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Friday, May 10, 1996

Closing of parking lot A

Reconstruction of parking lot A, south of University Avenue, is about to start -- that's the job that was originally scheduled for last summer but didn't happen.

"Faculty and staff who currently park in lot A should begin moving over to lot C in anticipation of the rebuilding, which should begin in early June," says Elaine Koolstra, manager of parking services. She explains:

We have added a card reader at both north and south end of parking lot C. Cards that are currently active in lot A have been activated in lot C. Lot C will remain a pay-on-exit lot as well. The gate arm on lot C will open as you enter, and your card will need to be used to exit.

If anyone experiences a problem using their access card at lot C, please call the Parking Services department at ext. 3100.

Gift of a million dollars

A new "Centre for Wireless Communications" will open at UW as the result of the gift announced yesterday by Ericsson Communications Canada -- $200,000 a year for five years to support graduate work in radio engineering, based in the department of electrical and computer engineering.

"We are very proud to be the founder of this initiative," said Ericsson's president, Bernt Hoegberg. "Ericsson has been in this country for over 40 years and is committed to investing in Canadians, as well as Canadian technology."

According to Ontario premier Mike Harris, who attended yesterday's announcement cereonies in Toronto: "We applaud this initiative that fosters cooperation between the private sector, government and universities. I hope others in the industry will follow Ericsson's lead and lend their support to the centre, thereby fostering even further growth."

Ericsson has 85,000 employees worldwide. It is the 11th largest research-and-development company in Canada, and third largest in the telecommunications industry. Ericsson currently serves the Canadian market for cellular systems, Personal Communications Services (PCS), cellular telephones, mobile data systems and access products and private radio products.

A background paper released yesterday says the new CWC at Waterloo "aims at developing a comprehensive graduate program in wireless communications. . . . With the seed money provided by Ericsson, UW and Ericsson can strive toward the establishment of a world-class research facility in wireless communications.

"As an educational unit, the CWC represents an enhancement to UW's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The graduate program developed by the CWC for wireless communications builds on the relevant courses in the existing graduate studies program of the department. Students will graduate from this program with a Master of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering degree with special training in the field of wireless communications.

"The new CWC sponsored graduate programs include: Broadband Communications Networks, Communications over Fading Dispersive Channels; Microwave and R. F. Engineering; Wireless Communications Systems; Multimedia Communications in Wireless/Wire Networks."

Campus events, briefly

Peering through the fog, I can see these things coming along: Because Sunday is (don't forget!) Mothers' Day, the University Club is offering a special brunch (call 888-4088 for reservations at 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.). Price: $15.95 per person, $8.95 for kids -- the menu runs from muffins and banana bread to carved baked ham, egg cheddar strata, fried rice with petits pois and cold poached salmon.

Also in honour of Mothers' Day, Graphics Express in South Campus Hall has some specials today and through the weekend. "Have Mom's favorite photo enlarged to 8.5*11 for just $0.99!"

A time to say goodbye

It's the last day of work for one of UW's longtime pillars of strength, Jim Boniface in the registrar's office, who's succumbed to the temptations of early retirement. I understand his office is so full of balloons this morning he can hardly get into the place.

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

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