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University of Waterloo Co-Op Program Builds Work Experience Into Undergrad Program

November 6, 2017

WATERLOO, ON (Canada)–As students across the United States complete college applications I recommend taking a look north of the border. By the time I graduated from the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON, Canada) with the Class of 1990 I already had over two years of full-time work experience thanks to Waterloo’s world leading (and largest) co-op program. While many colleges have career centers and provide resources to help students land summer internships, Waterloo makes practical work experience an integral part of their program. Students in co-op alternate between four month academic semesters and four month work terms, getting paid work experience with companies across Canada and North America. Waterloo’s reputation for computer science and software engineering means that Silicon Valley companies actively recruit Waterloo co-ops. Having the University of Waterloo on my resume was one reason I was recruited by my current employer.

To learn more about Waterloo’s co-op program I spoke with Peggy Jarvie, Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education at the University of Waterloo.

Tatham Centre MUR

University of Waterloo Tatham Centre for Career Action

James Morehead: How did co-op get started at the University of Waterloo?

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Dublin High School’s InvenTeam Wins $9,000 Lemelson-MIT Grant; Next Stop: Cambridge

October 30, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–The Dublin High School InvenTeam was recently awarded a $9,000 grant from the Lemelson-MIT Program to develop SpORT, an assistive technology device that will allow students with disabilities to participate in basketball and soccer events during the annual Tri-Valley Special Olympics. The team consists of a group of junior and senior students from the Dublin High School Engineering and Design Academy, advised by academy coordinator Eugene Chou.

I recently had the chance to catch up with the project leads after school, as the team was excitedly preparing for an upcoming visit from an MIT representative.


Neha Harpanhalli: How did the idea to start this team and create an assistive technology device, SpORT, come about?

Gagan Thapar: “This is the first time that Dublin High has had an MIT InvenTeam, or even participated in the program. Dublin High hosts the Tri-Valley Special Olympics competition, so our advisor, Ms. Chou, linked the two together: the Lemelson-MIT program, as well as Special Olympics. Dublin High Gael Force Robotics had already done a project which helped with Special Olympics basketball and soccer. We decided to build upon it and make it into a full-fledged machine. ”

Jeffrey Cho: “As a Gael Force Robotics team member, I can say our machine didn’t really have a concrete design. The machine needed to work with both soccer and basketball for Special Education students. Due to the time constraint of 2 weeks, we ended up building a quick machine with some parts that we already had. Of course, it was hard to preserve, so we’re trying to rebuild it.”

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Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Opens at Dublin High School This Thursday

October 23, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–Dublin High School Drama’s fall play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, opens this Thursday, October 26 at 7 PM in the Center for Performing Arts and Education, and runs through Sunday, October 29. This classic Shakespearean comedy follows four parallel events: the Duke of Athens’ marriage to the Amazonian Queen Hippolyta; the adventures of four Athenian lovers; a group of six amateur actors, and the fairies who inhabit the enchanted forest in which much of the play takes place.

To escape an arranged marriage, two of the lovers elope into the enchanted forest while the other pair, at odds with one another, follow in pursuit. Puck, a mischievous imp, gets involved but ultimately makes matters worse with the help of a poisoned flower. Chaos ensues when everyone’s world gets turned upside down to which Lysander laments, “The course of true love never did run smooth.”​


Each performance includes “nightly perks”:

  • Thurs, 10/26: food trucks
  • Fri, 10/27: dinner provided by DHS Culinary Academy with the purchase of a $30 ticket
  • Sat, 10/28: raffle
  • Sun, 10/29: “Swag Sunday” + Family Meet and Greet

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”

General admission is $10. For more information regarding tickets, showtimes, and nightly perks, please visit

Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre’s “Bullets Over Broadway – The Musical” Opens Sat Oct 21

October 18, 2017

LIVERMORE, CA–Tri-Valley residents needing a comedic distraction should head over to Livermore’s Bankhead Theater starting this Saturday. Bullets Over Broadway The Musical is a musical comedy written by Woody Allen based on his film of the same name.


Domonic Tracy (David), Suzie Shepard (Olive), Eric Neiman (Cheech), Annmarie Martin (Helen St. Claire)

Bullets Over Broadway the Musical is filled with memorable old style musical numbers including “Up a Lazy River”, “I’m Sitting on Top of the World”, “Let’s Misbehave”, “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I do”, “Yes, We Have No Bananas” and humor filled numbers you may not recognize (but will soon be humming) including “The Hot Dog Song” and “Here Comes the Hot Tamale Man”. The 1920s really does come “…roaring to life with showgirls, gangsters and more in this musical adaptation of Woody Allen’s madcap film.” The musical version of the Woody Allen film premiered on Broadway in 2014 and was nominated for six Tony Awards and six Drama Desk Awards, winning one for Best Costume Design. Read more…

Dublin High School Senior Noah Mac Takes Center Stage on “The Voice”

October 16, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–Dublin High School senior Noah Mac stormed onto the national music scene after his blind audition on Season 13 of NBC’s The Voice. The eighteen-year-old singer-songwriter and self-taught musician describes his style as “fresh, haunting, and uplifting”, with a “modern raw indie sound influenced by old school rhythm and blues”.


Noah Mac at Dublin High School

A Dublin native, Noah made his singing début at the tender age of seven, with a heartfelt tribute to his sister, Stevie, at her funeral. He sang one of her favorite songs, “Judy and the Dream of Horses” by Belle and Sebastian. This provided his family with much-needed comfort, and also, according to his mother, made them “very proud and very shocked”, as it was the first time they realized his talent for singing. Noah credits his sister Stevie for introducing him to alternative music, a genre he says he might never have listened to otherwise.

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Dublin High Homecoming Skit Rally HD Video Journal 2017

October 12, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–Dublin High School‘s Sports Complex was standing-room only Wednesday evening for the 2017 edition of the annual Homecoming Skit Rally. For the families, friends, alumni and curious  community members who were unable to attend is pleased to present all four skits and dance team performances in HD video. Photos from the event are available on’s Facebook page (available here…).


Dublin High School Freshman Skit

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Dublin Teachers, District to Return to Bargaining Table Amid Protests, Work-to-Rule Campaign

September 28, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–It’s no secret to social media savvy Dublin Unified School District parents and students that teachers and the District are currently in the middle of a difficult contract negotiation. DUSD and its teachers have been operating without a new contract for 16 months. DUSD and DTA (Dublin Teachers Association) return to the bargaining table tomorrow with salary adjustments and medical benefits as key issues.


Flyer handed to to parents and students arriving at Dublin High School this morning

This morning teachers were spotted handing out flyers to parents and students as they arrived at school sites. Social networks have been lit up this week with passionate statements from Dublin Teachers Association leaders, teachers, parents and some DUSD Trustees. Earlier this week teachers began a work-to-rule campaign, limiting their work day to their contractual obligations. Despite social network chatter of a teacher’s strike, a prospect that understandably terrifies parents and college-bounds seniors, there is no imminent (legal) strike action possible.

The Dublin Unified School District issued a statement yesterday which was followed by a response from the Dublin Teachers Association. Both are included below, unedited.

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