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Thursday, January 13, 2005

  • Project notes student 'diversity'
  • Sweet treats from Keystone Campaign
  • More corpuscles of information
Chris Redmond

Winter on the US border

[Plants towering above the lobby]

A green wall at the University of Guelph-Humber is the sort of thing that will be described in a talk today by Alan Darlington of the University of Guelph. He'll speak on such walls, otherwise known as "indoor air biofilters" or "living walls", at 12 noon in Environmental Studies I room 221. The talk is sponsored by the faculty of environmental studies and the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group.

A "green wall" study was one of the projects done in the "Greening the Campus" course, Environment and Resource Studies 250, last term. Projects from that course, as they relate to the planned renovation of Environmental Studies II building, will be shown off at "a public presentation of the vision" next week: Thursday, January 27, at 10 a.m. in the "south studio" on the second floor of ES2.

Project notes student 'diversity'

UW's administration and the leadership of the Federation of Students are today announcing a "Winter Diversity Project" to "celebrate and enhance" the ethnic and cultural variety of this campus, and particularly its students.

The program aims at "a campus environment where differences can be openly explored, celebrated and understood", says the announcement, issued jointly by Catharine Scott, associate provost (human resources and student services), and Becky Wroe, the Federation's president.

Here's the full text of their memo:

"UW is a campus enriched by its community diverse in ethnic, religious and cultural practices. UW has also enjoyed an enviable reputation for harmony and collaboration among these variant communities, a harmony particularly evident in the more than 50 clubs which represent these broad interests of our students.

"In the spring of 2004, the Federation of Students and the Student Life Office supported a new position within Student Life -- the Campus Life Communications Specialist -- as part of the Feds/Student Life Office plan for increasing awareness, support and appreciation for UW's rich and vibrant campus community. Ryan-Chen Wing has been appointed Campus Life Communications Specialist and, in collaboration with Rick Theis, the Clubs Director in the Federation of Students, will work to develop projects, information sessions, publications and events that celebrate and enhance UW's spirit of diversity.

"Following from recent stresses and tensions that may have caused discomfort among members of UW's community, the first major project which Ryan will play a key role in is the Diversity Awareness Project. This Project, which will serve to increase understanding of our various differences, will be guided by a committee comprised of three student leaders and several individuals whose portfolios include quality of student life and diversity issues including the Coordinator, Conflict Management and Human Rights; the Federation of Students' President and Vice President Internal; the Associate Provost Human Resources and Student Services and the Student Life Coordinator. This committee will develop the Diversity Awareness Project for delivery during the Winter '05 term and will ensure resources, time and imaginative energy are committed to the Project to foster a campus environment where differences can be openly explored, celebrated and understood.

"The Federation of Students, UW students and the UW administration are intent on nurturing and strengthening our rich campus culture. The Diversity Awareness Project will be an important component of this enterprise and suggestions for any activity which the community believes would assist this project will be welcomed by the Diversity Committee."

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  • Sweet treats from Keystone Campaign

    "It's time for the treat-a-gram initiative to start again this year," says Shelley Rudd of the Keystone Campaign staff, reporting that cookies went out to 30 Keystone donors and 30 volunteers earlier this week to launch the project.

    She writes: "Back by popular demand, and brought to you by the Keystone Campaign working groups, treat-a-grams will be on sale again this February! Let your friends and colleagues know you're thinking about them -- send them a Keystone treat-a-gram. These delicious, big, crunchy, chocolate chip cookies on a stick are a great way to say 'you're special,' celebrate a job well done, or send any other personalized greeting. The cost of each treat-a-gram is $3.00 and they will be delivered on February 9th."

    [Cookie logo] And she adds: "This year, we are also extending a challenge to people to send in a $10 donation for the Keystone Campaign with their order, and tax receipts will be issued." There's more about the "challenge" in a flyer that was sent to staff and faculty members this week and can also be seen on the Keystone web site.

    Says Rudd: "Same as last year, here's how it works. Complete one flyer/order form for each treat-a-gram recipient (don't forget to fill out your personalized messages) and bring your order forms and money to your Keystone Campaign departmental representative. You can photocopy your flyer/form for each recipient or download the pdf from the web.

    "Treat-a-grams will be delivered anywhere on the main campus, to the UW residences, the school of architecture in Cambridge, and the distance education office. You can order treat-a-grams to be delivered to yourself if you want to buy for relatives, friends, or colleagues who are off-campus."

    The Keystone Campaign is the segment of Campaign Waterloo that's aimed at raising $4.5 million for the university from faculty, staff members and retirees by 2007.

    Math Society volunteer fair all day today, third floor of Math and Computer.

    Grand River Transit bus passes for sale 10:00 to 2:00, Federation of Students office, Student Life Centre.

    Let's Make a Deal contest (quit smoking or "continue to be completely smoke-free"), registration continues through Friday, 10:30 to 2:30, Student Life Centre.

    On-campus part-time job fair noon to 2:00, Student Life Centre great hall. (On-campus employers can contact Pam Martin, ext. 6055.)

    Computational mathematics seminar: Jonathan Taylor, Stanford University, "Empirical FDR Analysis for Functional Neuroimaging", 3:30, Math and Computer room 5158.

    Planning students event: "How to Find a Job in Planning and the Benefits of Student Professional Membership", Don May of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, Ron Shishido of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and other speakers, 5:30, Environmental Studies I courtyard.

    Society of International Students general meeting 6 p.m., Rod Coutts Hall room 308.

    Math Society movie night: "Daredevil" 7:00, "X2" 9:00, Math and Computer room 2066, two movies for $2, proceeds to tsunami relief.

    Ski Blue Mountain outing sponsored by Graduate Student Association, Friday through Sunday.

    Warrior Weekend activities Friday and Saturday evenings, including movies, salsa and meringue lessons, and "The Ultimate UW Survivor Competition", details online.

    Renison College Founders Day celebration for 46th anniversary: Evensong and Convocation 3 p.m. Sunday, Church of St. John the Evangelist; reception at the church, dinner at the college.

    Hagey Bonspiel annual event for staff, faculty and friends, February 26 at Ayr Curling Club, prize draw for "early bird" registration by tomorrow, details online.


    Open Text Corp. CEO Tom Jenkins speaks today on "Managing Change in High Growth Situations" (5 p.m., Davis Centre room 1350). The talk is sponsored by the Entrepreneurs Association and Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology. Networking and a reception follow.

    More corpuscles of information

    "Here's your opportunity to save lives," says the flyer announcing this term's blood donor clinic in the Student Life Centre. The opportunity runs longer than ever, as there will be six days of bloodletting -- today, then all next week, from 10:00 to 4:00 daily. (Appointments can be made in advance in the signup booklet at the turnkey desk.) The last clinic was held in October, and "I am thrilled to report that over 330 units of blood were collected," writes Sharr Cairns of Canadian Blood Services, the agency that takes the blood, tests and processes it, and gets it to the hospitals where it's needed. "Giving blood only takes about an hour," she notes, although "your first donation may take a bit longer while we complete the registration and screening process." There's much more about the process on the CBS web site.

    UW's school of optometry may be getting a little closer to having the additional space it's been longing for. "We have reached the halfway point of our campaign target of $7.2 million," writes William Bobier, director of the school, in the latest issue of its newsletter for alumni (who include most of Canada's English-speaking optometrists). "As a result, we have reached a critical threshold where planning is underway for the 20,000 to 30,000 sq. ft. addition that will provide the necessary classroom, library, and clinic space for our increased enrolment. The university, upon reviewing our current status, believes the rate of donations is strong enough to consider groundbreaking for the addition perhaps as early as the fall of 2005!"

    Something new in the campus recreation program this term will be the "Cosmi-Bowling League", with outings on Sunday evenings to Kitchener's Brunswick Lanes for ten-pin bowling. "No matter what your skill level is, it's guaranteed to be fun," writes Michelle Robinson of campus rec. "It is cosmic bowling, which means fluorescent lights and music -- in other words, guaranteed fun. The cost is $60 for the whole season -- a great deal for a great time." A "try it" night is scheduled for this Sunday at 6:30 at the lanes, which are in the Frederick Street Mall.

    Evert Wiersma, a former member of UW's staff, died December 23. He worked as a custodian in plant operations from August 1974 to his retirement July 1, 1985.

    Some words of interest from John Jaray, manager of the Campus TechShop in the Student Life Centre: "Based on the ruling by the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal, the price of iPods and other MP3 players sold at the Campus TechShop have been reduced. Our updated Apple price list can be found online. The court has ruled that special levies applied to the sale of MP3 players, such as the iPod, are illegal. The court ruled that the Copyright Board of Canada did not have the legislative authority to introduce such charges, which were intended to counteract the 'harm' caused to writers and publishers by copying of digital content. Under Canada's Copyright Act such a levy has traditionally been applied to blank media, such as audio tapes or, more recently, recordable optical discs. MP3 players had fallen within the scope of the relevant act, since last December, but this has now been challenged."


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