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Wednesday, April 16, 1997
UW meets the new vice-president
Lithgow, who will become UW's vice-president (university relations)
on August 1, is expected on campus this morning. He'll meet with members
of executive council -- the deans, associate provosts and other top
brass -- and then with the people who will be reporting to him when he
arrives, in the offices of
public affairs and
Lithgow is currently a vice-president at York University. He's taking
over a position at UW that has been vacant since Roger Downer took early
retirement last summer.
President meets the viceroy
UW president James Downey is in Ottawa today for his formal investiture
as an Officer of the Order of Canada. The award was announced in the
new year's honours list, and will be presented amid spit and polish by
governor-general of Canada,
Roméo LeBlanc. Downey will still be in Ottawa on Thursday and
is expected to be "recognized" in the House of Commons along with other
new wearers of the snowflake lapel pin.
For those returning to university
Know someone who's been away from the books for years and
now wants a degree? UW has just the course for that person, and
it starts tonight.
The "Preparing for University" non-credit course is a regular
offering of UW's mature student services office -- the shoestring
operation that helps people (a majority of them women) come back
to formal education after years in the workforce or raising families.
This term the course runs
from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday nights from now
until May 21. The cost is $50, including materials. Bursaries
are available to cover the course fee.
The course, which consists of six weekly workshops, is an informal
introduction to what's expected and required of students enrolled in
arts programs and courses.
"It is an ideal starter course for anyone thinking of returning to
their studies after being away for a number of years," says Isobel
Mackay, mature students advisor in the faculty of arts.
"Participants learn how to listen to a lecture and take notes, how to
write an essay, how to carry out research in the library, how to study
for an exam and how to use UW's computing facilities."
Also discussed are topics such as juggling other responsibilities with
academic work, finding the ideal course load and choosing the right
Mackay says a couple of bursaries are still available for mature
individuals who wish to test their ability at the university level.
The awards are reserved for students currently enrolled in or who have
completed an upgrading program and who are in financial need.
She can provide more information about the bursaries, the course, and
mature student services in general, at ext. 2429.
Teaching isn't his only strength
Armitage, director of the school of
accountancy, and one of this year's Distinguished Teacher Award winners
is the Ontario Masters (50-and-over) squash champion --
For the second year in a row.
He competed in the Ontario Squash Masters Championships in
Toronto last weekend, I've just learned,
and won the final on Sunday 3-0.
28,846,761 people in Canada
1996 census? The first results from it were
yesterday by Statistics Canada, showing that the country's population
had risen 5.7 per cent since the previous census in 1991. The
Kitchener metropolitan area -- the name Stats Canada gives to
the area including Waterloo -- has been growing faster than the
national average. Its population
went up by 7.4 per cent in the same period,
and it's now listed as Canada's 11th largest
city, up from 12th in 1991, with 382,940 people.
(Thanks to Susan Moskal, in the library's reference department, for
letting me know about the release of the census. She points out that
Stats Canada information, including everything released about the 1996
census, can be found through the
Electronic Library web pages: look
under "Government Information", obviously.)
Some events today and tomorrow
department has a visitor today, Christine Purdon, who's
giving a technical talk with a lovely title: "Nasty, unwanted thoughts
and how not to get rid of them -- Thought suppression, appraisal and
the persistence of obsession-like thoughts". She'll speak at 11 a.m. in
the psych conference room.
The computer store is bringing in Mike Sonosky of IBM Marketing to
present some new hardware and software today. A brief note on the
subject mentions the RS/6000 (a new IBM workstation that runs the
Aix operating system), SP2 technology, SSA disk technology, Java and
visualization -- you can see what it all adds up to, from 1:30 to
3:00 in Davis Centre room 1302.
Tonight at Kitchener City Hall, starting at 7:30, there's a public
forum on "provincial downloading", the current policy of shifting
programs (and tax burden) from the Ontario government to municipal
governments. Star of the show is John Sewell, former mayor of Toronto
and outspoken opponent of premier Mike Harris' policies on municipal
The senate finance committee will meet tomorrow morning at 8:30, in
Needles Hall room 3001, to discuss the university's proposed 1997-98
budget. The meeting is open to anyone interested.
(Take a look at this morning's Gazette and you'll see a
somewhat different story about the budget than what was noted in
Daily Bulletin; things change fast around here!)
St. Paul's sets auction date
St. Paul's United College
has set Saturday, May 3, for its seventh annual
fund-raising dinner and auction. "Ron Turner, our chef, is once again
preparing a very special meal," says a letter from college principal
Helga Mills. The theme is "A Salute to Entertainment", and items
available in the auction will include several show packages, as well
as Blue Jays tickets, works by local artists, "and goodies from several
local speciality shops". There will be music before dinner, and "David
MacKenzie, contributor and member of the Trivial Pursuit board
game team, has again agreed to be our host and master of ceremonies
during dinner." Tickets for the evening are $60, with a tax receipt
issued for part of the amount. More information: 885-1460.
TODAY IN UW HISTORY
April 16, 1970: Tenders are due for UW's next building, Chemistry II.
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