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Tuesday, May 25, 2004

  • Plant swap is just the beginning
  • Size of the new pharmacy school
  • Formula SAE team placed 19th
Chris Redmond

'Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories'

[That's a painting, not a real bottle]

The LCBO has been hiring UW co-op students for more than 10 years. The most recent was Tanya Zagumenov, a 3B computer science student, who got to see a different side of the province's liquor business during her winter term at the head office in Toronto. She worked as an intranet developer, developing and testing an online ordering system and creating a reporting application to serve as a secure communication channel between storefront and head office. She was responsible for all stages of development, including specifications, design, implementation, testing and maintenance. Best thing about a job at the LCBO? Zagumenov cites variety and freedom: "I was responsible for not only the technical features of the project, but also for the graphics, flash animations, and the general layout."

Plant swap is just the beginning

A new "University of Waterloo Recreation Committee" is coming into bloom this week with the first in a planned series of events aimed at everybody who works at UW.

The committee was made official in April with approval from top administration, says its chair, Nancy O'Neil, whose day job is as special events coordinator in the Student Life Centre.

Goals, of the committee, she says, are "to enhance the quality of life on campus by providing opportunities that will encourage participation from all UW employees; to be recognized as a focal point for all UW employees to create new events/activities on campus; to plan events/activities year round for the benefit of UW employees." Its scope includes "all full and part-time employees/staff, faculty, union and retirees".

[Watering plant] She adds: "Committee members have over 50 years experience collectively in planning events. We look forward to seeing you at an event." O'Neil and some of her colleagues were formerly active in the staff association's social committee.

The group's first outing comes this week, as it's taken over sponsorship of the UW Blooms plant exchange day, now in its fourth year. It was created by an individual staff member -- Jason Rochon of retail services -- and has been run under such names as Garden Start and Seeds 'n Seedlings. Rochon will be hosting the event again this year.

"UW Blooms is an opportunity for employees to exchange garden and outdoor items," O'Neil explains. It'll run from 11:30 to 1:30 on Thursday in the multipurpose room of the SLC. "Those attending are encouraged to bring items for exchange or items for the Feds Food Bank." She notes that students are also welcome to take part.

Plants available for exchange are expected to include beans, columbine, hostas, lettuce, lily of the valley, peas, sugar beets, squash, and welsh onions, as well as such supplies as flowerpots and gardening magazines. O'Neil is promising "lots of door prizes including T-shirt from CKMS Radio, gardening books, garden gloves, coffee mug, child pass to African Lion Safari, comfy travel pillow, portable CD holder, tickets to 'Strawberries in January' (playing at Theatre and Company, Kitchener)."

She adds that a table will be set up outside the multipurpose room later on Thursday so people who work the night shift at UW can join in the plant exchange.

Future events to be sponsored by the UWRC include a three-pitch baseball game at the Columbia playing fields on Wednesday, June 9 (6:15 p.m.); mini-golf at Kitchener's Sportsworld on the evening of June 15; an outing to see the Kitchener Panthers play ball against the Hamilton Cardinals on June 17; and "Elaine Sings the Blues", a concert in the SLC by UW staff member Elaine Brown, at noontime on June 23. There's more about the events and the UWRC on its web site.

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  • Size of the new pharmacy school

    UW's proposed pharmacy program isn't going to be nearly as big as I suggested last week.

    Plans are to graduate about 120 students each year, says UW's director of institutional analysis and planning, Bob Truman. That would mean a total of about 500 pharmacy students at the planned "health sciences campus" in Kitchener.

    Other programs on the same campus would contribute to a total enrolment of about 1,000 undergraduates and 200 grad students when the campus reaches its "mature" size, Truman said.

    The report in last Tuesday's Daily Bulletin was based on the impression that all 1,000 undergrads would be in pharmacy, leading to an annual production of about 250 new pharmacists. That's not the case.

    The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, the only pharmacy school in Ontario at present, graduates about 160 students a year now, with plans to increase that to 240 when it moves into its new building.

    Canada is badly short of pharmacists, the Globe and Mail said in a feature in Friday's Report on Business. It blamed "a wide range of factors, from the emergence of Internet pharmacies, which has brought large demand from south of the border, to an aging population, growth in private sector consulting and research, and more 24-hour pharmacies". The article included reference to the proposed UW program, which would run in cooperation with U of T.

    Dorney Ecology Garden installation of rocks for new "northern Ontario" section, begins this morning.

    'Selling Your Skills' career development workshop, 3:30, Tatham Centre room 2218.

    K-W Software Quality Association monthly meeting, Wednesday 11:45, Davis Centre room 1304, RSVP to info@kwsqa.org.

    WatCHI Design Challenge, Wednesday 6 p.m., Student Life Centre, details online.

    'Wingfield on Ice', math alumni outing to Centre in the Square, Wednesday 8 p.m.

    Roméo Dallaire, author of Shake Hands with the Devil, speaks at St. Jerome's University, Friday 7:30 p.m., admission free.

    School of architecture open house and preview of new building in downtown Cambridge, Saturday 2 to 5 p.m., all welcome.

    Matthews Golf Classic for staff, faculty and retirees, Monday, June 14, registrations due online by this Friday.

    Formula SAE team placed 19th

    UW's team has returned from Michigan with a 19th place finish in this year's Formula SAE car competition. A record total of 129 teams brought working cars, reports Joey Ranger, a mechanical engineering student who was UW's co-captain. "The competition was very stiff," he writes, "and many teams had very well designed and executed cars. The University of Waterloo team completed all events, an accomplishment in itself since there were only 37 teams that completed the endurance event."

    Besides the 19th place overall finish, the team won second place for the Visteon engine cooling system award and third place in the composites award. "The team learned a lot at the competition," says Ranger, "and we hope to do even better in 2005. Design work has begun on the 2005 car and construction will start in September. The team will use the summer months to test the current car and learn more about vehicle dynamics."

    Ranger summarizes UW's results in the various events of the SAE competition:

    Autocross: 17th. "This is a short 60 second time trial course. It started to rain after the first 20 cars had competed and Waterloo got the 2nd fastest time on the wet course."

    Endurance: 28th. "This event consists of 22 laps of a 1 km course (approximately 60 seconds), and it is used to determine the reliability of the cars. Only 37 cars completed and Waterloo finished with the 8th fastest time. A 4 minute penalty for poor fuel economy pushed us into 28th place."

    Acceleration: 18th. "This event has each car accelerate as quickly as possible through 75 m. Waterloo completed it in 4.38 s, approximately 0.2s behind the fastest car."

    Skidpad: 37th. "The skidpad consists of a figure 8 track used to determine the maximum lateral acceleration that each car can achieve."

    Design: 21st. "The design placing is a based on a short (20 min) presentation given to 4 to 6 design judges explaining the features of our car."

    Cost: 45th. "This score is based on a report and presentation outlining the manufacturing steps and total cost of the car. It includes a detailed report outlining the manufacture of each component and all costs associated with the car."

    Marketing: 34th. "This consists of a 20 to 30 minute presentation where we have to sell the car to 2 or 3 judges."


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