MicroTile wall wins Gold * Meet Leanne Perreault * Open House for GBDA * and more
University of Waterloo Stratford Campus News

Students give media first hand account of innovation and entrepreneurship in Stratford Campus programs

Melissa Morgan

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Some students like first year undergrad Melissa Morgan can't wait until graduation to start their own business. Melissa founded uIntuition last fall because she was "just really inspired by my courses". This Globe and Mail article highlights entrepreneurship in the Global Business and Digital Arts program, among others.

INNOVATION: The emphasis on innovation in our programs is "from day one," MDEI student Shereen Amayem explains, "how to be innovative, and what it means to be innovative."  She was one of five master's students sharing their experiences at a recent Avonova meeting.  In a world that keeps changing, our students are learning how to take calculated risks. Josh Garofalo explained why he chose this program instead of something "safe" like medicine. He wanted to be in a field "where the rules hadn't been made yet, and maybe I could play a role in making those rules." A summary of their talks were published in the Stratford Herald Beacon.


Master's Program Info Session at MaRS Toronto March 20th

If you are looking for a leg up in your career, join us March 20th for a Master of Digital Experience Innovation (MDEI) information session at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto (College & University). We'll provide you with a thorough understanding of the program, potential employment opportunities, and your options for full-or part-time studies. If you can't make it but would like to find out more, please contact Amanda Connolly.

Register for MDEI info session

Corporate “Brown Bag” Master of Digital Experience Innovation Program Information Sessions

If you have a group of employees interested in MDEI and would like to host an information session at lunch, please contact us. We're happy to do these sessions on site. Contact Amanda Connolly.

You're invited: Stratford Campus Open House for Global Business and Digital Arts Students!

Come join us for a special program on April 18th, 6pm-8pm, for high school students, and their families, interested in attending the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus as a Global Business and Digital Arts student this coming fall or the following year. Meet faculty and staff and find out for yourself if this program, intersecting the arts, technology and business, is the one that will fuel your passion and your future!


Live chat from space with Commander Chris Hadfield

Last month the University of Waterloo hosted a live chat from the International Space Station (ISS) with Commander Chris Hadfield, a University of Waterloo grad and the first Canadian to command the space station. Here at the Stratford Campus we displayed the session on the Christie MicroTile wall and invited local students to come watch.Commander Chris Hadfield Live Chat from International Space Station

An avid user of social media, Commander Hadfield has been an inspiring communicator, providing some rare glimpses into life on the space station. In response to questions from Waterloo students, he demonstrated how he gets around in a zero gravity environment and the exercise routine that astronauts maintain to ensure their muscles don’t atrophy. One of the favourite moments for the audience was seeing a University of Waterloo pennant proudly on display in the space station. Hadfield called the University of Waterloo one of the finest and a great place for future astronauts to be studying!

Stratford Accelerator Centre now home to 8 local startups!

David Strucke, Executive in Residence

There are now eight companies working out of the Stratford Accelerator Centre (AC). They include a range of digital media ventures, from a mobile security app to a motocross sponsorship portal.

The start-ups are working closely with new Executive-in-Residence David Strucke. David comes to the Stratford AC with an extensive background in technology startups and established companies, including the position of CEO at Navtech. Local Stratford resident, Joanne Schmidt, has also joined the team as administrative support for the companies in the Accelerator Program. We're looking forward to sharing their progress!

Find out how to apply or get involved as a mentor>


Stratford Festival and Stratford Campus partner to offer digital media learning opportunity to high school students

As part of our participation in the Canada 3.0 Digital Media conference this May, we will be offering a one day intensive program for high school students to get some hands on digital media production experience. In partnership with the Stratford Festival, we are bringing together educators and industry professionals to deliver interactive sessions that give students the chance to learn elements of graphic design, animation, audio editing, app development, social media management and much more, using the upcoming production of Tommy and its assets.

It is our hope that this experience will provide the students with a better understanding of career opportunities in the digital media industry as they begin planning their post-secondary education and explore future career options. The program will be delivered by the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, the Stratford Festival and the Canadian Digital Media Network.

Watch for more information next month on how students may participate!

3-Storey MicroTile Display Wins Apex Gold

The 3 storey Christie® MicroTile® display wall is a proud centrepiece at our Campus. We've had the Governor General on the wall, and astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield, but it's always nice to get some outside recognition. Westbury Show Systems, who project managed the original installation, nominated our wall for an APEX Display award in the Education & Healthcare category – and we won GOLD!Three storey Christie MicroTile wall

Executive Director Ginny Dybenko says it's always a highlight of campus tours: "When people enter the lobby and see the wall, it's wonderful to see their reactions. The community is fascinated by it, and the students are excited about being able to create content that they'll be able to display on the wall. It couldn't have happened without the collaboration teamwork from everyone involved."

What's next for our famous wall? Read more >

High school students get a taste of University life at the Waterloo Stratford Campus

School Within a University programOne of the goals of post-secondary education is to turn adolescents into young adults and get them ready for life – through a variety of experiences – academically and socially. Campus life provides students access to mentors, experiential learning and opportunities to network and learn from professors and peers. Not many of us get the chance to experience campus life until we get there…that is until now.  Read more >

Meet our new executive team member: Leanne Perreault

Leanne Perreault, Administrative Officer Leanne Perreault joined our team in February as Administrative Officer for the Stratford campus, to provide administrative oversight and help develop strategic partnerships. Leanne comes to us with a wealth of experience in the commercial and academic sectors, most recently managing corporate communications at Fanshawe College. We're very happy to have her here — welcome, Leanne! 

Take a Tour of Our Campus

Haven't made the trip to Stratford yet? Come see our beautiful new campus right from your desktop! Virtual tour on YouTube.

Stratford Campus virtual tour on YouTube

Live tours are conducted every other Friday at noon or can be arranged. 

Where to see us this spring:

March 20: Master of Digital Experience Innovation (MDEI) information session
MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, 5:30PM-7PM

April 18: Stratford Campus Open House for Global Business and Digital Arts

May 14-15: Canada 3.0 
Metro Convention Centre, Toronto

Local Events: 

Harnessing the Power of Multiculturalism
March 20, 2013, 7PM-9PM
Waterloo Lecture Series at the Stratford Public Library
Award-winning researcher and TEDxUW speaker Prof. Adele Adair shares insight on the potential of multicultural teams and an understanding of cultural differences in negotiations.

March 28th - 7PM-9PM
Stratford Campus
Learn basic colour and exposure corrections, spot correction and removal, cropping, resizing and more, using Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Apple 101 Hands On Training
April 17, 2013, 12PM-1PM
Stratford Campus

Juliet's Dresses: Narrative Threads in the Remnants of 'True Beauty' in the Stratford Festival Archives
April 17, 2013, 7PM-9PM
Waterloo Lecture Series at the Stratford Public Library

Stratford Campus Open House - for Global Business and Digital Arts
April 18, 2013, 6PM-8PM
Stratford Campus
A special program for future undergraduates and their families to find out more about the Global Business and Digital Arts program. 

SOCDOCS Film Festival
May 24, 2013
A documentary short film festival for students. Please visit their site for admission details.

For More Events in 2013 please visit our website
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