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Friday, May 22, 1998

  • Co-op computer system revived
  • A 'day' for grade 8 girls
  • Local volunteers are wanted
  • Women in math, and more
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Co-op computer system revived

That campus-wide whoosh you heard just after noontime yesterday was the sigh of relief when experts in the information systems and technology department loaded the job database into Access, the co-op computer system, one more time, and this time it worked. The system had been down since Friday night, annoying and inconveniencing the thousands of students who are looking over listings for fall term jobs and signing up for June interviews.

A total of 2,169 students are taking part in the interview process, the co-op department says, out of 3,011 students scheduled to be on a work term in the fall. (The other 900 students will be returning to previous jobs, or finding employment in other ways.) Employer interviews for the fall will begin June 1.

Meanwhile, work is continuing for a whole new computer system for the co-op job process. UW people and staff from Academic Software, the firm that's providing the basic software, have a big meeting next week to review "screen the next week to review the screen designs and flow, the development of the scheduling system and preparation for the testing phase", says Rick Roach in the co-op and career services department.

He describes what's on the way: "Generally speaking, students will use the Web to post their resume, search jobs, apply to jobs, view their job applications and interviews, rank jobs and view the co-op history. Employers can do everything they do now but will have the ability to use the Web to post jobs, search applications, view resumes, select interview candidates, rank and view hiring history."

The system will also deal with all the administrative and data processing that takes place in CECS, such as working out interview schedules and cranking out reports. "Information will be stored with each placement record allowing students and employers to enter evaluations of the work term," Roach adds.

A 'day' for grade 8 girls

Workshops on topics from concrete to police work and dental hygiene are offered as part of "A Day with a Difference", an event for girls in grade 8 being held at UW tomorrow. It's based in the faculty of engineering, as one of many women in engineering activities, some of them aimed at interesting young women in careers they might not have considered.

"A Day with a Difference" is usually a fall event, but the 1997 one was postponed because of the Ontario teachers' strike, says its chief organizer, former engineering dean Bill Lennox. More than 300 girls are expected to attend.

They'll meet in the Engineering Lecture Hall and start the day with a keynote talk by Olympic gymnast Yvonne Toussek. Then they head out for four workshops chosen from about 20 that will each be offered several times. Some are led by people from UW -- Bill Bear of engineering computing talks about computer graphics, optometry students tell what they do -- and some present outside professionals, including a physician, a massage therapist, a pilot from Canadian Forces Base Trenton, and three electronics professionals.

The event is co-sponsored by the Waterloo Region District School Board and the Waterloo County Women Teachers' Association.

Local volunteers are wanted

The local Volunteer Action Centre never runs out of things people can do to help make the world a better place. Some examples this week: For more information, the VAC can be reached at 742-8610.

Women in math, and more

A Celebration of Women in Mathematical, Statistical and Computer Sciences takes place in the Davis Centre today and tomorrow. About 100 women mathematical scientists from across Canada, representing academics, industry and government, are expected to participate in this conference. The big event of the conference will be a public lecture given by Maria Klawe of the University of British Columbia. The lecture will be held in the Theatre of the Arts starting at 2:00 Saturday afternoon, and followed by a dessert party that's sponsored by Waterloo Maple. Admission to the lecture is free but tickets must be obtained in advance from the Humanities box office, ext. 4908.

Roger Downer, a long-time biology professor at UW and vice-president (university relations) from 1989 to 1996, has been named the next president of the University of Limerick, Ireland. Since taking early retirement from UW, Downer has headed the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand.

About two dozen people are at the Ron Eydt Village conference centre today and tomorrow for a meeting of the National Orientation Directors Association, hosted by the Federation of Students.

The teaching resource office presents a brown-bag workshop on "Assessing Your Students: Issues of Fairness", at 12 noon today in Math and Computer room 5158. It's aimed chiefly at teaching assistants.

Wilfrid Laurier University is running a big furniture sale today (for WLU people only) and tomorrow (for everybody), selling off more than 1,000 appliances and other items from the apartment building at 50 University Place that it recently purchased. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the University Stadium gymnasium on Seagram Drive.

The career development seminar series continues on Monday with two events: "Gain the Competitive Edge, Know the Employer" at 12:30 and "Interview Skills, Preparing for Questions" at 2:30. Both events take place in Needles Hall room 1020.

Pauline O'Neill, who was in charge of research grants and international programs in UW's office of research, has left Waterloo -- headed for the west coast, I'm told. "We have decided to split her portfolio," says the vice-president (university research), Carolyn Hansson. "Liz Vinnicombe will take over responsibility for the research grants, and I am in the process of trying to define a job description to fit the profile of the Director of International Programs as per the Fifth Decade Report."

The board of governors at the University of Western Ontario approved 1998 fee increases last night. In most undergraduate fields of study, the hike is the standard 10 per cent, but there are some striking exceptions. For example, fees will go up 20 per cent in engineering; 5 per cent in law; 106 per cent in medicine; 58 per cent in dentistry. Western officials say they intend to bring in a guaranteed loan program, in cooperation with the Bank of Nova Scotia, which will make sure no student is kept out of university because of cost.

CAR


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