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Wednesday, June 27, 2001

  • The job of recruiting recruiters
  • His ears are burning
  • A little of this and that
[CECS groundbreaking]
A picture of partnership at yesterday's groundbreaking ceremony for the new Co-operative Education and Career Services Building. From left to right, Greg Barratt, President of Communitech, Ryan Stammers, vice president (education) of the Federation of Students, and Bruce Lumsden, Director of CECS. Approximately 100 people braved the heat to witness the historic event, and to check out the custom-designed shovel.

The job of recruiting recruiters -- by Jesse Helmer, reprinted from the UW Recruiter newsletter for co-op employers

Nirav Patel doesn't stand out in a crowd. He's a modest guy, not one to toot his own horn, so to speak. Unless you can read his quiet confidence in a glance, you probably wouldn't guess that he is a village don -- which means that he lives with and guides about 50 students through their first year at UW -- or that he is a volunteer student career advisor, helping students with their résumés and answering their questions about careers and job searching. He is. He's a great student, a great person -- of course, he'd be the last person to tell you.

Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Nirav's most recent co-op employer, has benefited from his exceptional drive, dedication and talent. OPG hired Nirav, a fourth-year sociology and applied studies student, as a Resourcing Officer.

During his first work term with OPG, Nirav helped his supervisor manage the OPG co-op student program by developing and evaluating an orientation program for OPG's 85 co-op students. Nirav also compiled a best practices report that outlined how other large companies promoted and managed their co-op programs. Nirav's supervisor, impressed with his work and work ethics, asked Nirav to return for a second work term.

During his second work term with OPG, Nirav worked on graduate recruitment; he organized career fairs, established relationships with career centres, and interviewed candidates. Nirav's work on his undergraduate thesis, Age of Electronic Recruitment: Trends, Issues and implication for HR Professionals and Job Seekers, prepared him well for his second term at OPG. The structure of the UW co-op program, four months of work, then four months of school, allowed Nirav to add more value to OPG, to do more and better work.

Nirav is currently completing his Bachelor of Arts, and will be returning to OPG as a full-time employee. With OPG's support, he plans to study part time at Conestoga College to obtain a Certified Human Resources Practitioner designation. Nirav is looking forward to helping OPG ensure that, as many of its staff will be retiring in the near future, it continues to have an excellent workforce.

His ears are burning

In the past couple of weeks, UW distinguished professor emeritus Janos Aczél (pure math) has received in the mail two clippings "from two distant parts of the world," noting his influence on far-flung colleagues.

One, from a newspaper in Budapest, Hungary, was an interview with Tibor Vamos, former director and now chair of the board of the Computer and Automation Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, who said (translated from Hungarian): "While I studied engineering at the Technical University of Budapest there were other students in my circle of friends whom I respected, from whom I learned much. Such was the mathematics student Janos Aczél, now Foreign Fellow of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences."

The other, from a Columbian mathematical journal for teachers and professors, was an interview with John (Juan) Horvath, born, raised and educated in Budapest, then for six years professor of mathematics at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota and, from 1957 till his retirement, at the University of Maryland. He said (translated from Spanish): "My colleagues (students who studied with me) had as much influence on me as the professors. In particular Janos Aczél who is now professor emeritus at the University of Waterloo and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was very precocious in mathematics. He started doing mathematical research as an undergraduate student and one of the things he did was an axiomatic study of mean values of several variables, like the arithmetic and the geometric mean, also with weights. Then it occurred to me to do the same with integrals and the theorems which became my PhD thesis. I had three persons who had significant influence on my life as a mathematician: Janos Aczél, Marcel Riesz and Laurent Schwartz."

Says Aczél: I feel honoured not only because I was included, but by the company I kept or was put in: Marcel Riesz and Laurent Schwartz were without doubt among the greatest figures in Mathematical Analysis of the twentieth century.

A little of this and that

Cathy Hale in the office of research sends word that a new method is being implemented to report monthly financial statements for research accounts. She asks all faculty, chairs, directors and deans to read the details of the change in an online memorandum.

Career services is hosting a Research Package career development workshop this morning at 10:30 a.m. in NH 1020.

Naval history buffs can learn more about one of the last remaining Tribal-class destroyer warships this evening. Meet-the-author night at starts at 7 p.m. at the Kitchener Public Library, where WLU naval historian Barry Gough will read from and discuss his recently published book HMCS Haida: Battle Ensign Flying.

And a reminder from the human resources department that on July 10, 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 Carolyn Vincent in the HR department, ext. 2078, e-mail carolynv@uwaterloo.ca. "Places are limited, so enrollment is first come, first served -- sign up today!"

Avvey Peters


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