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Friday, April 28, 2006

  • 'Thank you all,' says provost after vote
  • Three enter athletics hall of fame
  • Today's the last day of the past
Editor:
Chris Redmond
credmond@uwaterloo.ca

National Day of Mourning


[Ten people arm-in-arm in impressive lobby]

Representatives of UW and McMaster posed after the Waterloo Regional Council vote on Wednesday night. They include UW provost Amit Chakma and associate vice-president Gerry Thompson (fourth and fifth from left) and McMaster medical dean John Kelton (fourth from right).

'Thank you all,' says provost after vote

Waterloo Region funding to help build a medical school on UW's planned Kitchener campus is "part of a series of several investments this community has made", UW provost Amit Chakma told regional council late Wednesday night after it voted in favour of the $15 million grant.

"I would like to thank you all for your support of our proposal," said Chakma on behalf of delegations from UW and McMaster University, which is to put a branch of its DeGroote School of Medicine on the health sciences campus at King and Victoria Streets.

Chakma itemized other local investments in UW-related projects: "The Region and the City of Waterloo supported the creation of the R&T Park, the School of Pharmacy would not have been possible without the support of the City of Kitchener, and thanks to the support of the City of Cambridge our School of Architecture has found an appropriate home for a school that aspires to achieve global excellence.

"Our partners at McMaster and we at the University of Waterloo are committed to seeking excellence in all that we do. While we do not yet have all the funds we need to fully execute this project, your support goes a long way. We give you our commitment to implement this project without compromising our expectations of its scope and of its quality."

Mac and UW had originally asked the Region for $19 million towards the medical school building. The lower grant is expected to mean that UW will turn to private fund-raising to cover more of the cost, in addition to the $8 million that is coming from the government of Ontario to launch the project. The government will pay the operating costs of the medical school as it does for Mac's main campus in Hamilton.

Some opponents of the Regional grant said higher education isn't the business of local government. Others argued that an adequate medical school could have been built more cheaply at Conestoga College in Doon, on the border of Kitchener and Cambridge. Council voted 10-5 in favour of the grant, with two opposing votes coming from Cambridge, one from Kitchener, one from Waterloo and one from the little township of North Dumfries south of Cambridge.

[Handing over package]

The winner of the award for top student in German 332 this term was Maja Veletanlic (left), a student at Wilfrid Laurier University. "Since WLU is closing its German program," says James Skidmore (far left) of UW's Germanic and Slavic studies department, "Maja is one of quite a few students who have come to UW to get German courses." Barbara Schmenk (right), instructor in the course, made the presentation as part of an awards ceremony in the Tatham Centre that included prizes for various achievements in Croatian, Dutch, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian as well as German.

Gerry Thompson, associate vice-president (strategic initiatives), is the administrator responsible for moving the health sciences project ahead. There were three key points in bringing the Mac medical school to Kitchener, he said yesterday: securing the student spots to be funded by the province; reaching a partnership agreement with McMaster; and getting regional council to provide the funding. Wednesday's decision amounts to "getting over the last hurdle," he said, "getting the final element into place."

Two important steps come next, says Thompson. One is preparation for the construction job west of King Street downtown, and the other is arranging details of a working agreement with McMaster. There's already a broad Memorandum of Agreement; now, says Thompson, the two universities need to agree on details such as lease rates for the space and issues around "sovereignty of the med school".

He says: "Now, it's all very real. It would have been tough to work out the details before we had these other things in place."

Three enter athletics hall of fame -- from athletics and recreational services

On Saturday, three new members will join the University of Waterloo Athletics Hall of Fame. The 23rd annual induction ceremony will pay tribute to Don McKee (Coach: Hockey, 1985-98), Rob Town (Athlete: Track and Field, 1978-82), and Paul Marchildon (Campus Recreation, 1984-87). The 2006 Induction Dinner will be held in the Festival Room, South Campus Hall, starting at 6 p.m.

Paul Marchildon got his first taste of Campus Recreation in 1984 when he became an instructional coordinator in the fall term. He served as the instructional coordinator again during the spring 1985 term, as well as becoming a fitness instructor. He continued teaching fitness classes while holding numerous positions with the department, including a term as coordinator of conveners and a term as basketball convener in 1986. By the time he was nearing the completion of his degree, he had taken on the task of creating a photo database for campus recreation, as well as becoming a media liaison and fundraiser for the department.

During his time as instructional coordinator, he organized, staffed and budgeted fourteen instructional programs and oversaw the actions of sixty-plus instructors. In addition, he still managed to hold a chair on the Feds council from 1985-1987 and was awarded the Federation of Students Outstanding Student Leader award in 1987. Paul Marchildon received his BA in 1987. In addition to his extensive work with Campus Recreation, he graduated as a four-year member of the Dean's Honour Roll.

Waterloo has never seen another track athlete quite like Rob Town. A Warrior from 1976-1982, he was a true renaissance man of track and field, competing -- successfully -- in nearly every discipline of the sport. His best showings were usually in the power events, where he won most of his 10 career OUAA gold medals in the javelin, shot put and discus. However, he was also a threat in the events of endurance and athleticism, as he was among the province's top pole vaulters and relay runners during his time as a Warrior.

He had made a special request to take a year's sabbatical for the 1979-80 school year to prepare himself for the Canadian trials for the Moscow Olympic Games in the summer of 1980. However, the trials were cancelled and the Canadian team boycotted. Town never got another chance to compete for an Olympic berth. However, he managed to become one of the most decorated Canadian track and field athletes of his era. He was the 1978 Canadian indoor decathlon champion and the 1982 Canadian outdoor decathlon champion, and he earned a sixth-place finish in the decathlon at the 1978 Commonwealth Games. His UW shot put record stood for an incredible 19 years, being broken this season by Justin Lutchin. Town graduated from the school of optometry in 1982. He is currently an optometrist in Orillia.

There aren't a lot of UW hockey players that haven't been affected by Don McKee, a mainstay in the local coaching community for over 25 years, who coached the Warriors for thirteen seasons from 1985-86 to 1997-98, compiling an unbelievable regular season record of 201-84-29. In addition to coaching more games than any other Warrior coach (314), McKee also holds the record for most wins (201), most consecutive playoff appearances (13) and most points in a season (44). His career winning percentage is .705, as a McKee-led team never finished below .500 in any of his 13 seasons.

A former coach of the Kitchener Rangers and Guelph Platers of the OHL, he took over the Warrior program in 1985 and reformed it from the bottom up. Under McKee, the Warriors finished second at the CIAU national championships in 1991 and 1996. In 1989, he became the only UW coach to win the Father Kehoe Memorial Trophy as CIAU coach of the year. Since leaving Waterloo, McKee, a lifelong teacher of the game, has coached a number of teams throughout the world. In addition to leading the Sheffield Steelers to a British Superleague title in 1999, McKee was an assistant coach with Team Canada's Spengler Cup gold medal-winning team in 1997. Since 2000, he has been the head coach of the Odessa (Texas) Jackalopes of the Central Hockey League.

Today's the last day of the past

Here's a reminder that the UW bookstore will be closed today, and a number of other services shut down part or all of the day, as staff take inventory on the last working day of the 2005-06 fiscal year. With today's payroll, the university has now just about finished spending its funds for the year that's winding up -- more than a million dollars a day on salaries, utilities, technology and toilet paper. The new fiscal year and the spring term both begin on Monday.

In case anybody's wondering, no, the scheduled fire drills in most campus buildings didn't happen on Tuesday, because of unpleasant weather (and it was at its worst in the early morning, when the decision had to be made on whether to go ahead). "Building co-ordinators were advised and arrangements made for any required follow-up," says UW safety director Kevin Stewart. "Only one building, South Campus Hall, will be rescheduled. The Waterloo Fire Department was still on campus to review procedures related to the drills. My thanks to UW's fire wardens and building co-ordinators for their assistance with maintaining UW's compliance with Fire Code requirements."

WHEN AND WHERE
Rhythm Dance Festival continues today through Sunday in the Humanities Theatre.

Ontario Psychology Undergraduate Thesis Conference all day, Arts Lecture Hall and Modern Languages; lunch in South Campus Hall.

Innovate Entrepreneurs Bootcamp sponsored by Enterprise Co-op, co-operative education and career services, Friday-Saturday, details online.

Centre for International Governance Innovation presents Tom Jenkins, Open Text Corp., "Technology in Times of Crises", 11:45, 57 Erb Street West, reservations e-mail rsvp@cigionline.org.

Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry annual general meeting, seminar, "Quantum Chemistry at Guelph: Then and Now", graduate student poster session, and reception, 1 p.m., Davis Centre room 1302.

Robot Racing involving eight teams from three universities, 1 p.m., greens north of Math and Computer, spectators welcome.

Annual spelling bee for grade 5 local winners in midwestern Ontario, Saturday, Arts Lecture Hall, sponsored by Optimist International.

Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition by Gregory Blunt and Suzy Oliveira, through May 2, UW art gallery, East Campus Hall, opening reception Saturday 6 to 9 p.m.

DaCapo Choir, based at Conrad Grebel University College, "Rhapsody", featuring "Te Deum" by conductor Leonard Enns, Saturday 8 p.m., St. John's Anglican Church, Kitchener, $15 at the door (students and seniors $10).

Great Ride 'n' Stride fund-raiser for Canadian Cancer Society, Sunday 1 p.m., University Stadium, information 886-8888.

New student welcome reception Monday 4:30, multipurpose room, Student Life Centre.

Perimeter Institute lecture: George Johnson, journalist, "The Search for Miss Leavitt", astronomical research in 1904, Wednesday 7 p.m., Waterloo Collegiate Institute, free tickets 883-4480.

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  • Sixteen UW drama students and two faculty members -- Andrew Houston and Gerd Hauck -- leave for Germany today as part of the exchange between UW's drama department and the Theaterakademie Vorpommern, who performed "Der Diener zweier Herren" in the Theatre of the Arts last weekend. Says Hauck: "Following a two-day visit to Berlin we will be taken to the Theaterakademie's home in Zinnowitz in the north-western state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Situated on the island of Usedom, one of the most scenic holiday resorts on the Baltic coast, Zinnowitz will get to experience our production of Timberlake Wertenbaker's play 'Our Country's Good' (presented recently as part of UW Drama's 2005-06 season). Our hosts have scheduled an extensive sightseeing and entertainment program for us, including a bicycle tour, a trip to Peenemünde (Wernher von Braun's famous V2 rocket factory), a rock concert, a beach volleyball tournament, and several performances by the students of the academy. We will also meet up with students and faculty from the University of Toronto who also participate in this exchange and who will present their production of Michel Marc Bouchard's play 'The Orphan Muses'." He adds that the students involved in the exchange are "ridiculously excited".

    Back home in the Theatre of the Arts, there's something special on Saturday night, says drama chair Bill Chesney: "The University and the drama department are sponsoring, with others, the first youth conference for eyeGO to the Arts. eyeGO is an innovative local venture begun here six years ago, to encourage high school students to attend the performing arts by making $5 tickets available. I chair the Board of Directors. The conference is being organized by the local eyeGO Youth Council, to exchange ideas for how to establish and promote eyeGO, as the program moves across the province and across Canada (we will be hosting youth from almost every region of Canada). There will also be educational workshops about various aspects of careers in the performing arts, and UW Drama is hosting the eyeOpener show in the Theatre of the Arts on Saturday night at 7 p.m. (tickets $10 adult and $5 youth at the door). It is a showcase of local youth talent and will feature the Silly People, recently seen at the K-W Arts Awards, as well as our alumna, actor/singer Emily Boutet."

    Today's the last day for the shuttle bus between the main campus and the far reaches of Columbia Lake Village, a service that will resume when it gets chilly in the middle of the fall term. . . . The exhibition of "exemplary" projects by graduate and undergraduate architecture students, on display in Design at Riverside in the Architecture building, is continuing (through June 3). . . . The "Challenge X" team of UW engineering students, involved in a three-year project to design a more fuel-efficient car, were featured on "Daily Planet" Wednesday night, and video from the show is available online. . . .

    Volunteers from around the community will meet at Chicopee Ski Hill tomorrow at 8 a.m. to head out for a day's work as part of Community Project Day. . . . The used book store in the Student Life Centre will be open tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. so students can pick up spring term texts. . . . The Dana Porter and Davis Centre libraries will be open only from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with no desk service. . . .

    CAR


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