Friday, July 2, 2004
Quiet day on campus
He's serving a one-year term in the dean's office while a search continues for the next dean of ES. Earlier this year, the provost announced that a nominating committee "was not able to make a recommendation" for someone to succeed Geoff McBoyle, whose term as dean ended June 30. The search will resume while LeDrew fills the post temporarily.
Like McBoyle, he is a geography professor. He's a specialist in remote sensing, and has been serving as associate dean (undergraduate studies and educational liaison) in ES.
Several other administrative posts have new occupants as of July 1 as well. Among them:
Richard Hughson, associate dean (graduate studies and research), faculty of applied health sciences, taking over from Alison Pedlar.
Kevin McGuirk, chair, department of English, taking over from Murray McArthur.
Donna Ellis, acting director of teaching resources and continuing education for a year, while Barbara Bulman-Fleming is on sabbatical.
Mario Coniglio(right), chair of the department of earth sciences, taking over from interim chair David Blowes.
Kenneth McLaughlin, acting chair of the department of history for six months, taking over from Patrick Harrigan.
Serge D'Alessio, director of first-year studies in the faculty of engineering, taking over from Ajoy Opal.
Jerry Lawless, chair of the department of statistics and actuarial science, for a 14-month term while David Matthews is on sabbatical.
Anthony Vannelli, associate dean (research and external partnerships), faculty of engineering. That's a new position, partially taking over from the associate dean (graduate studies and research), Alex Penlidis, who finished his term in May. Fathy Ismail became associate dean (graduate studies and international agreements) on May 1.
Claudio Canizares, acting chair of electrical and computer engineering in place of Vannelli.
The 48 Shads are due in on Sunday to spend 26 action-packed days, based at Conrad Grebel University College but spreading out across campus and taking advantage of expertise from many parts of the university.
For more than twenty years, UW has been the flagship campus of this award-winning engineering and entrepreneurship camp, welcoming high-potential high school seniors to get an in-depth experience of applied science and Waterloo life. "Shads will be found in the library, the classrooms, the labs, and the Student Life Centre just like the rest of the UW community," says Linda Carson, publicity organizer for Shad Waterloo. "So if you see a bemused teen in a Shad shirt, say hi. They need the same things we all do: directions to the nearest photocopier, computer lab, or cappuccino!"
Says Carson: "One of the things we're especially excited about with Shad 2004 is using it as a test bed for some of our plans for the Waterloo Unlimited program. In particular, we've rearranged our teaching plans for Shad to model the program as four separate themed weeks: a week on Design, a week on Modelling, a week on Communication, and the final week on Transformations.
"Guest lecturers, speakers and workshop leaders have been invited to choose topics within their discipline that relate to the week's theme. We'll be keeping our eyes and ears open to see how the Shads themselves start making the connections across topics, knitting the many threads together. Their experiences and responses will give us valuable insight into how to make the themed teaching work in our first Unlimited pilot (November)."
Highlights of the Shad month for 2004 include these visitors:
The rest of the month, workshops provide Shads with hands-on lab time in small groups: industrial robotics, stained glass, digital logic, medical illustration, the engineering of flight, shape memory alloys, music composition, and more. Recreation activities keep the Shads energized -- "we're looking forward," says Carson, "to fencing, speed skating, Ultimate, and golf. We're taking a dream road trip to Stratford, including a riverside picnic and suitably elegant garden party sports before the show. We've got our fingers crossed for more sunny weather on Friday, July 16, because the Shads will be at Laurel Creek Conservation area practicing their teamwork for dragon boat racing."
And Shad Valley Waterloo welcomes the whole campus to a month-end program to see what the young people have accomplished. The open house takes place in the Conrad Grebel great hall from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 29.
|Baseball Warrior Tyler Wilson finds a buyer for his team shirt, during a cheerful dinnertime auction at the recent President's Golf Tournament. Some 17 student athletes joined 136 supporters of Waterloo for the June 7 event, which raised $55,000 for the Athletic Excellence Fund.|
"What Waterloo has accomplished in a relatively brief time is a model of what other accounting schools in Canada should strive for, thus enhancing the quality of graduates entering the profession," says W. Ross Walker, FCA, retired chair and CEO of KPMG, and chair of the accountancy campaign. "To maintain this momentum, the School of Accountancy needs significant financial investment."
More than half of the amount to be raised -- $5.5 million -- will be used to provide more space for the school. This expansion will address a severe shortage of classrooms with up-to-date facilities and faculty offices.
Of the remainder, $1.5 million will fund faculty fellowships, to enable the school to attract talented teachers and researchers, and $2 million will be directed into undergraduate and graduate scholarships that will draw top scholars to the field of accounting. Finally, $1.5 million has been raised to establish an endowed research chair jointly with the Faculty of Mathematics in the University of Waterloo Institute for Quantitative Finance and Insurance, a hub of research in actuarial science and risk management.
Other volunteer members of the accountancy campaign steering committee include Mike Garvey of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Steve Aldersley of Ernst & Young, Don Craig of Deloitte, Keith Farlinger of BDO Dunwoody, Peter Held of BDO Dunwoody (retired), and Alister Mason, director of the school of accountancy.
The campaign's success so far has been made possible by major gifts from some of Canada's top accounting firms -- BDO Dunwoody, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers -- and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.