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Monday, May 27, 1996

Candidates for dean of ES

The nominating committee for the position of dean of environmental studies has announced that there are three candidates for the post right now, without saying publicly who they are.

In an "update" memo issued late last week, the committee says that copies of documentation about the candidates, and their written submissions to the committee, are available in the ES dean's office and in departmental offices in the ES faculty.

Students, faculty and staff in environmental studies are invited to a series of open meetings with the candidates today, tomorrow and Thursday. Each session will be held at 1:30 p.m. in ES I room 221. Each candidate will make a brief presentation, followed by a question period.

A new insurance company

Prudential Insurance Company of America, the firm that handles the "extended health" insurance coverage for UW faculty and staff, is selling its Canadian operations to another firm, London Life. The $100 million deal makes London Life the largest Canadian company in the individual life insurance business.

"There will be no change to our health insurance coverage," says Sandie Hurlburt of UW's human resources department. She says staff and faculty members can continue using their Eclipse cards to pay for prescription drugs, and submitting claims as before. "Human Resources will work closely with Prudential to ensure a smooth transition over the next few months," she promises.

Alzheimer conference begins

Planners, designers and practitioners involved in long-term residential care will gather today and tomorrow to discuss designing environments for people with Alzheimer's disease.

Experts in the field say that as the number of persons diagnosed with Alzheimer's or a related dementia is projected to increase significantly, it is critical that cost-effective residential care options be developed to allow for the best quality of life possible

On the opening day of the workshop, participants will discuss demographic, political and economic forces that require attention. Speakers include Shelly Jamieson, executive director of the Ontario Nursing Home Association; Olga Malott, director of UW's Alzheimer Research and Education Project; and Margaret Calkins, a researcher and facility designer.

Speaking at a luncheon will be Ken Murray, founder of the Alzheimer Education Project, while CTV journalist Dale Goldhawk will speak at dinner about his family's experience with Alzheimer's disease.

The second day will discuss Canadian residential facilities and the use of outdoor space, with presentations from several care facilities. Three agencies will demonstrate "approaches to therapeutic gardens and horticultural therapy". The conference is being held at Village II.

Somewhere to stay on campus

A "summer accommodation" brochure from Village II was circulated last week, pointing out that, as always during the spring term, rooms are available in the Village for visitors to Waterloo. Rates for a single room: $30.70 per night, $150 a week, plus tax -- and yes, the Village takes plastic. Information and reservations: 884-5400.

And that's about it for a sunny Monday morning. Our friends in the United States have today off (Memorial Day), and so do our friends in Britain (Whit Monday, Spring Bank Holiday), and here we are, fettered to the keyboard. . . .

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

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