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'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
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.
- Making room for talent: new buildings, including those already being
planned plus "expansion of research space in Applied Health Sciences,
Environmental Studies, and Arts".
- Expanding, attracting and rewarding talent: more scholarships,
bursaries, fellowships and chairs ("numerous endowed chairs and
- Empowering talent: multimedia classrooms and laboratories, and
"renewal of our substantial corpus of distance education material".
- Creating a culture where talent will flourish: social and athletic
space, and "improved library and residence services".
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.
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
regulations for submission of electronic theses.
- In order to submit electronically, your thesis must be printable as if
it were a single file. that means that you can't manually paste diagrams,
images or maps into your thesis.
- Some people switch from portrait mode to landscape mode for a wide
table, and type a page number on the page in portrait format. If you are
submitting electronically, you can't to that. How do you get a portrait
format page number on a landscape page?
- Your thesis must be converted to a PostScript file, and sent to the
Graduate Studies Office, where it will be converted to an Adobe Acrobat
file. This means that care must be taken with the fonts you use, because
certain fonts do not convert well to Acrobat Format. This is mainly a
problem with LaTex.
- Do you know how to create the PostScript file you must submit?
- Do you know how to submit it?
- Electronic submission of your thesis will only take care of the
university library's copy of your thesis. The department still wants
a bound paper copy. You should also check with your supervisor to
see if he/she wants a bound copy. It is up to you if you get bound
copies for yourself and your family.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
- An information meeting about the Weight Watchers at Work
program, at 12 noon in Math and Computer room 5158A.
- Kinesiology professor Rich Hughson speaks on "Human Adaptation to
Life on the International Space Station", at 12 noon at the Kitchener
Public Library main branch.
- A wine and cheese party at 6 p.m. celebrating the opening of the
Albert and Temmy Latner Jewish Students' Centre, 148 Albert Street.
(More news soon about this initiative by the
- "The Embassy", a weekly Christian gathering, at 7:30 in the
Humanities Theatre. Theme tonight: "The Road Less Traveled".
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