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Friday, March 1, 1996

Three staff laid off

Three laboratory staff in the environmental studies faculty were told earlier this week that their jobs are disappearing as part of UW's budget-cutting exercise. The three layoffs were confirmed this morning by provost Jim Kalbfleisch.

They are the first UW layoffs to be announced this year. "Any time people lose their jobs, it's heart-breaking," said Catharine Scott, director of human resources. She added: "I think that there will be a few more -- and I stress, a few. There is not going to be a rash of staff terminations."

Scott stressed that Policy 18, the UW document that includes procedures about making staff redundant, was followed "scrupulously". The procedure includes a review by the staff relations committee, which includes top UW management and representatives of the staff association. She noted that the dean and decision-makers in ES "know that they can provide the same level of service, and that they must down-size".

She said a rumour that the three staff members were escorted out of the building by police officers is "preposterous and untrue". They're still at work and still have their building keys, she said. Under Policy 18, staff who are made redundant get a month's notice, as well as a lump-sum severance payment.

The provost said that with the three jobs eliminated, ES will consolidate the cartography centre and Environmental Media and Information Centre into the Mapping, Analysis and Design lab.

The long March begins

Top-level budget meetings continue in Needles Hall this morning, with the church college heads on hand as well as deans and associate provosts to discuss how they're coping with the need to make spending cuts.

Also continuing: the civil service strike pitting the Ontario Public Service Employees Union against the Ontario government. Some of its effects can be unexpected, as in this memo issued across campus by Bob Levinski of central stores:

Please be advised that because of the civil servant strike, courier drivers will not cross picket lines at Government Offices. Therefore, arrangements should be made with the consignee, to ship your packages and/or correspondence to an alternate location.

Finding jobs for students

UW is taking new measures to help students find part-time work on campus.

Says a memo sent out by provost Jim Kalbfleisch:

After discussion with the Human Resources department, the University has agreed to advertise such opportunities to the student population on a regular basis so that students will be aware of them. To ensure that students are given priority, Human Resources will be asked to administer the placement of advertisements and offer assistance in determining qualifications and writing the ads.

Departments that have opportunities are asked to contact their Staff Relations Coordinator. . . . This does not mean that all jobs must be filled this way. Many jobs are already being filled within departments and faculties by students.

The Gazette and Imprint will both be carrying special lists of "student employment opportunities" provided by human resources.

Celebrating, saying farewell

Tomorrow is a special day for Notre Dame College, a part of the UW scene and tradition since 1962 as a Roman Catholic women's residence affiliated with St. Jerome's College.

At the end of this academic year, the School Sisters of Notre Dame will end their ministry at UW; the Notre Dame building is to be sold to St. Jerome's and given a new name. It will continue to be a women's residence.

A day of reminiscence, celebration and goodbye is scheduled for tomorrow. At 11 a.m. there will be "storytelling and prayer" in the Notre Dame chapel; at 1:00, an open house begins; from 2 to 3, there is a coffee house; and then at 5:30 a dinner-dance takes place at the Holy Family Croatian Church hall in Kitchener.

Says a brochure about tomorrow's bittersweet events:

Bring your stories, bring your spirit, bring your leadership, bring your self: that part of you that NDC always recognized as unique and good, and respected in you -- a woman gifted for our world.

Also today and this weekend

  • The science faculty's conference on science and technology partnerships with business and law is continuing. Among today's speakers: Desmond Fonn of the school of optometry, on "The Contact Lens Industry's Support of Academic Research Endeavours", and Walter Haeussler, president of the research foundation at Cornell University. Richard Hughson of the kinesiology department will speak at 2:30 (Davis Centre room 1304) on "The Search for Substance MsquaredKR, or How and Why Blood Flow Increases with Exercise".
  • At 7:30 in Siegfried Hall of St. Jerome's College, educator Maureen Dunne speaks on "Minding Our Morals: Bridging the Gap Between the Sacred and the Secular".
  • Saturday afternoon at 1:30 in the Humanities Theater, two clowns meet in a desert landscape . . . it's "Head a Tete", a kids' show that won a 1989 Dora Mavor Moore Award. The Humanities box office has tickets (adults $8, children $6.50).

    And hockey gets exciting

    The Warriors play the Laurentian Voyageurs at 7:00 tomorrow night, at the Mutual Group Arena in downtown Waterloo. If they win that game, they'll play at 2:00 Sunday against the winner of Saturday afternoon's other playoff game, Guelph versus Trois-Rivieres, for the OUAA championship. The "final four" hockey tournament is being hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University.

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

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