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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
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
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
- "Waterloo is renowned for building strong partnerships with business
and industry. . . . The university creates an economic impact of
over $340 million on the Kitchener-Waterloo area."
- "Waterloo believes its co-operative education program -- the
world's largest -- is the ultimate opportunity to add value to a
- "It ranks about 12th in size among Canadian universities, but
ranks in the top five in the amount of research it does, both
theoretical and applied."
- "UW has the highest full-time enrolment in mathematics in the
world (3,100 students)."
- "UW's Faculty of Environmental Studies was the first in Canada 28
years ago, and is now an acknowledged leader in environmental
teaching and research in North America."
Printed copies of the brochure are available from her at
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.
TODAY IN UW HISTORY
June 26, 1991: An emotional goodbye party is held to honour Robin
Banks as he ends twelve years of service as dean of arts.
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