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Tuesday, May 22, 2001

  • Senate and board appoint VP today
  • Here are the staff association leaders
  • Exhibit opens at games museum
  • The rest of the news and events

[Franks on the barbecue]
Seasonal fare al fresco is offered by hot dog vendor Paul Hassebroek, who works at Brubakers during the cooler months. He runs one of two hot dog carts operated by UW's food services -- one outside the Math and Computer building, one at the Davis Centre -- for the lunch crowd that can't bear to be indoors on those perfect spring days, so unlike today. The cart offers "premium Piller's hot dogs", sausages, and veggie dogs.

Senate and board appoint VP today

UW's senate and board of governors will be asked tonight to approve the name of UW's next vice-president (academic) and provost.

A report from the nominating committee is on the agenda in a closed session at the end of the senate's regular monthly meeting. The meeting starts at 4:30 p.m. (Needles Hall room 3001) and the confidential session is scheduled for 6:00.

(Between 4:30 and 6:00, the senate will deal with such matters as revisions to UW Policy 3, about sabbatical leave procedures, and hear a presentation about housing for graduate and undergraduate students.)

The board of governors executive committee meets earlier in the day (2 p.m., Needles Hall room 3004), and the board itself has been called to a special meeting at 7 p.m. to deal with the nominating committee's report.

UW has been looking for a new provost since Jim Kalbfleisch announced last fall that he would take early retirement from that post. As of January 1, Alan George, the dean of mathematics, became acting vice-president and provost. He'll return to the math faculty when a new provost arrives.

The provost is the university's chief academic and operating officer, and serves as acting president when the university's president is away.

Here are the staff association leaders

Here's the full list of people who will lead UW's staff association for the coming year. They take office at the group's annual general meeting at noontime on June 1. All positions were filled by acclamation this year, meaning there won't be any election ballots.

President will be Ed Chrzanowski, math faculty computing facility, who was elected to the president-elect's position a year ago.

Past president will be Walter McCutchan, information systems and technology, who's finishing his presidential term.

President-elect will be Steve Breen, information systems and technology, who takes office as president in 2002-03. A UW staff member since 1970, he notes that his position "has provided the opportunity to work with numerous departments and staff across campus, thus increasing his awareness of challenges faced in operating such a large organization. This position has provided lots of interaction with fellow staff and the opportunity to discuss their feelings and opinions."

Vice-president will be Chris Henderson, purchasing services, who has been serving as a director of the association.

Treasurer will be Doug McTavish, finance, for a second year in office.

Secretary will be Anne Jenson, Institute for Computer Research, taking a full year term after filling in as secretary for part of the past year.

New directors will be Paul Ludwig, Institute for Computer Research, and Nancy O'Neil, Student Life Centre. Continuing directors will be Brian Whitfield, engineering machine shop, and Bruce Woods, central stores.

Higher education news

  • Government gives details on northern Ontario medical school

  • British universities face mergers

  • Supreme Court supports Trinity Western University

  • Public supports increased funding for education

  • Berkeley prepares to cope with blackouts
  • Exhibit opens at games museum

    A new exhibit -- "The Geometry of Games" -- will open today at UW's Elliott Avedon Museum and Archive of Games in Matthews Hall.

    This summer, a news release from the museum explains, the mathematics faculty will be hosting an international conference on Computational Geometry, "and our exhibit with its focus on geometry principles found in games complements this. The roles of two and three-dimensional shapes, lines, and angles within games are highlighted. Various examples are exhibited, including tangrams, puzzles (wire, string, and 3-D), shuffleboard, and string games. There is also a curious display on geometric paradoxes that should leave you very confused."

    This exhibit also features a hands-on opportunity for visitors to play and enjoy many of the games.

    The exhibit will be open to the public from now through mid-October. Admission is free, but "Cash donations are welcome." Summer hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    The museum collection includes more than 5,000 objects, many of which have been exhibited in the public gallery since 1971. The games in the collection come from many parts of the world and from public and corporate donations through the years. Donations are always welcome. A few hundred of these are documented on the museum's web site, which is regularly updated by the museum's founder, Elliott Avedon, from his retirement home in Florida.

    In the form of a "virtual exhibit," each documentary web page includes one or more illustrations of collection objects -- many of which were photographed by the late Gerry Hagey, a museum volunteer who was the first president of UW.

    The museum is operated by the department of recreation and leisure studies and staffed by graduate students.

    The rest of the news and events

    With the spring term three weeks old, today is the last day for a 100 per cent tuition refund for students who decide to drop out.

    Career development workshops are continuing. Today at 4:30, the topic is "Developing Your Own Enterprise". Tomorrow it's "Interview Skills: The Basics" at 3:30 and "Preparing for Questions" at 4:30. And Thursday it's "Career Research Package" at 2:30. The career resource centre on the first floor of Needles Hall has more information.

    Then this Saturday, the career folks offer a day-long workshop, "The Whole Kit 'n' Kaboodle", for those who want to learn everything from resume writing to interview skills in a single intensive day. Again, the first floor of Needles Hall is the place to get more information.

    And still more about workshops that can help students: counselling services is offering a number of sessions this term on "Interest Assessment" (the Strong Interest Inventory) and "Exploring Your Personality Type" (the Meyers-Briggs Indicator). More information is available at the counselling services reception desk on the second floor of Needles Hall.

    The personal safety advisory committee will meet tomorrow at 9:15 a.m. in Needles Hall room 3043.

    Also tomorrow, the InfraNet Project presents a talk by Dean Hopkins of Cyberplex Inc., under the title "Changing the Boundaries of Enterprise: The Rise of the Network as the Basis of Competition". This talk was originally scheduled for last month. Says an abstract:

    In this presentation, Dean Hopkins will explore how technologies now enable companies to redefine where they begin and end. This gives rise to the concept of creating a tightly woven network of players that combine to deliver the product or service to the customer. These new networks, if built correctly, threaten enterprises that remain isolated with a much more proactive, customer driven, profitable model. In fact, enterprises have been moving toward this model for some time, but are now able to make a significant leap forward as many of the technology barriers have recently fallen.
    Tomorrow's talk starts at 2:30 p.m. in Davis Centre room 1302.

    Catching up on the news, for those who were wondering: the proposal for Innovate Inc., a UW-sponsored "pre-incubator" for turning ideas into marketable ventures, was approved by the university's board of governors at its April meeting. "It now moves into the implementation phase," says a note from the office of the vice-president (university research), and should be offering "some services" to innovators by Labour Day.

    And finally . . . this fall's football schedule has been announced, and reveals that the season will be starting a week earlier than in the past, meaning that the Warriors have a home game on Labour Day Monday, the day most new students arrive on campus. They'll face the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks at 7 p.m. at University Stadium. On the Saturday of orientation week, they play an away game, at McMaster. Home games are scheduled for September 22 (Windsor), October 6 (Guelph), and October 20 (Toronto) before the playoffs start.


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