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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

  • 10-digit dialing starts in June
  • Co-op job changes career direction
  • Housing officers meet, and more
Chris Redmond

Humanities and social sciences congress

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Nanjing University, one of China's leading institutions, sent a top-level delegation to visit UW president David Johnston on Friday. Nan Gao of the president's office staff, left, provided translation as Johnston told Nanjing chancellor Hong Yinxing about maple syrup production on his farm north of Waterloo. The two leaders signed an agreement covering the next steps toward planning a "Sino-Canadian College" at Nanjing. An earlier agreement was signed in China in November. Associate provost Bruce Mitchell said later that plans include cooperation in graduate study, as well as an undergraduate program that would see students take the first two years of degree study at Nanjing and the final two years at Waterloo.

10-digit dialing starts in June -- adapted from a briefing by Pamela Needham of Queen 's University

The growing popularity of new communications services and technologies has led to a dramatic increase in the demand for phone numbers in several regions across Canada. The solution: 10-digit local dialing. This dialing method will enable the creation of millions of new numbers. For example, instead of dialing 888-4567, you will need to dial 519-888-4567. The phone system is already compliant so you can start 10-digit dialing now as well as reprogramming and updating devices.

As of June 17, local seven-digit calls placed within the 519 area will be interrupted by an announcement instructing you to dial 10 digits for the call. The call will be completed following the recording; however, the recorded announcement may disrupt local data calls (fax, modem, etc.) so the call may not be completed.

Starting October 21, when you place a seven-digit local call within the 519 area your call will not be completed. You will need to hang up and redial the call using 10 digits.

Any autodial keys programmed with local numbers will need to be reprogrammed to include the area code 519. Instead of 98850220 you would program 95198850220. Ensure that you include the area code if you are providing other numbers for callers in your voicemail greeting. If you forward your phone to an external number, you will need to include the area code. If you use modem dialup to connect to the Internet, you will need to update your system by adding 519 in front of your current dialup numbers. If you have not updated your system by June 17, the prerecorded message may cause your modem dialer to time out because it did not receive a modem answer tone in the allotted time. Refer to your owner's manual for instructions on updating any stored numbers in BlackBerries or cell phones. Refer to your fax machine or TDD/TTY manual for instructions on updating any stored numbers and to ensure that your outgoing number includes the area code.

Stationery, fax cover sheets, business cards, internal publications: In most cases, these already have the area code included because the intended audience is off campus -- but it's a good idea to review any administrative or marketing materials. If your email goes out with a signature, include area codes in all your phone numbers. Review your web pages to make sure you include the area code anywhere a phone number is listed.

What doesn't change: On-campus dialing remains the same: four-digit extension numbers at present, changing to five-digit numbers later this summer. There is no change to the way the special numbers 911, 411 and 611 are dialed.

Current long distance boundaries will not change. If you inadvertently add "1" to a local call, you will hear a recorded announcement informing you that you don't need to add "1" to a local call.

Co-op job changes career direction -- by Jill Campbell, from the Inside SCoop newsletter for co-op students

Sky-Lyn Priddle was always interested in her major, health studies, and she thought she would eventually attend medical school to work as a family physician. That was until she completed her last two co-op terms with the Toronto District School Board. Priddle worked as an Outdoor Education Intern first for the Scarborough Outdoor Education School and then for the Toronto Outdoor Education School. After her experiences working with children in an educational setting, she is now planning on becoming a teacher.

"Most of my work involved the kids," she says, "and for the rest of the time I was assisting the permanent teachers. There are very few places where you get paid to play!" As an Outdoor Education Intern at both SOES and TOES, she hosted students and provided them with an opportunity to discover the natural environment and develop a respect for it. Aside from the relationships she developed with the students, she enjoyed the overall atmosphere and environment she was working in, "It's like a second family!"

Asked why she chose to attend UW, Priddle reiterates what most co-op students say: "For co-op. The opportunity to be in health studies along with the co-op option was very enticing." And co-op is working just as she had planned: to figure out exactly what she wants to do after graduation. "I'm glad I changed the direction of my career plan now, instead of years after graduation." Priddle intends on attending teacher's college and to someday teach at the elementary level.

Her advice for new co-op students is to explore the job listings for other programs and faculties. "Don't be afraid to apply to, or accept, a job that's not in your field, or of interest to you. You may be surprised." She believes that her responsible and cooperative nature have helped her have successful work terms. "People always say, 'If you give Sky a task, it will for sure get done'."

It's that work ethic that helped her land her next co-op job for the spring 2006 term. She's working for the Schizophrenia Program at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. The program provides specialized mental health services to adults suffering from the disease, and Priddle will be working with patients at all levels of treatment. Sounds like a perfect fit for this versatile student and her quest to teach and help others.

Touring Players children's performance: "Munschworx", 10:00, 11:45 and 1:30, Humanities Theatre.

'Odyssey', an exhibition and information awareness day on social development initiatives, Wednesday 10:00 to 5:30, Student Life Centre great hall, more information online.

Staff association annual general meeting Thursday 9 a.m., Davis Centre room 1302, light breakfast 8:45.

UW alumni in Ottawa social and networking evening, with speaker Eva Kmiecic of United Way of Canada, Friday at Market's Empire Grill, details online.

You @ Waterloo Day open house for students considering coming to UW this fall, Saturday 10:00 to 2:00.

UW board of governors Tuesday, June 6, 2:30, Needles Hall room 3001, preceded by campus tour.

Housing officers meet, and more

The annual conference of the Ontario Association of College and University Housing Officers continues today and tomorrow at UW. Participants are staying in Ron Eydt Village and attending meetings in the Arts Lecture Hall. With a theme of "Through the Looking Glass", the conference was organized by Waterloo housing staff and includes sessions ranging from "The Buzz about Student Engagement: A Discussion about NSSE and the Future of Student Housing" to "International Community Building in Family Housing". Today's keynote speaker is UW graduate George Roter, a co-founder of Engineers Without Borders, and the day winds up with a banquet at the Centre for International Governance Innovation on Erb Street. Most refreshments for the conference are produced by UW's food services, with "great themed snacks", says Pam Charbonneau of housing, "including a movie night theme and a chocolate theme!"

There's a celebration today in London for "the expansion of infrastructure and partnership" for the Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network, better known as Sharcnet. The festivities start at 1 p.m. in the Western Science Centre on the University of Western Ontario campus. Among the new pieces of infrastructure is a major installation at UW, in the newly built link building between Physics and Engineering II. "The equipment at Waterloo, in particular the Access Grid room, will not be ready for this event," says Jeff Chen, associate dean (computing) in the faculty of science, and Sharcnet's local contact. "The room is ready, but the computing cluster is not." He's expecting a September launch for the UW installation, part of a network of 7,358 computers running in parallel at 14 nodes with names like "dolphin", "narwhal" and "greatwhite". New Sharcnet nodes are also being introduced this summer at Western, McMaster and Guelph.

The Bookends café in South Campus Hall, actually inside the UW bookstore, is open today and tomorrow, but then will close for renovations, says a note from Jeannie Watt, manager of marketing and development for food services. "After renovations are complete," she says, "we'll have an exciting new Tim Hortons in SCH. It'll be a great spot for staff, students and faculty to stop in to get their favourite hot beverage when walking through SCH to the campus. The renovations should be complete the first week of August."

And speaking of Tim Horton's, the Federation of Students is making a big issue out of plans announced by food services to operate the Student Life Centre Tim's on limited hours (and close it some weekends) for the rest of the summer. A final decision is awaiting discussion by the Food Advisory Board, which meets tomorrow at 4:30 in Village I, says Renjie Butalid, vice-president (administration and finance) of the Feds. "As per the Feds and Food Services co-signed Memorandum of Agreement, Tim Horton's must be open for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," he writes, "and any changes to hours of operation need to be reviewed and approved by FAB." A petition against the closing is being circulated (it's available at the turnkey desk in the SLC) and he's inviting students interested in the matter to attend "a pre-FAB meeting" in SLC room 2134 at 3:30 tomorrow.

With a recent change in federal rules, it's now possible for international students to get work permits allowing them to take off-campus jobs that have nothing to do with their studies. A briefing about the procedures involved, sponsored by UW's international student office, was held earlier this month, and a repeat event is to be held today at 10:00 in Davis Centre room 1302. Unfortunately the event has been announced several times as being on the schedule for tomorrow instead; Darlene Ryan of the ISO says she's done her best to notify international students, at least those on her e-mail list, that the event is actually being held today.

The UW bookstore announces a spring book sale in the South Campus Hall concourse, today through Thursday. . . . Online voting continues in a poll of staff members about the principle of "a recognition program for staff that includes a monetary component". . . . Campus recreation will offer training on Friday and Saturday that provides the first level of achievement in the National Coaching Certification Program. . . .


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