Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Ensconced in one of the bright, new offices in the third-floor addition to the Student Life Centre, Saccomanno has wasted no time in covering the bare walls with dramatic pieces of art she's found in the building's storage space.
Although she's only been on the job since March 1, she's been busy, with what has become a seasonal concern in the office. "In March," she says, "everyone wants to get out of their lease."
Saccomanno's not a lawyer, but she explains the significance of a contract to students, and provides information on the responsibilities of both the landlord and students who sign the document.
"I expected more academic questions," she says, but had been forewarned by Miller that landlord-tenant issues are the "meat and potatoes" of the job. Academic enquiries rank second, with many students looking for clarification of policies and procedures. Other concerns frequently involve personal or legal issues, she adds.
Her "independent, impartial and confidential" services are extended to students, staff and faculty, and if Saccomanno can't help, she'll know someone who can.
"I have a wealth of people I can turn to," she says, from the people in student awards who answer OSAP questions, to counselling services staff who'll squeeze in an emergency appointment, to police, the conflict management and human rights folks, and the office for persons with disabilities. "We work as a big team."
As well as her day-to-day consultations with clients, Saccomanno is working with off-campus housing on developing a "survival guide" for Waterloo tenants. She'll be continuing to run the popular brown bag lunch "renting to students" seminars, which attract both students and landlords -- often UW staff and faculty. And she's planning to update the ombudsperson web site.
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Headquarters is in the Student Life Centre, and campus tours (30 minutes or an hour long) will leave from there between 9:00 and 3:00. In the SLC's multipurpose room, there will be information sessions on finances (11:00 and 1:00), a briefing for students applying in future years (9:00 and 12:00), and a presentation on "student life with the UW bloggers" (10:00 and 2:00).
An information session about co-op will be given four times during the day in the Tatham Centre lobby. Elsewhere on campus, faculty buildings and colleges are open or visits, as are the residences. Printed outlines of the day's events are available at the SLC and at the Visitors Centre in South Campus Hall.
The team designs, builds and races solar-powered cars every two years for international competition and is open to students in all faculties at UW. "The team has always been committed to innovation and education for a greener tomorrow," a news release says, "and the donation of Midnight Sun V is another successful initiative. As well, the Midnight Sun team provides an active educational campaign for both elementary and secondary school students that teaches the benefit of renewable energy sources in an original and hands-on setting."
Says Calli Citron, media relations officer for Midnight Sun: "The team is pleased that Midnight Sun V will have a permanent home in Windsor and will inspire others to pursue alternative energy sources."
Midnight Sun V was an entry in Sunrayce 1999, capturing 10th place in that run across the United States and then 25th place at the 1999 World Solar Challenge in Australia. The Midnight Sun V team also won an award for teamwork in Sunrayce 1999, and the Battler's Award for overcoming many obstacles to complete the World Solar Challenge.
The current solar car team is designing Midnight Sun VIII in preparation to race in 2005.
The showing, sponsored by the Federation of Students, starts at 8 p.m., says Rick Theis, clubs director for the Federation. The film is called "Discordia".
Says an NFB news release: "'Discordia' documents the fallout from the Netanyahu riot at Concordia University of September 2002, charting the turbulent progress of three young campus activists as they navigate the choppy waters of student politics.
"Co-directed and co-written by Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal, both recent graduates of Concordia, the full-length feature production follows three student activists as they go through the most formative year of their lives. Samer Elatrash, the articulate and impulsive son of Palestinian refugees, locks horns with Noah Sarna, the co-president of Hillel, a Jewish students' association with strong ties to Israel. At the eye of the storm, Aaron Mate, a VP on the student council, is both an outspoken critic of Israeli policies and the grandson of a Holocaust survivor.
Federation general meetingA general meeting of the Federation of Students -- all undergraduate students -- begins at 5 p.m. in the great hall of the Student Life Centre. Agenda items include ratification of the 2004-05 members of the board of directors, and bylaw changes including the creation of a Co-op Council within the Federation.
After the showing Addelman and Mallal will be on hand to answer questions. The event is free for students, with admission "only on a first come, first served basis", says Theis. He adds that guaranteed seating passes will be distributed to those students who attend the Federation of Students general meeting at 5:00 this afternoon in the Student Life Centre.
The grants come from the Learning Initiatives Fund, says a memo from Tom Carey, associate vice-president (learning resources and innovation):
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Pharmaceutical industry career opportunities information
session, 11:30, Tatham Centre room 1112.
Conflict management for instructors, repeat of last week's workshop, 12 noon, Math and Computer room 5158; information from teaching resources office, ext. 3132.
Job search strategies career workshop, 3:30, Tatham Centre room 1208.
University of Western Ontario MD/PhD information night, 4:30, Tatham Centre room 1112.
Super Cities Walk for MS organization meeting for UW engineering team, 5:00, Rod Coutts Hall room 307, more information cdmccull@engmail.
National NDP leader Jack Layton, question period, Wednesday 10:30 a.m., Student Life Centre.
St. Patrick's Day luncheon, University Club, Wednesday 11:30 to 2:00, $12.50, reservations ext. 3801.
Without Words Jazz Trio, Wednesday 12:30, Conrad Grebel University College chapel, free.
Persian cultural exhibition marking New Year's, Wednesday 1:00 to 5:00, Davis Centre room 1301.
Newfoundland novelist Donna Morrissey reads, Wednesday 4:00, St. Jerome's University room 2009.
Orion/CA*net 4 Advanced Networking Day Thursday, with information for researchers about high-bandwidth facilities now available -- details online.
Voice of Islam colloquium, "The Life and Death of Jesus Christ", Thursday 6:30, great hall, Student Life Centre.
March Madness 3-on-3 basketball tournament sponsored by campus recreation, Friday and Saturday, captains' meeting today 4:45, Math and Computer room 2038.
Two for Blue Day fund-raiser for juvenile arthritis research -- wear blue clothes March 26 and contribute $2 to the cause. Information from Michelle Banic, ext. 3533.
"Proposals are requested from faculty, departments and schools. . . . Proposals are due by April 5, and results will be announced by April 15. Funding for approved projects will be available beginning May 1, 2004. . . .
"Priority will be given to proposals that include assessment of learning outcomes before and after the proposed project, and in which the enhancements will have the potential for application in other departments and schools. For example, a department may request funds to develop a new instructional resource -- a course manual or exercise, an interactive online tutorial, a repository of case studies -- to address a specific course topic or a skill common to several courses.
"Projects must be completed within two years, and applicants can request support of $5,000 to $20,000 from the Learning Initiatives Fund. Requests to purchase equipment will only be considered in the context of an enhancement to teaching methods.
"Proposals will be assessed by the Associate Vice President Academic and the Associate Vice President, Learning Resources and Innovation. They will make recommendations to the Vice President Academic and Provost, who will make final decisions." Another round of grants will be coming in the spring term, the memo says.
In the last round, during the fall term, four projects were approved: