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Friday, April 15, 2005

  • Another veteran will head WatCACE
  • Architecture students show work
  • New Warrior coaches, one new sport
  • Getting towards the end of term
Chris Redmond

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Another veteran will head WatCACE

There's a new director for the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education, the agency that studies and promotes the co-op system.

[Waller] "I am pleased to announce that Dr. Gary Waller (right) has been appointed as Director . . . effective April 1," says a memo from UW provost Amit Chakma. Waller takes over from James Downey, the first director of WatCACE (and former president of UW), who retired on March 31.

Waller is a faculty member in psychology, although I once described him as "the utility man of UW's administration", who had served as interim dean of graduate studies and acting dean of research, as well as the very senior post of associate provost (academic and student affairs) from 1996 to 2003.

"In the latter position," says Chakma's memo, "he had overall responsibility for the Department of Co-operative Education and Career Services, and therefore has considerable experience with co-operative education."

WatCACE "is designed to capture and share some of the best practices of work-integrated learning through the conduct, facilitation, and application of research", the memo notes. Among its objectives: "Sponsor and advocate the use of research to inform policy development both within the University of Waterloo and more generally. . . . Provide a forum for exchange of information and perspective about co-op education among relevant groups (students, faculty, staff, employers, government). . . . Study the co-operative work-term experience in order to provide advice on continuing academic improvement."

Says the provost: "I am looking forward to working with Dr. Waller in his new role, and I know that colleagues across the UW campus will give him their support and assistance."

[Unofficial grades appear April 22]

Your marks from the winter term? Here's the word on when they'll be available, as circulated by the registrar's office. Also new from that direction is a redesigned web site, using UW's new web "look and feel" and presenting information for both students and faculty. "Links have changed," the site's creators warn, "so please create new bookmarks."

Architecture students show work

Design work by graduate and undergraduate students in UW's architecture school will be on display from tomorrow through May 8 in "Design at Riverside" -- the gallery area in the Architecture building on Melville Street in Cambridge.

The show, which is titled "On the Line", will have an opening reception Tuesday at 6:30 in the gallery. The reception is sponsored by the Melville Café, which is also located in the Architecture building, and by the Canada Council. The gallery itself is operated by Cambridge Galleries.

Says Rick Haldenby, director of the architecture school: "This exhibition features exemplary design work, selected by a committee of Architecture Design Studio faculty members and students, that demonstrates the range of issues and themes currently engaged through Master of Architecture thesis and undergraduate design studio programs.

"The exhibit contains design studio course work, preparatory design exercises and final design projects from years one to four of the Honours Bachelor of Architectural Studies program."

In addition, a selection of outstanding projects has been drawn from the Master of Architecture thesis projects completed from April 2004 through March 2005, including the work of Taymoore Balbaa, recent MArch graduate and winner of the 2005 Canada Council Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners. Tuesday's reception "officially honours Mr. Balbaa and launches him on his year of travel and research".

The exhibition was coordinated by architecture professors John McMinn and Dereck Revington. It's open to the public (no charge) Tuesday to Thursday from 12 to 8, Friday 12 to 5, Saturday 10 to 5 and Sunday 1:30 to 4:30.

New Warrior coaches, one new sport

"One of the best female hockey players in the world" will coach the women Warriors next season, the athletics department has announced. She is Geraldine Heaney, the first player to win seven world championship gold medals as well as Olympic gold and silver. "As a player with the Women's National Team, her accomplishments and experiences are unparalleled," the announcement says.

Bob Nicholson, president of the Canadian Hockey association, called her a pioneer for women's hockey in Canada. "Her dedication to Canada's women's hockey program over the past thirteen years has established a standard of excellence to which young players can aspire for years to come." Says athletics director Judy McCrae: "She brings to us the strengths that the women's hockey program is in need of. . . . We are confident that Geraldine will bring her high expectations to the University of Waterloo." Heaney has been busy off the ice as well: since 2000, the Geraldine Heaney Hockey School has operated successfully in communities across southwestern Ontario, and she has been working with more than one team as a coach and evaluator.

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  • The Warriors were guided this season by Mike Kadar, who's expected to be back to his regular job -- as a coach for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League -- by next winter.

    Several other new Warrior coaches have also been named. Dave Hollinger, an assistant coach for the past several years and a member of three Warrior championship teams (in 1969, 1970 and 1972) will guide the men's golf Warriors in the coming year. A five-time winner of UW's invitational tournament, Hollinger graduated in kinesiology in 1974 and was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.

    Karla Munch will become head coach for a new Warrior venture this year, women's golf. She is currently assistant golf professional at the Cambridge Golf and Country Club, and has played in many amateur tournaments on the Ontario Ladies' circuit. "We are excited to add women's golf to our athletics program," says McCrae, noting that the first OUA event is scheduled for May 14 at the Toronto Ladies Golf Club.

    Warrior track and field athletes are also getting a new head coach, as Jason Dockendorff moves up from an assistant coach's role to take over from Brent McFarlane. After an "illustrious" 16 years of guiding Warrior athletes, McFarlane is retiring, McCrae noted. She said Dockendorff "will be a great fit for our student athletes", crediting "his background both in the sport and team administration". He competed for the team from 1997 to 2002 as a chemistry undergraduate, and has been team manager on the coaching staff while continuing as a graduate student.

    Two assistant coaches have been named for the football program: Curtis Bell as offensive coordinator and receivers coach, and Mike Vaughn as coach for running backs. Both are former players for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League after careers in American college football.

    Getting towards the end of term

    With the winter term winding down -- although exams do continue next week -- so is the formal process of postings and interviews for students who are still in search of spring term co-op jobs. Weekly interview cycles end today, says the department of co-op education and career services. "Job postings continue daily until the end of June for those co-op students still without employment for the May-August term. Interviews from this point will most likely be arranged off campus between employers and students."

    Other things are winding down too, such as the services and businesses provided by the Federation of Students for its members. Federation Hall is closed for the season already; the Wasabi sushi outlet will close today; the tomorrow. Aussies, the variety store, will be open for another week, and the Used Book Store is marking the end of term with Saturday hours (11 to 5, every Saturday in April) in addition to its usual 9-to-5 Monday-to-Friday schedule.

    Used book sale sponsored by Canadian Federation of University Women, today 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 to 1, First United Church, King and William Streets.

    t'art 05 exhibition of work from Fine Arts 392 (Technology and Art), today and tomorrow noon to 6 p.m., Davis Centre room 1301.

    Blind Date (acoustic pub night) at the Graduate House tonight.

    Conrad Grebel University College convocation ceremony Sunday 2 p.m., Theatre of the Arts.

    Polish Cultural Festival Sunday, Humanities Theatre.

    Computational mathematics seminar: Jeff Z. Y. Chen, physics, "Simulating Protein Folding Pathway and the Need of Distributed Computation", 3:30, Math and Computer room 5158.

    UW Shop sidewalk sale Monday and Tuesday, 9;30 to 4, South Campus Hall concourse.

    'Tips on Purchasing and Financing a Vehicle', credit union seminar, Tuesday 12:15, Davis Centre room 1302, reservations ext. 3574.

    Presidents' Colloquium on Teaching and Learning: Keith Trigwell, University of Oxford, "How Does Great Teaching Relate to Student Learning?" Wednesday 3:45, Humanities Theatre.

    Earth Day in Cambridge renewable energy forum Friday, April 22, 11:30, Architecture building "Loft".

    RobotRacing competition involving 10 student teams, Saturday, April 23, 1 p.m., CEIT room 1015, information online.

    Scheduled on Monday, from the Centre for Learning and Teaching Through Technology, is a session on "Blogging and Academic Life". Says an LT3 announcement: "In this second LT3 presentation about teaching and learning using the popular web tools blogs and wikis, we focus on two University of Waterloo speakers who will highlight complementary uses of blogging. Professor Randy Harris will speak about his classes' use of reading journals to foster writing skills, reflective writing, critical thinking and peer evaluation. On the other side of the coin, Professor Prabhakar Ragde will speak about giving his students his own on-going reflections about the nature, philosophy and progress of their course while it was in session. The positive experiences of both professors holds forth promising new ways to engage students and enrich their time at school. To keep in touch with information about this presentation, see LT3's demonstration wiki. There you will find a page with Professor Harris' course description, links to the reading journals of his class and links to Professor Ragde's teaching blogs. We encourage you to use the feedback section of the page to post your own questions, suggestions or comments." Registration for Monday's session is also online.

    I wrote yesterday about a survey of graduate students that's underway, citing today as the deadline for responses. Now word arrives from the institutional analysis and planning office: "We have just decided to extend the time for completion to May 6, and will be sending reminders to non-respondents."

    Detlev Grisebach, a former member of UW's staff, died April 3. He worked as a machinist technician in the optometry school from 1984 until his retirement on March 1, 1993, the human resources department notes.

    Here's a further note from the Campus Recreation Recognition Night that was held late in March. "At the event, we recognized the hard work of some of the people who make our programs work," writes Michelle Robinson of campus rec. Among them: 16 "outstanding graduating seniors" who have played roles as volunteers or campus rec employees. This year's names: Darren Giles, Elaine Bonvanie, Kyle Smith, Adam Steeves, Ian Harrower, Justin Fluit, Chris Girard, Jeremy Wolf, Nadina Imamovic, Laura McGuckin, Dave Hinton, Brian Smith, Elizabeth Vesnaver, Elizabeth Zajc, Sunniva Bruce, Tara Hayes.

    Tricia Jansen, who's graduating with a degree in recreation and leisure studies, has been chosen to be valedictorian for the June 15 session of spring convocation. . . . A group from the UW Recreation Committee is heading out to see the Harlem Globetrotters in Kitchener tonight, and "Anne of Green Gables" at the Waterloo Stage Theatre on April 23. . . . Ventilation will be shut off in part of Engineering III all day tomorrow for work on the HVAC system. . . .


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