Besides that, of course, UW is still carrying some $18 million in temporary deficits, mostly caused by the special early retirement program; that money is being paid off over four years, including $4.5 million in the current year. This year UW will spend some 75 per cent of its operating budget on salaries and another 11 per cent on benefits.
One was simple enough: usually the provost chairs the nominating committees, but the committee for dean of mathematics will be chaired instead by Gary Waller, associate provost (academic and student affairs), to avoid any personal conflict: the incumbent dean is the provost's brother.
The other was more complicated, and after a few minutes of discussion, senate turned down Kalbfleisch's proposal to limit the search for all three deans to "internal" candidates, people already at UW. Members of senate didn't agree with the suggestion that financial restraint justified that change, apparently feeling the positions are too important to restrict the pool of candidates. Asked what the cost of the search was, Kalbfleisch said it's a "significant investment", including advertising, bringing candidates in, hotels, and so on. The general rationale for looking at both outside and inside candidates is that "the best possible" person for the job will be found, but someone at senate raised the possibility of looking inside first, deciding there isn't a qualified candidate, expanding the search to "external" and ending up with a worse crop of candidates.
Also at Monday night's senate meeting, there were brief comments about the dropping enrolment in distance education and part-time studies. One faculty member said his department can no longer afford to have him teach those courses -- in a time of limited resources, it can only support on-campus teaching.
And the provost confirmed that the long-awaited draft report of the commission on institutional planning is about to appear. It will be tabled Monday at a meeting of the senate long-range planning committee.
There are still spaces available in some courses, she adds; anyone interested can register in Physical Activities Complex room 2039. All campus rec programs start this week.
Boyd also has news about something called the Guard Club, "for those UW students interested in competing in the Ontario Interuniversity Lifeguard Championships, or for keeping their lifeguarding skills up to date". Sessions are held Saturdays at 4:30 in the PAC pool. More information is available from Chris Neale, caneale@science.
By the way, if you did skate to campus today -- and I actually saw a young woman clutching her skates as she walked into the Modern Languages coffee shop, though I can't swear she'd been using them -- you might want to know that a skate sharpening machine is available at the Columbia Recreational Complex on the north campus.
Positions to be filled right now include seven for faculty members with a three-year term; two others for faculty members for shorter terms; and three for graduate students. Nominations in all cases are due by Wednesday, February 5. The secretariat at ext. 6125 can provide more information.
A memorial fund has been established in memory of Gary Buckley, and donations can be sent to the development and alumni affairs office in South Campus Hall. Cheques should be payable to the University of Waterloo "in memory of Gary Buckley". A tree will also be planted in his memory in the spring -- details will follow later.
More information is available from Pat Kalyn in the registrar's office, phone ext. 2264, e-mail pkalyn@nh1adm.
Peter Russell of the earth sciences department wrote to comment on my mention of the "new" environmental studies van, which is painted an elegant burgundy. "That burgundy van is an earth sciences one and was purchased second-hand," he writes, "accounting for the wonderful colour change. If purchased new, it would have been snow white like the rest of them!" Not that the snow is all that white today, what's left of it.
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