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Tuesday, March 2, 1999
- Retired students study for pleasure
- Faculty senators acclaimed
- Feds reopen council nominations
- On the Jewish holiday of Purim
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Retired students study for pleasure
It's every student's fantasy -- a course with no essays, no homework and no exams.
Of course, there's no credit either, but students in the Elderhostel program don't care about credentials. They're mostly retired people who study for the sheer joy of learning.
This summer, Conrad Grebel College will once again offer a selection of Elderhostel courses, designed to meet the educational needs of older adults and open to participants from across North America. A series of one-week programs will be run in both June and in August. In addition, a travel course to Vienna is timed to coincide with the Vienna Spring Music Festival.
The Music and Culture of Vienna 1999 is the title of a study tour which will be conducted by Wilbur Maust from April 28 to May 13, and again from May 17 to June 1. Participants will stay in a four-star guest house in the heart of Vienna, and sample a series of concerts, operas and ballets, and tour the city's significant historical sites. The fee is approximately $4,500.
From May 30 to June 5, the following Elderhostel courses will be offered:
On the agenda for the week of August 8 to 14 are these courses:
- Human Rights, Civil Society and Peace in our World: Promise or Hoax? -- Instructor Lowell Ewart will lead the class in an exploration of the basic principles of human rights, and how abuse of those rights can lead to war, famine and poverty.
- The Church's Response to Violence -- The contemporary debate between those who hold to a "just war" position and those who defend a form of pacifism, as well as the historical context of that debate will be examined in this course by instructor A. James Reimer.
- Music Around the World: How to Listen -- A multimedia presentation of "representative ethnic musics" by instructor Terry Kroetsch, will be "accompanied by a logical approach to listening, understanding and appreciating."
Accommodation will be provided at Conrad Grebel for those who wish to participate as resident students (with a program fee of $460). For day students, the fee of $250 includes instruction in all three courses, lunches, dinners and snacks from Monday to Friday, a graduation banquet and extracurricular activities.
- Celtic Spirituality -- Instructor Tom Power will take the class on an exploration of the "rich heritage of the Celtic experience of the spiritual" through poetry, monastic literature, music and art.
- Mennonites in Ontario: A Quilt of Many Pieces -- A study of this diverse ethno-religious group, united by a common belief system will be the subject of instructor Marlene Epp's course. It will include an examination of the history, beliefs and cultural traditions which have evolved in Southwestern Ontario.
- Taoist T'ai Chi -- Participants are instructed to "bring comfortable clothes and running shoes and discover an alternative form of exercise" in this study of an ancient Chinese discipline designed to "promote balance, relaxation, flexibility and good health." The class will be led by Fred Johnson.
To register as a resident student, phone the Elderhostel office at (877) 426-8056; as a day student, contact Cheri Otterbein at Conrad Grebel, 885-0220 ext. 297.
Faculty senators acclaimed
Faculty senate seats with terms running from May 1 to April 30, 2002, have been filled largely by acclamation. Nominations for the positions closed last week. Following are the results:
No nominations were received for the two graduate student seats which run from May 1 to April 30, 2001. Unless the chief returning officer receives a petition requesting a by-election, those seats will remain vacant until the next annual election.
- Faculty-at-Large -- Acclamations: James Brox (economics), Gisela Brude-Firnau (Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures), Peter Roe (systems design engineering), Jerry Lawless (statistics and actuarial science), Frank Tompa (computer science). Two unfilled seats will remain vacant until the next annual election unless a petition requesting a by-election is sent to the chief returning officer.
- Faculty Representatives -- Acclamations: Ian Williams (kinesiology), Peter Woolstencroft (political science), John McPhee (systems design engineering), Larry Martin (urban and regional planning), Fahiem Bacchus (computer science), George Dixon (biology).
- Faculty Representatives from the Federated and Affiliated Church Colleges -- Acclamations: Judith Miller (English), Renison College; Christopher Burris (psychology), St. Jerome's University.
The results of the recent election of an engineering undergraduate representative to senate were declared void, and nominations will reopen on Wednesday, March 3. Nomination forms are available from the secretariat. They must be returned to the chief returning officer, university secretariat, in Needles Hall room 3060, by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16. Ryan Chen-Wing currently occupies the seat, and cannot run for re-election since he is completing his second consecutive term on senate.
Feds reopen council nominations
Nominations have reopened to fill vacant seats on the Federation of Students council. Forms are available in the Feds office in the Student Life Centre, and must be returned by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 5.
Seats yet to be filled for the term which runs from May 1, 1999 to April 30, 2000, are (one each) engineering (Winter '99 stream), AHS co-op, math regular, ES co-op, IS, Renison, St. Jerome's, optometry, and science co-op.
The need to re-open or extend nominations for the council seats is not unusual, says Feds chief returning officer Avvey Peters. "All the excitement centres around the executive elections," she explains, to the detriment of the council positions. Any questions can be directed to Peters at ext. 6781.
On the Jewish holiday of Purim
In co-op today, a Career Research workshop, including sections on self-assessment, occupational research, information interviews and career decision making, will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Needles Hall room 1020. Ranking forms are available after 10 a.m., and are due back by 4 p.m. Co-ordinator consultation ends at 4 p.m.
Already, the end is in sight, with preliminary examination schedules posted outside the registrar's office, at faculty undergrad offices and at the mature student services office. Finals will run from April 9 to 23.
As part of the St. Bede lecture series tonight at 7:30, Renison College religious studies professor Darrol Bryant will review Mansions of the Spirit: The Gospel in a Multi-Faith World by Bishop Michael Ingham. The talk takes place in St. Bede's Chapel at Renison.
Lihua Wang, 35, charged with aggravated assault following the January 15 stabbing at UW, appeared in court last week after a 30-day evaluation at Whitby Mental Health Centre. She was remanded in custody for another court appearance on March 24.
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