Wednesday, May 30, 2007

  • 'Supersized' UW Magazine: Why not?
  • New benefits in student health plan
  • Volunteers teach in Central America
  • Editor:
  • Chris Redmond
  • Communications and Public Affairs

Link of the day

John Gamble Kirkwood

When and where

'Statistical Science: Present Position and Future Prospects' conference opens this morning, Clarica Auditorium, Lyle Hallman Institute.

Procurement and Contract Services annual trade show for faculty and staff, last day, vendors from Basics Office Supplies, 10:00 to 3:00, Davis Centre room 1301.

[Fifties cartoon invitation]

UW Graphics 50th anniversary open house, ice cream sodas and the new four-colour digital imaging press, 11:00 to 3:30, Commissary building, information ext. 3–3452.

'Sustainable development, the environment and engineering' session sponsored by Waterloo Public Interest Research Group, 12:00 to 2:00, Student Life Centre multipurpose room, details online.

Career workshop: "Interview Skills, Selling Your Skills" 2:30, Tatham Centre room 1208, registration online.

Master of Engineering in mechanical engineering information session 7:30 p.m., Accelerator Centre suite 240, registration ext. 3-2019.

Needles Hall elevator shut down Thursday 7:30 to 4:30 for maintenance.

Doug Wright Engineering hot water shut off Thursday 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Brubakers cafeteria, Student LIfe Centre, UW anniversary celebration Thursday 11:30 to 2:30, pizza and treats, hula hoop and hopscotch contests.

St. Jerome's University Graduate Association barbecue to sponsor Habitat for Humanity volunteers, Thursday 12 noon outside SJU community centre, $10 for outdoor buffet, tickets call ext. 2-8277 today.

Money management workshop sponsored by UW Recreation Committee, Thursday 12 noon, Math and Computer room 5136, registration ext. 3-7028.

Surplus sale of UW furnishings and property, Thursday 12:30 to 2:00, Central Stores, East Campus Hall.

International spouses group visits Joseph Schneider Haus museum; meet at Columbia Lake Village community centre Thursday 12:45. $1.50 per person; space limited, extra drivers welcome, children must have car seats; information e-mail

Diana Brohman, office of development and alumni affairs, retirement reception Thursday 3:00 to 4:30, Laurel Room, South Campus Hall.

Café-rencontre du département d'études françaises: étudiants de maîtrise, vendredi 13h à 15h, Humanities salle 373, ouvert à tous.

Technical speaker competition for engineering students, sponsored by Sandford Fleming Foundation, faculty competition Friday 10:00 a.m., Doug Wright Engineering room 2534.

Keystone Campaign annual summer event, Wednesday, June 6, 11:30 to 1:30, rock garden and Biology green, plus evening event 10:00 p.m., South Campus Hall, details online.

Positions available

On this week’s list from the human resources department:

• Library clerk, school of optometry, USG 3
• Women's basketball coach, athletics, USG 8-11
• Department secretary, religious studies, USG 4
• Teaching services coordinator, mathematics undergraduate office, USG 5
• Undergraduate program assistant, French studies, USG 5
• Project coordinator, 'ideas for Health', USG 6

Longer descriptions are available on the HR web site.


Richard Crispin, who's giving a talk at this week's CanHEIT conference on information technology, now works at St. Jerome's University, not in the psychology department as Monday's Daily Bulletin said. • Counselling services will have a display in the Student Life Centre again today (and tomorrow) to help mark Mental Health Month. • Some 100 people are writing Canadian Examiners in Optometry exams in Ron Eydt Village this week.

And . . . yesterday's Daily Bulletin said Adel Sedra, the dean of engineering, was receiving an honorary degree from the University of Toronto. In fact his U of T degree came in 2005; yesterday's honour was given by McGill University in Montréal, as an earlier Daily Bulletin did announce correctly.

[Johnston in barn coat]'Supersized' UW Magazine: Why not?

The biggest-ever issue of the UW Magazine goes into the mail to alumni this week, delivering 72 pages of 50th anniversary celebration, campus history, community-building and big plans for the future.

Along with a timeline of UW’s development since 1957, the souvenir issue includes a portrait of several families that have been deeply involved with Waterloo over the decades, and an overview — by editor Kelley Teahen — of where the Sixth Decade plan will take the university after 2007.

"Thanks to generous support from the many 50th-anniversary sponsors,” says Teahen, “we were able to 'supersize' the University of Waterloo Magazine to create a keepsake issue that not only recounts Waterloo's past, but celebrates its present and looks forward to the future.” She notes that a typical issue runs to just 40 pages. “The magazine goes out to our alumni, of course, but also to government officials, selected media, our on-campus community of faculty and staff, and other friends and supporters of the university.”

This issue’s cover (right) provides a variation [Black with mace] on the motif that’s been used on 50th anniversary banners and web pages, with the university’s gleaming silver mace shown against a black background. It also repeats the words from George Bernard Shaw that are a favourite of UW president David Johnston and provided the anniversary motto: “You see things, and you say, why? But I dream things that never were, and I say, why not?”

In a page-long letter that opens the magazine’s souvenir issue, Johnston (left, photo by Bryn Gladding) builds on the why-not theme. “Why not,” he writes, “was the question on the minds of this school’s founders, Gerald Hagey, Ira Needles and many others, who instead of only seeing fields of mud and temporary buildings envisioned a vibrant, expanding campus.

“It was the question on the minds of the first 74 brave souls who accepted offers of admission to an untested educational experiment and entered those temporary classrooms in 1957, sowing the seeds for an alumni family of more than 130,000 now spread around the globe.

“It was the question on the minds of men such as Les Emery, who championed the idea of co-operative education in the face of skepticism from his peers. Why not fuse theory and practice together, putting lessons learned in the classroom into practical applications in the workplace, and build a university based on that idea? Co-operative education grew from an untested idea in Canada to the cornerstone of University of Waterloo’s educational mission, to answer the call for a highly skilled workforce to ensure that Canada remains competitive in the knowledge economy.

“The spirit of why not is the spirit of reaching higher, going further, and achieving excellence, and it has driven Waterloo to become one of Canada’s premier universities. That same spirit, I believe, will propel us to even greater heights in the decades to come.”

Watch for more about the riches in the UW Magazine’s spring issue in the Daily Bulletin over the next few days.

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New benefits in student health plan

a news release from the Federation of Students

The Federation of Students, University of Waterloo, is pleased to announce new benefit enhancements to the Undergraduate Health and Dental plans, set to begin in the Fall 2007 Term.

As of September, the Health Plan will include both Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage, and will add Gardasil vaccinations to the list of medications covered by the plan. Similarly, the Dental Plan will increase its Basic Services coverage to 70%, up from 50% in previous years. In addition, it will now cover composite fillings for all teeth.

"At the end of each year, we review both plans with our Studentcare partners, and representatives from the Graduate Students' Association. Together, we look for areas in which we can offer improvements to the services each plan tenders for those enrolled," Federation of Students' Vice-President, Administration and Finance, Del Pereira observed.

Students will see only a minute rise to the Health Plan fee they are assessed each term, set at just under $6 per term for both Regular and Coop Students. The Dental Plan fee remains fixed at the 2006-07 rate.

"The Federation of Students strives to ensure that any increases to student fees are done in a manner that balances delivering quality and increased value to students, at an affordable and manageable price," said Federation of Students' President, Kevin Royal. "The changes to the Health and Dental plan reflect that sentiment: enhanced services at an reasonable cost."

"Securing Gardasil as a medication covered by our Health Plan was something we identified as a top priority," both Royal and Pereira pointed out. "It's something our students have been asking for, and we're pleased to have delivered on that request," continued President Royal.

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Volunteers teach in Central America

A two-week excursion to Latin America could not only change your life, but could have a lasting effect on kids in El Salvador. In a country with a huge demand for the English language, its projection in local schools — when it comes to things like pronunciation and vocabulary — is not always 100 per cent. But a UW-based organization has been working since November 2005 to help.

Can-Teach International offers those interested an opportunity to travel to El Salvador and assist both students and teachers. “The idea is to spend time in the classroom and try and iron out some of the teaching wrinkles,” says Can-Teach founder and UW staff member Scott Murie.

Using existing connections with six schools in San Salvador (the city's capital), volunteers work with a variety of age groups while helping teachers deliver more effective English lessons. Although no experience in education is necessary, volunteers must be outgoing with an ability to adjust — and a good command on the English language, of course.

The two-week trip costs about $1,500 including basic food, travel and transportation. Murie said once Can-Teach has received charity status — soon, he expects — some of the expense will be tax deductible.

Can-Teach also has ties with schools in Apopa and Guazapa to which they deliver donations collected year-round. The agency has visited El Salvador three times and hopes for another four trips in 2007, with two already planned for this spring.


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