Monday, January 12, 2004
A-V staff member is mournedA funeral service will be held this afternoon for Allan (Al) Wright, a staff member in UW's audio-visual centre, who died Thursday. He was 53.
Wright worked as a maintenance technician and "loved his job", according to the obituary published by his family. He is remembered by two brothers, two sisters, and many nephews and nieces.
Visitation is today from 2:30 to 3:30 at the Edward R. Good Funeral Home in Waterloo, with the funeral service following at 3:30 in the home's chapel.
Because of the funeral, the audio-visual centre will close at 2:00 this afternoon. "Anyone needing equipment should pick up prior to 2:00," a memo advises.
That opens up the possibility of jobs doing research in nearby spinoff companies and other agencies where some adjunct faculty members work. An adjunct professor is someone who is appointed by UW for limited duties, such as teaching a specialized course, but whose primary work is outside the university.
Bruce Mitchell, associate provost (academic and student affairs), said deans were asked in December to bring the program to the attention of adjuncts in their faculties. It's not clear yet how many of them have taken up the offer, says Keith Kenning in the co-op and career services department.
Kenning said interest in the research internships seems to have been slow this term. "We only have 27 so far," he said this week, "which is about 50 per cent below average (282 students over the first 5 terms)."
The internships were introduced in 2002, originally to provide 90 jobs a year, "to provide both co-op and regular undergraduate students with research based employment, under the supervision of a faculty member (the employer), as early as possible in the student's undergraduate career". Each job would have a salary subsidy, now $1,500 for a four-month term.
"The hope is that these students will become the researchers, teachers and innovators of the future," said the memo that was sent to adjunct professors last month. "Since the program has been extremely successful, the Provost has decided to expand the opportunities available to students by extending the offer to adjunct professors who may also be able to provide challenging, research-intensive work term opportunities to students.
"Students hired with the help of Undergraduate Research Internship Program funding must be in good academic standing, and should occupy positions created beyond those currently in existence. The university provides $1,500 per student hired, and the employing faculty member is expected to supplement the salary so that the student earns at least $6,000 for four months of employment."
Internship funds are also still available for regular faculty members who can create research jobs. Kenning noted that as the winter term began, more than 800 co-op students were still without work, "so we're hoping to convince more faculty (adjunct or otherwise) to hire students under this program."
Anyone interested can get in touch with co-op and career services staff: Sandy Clipsham (accounting and mathematics), ext. 2593; Diane McKelvie (science and applied health sciences), ext. 2438; Shirley Thompson (arts and environmental studies), ext. 3698; Janet Metz (engineering), ext. 3373.
|Special events don't just happen by themselves. A couple of hours before the reception last Wednesday for the funeral of Burt Matthews, former president of UW, this was the scene in the great hall of Village I. Working on preparations -- flowers, food, parking, wheelchair routes, guest books -- are Nancy Heide of communications and public affairs, Al Binns of the UW police, and Wilma Balvert of food services.|
The UW researchers will explore diverse topics such as human proteins and aging, wireless communications, new materials and the effects of glaucoma on the eye. The campus projects funded by the OIT, along with the previously announced CFI funding, are as follows:
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Co-op student work records available for pickup after 10:00
today at Tatham Centre.
Psychology professor Jennifer Stoltz gives noon-hour lecture at Kitchener Public Library: "Attention and Automaticity".
Installfest for users wanting Linux and other software on their machines, 3 to 9 p.m., Davis Centre lounge (sponsored by Debian Interest Group, Computer Science Club and Linux Users Group).
Dynamic Book Events book sale all this week in Student Life Centre.
Engineers Without Borders introductory general meeting, 5:30, Davis Centre room 1302.
Waterloo Public Interest Research Group volunteer meeting, 5:30, multi-purpose room, Student Life Centre.
Waterloo Space Society general meeting, Tuesday 5:30, Physics room 145.
Credit union seminar, "Is Your RRSP Ready for the Next Growth Stage?" Wednesday 12:15, Davis Centre room 1304.
Oracle Financials system shutdown begins January 30, details on the web.
Hagey Bonspiel (34th annual) scheduled for February 21, early bird registration deadline January 24, information ext. 3638.
Nominations are requested for the following seat on the Nominating Committee: one staff member elected by and from the regular staff of the Faculty of Mathematics. At least three nominators are required. Nomination forms are available from the Secretariat at ext. 6064 or online.
Mike Sharratt's term as Dean of Applied Health Sciences expires June 30, 2005. Accordingly, a Dean of Applied Health Sciences Nominating Committee is being constituted.
Nominations are requested for the following seat on the Nominating Committee: one staff member elected by and from the regular staff of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. At least three nominators are required. Nomination forms are available from the Secretariat at ext. 6064 or online.
In each case, completed nominations should be sent to the Chief Returning Officer, University Secretariat, Needles Hall, Room 3060, no later than 3:00 p.m., Friday, February 13, 2004. An election will follow if necessary.