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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:

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 room 1304.

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 Learned Societies 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.

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

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