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Monday, January 15, 2001

  • 'Building a talent trust for Canada'
  • UW Place office in new location
  • Grads flock to learn about e-theses
  • And a little of this and that

'Building a talent trust for Canada'

"Talent" will be the key word when UW launches its "Fiftieth Anniversary Fund" campaign in a year or two, says a draft proposal being presented to UW's senate tonight.

It comes from James Downey, acting vice-president (university relations), whose nine-page document describes the opportunities for a UW campaign and its possible theme, but doesn't cite a dollar goal or list specific projects the campaign will try to support.

"The fundraising campaign described in this document," Downey writes, "is motivated by the wish to enhance not just our reputation but the substance on which it rests. That substance is talent: the talent of our students, faculty, staff, and, in its most diverse and applied form, our graduates. Waterloo has been successful principally because it has attracted and graduated talented and motivated students. Our alumni have enriched every salient area of life in Canada and beyond."

He comments that UW, like other Ontario universities, needs to press for better public support for education -- "but that is another campaign, of a different kind." In this document he's talking about "an invitation to our alumni and friends, corporate and individual, to join us in both a dream and a cause".

It lists Waterloo's strengths ("impressive campus, well-maintained and with significant room to grow") and weaknesses ("small total endowment and under-developed private support platform"), as well as the opportunities and threats that face it.

And it proposes "talent" as the campaign theme, under four categories:

Tonight's senate meeting starts at 4:30 in Needles Hall room 3004. Also on the agenda is a progress report on the 1997 "Building on Accomplishment" planning document ("the fifth decade report"), plus reports on academic program reviews, library cooperation with other universities, entrance scholarships, and the work of the Council of Ontario Universities.

UW Place office in new location

The administration offices of the UW Place apartment complex are somewhere in the back of a truck today, as they move to a new location as part of the continuing UW Place renovations.

[UWP map] Formerly in the base of the West Tower (soon to be renamed Eby Hall) at UW Place, the offices will reopen tomorrow on the ground floor of 106 Seagram Drive, the South Court (soon to be Waterloo Court) of the apartment complex.

"By combining the administration office and the maintenance office into one location, it is our desire to better serve our residents," says assistant manager Barb Robbins. "Two new exterior entrances have been installed for direct access from the parking lot. One entrance is for maintenance staff and the main entrance is for administration."

The phone number stays as it is (888-4040, or UW ext. 3391), but the mailing address is changing:

UW Place Administration and Maintenance Office
106 Seagram Drive
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3B8

Grads flock to learn about e-theses

Graduate students are keen on the idea of completing a thesis as a computer file rather than a mountain of paper, judging from registration for a short course on "Submitting Your Thesis Electronically".

The course, offered by the information systems and technology department, was filled to capacity when it was offered last fall, and another session, scheduled for this afternoon, is full (40 students) and has a waiting list. The course is to be offered by IST again on April 5.

Meanwhile, a memo from Audrey Sloboda of the graduate studies office mentions a few issues, big and little, that students need to consider if they're going to submit a thesis electronically. The IST course touches on ways of addressing most of them.

The graduate studies web site lists the regulations for submission of electronic theses.

And a little of this and that

Want to be a residence don next fall? Pam Charbonneau of the department of housing and residences sends word that her office will be hiring 73 dons for the fall 2001 and winter 2002 terms, up from the existing complement of 55. "With residence being guaranteed to all first year students," she writes, "and the opening of Mackenzie King Village and Wellesley Court (UW Place), the demand for excellent student leaders to fill these positions is high. Donning is a once in a lifetime experience that not only allows a student to give something back to the University, but provides an opportunity to develop extraordinary leadership and life management skills." Applications forms are available at the housing office, on the upper level of Village I, and on the housing web site. The deadline is February 2.

Pure mathematics professor Vladimir Platonov pleaded guilty last week to aggravated assault and is awaiting sentencing in Kitchener Superior Court. Platonov was originally charged with attempted murder following an attack on his wife in November 1999, and has been on leave from the university while the case was pending.

The federal government has announced the membership of a study group, dubbed the "broadband task force", that will report on ways of making broadband Internet service available to all Canadians. The industry minister announced last fall that the task force would be set up, and named UW president David Johnston to chair it. "Canada must ensure it has a high-speed, high-growth economy and an improved quality of life. Access to high speed broadband networks will translate into strong investments across Canada and opportunities for all Canadians," said industry minister John Manley.

Happening today:

Tomorrow, as co-op students should note, the master copy of the student co-op record will be available for pickup starting at 10 a.m., for students going through interviews this term. And for students just back from a work term, work reports are, in most cases, due at 4 p.m. tomorrow.

CAR


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