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University of Waterloo | Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Wednesday, May 13, 1998

  • New brochure sums up Waterloo
  • Wall Street Journal notes brain drain
  • The nominating committee reports
  • Local volunteers are wanted
  • Staff member mourned, and other news
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New brochure sums up Waterloo

A glossy new Facts and Highlights brochure is ready, introducing UW as "one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities", "a pioneer and innovator", and a place with an economic impact on Ontario of more than $340 million a year.

It's not a substitute for student recruitment publications -- those are a whole separate genre, coordinated by the registrar's office. Rather, it's aimed at people attending conferences, Kitchener-Waterloo residents who want to know more about the university in their midst, reporters who want a quick UW overview, and in fact anybody who might need to find enrolment figures and the university's motto ("Concordia cum Veritate") on the same page.

In a dozen panels, it includes an overview of undergraduate and graduate programs, research, the six faculties, continuing education, and visitor attractions, plus phone numbers, maps, one picture of the Davis Centre and two of Porter Library, and testimonials to Waterloo's greatness from several people in a position to know. UW is, says Sir John Daniel of the Open University, "by a clear margin, the most successful of all the universities created in Canada in the last fifty years".

Copies of the brochure are available from Nancy Heide of the community relations office in information and public affairs, phone ext. 3276.

In answer to the question that some people will immediately ask: no, the brochure isn't available on the Web just now. The former Facts, Figures, Highlights brochure is there, with information mostly dating from 1995. For quick reference, UWinfo users are pointed from the home page to a General information web page that doesn't have any of the pictures, graphics and general pizazz of the new brochure. Heide and I have been telling each other that we really ought to work on a web equivalent of the brochure some time.

Wall Street Journal notes brain drain

The exodus of highly skilled people from Canada to the United States, which made the cover of Time last week, was featured in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, with considerable mention of UW:

"Top-ranked University of Waterloo in Kitchener, Ontario, is a major training ground for Canadian computer scientists and engineers. About 120 U.S. companies recruited graduates at the university last year, four times as many as in 1995. Software giant Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash., is one of the top recruiters. Each year, it hires about one-third of the university's co-op computer-science students -- who divide their time between the workplace and the classroom -- for short-term work assignments. Many end up with full-time jobs.

"Stephen Hui, 23, will start work at Microsoft in June. Deciding to leave family and friends was 'excruciating' but, in the end, 'it boiled down to a really neat job and significantly higher pay,' he said. After taking into account the exchange rate and lower personal-income tax rates, Mr. Hui figures his take-home pay will be roughly double what it would have been had he remained in Canada. Plus, Microsoft offered a signing bonus, a relocation allowance, benefits and stock options.

"Nick Cercone, chairman of the University of Waterloo's computer-science department, estimates as many as 200 of the department's alumni -- almost an entire year's graduating class -- are working at Microsoft. On a recent visit, Mr. Cercone bumped into a current University of Waterloo student who was at Microsoft for a job interview, had dinner with a former professor who had joined the company's ranks and was a guest of a former student who took Mr. Cercone on a tour of Lake Washington on his 30-foot boat. 'I thought, `Gee, I couldn't afford a boat like this, and I've been working for 22 years",' Mr. Cercone said."

The nominating committee reports

A progress report from the presidential nominating committee, published in today's Gazette, makes clear that the task starts with a lot of listening. The committee "has been committed to undertaking a broad and full consultation to identify the key issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the institution and the critical qualities of the individual who might best lead UW in dealing with these matters", the report says.

It goes on to list some of the dozens of people with whom the committee has consulted or soon will meet -- from the deans to the leaders of faculty, student and staff groups and "selected alumni", as well as "selected local and provincial business leaders".

"As well," the notice says, "the Committee has solicited written comment" from dozens of other people, both on campus and off (in school boards, major universities, government, and "local high-tech industry".

"In addition, a general invitation for comment was issued to faculty, staff, students and alumni."

Says the notice: "The Presidential Nominating Committee invites any group wishing to make a brief presentation to a sub-group of the Committee re presidential criteria and issues/challenges and opportunities facing the institution to do so. Arrangements can be made by contacting Lois Claxton, Secretary of the University, ext. 4012 or e-mail lclaxton@secretariat.uwaterloo.ca. Presentations will be heard up to and including May 29, 1998.

"On the basis of the information generated by this broad consultative process, the Committee will prepare a position profile describing the critical qualities of the individual who might best lead UW and deal with the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the institution."

It notes that the president's job has been advertised in local, national and international newspapers.

Nominations and applications can be made to Dr. Val O'Donovan, Chancellor and Chair, Presidential Nominating Committee, c/o Lois Claxton, Secretary of the University, Needles Hall, Room 3060 or Mr. Jim Lundy, the Landmark Consulting Group, 70 University Avenue, P.O. Box 14, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2M4 (fax 416/598-4328). Documentation should include a curriculum vitae and a brief statement of the qualifications and specific achievements on the basis of which the individual merits consideration for the presidency. Nominations, applications and expressions of interest will be treated in strict confidence and are to be submitted on or before June 30, 1998.

Local volunteers are wanted

Here's the weekly list of opportunities from the local Volunteer Action Centre: For more information, the VAC can be reached at 742-8610.

Staff member mourned, and other news

Olivia Ting, a long-time staff member in UW's library, died May 9 -- "after a long and brave struggle with cancer", a colleague tells me. Ting joined the UW staff in 1975, originally in the kinesiology department, but soon transferred to the library, first in the reference department and later in the Davis Centre interlibrary loans and document delivery unit. She had been on disability leave for some time. "We will miss her," her co-worker says. Funeral plans have not been announced.

The Employee Assistance Program will hold two brown bag lunch seminars in May -- the first of them today -- and one in June. Today's session is on financial planning, with speaker Kevin Smith, a local financial consultant. On May 20, the session is on effective communication, and the speaker is psychologist Allan Goebel. On June 17, Judith Van Evra of St. Jerome's University will speak on "the impact of television on children". All three sessions will be held at 12 noon in Math and Computer room 4045. Registration for the two future sessions is suggested -- drop a note to Johan Reis in health services -- and I'm told that there are a few seats available for last-minute arrivals at today's session.

Students of Carousel Dance Centre in East Campus Hall will put their best feet forward at the annual recital tonight and tomorrow night in the Humanities Theatre. Some 200 students, ages five to early twenties, from both the university and the larger community, will perform in two sections each night -- "Cinderella", featuring ballet, and "From Sea to Sea", showcasing modern and jazz dance with a Canadian theme. Performances, starting at 7 p.m., are open to the public. Tickets are available from the Humanities box office for $12 (adults) and $9 (children, students and seniors).

A meeting has been set for tomorrow to discuss the use of the multi-faith prayer room in the Student Life Centre. "If your group is interested in using the prayer room, please attend," says Nancy O'Neil in the SLC office. The meeting starts at 11:30 tomorrow in SLC room 2134.

There's one session tomorrow in the career development seminar series, but it's got a title long enough for two: "The Work Finding Package: Job/Work Search + Networking + Employer Research". And it runs double the usual length -- two hours. It takes place Thursday at 1:30 in Needles Hall room 1020.

Registration has moved back to the registrar's office, and I'm advised that the registrar's office has returned to normal opening hours, after a week of being open early and late for beginning-of-term paperwork. The doors will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.


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