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Thursday, May 23, 1996

Spring convocation, day two

This afternoon's convocation ceremony, starting at 2:00 in the Physical Activities Complex, is for graduates from the faculty of arts. Most things will be as they always are for convocation -- including, I'd judge, the crowds and the heat -- but instead of speeches after the honorary degrees are presented, the PAC this afternoon will resound to the strains of Old Hundredth as well as "The Hour Has Come". The music is provided by members of the Kitchener-Waterloo Philharmonic Choir, as its conductor, Howard Dyck, is receiving an honorary degree.

The other honorary degree this afternoon goes to Jean Forest, Alberta educator who has been much involved in the "sexuality, marriage and the family" program at St. Jerome's College. Among other honours to be presented:

Valedictorian on behalf of the graduating class will be Stephanie McCarthy, receiving a degree in drama and speech communication.

A special convocation note: please don't eat the daisies. Or rather, please don't swipe the flowers from the stage. That's happened at some previous convocation ceremonies, apparently, and the UW greenhouse crew would appreciate not losing any flowers and pots this year.

Anglican educators gather

Renison College plays host today, tomorrow and Saturday to the annual conference of Anglican College Heads. "Participants are from all over Canada," reports Virginia Herridge, assistant to the principal at Renison, "with the addition of an invited guest, Rev. Canon John C. Powers, from the USA. Canon Powers is the General Secretary of the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion, a worldwide association based in New York. The meeting is to discuss issues of common concern, funding, development, and the role of Anglican colleges in the international organisation."

Planners meet to advise UW

The Pragma Council, which meets twice a year under the auspices of the school of urban and regional planning, has its spring meeting on campus today and most of tomorrow. The group, made up of Waterloo alumni and other people in the planning profession, both advises the UW planning school and trades insights into major issues in the field.

This week's meeting continues the Pragma Council's preoccupation with Metropolitan Toronto, taking as its theme "The Greater Toronto Area: Moving to Government and Tax Reform?" Former mayor and former cabinet minister David Crombie, who received an honorary degree yesterday, gives this morning's opening talk, and other key figures in Toronto regional planning will be heard from.

Retirement parties and other things

Happening today on campus:

The reason for the busy signal

Starting today, says Ginny Polai in the telephone services department, some UW extension phones won't be able to reach directory assistance at "411". They're the same phones that are hobbled so they can't make long distance calls. Directory assistance costs UW money (about 83 cents a pop), just like long distance, and as of today, such calls are being blocked.

Looking ahead to the picnic

The annual Community Campaign picnic is to be held Tuesday, June 4, says Meredith McGinnis in the development office. "Let's forget about the changes and challenges for a few hours," she suggests, "and have some fun in the sun!"

The picnic that day will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Davis Centre lawn (with Federation Hall as the rain site). There will be "hot dogs prepared by celebrity chefs", cake, drinks, "some good old-fashioned games" including volleyball and croquet, and entertainment by such groups as the Pandemonium Blues Band and Blue Stew, made up of on-campus people.

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

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