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Monday, March 30, 1998

  • Hint of another budget cut
  • The presidential nominating committee
  • Local volunteers are wanted
  • These few other notes
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Hint of another budget cut

A cut of more than 2 per cent to everybody's budget would be necessary to balance UW's spending with its income in 1998-99, the provost will tell the senate finance committee tomorrow.

A "preliminary" sketch of the operating budget for the coming year shows expenditures of $185.8 million and estimated income of $183.0 million, leaving some $2.8 million to be found. "A budget cut or levy of 2.1% would be needed," say the notes to the budget, which will be presented by provost Jim Kalbfleisch. The committee is likely to meet at least once more before approving a recommended budget to be considered by the senate and UW board of governors.

Some key points of the budget outline Kalbfleisch will present tomorrow:

Bottom line: a shortage of $2,777,000.

The presidential nominating committee

The committee that's finding UW's next president has a full complement of members again. Voting to fill a vacant spot on the committee finished last week, and the university secretariat says Bob Kerton of the economics department was elected, ahead of two other candidates.

The committee said in a campus-wide announcement two weeks ago that it's looking for advice by May 15 on three broad questions:

Said the committee's announcement: "Written comments and opinions should be submitted to the Committee through the Secretary of the University, Lois Claxton, Needles Hall, Room 3060 on or before May 15, 1998. If you prefer to make your comments orally, please feel free to contact any member of the Committee. This invitation for comment is one means by which the Committee will solicit the views of the University community. Any information or comments provided to members of the Committee will be held in confidence by the Committee."

Local volunteers are wanted

The Volunteer Action Centre says local agencies need many kinds of help these days. For example:

What are you doing on the weekend? Do you enjoy sports and animals? Could you include a young man with shared interests one weekend a month? Care givers are needed for an active 20 year old man who loves horses, dogs, hockey, baseball, basketball, golf, movies and video games. He has a developmental disability and needs some time away from his family. A young couple without children would be a preferred match. Expenses are paid. (Listing 034-96.)

Caring ceramics assistant. Whether you're an old hat at ceramics or not, your help is needed for 2 hours on Friday mornings to assist residents of a Waterloo seniors residence. Volunteers will help with ceramic pieces and bringing residents to and from the program. Help is also needed to bring residents to and from the program. (Listing 085-2247.)

Short-term childcare needed. Just 2 hours a week of your time will allow low income parents of preschool children to participate in a Waterloo Regional Health Unit parenting course. Volunteers with a love for children are needed from April 20th - June 15th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Highland Baptist Church. (Listing 030-180.)

Concerned about seniors? Individuals with a strong interest in supporting the elderly are needed to serve on a Board of Directors. Skills in fundraising and marketing are an asset. This is a great way to support the work of an agency who matches volunteers with lonely seniors. (Listing 027-1082.)

Develop and direct. Put your organizational and planning skills to work for the Canadian Diabetes Association. The local branch is looking for a Fundraising Chair who will coordinate and oversee a well-developed committee structure and help meet their financial goals. A person with great interpersonal skills and a background in volunteer management is also needed to develop and manage the volunteer structure. (Listing 098-2248.)

Hospital treasurer. The Volunteer Association at a local health care centre is in need of a very special volunteer. An accountant or very experienced senior bookkeeper who has 10-12 hours a week during the day is needed to maintain accurate financial records, do banking, supervise data entry volunteers and report to the Association Board meetings. This position would be ideal for someone who is retired or semi-retired who would like to make a difference in their community. (Listing 024-1468.)

More information about any of these challenges, and a good many others, is available from the VAC at 742-8610.

These few other notes

UWinfo is working from a different computer this morning, following a massive transfer of electronic files over the weekend. "The move is one part of a greater reshuffling of functions between various computers in the Red Room," explains Roger Watt of information systems and technology. UWinfo had previously lived on "watserv2", and now it's on "info.uwaterloo.ca" instead. The effect on users? Shouldn't be any, as URLs are not changed by the move. "The only thing that matters," says Watt, "is that www.uwaterloo.ca will always be the way to get to it, no matter where it moves again hereafter."

Canadian writer George Elliott Clarke will read at UW today -- 3:30 p.m., in the common room of St. Jerome's University. He's brought to campus by St. Jerome's, the UW English department, and the Canada Council. Says a biographical note: "Born and raised in Nova Scotia, George Elliott Clarke earned degrees in English from the University of Waterloo (BA), Dalhousie (MA), and Queen's (PhD). He is now teaching Canadian and African-American literature at Duke University. Essayist, playwright, poet, and editor, Clarke's most recent books include Lush Dreams, Blue Exile: Fugitive Poems (1994) and Eyeing the North Star: Directions in African Canadian Literature (1997)."

The "media literacy film series" from WPIRG winds up with the showing today of "Advertising & Consumerism", at 7 p.m. in Davis Centre room 1304.

And . . . with exam time getting close, the libraries are now on an extended schedule, in effect through April 24. The Dana Porter Library will be open from 8 a.m to midnight, Monday to Thursday; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday; and 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday. The Davis Centre library will open at the same hours as Porter, and stay open one hour later than Porter every night.


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