President: PREZenting another update!

Hannah Gautreau - President
Posted on: June 3, 2016

Hi, Waterloo Engineers! I hope you all have time to enjoy the beautiful weather we have been having. It’s hard to believe that it’s already Week 6!!

Mental Health

Our mental health directors have been hard at work this term! The first Let’s Talk Mental Health ran on Thursday, and it was extremely successful. Come out to POETS on Thursday, June 9th for “Eat Your Words”. We will be making cookies and writing a negative word on them using icing, then you get to eat it and never speak it again. Mental Health Awareness Week is also coming up from June 20th to June 24th, so make sure to participate in that!

New Ranking System

The faculty has recently implemented a new rankings system, where instead of receiving your class rank in an email, you will have to go to a website to get this information. This was implemented because there were a lot of student complaints about getting the rankings, so this system allows the student to decide if they want to see their class rank. In addition, all of your rankings from now on will be stored on this system, so you will be able to see how your rankings have changed over time.

International Student Tuition

At the first council meeting this term, the Executive was mandated to take a stance against the rapid increase of international student tuition. I have reached out to the Student Relations Officer to get more insights on why international student fees have gone up so much. Stay tuned for more information!

Elections!

We will be finding out who our next President, VP Operations and Finance, VP Student Life, and VP Communications are this week! There will be a By Election for VP Education coming up soon, so stay tuned for that!

Second Council Meeting Summary

We had our second council meeting on Wednesday, May 25th. We elected our Sponsorship Committee, Chief Feedback Officer, and the Teaching Award Committee. In addition to this, council mandated the VP Education, Anson Chen,  to write a letter to the WatPD Engineering Committee to take the stance that we want to conduct a survey to gauge student satisfaction regarding the PD program. There was a lot of great discussion about the letter, and it will be presented again at the next council meeting.

There was a great Q&A for all of the EngSoc Election candidates. Lots of great questions were asked. If you are interested in what they had said, check out the minutes from EngSoc meeting 2 that were sent out on the mailing list!

For more information about council meetings make sure to check the EngSoc website, and subscribe to the mailing list! If you have any questions about our council meetings, please contact executive.b@engsoc.uwaterloo.ca and we would be more than happy to answer your questions. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 8th at 5:30 in CPH 3607.