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Wednesday, May 10, 1995
Celebrating 25 years at UW
The university's 25-Year Club held its annual reception at Fed Hall last
night, welcoming some 66 staff and faculty members who first came to UW
in 1970 and have stuck it out for a quarter of a century. (Their names
are listed in this morning's Gazette.)
There was no Daily Bulletin in 1970, obviously, and the Gazette had just
recently switched to newspaper format from being a little newsletter. UW
was also publishing something called the Quarterly. Its September 1970
issue noted that Burt Matthews had just become president of the university,
a language lab had just been put into operation, work was starting on
"major new additions" to the engineering complex and the chemistry
building -- that would be Carl Pollock Hall and Chem 2, respectively.
Oh, and Waterloo held its first rock festival, in Seagram Gymnasium.
(The Quarterly published a little photo from the event, identifying two
of the audience as "campus beauties" -- something I wouldn't expect to
see in print 25 years later.)
There are more buildings, and so much has changed since that year, when
UW rejoiced that enrolment had passed the 10,000 mark. "But we are still
a close-knit group," comments one of the 25-year veterans, Ronda DeBrusk
of the kinesiology department. "It is the people that make my position
here so wonderful. I think I am very lucky to be working with them."
Other chances to reminisce
The library holds a luncheon today to honour its own veterans,
the 25-year people and another half-dozen who have been on the staff for
20 years. "I submit that the Long Service Luncheon is an opportunity
to celebrate all staff," adds university librarian Murray Shepherd.
And the UW retirees' association holds its annual meeting today, at
2:30 p.m. in room 102 of the west quad, Village 2.
The quality of life
The "working group on the quality of life for faculty, staff and
students", set up by UW's
Commission on Institutional Planning, holds its
open forum today, from 11:30 to 1:30, in the second floor of the new
wing of the Campus Centre. Everybody's invited.
Other things happening today
"Growing Familiar and Unusual Herbs" is a noon-hour seminar today, sponsored
by the social committee of the
staff association. The speaker is Frances
Lister; she'll be heard in Davis Centre room 1302, starting at 12:00.
Public school students are visiting the Humanities Theatre this morning
for a special program about the Holocaust.
On the Village green at 5:00 (nice day for it!) there will be "a game of
ultimate", organizers say. It used to be called "ultimate frisbee", but
somebody noticed that "frisbee" is a brand name. Either way, it's a
field sport that involves moving "a disk" by passing it among teammates
and eventually crossing the goal line. "It's a great co-rec game," says
enthusiast Max Stevens. Everybody's invited.
Leader of the United Church
Marion Best, moderator of the United Church of Canada, is on campus today,
visiting St. Paul's United College. Her schedule includes breakfast with
students, a college tour, a news conference, and lunch with officials
including the heads of the four church-connected colleges at UW. The
church college system is considered one of Waterloo's distinctions --
nowhere else has a structure quite like it, or so UW has said
in briefs explaining the character and uniqueness of this university.
Best, a laywoman from British Columbia, is on a two-week tour of
United Church facilities and congregations in central Ontario.
Views about staff salaries
The latest issue of the staff association newsletter included a
survey form about compensation: salaries, job security, benefits and
other issues for the next year or three, as the provincial
Contract comes to an end. Mark Walker, president-elect of the
association, sends this request: "Please remind people to return the
Compensation Survey as soon as possible -- we are trying to ensure that we
get as many surveys back as possible." The association's compensation
subcommittee will be considering the survey results as its puts together
its proposals and negotiating positions for 1996.
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