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Tuesday, June 11, 1996

They'll know tomorrow

The suspense is almost over for thousands of 19-year-olds who are hoping to be students at UW and Ontario's other universities this fall. They've made their applications through the Ontario Universities Application Centre, and now they're waiting to find out which of their first, second and third-choice universities will welcome them in September.

Offers of admission to the successful ones go into the mail at 4:00 this afternoon, says associate registrar Ken Lavigne, who's pretty well running the UW registrar's office since the retirement of registrar Trevor Boyes. "We're sending out about 10,000 offers for 3,700 spots," he says. "Keep your fingers crossed!"

Counting both grade 13 students and other applicants, a total of 15,879 people have applied for full-time first-year study at Waterloo this fall. Of those, 6,869 made UW their first choice.

Looking ahead to July 1

Organizers are gearing up for UW's annual Canada Day celebrations, this year to run from 4 p.m. until after dark on Monday, July 1. The event, previously known as K-W Canada Day, is hosted by UW and the Federation of Students, and pulled off by a host of volunteers. Canada Day celebrations are held beside Columbia Lake, on the nearby soccer fields and wherever people can find a place to sit.

The day provides activities for children, a packed concession stand, and a stage featuring a variety of local performers. The evening, of course, ends with the largest display of fireworks in the area. The day usually draws in excess of 40,000 people.

Says Jeremy Steffler, second-year environmental engineering student who's one of the volunteer coordinators for Canada Day: "This event is an excellent way for the University of Waterloo to contribute to the local community and thank the residents for welcoming us into their city."

The 1996 celebrations include many of the regular events and some new additions. The K-W Kennel Club will be performing a show, and for kids, a Teddy Bear picnic has been planned.

There won't be a parade this year, as there has been on some past Canada Days, but the day will feature live music, an environmental fair, and the now traditional "candlelight closing ceremony" just before the fireworks start.

While these and many other activities are still in the planning stage, says Steffler, up-to-date information should be available from the Canada Day web page at http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infoipa/canadaday.html. "Everything that you need to know about this event can be found there."

And an invitation: "With any event of this magnitude, volunteer assistance is certainly required. The Canada Day 1996 Steering Committee is currently looking for over 300 dedicated individuals (alumni, faculty, staff and students) to help out with all aspects of the event. More information on volunteering can be found at our web site or on the volunteer sign-up forms located at the turnkey desk in the Student Life Centre or Student Society." Volunteer coordinators Derek Lycke and Jeremy Steffler can be reached at drlycke@novice and jr2steff@novice.

Two notes about tomorrow

Hot and cold water will be turned off tomorrow morning, from 8 a.m. to noon, in a number of rooms in Carl Pollock Hall, for renovations in the engineering photographic lab.

St. Jerome's College holds its second annual golf tournament tomorrow at the Dundee Country Club. Play starts at 12:30, and the event winds up with a dinner. It's a gala event, tariff for the day $95; information is available from Rhonda Flewwelling at St. Jerome's, phone 884-8111 ext. 254.

Hey, about that phone number

Some people don't know it, but all four of UW's church colleges now have voice-mail systems, and phone numbers that allow callers to bypass a human operator and reach extension numbers 24 hours a day. Here's a list of the colleges and their addresses and numbers: And UW itself? Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1; switchboard (519) 885-1211; automatic (519) 888-4567. But you knew that.

Chris Redmond -- credmond@watserv1.uwaterloo.ca
Information and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4567 ext. 3004

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