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Friday, April 25, 1997

Canadian Studies gifts announced today

Donations of $330,000 to the Stanley Knowles Visiting Professorship in Canadian Studies will be announced today following a lecture on Stanley Knowles and the Common Good by Dr. Robert Needham, director of the UW Canadian Studies program, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's College.

A $250,000 gift from Robert Kerr, co-founder, retired president and chief executive officer of IMAX Corp., a global entertainment enterprise, will sponsor the annual Kerr/Saltsman Lectures to be presented by Knowles Professors.

Three gifts totalling $80,000 have also been received from Bell Canada, the Canadian Insurance Bureau and Manulife Financial. Previous donations have come from the Harold Crabtree Foundation, Nova Corp., Canadian Investment Capital, S.M. Blair Family Foundation, Harrison McCain, Marion Honsberger, United Church of Canada, labour organizations, groups and individuals across the country.

With the latest donations, the $1-million goal for the professorship is close to the halfway point, the UW News Bureau reports.

Launched last year, the Knowles Professorship pays tribute to the 41-year career of the federal parliamentarian who is currently an honourary member of the House of Commons. Based at St. Paul's, the professorship will bring to the UW campus people representing diverse views and backgrounds who have played significant roles in Canadian public life.

Former Ontario New Democratic Party leader Stephen Lewis will present the first Kerr/Saltsman lecture next winter.

Fiscal year is ending

The countdown is under way to the official end of the 1996/97 fiscal year at UW, on Wednesday, April 30, at 4:30 p.m. to be precise. "Only goods and services received/performed as of the cut-off date will be recorded as charges against the 1996/97 fiscal year," Jane Manson, director of finance, advises in a memo to administrators.

And it's inventory time for retail outlets across campus. The UW Shop, Bookstore, Computer Store and Compuscape will be closed today and Saturday to take stock, and graphic services is planning its year-end inventory on April 30, with Graphics Express at South Campus Hall closed for the day, reopening from 4:30 to 8 p.m., and other locations closed on a rotating basis for part of the day. The graphic services office in the General Services Complex will be taking counter and phone inquiries only.

Events of a quiet weekend

The IST (Information Systems and Technology) open house scheduled for today at 10 a.m. has been cancelled. "Anatomy of a Project" is rescheduled for June 6, with the place and time to be announced later. The new library system will be the topic of the next open house on May 9, and "we still expect to have one or two more before the end of June," reports Dr. Jay Black, IST associate provost.

Got Rhythm? If not, the Humanities Theatre is the place to find it, with the annual dance festival and competition in full swing today, Saturday, and Sunday. Hundreds of kids from across the province will be hoofing it up in tap, jazz and ballet events which run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. The public is welcome to attend the morning, afternoon or evening sessions, with tickets just $2 each.

Two exhibitions by UW fine arts students open tonight on campus. From 4:30 to 6 p.m., "Best Before", a display of work by graduating honours students in the studio program, will be launched at the Modern Languages Gallery. The official opening of the MFA thesis exhibition by Charles Baker will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Artspace Gallery in East Campus Hall. Both shows run until May 29.

"Whoops" just in from Cecilia states that the real time for the Saturday night concert by the Waterloo Chamber Players is 7:30 p.m. The performance will be held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Kitchener.

Energetic UW folks are expected to be out in full force at the 19th annual Great Ride-Walk to Beat Cancer on Sunday. Registration begins at noon at Seagram's Stadium, with the 20 km ride and the 7.5 km walk starting at 1 p.m.

Retirement planning session

The Bridging the Gap retirement workshop runs six consecutive Thursdays, beginning May 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Learning Room at Kitchener City Hall. Fees are $45 per person or $75 per couple. For more information, contact the Bridging the Gap office at 741-2863.

Local volunteers are wanted

Volunteers interested in sports, arts or human resources are needed to assist non-profit agencies in the community. For information on these positions, call the Volunteer Action Centre at 742-8610.

Barbara Elve

April 25, 1956: The board of governors of Waterloo College Associate Faculties approves approaching St. Jerome's College of Kitchener about a possible affiliation.

April 26, 1969: After debate, students' council agrees that students will take part in the search for a UW president to succeed Gerry Hagey.

Editor of the Daily Bulletin: Chris Redmond
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