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Friday, January 3, 1997
Second day back to work
The campus is still very quiet this morning, but
that refreshes is about to turn into
the choice of a new generation.
The winter term begins Monday -- classes start at 8:30, the bookstore
will be open for a few thousand students to spend a few hundred
dollars, and registration begins in the Physical Activities Complex.
Students who make it to Waterloo today can, in fact, register without
lineups: drop off your cheque at the registrar's office (if you're an
undergraduate) or the graduate studies office (if you're a grad).
That might be wise. "Line-ups will occur," the registration newsletter
promises, as it explains Monday's procedures at the PAC. Officially
arts, science, environmental studies and independent studies students
should register on Monday, then engineering, mathematics and applied
health sciences students on Tuesday. Wednesday's the day for those who
couldn't make it earlier in the week. Graduate registration next week
is at the cashiers' office in Needles Hall.
You can get it Monday or Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Student
Life Centre. Bring your fee receipt and "a valid piece of government
A campaign shopping list
Staff and faculty members got a letter just before Christmas reminding
them that the "annual fund" can always use their spare cash. The fund
is the successor to the "Community Campaign", a continuing effort to
attract contributions to UW from faculty, staff and retirees. The main
appeal goes out each summer, around the time of the "community
picnic"; the December letter was just a reminder, says Bev Marshman of
the applied math department, who's co-chair of the annual fund along
with Doug Morton of the Davis Centre library (as well as two retirees).
It was accompanied by a "shopping list" of projects that donors might
want to support, which starts with the senate scholarship fund and
goes on to include dozens of others, including these:
And of course there's always the long-deferred environmental science
and engineering building. . . .
- The building fund for the school of accountancy's new home.
- A chair in rhetoric and professional writing in the department
- Phase II of the Dorney Garden outside Environmental Studies.
- An "excellence fund" in each department of the faculty of engineering.
- The mathematics tutorial centre.
- Renovation of the optometry clinic.
- The Mike Moser Award in the athletics department.
- Funding for the David Zaharchuk Memorial Bursary, remembering the
chemical engineering graduate student who was murdered on campus
four years ago this week.
Newsletters for the new year
A few publications hit the desktop yesterday, the first working day
of 1997, including the January newsletter from the mature student
services office. It promotes the services offered to students of
higher-than-average age at UW, many of whom are women coming back to
formal education after years or decades away. Of particular importance
is the office's Networking File, which "allows you to swap
information about courses the way regular students do but, instead of
exchanging information over supper in residence or in the campus
coffee shop, you can do it by phone." The newsletter also notes that
the mature student "hospitality room" in Modern Languages will be
open Monday and Tuesday: "Pour yourself a coffee while you sort out
your course changes, and then browse through the stacks of used texts
for unbelievable bargains."
Also arriving yesterday was On Track, the "assistance for
teaching assistants" newsletter from the
resource office. The front-page article talks about things
TAs can't control (the curriculum, usually, and the instructor's
abilities) but goes on thus:
However, you can show your enthusiasm for the material, teaching,
and your students. You can involve your students through a
variety of teaching techniques (lectures, question and answer
periods, discussion periods, group problem-solving exercises,
brainstorming, etc.). And never underestimate the power of an
example since theories and concepts often only come alive for
students via an application or example.
Snow shovellers are wanted
Today it's rain, but one day soon it may be heavy snow, and the plant
operations department will be looking for "casual" staff to wield a
shovel starting at 7:30 a.m. Anyone interested in
such work should sign up in advance, by calling the grounds section
of plant ops at 888-4567 ext. 2537.
And it's worth noting . . .
that today is
R. R. Tolkien's birthday.
TODAY IN UW HISTORY
January 3, 1979: The Gazette publishes the draft "Third Decade"
for discussion across campus.
January 4, 1976: Saying it can't hold the line any
longer, food services increases the price of coffee to 20 cents a cup.
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