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Wednesday, April 21, 1999

  • What's new in the budget
  • Graphics Express moves to library
  • Staff positions available this week
  • And the rest of the news

What's new in the budget

New spending for the "Access to Opportunities" enrolment expansion is a big feature of UW's 1999-2000 budget, which was approved by the university senate on Monday night. The budget, which goes to the board of governors for final approval in June, calls for spending of slightly under $200 million in the coming year, with a deficit that officials hope to make up once fall enrolment is known.

Some background information on changes in this year's budget, presented to the senate by UW provost Jim Kalbfleisch:

"The ATOP expansion in CS and E&CE is funded by the special ATOP grant [$3,052,000] as well as tuition fees paid by the extra students. The expansion will not be complete until 2003-04, when co-op students admitted in Fall 1999 reach their final year. In 1999-2000, ATOP funding will support ten new faculty appointments in Architecture, Biology, Economics, English, Physics, and Speech Communication, as well as significant expansions in Mathematics and Engineering. About 30% of the ATOP funding has been reserved for central costs (pension and benefits, staff in academic support departments, classroom renovations, etc.).

"The ATOP expansion will also receive government one-time start-up funds of up to $9.6 million for space renovation and construction, equipment, hiring costs, start-up grants, etc. [This one-time "trust" money is not part of the annual operating budget.] . . .

"Since the new Financial and HR/Payroll systems are now in place, most of the Special Project fund will support implementation of the new Student Information System. We estimate that expenditures of $2 million will be required in each of the next two years.

"Because of rapid increases in co-op enrolments, the Department of Co-operative Education and Career Services must expand, and $400K is budgeted for the first phase in 1999-2000. A new Teaching and Learning Centre will be established to provide better support for the use of technology in teaching."

Graphics Express moves to library

The "Graphics Express" sign at South Campus Hall will be going down soon, as UW's graphics department moves its flagship copy centre from SCH to the Dana Porter Library. Graphics Express, which opened in SCH in December 1994, will take the place of the existing copy centre in room 218 of the library.

There's just no room in SCH for the general-purpose copy work done by Graphics Express, because its companion service, Courseware Solutions, has been so successful, says the marketing manager for the graphics department, Colette Nevin. "Courseware Solutions has outgrown its existing space."

So equipment such as the big Canon CLC800 colour copier will be moved across campus early next week. Graphics Express in its new Dana Porter location will be open for business on Monday, May 3, Nevin says. (While the move is going on, colour copying is available at the main graphics outlet in the General Services Complex, and at the environmental studies copy centre in Env Studies II.)

"All cash copy centre work will move to Dana Porter," says Nevin. In addition, Graphics Express will offer such services as laminating, Cerlox binding, fax and "novelty items". The shop will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The graphics space back in South Campus Hall "will be devoted mainly to Courseware," she says -- including consultation with faculty, preparation of course notes packages, and sales of notes and solutions. Staff at the Courseware outlet "will still take in general photocopying (black) and binding orders for departmental work on a requisition only," she adds, but there will be no cash sales of copy work. Courseware Solutions will be open 8:30 to 5:00 Monday to Friday, with extended hours at the beginning of term when course notes are in heavy demand.

Staff positions available this week

It's a Wednesday, and there's no Gazette issue, so behold, the weekly Positions Available list from the human resources department, with much abbreviated descriptions: The full Positions Available list is posted on the Web, and more information is available from human resources at ext. 2524.

And the rest of the news

A busload of folks from the UW retirees' association is off to Niagara-on-the-Lake today. The tour group will be having lunch at the Ristorante Giardino, then seeing "You Can't Take It with You" at the Shaw Festival Theatre. It's the UWRA's third spring trip, and more activities are pending, a newsletter says. "While winter theatre trips and trips to Stratford have not been popular, we are thinking about a wine tour in the Fall."

The monthly draw for a $1,000 prize in the Dollars for Scholars raffle will be held at noon today.

The joint health and safety committee will meet at 12:30 in Needles Hall room 3001. Agenda items include smoking areas, the monthly lists of injuries and fire calls, building inspections, and (always) the rules about inline skates.

The "Preparing for University" non-credit course offered by the mature student services office gets started tonight, and runs Wednesday evenings until the end of May. Last-minute information should be available at ext. 2429.

Tomorrow is Earth Day, and Patti Cook, UW's waste management coordinator, is keen to see people do something special: "After winter there is lots of garbage around. So why not take a grocery bag with you on a walk and pick up some garbage? Or go to a park and pick up some garbage. Or pick up some of the garbage on campus! Ride your bike to work this week. . . ."

A note on spring term tuition fee payments: yes, the deadline date for undergraduate students to pay their fees is this coming Monday, April 26. However, graduate students have a little longer, until Friday, April 30, says Lynn Judge, director of graduate studies services. She says the April 30 date was originally announced and it didn't seem wise to change it, but starting this fall, "the new (earlier) late fee penalty dates will apply," as they already do for undergrads.

The funeral service was held Monday for Paul Lajeunesse, a UW custodian since 1988, who died Thursday, April 15. Lajeunesse had been away on long-term disability for some time.

Radcliffe College will merge with Harvard University, it was announced yesterday, in an agreement that will "establish the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study as an integral part of Harvard". Established as the "Harvard Annex" to give women something like a Harvard education without actually being admitted to that august institution, Radcliffe College was chartered in 1894 and has sat uneasily on the northern edge of the campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. But college and university have been growing closer together, and women are now admitted to Harvard exactly as men are. Yesterday's announcement settles the question, under discussion for a generation, of what Radcliffe's future will be.


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