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Friday, May 31, 1996
Building opens this afternoon
The new west wing of Matthews Hall will be officially opened with a
2:30 ceremony today, and with broad smiles from dean Bob Norman and
his colleagues in
applied health sciences. VIPs
expected to be on hand
include Elizabeth Witmer, the Waterloo MPP and Ontario minister of
labour, and Andrew Telegdi, Member of Parliament for Waterloo --
representing the two levels of government that helped finance the
$2.8 million project under the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Works
Occupational Health and Safety has its permanent home in the
lower level of the new wing, while most of the main floor is
occupied by laboratories and clinic space that will be available
for project groups in applied health sciences. Among the first
occupants: researchers from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic
College, working jointly with people from UW's kinesiology
The building also has a lobby with fireplace, an enclosed area that will one
day be a garden, and a 100-seat auditorium.
Goodbye to DCS staff
Half a dozen people who are taking early retirement from the
computing services department will be guests of honour at a
reception this afternoon, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the University
Club. Hearing goodbyes and best wishes are the director of DCS, Paul
Dirksen, as well as Jerry Bolce, Cory Burgener, Gwen Burgess, Ron
Hurdal and Peter Sprung.
It's also goodbye to the "computing services" and "DCS" names, by
the way. As
the computing services Web
page puts it:
Effective May 1, 1996, the facilities and services provided under the label
"Department of Computing Services" are now a part of IST, the new
"Information Systems and Technology" unit amalgamating Computing
Services, Data Processing, and Telephone Services. Further changes will
be occurring within this webspace as the shape of the IST unit evolves.
Math competition starts today
Canada's brightest and youngest mathematical minds are
competing here today and Saturday
for a spot on the national team in this year's International
Olympiad in Informatics.
Canada will compete for the first time in the Olympiad, hosted by
Hungary starting July 25. The Olympiad is an
annual competition in the discipline of informatics (computing science) for
high school students from all over the world.
"We hope to select the best and brightest young minds in the country to
represent Canada on our team," says Jo Ebergen of UW's computer
Twenty students from high schools across Canada are vying for a position
on Team Canada as part of the second stage of the Canadian Computing
Competition. They were selected from more than 1,000 students who took part
in the first stage competition in March.
The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing, based in UW's
math faculty, is hosting the contest.
Winners will be announced at a banquet Saturday night and the
makeup of the Canadian team will be decided on Monday, Ebergen said.
Happening on a summery weekend
Among events today through Sunday:
And today's the last day before early retirement for quite a number
of staff and faculty. Among those saying goodbye: Rose Schilling
of the user services department in the Dana Porter Library;
Norma Chippier of Brubaker's, the food services outlet in the
Student Life Centre.
- Wilfrid Laurier University holds its spring convocation ceremonies
today and tomorrow starting at 1:15 at the Waterloo Recreation Complex.
Receiving an honorary degree from WLU tomorrow will be
Matthews, president of UW 1970-1981.
- A one-day conference about the effects of torture on survivors,
their families and their communities is taking place today at Conrad
- The Humanities Theatre hosts performances by the Moree School
of Dance at 7 on Saturday evening and 1:00 on Sunday afternoon.
- An alumni-and-family brunch is scheduled for 11:30 on Sunday at
Renison College (following a special worship service at 10:30 in
St. Bede's Chapel).
- The annual meeting of the
of Canada runs
from Saturday through Thursday at the Village II conference centre.
About 350 number-crunchers are expected; Steve Brown of UW's stats
department is the chair of the local arrangements committee.
- On Sunday at 3:00 and 7:00, "Heart 2 Heart" performs in the
Theatre of the Arts -- otherwise described as "Father Mark Curtis
and the Paul Bulla Band". It's a benefit concert for the Catholic
Family Counselling Centre. A publicity blurb says that "the singing
priest" has the flavours of "Elton John, Harry Chapin and Bruce
Cockburn" in his music -- country, pop, Celtic and show-tunes.
Tickets are $12.50.
Chris Redmond -- email@example.com
and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4567 ext. 3004
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