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Tuesday, March 25, 2003

  • Mitchell moves up in administration
  • Warrior honours mark season's end
  • Events of today . . . and tomorrow
  • Pixels in the big picture
Chris Redmond

The first quarter-day of the year


Mitchell moves up in administration

Bruce Mitchell (left), geography professor and UW's associate vice-president (academic), will move up to be associate provost (academic and student affairs) as of July 1.

Mitchell will succeed Gary Waller as associate provost, who ranks right behind the president and the provost in UW's hierarchy. Waller announced a few weeks ago that he will be going back to the psychology department after nine years in central administration.

Mitchell will serve a five-year term starting July 1, provost Amit Chakma told UW's senate last night. A memo announcing the appointment is going across campus today.

Says Chakma's memo: "Professor Mitchell has been serving as Associate Vice-President Academic since 1998. He has been responsible for academic program reviews, interdisciplinary programs and international affairs, and has provided a strong leadership in this portfolio.

"I am personally grateful to Professor Mitchell for his commitment and dedication to UW and his willingness to take on a new role as Associate Provost Academic and Student Affairs. President Johnston and I look forward to working with Professor Mitchell, and we are confident that he will have your full cooperation and support."

Warrior honours mark season's end -- from athletics and recreational services

With varsity sports over and done with for another year, UW has had eight athletes selected to All-Canadian honours, as selected by coaches nationwide.

They are Robin Leslie, Erin Morton and Julia Morton (field hockey); Kristi Heemskerk and Leighann Nevermann (rugby); Daniella Carrington (track); Steven Flatt (soccer); and Matt Mains (swimming).

All these athletes agree that being selected an All-Canadian is a high honour. "It is a big honour to know that all the coaches not only in the OUA league admire and respect your playing but also coaches from across the country," says Leslie, who along with the Morton sisters led the Warriors to the OUA championship this season, snapping a streak of second place finishes over the last few years.

"I think the biggest honour will be to come back in twenty years and see my picture on the wall," adds Heemskerk, referring to the "Hall of Fame" in the PAC outside the varsity gym.

Flatt, who has been selected as an All-Canadian before, sees the title as a testament to his team as well as himself. "There are numerous others on the soccer team who are just as deserving of this title. Their skill, hard work, and commitment to excellence is the reason I am receiving this award."

These athletes are headed in different directions next year. Robin Leslie graduates in April and plans to play semi-pro field hockey in Europe come September. Julia Morton has been sidelined for the next year with a back injury, but will continue with coaching the Ontario Under 16 team. Matt Mains will continue on with the Warriors, as will Kristi Heemskerk and Stephen Flatt. Erin Morton has waived her fifth and final year at UW, opting instead to head to Vancouver to train with the Canadian National team for the 2004 season, and eventually hopes to pursue a post-graduate degree in marketing management.

[Suits, ties and smiles]

Imprint sports editors Rod McLachlan, left, and Adam McGuire present the Coach of the Year trophy to Doug Painter, who steers UW's golf team.

The athletics department held its 42nd annual Athletics Awards banquet on Friday night, and here's a summary of the honours presented.

Brian Farrance Therapy Award, co-winners: Sara Marshall, Mike Whitlaw.

Lifesaving Award: Ian Detta, Darryl Nequest.

Federation of Students Rookies of the Year: Michael Davis, basketball; Erin McClure, cross-country.

J. O. Hemphill Award in recognition of outstanding administrative contribution to the Inter-University program: Kurt Rohmann, swimming.

Director's Award in recognition of outstanding administrative contribution to the Inter-University program: Amanda Breen, figure skating.

Athletes in Action Award, presented to a student-athlete who has contributed to the inter-university program combining athletics, academics, and volunteering on and off-campus: Kurt Rohmann, swimming.

Imprint Coach of the Year: Doug Painter, golf.

Totzke Trophy for male athlete of the year: Matt Mains, swimming.

Marsden Trophy for female athlete of the year: Robin Leslie, field hockey.

[Two wigs and a dressing-gown]

Judged by David Devine and Jennifer Scullion is the central figure in "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde", which is almost ready to hit the Theatre of the Arts stage. Brett Haynes plays Wilde in the drama department production, which runs Wednesday through Saturday. Tickets are at the Humanities box office, 888-4908.

Events of today . . .

The Early Childhood Education Centre in the psychology department will hold its spring toy sale today and tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Someone from Jocus Toys will be at the centre (PAS building room 1015) to take orders "for delivery before Easter".

The Pure Math, Applied Math and Combinatorics and Optimization Club presents a talk at 3:30 today by Kathryn Hare of the pure math department. She'll speak on "Sums of Cantor Sets", and I'm sorry, I don't have the room number, but I bet you'll find it in the Math and Computer building.

The religious studies department will hold its end-of-term awards presentation and reception starting at 4:30 today in the chapel lounge at Renison College.

An information about the new Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology program will be held at 4:30 today in Davis Centre room 1304.

The city of Waterloo will hold "a workshop on the development of a Terms of Reference for the Lodging House Study", starting at 7 p.m. at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex. People wanting to attend were asked to register in advance; last-minute information should be available at 886-1551 ext. 2212.

. . . and tomorrow

A "think tank" about a proposed university wide health informatics institute will be held all morning tomorrow in Davis Centre room 1302 -- mostly for people who expressed interest in the idea at two open meetings held last week by Dominic Covvey, UW's "chair in health informatics".

March is Nutrition Month, as I've been mentioning, and in honour of the occasion, health services invites people to drop by tomorrow between 2 and 4 p.m. (That's the white building, a Raymond Moriyama original, overlooking the pond across from the Student Life Centre.) Enticements: "Enjoy a healthy snack . . . speak with a nutrition nurse . . . test your nutrition IQ . . . you could win a great prize!"

The teaching resources and continuing education office will hold a workshop on "Writing CVs and Cover Letters", starting at noon. Information and preregistration: ext. 3132.

"Hot Latin Jazz", featuring Michael Wood on vibraphone, is promised at a 12:30 concert tomorrow in the Conrad Grebel University College chapel.

And the Federation of Students will hold a general meeting -- that means all undergraduate students are welcome -- at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow in the great hall of the Student Life Centre. Agenda items include ratification of the elected executive for 2003-04 and approval of a cost-of-living increase in the Fed fee, to $29 per term.

Pixels in the big picture

First, a correction -- actually two corrections -- about something I wrote in yesterday's Daily Bulletin. I managed to misspell the name of Shaz Rahaman, and I said she was a student, when in fact she's a staff member for UW's software engineering program. I did, however, get it right that she's looking for sponsors for the Weekend to End Breast Cancer in mid-September. The Weekend is a benefit for Toronto's Princess Margaret Hospital.

Voting will close today at 6:00 in the election of a new president for the Graduate Student Association. There are two candidates -- Simon Guthrie of optometry and Igor Ivkovic of electrical and computer engineering -- and ballots were sent to graduate students by campus mail. Chief returning officer Jason Grove notes that he will have "office hours" at the Graduate House during the last hour of balloting today, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Here's a bit more about plans for changes in the bookstore, from store manager Chris Read: "The Bookstore in South Campus Hall will be closed from Friday, March 28, through Monday, March 31. We will be moving every shelf in the store to create a new layout. The store is being designed to allow about 40% more shelf space for textbooks, while at the same time providing a more user-friendly layout for both textbooks and general books. There is no new physical space being created, just more efficient use of existing space. This new layout will also give us the flexibility to double the number of cash registers at the beginning of term. Sorry for the inconvenience, but please visit us beginning April 1 (no joke) to see our new layout! Note: Bookends Café will be open Friday and Monday, regular hours."

UW Graphics sends word that the job of overhauling the former arts copy centre in the Humanities building is now complete, and the centre has been converted to a self-service copying area: "Take advantage of a new Ricoh 1018 digital copier with both coin and WatCard usage." Full-service copying is available at several locations across campus, including the Dana Porter Library.

The university secretariat sends this report on recent elections of student members of the UW senate: "Elections for undergraduate students to Senate closed at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, and the results were as follows: Engineering: Emma Saask, term May 1, 2003 to April 30, 2005; At-Large: Siyan Li, term May 1, 2003 to April 30, 2004; At-Large: Liam McHugh-Russell, term May 1, 2003 to April 30, 2005."

And . . . no, there aren't any results yet from the ACM programming contest being held in Beverly Hills (home of "Chicago"). UW's team, reaching for the top, has been there for preliminary activities over the weekend, and the actual competition gets going this morning.


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