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Friday, March 16, 2001

  • Thrilling end to hockey season
  • Two-thirds have jobs so far
  • Profile for the next provost
  • Begorra, there's a lot to do

[UW necktie, mayor's chain of office]

It's official: UW president David Johnston and Cambridge, Ontario, mayor Doug Craig last night signed the "memorandum of agreement" to bring Waterloo's school of architecture to a site in the Galt district of Cambridge. Funding isn't complete yet, but the project is more than halfway done, and "we're going to make this work," Craig promised. About 100 people attended the signing ceremony and a reception in the historic Cambridge council chambers, which were decorated with architecture student projects displayed on easels around the room.

Thrilling end to hockey season

Last night's last chance went into overtime, and in the end it was the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks who prevailed, defeating the hockey Warriors 3-2 and heading to the national championship tournament as the host team.

The game was tied 1-1 after the first period and 2-2 after the second. Hawks and Warriors struggled through a scoreless third period and 7:15 of overtime before the deciding goal was scored.

Two-thirds have jobs so far

The co-op department has provided figures on how many students do -- and, so far, don't -- have jobs for the spring term, following the computer job match earlier this week.

Says a memo from Needles Hall: "As of March 9, 3,902 co-op students were scheduled to be on a work term for May-August, 2001. Of these, 1,228 students had indicated that they were either returning to a previous employer or arranging their own job.

"Following the computer match for the initial phase of interviews (which ended March 2), 1,607 students achieved employment. This means that 68.7% of all co-op students scheduled to be on a work term for May-August now have employment. Last year at the same time the percentage employed was 64.3%.

"For the 1,223 students still without employment, the Continuous Phase provides additional opportunities. Job postings began last week and will continue until the end of March. Employer interviews begin again on Monday."

The figures don't include architecture students, who are part of a separate interview and job match process. The first job matches for architecture students were done yesterday morning.

Meeting today about co-op fee

The Federation of Students will hold a third public meeting today to discuss student support for a proposed $25-a-term increase in the co-op fee, to help pay for the planned co-operative education and career services building. The meeting will start at 1 p.m. in Davis Centre room 1351.

The Feds are also inviting student comment on the issue through an on-line survey.

Profile for the next provost

The nominating committee that's looking for UW's next vice-president (academic) and provost has issued a "profile" of the person it's seeking.

Since January, says a memo from the committee, there has been "consultation with representatives across campus to identify the issues, challenges and opportunities facing the institution, and the critical qualities of the individual who might provide best leadership" in the top post. "In response to its invitation, the Committee also received thoughtful written submissions from individual faculty and staff members.

"The information gathered through this consultation informed the Committee's development of the position profile, which describes the role which the VPAP will be expected to play and the qualifications the candidate should possess. While the Committee recognizes that no single individual is likely to meet all the criteria in equal measure, the background, experience and personal qualities as outlined are seen as desirable and will be sought in the candidates for the position."

The full document starts with a description of UW itself, and then of the provost's job: "the senior academic officer and chief operating officer . . . carries operational and budgetary authority and responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the University". It lists these expectations of what the provost will do:

And then comes a list of the qualities the next provost should have: Says the committee: "The new Vice-President, Academic & Provost . . . will have a unique opportunity to contribute in a significant way to the further development of one of Canada's best and most essential institutions of higher learning. The initial five-year appointment will commence on July 1, 2001 or as soon as possible thereafter and may be renewed for a further five years. The University of Waterloo is an Employment Equity employer."

The published ad is directing inquiries to the committee's Toronto-based consultant, Janet Wright & Associates. Secretary of the nominating committee is the secretary of the university, Lois Claxton.

Begorra, there's a lot to do

The Irish saint's day falls on a weekend this year, so it seems there are fewer green celebrations on campus than usual. I imagine a few people will be wearing green at Federation Hall tomorrow night, though. "Blue Stew", featuring the smoky voice of Katrina Di Gravio of UW's human resources department, performs Saturday night at the University Club (reservations ext. 3801). And maybe there will be a shamrock or two in evidence when the Engineering Society holds its Grad Ball on Saturday night at the Waterloo Inn.

And if following a leprechaun to find his pot of gold hasn't worked for you so far, there's always the annual financial econometrics conference being held today in the Davis Centre under the sponsorship of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Finance.

In other matters . . . co-op students can pick up their work reports today -- the ones that were marked by coordinators, at any rate -- from the co-op department in Needles Hall.

Tom Ruttan of counselling services will talk about "Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence" at noon today, in an event sponsored by the Women's Association of UW (Humanities room 373).

A "cognitive science forum" session is scheduled for 2:30 this afternoon, also in Humanities room 373: Andrea Aguiar of the psychology department will speak on "Common-Sense Physics in Human Infants: Reasoning about the Behaviour and Properties of Hidden Objects".

At 3:00, in Environmental Studies II room 373, JoAnn Woodhall of the Waterloo Region staff will speak on "transportation demand management". The talk is sponsored by the Association of Graduate Planners.

The chemistry department presents its "Merck Frosst Lecture" at 3:30 in Davis Centre room 1302. Louis Hegedus of Colorado State University will speak on "From Microcycles to Macrocycles -- Azapenams to Cyclams". My spellchecker is panting from the exertion.

The UW badminton club will hold its "Survival of the Fittest" tournament tonight (singles start at 4:30) and tomorrow (doubles start at 9 a.m.) in the Physical Activities Complex.

The "Rainbow Reels Queer Film Festival", which I described at length in yesterday's Bulletin, continues tonight and all weekend. The event is sponsored by the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group, Gays and Lesbians of Waterloo, and other groups. Among the high points of the weekend should be "Chocolate Babies", Saturday night at 7:00. Showings are in Davis Centre room 1302.

The Kiwanis Travel and Adventure Series has its monthly presentation in the Humanities Theatre tonight at 8:00. This month's speaker: Dale Johnson, on "Return to Sweden". tickets are $6, children $3.50.

Away from UW, the University of Guelph will hold its annual College Royal open house -- always one of the big events of the year -- tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 to 3:00.

Monday afternoon, Toronto-based novelist Andrew Pyper will read at St. Jerome's University, at 4 p.m.

Reminder: following the launch of the new UWinfo home page last week, there will be a couple of open meetings at which people can make comments and suggestions for the next stage of the UWinfo project. Sessions are scheduled for next Tuesday, at 2:30 in Davis Centre room 1302, and Wednesday, at 11:30 in Needles Hall room 3001.

CAR


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