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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

  • New roads and lake changes
  • St. Jerome's names a new dean
  • Carols today, and other notes
Chris Redmond

Went hunting, 100 years ago today

New roads and lake changes

Building new roads on the north campus, including a mile-long stretch of Westmount Road from Columbia Street to Bearinger Road, has meant more work for UW's grounds crew in snow-clearing season.

[Curlicue walking trails at centre]

Aerial view of the north campus in mid-October, looking southwest, shows the Sybase building where Hagey Boulevard (left-right) meets Wes Graham Way at a traffic circle. Columbia Lake is at top.

The plant operations department did get some new funding to help cover maintenance work in the research and technology park, says Tom Galloway, director of custodial and grounds services. He notes that while Hagey Boulevard and most of Wes Graham Way are city streets, there are side roads that belong to UW and have to be maintained by university crews, in addition to sidewalks along all the roads that are UW's responsibility.

Waterloo bylaws require property owners to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice -- and in UW's case that means long stretches of walkway everywhere from Hagey Boulevard on the north campus to University Avenue and Seagram Drive in the south. It also means the new 1.5-kilometre stretch of Westmount Road, and some sidewalk that has been newly built on Westmount south of Columbia.

More roadways are coming on the north campus, Galloway added. Research park officials will be calling tenders in mid-January for construction of Hagey Boulevard to connect with Bearinger Road -- making a second route across the north campus -- and Wes Graham Way east and north to meet Parkside Drive. Construction will start in the spring.

Elsewhere on the north campus, Galloway said, work is about to begin on the reshaping of Columbia Lake as part of the north campus "environmental reserve". Dredging -- starting in late February -- will make it deeper, reduce the size of the lake and create a new island near the west side. There will also be a "bypass channel" between the existing greenhouses and weather station, though Galloway said the channel that will be dredged this year is different from the one that will eventually exist when other parts of the environmental reserve are finished.

Downstream on Laurel Creek, the "stabilization" project is just about finished, Galloway said, although plastic barriers will stay in place to control erosion for as long as a year, while plantings that were done along the creek banks have a chance to take hold. "The root systems are in fact what will create the stability," he explained.

Meanwhile, an acre of land that was expected to become part of UW's campus will stay in Waterloo Region hands instead, Galloway reports. It's the area where Westmount Road formerly ran, just south of Columbia beside Ron Eydt Village, before the road was moved further west in the recent reconstruction. Plans had been for UW to take ownership of the land (and then figure out what to do with it), but in the end the Region has retained it for a stormwater management pond, Galloway said.

And there's a similar sliver between the new Westmount Road and the old route, just north of Bearinger Road. Galloway points to the admiring article in Saturday's Record about the bridge that carries Westmount over Laurel Creek on that property and makes provision for wildlife to scurry underneath. His only complaint: the article said the land beside the roadway belongs to the Grand River Conservation Authority. In fact it's UW property -- a leftover parcel of land cut off from the rest of the campus by the construction of Bearinger Road decades ago.

Awaiting Santa are the staff in the scheduling office -- a unit of the registrar's office -- who are getting pre-Christmas warmth from the trompe-l'oeil fireplace they've created in their Needles Hall quarters.

St. Jerome's names a new dean

Rev. Myroslaw Tataryn will become academic dean and vice-president of St. Jerome's University next summer, the college has announced. Tataryn is currently chair of religious studies and anthropology at St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan. He comes to St. Jerome's on July 1 to start a four-year term.

A news release reports that from his home in Saskatoon, Tataryn called himself "honoured to be joining a community of educators committed to fostering a learning environment which nurtures the whole person and aims at graduating global citizens devoted to social justice."

A priest of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, which is in union with the Roman Catholic Church, Tataryn received his doctorate in theology from the University of St. Michael's College and the Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto in 1995. He has written or co-authored several books, including Christianity in the New Ukraine (2002), Windows to the East (2001), Augustine and Russian Orthodoxy (2000), and Praying with Icons (1988).

Tataryn has held a number of administrative posts at St. Thomas More and, before his academic career, was the executive director of the St. Sophia Religious Association of Ukrainian Catholics in Canada.

He succeeds Kieran Bonner, who has served as dean since 1999 and will return to academic and teaching pursuits as a professor in the college's sociology department.

St. Jerome's said a search committee recommended Tataryn's appointment "following extensive consultation with senior administrators, faculty, staff, and students", and the board of governors gave unanimous approval.

On this week's list from the human resources department:

  • Laboratory manager, school of optometry, USG 7
  • Data analyst, health behaviour research group, health studies and gerontology, USG 10
  • Serviceperson II (painter), plant operations
  • Administrative officer, school of pharmacy/Kitchener health sciences campus, USG 12
  • Administrative assistant, school of pharmacy/Kitchener health sciences campus, USG 6
  • Administrative and research assistant, Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research, faculty of science, USG 5
  • Computing support specialist, computer science computing facility, USG 9-12

    Longer descriptions are available on the HR web site.

  • Carols today, and other notes

    Noontime today will bring a traditional December event that has a special meaning for a goodly number of people. It's the annual Christmas carol sing in the Modern Languages lobby, held there annually since 1985, with the music led by Jake Willms. Formerly assistant to the dean of arts, Willms is now retired, though busy with musical activities, and says the annual gathering in ML (sure to include "Calypso Noel" and "The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy") is a highlight of his year. Everybody is welcome; the singing starts at 12:15 and runs for about 45 minutes, and there will be light refreshments.

    Two other things are also happening at noon hour today: the mature students end-of-term lunch, being held in South Campus Hall (last-minute information ext. 2429), and a seminar on "Seven Things That I Have Learned about Close Relationships", by psychologist John Theis, sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program, starting at 12:00 in Rod Coutts Hall room 301.

    An important event about teaching, which was to have been held right after the Chritmas holidays, has had to be postponed, says the associate vice-president (learning resources and innovation), Tom Carey. The "Presidents' Colloquium on Teaching and Learning" was scheduled for Thursday, January 6, starring Ken Bain of New York University, a prominent figure in the study of university teaching. Word came on Monday, Carey says, that Bain is unable to make the trip; there's hope for a new date later in the winter term. The January 6 event was to be the centrepiece of activities about teaching at UW over the next few months. "Once the dust has settled," says Carey, "we can assess how to preserve our momentum."

    As thousands of people got their flu shots from UW's health services nurses, somebody was keeping count of the staff and faculty members who registered with the name of their home departments. The result: prizes for the departments with the highest participation, which in fact hit 100 per cent for the plant operations vehicle shop and for the theatre centre (the people who operate the Humanities Theatre). Awards, in the form of fruit and cheese baskets, were delivered earlier this week. The dean of engineering office was ranked next at 88 per cent, says Linda Brogden of health services, also listing some runners-up: optometry, finance, housing, and athletics. "Staff and faculty participation increased again this year," she reports. "Good work, and here's to a healthy winter for all."

    The key control office in plant operations will be closed for a long lunch hour today, as morning hours will end at 11:45 and afternoon hours won't start until 2 p.m. Just a wild guess here, but I'd think the staff are probably going out for a pre-Christmas meal together. One such lunch is available daily at the University Club (reservations, phone ext. 3801) and I am able to report that the menu is pretty traditional: roast turkey with dried cranberry and sage stuffing, seafood newburg and wild rice pilaf, spicy apple glazed roast pork loin, and many accompaniments -- including Christmas pudding with warm rum sauce.

    December winners in the monthly Keystone Fund prize draw are now listed on the Keystone web site. . . . Engineers Without Borders is selling a poster calendar for 2005, at the Student Life Centre turnkey desk, the first-year engineering office, and other locations. . . . New activities in the campus recreation program during the winter term are to include a Sunday night ten-pin bowling league. . . .

    In just eight days we'll be locking up most of the campus for the Christmas and New Year's holiday. The Daily Bulletin of Thursday, December 23, will have the usual roundup of information about operating hours and special services over the holidays, with notes on parking, special events, safety precautions, and so on, and will be available from the UW home page all through the holidays. (Here's last year's version.) I'm starting now to put that reference together, and would appreciate a prompt memo from all departments that have any information I should include.


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