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November 15, 2019

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Friday, November 15, 2019

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Foundations in Teaching and Learning Certificate

Transferable skills associated with teaching are present in many aspects of our lives.

From explaining a concept to a peer, tutoring a friend, to coaching a soccer team, teaching can take various forms. The Foundations in Teaching and Learning certificate is an opportunity for undergraduate students to gain a foundation for success in various teaching opportunities they encounter on a daily basis.

This certificate will help you identify the skills associated with teaching and learning activities and communicate them to future employers, colleagues, and mentors. You will have the opportunity to put the skills you develop into practice in a safe and supportive environment through hands-on activities and microteaching sessions.

Note: This is a two-part morning session.

Register for this certificate.

  • Teaching and Learning
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Louis Riel Day - Film event
    Join us at the Indigenous Student Centre to commemorate Louis Riel Day with some Métis Dot Art, Soup and Bannock while we watch short films about Louis Riel, Métis history!
  • Office of Indigenous Initiatives
  • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM How to Gain Experience - International Student Panel

    This workshop is targeted to first and second-year students.

    We have invited experienced and knowledgeable senior-year students to speak about how to successfully get involved on and off campus. You will also learn about important Career Centre resources that teach you how to find clubs, volunteer positions and jobs.

    Following the panel, attendees are invited to stay for some refreshments and time to connect with panel members and other students.

    Registration and a list of panelists (as they are confirmed) are in Navigator.


    • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Panel
    • 1 – 2 p.m.: Refreshments and Networking (Optional)
  • Career Centre
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Something Sacred - Settler Work

    Join us each Friday over the lunch hour for reflection.

    You are welcome to join us beginning at noon for a contemplative art activity or, if you prefer, to drop in at 12:30 p.m. for the focused conversation as the day’s contemplative art activity continues. The 20-minute focused conversation will be on the Calls for Justice prescribed in the report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

    Stop by any day of the week for different activities:

    • Mondays – contemplative music
    • Tuesdays – Reading and Reflecting on the Book of Acts: A Window into the Early Church
    • Wednesdays – prayers for the world
    • Thursdays – Chilling with Dogs; multifaith teachings
    • Fridays – Settler Work: contemplative arts; Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG)

    For more details, see the Fall 2019 program flyer.

  • Martin Luther University College
  • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Drop-in support for online learners

    Are you taking an online course (or two!) this term?

    Drop by our support for online learners every Friday to talk about strategies for success with our Senior Peer Mentor for Online Learning.

  • Centre for Student Success
  • Student Affairs
  • Teaching and Learning
  • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM MS2 Discovery Institute Seminar Series: Trimodal Deep Learning for Micro and SME Credit Scoring

    In recent times there has been a rapid development of Deep Learning techniques capable of extracting information from unstructured sources of data such as images, sound and text. In our presentation, we explore the application of the latest Deep Learning techniques to assess the feasibility of automating some of the Micro and SME lending process. We apply the most recent developments from the field of Deep Learning including the current state of the art in Natural Language Processing (NLP), the Google BERT model, for the prediction of loan default over 40,000 Micro and SME loans. Our initial results suggest that the text loan assessment are surprisingly predictive; however, when combined with traditional credit scoring variables, no additional performance improvement is gained in terms of AUC of Accuracy. Despite no observed increase in the performance metrics, we find that the inclusion of the text results in better-calibrated predicted probability outputs, which in practice leads to more robust and interpretable results for credit lenders.

    Cristián Bravo is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Banking and Insurance Analytics at Western University, Canada. Previously he served as Associate Professor of Business Analytics at Department of Decision Analytics and Risk, University of Southampton, Research Fellow at KU Leuven, Belgium; and as Research Director at the Finance Centre, Universidad de Chile. His research focuses on the development and application of data science methodologies in the context of credit risk analytics, in areas such as deep learning and text analytics.

  • ~Other/Community Based
  • 6:00 PM Women's Basketball vs Nipissing
    Women's Basketball vs Nipissing at Athletic Complex Gym, Waterloo
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Women's Basketball vs Nipissing Residence Game

    Women's Basketball vs Nipissing at Athletic Complex Gym, Waterloo.

    Tickets available at

  • Athletics and Recreation
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Stand With Sudan

    A panel on the Sudanese Protests of 2018-2019.

  • Faculty of Arts
  • ~Other/Community Based
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Opera Excerpts
    Themes "Community Connections", this performance will include selections of various operas and maximizing the talents of Laurier's rising opera stars. This is under the direction of Dana Fradkin.
    8:00 PM Men's Basketball vs Nipissing
    Men's Basketball vs Nipissing at Athletic Complex Gym, Waterloo
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Men's Basketball vs Nipissing Residence Game

    Men's Basketball vs Nipissing at Athletic Complex Gym, Waterloo.

    Tickets available at

  • Athletics and Recreation

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