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Wednesday, June 20, 2001

  • The return of mud and dreams
  • No smoking in some doorways
  • This week's staff positions
  • The talk of the campus

The return of mud and dreams

That's how they used to describe the growth of this campus -- Waterloo dreams becoming reality only through the mud on half a dozen construction sites at a time.

Well, here we go again, with capital projects springing up all over campus and even beyond. It's a building boom like nothing UW has seen for thirty years (six buildings were constructed in 1970-71). Dennis Huber, vice-president (administration and finance), has prepared a chart of what's currently going on, and distributed copies to members of the UW senate on Monday. I've turned it into a table for reproduction on the web.

Here it is. The financial figures are in millions of dollars, and the footnotes are at the end.

Program Physical
Construc- tion
Main- tenance
endow- ment
Total costs Funding
to date


CEIT B1 lot 169,730 34.7 8.5 43.2 33.0 10.2 Summer
CECS main
56,000 10.2 [C] 10.2 6.7 3.5 September
26.200 5.7 1.3 7.0 5.6 1.4 Summer
41,000 8.2 2.1 10.3 4.1 6.2 Winter
Total   292,930 58.8 11.9 70.7 49.4 21.3  


West side 5,000 1.0 0 1.0 1.0 0 September
Red Room 5,000 1.0 0 1.0 1.0 0 Complete


Research Facility
Erb Street Landfill 7,000 2.1 0 2.1 2.1 0 2002


F lot 145,000 15.6 [C] 15.6 25-year financing 0 September
UW Place Reno- vations   11.6 [C] 11.6 25-year financing 0 Last phase


School of
(proposed) [A]
80,000 20.0 4.2 24.2 7.5 16.7 2002-03

North Campus Research and Technology Park [B]

Infrastructure -- government (proposed)   12.0   12.0   12.0 Spring 2002
Environmental reserve -- government (proposed)   1.9   1.9   1.9  
Accelerator centre -- government (proposed)   5.2   5.2   5.2  
UW 100 acres of land via lease              
Total   19.1   19.1   19.1  

[A] excludes land and enhancement endowment; [B} excludes capital projects not on UW lands; [C] on-going maintenance paid through annual cost recoveries

No smoking in some doorways

[No smoking] "Members of the campus community are advised," says a memo from UW's safety office, "that some entrances to university buildings have been designated as non-smoking entrances. Plant Operations is completing the process of identifying these entrances with signs."

A list of non-smoking entrances and "alternate smoking locations" is available on the safety office web site.

Says the memo, from safety director Kevin Stewart: "The designation of non-smoking entrances was recommended by the Joint Health and Safety Committee and approved by the administrators responsible for the buildings to minimize exposure to second hand smoke. The selection of entrances was based on entrance design, building air ventilation, history and availability of alternate smoking locations."

This week's staff positions

Today and every Wednesday, there's a list of vacant or soon-to-be-vacant positions on UW's staff, issued by the human resources department. Usually the list is published in the Gazette, but today is one of those summer Wednesdays without a Gazette issue, so the Daily Bulletin makes space available for a summary.

The list, with more extensive descriptions for each job, can also be seen on the HR web site.

A public listing of jobs in this format is one way UW puts its Policy 18 into operation. Among the goals of that policy are "Encourage maximum opportunity for promotion or lateral transfer of staff members . . . ensure that uniform standards and consistent recruiting practices are applied throughout the University . . . maintain equity in starting wages and salaries and in the application of pension and benefits . . . protect the legal interests of the University and staff members when entering into employment agreements . . . observe the requirements of applicable legislation."

Here are this week's job listings:

And temporary positions: More information is available from the HR department at ext. 2524.

There is no central listing of faculty positions open at UW, although some academic departments do put job openings on their web sites. Most UW faculty positions are advertised in the magazine University Affairs and in the Bulletin of the Canadian Association of University Teachers.

The talk of the campus

The deans have been very well-behaved and constructive, provost Alan George told UW's senate on Monday night. They're hardly squabbling at all over the $4.4 million in "facilities renewal" money that UW is unexpectedly getting as a result of a gesture in this spring's Ontario budget. He said the administration is determined to spend the money on projects where it'll make a significant difference to the state of UW's buildings, and should have an announcement about some decisions "soon".

Central stores will hold one of its regular surplus sales today, from 11:30 to 12:30 at East Campus Hall on Phillip Street.

Eric Haldenby, director of the school of architecture, says he understands that CBC Radio One will be running a feature story today on the proposed relocation of the school to Cambridge. "According to the information I was given earlier today, the story will run between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. on the 'Radio Noon' show."

The Institute for Improvement in Quality and Productivity sponsors a talk today by Cliff Spiegelman of Texas A&M University: "Variable Selection and a Simple Alternative to PLS in Chemical Calibrations". The talk starts at 3:30 in Math and Computer room 5136.

[Lipstick] Speaking of alternatives: the newest issue of the journal Alternatives published in UW's faculty of environmental studies, is all about sex. Yes, real sex: "not reproductive biology in animals, or pollination in plants. It's about human sexuality, desire, libido." The actual title is "Eros & Nature". The magazine's editors invite readers to "discover how our carnal nature can be exploited by advertisers, or can deepen our connection to nature and set us free. Discover author Cate Sandilands' theory of queering nature, and Bruce Bagemihl's research on homosexuality in the animal kingdom. Also in this issue: the US' attack on rural farmers in its war on drugs, and an interview with Arpad Pusztai, the Scottish scientist who was fired for challenging the safety of GM foods." For more information or to order a copy, stop by the office in Environmental Studies I room 140, phone ext. 442, e-mail alternat@fes.

"Can you imagine having a week go by without talking to anyone?" asks the local Volunteer Action Centre. "For some seniors, this is a reality . As a telephone support volunteer for K-W Friendship Group for Seniors, you could provide a friendly voice to an individual in need. These very special volunteers are a support for seniors on their waiting list, so knowledge or experience in the social service field would be an asset. Volunteers make the calls from the office during the day. Once a week, for 2-3 hours, is all it will take to let these seniors know that someone cares." For more information, the VAC can be reached at 742-8610.

"Interested in being a language lab instructor?" asks the Germanic and Slavic studies department. It's looking for an instructor for the Dutch 101 course in the fall term, "preferably with Dutch as the mother tongue, and who would work closely with the Dutch instructor. The lab is scheduled Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m." Anyone interested can call ext. 2428 or e-mail jvaughan@watarts.

On July 10, says the human resources department, guest speaker and lecturer Patsy Marshall will be doing a workshop on "Achieving Work and Personal Life Balance". The workshop will last for a full day, from 8:30 to 4:30, and is presented by the committee for Staff Training and Development. Interested staff members should contact Katrina DiGravio in the HR department, ext. 5161, e-mail kadigrav@admmail. "Places are limited, so enrollment is first come, first served -- sign up today!"

Andréa Aguiar heads the infant laboratory in the psychology department ("we study all of the wondrous things babies learn in their first year of life") and is looking for more babies. "We are in great need," she writes, "of parents who would like to volunteer their 4-to-7-month-old infant to participate in brief, safe, and fun studies." She can be reached at ext. 3171 for more information. "With your help, we will be able to further our understanding of infants' minds!"

The city of Waterloo is about to commission some major pieces of art for its new (and troubled) RIM Park in the northeast corner of the city. Models for the finalists in the competition are on display this week at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery downtown, and two of the three people on the jury that will make the decision are from UW. They're Brad Blain, development officer in environmental studies and formerly director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, and Carol Podedworny, curator of UW's own galleries. A couple of the artists also have UW connections: Jane Buyers, professor in the fine arts department, and Tony Urquhart, retired from the same department.

And . . . the Midnight Sun solar car has announced an "unveiling and barbecue" of this year's car tomorrow afternoon. (Well, they'll unveil the car; I hope they don't actually barbecue it.) The event is to start at 4:30 tomorrow outside the Student Life Centre.


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