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Monday, May 6, 1996

Co-op employers meet today

The Waterloo Advisory Council, representing employers of co-op students and other friends of UW in the business world, holds its spring meeting on campus tonight and tomorrow. Activities start with a reception and dinner, tonight at the Village 2 conference centre; the dinner speaker will be co-op math student Carlton O'Flaherty. Later in the evening Don Hathaway, president of People Tech Inc., will speak on "Management of Significant Corporate Change".

Tomorrow there will be separate meetings for WAC members interested in the work of the various faculties, and then briefings from UW officials about the state of co-op education, the early retirement program, the university budget, and distance and continuing education.

A couple of meetings today

  • The engineering faculty council will be meeting at 3:30 in Carl Pollock Hall room 3385. Among the agenda items is a retooling of the graduate program in the management sciences department (its main program is at the master's degree level). Says a memo from Niall Fraser, associate chair in the department:
    Recent limitations on teaching resources make it difficult for us to offer our graduate courses as frequently as we have in the past. In order to avoid confusion to students, we have chosen to list in the calendar only those courses taught yearly as 600-level courses, and list all other regularly taught courses at the 700-level. The 700-level courses will be labeled as taught as demand and resources permit.
  • The International Graduate Student Committee, an offshoot of the Graduate Student Association, has its first meeting of the spring term today at noon on the second floor of the Graduate House. "Meetings are open to any graduate students, and their wives and husbands can participate as well," writes IGSC chair Claudia Iturriaga. "You can make suggestions of what you consider international students need, help organizing events and meet students from other departments."

    Volunteers are wanted

    The local Volunteer Action Centre is looking for people. . . . The Volunteer Action Centre is at 742-8610.

    Awards announced for convocation

    It won't be long until spring convocation -- May 22 through 25 in a total of five sessions. Announcements have arrived of two of the people who will be specially honoured this spring.

    Winner of the Governor-General's Gold Medal, for highest achievement on a PhD program, will be Vahid Tarokh, who received his doctorate in electrical engineering last fall.

    Winner of the J. W. Graham Medal in Computing and Innovation, which goes each year to a Waterloo alumnus, will be William Reeves, a 1974 math graduate who has done innovative work in computer animation, being involved in such films as "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan", "Toy Story" and "Young Sherlock Holmes". He received an Academy Award in 1988 for the best animated short film. While he's at UW, Reeves will give an illustrated public lecture about his work ("Toy Story: Computer Animation Goes to Infinity and Beyond"), on May 21 at 2:30 in the Theatre of the Arts.

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

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