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Monday, March 31, 1997

UW publishes top salaries

UW is issuing a list today -- as Ontario law requires -- of employees who were paid more than $100,000 in 1996. The list contains the names of 49 people at UW, down from 54 last year because of the rash of retirements last summer.

It includes the president, two vice-presidents, seven deans, the president of St. Jerome's College, the associate provost (academic and student affairs), the university librarian, the director of teaching resources, and the medical director of health services, plus 34 faculty members. The list doesn't have some names that might be expected, because, for example, vice-president Roger Downer left UW part way through last year, while other new senior officials were appointed midway through the year.

Heading the list is university president James Downey, whose salary is listed at $186,667, plus $5,403 in reportable benefits. Other top salaries, in order, with figures rounded to the nearest dollar:

A full list should be available this morning from the UW news bureau Web page, and will appear in Wednesday's Gazette.

Says the news bureau in a statement issued this morning: "With some 2,700 staff and faculty and 16,353 full-time and 5,550 part-time students, the University of Waterloo is the fourth biggest university in Ontario and the largest employer in Waterloo Region. It has annual operating expenditures of about $270 million."

Deadline for trust fund gifts

Today's the deadline for contributions to the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund at UW (and other Ontario universities and colleges). The OSTF is an endowment program, set up in last year's provincial budget, by which the government will match, dollar for dollar, donations to student assistance programs made by March 31, 1997 (and pledges made by today and fulfilled within two years).

Says Meredith McGinnis in UW's development office: "Some existing endowed awards and bursaries are eligible for the government matching, and new OSOTF bursaries have been established in each of the faculties and colleges. This is an exceptional opportunity to double the impact of your donation!" For more information she can be reached at ext. 2562.

Downey visits South Africa

UW president James Downey is off to South Africa for a couple of weeks starting today. He'll get a few days' beach vacation out of the trip, but first comes a conference in Durban: the council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, of which Downey is vice-chair. The ACU will be holding its once-every-five-years congress in Ottawa in 1998, with delegates expected from 344 universities in 30 Commonwealth countries, and Downey is heading the planning committee for that event.

This weekend, after the ACU council meeting, Downey will take part, along with British and Australian university leaders, in a workshop designed to give the vice-chancellors of South African universities the benefit of experience in dealing with rapid changes in government funding.

Workshops about teaching

A day of teaching workshops will be held next Thursday, April 10, the teaching resource office has announced. Faculty, other instructors, and teaching assistants are all welcome.

The main topics: "Using Students' Co-op Work Experiences in Your Course", 9 a.m.; "Marking Groupwork", 10:30; "Public Speaking in the Classroom", 1:00; "Creating Diagrams on the Blackboard", 2:30.

Teachers can attend any or all of the sessions, which will be held in Math and Computer room 4058, but should register ahead of time with teaching resources ("the TRACE office") at ext. 3132, e-mail trace@watserv1.

Other notes on Easter Monday

Negotiators for the University of Windsor and the Canadian Union of Public Employees reached a settlement Friday in the five-week strike of food service and maintenance staff. CUPE is holding a ratification meeting this morning, and if all goes well the 270 members of CUPE local 1001 could be back to work tonight. A union representative called the settlement "an absolute victory", but details haven't been made public, and an employer spokesman said the university administration is also "quite pleased".

The English Language Proficiency Examination will be given April 10 (that's Thursday next week), at 7 p.m. in the Physical Activities Complex. All students who have not fulfilled their faculty's English language requirement should plan to write the exam on that evening.

The mature student services office is giving its non-credit starter course, "Preparing for University", on Wednesday evenings April 16 through May 21. Course participants "will get an opportunity to brush up their study skills, find their way around the library, learn the finer points of writing an essay, learn how to prepare for examinations and how to use UW's computing facilities. Concerns such as juggling studies with home, family and career, finding the ideal course load, and choosing the right program will also be discussed." The course costs $50. More information: ext. 2429.

The hours at UW's libraries are longer, from now through the end of exams. From March 27 through April 23, the Dana Porter Library will be open Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to midnight; Friday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to midnight. The Davis Centre Library has the same opening times but stays open one hour later than Porter each evening. The University Map and Design Library is open Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 6 p.m.


March 28, 1987: A black-tie dinner marks the founding of UW's first fraternity, a chapter of Sigma Chi.

March 29, 1967: The Gazette reports that 11 buildings are under construction or in the design process.

March 30, 1989: The second edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, produced with software developed at UW, is launched.

March 31, 1981: Calling itself "Canada's distinctive university", UW publishes a "report to the community" as an insert to the Kitchener-Waterloo Record.

Editor of the Daily Bulletin: Chris Redmond
Information and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
credmond@watserv1.uwaterloo.ca -- (519) 888-4567 ext. 3004
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