Thursday, February 9, 2006
|Behind bars are Derek Lindman, Bridget Myers and Karim Rizkallah, who figure in "Hello Out There", one of the six short plays that make up the drama department's "New Directions" festival. It continues this week in Studio 180 in the Humanities building, with two plays tonight at 7:00, two more tomorrow at 7 (including "Hello Out There"), four on Saturday afternoon at 2:00, and two on Saturday night at 7. Tickets: 888-4908.|
Previously titled "Pursuing Global Excellence", the report now adds the phrase "Seizing Opportunities for Canada", he noted.
"This university is uniquely positioned to do it for our country," said Chakma, repeating his frequently stated theme that Waterloo is ready to move into the top rank of universities worldwide, with some programs that are acknowledged as the best of their kind anywhere.
"Our sixth decade," says the draft report, "will be the decade where a new kind of boldness and daring will ensure UW achieves the excellence to make it a premier global competitor."
The report, which Chakma drafted based on ideas from across campus, is being worked over line by line by the senate long-range planning committee. It's expected to come to the university senate and board of governors for approval next fall, before UW reaches its 50th anniversary next summer and begins its sixth decade of progress.
Board members asked questions as Chakma took them through some of the chief themes of the report, including "international benchmarking to measure progress", "modest growth in undergraduate enrollment in select areas", "more than doubling of graduate enrollment", "integration of teaching and research", and "internationalization", with students from abroad making up 20 per cent of the undergraduate student body (up from less than 7 per cent now).
The time will come when "all undergraduate students will have oral and written command of a second language," the report also says -- something that president David Johnston called "simply a requirement of a good liberal education".
The draft report calls for constant reallocation of funds in UW's budget to promote and reward excellence in academic departments. But there are going to be costs well beyond that, Chakma told the board in answer to a question. He suggested that UW should plan to raise 20 per cent of its operating budget from outside sources. At the current level of $325 million a year in spending, that would mean raising $60 to $70 million annually -- a more ambitious target than anything that's been mentioned up to now.
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Originally to be headed by provincial energy minister Donna Cansfield, the "solar tour" currently involves about eight MPPs, most of them parliamentary assistants to ministers. Among them is Tony Wong, parliamentary assistant to premier Dalton McGuinty in his capacity as minister of research and innovation.
After the morning stop at UW, the group will an industrial plant in Cambridge, Spheral Solar Power, where other energy-related research is under way.
This morning's event is taking place in the Environmental Studies building, where ES dean Deep Saini will introduce the visitors and speakers. The government group will hear first from Siva Sivoththaman of the electrical and computer engineering department, who will give an overview of UW's solar research, explain the displays that will be on hand, and say something about technology transfer and UW's relationship with ATS Automation Tooling Systems, the parent company of Spheral.
Ian Rowlands of environment and resource studies will go into more detail about photovoltaic research at UW -- that's the technology that produces electrical energy from sunshine -- and the connection between PV technology and the economics of electricity distribution.
Two executives of the local firm ARISE Technologies will speak about their company's experience in building Canada's first solar neighbourhood, on the east side of Waterloo, as well as the outlook for more research. UW president David Johnston will speak briefly about the benefits of solar research as well as the value of higher education, training and research to society in general.
Meanwhile, UW's board of governors gave final approval on Tuesday for construction of a small building for the Centre for Advanced Photovoltaic Devices, headed by Sivoththaman. It'll be about 15,000 square feet (bigger than Health Services but smaller than Federation Hall) and will go west of the Central Plant (smokestack) and next to parking lot L. "A large area of green space will still be available south of the building," says university architect Dan Parent.
The building will be one storey tall, but is being designed in such a way that two additional floors can be added later, the board of governors was told. Most of the $4 million total cost is coming from research sponsors, with the faculty of engineering adding the balance.
Electrical and computer engineering. Kapil Sakariya, "Current Programmed Backplanes for Amorphous Silicon AMOLED Displays." Supervisor, A. Nathan. On display in the faculty of engineering, CPH 4305. Oral defence Friday, February 10, 2:30, CEIT room 3142.
History. Jason Churchill, "The Limits to Influence: The Club of Rome and Canada, 1968 to 1988." Supervisor, Heather MacDougall. On display in the faculty of arts, HH 317. Oral defence Monday, February 13, 2 p.m., Humanities room 373.
Philosophy. Jeffrey Brown, "Offensive Ethics: Alterity and Alternative Modes of Philosophical Discourse." Supervisor, Richard Holmes. On display in the faculty of arts, HH 317. Oral defence Monday, February 20, 1:30 p.m., Humanities room 373.
Prominent women entrepreneurs in the local area will be sharing their career experiences with students at noon today. Four women business leaders will take part in a panel intended to ignite interest among potential young female entrepreneurs. The event, hosted by the Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology and sponsored by Deloitte, will be held in Davis Centre room 1302. Geoff Malleck, associate director of CBET, said that while female students are aware of entrepreneurship as a lifestyle path, most have not considered it as an option for themselves. "By placing these community and business leaders in a forum to share their experiences, I am convinced that the student attendees will move closer to developing an entrepreneurial 'can-do' attitude." Panelists will include Carol Leaman, CEO of RSS Solutions; Sharron Gilbert, president and CEO of Septimatech; Vivienne Ojala, president and partner at Brock Solutions; and Patricia Quinn, president and owner of Creative Options. The event will be facilitated by Jane Jantzi, senior manager (business development) at Deloitte. CBET was taking reservations earlier this week, but space could still be available in the audience.
|WHEN AND WHERE|
Eating Disorders Awareness Week information booth in Student
Life Centre; video presentation on "Women, the Media,
Body Esteem and Eating Disorders" 12:30, multipurpose room, SLC.
Career workshop: "Work Search Strategies" 3:30, Tatham Centre room 1208, registration online.
Forum for Independent Thought weekly discussion 5:00, Student Life Centre multipurpose room. Topic this week: "the infamous Danish cartoons".
Alumni in Seattle: "Meet the Deans" evening 6 to 8 p.m., Bellevue Arts Museum.
'Polar Jam': "Two schools, one huge party," multiple bands, Friday noon to 9 p.m., University Stadium, tickets $10 at Federation of Students office.
Centre for International Governance Innovation presents Robert Wolfe, Queen's University, "The WTO After Hong Kong", Friday 11:45, 57 Erb Street West, free tickets 885-2444 ext. 246.
St. Jerome's University lecture: Dana Sawchuk, Wilfrid Laurier University, "Workers, the Church and Central America's Switzerland (Costa Rica)", Friday 7:30 p.m., Siegfried Hall.
Federation of Students candidates forum Monday noon to 4 p.m., Student Life Centre great hall.
'Murderball' free showing sponsored by Diversity project and office for persons with disabilities, Monday 8:00, Humanities Theatre.
|Alumni will get to meet Bob Hunter, a 1976 kinesiology graduate and now general manager of the Air Canada Centre, at "an after-work networking reception" Monday evening at the ACC in downtown Toronto. "We are very pleased to be able to offer a behind-the-scenes tour during this event," says Jude Doble of UW's alumni affairs office, noting that the maximum of 425 tickets have already been sold for the event.|
Joanne Wade, UW's director of student awards and financial aid, sent a memo to departments the other day drawing their attention to the annual Work Placement Program, which provides funding to create jobs for students. The money, Wade explains, comes from the "tuition set-aside", the percentage of tuition fee increases year by year that UW is required to spend on student assistance. "You are encouraged," her memo said, "to have your departments create new full-time work placements for students during the Spring, Fall and Winter terms." The central funding provides up to $1,850 a month towards the salary: "Should the job require a higher salary, your department will be responsible for any difference." Regular and co-op undergraduates are both eligible for the jobs, as long as they were in school the previous term "and have been eligible for OSAP assistance", and are going back to full-time study afterwards.
The keynote speaker at this year's WatITis, the annual one-day conference for computing support staff at UW, was Robert Park, anthropology professor and associate dean (computing) in the faculty of arts. "Robert asked some very interesting questions," says Bob Hicks of the information systems and technology department, "and made some very interesting observations. People left the session wanting to continue the discussion." The abstract for the WatITis talk certainly raises big questions: "Given UW's reputation, students arrive on campus expecting Waterloo to be on the leading edge of technology. They have high expectations. We are now increasingly using technology to help keep our large classes engaged and challenged, and we work hard to keep our student computer labs up-to-date and to provide wireless connectivity across campus. What else should we be doing? Do our students graduate with the computing skills they need to be employable? If not, what skills are they lacking? Who decides what these skills are? What new technologies should we be actively researching so that we can integrate them into our services? Who does the research?" Park will follow up on such matters as the speaker tomorrow morning at IST's weekly professional development session (8:45 in the IST seminar room).
The Waterloo Public Interest Research Group
will sponsor a conference -- "Working for Human Rights" -- this
The campus recreation program is running a two-day first aid
certification workshop on Friday and Saturday (register and pay the
$90 fee at the athletics department office). . . .
office is offering a one-day course today
under the title "Introduction to Financial Accounting". . . .
In yesterday's Daily Bulletin I said Barry Warner was a faculty member
in environment and resource studies, but in reality he is in the
department of geography (and cross-appointed to biology and earth
sciences). . . .
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The campus recreation program is running a two-day first aid certification workshop on Friday and Saturday (register and pay the $90 fee at the athletics department office). . . . The continuing education office is offering a one-day course today under the title "Introduction to Financial Accounting". . . . In yesterday's Daily Bulletin I said Barry Warner was a faculty member in environment and resource studies, but in reality he is in the department of geography (and cross-appointed to biology and earth sciences). . . .