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Thursday, May 6, 2004

  • Renison prepares for new building
  • Appraisals of UW grad programs
  • Warriors line up for East-West bowl
Chris Redmond

Ottawa's tulip festival


Four of the best students completing doctoral degrees in engineering and computer science each year win Doctoral Prizes from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and for 2003 one of them is a PhD from Waterloo. He is Karim S. Karim, whose degree in electrical and computer engineering came in May 2003. He's now on the faculty at the school of engineering at Simon Fraser University, and doing research largely on microelectronic circuits for medical imaging applications. The prize from NSERC includes a silver medal and a cash award of $10,000, both of which will be presented in an Ottawa ceremony later this year. It's the sixth time since 1991 that a UW graduate has won one of the NSERC prizes.

Renison prepares for new building -- reprinted from the Renison College alumni newsletter

The "Working Together Building Our Future" Campaign is now in its final year.

Slated to begin construction in the spring of 2005, and to open in the fall of 2006, the new Academic Centre will represent five years of co-operation and effort on the part of the entire Waterloo Wellington Community and beyond.

The 14,000 square foot, $3 million facility will house the Lusi Wong Library and the Donald Choi Multi Media Language Lab along with three new classrooms, one large multi-purpose room, several group study rooms and increased office space.

The fully accessible Centre will generously accommodate Renison's Institute of Ministry, the English Language Institute, the Bachelor of Social Work and East Asian Studies programs. A full basement will address much needed student space. With the design in the final stages of planning, the new building is rapidly moving from concept to reality.

The $3 million target to build Renison College's new academic centre was set at the Campaign's launch in 2001. To date, $2 million has been raised toward this goal. We are delighted with the achievement and are confident of meeting or exceeding our goal by December 2004.

Two of the largest gifts in the College's history, along with an unprecedented number of single donations in excess of $20,000 have been directed toward the "Working Together -- Building our Future" Campaign.

Major gifts including the new Lusi Wong Library, and the Donald Choi Canada Multi Media Lab donated by Lincoln Wong in memory of his late wife, and by Donald Choi Canada respectively, represent exciting initiatives for Renison and attest to the generosity of our donors. Similarly, significant gifts from BMO Financial Group (a classroom), CIBC (a group study room) Christie Digital Systems Inc. (electronic equipment) and the Anglican Foundation, demonstrate the substantial interest and investment on the part of the corporate community.

Appraisals of UW grad programs

UW graduate programs from English to mathematics are being rated "good quality" by external appraisers, the dean of graduate studies says in one of her periodic reports to the university's board of governors.

The report -- received by the board at its April meeting -- was prepared "in accordance with the recommendations of the Task Force on University Accountability to the Minister of Education and Training", it notes. "The report is meant to provide information on the results of all graduate program appraisals, whether by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies or an accrediting agency."

It explains that the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (OCGS) carries out two types of appraisals: standard and periodic. "Standard appraisals are conducted on new, proposed graduate programs, while periodic appraisals are conducted on existing programs. Each existing program is reviewed every seven years. The outcome of the review of proposals for new programs is either approved to commence or not approved to commence. Reviews of existing programs result in one of four decision categories: good quality, good quality with report, conditionally approved or not approved. Reports, which some programs are required to submit by specified dates, are updates of the status of the program."

The latest report covers appraisal decisions by OCGS for the 2002-2003 year. Periodic appraisal briefs were submitted during the previous year, and the programs and decisions were as follows:

In the appraisal period 2002-2003, the report goes on, "a standard appraisal was submitted for the MASc in Developmental Communication Science. During the 2003-2004 year there was one periodic report submitted for the collaborative program in Behavioural Neuroscience."

Finally, three programs that had been "pending" in 2001-2002 got their reports in 2002-03:

Warriors line up for East-West Bowl -- from athletics and recreational services

Canadian Interuniversity Sport has announced the official rosters for the second annual East-West Bowl game to be played this Saturday at University Stadium in Waterloo. Once again the Warriors will be representing the West on both sides of the ball.

[Forde carries the ball] Warrior head coach Chris Triantafilou says the East-West game is "a great opportunity for CFL teams to evaluate and judge talent (both on and off the field) that will be eligible for the 2005 CFL draft."

On offence, 6-foot-1, 220-pound Warrior running back Jay Akindolire will line up in the backfield for the West. A fourth-year science student from London, Akindolire is a strong and tough runner but also has the speed to make him one of the most dangerous runners in the OUA.

Ian Forde (in action, right) is a 5-9, 180-pound third-year history major from Cambridge. The quick and elusive wide-out has the ability to make the big play from anywhere on the field. Forde also plays special teams returning both punts and kick-offs.

On defence is 5-10, 185-pound third-year psychology major Dan Waymouth from Sault Ste. Marie. Waymouth is a hard-hitting and aggressive defensive back who tied for the team lead in interceptions with three in 2003.

"All three of these players are excellent athletes who will excel in all the testing. They will represent UW well. All of them have a great attitude, have great field presence, and will have a tremendous impact on the game," says Triantafilou.

Saturday's game starts at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Internet by the Queen's University radio station, CFRC.

Optometry school celebrates its largest gift to date, from CIBA Vision, 9:30 a.m. today, Optometry room 350.

Formula SAE car unveiling 6-7:30 p.m. today, Lot C.

Laptop and Tablet PC technologies faculty and staff seminar, Friday, May 7, 8:45-9:45 a.m., MC 2009.

The Politics of International Development: Towards a Post-Washington Consensus? Friday, May 7, 11:45 a.m., Seagram's Museum, 57 Erb Street West. RSVP 885-2444 ext. 227, ssmith@cigionline.ca

The Waterloo Region Technology Triangle: A Story of Innovation Clusters, Friday, May 7, noon, in Needles Hall room 1101. RSVP ext. 7167 or lcollins@uwaterloo.ca before the end of today.

Midnight Sun solar car recruitment meeting Tuesday, May 11, 5:30, Rod Coutts Hall room 301.

Term loan books from UW libraries, borrowed before early April, are due May 12.


The newest student-built Formula SAE car will be unveiled this evening, 6 to 7:30 p.m., in Lot C, at the southwest corner of University Avenue and Seagram Drive. It's a smashing success, says Vickie Ho, the team's business manager. "Some of the highlights of this year's car include a completely redesigned chassis using steel tube frame with carbon fibre composite shear panels, fibreglass bodywork, single radiator cooling system, traction control, and a very innovative intake design." The car will compete at the Formula SAE competition held at Pontiac, Michigan, May 19 - 23.

A seminar for faculty and staff on laptop and Tablet PC technologies will be held Friday, May 7, 8:45-9:45 a.m., MC 2009. Manfred Grisebach will discuss the pros and cons of laptops and tablets and will help people sort out which models best meet their work needs. Sample models will be on view.

Jean-Philippe Thérien, associate director of the Centre d'études et de recherches internationales de l'Université de Montréal, will speak on The Politics of International Development: Towards a Post-Washington Consensus? Friday, May 7, 11:45 a.m., Seagram's Museum, 57 Erb Street West. Part of the Food for Thought luncheon series sponsored by WLU, UW, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation. A light lunch will be provided. RSVP 885-2444 ext. 227, ssmith@cigionline.ca

Paul Guild, UW's vice-president of research, speaks on "The Waterloo Region Technology Triangle: A Story of Innovation Clusters" Friday, May 7, noon, in Needles Hall room 1101. The event is being presented by the Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CBET). Space is limited, so RSVP ext. 7167 or lcollins@uwaterloo.ca before the end of today.

The elevator in Chemistry 2 will be shut down for repairs from Friday, May 7 at 3:30 p.m. to Monday, May 10 at 5 p.m.

And one correction. Yesterday's Bulletin announcement of the June 9 Keystone Campaign event for faculty members, staff, and retirees mentioned a location "at and around Federation Hall." In fact, the event will be held at the Columbia Ice Fields (North Campus).


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