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Thursday, January 18, 2001

  • Fall term marks available today
  • Reviews of four academic programs
  • Choosing projects for the campaign
  • Pixels in the big picture

[Unfolding the printout]
The truth will out: a picture from a year ago this week. Checking their fall term marks were Lisa White of arts, left, and Heather Thompson, honours psychology. Photo by Barbara Elve.

Fall term marks available today

The day of judgement is upon us: marks reports for fall term undergraduate courses are ready.

Some students will get their marks in the mail this week:

For other students, those who are on campus full-time this term, marks can be picked up starting today. Where? The registrar's office notes: "These reports will not be mailed but will remain available for pick-up."

Reviews of four academic programs

The first four "academic program reviews" have been finished, and more are coming along, says a report provided to UW's senate this week by the associate vice-president (academic).

The reviews are part of a process that was approved in 1997. "The goal," said the plan that was approved then, "is to increase public accountability and to help improve quality." UW will have a visit from the Undergraduate Program Review Audit Committee of the Council of Ontario Universities next winter or spring to see how things are going.

Programs are supposed to be reviewed every seven years, with related graduate and undergraduate programs considered together. The process includes a "self-study", a visit by a review team from outside UW, and preparation of a "strategic plan".

Here's how things stand as of this month, according to the report that came to senate:

Self-study report and site visit completed, review team report received, and strategic plan submitted: architecture, health studies and gerontology, music, planning.

Self-study report and site visit completed, review team report received, strategic plan being prepared: accounting, computer science, physics.

Self-study report and site visit completed, waiting for report from the review team: Germanic and Slavic.

Self-study report completed, waiting for site visit: Canadian studies, fine arts, political science.

Self-study report being prepared, expected this term: geography; legal studies and criminology; society, technology and values; sociology.

Self-study report being prepared, expected by June: applied mathematics; chemistry; combinatorics and optimization; economics; faculty of mathematics; human resources management; management studies; pure mathematics; statistics and actuarial sciences.

Self-study report completed, waiting for arrangements for a combined graduate and undergraduate review: environment and resource studies.

Preparing self-study report for external accreditation process, which will also be used for the UW process: all programs in engineering.

The report includes results of the four completed reviews -- architecture, health studies and gerontology, music, and planning -- and I'll mention some highlights of those results in the Bulletin over the coming days.

Choosing projects for the campaign

As UW starts planning for the "Fiftieth Anniversary Fund", top officials and campaign leaders will be choosing what projects to put in front of potential donors. Buildings, scholarships, technology, yes -- but which buildings, which scholarships, which technology?

James Downey, acting vice-president (university relations), presented a draft list of "guiding objectives for the choosing of campaign projects" at the January 15 meeting of UW's senate. Here's the ten-point list -- the campaign will concentrate on projects that do these things:

  1. To reinforce Waterloo's talent base by attracting excellent undergraduate students and by improving the undergraduate experience, particularly in first year.
  2. To strengthen research and graduate studies, with particular emphasis on seed funds for young researchers and scholarship/fellowship support for graduate students.
  3. To increase the number of endowed chairs, Faculty Fellowships, and allied items to promote the attraction and retention of leading scholars and researchers. Special attention should be paid to those in areas of interdisciplinary endeavour.
  4. To reaffirm our leadership in co-operative education through new facilities and a new focus for study of co-op experience and results.
  5. To enhance on-line learning for both on- and off-campus students, and to apply technology creatively to teaching.
  6. To establish a more coordinated focus on teaching, research, and practical experience in business studies, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
  7. To increase the number of international students on campus and expand the opportunities for study abroad for UW students.
  8. To take advantage of a major new investment in theoretical physics, and also to make a quantum advance ourselves in the research and experimental application of computing.
  9. To foster inter-faculty and interdisciplinary initiatives in areas of acknowledged strength and opportunity (e.g., Centre for Tourism, Institute for Health Informatics, multi-media facilities).
  10. To find matching funds for the SuperBuild projects and only such other capital projects as seem likely to attract strong donor support. (Assuming the Federation of Students projects are approved by referendum, their two capital projects will be included in the campaign.)
Someone at the senate meeting asked whether item #8 really belongs with the others, and Downey stressed that the list is still a draft and may be revised. It'll be up for discussion again at next month's meeting of the board of governors.

[Gesturing at map of the world]
Naresh Singh is at UW this term as Canada Trust Walter Bean Visiting Professor in the Environment. A recent UW news release, reprinted in yesterday's Gazette, describes his work for the United Nations Development Program, working on technologies for "sustainable development". He's scheduled to give a public lecture on his work at 4 p.m. on February 15 in the Humanities Theatre.

Pixels in the big picture

A teaching workshop is scheduled for 12 noon today in Math and Computer room 5158: "Facilitating Effective Discussions", led by Donna Cooper and Geneviève Desmarais of the teaching resources and continuing education office. Last-minute information should be available from TRACE at ext. 3132.

Artists Christopher McNamara and Dermot Wilson -- "Machyderm" -- will be on campus today to speak on "Technology in Art Production". Their talk is scheduled for 1:30 in East Campus Hall room 1219. The exhibition "The Big House", a multi-media installation by Machyderm, is on display in Gallery 2 in ECH until mid-February.

At 3:30, the chemical engineering department presents a seminar by Peter Lee of Murdoch University, Australia. Topic: "Better Production Operation Through Process Systems Engineering". Location: Doug Wright Engineering room 2517.

There are a number of UW people, past and present, involved in the January One-Act Play Weekend being offered, starting tonight, by Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre at its headquarters downtown, 9 Princess Street East. "We are especially excited about this set of plays," writes Angela Chambers, a vice-president of KWLT and perennial participant in UW's FASS, "as they are the three winners of the Canadian Authors Association (Waterloo-Wellington Branch) latest writing contest." Two of the three plays -- "Lonely Knights & Gin" by Leslie Bamford, and "The Grass on the Other Side of the Fence" by Lydia Majstorovic -- are being directed by UW drama student Joanne Cope. There are performances tonight, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Information: 886-0660.

A sign-up sheet is available now for the blood donor clinic that will run all next week in the Student Life Centre. The idea is that potential donors can save time by making appointments in advance, at the turnkey desk in the SLC. The clinic will be in operation 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

UW Graphics sends word that some equipment is being updated in the next few days, with the result that there will be interruptions to service Friday through Monday. In particular, Graphics Express (in the Dana Porter Library) will have no copying or print services available on Monday. The nearest location for black-and-white copying is the arts copy centre in the Humanities building.

There's proud news from the athletics department, says publicist Chris Gilbert: "The official CIAU track and field top ten lists were released today, and our Waterloo Warriors are well represented. The Men's team is currently ranked 6th in the CIAU. Paul Gill is ranked #2 in Canada in the 300m; 4x800m Relay team is ranked #4; 4x200 team is ranked #5. The Women's team is currently ranked #5 in the CIAU. Dana Ellis is ranked #1 in Canada in the Pole Vault; Debbie Buhlers is ranked #1 in Canada in 3000m; Daniella Carrington is ranked #2 in 300m and #3 in 60m; Alison Brazier is ranked #2 in Long Jump."

An administrative note from the faculty of arts: Heather MacDougall, history professor and associate dean (graduate studies and research), began a six-month sabbatical leave on January 1. Filling in as acting associate dean is Delbert Russell, professor of French studies, who previously served a full term in the associate dean's post.

The Warrior men's basketball team headed down to St. Catharines to tangle with the #14 ranked Brock Badgers last night. The Warriors came out with lots of energy and were executing their offence very well, but some costly turnovers provided the home side with a six-point cushion at the break, 38-32. The Badgers stretched their lead to double digits early in the second half, until strong play from Paul Larsen, TJ Grant and Conrad Kreek brought the Warriors back to knot the score with about 8 minutes to go. From there, though, the Warrior shooters went cold, unable to hit from the field or from the foul line (the team went 9/17 in free throws in the second half). The Badgers nailed some key, three-pointers and pulled away with an 82-66 victory to move them into first place in the league, with a perfect 4-0 record.


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