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Tuesday, January 9, 2001

  • Student wins international scholarship
  • Endowment offers student life grants
  • Excerpts from my mail
  • Other notes and announcements

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  • Student wins international scholarship -- from the UW news bureau

    A Waterloo political science and economics student is one of 18 winners of the International Studies Scholarship awarded by the federal Export Development Corporation.

    Christopher Richter, who plans to continue his studies at the graduate level after receiving his degree, said that in the future he wants to play a role in ensuring that more countries benefit from international trade.

    The 18 scholarship winners represent the top students in international business, international relations, economics and finance from across Canada. Besides a financial award of $3,000, the students are offered a work term opportunity with EDC.

    "These outstanding students from across the country represent Canada's future business leaders in the global marketplace," said EDC president Ian Gillespie. "EDC is proud to encourage them to explore opportunities in the field of international business."

    Founded in 1944, EDC is a Crown corporation that operates as a commercial financial institution, providing trade finance and risk management services to Canadian exporters and investors in up to 200 markets. The International Studies Scholarship is one component of EDC's Education and Youth Employment Strategy. In partnership with educational institutions and key stakeholders, the strategy aims to build an export culture in Canada and to foster employment opportunities for young Canadians.

    Launched last May, the scholarship initiative was administered by the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada. Selection of the winners was based on demonstration of leadership potential and initiative plus an interest in learning additional languages.

    Endowment offers student life grants

    A committee has $90,000 to give away this year to improve the quality of student life at Waterloo, says Desiree Taric, vice-president (student issues) of the Federation of Students.

    "Every year," says a memo from Taric, "the Student Life Endowment Fund Committee funds proposals submitted by students and student organizations. Past examples include renovations to student lounges, the installation of lighting on campus, as well as improvements to the Student Life Centre."

    Applications for a share of this year's money are due by January 31.

    Each year's grants come from the interest on a fund, now standing at more than $1 million, that was created in 1992, as part of what was dubbed "the student-coordinated plan". The plan had three prongs: the Student Life Endowment Fund, expansion of the Student Life Centre, and construction of the Columbia Recreation Complex.

    There are four priorities for using the money, says Taric: "the improvement of accessibility on campus; the improvement of safety on campus; the improvement of existing lounge space and study space; the renovations of student services".

    Projects that are "academic in nature" aren't eligible, and funding is available only for undergraduate student organizations. For more information, Taric can be reached at ext. 3780, e-mail fedissue@feds.

    Excerpts from my mail

    From Jennifer Agnolin, intern in the environmental studies faculty:
    Alternatives is a national journal, published through the faculty of environmental studies, that looks at environmental thought, policy and action. The latest issue (winter 2001), "Green Jobs, Good Work", explores the changing nature of work and employment in our everyday lives. Many people have begun to challenge the idea of a jobs-versus-environment conflict. From shorter work week advocates to the creation of green jobs, this issue provides comprehensive coverage on a subject that affects us all. Topics featured include the nature of economically and ecologically sustainable jobs, ways of improving the quality of work, and the importance of home and community work. Also included in this issue is this year's list of Canadian graduate environmental studies programs. For more information or to order a copy, stop by the office in ES1 room 140 or contact us at 888-4442, e-mail alternat@fes.
    From math graduate Stuart MacDonald, now working on a degree in English:
    The arts faculty has added a Friday morning section to the ever popular English 335, Creative Writing I. The course was closed last November and due to a glitch in the registration system, the computers aren't allowing students to be added to it. There are plenty of spaces left, but in order to add the class one needs to be signed in by the instructor or the English undergrad advisor. The new section hasn't been well advertised as it is merely half full, while the original section is full and people are still trying to get into it. This is a golden opportunity for anyone who's tried to get in in the past and not had any luck.
    From math student Aylwin Lo:
    Since the spring term of '99, a community of writers in Waterloo has been forming and deforming each term, both on-campus and off. This community has offered much to the writers in attendance. Some have found the source of feedback to be useful, some have found inspiration, some have found an audience, some have reaped the questionable benefits of associating with minds believing themselves to be creative, and some have glimpsed the spectre of an artistic community in Waterloo. However, the main objective is to facilitate openness and diversity, so there are no hard-and-fast objectives. For the most part, it's a 'show-up-and-we'll-see-what-happens' affair. Those interested in joining should send an e-mail to asklo@uwaterloo.ca detailing suitable meeting times (preferably evenings). Meetings happen weekly, but the term's meeting day has yet to be chosen.
    And from Catharine Scott, associate provost (human resources and student services):
    I wonder if you would like to put something in the Daily Bulletin about the arrival of the new First Year Student Life Co-ordinator? Her name is Heather Fitzgerald. She graduated form Science and Business this last Spring, is a former Don and Campus Recreation leader, and I am just delighted that she has arrived and re-started the first Year programs. Melanie Hazelton came back from Teacher's College to help get her assimilated, and Heather is already deep in planning for Orientation, Student Life 101, FOC training, the Student Leadership dinner and some Bridges sessions, not to mention getting the First Year e-zine up and running.

    Session about bowel disease

    An information session and discussion on Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome will be held tonight at 7:00 in the Student Life Centre multipurpose room.

    Attending as resources will be a pharmacist and a homeopath, as well as representatives from health services, counselling services, disabled students services, and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation.

    Michele Benes and Lesley O'Hagan, UW students and roommates who both suffer from inflammatory bowel disease -- which includes Crohn's and colitis -- have organized the session to help raise awareness of the diseases and to provide information and support for other students.

    Other notes and announcements

    As I was saying in yesterday's Bulletin, there's quite a range of courses, from lifeguarding to power skating, available this term through the campus recreation program. Current students are already "members" of campus rec, while off-term co-op students can buy a membership for $26.75, and staff, faculty and alumni pay $75. Then there are fees for the courses, such as $30 for a twice-a-week fitness course. The first step in registration for instructional activities is to pick up a ticket today (between 8:15 and 11:00) from the "red north" corner of the Physical Activities Complex. Each ticket carries a registration time on Wednesday, and the ticket-holder should show up at that time at PAC room 2039 to register and pay the class fee. Registration in a few fitness classes specifically for staff members will be today from 12 noon to 1 p.m., also in PAC room 2039.

    The Federation of Students will hold the beginning-of-term club days in the Student Life Centre today and again tomorrow, giving people a chance to see how they'd like to spend their abundant free time over the next few months.

    The arts faculty council will meet this afternoon (3:30 p.m., Humanities room 373), and among the agenda items is a proposed change in the name of one of the departments in arts. The department of Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures is seeking to become the department of Germanic and Slavic studies instead.

    Flyers on campus are announcing that an organizational meeting for the proposed Co-op Society will be held at 7:00 tonight in the coffee-and-doughnut shop of the Math and Computer building.

    International student orientation for new students beginning their studies this term will be held today and tomorrow in Davis Centre room 1302. Sessions will be held on getting involved on campus, using the library, cross-cultural living, health and safety, and more. A reception to welcome international students will be held tomorrow from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in DC room 1301.

    The continuing education program for this term is under way. Two very different courses begin their weekly sessions today: "Microsoft Access, Part One" and "Getting Started in Writing Fiction".

    A memo from health services indicates that the department will be holding a staff meeting tomorrow morning, and so the clinic won't open until 9:30 a.m.

    And the retail services department has sent out memos announcing the new date for its "customer appreciation night", which was snowed out on December 12. The party will now be held on Tuesday, January 16. "By that time," says marketing manager Jason MacIntyre, "we hope your pre-holiday appetite will have returned."


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