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Thursday, June 26, 1997

1,836 in search of jobs

That's the number of co-op students who have been going through the interview process over the past month, with the hope of finding jobs for the fall work term. Today's a key day in their calendar: ranking forms are available in Needles Hall at 10:00 this morning, and are due back by 4 this afternoon. (Some publicity material, including yesterday's Daily Bulletin, wrongly said students didn't need to file their ranking forms, in which they say which employers they'd prefer, until 8:00 tonight.)

Dave Thomas of the co-op department says there are 2,800 students going out on work terms this fall, but more than 900 of them are returning to previous jobs or otherwise already taken care of. That leaves the 1,836 who went through interviews -- half of them (931) in engineering, and the rest distributed across mathematics (408) and other programs.

He says 919 employers came to campus to meet students, conducting a total of 8,306 interviews between June 1 and yesterday. And how many jobs are they hoping to fill? At last calculation, about 2,200, which is up markedly from 1,700 in the spring interview period last year.

About 1,200 of the jobs are for engineering students, which bodes well for them, as long as the numbers of "junior" and "senior" level jobs come out right. On the other hand, the 64 architecture students who want fall term jobs are competing for, at last count, just 12 jobs. (More positions are coming in for the "continuous placement" job period, Thomas notes.)

'Combining excellence with relevance'

That's Waterloo! At least so says the new "Facts and Highlights" brochure, just produced by the office of information and public affairs in a press run of 5,000 copies. It's a general introduction to UW -- not for potential students (there are other publications aimed at them) but at general audiences such as people attending conferences here.

A few sentences snatched from the brochure, which has an autumn-leaf front panel matching the 1997-98 calendar:

The new brochure, written by I&PA director Martin Van Nierop and designed by staff in the graphic services department, replaces an earlier "Facts, Figures and Highlights" brochure. An electronic version of that one is still available through UWinfo (look under General information, then Facts, figures, highlights); the new brochure will be put onto the Web when time permits, says Nancy Elash of I&PA's community relations office.

Printed copies of the brochure are available from her at nelash@nh4.adm.

Much Ado and much pride

A troupe of UW players will take to the stage this week to perform Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at the Waterloo Park band shell. Raven Black Productions, a community theatre company, "largely university people and recent grads," will present pay-what-you-can performances tonight, Friday and Saturday, and July 4 and 5 at 7 p.m.; there are also 2 p.m. matinees June 28 and 29 and July 5 and 6. The company performed The Tempest in the park last summer, and according to artistic director Todd Pettigrew, a PhD student in English at UW, lots of families with picnics and dogs turned up for the play. UW people involved with the production include Josh Bateson, Norm Friend, Calvin Sweers, John Strucke, Darlene Spencer, Andrew Renner, Melissa Gurney, Stephanie Morson, Heather Bean, Jonathan C. Dietrich, Jamey Rosen, Laura Pattison, Jennifer Wigboldus, Tim Martin and Ryoko Iizuka.

"We celebrate our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities," a publicity note says, at the Waterloo-Wellington Regional Pride '97 Celebration. The event is this evening from 6 to 10, at Kitchener City Hall on King Street. Pride '97 features entertainment by local performers, speakers who "will tell us what Freedom means to them", and displays by service, media and recreational groups "and LGBT-friendly businesses". Refreshments are provided. The Kitchener-Waterloo event precedes the big Toronto "Pride" parade by a few days; that one's scheduled for Sunday.


June 26, 1991: An emotional goodbye party is held to honour Robin Banks as he ends twelve years of service as dean of arts.

Editor of the Daily Bulletin: Chris Redmond
Information and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
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