Also happening today: a "professional development day" for staff in the co-op education and career services department.
Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering. In response to a query, the President indicated that while the government "postponed" funding for the project, indicating that it would be revisited in two years, it appears unlikely to be "resuscitated"; notwithstanding the disappointment at the government's action, UW did not have its own funding for the project secured and would have been unable to raise it in the allotted time. Since the needs and goals which drove that project remain, Jim Kalbfleisch, [John] Thompson and [David] Burns are looking at other possibilities to address these needs; one possibility is a more modest facility which, if the Federal government's infrastructure II program allocates a portion for universities, would be a prime candidate for funding. It was suggested that a report to Senate on this matter would best be deferred until concrete plans for proceeding are in place.
UW president James Downey says that appointing a new VP (university relations) is "consistent with the recommendation made" by a consultant who recently reviewed the office of development and alumni affairs. D&AA is one of two departments that report to the vice-president, the other being information and public affairs.
Downey himself is chairing a search committee for the post. Other members of the committee are provost Jim Kalbfleisch; Peter Sims, chair of the board of governors; Jack Kalbfleisch, dean of mathematics; Catharine Scott, associate provost (human resources and student services); Pat Cunningham of the development office staff; Kelly Foley, vice-president (education) of the Federation of Students; and Lois Claxton, university secretary.
Said Downey: "Aware of the keen competition by organizations for top people in this field, the Committee has engaged Janet Wright of Janet Wright & Associates as consultant. Janet Wright has extensive experience and contacts in the field of not-for profit executive recruitment. The Committee has also determined that the search will proceed both internally and externally and simultaneously."
The UW police plan to become more "user friendly" this year with major renovations to their communication centre. Currently, anyone wishing to speak to police must stand in line at the parking services desk and speak first to the parking staff before being directed to the police. With the renovations, a police area will be created allowing visitors to speak directly with the police. Renovations are expected to begin by the middle of January.
A guest on CBC radio's "Morningside" on Friday told host Peter Gzowski that Microsoft czar Bill Gates has been personally telephoning top graduates from UW's computer science program to offer them jobs. Not sure I believe it, but the very idea that people would spread such a rumour says something impressive about Waterloo, doesn't it?
In Thursday's Bulletin I made a bad joke about a UW department with "a skeleton staff", namely the chiropractic clinic -- chiropractors, skeletons, get it? Matthew Hill, never one to let an opportunity to by, writes thus:
Please be advised that Anthropology (now half of the world's only department of Classical Studies and Anthropology, another UW first) has an articulated, though not articulate, skeleton staff on duty at all times as well as disassembled bits and pieces.I'll try not to commit such a boner again.
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