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September 24, 2020

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Inspiring Conversation: New Year's Take 2 -How to find motivation when the future is uncertain

This September is a chance for a fresh start to 2020. Students are returning to school. Parents are catching their breath. More businesses are opening and people are learning a new routine of life. A lifestyle shift heralds a chance to not fall behind on school readings and to do lists, go to the gym, and figure out how to get involved in physically distanced new ways. Big goals based on daily habits. Join Dr. Kim Dawson and Dr. Anne Wilson to discuss how to maintain the motivation to engage in daily habits, such as physical activity, which can increase long term happiness. Check-in with your goals as well as to determine the best ways to achieve them!


Kim Dawson, professor of Kinesiology and Physical Education, is an expert on sport psychology and performance. She has worked with athletes of all types, including Olympic athletes, to prepare them for top performance under pressure. Kim will be addressing ways in which non-athletes can maintain motivation to stay healthy and reach their fitness goals.

Anne Wilson, is a professor in the Department of Psychology. Her research focuses on how self and identity changes over time, how people reconstruct their past and envision the future, and how this affects present identity, well-being, and decisions. She has studied goal pursuit and motivation, and how it is shaped by people's beliefs about the future and what will bring them happiness.  Anne will be discussing the importance of small daily behaviours (vs. major events) in long-term happiness and well-being. 

  • Ceremonies and Events
  • Development and Alumni Relations
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Online Music at Noon Series - Penderecki String Quartet

    The Faculty of Music is pleased to present our free Music at Noon concert series, where artists from our very own Faculty of Music perform for the Kitchener-Waterloo community. This year, due to the global pandemic and the safety of our Faculty and community members being of upmost importance, the concert series will be provided through online YouTube concert releases as well as live-streaming.

     This week we welcome the Penderecki String Quartet and host, Daniel Cabena! 


    String Quartet in F major, Op. 59, No. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando
    Adagio molto e mesto
    "Thème Russe": Allegro


    12:30 PM - 12:50 PM Multifaith Teaching — Muslim theme

    Join us for our weekday Contemplative Pause series.  

    Today: 15 minutes talk and discussion about natural disasters, illnesses, pandemics (such as COVID-19) with relevant aspects of Islam, and concluding with five minutes of meditational prayers. 

    Presented by Selda Sezen and Engin Sezen, adjunct faculty at Luther.

    Zoom link

    Meeting ID: 880 3048 1374

    Passcode: 312251

  • Martin Luther University College
  • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Virtual Coffee Club

    Join International Student Leaders every Thursday for Virtual Coffee Club, and meet other students, play online games and share experiences. Virtual Coffee Club is hosted on Discord.

    Join here:

  • Laurier International
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Graduate Writing Group

    Bring any kind of in-progress academic writing (major research projects, proposals, conference papers, coursework, etc.) to work on in a supportive and productive environment. Professional staff from Learning Skills and Development are present to provide feedback and support. The group operates on a drop-in basis with no pre-registration required. The writing group will take place in our Live Classroom (please follow the instructions to access online).

  • Teaching and Learning
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Shifting Perceptions with Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia

    Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia hasn’t missed a Raptors home game since they first began playing in 1995. Join us as Nav discusses his goal to unite people of all ages and backgrounds through the game of basketball so they don’t have to face the discrimination he faced over the years as a visible minority.

    With his staple enthusiasm and boundless energy, Nav will share his personal journey immigrating to Canada and tirelessly working to find his fit in this country. After much struggle, he built one of the most successful businesses in the Canadian automotive industry and leveraged a love of basketball to change how people view one another. His story has been featured around the world and inspired millions.

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  • Development and Alumni Relations
  • Students' Union

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