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Thursday, May 3, 2001
Improved shelving and lighting, as well as more space, will mean better service in the new quarters of the Federation of Students used book store, says manager John Jongerius. He poses with colleague Denise McRae in the new space on the lower level of the Student Life Centre.
"This move will free up some space for other departments and centralize our client services," says graphics director Linda Norton.
As of today, she said, "customers will be directed to the new main entrance (directional signs will guide them) at the first door facing the ring road. Our front office staff will be housed there, along with all administrative staff, the IT group, and the design group. Photo/Imaging (formerly on the second floor of the General Services Complex) will begin their move Thursday, May 10."
The customer service staff of Courseware Solutions, currently in South Campus Hall, will move to COM in June, she added. "We will be totally vacating the SCH space sometime in July."
Norton said the department will be running a series of ads with additional information as the move progresses. "We may experience some interruption of service but we do not expect any major problems. We are planning an open house in September, after the rush."
Space in COM is available because the food services department has now moved all its activities to the Village residences. Some of the vacant space is to be occupied by the university archives, which were displaced from 156 Columbia Street last fall when UW's lease on that rented building came to an end. Part of COM is already occupied by the UW police (security department), and their space is to be expanded, says Marita Williams, UW manager of space utilization. A locker room and showers will be added.
Major events comingMonday, May 7: UW president David Johnston speaks at an alumni "networking luncheon" at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Ticket information: phone UW ext. 4973.
Tuesday, May 8: The annual 25-Year Club reception, starting at 6 p.m. at Federation Hall. Information: ext. 2078.
Wednesday, May 9: Pamela Wallin, television personality, gives the annual Friends of the Library lecture at 12 noon in the Theatre of the Arts. Information: ext. 2282.
TodayThe Bike Centre holds an auction of used bicycles at 12 noon at the Student Life Centre.
Some 25 high school students who made top scores in the Canadian Computing Competition this winter are at UW today through Saturday for "stage two" of the contest; they'll be staying at Ron Eydt Village.
But occupying most of the REV conference centre will be some 1,000 participants in this year's youth convention of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, being held here today through Saturday.
The symposium is designed "to advance the state of knowledge about leisure, recreation and tourism through a public forum of shared research and to facilitate scholarly communication among students and faculty interested in leisure research".
The papers to be presented will focus on a variety of topics within leisure studies, and may be either a completed research study or a work in progress. Both paper and poster presentations are likely to be presented, and one can expect to see and hear philosophical pieces, case studies, literature reviews, conceptual development papers, as well as completed empirical studies.
The featured keynote speakers will be Douglas Kleiber of the University of Georgia, who speaks at the opening keynote session after lunch today, and Judith Cukier of UW's faculty of environmental studies, whose talk comes tomorrow morning.
One of the talks will be "Leisure Behaviour and Career Development: An Exploration Through the Case of Computer Sciences", by graduate student Peter Morden, who's also co-chair of the symposium. Among other topics on the agenda are conservation strategies in North American bear viewing areas; what Canadian visitors are seeking in their Barbados tourism experience; leisure self-efficacy in individuals with visual impairments who use guide dogs and the relationship to recreation participation; and fear of violence as a form of social control and the impact of this fear on women's leisure experience.
Participants will join in a "symposium social" tonight at Molly Bloom's Irish Pub on Phillip Street.
"The difference this term," says Alex McCulloch of the library's user services department, "is that self-renewal through the web will not be available from 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, until about 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, due to planned upgrades to the TRELLIS servers. Anyone planning to use self-renew needs to use it by May 9, but not during the weekend."
Linda Teather of the library's systems department sends more information about the system shutdown: "TRELLIS, the library catalogue shared by Waterloo, Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier, will be unavailable on the May 5-6 weekend to permit a Solaris operating system upgrade. This downtime will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, and extend through the weekend.
"A backup catalogue will be available, and a link to this site will be added to the UW Library home page.
"Access to most other electronic library services (electronic journals and indexes, TUGDocs and TUGILL forms, etc.) is not affected by the upgrade and will be available as usual.
"While TRELLIS is down, there will be no access to renewals, holds and recalls, and item status information via the web, but requests for holds and recalls will be taken by staff at the Library User Services desks. Within the libraries, self-charge will not be available but circulation service will be available at the User Services desks and staffing hours at these desks will be extended to begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Porter and Davis libraries on both Saturday and Sunday.
"We apologize for the inconvenience and will restore TRELLIS to normal use as early as possible on the weekend."
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