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Monday, June 16, 1997

Social work degree proposed

UW's senate is being asked tonight to approve a Bachelor of Social Work program, which would be an extension of "social development studies" and "social work" programs now offered at Renison College.

The proposal, as submitted by Renison and approved by the senate undergraduate council, "has strong support from potential employers in the Waterloo Region". The program, designed to train "generalist social workers" who can provide services "to a broad range of situations and groups", will be designed as a continuation of the current Social Development Studies BA program at the college.

An undergraduate degree with specific course requirements, practical experience and "personal suitability" will be the prerequisites for entry to the Honours BSW program, which will run for three academic terms including course work and a practicum.

"Many of the regional (social service) agency directors are strong advocates for this BSW and have indicated their willingness to provide the required placements," the proposal says.

The implementation of the BSW program comes in response to "a movement in Canada to recognize the Honours BSW degree as the required entry qualification for careers in social work". Ontario is expected to join the rest of the provinces in enacting legislation governing the practice of social work at a recognized level of competence. This "will require university level education at the Honours BSW level as the minimum entry level for certification".

Also on senate's agenda

When the senate meets (7:30 p.m., Needles Hall room 3001) it will also be looking at these matters:

Libraries show off their warehouse

An open house this afternoon, from 3 to 5 p.m., will show off the Tri-University Library Consortium Annex, at 110 Malcolm Road in Guelph, where UW, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Guelph will be depositing books for which their central libraries don't have room.

The Annex was bought last summer, after several years of work by the consortium to find a suitable "secure storage facility". Stacks at the Annex will be closed to library users, but "Plans call for staff who will provide on-site recall services for those using the study facilities," a library bulletin says, and books can also be retried within 24 hours for use at any of the three campuses.

Federation gains a VP

Adding a fourth vice-president to the roster at the Federation of Students is subject to review at a general meeting of students next fall, says Fed president Mario Bellabarba. The recent executive decision to promote Heather Calder from "student issues resource coordinator" to vice-president (student issues) is an unusual procedural step, as other Federation vice-presidencies have been created by amendments to the Fed by-laws, approved at student general meetings -- and are elective, not appointive positions.

Says Bellabarba: "The decision to make this position into a fully elected Vice-President, or to re-shuffle duties among the current Vice-Presidential positions to incorporate the Student Issues portfolio directly into an executive position, is one that will be discussed over the summer and early fall. Council is reviewing the current executive responsibilities, and a final report will be brought forward for approval at the Federation's Annual General Meeting in October."

He added: "This position is one that will go far towards heightening awareness of non-academic issues on campus."

The final days of spring

Negotiations start this morning between UW management and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, local 793, which represents some 300 staff in the food services and plant operations departments. The contract covering the unionized staff expired April 30. CUPE 793 president Neil Stewart says he's expecting, based on past experience, that a new contract can be settled in the two full days of bargaining, today and tomorrow, that have been scheduled.

The voice mail system and the 888-4567 "automated attendant" at UW's switchboard will be out of operation for about four hours this evening, starting at 8 p.m., for a software upgrade.

The faculty association, specifically is Status of Women and Inclusivity Committee, is asking, "Is the Faculty Association working for you, or does it frustrate you? Could the Association revise its priorities and methods so as to work better for you and other female faculty?" To address the matter, it has scheduled an open meeting tomorrow with association president Fred McCourt. It runs from 3 to 5 p.m. upstairs at the Graduate House. "We hope," says committee chair Prabhakar Ragde, "that the informal setting will encourage a thorough and fruitful discussion of the current situation and ways in which it can be changed for the better. The agenda will be set by you."

The Midnight Sun solar car team is off today for Indianapolis, where it will go through "the scrutineering process" before the start of Sunrayce '97 on Thursday. "At the regional qualifying event we placed third," says team member Greg Bridgett, "giving us a starting position of fourth off the pole. We're hoping to do really well. The whole team is quite exhausted from working so hard on the car in the last few days, but the excitement of racing UW's best solar car keeps us going."

Getting the details right

The accuracy of information about the NMR summer school in Thursday's Daily Bulletin had a short half-life, containing as it did, a couple of half-truths. Although Charles Slichter has a doctorate from UW, it is an honorary degree, not a PhD. The abbreviation NMR doesn't stand for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance any more -- just Magnetic Resonance. (Nominally Magnetic Resonance?) The NMR summer school, bringing physicists from all directions to UW, runs all this week.

And another thing. The triathlon that didn't happen on Saturday, as reported in Friday's Bulletin, was to have included eight laps of the ring road on a bicycle (said to be 20 kilometres) and two laps on foot (said to be 3.1 kilometres). Someone quickly asked why the route is longer on wheels than for runners. Brian Cartlidge of the athletics department kindly explains that "The 3.1 is a typo that wasn't picked up in the proofreading. It is supposed to be 5k for the run and 20k for the bike -- the ring road is approximately 2.5k per time around. This is and has been debated in some newsgroups and depends on whose car or bike computer you use, whether you go clockwise or counterclockwise and whether you are on the road or the sidewalk."


June 15, 1989: A UW alumni get-together is the first private party in Toronto's brand-new SkyDome.

June 16, 1966: Carl Pollock becomes chairman of the board of governors, succeeding Ira G. Needles, who becomes UW's chancellor.

Editor of the Daily Bulletin: Chris Redmond
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