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Monday, May 15, 2000

  • Student drowns on north campus
  • Enough professors? Enough quality?
  • Ottawa-Carleton gets to be smart
  • Just a few other notes

Student drowns on north campus

Aileen Proudfoot, a first-year chemical engineering student, drowned late Friday night in a drainage ditch on UW's north campus -- normally dry, but flooded this weekend after heavy rain all through the Grand River watershed.

UW police sergeant Wayne Shortt said Proudfoot was one of a group of about nine students who were walking home to Village I along the Bauer Road behind the Optometry building on the largely undeveloped north campus. The ditch, running along the west side of the road, "was filled with fast-moving water".

At a spot near where the road intersects the Laurel Trail, some of the group -- soaked anyway as the rain kept falling -- decided to go into the water. A male student, and then Proudfoot, were swept into a culvert that runs diagonally under the road. The man made it through the culvert without serious injury, but Proudfoot was swept further downstream. Shortt said she was found about 300 feet (100 metres) south of where she entered the ditch, close to Columbia Street.

Someone from CKMS radio, which has its studios further north on the Bauer Road, came driving by as members of the group were trying to rescue Proudfoot, and he called UW police from the nearby Helpline phone. UW officers came to help and then called fire/ambulance rescue and the Waterloo Regional Police, Shortt said.

Enough professors? Enough quality?

UW's senate will hear something tonight about two reports done for the Council of Ontario Universities by a former principal of Queen's University, David Smith. Their titles: Will There Be Enough Excellent Profs? and How Will I Know If There Is Quality?

Both reports were issued May 1. The first one examines the prospective demand and supply for university faculty in Ontario, and the second one reviews quality indicators and quality enhancement programs for Ontario universities and elsewhere.

COU president Paul Davenport said the two reports are important: "In his reports, Dr. Smith notes that Ontario universities are at a critical juncture in their history as they face the challenges of accommodating a large surge in enrolment, finding and funding first-rate faculty who will be needed to teach the increased number of students and replace an unusually large wave of anticipated retirements, while fulfilling their basic responsibilities to students and society at large."

COU said they are intended to complement "Will there be room for me?" a 1999 report, by PricewaterhouseCoopers, that was also commissioned by COU. That report projected that demand for university opportunity could expand by up to 90,000 places by the end of this decade.

In a report to UW's senate meeting tonight, Peter Woolstencroft, Waterloo's "academic colleague" to COU, lists these main points from Will There Be Enough Excellent Profs?

And these are the main points from How Will I Know If There Is Quality? Tonight's meeting of the UW senate will start at 4:30 in Needles Hall room 3001.

Ottawa-Carleton gets to be smart

A proposal to make "Canada's Technology Triangle", centred in Waterloo, into one of Canada's "smart communities" hit a brick wall late last week when the federal government announced that the Ottawa-Carleton region, and not CTT, will get a $5 million grant.

Ottawa becomes one of twelve communities across the country that "will become world leaders in the integration of information and communication technologies into community life", said industry minister John Manley. CTT and Ottawa (represented by the SmartCapital project of the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation) were among Ontario finalists for the dozen $5 million grants.

CTT leaders said they were "disappointed" that the "mPowered" project here, which would have involved Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph and the surrounding area, didn't get the federal funding. But they'll move ahead anyway with whatever other support they can find, possibly including Ontario government funding under a program called Connect Ontario.

UW was expecting to play a big role in the mPowered project, which could be seen as an expansion of the existing Waterloo Information Network. WIN was developed on a shoestring by a team headed by Don Cowan of UW's department of computer science.

The federal "smart communities" program was originally recommended by a task force two years ago headed by David Johnston, who is now president of UW.

Just a few other notes

Marks for undergraduate students from the winter term will be mailed to students' home addresses this week, the registrar's office says. Marks won't be available for pickup on campus.

A seminar on the soon-to-be-hot field of health informatics is scheduled for lunchtime today. The speaker is Janice MacNeill of Angus Systems Group Ltd., speaking on "Information Technology in Real-World Health Care Systems" (11:30, Engineering II room 1307G). An "informal gathering to discuss research topics in health information management" will follow.

The Embassy, describing itself as "church, campus style", has a new location this term. "Join us every Monday at 7:30 p.m., Optometry building," an organizer says.

A workshop for teaching assistants, on "Assessing Group Work", will be held Wednesday at noontime, sponsored by the teaching resource office. "In this workshop," an announcement says, "we will present various techniques for assigning individual marks for both the product and process of group work. As a large group, we will also generate advantages and disadvantages for each technique. Be prepared for a highly interactive workshop and consider examples of assessment strategies for group work that you have used as instructors or experienced as students." Participants are asked to register by today (phone ext. 3132 for information); the event runs from 12 to 1:30 on Wednesday in Math and Computer room 5158.

Here's a reminder that registrations are due by the end of May for this year's Matthews Golf Classic, to be held Monday, June 19, at the Grand Valley Golf Course. Says Hazel Austin of engineering computing: "The event, as usual, is for staff, faculty and retirees. The event starts at 12:00 noon for the team photographs and winds 12:00 noon for the up at 6:00 for dinner. The event is a scramble, which means that all four members tee off at each hole and the team decides which of the four balls will be played for the second shot. Cost is $46 for golf and dinner, $26 for golf only and $20 for dinner only." More information is available from Jan Willwerth, phone ext. 2376.

Finally, I'm told that there was a kitchen fire in South Campus Hall during the weekend, but early this morning details aren't available.


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