Wednesday, December 1, 2004
|Light snow is one thing (the photo was taken last week by math student Martin Pei) but winter storms are quite another. Here's a reminder about what to expect in bad winter weather. For simplicity, the rule is that UW closes for the day if the local public school board (Waterloo Region District School Board) closes all its schools (but not if it just cancels the buses). On a winter storm morning, listen to a local radio station, such as AM 570, for an announcement about the schools, or check the UW web home page for a university announcement. If UW closes, there will be no classes or exams, libraries are closed, and everybody gets a 24-hour extension on assignments due that day. A few essential services, including policing and residence cafeterias, will continue. Details of the storm procedure are on the web; search for keyword "storm" from the home page.|
Becoming associate vice-president (strategic initiatives) is Gerry Thompson (left), former chief administrative officer for Waterloo Region. His two-year appointment starts today.
It was announced in a memo yesterday from provost Amit Chakma:
Who's in charge here?President: David Johnston
Vice-President (Academic) and Provost: Amit Chakma
Associate Provost (Academic and Student Affairs): Bruce Mitchell
Associate Vice-President (Academic): Gail Cuthbert Brandt
Associate Vice-President (Learning Resources and Innovation): Tom Carey
Associate Vice-President (Strategic Initiatives): Gerry Thompson
Vice-President (University Research): Paul Guild
Vice-President (Administration and Finance): Dennis Huber
Vice-President (University Relations): Laura Talbot-Allan
Associate Provost (Human Resources and Student Services): Catharine Scott
Interim Associate Provost (Information Systems and Technology): Alan George
Director, Business Operations: Bud Walker
Secretary of the University: Lois Claxton
"Reporting to the Provost, the Associate Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives will help UW administration to explore, identify and analyze various multi-stakeholder initiatives, produce road maps for their pursuit, and help with the execution of these initiatives. In developing a strategy for each of the projects, the Associate Vice-President will assist in the preparation of a business case and help identify and secure funding from external partners. In this latter role, he will interact closely with leaders in the community, industry and government and will position UW to respond to various opportunities.
"Mr. Thompson is very well known in the community as a senior administrator and is uniquely qualified for the position. He has a distinguished record of service as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Region of Waterloo from 1991-2004. In 2003, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to public service, he was awarded the Institute of Public Administration of Canada's (IPAC) Lieutenant Governor's Medal of Distinction in Public Administration. We are extremely fortunate to have a distinguished public servant join the administrative team to lead our strategic projects. The President and I are delighted to have Gerry as a colleague."
The Hallman Foundation's one-time payment of $3 million will be used for an endowment fund to support in perpetuity the school's head position, the Lyle Shantz Hallman Director of the school of pharmacy.
At a meeting of Kitchener City Council, the president of the university, David Johnston, made the exciting announcement while providing Council with an update on the progress of the campus. "We are grateful for this very generous gift by the Lyle Shantz Hallman Charitable Foundation," said Johnston. "Its implications are far reaching for both the university and our community."
The funding comes from the foundation set up to carry on the work of Lyle S. Hallman, described on a UW web site as "Friend to Applied Health Sciences". Hallman died a year ago. The foundation has also made a major gift to help move the Wilfrid Laurier University school of social work downtown.
Jake Thiessen, an associate dean of the University of Toronto school of pharmacy, was named interim director of the UW school earlier this fall.
Jim Hallman, president of the Hallman Foundation, also spoke to Council. "We are very committed to this fine initiative by the City of Kitchener and the University of Waterloo to improve health care in the local region," said Hallman. "We hope our contribution will form a strong foundation for the school of pharmacy."
The UW campus -- a collaborative project between the university and the City of Kitchener -- will be anchored by a school of pharmacy and include a Family Medicine Teaching Centre that will combine clinical care with teaching and research in family medicine. It was made possible by a $30 million commitment from the city. The city's contribution came from a $110-million Economic Development Investment Fund approved by city council in March. The approval of projects under the fund is based on detailed business plans.
"I am delighted that this new downtown campus has made significant progress in such a short time," said mayor Carl Zehr. "We are that much closer to realizing the tremendous benefits the new school will bring, including the revitalization of our downtown economy and the attraction of health care professionals to our community."
The School of Pharmacy could be under construction by 2005, with the first students arriving in 2007. The Family Medicine Teaching Centre will begin phase I in space near the new campus in 2005, in order to provide for new medical trainees for the 2005-06 academic year.
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Rodney Sawatsky, former president of Conrad Grebel University
College, funeral service 11 a.m., First United Church.
Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference information meeting Wednesday 5 p.m., Davis Centre room 1301. The conference will be held January 20-22 in Toronto.
Warrior basketball, women 6 p.m. vs. Windsor, men 8 p.m. vs. Western, PAC main gym.
Germanic and Slavic studies colloquium with graduate student presentations on applied linguistics, Thursday from 10 a.m., Modern Languages building, details online.
Anthropology book launch: Irregular Connections by Harriet Lyons (UW) and Andrew Lyons (Wilfrid Laurier University), Thursday 4 p.m. at Lucinda House, WLU.
Arriscraft architecture lecture: Steve Badanes, Jersey Devil Design/Build Group, Thursday 7 p.m., Architecture lecture room.
Perimeter Institute lecture: Raymond Laflamme, director of UW's Institute for Quantum Computing, "Harnessing the Quantum World", Thursday 7 p.m. at Waterloo Collegiate Institute (wrongly listed yesterday as happening Wednesday).
Orchestra@UWaterloo inaugural concert Thursday 8 p.m., Humanities Theatre, admission free. Math alumni event beforehand, information ext. 3638.
Pre-Christmas concert by UW music ensembles in the Davis Centre great hall, Wednesday, December 8, 12:15.
On this week's list from the human resources department:
Longer descriptions are available on the HR web site.
The morning-long volleyball camp for grade 12 boys, scheduled for this Saturday, is to be held at the Columbia Icefield, not in the PAC as I said a couple of days ago. . . The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, which includes UW's student leaders, is in the middle of a three-day intensive lobbying effort at Queen's Park "to bring their vision of higher education to the government". . . . UW is represented today through Friday at an education fair being held in Hamilton, Bermuda, to interest potential students. . . .
Marlene Epp of Conrad Grebel University College is co-editor of a new book under the title Sisters or Strangers? Immigrant, Ethnic and Racialized Women in Canadian History. . . . There's no announcement of non-credit computing courses being offered in December, says a note from information systems and technology, because no more courses are scheduled until the new year. . . . The latest models of the iPod MP3 player are "perfect holiday gifts", says the Campus TechShop, which is offering various iPods as well as accessories. . . .