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Tuesday, January 2, 1996
New as of January 1
- There's a new vice-president. Carolyn Hansson, formerly of
Queen's University, becomes
(university research), as well as a faculty member in mechanical
engineering. I found her at her desk this morning -- a strikingly bare
desk, but I'm betting that won't last long.
- John Toews becomes president of Conrad Grebel College. During the
fall term, Hildi Froese Tiessen was acting president.
- Mark Walker is the new president of the UW
association, succeeding Sharon Lamont.
- There's a new company handling the faculty and staff extended
in the Gazette on November 22. Prudential Insurance Company of America
is responsible for drug and other health claims as of January 1. The
workings of the health plan have also changed in other ways: in particular,
there's no longer a "deductible" on drug expenses, but the individual is
responsible for 20 per cent of costs, up to a limit.
- The schedule of benefits for part-time and temporary
full-time staff has been changed -- in general, continuing part-time staff get
more benefits than they previously did,
while temporary staff get fewer.
So, a new term is starting
Classes start tomorrow. Today, it's registration in the "upper blue activity
area" of the Physical Activities Complex, for undergraduates. The
registrar's office is suggesting that students in arts, science,
environmental studies and independent studies register today; students
in engineering, mathematics and applied health sciences, tomorrow.
Late fees begin this Friday!
"We will be running two camera sets at the Student Life Centre January
2-5," says John Cunningham of the food services department, who's in
charge of issuing cards for students, staff and faculty. "Students
can get their cards either at SLC (9-4) or at the WatCard office
that week. As well, on January 2 we will be producing cards at
What's open on this first day?
Pretty much everything. And the bookstore has extended hours today and
tomorrow: open until 7 p.m.
Food services has all its outlets open today except
Tim Horton's in Optometry,
the Matthews Hall
coffee shop, and Bon Appetit in the Davis Centre (although Tim Horton's will
be open there).
Senate executive will meet
It's back to talking about serious stuff. The executive committee of UW's
senate -- the senior academic governing body -- will meet today at
3:30 in Needles Hall room 3004. On the agenda: reports from the
president and provost (doubtless including some words about finances),
routine academic appointments, a presentation from Renison College,
a report from the university librarian about "Resource Sharing
Between Ontario Academic Libraries", and plans to have Bonnie Patterson,
president of the Council of Ontario Universities, as guest speaker at
the January 15 senate meeting.
Planning report is available
The Commission on Institutional Planning has made another of its
"working group" reports available electronically. The report of the
working group on graduate studies and research can be found
Commission on Institutional Planning.
"The usual proviso applies,"
says Heather White, the commission's secretary. "The recommendations in
the report have not been endorsed by the commission at this point, but
because of the extensive consultation and discussion that went into
these reports, they represent some of the best information we have on
what aspects of the university are most valued and what sort of an
institution the UW community wishes to have."
Special day -- special year?
It's a special birthday, I'm told, for Debbie Clermont of the
optometry clinic. All the best to her!
And every year is a special one, the more so when it's a leap year.
Do you realize there are just five years left in the century and the
millennium? Yes, five, not four, because
the year 2000 is really part
of the twentieth century, not the 21st. Destiny, here we come.
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