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Thursday, May 15, 1997

Building becomes Sweeney Hall

[John and Kay Sweeney]
John and Kay Sweeney
St. Jerome's College holds a fund-raising dinner tonight to celebrate John and Kay Sweeney and the naming of one of its buildings in their honour. Goal for the Sweeney Campaign is $500,000 for renovations to the women's residence, which was formerly the Notre Dame College building. The School Sisters of Notre Dame left Waterloo last year and sold the building to St. Jerome's; it's now being named Sweeney Hall.

"Several friends of John and Kay" are behind the campaign to raise the half-million dollars, the college says in announcing tonight's dinner and celebration at the Waterloo Inn. Tickets for tonight are $100 a head. John English, UW history professor and retiring Member of Parliament for Kitchener, is chair of the Sweeney Campaign and will speak tonight.

The announcement says that Kay and John Sweeney "embody the ideal Christian family through their service to church, community and country". John Sweeney began his career as a teacher and principal, and became the first director of education for the Waterloo County Separate School Board. From 1975 to 1990 he represented Kitchener-Wilmot in the Ontario legislature, and for part of that time he served as Ontario ministry of community and social services, minister of municipal affairs, and minister of housing. More recently he spend time as planner-in-residence in the UW school of urban and regional planning, and has been chancellor of St. Jerome's. Along with Kay, "a homebody and amateur gardener", he has been involved in service activities and in raising ten children.

Bill Tutte's 80th birthday

A symposium at UW this weekend will honour W. T. (Bill) Tutte, one of the most distinguished people ever to be a member of faculty at Waterloo, who's turning 80 and still going strong as a mathematician. Indeed, Tutte, who is visiting UW for the month of May, will also give a seminar this morning on some of his work.

He was already a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada when he came to UW's "department of mathematics" in 1962. Later becoming a Fellow of the (original) Royal Society and adding many other honours to his c.v., he retired in 1986 and now ranks as "distinguished professor emeritus".

His mathematical specialty is graph theory -- the field best known to lay people through the famous four-colour problem -- and the event in his honour is a symposium that features six of the world's leading experts in that field, from the United States, England and Denmark. Proceedings begin at 1:30 tomorrow and wind up with a banquet Saturday night. Tutte himself will give the last talk of the symposium, at 3:30 Saturday afternoon; the talks are being given in Davis Centre room 1350.

Tutte's seminar today, for the department of combinatorics and optimization, is on "The Discovery of the 1-Factor Theorem" and will begin at 11:00 in Math and Computer room 5158.

Seeking to represent K-W

As the June 2 federal election approaches, there are seven candidates in the Kitchener-Waterloo riding, which includes the city of Waterloo and a chunk of northwest Kitchener. (It replaces the previous Waterloo riding. The rest of Kitchener is in the new Kitchener Centre riding, formerly called just Kitchener.)

Elections Canada lists these seekers for office (listed here in random order):

The candidates have been invited to campus for a forum next Thursday, May 22, sponsored by the Federation of Students. "The focus will be on issues of post-secondary education," writes Federation vice-president Jeff Gardner, "but you never know what'll happen with these crazy Waterloo folk. Anyone may attend." The forum next Thursday runs from 12:30 to 2:30 in the Theatre of the Arts.

Across Canada, the election, now 18 days away, sees almost 19 million Canadians eligible to vote in 301 ridings. The Elections Canada phone number for voters' list information is (800) 463-6868, e-mail eleccan@magi.com.

Notes on the Ides of May

Co-op students should note that the first posting of fall term jobs will be available at 12 noon today. "Remember," a memo warns, "that you may only apply to a maximum of 30 jobs posted between May 15 and June 2. Also, job descriptions for the rank-match application process may also be viewed on the Student Access System." Also in co-op, self-assessment workshops have begun; students interested in those can register at the reception desk in counselling services, on the second floor of Needles Hall.

The Carousel Dance Centre has the second performance of its May concert tonight at 7:00 in the Humanities Theatre.

Tomorrow is the last day for textbook returns at the UW bookstore. And here's a reminder that the store, along with the UW Shop, will be closed this Saturday, as well as Monday, the Victoria Day holiday. (Check tomorrow's Bulletin for information, as much as I have, about what services are and aren't in operation over the long weekend.)


May 15, 1965: A dinner-dance is held to celebrate the 100th birthday of St. Jerome's College.

Editor of the Daily Bulletin: Chris Redmond
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