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Thursday, March 31, 2005

  • Distinguished teachers are named
  • UW lists $100,000 salaries for 2004
  • Another 1,305 jobs are needed
  • On the last day of classes
Chris Redmond

Charlotte Brontë

[Blowing and fingering]

The oboe provides the note to which an orchestra tunes, which gives Sean Mason, staff member in information systems and technology, a key role as Orchestra@UWaterloo gives its spring concert tonight. On the program are works by Rossini, Barber, Copland, and Sibelius (Symphony No. 1), and the performance starts at 8:00 in the Humanities Theatre. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

Distinguished teachers are named

Winners of UW's two university-wide teaching awards for this year were announced this week, as the selection committees reported to UW's senate as they do every March.

According to the terms of reference for the Distinguished Teacher Award, "The Selection Committee will look for intellectual vigour and communication skills in the interpretation and presentation of subject matter. The teacher's human quality and concern for and sensitivity to the needs of students is an obvious criterion. the Selection Committee will look for a clear indication that the nominee has favourable and lasting influence on students. Evidence of successful innovation in teaching would support a nomination, but it is also clear that excellence in teaching does not necessarily require innovation."

Here are the winners of the DTA for 2004:

And the winners of the award for Distinguished Teaching by a Registered Student: The awards will be presented at convocation in June, or when the student graduates. Profiles of the winners will appear in the Daily Bulletin over the coming days, and on the web site of the teaching resource office, which helps to manage the award program.

UW lists $100,000 salaries for 2004

UW is releasing a list this morning of the 453 employees who were each paid more than $100,000 during 2004.

It's something public-sector employers in Ontario have had to do annually since the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act was passed in 1996. Other universities, school boards, hospitals, colleges, and the government itself are making similar information for last year public today.

The great majority of names on the UW list are of professors. More of them are appearing on the list each year, as salaries rise from year to year. The "average nominal salary" for full-time faculty members in 2004-05 is $99,542, according to the office of institutional analysis and planning.

The $100,000 list also includes a number of senior administrators and a few people in staff positions. The list includes people employed by St. Jerome's University, Renison College, Conrad Grebel University College and St. Paul's United College as well as by UW itself.

President David Johnston is still receiving the highest salary at UW, according to the disclosure list. The published list generally identifies the deans and other academic administrators simply as "professor". In addition to the year's salary, a figure is given for taxable benefits received by each individual, mostly for employer-paid life insurance.

[High energy in leotards]  

Student dancers from the "Blackout" show yesterday in the Student Life Centre -- photo by mechanical engineering graduate student Alex Frakking.

Another 1,305 jobs are needed

"Here is a progress report on co-op student employment for the upcoming work term," writes Olaf Naese of the co-op education and career services department as the spring term approaches. Spring each year brings its own co-op challenges -- there are fewer students needing jobs than in the winter, but competition is stiffer because of regular program students (from UW and other institutions) taking summer jobs.

Says Naese: "As of March 15, 4,106 co-op students were scheduled to be on a May-August 2005 work term. 2,801 (68.2%) had either secured a job or are not participating in the employment process, leaving 1,305 still needing employment."

[Co-op students for hire] Figures vary from one faculty to another. "The following numbers represent students with employment or not participating in the employment process (e.g., taking an 'on-own' term) for the spring term." Accounting, 123 (93.9%). AHS, 126 (81.8%). Arts, 196 (54.4%). Architecture, 90 (75.6%). Engineering, 1179 (68.3%). Environmental Studies (without Architecture), 166 (77.9%). Mathematics, 1,155 (65.5%). Science, 161 (65.7%). Teaching, 3 (100%).

Last year at the same time, 2,280 students (66.6%) had secured a job for, or did not participate in, the May-August work term. At that time there were 3,425 co-op students scheduled to be on a work term.

Says Naese: "As usual for this point in the term, job postings for students still needing employment will continue every weekday on JobMine until the end of June. Employer interview cycles continue daily until exams. After leaving campus following exams, any interviews would most likely take place off campus at the hiring organization or by telephone."

Blood donor clinic continues today 10 to 4, Friday 10 to 3, Student Life Centre.

'Five Conflict Management Tips' by Catherine Fry, conflict management and human rights office, 12:00, Davis Centre room 1302, all welcome.

Movies about the environment: "Cirque du Lake" (cycling in the Great Lakes area by a former UW student) and "Critical Mass" (cycling lanes), 7:00 (after Federation general meeting), Student Life Centre.

'Alternatives to Traditional Lawns' presentation by Larry Lamb, UW environmental studies, 7:00, Kitchener Public Library, Forest Heights branch.

Spiritual Heritage Education Network presents Shiv Talwar, "A Taste of Life in an Indian Ashram", 7:30, Math and Computer room 4021.

IST professional development seminar with report on the Oracle/Peoplesoft higher education user group conference, Friday 8:45, Math and Computer room 2009.

UW Stage Band spring concert Friday 7 p.m., great hall, Conrad Grebel University College.

Chamber Choir spring concert Saturday 8 p.m., Waterloo North Mennonite Church.

University Choir spring concert Sunday 3 p.m., First United Church.

On the last day of classes

At least, it's the last day for those in the faculties of mathematics and engineering. Classes continue tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday in the other four faculties (the ones that got a full week of "reading period" in February). And then . . . it's exam season, with the first tests scheduled for Friday, April 8.

The Federation of Students will hold a general meeting today at 4:30 in the great hall of the Student Life Centre. Some of the agenda items are of a legal nature, such as formal appointment of the Feds' board of directors (who look startlingly like the elected president and vice-presidents each year). Others are financial: there's a double-barrelled proposal to raise the per-term Fed fee first by an annual cost-of-living increase, from $30.46 up to $31.30, and then by an extra dollar, to $32.30. And it's proposed to award honorary membership in the Federation to long-time student journalist, and now staff member in the university's student life office, Ryan Chen-Wing.

The Society of International Students is holding a general meeting tonight to talk about a proposed major change -- to shift from being a "student-run association" to being a "service" of the Federation of Students. "SIS will still be run by students and there will be no membership charge," an announcement from the SIS executive explains, although things are complicated because the society includes both undergraduate and graduate students, while the Feds is the undergraduate student government. "We need you to decide," says the executive, calling on international students to attend tonight's meeting: 6:00, Coutts Hall room 306.

There is a last-minute room change for the evening's big family event -- Dr. Stan's Science Circus, being brought to campus by the physics department as a celebration of the World Year of Physics, now under way. It's "an interactive journey for all ages" conducted by Stanley Micklavzina of the University of Oregon, who says his mission is "to spark an interest in science in young minds and to show the public how physics surrounds us in everyday life. . . . The demonstrations are great for the young and old and the descriptions are for the older kids and parents to think about." Tonight's performance (admission free) starts at 7:30, but the advertised location has been changed, and Dr. Stan will now be seen in room 101 of the Rod Coutts Engineering Lecture Hall.

Today is the official deadline for applications for entering UW this fall, in programs where there wasn't a specific cutoff earlier. . . . April computing courses being offered by information systems and technology, and in the Skills for the Academic Workplace program, are now listed online. . . . "The theme for Laurier's 3rd annual interdisciplinary arts conference is evil," says an announcement from Wilfrid Laurier University about tomorrow's day-long event. . . .


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