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Thursday, June 29, 1995
About decision-making at UW
A phone call came a day or so ago from Sharon Adams, of the school of
urban and regional planning, who's one of the staff representatives on
the "working group and decision processes". That group was set up by
Commission on Institutional Planning to give advice on "strengths,
weaknesses, opportunities and threats for governance and decision making
processes" at the university.
Says Adams: "I want people to believe that we're doing our best to listen
and to incorporate their ideas." And she wants more ideas and comments
to listen to. The working group has already
issued a memo posing some questions; for example, "Do we have
appropriate matters centralized and decentralized?"
Comments of all kinds are invited, and can be sent to Adams or to any
of the other members of the working group, which is chaired by Ken
McLaughlin of St. Jerome's College.
The dean at St. Jerome's
And that brings me to today's next news item: as of June 30, Ken
McLaughlin finishes his term as dean and vice-president (academic)
of St. Jerome's College. Becoming
dean and VP on July 1, the college announced this week, will be Michael
Higgins, English professor and currently associate dean. McLaughlin
now goes on a two-year sabbatical leave to finish his book on the
history of this university, "in time for the University's fortieth
Planning committee meets today
Back to the Commission on Institutional Planning: it will be presenting
"Progress Report #2" to the senate committee on long-range planning
this morning. The committee meets at 10:30 in Needles Hall room 3001.
Volunteers are wanted
The local Volunteer Action Centre is looking for help, along
Volunteer life skills worker -- for adults with a developmental delay,
to foster an appreciation of and knowledge of
life skills such as cooking, laundry, grocery shopping and budgeting.
As a volunteer, you will be matched one-on-one and spend approximately
two hours a week for a year working with an individual. Listing 111-1206.
The VAC can be reached at 742-8610.
Newsletter assistant -- a nursing home needs someone with computer
skills to produce a newsletter containing letters and
articles to be distributed to the residents, family members and staff.
Approximately two hours a week, at your convenience, is required.
Staff training room opens
The official opening is set for today at 3:00 for the new Staff
Training and Development Room, on the fourth floor of the Math and
Computer building. It's been outfitted with the right kind of furniture
and equipment for sessions in the Working and FrontLine
Leadership programs, and other
training and development activities.
Looking forward to Saturday
On hand is a detailed schedule for what's happening at UW this
Saturday, Canada Day. The
afternoon and evening of celebrations starts at 3:00 when a parade
leaves from the corner of King Street and University Avenue, heading to
the north campus via University, Albert, and Columbia.
Up by Columbia Lake, the music starts at 3:30; opening ceremonies are
at 4:30 (with birthday cake, and awards for the winners of the children's
costume contest). An "environmental fair" runs from 3 to 7, a
"merchants' village" from 3 to 9:30, children's activities from 4:00,
and music from 5:00 onwards. The candlelight closing ceremony happens
at 10 p.m. and the fireworks will light up the sky at 10:15.
Promised are "great food at great prices", a chance to fly kites or
play with pogs, a dunk tank, mediaeval demonstrations from the
Society of Creative Anachronism, and, yes, washrooms. And most UW
parking lots will be open and free.
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