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Monday, September 28, 1998

  • Policy changes are proposed
  • The new Dollars for Scholars
  • Math contest, programming contest
  • Other news and events
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Policy changes are proposed

Proposed changes to two UW policies affecting staff -- Policy 36 on grievances and Policy 18 on staff hiring, promotion, discipline, and termination -- have been placed "on view" by the staff relations committee, and comments are invited.

The proposed new Policy 36 and proposed revisions to Policy 18 are posted on the Web; paper copies are available from the university secretariat (phone ext. 2749).

Says a memo from Charlene Schumm, president of the staff association and this year's chair of the staff relations committee:

Consistent with established practice, the Staff Relations Committee is soliciting feedback from all staff members. . . . If you would like to submit comments for the Committee's consideration, please direct them to Dianne Scheifele, Secretary of the Committee, Secretariat, Needles Hall, or by e-mail: dscheif@secretariat, by Wednesday, October 14, 1998.

Background and highlights of the changes follow:

Policy 36: The research conducted by the UWSA Task Force on staff grievances was used by the Staff Relations Subcommittee charged with reviewing the Staff Grievances Policy as a basis on which to generate revisions. Generally, the Policy now includes strengthened procedures for informal resolution to avoid the formal hearings, where possible, and to ensure the availability of information to staff so that they can more readily understand the process. Key to the process is a description of a staff member's rights in pursuing a resolution to a grievance; also, time lines have been added to emphasize the desire to resolve conflicts quickly.

Policy 18, Sections II.A, II.D and IV.B: In order to provide for a more timely and effective recruitment process, the Staff Relations Committee is proposing that internal candidates be subject to a 15 working day time frame for purposes of applying for a job vacancy as an internal applicant. Internal applicants who apply after the 15 working day limitation would compete on an equal basis with external applicants. Section IV.B has been revised to include this new internal applicant time line, and sections II.A and II.D have been revised to reflect the foregoing.

The new Dollars for Scholars

Tickets will go on sale October 1 for the second "Dollars for Scholars" raffle, which offers $15,000 in prizes over the coming year. Like the first raffle, which winds up with the October draw for $1,000, the new Dollars for Scholars is a fund-raiser for UW scholarship funds. It's sponsored by the senate committee on scholarships and student aid, and managed by the development office.

Ticket sales will end January 15. There will be twelve draws, starting with an "early bird" on December 16, worth $2,500. The January prize is another $2,500, and then it's $1,000 each month through November.

Just 1,200 tickets are available, at $60 a ticket. (Do the mathematics: the raffle should raise some $57,000 for scholarships.) "UW faces a real challenge in the competition for top academic performers," says Ian Williams, chair of the scholarships committee, "and I am convinced that scholarships play a vital role in attracting the best students to Waterloo. The need for additional scholarship funds is critical. Please join me in supporting Dollars for Scholars."

Ticket order forms have been sent across campus and can be returned with payment (cheque or credit card) to Meredith McGinnis in the development office. It's even possible to pay in installments. More information: ext. 2562.

Math contest, programming contest

Tonight's the night to get started on the road to fame -- either through the William Lowell Putnam mathematics contest or through the Association for Computing Machinery programming contest.

The Putnam: This mathematical contest is written annually on the first Saturday in December, and last year attracted 2,510 students from 419 campuses in the United States and Canada. UW's team earned an honourable mention (and in 1996 the Waterloo team placed eighth).

A kick-off session to organize registration and coaching for the Putnam will be held at 7:00 tonight in Math and Computer room 5158, says the UW coach, Christopher Small of the statistics and actuarial science department. He can provide more information (e-mail cgsmall@uwaterloo.ca, phone ext. 5541).

The ACM: A contest involving UW, Toronto and Ryerson will be held in October, followed by the East Central Regional contest, which UW will host this year November 13-14. Two or three teams will go on from that event to the international championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands, in April.

UW's team placed third in the world and first in North America last spring. "Only one of our team of three North American champions is still eligible," says coach Gordon Cormack, of the computer science department, so newcomers are much wanted.

An information session will be held at 4:30 today in Math and Computer room 4063. For more information, Cormack can be reached at ext. 4450, e-mail cormack@uwaterloo.ca.

Other news and events

Some sports scores

Waterloo 54, York 3
Field hockey
Waterloo 4, McGill 0
Waterloo 2, Queen's 0
Waterloo 5, Trent 1
Women's rugby
Waterloo 10, McMaster 10
Men's soccer
Western 3, Waterloo 2
Women's soccer
Western 2, Waterloo 0
Source: Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Association
Drew Knight starts work today as director, international programs in the UW office of research. He'll report to the vice-president (university research) and work "in collaboration" with the associate vice-president (academic), in an area that's due for new emphasis at UW as recommended in the Fifth Decade Report last year. Since 1981, Knight has been working in the faculty of environmental studies, most recently as administrative director of research and international development. His new office will be in Needles Hall room 3011, phone ext. 2288.

The computer system for the libraries of UW, the University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University, Trellis, is having an official launch today: reception at 3:30, "remarks" at 4:15, at McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph.

"A blockbuster lineup" is promised for the annual career fair tomorrow, sponsored by UW, Wilfrid Laurier University, Conestoga College and the University of Guelph. It'll be held at Bingeman Conference Centre on Victoria Street in Kitchener, and is, organizers say, "obviously the place to be for co-op students, regular students, and alumni from all programs". The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow; shuttle buses will run from UW's Student Life Centre. "Employer participation has already reached its maximum capacity of 217," a memo says.

Doug Wright
Big event on Thursday: the official renaming of Engineering I, UW's oldest academic building, to be the Douglas Wright Engineering Building in honour of UW's first dean of engineering and third president. Ceremonies will begin at 2:00 in the building lobby facing the Graduate House, and will include remarks by Wright and the unveiling of a plaque, a portrait, and the new official building sign.

Starting this Thursday: a career planning workshop sponsored by the counselling services department. "This comprehensive career planning program," organizers say, "is designed for those who have not yet significantly explored their career options and developed a personal career goal. Participants will explore their personal interests, skills, and values and work towards developing a comprehensive career plan. This 4 week workshop will include interpretations of the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a comprehensive career planning workbook, as well as instruction, group exercises and discussion." It runs in four sessions, starting at 7:00 Thursday. There's a $20 fee for materials. Register at counselling services, Needles Hall room 2080, phone ext. 2655.


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