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Thursday, January 21, 1999

  • New UW president arrives June 1
  • Feds' candidates nominated
  • Summer term courses announced
  • As the meltdown continues
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New UW president arrives June 1

UW president James Downey will step down from office on June 1, to be replaced by fifth president and vice-chancellor, David Johnston. Johnston, a professor of law and former principal at McGill University in Montreal, will be officially installed at the June 16 spring convocation.

Downey, who remains a member of the English department faculty, will begin a one-year sabbatical.

Convocation has traditionally been held late in May; it's shifting to mid-June as a side effect of the new admissions process in Ontario universities that will see some heavy paperwork being done in mid-May for processing would-be first-year students. The 1999 target day for UW to send out offers of admission, residence rooms and scholarships will be May 18.

Here's the schedule for spring convocation 1999:

Feds' candidates nominated

Candidates for the Federation of Students executive elections on February 9 and 10 are:

Anyone interested in working as poll clerk is invited to fill out an application in the Feds office, Student Life Centre 1102.

Students will have an opportunity to meet the candidates at a series of forums beginning tomorrow at noon in the foyer of Carl Pollock Hall. Others scheduled so far include: February 1, noon, at Math and Computer comfy lounge; February 2, noon, in the Student Life Centre great hall; and February 3, noon, also in the great hall with current Feds executives questioning the candidates. Both the February 2 and 3 sessions will be followed by forums to discuss the two referendum questions being included with the election ballot.

The first question proposes a fee which would be used to make capital improvements to the Bombshelter pub; the second asks for approval of a fee to establish a capital improvements fund for Federation businesses. Improvements to the Bombshelter would mean a $4.25 increase to the Feds fee paid by undergraduate students for three terms, beginning this spring. The capital improvement fee would result in a $2.00 increase to the fee, indexed to inflation.

Heading the YES campaign committees for both questions is Cary Parker. Two members of the Feds students council will chair the NO committees, Milton Chan for capital improvements and Doug Suerich for the Bombshelter renovations.

Summer term courses announced

It may not be easy to think warm thoughts amid the snow drifts of January, but for students who plan ahead, five summer session courses are scheduled this year by UW colleges.

The first, July 2 to 9, at Conrad Grebel College, is Creative Conflict Resolution in the School (PACS 314). The half-credit course will deal with applying the principles of mediation, negotiation and anger management in school administration, curriculum, school discipline, classroom management and school counselling. Constance Edwards, the instructor, works with schools, school boards and teachers' federations across Canada.

Renison College will offer three social work courses: (1) Child Maltreatment: Identification and Prevention, Socwk 355R, July 5 to 9 (half credit); (2) Family Violence, Socwk 357R, July 12 to16 (half credit), and (3) Advanced Seminar in Family Violence, Socwk 390A/B, July 5 to 16 (full credit). All require pre-requisites; students must pre-register through the college.

The Institute for Studies in Theological Renewal, based at St. Jerome's University, is offering a full-credit course, Spirit in Motion: Secular and Religious Spiritualities Today, July 5 to 23. The course will explore changes in spirituality in modern society. Topics will include the impact of eastern religions, new cults and sects, healing, ecological spirituality, women and spirituality, and the spiritual practices of aboriginal peoples on traditional concepts of spirituality.

As the meltdown continues...

Co-op job posting #4 goes up by noon today, and expires at 8 p.m. Friday. Career development seminars (Co-op 101) for new co-op students will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today in Hagey Hall room 159. Topics are work report writing, and interview skills: an overview. The Work Finding Package, including job/work search, networking, and employer research is offered from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Needles Hall room 1020. Students are encouraged to stay from 3:30 to 4 p.m. for a tour of career resource centre and library resources.

And the winner of the Dollars for Scholars grand prize draw of $2,500 is (insert drum roll) French professor Pat Aplevich. UW president James Downey drew the lucky ticket Wednesday for the first winner of 1999. Ticket holders have ten more chances to win monthly draws of $1,000. The raffle will raise over $4,000 this year for both graduate and undergraduate awards. A total of 335 tickets were sold, up from 287 a year ago.

Gifford Shearer, a department of chemical engineering graduate student and winner of the UW best publication prize in 1997, will speak today at 3:30 p.m. on Hydrosilylation of Polyolefins. The talk will be held in Doug Wright Engineering room 2517.

Nonlinear Schrodinger equation and the phenomenon of self-focusing is the subject of a lecture today by University of Toronto math professor Catherine Sulem at 3:30 p.m. in Math and Computer room 5158 . The talk is co-sponsored by the women in mathematics committee and the departments of pure mathematics and applied mathematics.

Information on laser vision correction will be the focus of a seminar -- "See TLC Waterloo" -- tonight at 7 p.m. at the UW school of optometry.

The Himalayas, featuring Craig Cardiff, and Root, a folk/funk group of Conrad Grebel students, play a benefit concert tonight at the Bombshelter. Proceeds go to Anselma House, a local shelter for abused women.

Barbara Elve

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