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Friday, March 6, 1998

  • Staff committee members are hailed
  • Looking at the new library system
  • Notes from all over the place
  • The first weekend of March
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Staff committee members are hailed

The staff association yesterday issued a thank-you to the dozens of staff members who volunteer for service on committees and other bodies across campus -- from the traffic and parking appeal board to the presidential nominating committee.

"The University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA) wants to thank the many people who have completed their terms or continue to serve us all on a variety of committees," said Mark Walker of the biology department, who's finishing a year as chair of the association's nominating committee.

"The number of staff representatives is indicative of the role we have in the decision-making processes at Waterloo," Walker said. "Comments from staff representatives confirm that they are full participants and that fellow committee members value their contributions. The UWSA believes that decisions, both academic and non-academic, have an impact on the working conditions of our membership. With this in mind, the UWSA will continue to seek even greater representation to ensure that your ideas, solutions and insights will be heard by senior administration."

He also said: "Participation on these committees, although a rewarding experience for the volunteer, does increase their workload and can take a toll on their home department. Regular or last minute meetings and telephone calls can result in coworkers covering for the committee member during hectic times. This cooperation is seldom acknowledged publicly, but it is truly appreciated by those of us who have been the recipients of this invaluable support and assistance."

It just doesn't stop; the nominating committee is looking to fill a few more committee seats right now:

If you are interested in serving on any of these committees, you can send in an application (with "any relevant information and qualifications and why you wish to represent staff on a particular committee") to the nominating committee, in care of Walker, by March 27.

Looking at the new library system

The new automated library system, Trellis, is two months away from going "live". Today at 10 a.m., there's an opportunity to preview some components of the system, including the new online catalogue.

Trellis is a shared library system which will provide integrated access to the holdings of three libraries: Waterloo, Guelph, and Wilfrid Laurier. More than three million bibliographic records supplemented with four million of what librarians call "authority records" make up the common database. (Some 1,300,000 of those bibliographic records represent the 3 million books, journal volumes, and other items in UW's libraries, I'm told by Linda Teather, the coordinator of systems support services in the library.)

Trellis also provides a single point of access to a variety of electronic resources and other Internet-accessible materials -- an updated Electronic Library that's an interface to the web world, you might say.

At today's open house, being held in Davis Centre room 1302, members of the Trellis project team will discuss the project's status, talk about benefits of the system, and demonstrate what you can expect to see when you access Trellis from the library or your home or office.

Notes from all over the place

From the secretariat: Nominations of candidates for the by-election of an undergraduate Environmental Studies representative to Senate (term May 1, 1998, to April 30, 2000) closed at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 1998. Shannon Bernstein, 2A Environment & Resource Studies Honours Co-op, has been acclaimed.

From the library office: The Friends of the Library is once again celebrating the creative process that is alive and well on the UW campus. This year's celebration has a new twist, however. As part of the annual spring Authors Event, the Friends will not only honour those members of the UW community who have authored books, but, for the first time this year, also honour those who have composed musical works, been recognized for their photography or design work, or mounted art shows in 1997. If you would like your achievement to be included in the celebration, please contact Mary Stanley ext. 6019 or email mstanley@library. The Authors Event is scheduled for midday on Wednesday, May 6. More details will follow.

From the registrar's office: The last day to file Intent to Graduate forms for undergraduate students is March 6 [hey, that's today!] for spring convocation. Convocation for Applied Health Sciences, Environmental Studies and Independent Studies: 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 27; Arts, 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 28; Science, 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 29; Mathematics, 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 30; Engineering, 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 30.

From co-op education and career services: Wednesday, March 11, "Choose Your Own Adventure: The Entrepreneurial Advantage", Needles Hall 1020, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. "Consider the benefits of developing an enterprising approach to work, whether you will start your own venture or work for an existing organization." Speaker: Jennifer King, small business counsellor, Kitchener Business Self-Help Office.

From graphics: Speedier colour printing is coming to Graphics Express on Tuesday, March 10. Our CLC 800 colour laser printer will sport a ColorPass 4000 RIP for increased speed in processing files. The ColorPass provides rip while print, 400x400 dpi resolution on all page sizes and fully supports double-sided printing. During installation some delays may occur with file printing requests. We regret any inconvenience you may experience while we improve this service. Please call ext. 5905 if you need an update. If we cannot handle your request, we will suggest alternate solutions.

The first weekend of March

[Wild West] Thrilling games can be expected tonight in both hockey and basketball. In hockey, the Warriors host Windsor at 7:30 at the Icefield, in the far west division finals. In basketball, the Warriors squeezed into the west division championships, the "Wild West Shoot-Out", and will play Western tonight at 6. A second game, Guelph vs. McMaster, follows at 8:00, with the winners meeting Saturday afternoon at 2.

Final events for International Women's Week include a self-defence workshop today (1 to 4 p.m., multipurpose room of the Student Life Centre) and a "pad making workshop" tomorrow from 2 to 4 in SLC room 2102. The UW women's centre, which has sponsored events all week, also is involved in an IWW coffee-house tonight at the Moody Blues Cafe in uptown Waterloo, and a concert Saturday night at the Weaver's Arms pub on Phillip Street.

[CAOS logo] Optometry students, who have been conscientiously marking Vision Awareness Week with dozens of visits to local schools, will let their hair down this evening with "skit night", from 6 until the wee hours, at the Transylvania Club in Kitchener. It's followed by "casino night" tomorrow.

Most Rev. Terrence Prendergast, auxiliary bishop of Toronto, speaks tonight at St. Jerome's College, giving the annual Ignatian Lecture. His topic: "Encountering God -- Scripture and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola". The talk starts at 7:30 in Siegfried Hall, St. Jerome's; admission is free.

Students at Conrad Grebel College are holding a coffeehouse tonight, starting at 8, to benefit Anselma House.

What's not happening: Contrary to the notice in the "Cecilia" column of this week's Gazette, the Menno Singers will not have a winter concert tonight or tomorrow night. It was cancelled some time ago, in the fallout of the Singers' much-publicized troubles.

Transitions '98, a career conference for arts students and graduates, runs tomorrow; the arts special programs office at ext. 2119 might be able to provide last-minute information.

And the Carousel Dance Centre offers a performance in the Humanities Theatre on Saturday night at 8:00; UW dance alumni will perform along with their students, both young people and adults, in ballet, modern dance, and musical theatre. Tickets are available from the Humanities box office or at the door.


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