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Thursday, June 1, 1995

More than a place to work

That's still the slogan of the Community Campaign -- the faculty, staff and retiree share in the $89 million Campaign Waterloo, now closing in on four years old. A recently-created tradition is the annual Community Campaign picnic; this year's edition happens today, from noon to 1:30, on the Davis Centre lawn. And a nice day they've got for it!

Promised are jugglers, line dancing, live music, all-beef hot dogs ($1), and "fun, fun, fun". I wouldn't be surprised if the vice-president (university relations), Roger Downer, and the co-chairs of the Community Campaign said a few fast words about how the fund-raising is going. And in previous years, I do seem to remember, there's been cake.

Who's wearing the dean's hat?

Had to check with the dean of arts office this morning to find out exactly who's in charge. Brian Hendley, dean since 1991, is on leave for three months starting June 1 (today), heading off to Austria, Italy and Germany. Acting dean is to be David John, until recently the associate dean (special programs). But he won't be on duty until Monday, the dean's office said this morning. For this week, Peter Woolstencroft, the current associate dean (special programs), is being described as "acting acting dean".

Does that mean Woolstencroft will be doing what deans habitually do on the day of the Community Campaign picnic, namely barbecuing wieners as fast as their little spatulas will go? Maybe so, but as one of the co-chairs of the Campaign (along with Judy McCrae of athletics and retired professor Ted Batke), Woolstencroft already has picnic duties to perform.

The employment equity survey

Department heads got a memo this week from Freddie Swainston of the human resources department, who's trying to coordinate the survey of employees that UW is required to do under Ontario's Employment Equity Act.

Says the memo, in part:

For most faculty and staff, the questionnaire will already contain their employment equity information and merely needs validation by its return with their signature. For others, a new questionnaire will need to be completed. There are clear instructions within the package about what is required.

The Employment Equity information is confidential and we would appreciate your assistance in ensuring that this information does not go astray. We have checked our listings very carefully but do not have accurate information on sabbatical leaves, layoffs, leaves of absence, extended sick leaves, maternity leaves or parental leaves.

If you are aware of individuals who will be away from the workforce for these reasons would you please send the envelopes to them or return the unopened envelopes to the Human Resources Department and provide us with a listing of current home addresses.

Please encourage the faculty, staff and graduate students in your area to complete the survey data. The data will be used to develop an accurate, confidential data base and will assist the University in meeting our obligations under the Provincial Employment Equity Act.

Seminar on Inuit food hazards

UW's Institute for Risk Research today presents a seminar on "Contamination of the Food Chain in The Canadian Arctic: Health and Social Issues". Speakers are Eric Dewailly of Universite Laval and Jacques Grondin of the Quebec Centre for Public Health. Their topic: human exposure and the potential health effects of food chain contaminants (heavy metals and organochlorines) considering health and social benefits of traditional food for Inuit in the Canadian Arctic. The seminar is at 3:30 in Engineering 2 room 2348. More information: Lorraine Craig at IRR, ext. 5527.

Chris Redmond
Information and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4567 ext. 3004

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