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Friday, May 23, 2003

  • Alzheimer conference set for Monday
  • More injuries and more fires
  • Other notes and events today
Chris Redmond

Doors Open Toronto this weekend

[St. Paul's on a sunny day]

St. Paul's United College will mark "the biggest celebration in St. Paul's history" tomorrow, an open house in honour of the college's 40th anniversary. An invitation addressed to "alumni, students, staff, faculty, United Church members, donors, Honorary Fellows, former Board members, and all [St. Paul's logo] close friends" promises "fun, fellowship and festivities! We are planning a celebration of the College's remarkable past and ambitious future." From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be tours, photo displays and children's activities; a lunch-hour barbecue is planned along with a 3 p.m. chapel service. The smallest of UW's four church colleges, St. Paul's is affiliated with Hamilton Conference of the United Church of Canada, and provides a residential community as well as academic programs in religious studies, Canadian studies, Native studies, and spirituality and personal development.

Alzheimer conference set for Monday -- from the UW media relations office

A one-day conference will be held on campus Monday to discuss innovative approaches to the care of people with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.

The event, called "Horticulture and Complementary Therapies," is presented by the Kenneth G. Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) based at UW. It will be held at the Ron Eydt Village Conference Centre .on campus.

The conference is aimed at "those with a keen interest in exploring innovative approaches to care." Topics to be discussed will relate to the resident, staff and family. "It is designed to illustrate innovative approaches using horticulture and complementary therapies to enhance the quality of life of people with Alzheimer's," said Michael Sharratt, chair of the MAREP management committee and dean of applied health sciences.

Keynote speaker is Mitchell Hewson, a registered horticultural therapist, who will talk about "Healing through Horticulture". He will discuss special exercises, projects and activities for working with people with dementia.

Workshops will cover Botanical Prints/Creative Arts for Dementia; Healing Gardens: An Inspiration; Aromatherapy for Specialized Populations; and Music Therapy and Dementia.

The launch of the Alzheimer's Research Exchange Web site will also take place. The site will integrate and communicate research findings to improve dementia care practices in Canada. It is a joint undertaking by MAREP, the Homewood Foundation, Homewood Health Centre and Manulife Financial.

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  • More injuries and more fires

    Once a day last year, somebody working for UW was injured on the job, says the annual injury and fire report from UW's safety office.

    There were 256 on-the-job injuries in 2002, ranging from falls on slippery sidewalks to encounters with caustic chemicals. While 56 of the incidents were in the custodial area of plant operations, others ranged all over the campus, from the rest of the plant operations units to food services, the library and the philosophy department.

    Staff and faculty members suffered bruises, animal bites, needle punctures, cuts, sprains, scalds, fractures, inhalation poisoning, and 14 verified repetitive strain injuries, the report says.

    In 2001 there had been 192 reported injuries, including 16 classified as "lost time", meaning that the person injured wasn't able to come to work for at least one day following the accident. Last year that figure more than doubled, to 38 lost-time injuries.

    To cover the costs incurred in on-the-job injuries, UW pays almost $600,000 a year to the provincial Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. (The premium is 34 cents per $100 in salaries.)

    Besides the employee injuries, there were 158 reported injuries to students and visitors last year -- a figure that likely isn't complete, since the university doesn't have the same legal responsibility to track such incidents.

    The report also counts fire calls -- a total of 101 alarms during 2002, down from 111 the previous year. "Most of the alarms (18) occurred in Village I," the report notes.

    "There were 11 cases of actual fire, fumes, smoke, which was an increase from 6 in 2001." Five of the 11 actual fires were deliberately set.

    The other fire alarms had a wide range of causes: paint fumes, cooking, tobacco smoke, steam, construction dust, people bumping into alarm boxes, short circuits, lightning. And there were 23 deliberate false alarms (ten of them in the residences), not counting two cases where small children pulled the alarms.


    Yesterday's question was aimed at staff and faculty members only.

    Would you consider taking the bus more often if you could buy a $50-a-month bus pass?

    Yes -- 93
    No -- 305
    Not sure -- 43

    Other notes and events today

    News arrived yesterday of the death of Sarah Collins, a first-year science student. She died April 20 following a highway crash two days earlier -- Good Friday evening -- near her home in Kingsville in southwestern Ontario. Tracy Collins, her sister and also a UW student, was seriously injured in the crash. Police said an impaired driving charge was "pending" for the driver of the car which struck their vehicle on highway 77.

    Linda Norton, director of UW Graphics, writes that "Graphics recently received a 2003 Excellence in Print Award from the Ontario Printing and Imaging Association. In the category of single sheet flyers, one to three colours, our Co-operative Education & Career Services 'Welcome to the University of Waterloo Campus' two colour flyer designed by Monica Lynch was the overall category winner. Printed on Graphics' two colour Heidelberg Printmaster by operator Alan McColl, the flyer won on the basis of the quality of the printing and for the overall design elements that make it an effective and appealing piece."

    The recently distributed newsletter ("It's Our Waterloo") from the Keystone Campaign includes a full page of up-close-and-personal with some of the people who work in the co-op education and career services department. For example: "Tony Munro's experience as the International Co-ordinator is quite literally colourful. He actively encourages students to keep in touch with him by sending postcards. The bulletin board in his office is covered with postcards from across the United States and from far-flung students in Germany, Malaysia, and South Africa. One student realized it was cheaper to send a souvenir of the seven colours of sand in the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates than it was to send a postcard."

    Results are out from UW's annual French contest for high school students, which attracted 132 participants this year. Taking top honours, in a tie, are Branimir Cacic of St. Francis Xavier Secondary School in Mississauga and Katie Mendelsohn of Ancaster High School. Second-place winner is Cyndi Vukets of Waterloo Collegiate Institute. Winners in various categories, and their teachers, will be on campus May 29 to have dinner and pick up their prizes, which range from books to scholarship cheques.

    Mathematics student Yushan Hu appeared in court twice this week in Kitchener. He's charged with attempted murder and other offences following an encounter in a Victoria Street apartment on May 14. Hu's roommate, whose name has not been made public, is in critical condition with head injuries, and Hu suffered stab wounds. Representatives of the UW Chinese Students and Scholars Association and the Chinese consulate in Toronto have been following the case.

    Some happenings on campus today and over the weekend:

    And the Waterloo County and Area Quilt Festival continues. As I said yesterday, the big juried quilt show is being held in the UW art gallery this year -- and then I went and wrote that the gallery was in South Campus Hall, when of course it's in East Campus Hall, with access off Phillip Street.


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