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Thursday, April 11, 2002

  • AHS students find a future
  • Speakers set for boot camp
  • WPIRG events today, and more
Chris Redmond

High-tech professor shortage expected

AHS students find a future

Half of the students who graduated from applied health sciences programs last spring have jobs, and nearly all of the other half are carrying on with their education, according to charts from the dean's office in AHS.

Betty Bax reports from Matthews Hall that "eight months following convocation, 97% of the Applied Health Sciences grads from 2001's class are either working, continuing their education or travelling." Her figures are based on responses from 226 students, which is 91 per cent of the 249 who received their bachelor's degrees last June.

Overall, she says, 50 per cent of the students are now in jobs (and 85 per cent of those are "in fields related to their degree"). As for those who aren't employed, 45 per cent of the total "used their degree to further their education", 2 per cent are travelling, and 3 per cent "are currently looking for a job".

AHS includes three departments, whose graduates seem have rather different paths after graduation:

What kind of jobs do AHS grads get? The listing includes "recreational therapist", recruitment coordinator for Scouts Canada, "program specialist" at a YMCA, "recreation facilitator" for a municipality, "public health promoter" for a district health unit, "research assistant" and "research associate" -- and "professional dancer" (that one is labelled "unrelated" in Bax's report). Two recreation grads are teaching English overseas.

Speakers set for boot camp

A Clarica vice-president who's described as "one of the world's leading experts in knowledge management" will speak at UW's first "boot camp for entrepreneurs", to be held April 22-25.

Hubert Saint-Onge, senior vice-president of strategic capabilities at Clarica Life Insurance Co., will speak on Monday, April 22 starting at 7 p.m. in Siegfried Hall, St Jerome's University.

Says a UW news release:

In 2000, the Most Admired Knowledge Leader study recognized Saint-Onge for consistently providing vision, strategic direction and leadership at Clarica, placing him among a group of world-renowned knowledge leaders, including John F. Welch Jr., former chairman and chief executive officer of General Electric Co., and John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems, Inc.

Knowledge management means creating and leading a culture of collective innovation, knowledge sharing and learning. Used effectively, the application of knowledge to business can enhance the capability, coherence and overall success of the business, making it particularly important for budding entrepreneurs such as those who will attend the boot camp.

"We see this first annual UW business start-up camp as a great way to help motivate students, and indeed alumni, to plan their business ventures and act effectively to make them a successful reality, using knowledge management as a key piece of the puzzle," Saint-Onge said. "Clarica is pleased to be working with UW Innovate and to be a co-sponsor of their first annual boot camp."

In addition, Alan Quarry, president of Quarry Communications Inc., will share his marketing knowledge at the boot camp. "Marketing is a critical element in the success of many new businesses," another news release notes, "but how to go about it is the often neglected first step in a business launch."

Quarry Integrated Communications Inc., based in Waterloo, has grown tenfold since 1988 when Alan Quarry became president, and is now the largest communications firm between Toronto and Vancouver. The staff of 120 develops successful marketing and public relations strategies for its many clients.

"Market research and a basic marketing plan are essential pieces of any new business start-up's efforts," Quarry says, adding he's pleased to be working with UW Innovate and is looking forward to leading the marketing discussions at the inaugural boot camp.

"We are pleased to have such a blockbuster lineup of discussion leaders willing and able to help the enterprising participants at our first annual boot camp this April," said John Cullen, leader of UW's new Enterprise Co-op program in the department of co-operative education and career services.

Other speakers will include accountant George Dube and his business process partner Curtis McLean, to speak on accounting and tax issues; Eric Sundin, CEO, and Scott Murphy, human resources manager, both of DataPerceptions, and Eric Meger, CEO of AccessT, to co-lead discussions on human resources and team building. Helen Jowett, chief executive officer, and Toni Veiledal, director, corporate development at McDonald Green, will lead the camp's discussions on actual start-up, day-to-day, operational issues.

In the event later this month, 30 participants will come together for three and a half days of intensive, practical discussions and workshops at the St. Jerome's University Conference Centre. The event is organized jointly by UW Innovate Inc., a new non-profit UW organization seeking to nurture innovation and entrepreneurial activity within the UW community and Enterprise Co-op, which helps co-op students start their own businesses instead of becoming employees.

UW Innovate may match funding of up to $6,000 to one viable business start-up that develops out of the Boot Camp (some conditions apply). Participants will be pre-screened for their demonstrated serious intent to start a business.

WPIRG events today, and more

The Waterloo Public Interest Research Group sends word of a special event today coinciding with a United Nations celebration marking the 60th ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC):
As many as eight countries -- including Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Greece, Jordan, Latvia, Niger, and Romania -- are expected to add their ratifications to the list, bringing the total number from 56 to 64. The 60th ratification will initiate the process of the treaty's entry into force. There are currently two ad-hoc tribunals for atrocities committed in Yugoslavia and Rwanda; attempts to set up other courts for Sierra Leone and Cambodia have suffered delays, and the same could be true for any future ad-hoc tribunals. It is therefore significant that on July 1, 2002, the world's first permanent court for investigating and prosecuting individuals accused of genocide, war crimes, or crimes against humanity will come into existence. To mark this event, the UW Amnesty International group will organise a talk and discussion session about the ICC, at 12 p.m. in the WPIRG office (Student Life Centre room 2139).
Also today, WPIRG plays a role as the "Anti-G8 Roadshow and Caravan" hits town for "a day of popular education and discussion about the G8 and the growing movement against capitalist globalization". The caravan brings in speakers involved in organizing protests against the "G8" meetings of world leaders in Kananaskis, Alberta, in June.

"The G8 represents the richest nations in the world, and these nations make the rules for the global economy, giving more power to multinational corporations. The G8 upholds the capitalist, imperialist and oppressive world we live in today, where the divide between rich and poor grows at an ever-increasing rate," says Narina Nagra of WPIRG, who's also a member of the K-W Take the Capital committee that's organizing protests in Ottawa. "It is important to oppose the G8 as part of the system which is destroying the world -- the environment and human rights."

"I feel it is our duty to stand up against the G8 and corporate globalization because we live in a privileged society," says Nagra. "The majority of us are not struggling for clean water, shelter, and food -- basic human rights -- on a day-to-day basis. In fact, we live on the backs of others that do. It is important to raise awareness of what the powerful elite are doing to our world, but also to make the connections to local struggles, where racism, poverty and oppression are still systemic."

WPIRG says today's caravan "will be presenting info about a wide range of topics, from the Common Front Campaign against the Tory government in Ontario, to the Peoples' Global Action (PGA) international network of resistance, to the planning for resistance in Alberta in June".

Events today include a workshop on "Security Awareness and Solidarity -- Building a Movement against Police and State Repression" from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the the Student Life Centre, and an evening panel discussion being held at the SPOT, 119B King Street West in downtown Kitchener, starting at 7:00.

A few other notes for today:


April 11, 1996: The library holds a luncheon to honour 20 staff members who are leaving through early retirement. April 11, 1997: The residences announce that Internet wiring will be installed.

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