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Tuesday, April 13, 1999
'Partnering for 2000'Communitech and UW are hosting a workshop this morning on the opportunities provided by the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund. It starts with breakfast in Federation Hall, from 7:30 to 9:30, for people from local high-tech companies. Then at 9:45 comes a general meeting with UW and area researchers, and then a "Meet the Media" session starting at 11:10 a.m. Among the officials taking part will be Cal Stiller, chair of the ORDCF board of directors, and Ken Knox, deputy minister of the Ontario ministry of energy, science and technology. The fund is providing $500 million over 10 years to support research partnerships between universities and colleges and Ontario businesses and industries. In the first group of awards, UW will receive funding for five projects worth $36 million and having 14 companies as partners.
And I see that the multi-million-dollar Bell Emergis project, previously announced in October, February, May and December, was announced again, with the Ontario government pitching in to the tune of $19.5 million. In fact the funds just keep flowing in -- for research, at least, if not for university operations in general: $220,000 from Ottawa for "residential energy efficiency", $10.3 million for the Nortel Networks Institute for Advanced Information Technology, $5 million for six "infrastructure projects" from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and $2.5 million from local business leader Lyle Hallman for a new institute and professorship "aimed at improving the health and lives of Canadians, as well as curbing future health-care costs".
C. Redmond (may not be exactly as pictured)
I also want to thank many Bulletin readers for their cheerful messages, wise advice, prayers, cards and good will during my surgery and recuperation. How am I doing now? Much better than I was, thank you, and a little stronger almost every day.
Now, back to the question of how UW is doing, in these weeks as we await the June 1 arrival of a new president, David Johnston. (I get the feeling that everybody on campus thinks he, she or it knows what Johnston's agenda will be, and is counting on being part of it.)
UW faces a deadline this Thursday -- it must tell the Ontario government how it plans to match the $9.6 million in one-time funding that the province is offering to help prepare for additional students in computer science and electrical and computer engineering. The matching funds are to come from industry, in forms as varied as computer equipment, co-op placements, scholarships (see the Nortel Networks Institute, above), and hard cash.
In addition, there's extra per-student funding from the province each year to pay for teaching the larger crowds. Starting this fall, first-year CS enrolment at UW will be 600, up from the original target of 435. First-year E&CE enrolment will be 355, up from 255.
Waterloo is reporting a boom in applications for admission this year, and ATOP means that UW will be able to accommodate some of those extra applicants. But the number of first-year students this fall may be no more, in total, than the number in September 1998, when an unexpectedly large number of admitted applicants said yes, and Waterloo ended up with 106 per cent of its target first-year enrolment.
Planning continues on other fronts too, including the hiring of new teachers and, shortly, construction work on some new classrooms.
Enrolment growth thanks to ATOP may be a foretaste of the future, as universities, including UW, start to plan for the real boom in 2003. "The provincial government seems to have discovered the double cohort," one keen observer told me last week. The "double cohort" is the crowd of students, now in grades 8 and 9, who will all be eyeing university at the same time four springs from now, thanks to a high school curriculum overhaul. The Council of Ontario Universities has just issued a major study of the demands that the double cohort, as well as other developments, will place on campuses over the next decade.
Back at the ranch, provost Jim Kalbfleisch still has a $2 million deficit in the 1999-2000 budget he'll be submitting to the UW senate for approval on Monday night. "Enrolment is especially uncertain this year," he points out, not just because of ATOP but because applications are being handled in a new way with various deadlines at various Ontario universities. The result: UW's income level won't be definite until the fall, and he won't finish balancing the budget until then.
A router -- the machine that tells UW computers how to find the world, and receives incoming e-mail and other Internet traffic -- failed in early afternoon, IST says. By 1:30 p.m. the University of Toronto was reporting that it couldn't reach Waterloo. For the rest of that day, traffic that was interrupted ranged from e-mail to the Web. And the Tri-Universities Group of libraries was split in half: the Trellis database at UW wasn't accessible from Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier, while the journal indexes at Guelph couldn't be reached from UW.
"The router was replaced and back in operation by approximately 23:00 Saturday," said a memo early Sunday from Doug Payne of IST. And yesterday morning Roger Watt, director of systems for IST, said that IST will "post a follow-up as soon as we've had a chance to do a post-mortem analysis."
Water will be shut off on the first floor of South Campus Hall this morning, from 8 to 11 a.m., as plumbing work is done for the new coffee shop that will replace the now-defunct Double U's.
A kiddie show, "Much More Munsch", is scheduled for the Humanities Theatre today and again tomorrow, with performances at 10:00, 11:45 and 1:30. Watch for endless rows of yellow buses on the ring road.
The Graduate Student Association is looking for help: "graduate students with bar or kitchen experience to work on a part-time basis at the Grad House. Applications will be available at the Grad House." More information: Rose Vogt, ext. 6015.
Take a look at your supermarket checkout this week: People magazine has discovered the problem of eating disorders on campus, and offers a cover story with horrors from "a large northeastern university" and comments from an eating disorders treatment program at Dartmouth College.
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