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Wednesday, June 12, 1996

[Village II]

Village to bear Eydt's name

UW's president made an announcement Saturday night to an audience of former dons and other fans of Ron Eydt, and yesterday let it be known more widely on campus: Student Village II (pictured above) is being renamed "Ron Eydt Village" to honour the retiring Warden of Residences.

Said the president, James Downey, in his remarks Saturday:

Consistent with the wish of the university community as a whole, the Board of Governors at a meeting earlier this week unanimously approved a recommendation that henceforth Village II shall be known as Ron Eydt Village. It is a most unusual thing for this university to name a building after one of its own members, and especially when that person is still very much with us in body as well as spirit, but in this case the exception is entirely justified.
Eydt was being honoured at a dons' reunion as he retires after thirty years in the warden's post. For much of his career he was also a professor of biology.

So, a new name for Village II -- which, I understand, was originally dubbed "Habitat 69" when it was under construction 27 years ago, and Montreal's "Habitat 67" housing development was still a novelty.

In the registrar's office

Yesterday's Bulletin referred to "the retirement of registrar Trevor Boyes", which isn't exactly so. Boyes is indeed retiring as of July 1, after thirty years as registrar, but he's still here these days. "I'm supposed to be on vacation," he laughs, "but there's too much work to do!"

Several staff have left the registrar's office already, though, and the thirty-some people who are left are working hard to fill in. In addition to convocation, admissions, and -- starting today -- individual consultations with thousands of happy students who will be arriving in September, the season has been busy with planning for a national conference with the UW registrar's office is hosting later this month.

The Association of the Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada will gather at the Blue Mountain Resort June 23-26, with UW as the host institution. Secondary school liaison officer Steve Little -- himself in the process of retiring -- is the conference chair, and assistant registrar Karen LeDrew is president of ARUCC this year. On the program: everything from a Caribbean beach party to a session moderated by Peter Burroughs, another UW assistant registrar, on "Enrollment Management: A Fast Track/Tactical Planning Proposal".

Retirement parties continue

They just keep coming. Tonight, at the Conestogo Golf Club, a reception, dancing and a late-night buffet in honour of five professors retiring from the faculty of applied health sciences -- Don Ranney, Mike Houston, Ruth Priddle, Pat Bishop and Neil Widmeyer.

Tomorrow, an event in the school of urban and regional planning, as reported by Sharon Adams there: "Friends and families of Saul Herzog, John Horton and Norman Pressman will join for a chorus of hurrahs and good cheer with a garden party held at the home of Ross Newkirk. John received his 35-year watch this year and bids Waterloo well in August; Saul leaves in August as well, and Norman says goodbye at the end of this month."

Coming next Thursday, June 20: a retirement party for Fred Birkmann of the engineering student shop, to be held at the Huether Hotel starting at 6:30. It's sponsored by the mechanical engineering class of 1997, "to recognize the many years of help" Birkmann has given to students.

A few things happening today

  • "Liberty Silver and the Bill King Quartet" appear at 8 tonight in the Humanities Theatre -- tickets $20 at the door. "Juno award winner Liberty Silver is a jazz singer with an amazing vocal range," the publicity says. "She will be performing at Humanities to benefit The Canadian Foundation for the Children of Haiti."
  • The Graduate Student Association holds a board meeting at 6:00 this evening in Needles Hall room 3004, GSA vice-president Daniel Piche advises.
  • The Federation of Students, which is holding an "awareness week" to let people know more about what the Feds are and do, concentrates today on special events and Federation businesses, with displays and prizes in the Student Life Centre.

    And one thing not happening

    I managed to say, both in yesterday's Bulletin and (alas) in today's Gazette, that the second annual St. Jerome's College Golf Tournament was happening today. It isn't. It's scheduled for one month from today, on July 12, not June 12. Anyone who has the $95 green fee can get more information from Rhonda Flewwelling at St. Jerome's, 884-8111 ext. 254.

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

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