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Wednesday, March 1, 2000

  • The cost of the new buildings
  • In search of a VP (research)
  • New direction for stores in the SLC
  • The day of March has come

Area of buildings, gross square feet
Centre for Environmental and Information Technologies 165,000
Engineering III addition 41,000
Co-op facilities 43,500
Engineering Lecture addition 22,500
Total 272,000

Cost, millions
Design and construction $54.90
Maintenance endowments 13.60
Total required $68.50

Sources of funding, millions
SuperBuild $31.21  
Interest on SB funds 3.46 ?
CESE design funding 2.28  
CESE donations 3.00  
CFI/OIT application 3.25 ?
ATOP start-up funds 3.00  
Total $46.20  
Balance to be raised $22.30  

The cost of the new buildings

The president and provost brought some numbers to UW's senate on Monday evening: numbers about the size and cost of the new buildings and renovations that are planned with the university's recent SuperBuild grant from the Ontario government.

A total of 272,000 gross square feet of space is involved -- just a little less than the size of the existing Math and Computer building. The new space is "deemed" to provide room for 2,600 new full-time equivalent students, the senate was told.

At right is a rundown on the space and the dollars.

UW also applied to SuperBuild for another project, a "learning centre" at St. Jerome's University and Renison College, which wasn't approved. That building would have provided 26,000 gross square feet of space at a cost of $4,672,000.

In search of a VP (research)

The post of vice-president (university research) will be advertised "both internally and externally", says a memo from UW provost Jim Kalbfleisch addressed to the university's faculty, staff and graduate students.

"The deadline for nominations and applications is April 28, 2000," says the memo. A Canada-wide search for a new vice-president became necessary when Carolyn Hansson, vice-president for the past five years, "informed me that she will not seek a second term", the memo says.

Under UW's Policy 68, the provost is the chair of a nominating committee for VP (research) that includes representatives of faculty members, graduate students and staff. It presents a nomination -- or multiple nominations -- to the senate research council and the deans of the faculties, and if those people approve, a nomination is forwarded to the president and then to the board of governors.

"The committee," says Policy 68, "will invite nominations, by whatever means it considers appropriate, from any person or group; it will advertise the position internally, and also externally if this seems appropriate; and it will establish criteria against which nominations and applications may be measured."

The memo includes the text of the advertisement that will soon be published:

University of Waterloo invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice-President, University Research.

The Vice-President, University Research provides leadership to ensure the highest possible standards of research and scholarship, to identify research opportunities, and to encourage research-related cooperation across all six Faculties. The Vice-President reports to the President, is part of the senior administrative team, chairs the Senate Research Council, manages the Office of Research (which includes a technology transfer and licensing office, and has responsibility for the administration of research services and funds). The Vice-President is the external representative for the University with regard to research and research-related issues.

The preferred candidate will have an outstanding record of scholarship and academic leadership, and demonstrated management, communication and interpersonal relations skills. Applications and nominations are to be submitted at the earliest convenience, but no later than Friday, April 28, 2000. They should be accompanied by: an up-to-date curriculum vitae; the names and addresses of three referees in a position to comment on a candidate's academic credentials and administrative experience; an outline of the talents, experience and ideas a candidate would bring to the position; and should be directed, by mail or fax (519-888-6337), to: Emily Barnes, Associate University Secretary, Needles Hall, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1.

Applications and nominations will be treated in confidence. The initial five-year appointment will begin in January 2001.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, this advertisement is directed to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University of Waterloo encourages applications from qualified women and men, members of visible minorities, native peoples and persons with disabilities.

New direction for stores in the SLC -- condensed from today's Gazette

With "zero profit items" accounting for some 70 per cent of sales at the Variety and Post in the Student Life Centre, new manager Heather Fawcett is convinced the convenience store's bottom line can only look up.

Fawcett took on the ailing Federation of Students business in January, just after the store's contract with Canada Post was terminated. No longer a full-service postal outlet, the store still sells stamps and Xpresspost pre-paid envelopes, and provides post office boxes for students and SLC businesses. Although the store still sells "hundreds of dollars a day in stamps", business has been falling off -- because, Fawcett thinks, students no longer mail their resumes. Bus tickets are another "close to zero profit" item. The only products that currently generate a profit for the story are cigarettes, cards, drinks, magazines, and leather jackets.

Fawcett plans to expand into other product lines that will bring the store back into the black. "We hope when students come in for stamps or bus tickets, they'll buy something else, too." New items are appearing on the shelves, and will continue to arrive throughout the renovations that are scheduled to begin in April. With a reallocation of space, there will be room for a self-serve coffee bar, stocked with Feds' à la carte sandwiches, wraps, and ready-to-eat meals. She's looking at the possibility of selling videos and clothing too, plans a contest for a new cooler name, and is hoping to expand the store's hours until it operates 24 hours a day.

Meanwhile, former Variety and Post manager John Jongerius has moved a short distance away to the Used Bookstore, where he can be found amid shelves crammed with texts. Piles of books occupy every nook and cranny, and students are lucky to find their way through the aisles without causing an avalanche. There's a storage room full of books at the other end of the building, and, starting in April, Jongerius is anticipating the deluge of students descending on the store with four years of accumulated texts to sell before they graduate.

But the trials of running the store in cramped quarters will soon be over, with the store slated to move this summer to a section of the adjoining Campus Cove room, bumping up its space from the current 1,200 square feet to a spacious 2,000 square feet. The store will occupy the back half of Campus Cove, leaving the entertainment centre with a more manageable 2,900 square feet of space. The Used Bookstore's other neighbour, National Pharmacy, will expand its operation into the Bookstore's vacated premises.

Jongerius is not concerned about students locating the Used Bookstore after the move. "It's a destination location. People will find this place." Some 25,000 students have accounts in the bookstore's data base, and annual sales of consignment texts are over $1 million.

Retired professor is mourned

David Pei, a professor of chemical engineering from 1961 until his retirement in 1991, died February 27. He was one of the first faculty members in chem eng at UW, says the current chair of the department, John Chatzis: "He made significant contributions to the teaching of chemical engineering and researching heat transfer and transport phenomena. He was a strong voice and great facilitator for research opportunities, and he was very instrumental in establishing collaboration between the University of Waterloo and researchers in China." Visitation at the Edward R. Good Funeral Home in Waterloo will be Friday (2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.) and the funeral will be held there Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

The day of March has come

Yes, suddenly it's March; the end of term is in sight; and today is the last day to submit Intention to Graduate forms to the registrar's office or graduate studies office, for those who hope to receive their degrees at spring convocation.

Co-op students, meanwhile, live in suspense after yesterday's rankings day activity; job matches will be announced next week. Students who weren't ranked in the initial phase of interviews, or who had no interviews, are directed back to the bulletin boards in the co-op department, as job posting #1 in the continuous phase will be available at 12 noon today, and it's time to start the job application process again.

A blood donor clinic continues today (and Thursday) in the Student Life Centre. A sign-up sheet for appointments is available at the turnkey desk.

The Centre for Behavioural Research and Program Evaluation presents a cancer control seminar at noontime today. The speaker (12:30 in the Clarica Auditorium, Lyle Hallman Institute, Matthews Hall) is Christina Mills, director of the cancer bureau at the Laboratory Centre for Disease Control.

Representatives from 3M Corporation will be at UW today, invited by the Chemical Engineering society "to talk about innovation at 3M. The talk will be targeting math, science and engineering students primarily, but all students are welcome to attend." The talk starts at 4 p.m. in Davis Centre room 1350, with a reception to follow. Earlier in the day, there will be a more specific event for chemical engineering students: 12:30 p.m., Doug Wright Engineering building room 2517.

The kinesiology department presents a talk today by Duncan MacDougall of McMaster University, on "Mechanisms of Work Induced Hypertrophy". He'll speak at 4:30 p.m. in Matthews Hall room 1621.

Today brings a campus visit by Thomas King, described as "novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter and photographer of Greek and Cherokee descent". He's getting to be well known for his recent book (Truth and Bright Water) and his comedy (CBC radio's "Dead Dog Cafe"). King will read from his work starting at 4 p.m. in the common room at St. Jerome's University.

York University professor Irving Abella, who holds a chair there in "the study of Canadian Jewry", will speak at UW tonight at 8:00 (Needles Hall room 3001). His talk is the last in this year's distinguished guest lecture series sponsored by the Jewish studies program. Topic: "The Untold History of Canadian Jewry".

Sometime today -- perhaps wisely, they're not giving details -- the UW Business and Investment Club is heading off on a tour of Sleeman's Brewery.

For the month of March, the retail services department says, "the UW Bookstore, Computer Store and Techworx SLC will be giving away free O'Reilly T-shirts with the purchase of any O'Reilly user guide. O'Reilly is the premier publisher of intermediate and advanced computer user guides." (Oh, really? Yes, O'Reilly.)

A special meeting of the senate research council is scheduled tomorrow. The agenda: a discussion with Heather Munroe-Blum, vice-president (research and internal relations) at the University of Toronto, who wrote the recent report "Growing Ontario's Innovation System: The Strategic Role of University Research". Tomorrow's meeting will run from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in Needles Hall room 3001.

Friday will be Two for Blue Day, which is a new one to me but an important one to those who suffer from juvenile arthritis. "Individuals wear blue and pay a toonie" to support research into the disease, explains Michelle Banic of UW's institutional analysis and planning office. It's a cause dear to her heart, since her daughter Amanda, age 4, is the local poster child for Wear Blue Day this year (and was featured in Saturday's K-W Record. "If a department is interested in participating," says Banic, "they can contact me." She's at ext. 5042.

I said in yesterday's Bulletin that the new show at the UW art gallery in the Modern Languages building showed works by two graduates from the fine arts program. In fact, that show was cancelled a while back, says gallery manager Carol Podedworny. In fact the current show (through March 26) is of selections from UW's permanent art collection.

More from the human resources department about receipts that were issued last week: "Because of some programming problems, Human Resources has reissued all Faculty Association dues receipts. Because the receipts for Staff Association dues are run from the same program (and it would take a great deal of extra time and effort to split out the Staff Association receipts) we have reproduced all the receipts. All staff will receive a duplicate copy of their Staff Association dues fee receipt. The second copy will read 'Revised Feb 24, 2000' near the top of the receipt. We are confident that all Staff Association receipts were correct in the first place, however Staff should double check the form to ensure that it is identical to the first copy received and report any differences to Human Resources. Otherwise staff members may simply keep the revised copy as a duplicate for their records."

The trial continues in a Kitchener courtroom where Lihua Wang, a former graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, is charged with attempted murder in a stabbing incident in Engineering II building in January 1999. Proceedings began Monday. The crown attorney said evidence will show that Wang attacked another woman -- herself a grad student, recently arrived in Canada from China -- because of "an imagined relationship" between her and Wang's husband.

And . . . I mentioned yesterday that the undergraduate calendar for 2000-01 is now available. "Undergraduate students can pick up a complimentary copy in the registrar's office," says Bonnie Bender, publications coordinator there. "They must present their WatCard. If they need a second copy for whatever reason, they must purchase one at the bookstore." The calendar is also, of course, available on the web.


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