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Thursday, April 15, 2004

  • Provost stresses role of staff
  • Two athletes join Warrior pantheon
  • Spring retirements are listed
  • Just a few other notes today
Chris Redmond

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Provost stresses role of staff

In Monday's Daily Bulletin I reported that at the April 6 board of governors meeting, in response to the budget situation, several board members suggested UW consider employing management tools to determine possibilities for streamlining and efficiencies.

UW provost Amit Chakma advises that "although governors made these suggestions intending to be helpful, some staff have responded that the comments showed lack of understanding of the of the integral and critical role staff plays in the continued success of our institution."

In a statement he's asked me to publish, the provost writes:

"I want to reassure staff that both the Board of Governors and the Executive Council are highly appreciative of the integral role staff plays in fulfilling the University's mission. Notwithstanding the challenges of a changing environment and increasing workloads, staff consistently show their commitment to this university and all its stakeholders through the high quality work and service they deliver.

"Although we are faced with fiscal constraints, solving our financial problems by reducing staff, thereby exacerbating an already heavy workload, is always a last resort and one we work very hard to avoid."

Two athletes join Warrior pantheon

Two people joined UW's Athletics Hall of Fame at the 21st annual induction ceremony, held with a dinner in South Campus Hall on April 3 -- and one of the newcomers is now in the Hall twice.

A news release from the athletics department explains the double honour to Mike Guimond: "On March 12, 1994, Mike was inducted as a member of the 1973-74 CIAU Men's Hockey Championship Team. This time around, the former team captain will be honoured for his distinguished career as a member of the Warrior Hockey Team.

"In his first season with Waterloo ('72-'73), joining the Warriors from St. Thomas of the OHA Tier II Junior A loop, Guimond was the leading scorer for the Warriors with 16 goals and 24 assist for 40 points with 0 penalty minutes. Guimond was a talented playmaker with an excellent wrist shot and his rugged nature made him a valuable forechecker for Coach Bob McKillop. From his center position, Mike was a rookie all-star in the OUAA. . . . Mike completed his rookie season with the honour of being named the Warrior's Most Valuable Player, voted on by his team mates.

[Showing off certificates]

Joy Stratten and Mike Guimond at the Hall of Fame induction dinner

"In 1973-74, Mike was named team captain and etched his name in Warrior Hockey history when he scored a career high 15 goals and 33 assists for 48 points, with 16 penalty minutes, leading the Warriors to their first ever CIAU Hockey Championship. Guimond was featured on a line with wingers Ron Hawkshaw (Hall of Fame, 1990) and Russ Elliot. The perennial OUAA All-star was a top ranked sniper and arguably one the best centermen the CIAU has ever seen."

The other inductee to the Hall of Fame was swimmer Joy Stratten. Says the news release: "As a newcomer to the Athenas swim team in 1970, Joy Stratten was slotted to swim the IM and butterfly events. But few predicted she would dominate in the freestyle. Joy demonstrated her prowess in the freestyle by setting a new team and O-QWITCA record in the 400m with a time of 4:57.4. This was followed up . . . with a new team record in the 200m free. Joy contributed in the IM, winning three events including the 100m IM along with the 200m and 400m free. This triple win combination was accomplished again in the final eight team invitational meet at McMaster prior to the O-Q championships. Finishing off her first year Joy won the O-Q 100 IM. Along with this individual win, Joy's swims in the 200m and 400m freestyle and relay events contributed to the Athenas winning the 1970-71 league championship.

"Following a year off, Joy returned to the Athenas for the 1972-73 season. She proved the 200m free was her specialty as she came through with a win at an Invitational at Buffalo and a new team record at the Women's invitational. At the 1972-73 OWIAA Championships, Joy was the lead member of the championship-winning 4x100m free relay team with Cathy Adams, Sue Alderson and Maida Murray. The relay performances along with a strong Athena showing led to the capturing of the league championship.

"Wins in the pool, however, do not depict all of the contributions Joy made to the Athenas. Joy was selected by her teammates as the 'swimmer making the greatest contribution' in both her years with the team. Leading by example and working hard, and being recognized by your peers for those contributions, gives one an overall sense of accomplishment. Joy's contribution to the Athenas has proven to pay dividends both in and out of the pool, and her legacy will not be forgotten."

Spring retirements are listed

Quite a number of staff and faculty members are retiring this spring. Here are some of them, as listed in memos from the human resources department:

Alice Carroll, administrative assistant to the academic dean at St. Jerome's University, who came to UW in 1986, retiring April 1.

Joy Cochrane, housekeeper at Renison College, who came to campus in 1987, retiring February 1.

Frank de Lint, director of finance and administration for Materials and Manufacturing Ontario, who joined the regular staff in 1998, retiring April 1.

Anoma De Silva, cataloguing and information services associate in the library, who joined the staff in 1972, retiring March 1.

Leroy (Lee) Dickey, faculty member in pure mathematics, who joined the faculty in 1971, retiring May 1.

Frederick Fedosoff, network liaison manager for Materials and Manufacturing Ontario, who started work in 2001, retiring March 1.

[Will Gilbert] Will Gilbert (left), faculty member in pure mathematics, who came to UW in 1968, retiring May 1.

Elizabeth (Betty) Graham, secretary in the Engineering Machine Shop, who started work in 1981, retiring April 1.

Richard (Dick) Hutchinson, shipping and receiving coordinator in optometry, who came to UW in 1990, retiring April 1.

Cynthia Jones, administrative coordinator for graduate studies in civil engineering, who joined the staff in 1983, retiring April 1.

Elizabeth Lettenbauer, holdings maintenance clerk in the library, who came to UW in 1973, retiring March 1.

Sylvan Martin, residence custodian at Conrad Grebel University College, who came to campus in 1988, retiring March 1.

Mone Quintana, interlibrary loan clerk in the library, who came to UW in 1975, retiring March 1.

Jeno Scharer, professor in chemical engineering, who joined UW's faculty in 1967, retiring May 1.

May Shane, clerical assistant in Ron Eydt Village since 1987, retiring May 1.

Ruth Ann Werth, food services assistant in Village I, who joined the staff in 1977, retiring April 1.

Just a few other notes today

There's an update on a problem that had been facing the school of optometry, as mentioned here a couple of days ago. William Bobier, director of the school and associate dean of science, writes: "I am happy to report that through the vigilant efforts of this university, the issue around optometry students attending externships in the United States has been resolved with the US Consulate in Toronto. Over the next few weeks, a number of final year Optometry students will once more be attending extern sites in the United States. The suspension of the US externships allowed us the opportunity to develop and sustain a number of new extern sites within Canada. I add this update for the sake of those interested in the Optometry program who could make the wrong inference regarding the current status of the externship program."

Tomorrow's the deadline for nominations as the UW staff association prepares to choose its leaders for the coming year. Positions open include vice-president, secretary, treasurer, two directors, and a president-elect. President of the association in 2004-05 will be Avril McVicar of the distance and continuing education office, who was chosen at this time last year. A yellow nomination form was sent to association members recently, and must be returned by tomorrow with signatures of the nominator and two seconders. "Please," says the form, "run for office or nominate a worthy colleague." Last-minute information should be available from the association office at ext. 3566.

Fryer, Galois and Hypatia math contests for grades 9, 10, 11, sponsored by UW's Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing, being written today.

Born to Be Mild: "A Sensible Introduction to Motorcycling", sponsored by engineering alumni, 7 to 9 p.m., Davis Centre lounge, details online.

Becoming a More Confident Computer User, continuing education course, four Thursday evenings starting today, information 888-4002.

Fine arts professor Art Green gives a slide talk at Kitchener city Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Used book sale sponsored by Canadian Federation of University Women, Friday 10 to 9 and Saturday 9 to 1, First United Church, King and William Streets.

Get Up! Clean Up! Neighbourhood cleanup day sponsored by Federation of Students, Friday, details on Feds web site.

Federation Used Bookstore will be open Saturday noon to 6 p.m. for students to drop off textbooks no longer needed.

'Forward Into the Past', day of classes on everything mediaeval, Saturday, details online.

UW's Biotechnology Research Centre -- which was a cutting-edge thrill when it was created in 1991 -- has been quietly closed. The university senate approved its shutdown last month. "In November 2003," a memo in the agenda notes, "the BRC Director wrote: 'given the cluster of new and exciting initiatives on campus that are related to biotechnology, it is clear that the BRC is no longer required on campus to provide a 'storefront' for biotechnology research, as this need is satisfied by a number of other institutes, networks and research groups'." Other research groups that won't be renewed, senate agreed, include the Waterloo Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Centre, for much the same reason: the technology is now widely used.

"When it comes to non-traditional pursuits, Dr. Desta Leavine is an expert," says UW's current "donor report" on Campaign Waterloo gifts. "In a class of 60 medical students at Queen's University," it goes on, "the Kitchener dermatologist was one of only six women. It seems fitting then, that one of her philanthropic choices supports those on non-traditional paths. Renison College is fortunate to count Dr. Leavine as a member of the Town and Gown Society, which grants three scholarships to students in Renison's Social Development Studies and Bachelor of Social Work programs who have entered their program through non-traditional or mature student status. Dr. Leavine not only supports Renison through scholarships, she has also made a significant contribution to the ongoing Working Together -- Building the Future campaign for new educational facilities. . . . Renison is fortunate because Dr. Leavine has also included the college in her estate planning. A planned gift is a way for her to support future generations of pioneers." The paragraph notes that her father, Stanley F. Leavine, was a member of UW's founding board of governors.


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