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Friday, April 23, 2004

  • Voicemail move set for tomorrow
  • Literary magazine eyes Stratford
  • Food services and other notes
Chris Redmond

George and other saints

NSERC honours long-time researchers

A reception will be held today to recognize the 87 UW researchers who have received 25 consecutive years of funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. The event, being held by NSERC in collaboration with UW, takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Festival Room in South Campus Hall. The event coincides with NSERC's 25th anniversary.

Attending will be Tom Brzustowski, NSERC president and a former UW provost, who will recognize "the outstanding achievement of so many UW researchers". He will pay tribute "not only to the quality of the work that is recognized by peers but also the constant productivity" of the UW researchers, NSERC said.

Voicemail move set for tomorrow

Upgrading the UW voicemail system stumbled in December because of hardware problems, but is expected to be a success when information systems and technology tackles it again tomorrow.

"We want to inform the campus about the disruption and ask them to delete all unneeded messages," writes Bruce Uttley of IST.

The existing Meridian Mail system, little changed since it was installed a decade ago, is now being replaced by a new system from the same vendor, under the name CallPilot. Both are products of Nortel and distributed by Bell Canada.

Says IST: "No voicemail service will be available after 6 a.m. on Saturday morning as the migration of mailboxes, greetings and voicemail messages is done to CallPilot. Starting about noon on Saturday, the biggest change you will notice is the initial greeting at ext. 4966 saying 'CallPilot . . . Mailbox?' CallPilot has features to unify voicemail, e-mail and faxes with a web interface that will be evaluated later in the new year."

Uttley notes that "The migration from old to new will go faster if people will clean up their voicemail and delete any messages that are not needed." He's expecting less technical trouble than last time, as the hardware problem has been fixed. And: "This time Meridian Mail will be taken down and all the directory and messages will be moved before CallPilot is enabled to avoid any problems of lost password changes or missed messages."

Any questions can be directed to IST's telephone services division at ext. 4488.

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  • Literary magazine eyes Stratford -- from the UW media relations office

    Three Stratford-based writers and artists are featured in the current issue of The New Quarterly, one of Canada's oldest and best-known literary magazines.

    Issue #88, which hit newsstands this week, features a conversation with novelist and poet Jane Urquhart, a profile of artist and collector Art Green and new poetry from writer Charles Mountford.

    "Stratford is a magnet for creative types," says the magazine's Ed Tell. "With such an abundance of literary and artistic talent, of course it spills into our pages."

    Urquhart is a Stratford writer with a sheaf of prizes. Last year, her novel The Stone Carvers was selected as the featured title for Waterloo Region's One Book, One Community project. In this issue, TNQ board member Margaret O'Shea Bonner talks to Urquhart about being the author the whole town is reading; about disguising real towns and getting outed; and about the hold that places, both real and imaginary, have on the literary imagination.

    Art Green -- a UW fine arts professor -- is a Stratford painter, thinker and collector. If the word "collector" conjures for you champagne divas at museum openings or old men oiling the wheels of tiny trains, Green will make you think again. His collection, like his art, lives the intersection of the eccentric and the ideal -- the perfect curl of soft-serve ice cream, the high gloss of advertised fingernails, the Boy's Own Almanac.

    Speaking of collections, Green's paintings are included in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna.

    He has taught several generations of local artists as a member and former chair of the fine arts department. The fine colour reproductions accompanying the profile were made possible by a grant from the new Waterloo Regional Arts Fund towards a series of three features on the conjunction between word and image.

    The final Stratfordite featured in the newest New Quarterly is poet Charles Mountford, author of two books of poetry and member of the League of Poets. Mountford is also an opera librettist and is currently translating poetry from Modern Persian. This issue features three new poems.

    A 23-year-old journal published out of St. Jerome's University, TNQ is a literary journal with national scope. The list of people published in TNQ is a who's who of Canadian Literature and includes Douglas Glover, Leon Rooke, Andrew Pyper, Russell Smith, Annabelle Lyon, P.K. Page and many more. The journal also takes pride in discovering new and overlooked talent and placing it alongside famous names.

    Food services and other notes

    The few days between winter and spring terms will be a quiet period, and could be a hungry and thirsty one as well. Food services has only a few of its outlets open: Brubakers in the Student Life Centre (but not for supper), Bon Appetit in the Davis Centre (limited lunch service), Browsers in the Dana Porter Library, Bookends in South Campus Hall, and Tim Horton's in Davis. A couple of other outlets -- Tim's in Modern Languages and the coffee shop in CEIT -- are open today but closed next week.

    The libraries, Davis and Dana Porter, are open 8:00 to 6:00 today and next week, noon to 6 p.m. on the weekend (and Browsers coffee shop in Dana Porter will be closed Saturday and Sunday).

    Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry, annual meeting and awards Friday afternoon; seminar by Brian Henry, U of Guelph, "Some Vibrations Are Just Not Normal", open to the public, 3:00, Davis Centre room 1302.

    Waterloo Potters' Workshop spring sale, Friday 1:00 to 9:30, Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday noon to 4, Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex.

    Nanotechnology seminar, Gregory Lopinski, National Research Council, "Molecular Electronics on Silicon Surfaces", 1:30, Chemistry II room 361.

    Rhythm Dance recitals today through Sunday, Humanities Theatre.

    'The Children's Hour', Elora Community Theatre, production stage-managed by UW staff member Erin Moffat, this weekend and next at Fergus Grand Theatre, information (519) 787-1981.

    Earth Day tree-planting at RIM Park, Saturday 10:00 to 1:00, information 747-8643.

    Centre for Environmental and Information Technology water shutdown, Saturday 8 a.m. to noon.

    Resurrection Dance Troupe of Haiti -- visited by UW staff member Lisa Szepaniak in 2002 -- performs Sunday 7 p.m. at Vineyard Church, Cambridge, information 740-8463.

    UW food services featured on "ProvinceWide", CKCO television, Sunday 6:30 p.m.

    The staff association is short on future leaders, judging from an announcement yesterday: "As no nominations were received for the position of President-Elect for 2004-05, the SA Executive Committee has decided to extend the nomination period to noon on Thursday, April 29." There's more information on the association's web site, or from executive member Sue Fraser in the kinesiology department.

    [Maple Leafs car flag] With the Employee Wellness Fair beginning on Monday, "there are lots of spaces still available to attend the guest speaker seminars," writes Megan Lindsay from the health services department. "To register for a seminar please call Linda Brogden at ext. 6264." I listed the topics and times in yesterday's Daily Bulletin; they begin with Ron Ellis, formerly of the Maple Leafs, speaking Monday at noontime on "One Man's Journey Through Depression".

    The university secretariat announced this week that there's a new UW "procedure" -- a set of administrative rules -- dealing with "Contracts and Agreements, Zero or Unspecified Dollar Amounts". It's officially Procedure 25, although there aren't really 25 procedures, just 10 that are currently in force. Says this one in part: "Where contracts or agreements, relating generally to the operation and development of the University, contain either zero or unspecified dollar amounts, the authority to bind the University to such contracts and agreements is set out below. Accountability for due diligence prior to execution and ultimate compliance following execution rests with the co-signatories. Persons designated under this resolution are expected not to exercise their signing authority in circumstances where conflicts of interest exist or could be seen to exist. . . . Executed originals are to be retained in the offices of the Dean, department head, or President/Provost. A copy of the executed document is to be filed with the Secretary of the University." Generally speaking, such a contract requires two officials to sign it -- typically a department chair or head and a dean or other senior official.

    Data flows faster: "We have upgraded the campus general Internet circuit from 40Mbps via Fibretech/HOT to 100Mbps via ORION to Cogent at the Toronto Internet Exchange," says a note from Doug Payne, of information systems and technology, posted on the uw.network newsgroup.

    Luanne McGinley, of the staff association social committee, asks me to point out that the May 15 Niagara wine tour -- which I mentioned briefly the other day -- "is open to all people at the university", not just staff association members. Anybody who might be interested, and hasn't seen the association's flyer about the trip, can get more information from McGinley, lemcginl@watarts.

    And . . . hydro power (as well as heating and ventilation) will be shut off in the early hours of Monday morning in several campus buildings: Modern Languages, Environmental Studies I and II, Arts Lecture, PAS (Psychology), Humanities, and the Minota Hagey Residence. The shutdown is scheduled for 4;30 to 7:30 a.m. "Computer equipment should be shut down in an orderly fashion," the plant operations department suggests.


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