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Thursday, May 30, 1996
UW continues to say goodbye
Faculty and staff members taking early retirement are heading off
into their new lives, and of course there are parties to say farewells.
Half a dozen events were listed in yesterday's Gazette, and here are
one new listing and one with new information:
- A retirement celebration for Jake Willms, assistant to the dean
of arts, will happen as part of the annual faculty of arts staff
barbecue, which is scheduled for Thursday, June 13, at noontime.
Debbie Pallas at ext. 2012 is taking RSVPs. "We hope," her notice
says, "to set up an endowment fund to support an Arts Upper Year
Entrance Scholarship in Jake's name for an incoming full-time
Bible College student."
- The psychology department's goodbye to nine faculty and staff
will take the form of a reception (4:30) and dinner (6:30) at the
University Club on June 19. RSVPs and dinner reservations ($25) go
to Yvonne Weppler at ext. 2547. Guests of honour at the event will be
Robin Banks, Jim Cornell, Don Meichenbaum, Bob Seim, Ken Bowers,
Herb Lefcourt, Ernie MacKinnon, Ed Ware and Muriel Vogel-Sprott.
Safety training is offered
Today's the second spring session of training in WHMIS, the Workplace
Hazardous Materials Information System, offered by UW's safety office.
"All university employees, volunteers, part-time employees and
graduate students who have not previously attended a University of
Waterloo WHMIS session" should attend, says Angelo Graham in the
safety office. The session consists of a video and a quiz, and runs
for about an hour altogether, starting at 2 p.m. in Davis Centre
Where things are really tough
Even if times are hard, we should perhaps be grateful we're not at
the University of the District of
Columbia, which is running huge deficits as part of the general
shambles of the Washington, D.C., government. The Academe Today
news service reports that UDC
will shut down for a month this summer, furlough all university
employees for up to seven weeks, begin its 1996-97 academic year
six weeks late, and nearly double its tuition rates. . . . The
plan calls for non-unionized administrators to forfeit their salaries
for more than 36 days and for unionized employees to lose more than
30 days of pay. Faculty members, who normally return for the fall
semester around August 16, will not be back until October 1, the
beginning of the institution's new fiscal year. Officials hope to begin
the academic year then.
What's happening at Waterloo
Away from Waterloo, the annual
meetings are under way at Brock University in St. Catharines,
with some three dozen academic groups, mostly in the humanities and
social sciences, holding their annual conferences between now
and June 7.
- The co-op department sends this notice: "All jobs received by
Co-op Education as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, have now been posted. Please
note that there will likely be few, if any, jobs available on Monday,
June 3, for Posting #7." Students and employers are now deeply into
interviews for the fall work term.
- There's a barbecue at noontime today, and a nice day for a
barbecue it is. Sponsor:
mathematics student newsletter. Menu: hamburgers $1, pop
50 cents. Location: in front of the Math and Computer building, from
11:30 to 1:00.
math and combinatorics and optimization club is sponsoring a talk at
4:30 today by Mark Stastna, graduate student in applied mathematics,
with a conversation-stopping title: "The Biomechanics of Squishing
Your Brain". He explains: "I will discuss some aspects of modelling the
deformation of the brain due to internal movement of the cerebrospinal
fluid." Mm, can't wait. The talk will be in Math and Computer room 4040.
Chris Redmond -- firstname.lastname@example.org
and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4567 ext. 3004
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