Friday, April 13, 2007

  • Future accounting students are due
  • 'She loves me' — good for the ego
  • Here in honk-if-you-love-geese land
  • Editor:
  • Chris Redmond
  • Communications and Public Affairs

Link of the day

RunWaterloo fixture this weekend

When and where

Centre for International Governance Innovation presents Paul Masson, University of Toronto, "The IMF: Victim of Its Own Success of Institutional Failure?" 11:45 a.m., 57 Erb Street West, reservations online.

Women's studies 35th anniversary colloquium: Deborah Steinberg, University of Warwick, "Beggars and Choosers: Genes, Phantasy and the Neo-Liberal Subject", 1:30 p.m., Humanities room 334.

Shine Dance recital today from 2 p.m., all day Saturday and Sunday, Humanities Theatre.

Climate Change Day of Action sponsored by Waterloo Public Interest Research Group, Saturday 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Kitchener city hall, details online.

Super Cities Walk to support Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Sunday 10 a.m. (check-in 8:30), Federation Hall, details online.

Conrad Grebel University College Convocation, Sunday 2 p.m., Theatre of the Arts.

Tourplay children's show "Nose from Jupiter", Monday 10:00 and 1:00, Humanities Theatre.

Centre for International Governance Innovation presents Mitra Doherty, dentist and photographer, on the "Earth Charter" initiative, Monday 11:45 a.m., 57 Erb Street West, reservations online.

Women's studies 35th anniversary colloquium continues: Ellen Balka, Simon Fraser University, "The Intersection of Language, Technology, Gender and Knowledge about Women's Health", Monday 1:30 p.m., Humanities room 373.

Senate long-range planning committee Monday 3:00, Needles Hall room 3004.

UW senate Monday 4:30, Needles Hall room 3001.

Auditions for June production of "Don Juan in Chicago" by K–W Little Theatre, Monday-Wednesday 7 to 10 p.m., Humanities room 373, information

Alumni in western Canada: special events Monday in Victoria (Belfry Arts Centre, 6 to 8 p.m.), Tuesday in Vancouver (Sequoia Grill Restaurant, 6 to 8), Thursday in Calgary (Art Gallery of Calgary, 6 to 8), details online.

Architecture student projects end-of-year review, April 17 through June 16, Design at Riverside gallery, Architecture building; opening reception Tuesday 6:30 p.m.

Education Credit Union seminar: Tony Verbeek, "Tips on Purchasing and Financing a Vehicle", Tuesday 12:15 p.m., Davis Centre room 1302.

Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research workshops:"EHealth Risk-Opportunity Report Card" April 17-18, "Health Privacy" April 18-19, details online.

Germanic and Slavic studies 5th departmental conference, sessions on applied linguistics, German and Russian literature, and sociolinguistics, Friday, April 20, details online.

43rd annual used book sale sponsored by Canadian Federation of University Women, April 20 (9:00 to 9:00) and 21 (9:00 to 1:00), First United Church, details online.

'Passport to Health' Fair for staff and faculty, Thursday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Life Centre; stations include blood pressure reading, ergonomics, "reading your stress level".

Friends of the Library authors' event: lecture by history professor Ken McLaughlin, launch of his book Out of the Shadow of Orthodoxy, and display of work by UW authors, Wednesday, April 25, 3:30 p.m., Theatre of the Arts.

Alumni networking workshop on campus April 26, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., details online.

'Learning about Teaching' symposium, including Presidents' Colloquium on Teaching and Learning, speaker Ken Bain, April 30, 2 p.m., Humanities Theatre; workshops and discussions May 1-2, details online.

50th Anniversary Dance sponsored by UW Recreation Committee, DJ, prizes, Saturday, May 5, Federation Hall, tickets $20 at Humanities box office.

Toronto 50th anniversary alumni celebration with chancellor Mike Lazaridis, president David Johnston, co-op director Peggy Jarvie, Thursday, May 24, 6 to 8 p.m., Liberty Grand, Exhibition Place, details online.

PhD oral defences

Psychology. Danu Anthony, “Social Acceptance and Self-Esteem: Tuning the Sociometer to Interpersonal Value.” Supervisors, John Holmes and Joanne Wood. On display in the faculty of arts, HH 317. Oral defence Friday, May 4, 10:00 a.m., Psychology room 3026.

Chemistry. Shanshan Yu, “High-resolution Laboratory Spectroscopy of Transient Metal-Containing Molecules.” Supervisor, P. F. Bernath. On display in the faculty of science, ESC 254A. Oral defence Monday, May 7, 10:00 a.m., Chemistry II room 361.

Recreation and leisure studies. Clark Zealand, “Decolonizing Experiences: An Ecophenomenological Investigation of the Lived-Experience of Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers.” Supervisor, Paul Eagles. On display in the faculty of applied health sciences, BMH 3110. Oral defence Monday, May 7, 1:00 p.m., Lyle Hallman Institute room 3701.

Recreation and leisure studies. Andrew Kaczynski, “A Walk in the Park: Exploring the Impact of Parks and Recreation Amenities as Activity-Promoting Features of the Built Environment.” Supervisor, Mark Havitz. On display in the faculty of applied health sciences, BMH 3110. Oral defence Tuesday, May 8, 12:30 p.m., Lyle Hallman Institute room 3701.

Planning. Jeffrey Lederer, “University, Downtown, and the Mid-Size City: An Examination of the Roles of University in Downtown Revitalization within the Context of Community-University Partnerships.” Supervisor, Mark Seasons. On display in the faculty of environmental studies, ES1 335. Oral defence Thursday, May 10, 9:30 a.m., Architecture room 2026.

[Elbows on cafeteria table]

Jennifer Hayton, the Canadian gold medalist in the 2006 Uniform Final Examination that new accountants must pass, talks with UW students in the accountancy "Living-Learning Community" during a visit in Village I last week. Hayton, now with KPMG in Waterloo, was joined by Mary Anne Lavallee, a UW graduate who passed the UFE in 2005, to tell students about the experience of becoming a chartered accountant.

Future accounting students are due

from the UW school of accountancy

The School of Accountancy will be holding the final sitting of the Accounting and Financial Management Admissions Assignment (AFMAA) tomorrow as part of its new admission process for fall 2007. It's the first and only professional school of its kind to implement this unique admissions tool for use in considering applicants for an accounting or financial management program.

The purpose is to ensure that every applicant to the Accounting and Financial Management program is evaluated on an individual basis, and to identify those who have the potential for developing the skills and characteristics sought by employers in co-op students and graduates. The AFMAA is a two-hour essay assignment, written under supervision. This exercise is helping the school to assess each applicant’s teamwork, leadership, communication and analytical skills, and to admit strong, well-rounded students who have the qualities needed to succeed in the AFM program and the profession.

Some 600 selected students have been invited to write the AFMAA at UW, at the University of British Columbia, or on their own with an individual supervisor. In conjunction with the writing of the AFMAA in Waterloo, the school will be holding a mini-recruitment event for prospective AFM students and their parents, to provide them with information about the benefits of studying Accounting and Financial Management at UW. Parent sessions on AFM-specific co-op, scholarships and fellowships and our unique Living-Learning Community will be offered during the writing of the AFMAA. AFM representatives, students and staff will also be on hand during the day to answer questions from applicants and parents.

“I’m very excited about the potential outcome of the AFMAA," says Grant Russell, director of the AFM program. "This new admissions tool allows a broader range of qualified students the chance to showcase their attributes and personal achievement, and prove that they possess the characteristics necessary to succeed in the AFM program and eventually become leaders in their chosen fields." The first sitting of the AFMAA was held on February 17 and resulted in approximately 300 early offers of admission for the most outstanding AFM candidates.

The UW accountancy school offers five undergraduate and three graduate programs emphasizing the technical, analytical, evaluative, and communication skills needed to prepare for careers in public accounting, industry, government and not-for-profit sectors. All undergraduate programs are co-op only, and four of the five programs are available as part of a five-year course of study leading to an MAcc degree.

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'She loves me' — good for the ego

from the UW media relations office

People with low self-esteem can help themselves by thoroughly reviewing and taking to heart any compliments from their loved ones, a study by a UW psychology graduate student says. Denise Marigold explains that people with low self-esteem tend to doubt how much their romantic partners love and value them. One way to counter that is for them to describe or reframe praise from their partners in an abstract manner, explaining why their partners admired them and what the compliments meant to them.

"The novel aspect of our approach is that it helps people with low self-esteem to help themselves," Marigold says. "It may be empowering for them to learn how to meaningfully reframe their partners' affirmations in order to assuage their doubts about their partners' love for them."

Previous research has shown they underestimate how much they are actually loved by their partners. "These unwarranted insecurities can have very negative consequences for their relationships," Marigold says.

When feeling particularly insecure about their partners' love, people with low self-esteem protect themselves by devaluing their relationships and keeping their partners at a distance. "Over time, these defensive behaviours tarnish their partners' rosy views and ultimately undermine the well-being of the relationship."

While it might be assumed that being told by their partners how much they are loved could reduce the insecurities of people with low self-esteem, past research indicates they react unfavourably to direct positive feedback. In fact, compliments seem to heighten their self-doubts, leading them to worry that they cannot live up to such a positive self-image. "They feel that they will eventually be rejected when the 'truth' is revealed," Marigold says. "In the current research, we sought to find a way to increase their sense of relationship security by highlighting their valued qualities in a manner that circumvented the activation of self-doubts."

As part of the research, undergraduate participants recalled a compliment that they had recently received from their current romantic partner. People with low self-esteem typically viewed these compliments as relatively isolated, past events that did not meaningfully indicate how much they were valued more generally.

Participants were then asked to describe the compliment in an abstract fashion. In other words, they explained why their partner admired them, what the compliment meant to them and what significance it had for their relationship. When people with low self-esteem described a past compliment from their partner in an abstract manner, compared with participants who were not asked to use an abstract description, they reported increased positive feelings and thoughts related to the compliment. These positive feelings, in turn, raised their currently reported level of self-esteem, their feelings of security in their partners' acceptance and their relationship satisfaction.

Importantly, the cognitive reframing of the compliment had lasting effects. Two to three weeks later, they continued to feel more secure and positive about their relationship in general and even perceived their partner as behaving more positively toward them.

"On the basis of our research, we suggest that it would not be sufficient to encourage partners of people with low self-esteem to increase their frequency of giving compliments, because low self-esteem individuals tend not to take compliments to heart," Marigold says. As well, partners of people with low self-esteem might find it frustrating and tiring to make more effort to reassure them with praise. "Rather, people with low self-esteem should be encouraged to abstractly frame and generalize from their partners' compliments," she says.

Marigold's research was published in the February issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Her faculty supervisors are John Holmes and Mike Ross.

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Here in honk-if-you-love-geese land

We're just a week into the winter term exam period, and if you're enrolled in Anthro 101, Chemistry 237L, or Health/Kin 210, this Friday the Thirteenth is your lucky day. Unofficial grades will start appearing on Quest on April 22, the day after the exam period ends, the registrar's office says; grades become official as of May 22.While exams continue, food services is providing sustenance around the clock — the 24-hour-a-day schedule lasts until Monday midnight at Mudie's cafeteria in Village I, and until April 20 at Tim Hortons in the Student Life Centre. The Davis Centre library is also open 24 hours (except 2 to 8 a.m. on Sunday), while the Dana Porter Library is open 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily through the exam period.

Most of the co-op students who are moving from classes and exams into spring term job have known for some time where they'll be working — most, but not all. Weekly "cycles" of co-op interviews, rankings and matches have been continuing in the Tatham Centre and on JobMine, to slot as many of those students as possible into jobs, and this week's cycle was the last. "Job postings continue daily until the end of June for those students still without employment for the May-August work term," a memo from the co-op department says. "Interviews from this point will most likely be arranged off campus between employers and students."

The finance office has sent out another memo reminding departments that the end of the 2006-07 fiscal year is approaching, with all its implications for getting financial transactions settled and accounts balanced. "Please take the following necessary steps to ensure all requests for accounting transactions and payments are submitted to Finance as soon as possible," writes director Jane Manson, mentioning an April 30 deadline for internal billings. She says departments should send in, "without delay", such things as travel claims, faculty professional expense claims, and invoices from vendors. "Preliminary year-end statements will be sent electronically through FORE on May 7," she says, and the last transactions for the ending year have to be received by May 11. Questions: the number to call is ext. 3–3724.

Programming for residents of Columbia Lake Village is nothing if not diverse, and a recent addition, the CLV newsletter reveals, is a "New Moms" playgroup, aimed at "parents who are expecting or are new parents of a child 0-5 years old". The group "provides new parents in the community an opportunity to socially get together and for the children to interact with one another. The group provides friendship, fun and support." It meets every Saturday, 12:30 p.m., at the CLV community centre.

The UW bookstore is now taking online orders for Ken McLaughlin's 50th anniversary history of UW, to be published later this month. • Maintenance by Atria Networks, which provides computer connections to UW's off-campus sites in Kitchener and Cambridge, is expected to cause "several interruptions" in service to those nodes between midnight and 6 a.m. this Sunday. • If you think this weather is chilly for April, you can perhaps take comfort in the UW weather station's calculation that the average daily high during March was 4.0 Celsius.


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