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Thursday, March 18, 1999

  • GSA executive acclaimed
  • UW grad wins accounting honour
  • Music prof heads back to Africa
  • Air Liquide a partner, too
  • And more around campus
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GSA executive acclaimed

A new slate of officers has been acclaimed to lead the Graduate Student Association for the next year. Taking office in April will be president, Jason McLean (optometry); vice-president operations, Dan Piche (applied math); vice-president student affairs, Stephanie Faint (pure math); and corporate secretary, Tim Lahey (systems design engineering).

Acclaimed to the GSA board of directors are Holly Crompton (English), Bill Bishop (electrical and computer engineering), Lori Vallis (kinesiology), David Kribs (pure math), and Duane Cronin (mechanical engineering). A sixth director's position remains vacant and may be filled by the members at the GSA annual general meeting on March 31.

UW grad wins accounting honour

A UW accounting graduate has placed first among 63,000 candidates taking the latest Uniform Certified Public Accountants examination in the United States.

Cindy Veinot, a senior manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP, is the gold medal winner of the prestigious Elijah Watt Sells Award for the November 1998 examination. She became the first Canadian to win the award established in 1923 by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

"When I received my grades, I was tremendously relieved that I had passed," Veinot said. "Hearing that I had won the gold medal was an incredible bonus."

A dean's honour list graduate from UW in 1991, Veinot received a UW alumni gold medal for academic performance in the faculty of arts after completing her bachelor of arts in accounting. Veinot subsequently completed a master's degree in accounting, also at UW.

In January 1998, Veinot began a 30-month secondment from the Deloitte & Touche Toronto office to the national office of the U.S. firm in Wilton, Conn. She works in accounting research and specializes in issues related to the hi-tech industry. Her employment with Deloitte & Touche began in 1989 as a UW co-operative education student.

Music prof heads back to Africa

Carol Ann Weaver, associate professor of music at Conrad Grebel College, has been appointed visiting professor of music at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa, for 1999-2000. This will coincide with Weaver's sabbatical. She spent her last sabbatical studying African music in Kenya.

Both a composer and a pianist, Weaver has a particular interest in fusions of different styles of music. Her works range from choral/orchestral to chamber, electroacoustic and vocal, with many works being dramatic, programmatic or dance related. Her music has been performed throughout North America, and has been heard on the CBC throughout Canada.

Weaver will be focusing on women's involvement in traditional and popular music in South Africa as well as studying mbaqanga music. Many people will recognize the mbaqanga rhythms from Paul Simon's Graceland CD.

Why is African music such a passion of hers? "I've been drawn to the sounds and rhythms of Africa since I don't know when," says Weaver. "The attraction of South African music has grown out of the struggle they've endured." Much of her research involves exploring the intertwining of music and culture. Weaver will be reporting on her research through the South African Journal of Musicology and MUSICWORKS, a Toronto-based periodical that specializes in new and unusual music.

Air Liquide a partner, too

Announced earlier this week as part of a research funding package at UW, a total of $1.7 million from the province, UW and corporate sponsors will go toward research into high speed automated welding. Welding partners include Alcan International, Babcock & Wilcox Industries, Centreline, John Deere, Magna International,Ventra Group Inc., and Air Liquide Canada Inc.

And more around campus

And the winner of Wednesday's Dollars for Scholars draw is Kevin O'Reilly of Kitchener, a retired security department staff member. And yes, he's Irish. O'Reilly will take home $1,000 as part of the monthly raffle to raise money for UW scholarship funds.

Acceptance of employment meetings with coordinators begin today for co-op architecture students, with job match results posted by 11 a.m. A continuous process instruction meeting for architecture students without employment following the computer match will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Needles Hall room 1020.

Is the Power of the Courts a Danger to Democracy? will be the question posed by University of New Brunswick law professor Patricia Hughes at a colloquium today at 1:30 p.m. in Hagey Hall room 334. The talk is sponsored by UW's departments of political science, Canadian studies, women's studies, and the dean of arts.

Earth sciences graduate student Stephen Douglas will speak on "Quaternary geology Fort Erie area" at today's meeting of the Quaternary Discussion Group. The talk will be held at 4 p.m. in Chemistry 2 room 170. Everyone is welcome.

The mathematics funding council (Mathematics Endowment Fund) will hold the winter term funding meeting at 5 p.m. in Math and Computer room 5158, with the discussion portion of the meeting open to everyone.

Auditory Space is the topic of tonight's Arriscraft lecture presented by Derrick de Kerckhove of the McLuhan Institute, Toronto, at 7 p.m. in the Environmental Studies 2 Green Room.

Anyone receiving a letter from Nigeria about an opportunity to make millions of dollars should beware, says Al MacKenzie, director of UW police and parking services. "It's a scam that's been going on for years and years and years." Most of the letters originate in Lagos, and most target faculty members whose names are usually obtained from professional journals, he adds. The letters continue to arrive on campus nearly every month, and anyone targeted by the campaign should forward the letter to MacKenzie.

Barbara Elve
bmelve@uwaterloo.ca


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