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Friday, December 10, 2004

  • High scores for accounting grads
  • Staff, faculty support K-W Symphony
  • Just glimpsed through the fog
Chris Redmond

Human Rights Day

[Brochure says Success Starts at the Top]

Lynn Graham, staff member in the school of accountancy, shows off a recruiting poster in front of the school's new branch office. Nine faculty members and a group of graduate students are now based in the "B. F. Goodrich building" at 195 Columbia Street West. Main office of the accountancy school is in the Humanities building.

High scores for accounting grads

"The results of the Uniform Evaluation, which are the final exams for the Chartered Accounting designation, have just been released," writes Alister Mason, director of UW's school of accountancy. "Our Master of Accounting grads came out on top!"

He elaborates: "We had 112 MAcc graduates write the UFE for the first time, and of those 101 or 90% passed. This compares to a national pass rate for first-time writers of 78% and an Ontario pass rate of 74%. Overall, there were 2,561 writers.

"Five of our MAcc graduates earned a place on the National Honour Roll, which was comprised of 58 writers, of whom 18 were from Ontario." The UW-based students receiving honours are Michelle Chan (now at Deloitte & Touche in North York), Scott Gilfillan (PricewaterhouseCoopers, Kitchener), Adam Laiken and Catherine Lam (both Ernst & Young, Toronto), and Hans Yeung (PricewaterhouseCoopers, North York).

Says the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario: "The UFE demands that CA candidates demonstrate the high level of knowledge, analytical ability, integrative thinking and professional judgment that is expected of Chartered Accountants. Through their analysis of complex business simulations, successful candidates demonstrate their competence in a wide range of areas critical to success in business."

The school of accountancy is taking pride on other fronts as well. The latest issue of its newsletter reports that "CCH Canadian Limited, a major provider of business and professional information, threw a party in October to celebrate the Silver Anniversary 25th Edition of its Introduction to Federal Income Taxation in Canada, a standard reference work that is a School of Accountancy production from start to finish.

"Authors are UW emeritus professor Bob Beam and colleagues Stan Laiken and Jim Burnett. . . . Writing the annual updates -- to cover the federal budget, tax law changes and court cases -- consumes all three writers for part of every year. The comprehensive 1,300-page volume is widely used by students and tax practitioners across Canada."

  • Arts for peace and war (message from the dean)
  • Warriors take part in Canadian cross-country championships
  • Distance education grad talks with Oprah
  • Sexual harassment . . . the structure of power
  • Grad student sues U of T and hospital, alleging sex assault
  • 'Help, I'm Broke! Gift Giving for Students'
  • Online university allegedly sold two degrees to cat
  • 'Balancing Parenthood and Academia'
  • U of Guelph opens new science complex
  • 'Not a clothing-optional campus' in Vermont
  • Staff, faculty support K-W Symphony

    A group of staff and faculty members are inviting their co-workers across campus to help support the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony -- and enjoy a "sponsored concert" as part of the deal.

    Says a letter signed by 20 people from academic and non-academic departments, some of whom are present or former members of the KWSO board: "For the past twelve years, the faculty, staff and retirees of the University of Waterloo have joined together to support the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony by sponsoring a symphonic concert through the Professional Colleagues program.

    "The way this works is that, for a donation of $150 to the Symphony, you receive a donation receipt for $70, four tickets to either the sponsored Masterpiece Series April 15 concert, or a Pops Series concert April 1st, recognition as a sponsor in the Masterpiece Series concert programme April 14 and 15, and an invitation to the post-concert reception April 15 to meet Simon Streatfeild, our wonderful Principal Guest Conductor, as well as our great musicians!"

    This year, the letter goes on, the Professional Colleagues are sponsoring the Masterpiece Concert, "Orchestral Enchantment", on Friday, April 15. "Principal guest conductor Simon Streatfeild will conduct the KW Symphony in an evening of brilliant orchestral pieces inspired by fairy tales and great literature. KWS principal violist David Rose will perform Berlioz's unique composition for obbligato viola, based on Byron's tale of Childe Harold, 'Harold in Italy'.

    "If you prefer to attend a Pops concert, please join our very own Larry Larson, on Friday, April 1, as the KWS pays tribute to pop culture that features favourite TV themes and film scores. Conductor David Martin joins Larry Larson to bring these familiar tunes to life. What a great way to spend an evening!"

    The letter promises supporters "the satisfaction of knowing that you've played an important part in helping the music to resonate throughout the hall now and in the future." The KWSO has been much in the news this year over controversy about its management, but meanwhile the music goes on -- this weekend, for example, with a pops concert that includes Herbert's "March of the Toys" and Berlin's "White Christmas".

    The appeal letter is signed by David John of Germanic and Slavic, Ken Hull of Conrad Grebel University College, Bonnie Oberle of the development and alumni affairs office, Cathie Jenkins of co-op education and career services, Barbara Bulman-Fleming of teaching resources, associate vice-president Gail Cuthbert Brandt, and 14 others. More information is available from Shirley Thomson in the dean of mathematics office.

    Accelerator Centre in the Research and Technology Park, kickoff celebration, by invitation, 3 p.m., Sybase, 445 Wes Graham Way, north campus.

    Carousel Dance Centre youth performing company, "The Nutcracker and Seasonal Images", Saturday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Humanities Theatre, tickets 888-4908.

    Renaissance Singers concert, "O Magnum Mysterium: All Nature Worships Him", Saturday 8 p.m., St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Kitchener, tickets $20 (students $15).

    Winterfest staff association family celebration, Sunday 2 p.m. Columbia Icefield (reservations were due in November).

    Mature students end-of-term lunch Wednesday, December 15, 12 noon, South Campus Hall, information ext. 2429.

    Just glimpsed through the fog

    The Web Software Collaboration Project, announced earlier this year by the information systems and technology department, has made a key recommendation, a memo from IST says. Computing support staff will hear something about its report this morning at the weekly professional development seminar. The group doing the project was asked to investigate software that could be used by groups of people at UW for"projects, special topic discussions, event planning, etc." (An example is ACE, the online teaching environment, which could also have non-academic uses.) The report to IST management describes the requirements for such software and an estimate of what it'll cost. "If the recommendations and time lines are accepted," writes Bob Hicks of IST, "the second phase will implement the solutions."

    And speaking of IST, a newsgroup posting yesterday indicated that some recent problems with e-mail processing have, "we think," been overcome. "Each of the 4 machines in the mail cluster runs an ldap server," Giles Malet wrote at the beginning of his explanation. "One of those three was experiencing intermittent long delays. . . . We're shifting over 300,000 pieces of e-mail a day around here, which makes it tricky catching intermittent failures."

    Shortly before term's end, officials of the Waterloo Engineering Endowment Fund posted a report on participation -- how many students in th various years and programs paid their $75-per-term WEEF fee. A graph shows that first-year students were close to 100 per cent participation, with numbers dropping to anywhere between 50 and 90 per cent for most upper-year groups. "The endowment principal is now over $5.4 million," wrote WEEF representative Ryan Walker. "This amount allows WEEF to allocate $45,000 this term," for projects to improve the quality of education in engineering. He said a board would be making some tough decisions: proposals for the money totalled more than $102,000, for everything from an oscilloscope to support for the aerial robotics team.

    A date has been set for the oral defence for an electrical and computer engineering PhD student whose thesis was previously listed here. Walid El-Khattam will defend his thesis, "Power Delivery System Planning Implementing Distributed Generation", on Monday at 10 a.m. in CEIT room 3142.


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