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Tuesday, January 6, 2004

  • Snow! Rules about winter storms
  • Donor report hails AHS graduate
  • Energy issue for environment journal
Chris Redmond

400 years of the Acadians

[Flat snow]

View from the science faculty's webcam (looking north toward Math and Computer) a little after 8:00 this morning

Snow! Rules about winter storms

It's really blowing out there this morning -- not a full-fledged blizzard, but the sort of chill day that'll slice your ears off. Such a frigid morning is a good opportunity to review the way UW will respond if a serious storm does hit Waterloo some time this winter.

There's a fixed procedure for determining whether UW will be closed and classes cancelled as the result of bad weather -- as happened on the last day of the winter term last April.

Under the storm closing procedure established in 1994, UW will be "closed" for the day if the Waterloo Region District School Board cancels classes at all its schools. If only rural schools are closed, or if buses are cancelled but schools stay open, the university will remain open.

UW follows the school board's lead since it has "an effective system for evaluating weather conditions across Waterloo Region", and informing the public through the media.

Says the procedure: "The university will 'close' because of severe winter weather when normal operation would pose a significant danger to students, staff and faculty while on campus or would prevent large numbers of them from coming to campus or returning safely to their homes in Kitchener-Waterloo and the immediate surrounding area."

For the university to be "closed" means that meetings and other scheduled events are cancelled -- including classes and exams. In addition, staff other than those employed in essential services are not expected to be at work, but are paid for a normal day, and deadlines for assignments and other submissions are postponed until the same hour on the next business day on which the university is not "closed". The "essential services" listed are food service in the residences, policing, the central plant (powerhouse), snow removal (grounds crew), emergency repair and maintenance, and animal care.

Says the policy: "Classes will not be held during 'closed' periods, and assignment deadlines must be extended. Faculty members and academic departments do not have the authority to make exceptions to this rule."

If there is a major winter storm on a day when the schools aren't open but UW is, such as March break, the closing decision will be made in the early morning by the provost. When work has already begun for the day, UW will close "only in extreme circumstances", the procedure says.

A closing of the university will be announced on the UW home page. And the UW news bureau will report it to local radio stations, which have been asked to broadcast it quickly and often, "since the University of Waterloo attracts a large number of people from across the region and beyond".

It's snow shovelling season, and "we need help at 7:30 in the morning any time that it snows," says Les Van Dongen of the UW grounds crew. "We will supply shovels but need people to be dressed to work outside for a couple of hours. Pay is $9 an hour. We are quite willing to work around student schedules providing that they can be here for an hour at 7:30. Any questions can be directed to me at ext. 4010."

Launch of festschrift published by Germanic and Slavic studies for the 30th anniversary of exchange between Waterloo and the University of Mannheim in Germany, 3:30 p.m., Modern Languages room 245.

Funeral service for Burt Matthews, second president of UW, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Church of St. John the Evangelist, Kitchener. Reception after the service, great hall of Village I.

Federation of Students nominations for 2004-05 executive open this Friday, close January 27; voting February 10-12.

Benefit concert for three-year-old cancer patient Hope Monaghan, Saturday evening (not Friday as listed in yesterday's Daily Bulletin), Federation Hall, pipe bands performing.

Columbia Icefield fitness centre and new gymnasium, official opening, 11:30 a.m. Friday, January 16.

Fall term marks appearing daily on Quest, become official January 21.

Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference, January 22-24, Toronto.


Donor report hails AHS graduate

Wayne Adlam (left) "knows the value of a good education", says UW's 2002-03 donor report, adding that "his own career provides an excellent example."

The report lists hundreds of contributors to UW in fine print, and picks out a few of them, including Adlam, to profile: "An award-winning recreation and business graduate of UW, he also completed an MBA at the University of Western Ontario, graduating as Gold Medallist in 1986. He is now managing director, Head of Equity Capital Markets for CIBC World Markets Inc. (formerly Wood Gundy) in Toronto, responsible for the firm9s equity underwriting activities.

"Wayne has been a generous supporter of universities for many years because he knows his own success is firmly based on the education he received. His donations to UW have gone to the faculty of applied health sciences (AHS)."

"I believe in giving back, and therefore donate to both Waterloo and Western for the opportunities that have been made available to me through the completion of my studies," he's quoted as saying.

He was initially attracted to UW because of the recreation program and because he knew that co-operative education would help him pay his expenses and give him practical work experience in a variety of settings. A scholarship winner for academic achievement, he went on to earn a place on the Dean9s Honours List in AHS.

"I had a great time at Waterloo -- it provided me with an excellent and practical education. I took courses in computer science and a variety of liberal arts, as well as my core rec/business program. UW continues to be an excellent and forward-looking institution, and I would like to assist as much as I can in its continued success."

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  • Energy issue for environment journal -- a news release from Alternatives Journal

    [Magazine cover] Just as a new semester begins, Alternatives Journal has released its winter 2004 issue, focusing on energy. The magazine is packed with material that professors and teachers will find useful in their classes and lectures. The issue will be of special interest to people looking for course material on renewable energy technologies, conservation, historical precedent and government standards and regulations.

    Among the peer reviewed articles:

    § "Bright Ideas": Accompanied by success story examples, Alternatives lists twelve energy initiatives designed to break Canada's energy addiction -- with technology and policy options that are available today.

    § "The Soft Path Holds Up": The oil crisis of the 1970s prompted new ways of thinking about energy that remain valuable today. Amory Lovins called this approach the Soft Path. Authors Lenore Newman and David Brooks update the idea that efficient technologies and renewable resources will bring a cheaper and more reliable energy future.

    § "NYPV Blue": From highrises at Ground Zero to brownstones in Greenwich Village, solar panels are now being integrated into the structure of buildings. The congested electricity grid of New York City has prompted extraordinary innovations.

    § "Money Talks, Standards Rock": To encourage home energy efficiency, the federal government is relying on a voluntary enticement program. Following Alternatives' "Home Energy Success Story," see how you can reduce your home energy bill!

    § "Blowing in the Wind": The Danes have shown that wind energy thrives when there is consistent government support and community ownership.

    Plus articles on nanotechnology ethics, Bush Administration information manipulation, the waste trade industry and more.

    Theme issues of Alternatives Journal have been used as course texts for environmental studies programs at York University, Waterloo and the University of Toronto, to name a few. Discounted bulk rates are available through university bookstores or directly from Alternatives. Single article photocopies are also widely used.

    The magazine's web site has a listing of previous theme issues, as well as information about ordering copies and articles for classroom use -- not to mention subscribing. Annual subscriptions cost $26.75 (individual) or $53.50 (institutional).


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