Friday, April 11, 2008

  • Four join athletics Hall of Fame
  • Faculty acclaimed to UW's senate
  • And just a few other notes today
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  • Chris Redmond
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[The green of the creek lands on the west side]

Pedestrian routes into, and across, the UW campus are a major issue in the minds of the consultants for Urban Strategies, who are advising the university's building and properties committee on how development should be organized. This panel, one of several that are on display at the Davis Centre library and online, features not just four "gateways" to campus — one of them attached to the imagined rapid-transit station at University Avenue — but also a new emphasis on open space, particularly in the central region. Seen for the first time here are names for two major green areas: North Commons and South Commons. The central north-south route is "not the path that all people will follow", Urban Strategies stresses, but "an organizing and wayfinding tool, a focus for amenities and services".

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Four join athletics Hall of Fame

Four new members will be inducted into the UW Athletics Hall of Fame at the annual banquet to be held tomorrow night in South Campus Hall.

In the Athletes category, the department of athletics will honour three women: Daniella Carrington (track and field, 1998-2003), Erin Morton (field hockey, 1999-2003), and Julia Morton (field hockey, 1999-2003). In the Coaches category, Dave "Tuffy" Knight (football, 1989-1997) will be inducted. The athletics department provides these citations for the four guests of honour:

Daniella Carrington was a five-year star for the Warrior track and field team from 1998 to 2003. In Daniella's stellar five year career at UW she received 18 championships medals, holds UW varsity records in the 60m, 4x200m relay split, and 4x400m, is second ranked of all-time for the 300m, and is third ranked of all-time in the 4x200m and her 4x400m relay split. She also had numerous season-long undefeated streaks in the 60m. In 2002 she won major conference and national awards. Daniella was awarded the Dr. Wendy Jerome Award for the OUA MVP, the OUA Outstanding Female Track Performer award, and the CIS Outstanding Female Track Performer of the year award. She was an actuarial science major and was an Academic All-Canadian in all her competing terms.

Erin Morton was a force for the field hockey Warriors from 1999-2003. She was an OUA all-star in each of her four seasons and was named an All-Canadian in her last three years for Waterloo. Erin was the OUA MVP in 2002-2003. In her four years, she helped the Warriors to OUA gold (2002), two OUA silver medals (1999, 2001) and one bronze (2000). Waterloo also made three appearances in the CIS championships, claiming a silver medal in 2001 and a bronze in 2002. On the indoor hockey circuit, Erin played four seasons and was named an OUA All-Star in each campaign. She was a major component in Waterloo capturing three OUA silver medals (2000, 2002, 2003) and winning the OUA title in 2001. She played with Team Ontario 1995-2001 and was a member of the Team Canada junior squad 1999-2002. She was named to the Senior team in 2001 and played in the America's Cup (World Cup Qualifier) in Jamaica in 2001 and went on tour with the Senior team in Australia in 2002. Erin retired from the national program in 2003. She married baseball Warrior alumnus Patrick Hill in 2005 and they have a son (Joshua John Hill). She has been working for Cordis Cardiology (a division of Johnson & Johnson) for the last four years as a Product Specialist, selling cardiology equipment to hospitals across Canada.

Julia Morton was a staple for the field hockey Warriors 1999-2003. She was an OUA all-star in each of her four seasons and was named an All-Canadian twice. She also earned Academic All-Canadian status her final two years at Waterloo. In her four years, she helped the Warriors to OUA gold (2002), two OUA silver medals (1999, 2001) and one bronze (2000). Waterloo also made three appearances in the CIS Championships claiming a silver medal in 2001 and a bronze in 2002. Julia also played three seasons with the indoor hockey Warriors and was named an OUA all-star in each year. In 2001, she was named as the Waterloo MVP. She was instrumental in Waterloo capturing two OUA silver medals (2000, 2002) and winning the OUA title in 2001. After Waterloo, Julia continued her career in Toronto (2004-2005) for Teachers College and also played her final year of eligibility. With the Varsity Blues, Julia was named an OUA all-star and CIS All-Canadian and was the player of the game in the CIS bronze medal match. She was a member of Team Ontario from 1994-2001 and was captain at the Canada Summer Games in 2001 leading Ontario to a silver medal. She was also carded as a member of the National Junior program from 1999-2002. Julia is married and is teaching in the York Region District School Board.

Dave "Tuffy" Knight was hired by Waterloo in February 1988 to revive a struggling football program that had been winless since 1984. Prior to his first season, Knight suffered a heart attack that kept him off the sidelines until 1989. In Tuffy's first season, his impact was immediate. The winless streak ended in week four of the 1989 campaign as the Warriors defeated York ending a 33-game losing streak. Waterloo would win the next three games to make playoffs for the first time since 1978. Throughout the early-mid 1990's, the Waterloo was a consistent top ten CIS team in the national rankings. His option offense was one of the best units in the country and his defense was known for its smash-mouth style of play. The turn-around culminated in 1997 with a Yates Cup victory as the Warriors up-ended the Western Mustangs 30-10 for the Waterloo's first Ontario title. Coach Knight retired from UW following the 1997 season. His record with the Warriors was 42 wins, 33 losses and one tie.

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Faculty acclaimed to UW's senate

Most of the seats on UW’s senate that were available for faculty members this year have been filled by acclamation, the university secretariat says, as elections will be held in just two constituencies, science and arts.

Most of the newcomers to senate will serve a three-year term, May 1, 2008, to April 30, 2011. These candidates were unopposed when nominations closed, according to a secretariat memo:

Applied Health Sciences: Heather Mair, Recreation and Leisure Studies; Nancy Theberge, Kinesiology (term to April 30, 2009). Engineering: Robert Jan Van Pelt, Architecture. Environmental Studies: John Lewis, Planning. Mathematics: Peter Van Beek, Computer Science.

Faculty at large: Dan Brown, Computer Science; Shannon Dea, Philosophy; Kevin Lamb, Applied Mathematics; Brendon Larson, Environment and Resource Studies; John Lawrence, Pure Mathematics; Wayne Oldford, Statistics and Actuarial Science; Beth Weckman, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering.

Faculty at Large (term to April 30, 2009): Maria Liston, Anthropology; Bruce Richter, Combinatorics and Optimization.

In the faculty of arts, three candidates were nominated: Zinaida Gimpelevich, Germanic and Slavic Studies; Robert Hiscott, Sociology; and Geoffrey Hayes, History. In science there were two nominees: John Flanagan, Optometry, and Susan Lolle, Biology. Details of elections will be announced shortly, the secretariat says.

The senate is UW’s senior governing body, with representatives of faculty members and students as well as such administrators as the deans, the registrar and the university librarian. Senate meets at 4:30 p.m. on the third or fourth Monday of most months during the year.

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And just a few other notes today

Some government funding might be coming Waterloo's way, as invitations have gone out for an event this morning: "a special announcement regarding Ontario Investing in Campus Renewal", featuring Leeanna Pendergast, the Liberal MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga. She'll be on hand at 10:00 this morning, along with officials of UW and Wilfrid Laurier University, at the disabilities office on the first floor of Needles Hall. The latest Ontario budget, tabled last month by finance minister Dwight Duncan, promised "$200 million in 2007-08 for the maintenance and renewal of university facilities" across the province.

With the winter term reaching its end, the co-op education and career services department has provided final figures on how many co-op students found jobs for this term. "The final employment rate, all in, is 98%," writes CECS director Peggy Jarvie, "with 98 participating students left unemployed. This was the first or second work term for 75 of these students. 336 students found or confirmed employment since the beginning of January, as a result of their own and CECS staff efforts. 148 more students were scheduled out to work this term than last, with more students employed, though the employment rate is slightly lower than last year’s." A total of 4,927 students were scheduled to have jobs this term, including 1,942 in engineering alone. Of those nearly five thousand students, 100 are listed as "not participating" in the work term, in addition to the 98 who tried to participate but ended up jobless.

"This is a further reminder," writes Jane Manson, director of finance, "that the University's fiscal year end, April 30, is approaching and it is necessary to finalize all accounting transactions for the 2007-08 year in a timely manner." She advises departments to "ensure all requests for accounting transactions and payments", such as travel claims and bills from suppliers, "are submitted to Finance as soon as possible. For April billings to show on the preliminary year-end statement, they must be submitted by April 30," which is a Wednesday this year. Preliminary year-end statements will be ready for departments on May 7, she promises, and "you will have until May 12 to submit accounting transactions related to the 2007-08 fiscal year."

Dragons are coming to campus next week, CBC television says. Explanation: "Auditions are taking place in Kitchener-Waterloo for season three of 'Dragons' Den', returning this fall on CBC Television. The show gives aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of 'Dragons' — wealthy Canadian business people who are entrepreneurs themselves. The prize is real cash and real investment — from the Dragons' own pockets. The Dragons have agreed to invest their own money in the best ideas — so get in on the action! If you think you have the next great business venture, come out and meet our producers and audition for the show for a chance to pitch your idea to the Dragons on national television! CBC will be holding auditions on April 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Accelerator Centre, 295 Hagey Boulevard, Waterloo. If you convince us that your concept is ready for the limelight, you could qualify to be on 'Dragons' Den'. No experience is necessary. For this round, be prepared to make a pitch in five minutes or less. We will consider any idea — from underwear to new household inventions to energy-saving ideas and green businesses — as long as it can make money!" There's more information on a web site.


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Link of the day

Barbershop harmony

When and where

Winter term examinations continue through April 24; schedule is online. Unofficial grades for winter term courses begin appearing on Quest April 25; grades become official May 26.

Harryfest 2008 marks the retirement of Harry Panjer after 28 years as a faculty member in statistics and actuarial science, Friday-Saturday, Davis Centre, details online.

Dance Odyssey competition Friday-Sunday, Humanities Theatre.

Philosophy colloquium: Andrew Stumpf, “On Being an Individual.” 3:30, Humanities room 373.

Sociology lecture: Joan Friedenberg , Florida Atlantic University, “The Anatomy of an Academic Mobbing”, 3:30, PAS building room 2083.

Benjamin Eby Lecture at Conrad Grebel University College: James Reimer, “Christian Theology Today: What Is at Stake?” 7:30 p.m., Grebel chapel.

Web and e-mail outage as server room reorganization continues: UW home page and most web sites unavailable, as well as ‘mailservices’ and other servers, Saturday 7:30 to 11:00 a.m.

CKMS-FM visioning session to discuss the station’s future, Saturday 11:00 a.m., Student Life Centre multipurpose room.

Master of Fine Arts student exhibitions: James Olley, "Flat Places and Dynamic Spaces", and Joanna Asha Roznowski, "Fragmenting the Landscape", Render gallery, East Campus Hall, through Sunday, reception Saturday 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Conrad Grebel University College Convocation Sunday 2:00, Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages building.

New faculty lunch-and-learn session: "Co-operative Education and Career Services: Making It Work For You", Monday 11:45 a.m., Flex Lab, Dana Porter Library, details online.

Mathematics contests for high school students: Euclid (grade 12), April 15; Fryer (grade 9), Galois (grade 10) and Hypatia (grade 11), April 16; Gauss (grades 7 and 8), May 14; details online.

Inventory Clearance Sale outside UW bookstore, South Campus Hall, Tuesday-Wednesday.

UW Retirees Association spring luncheon Tuesday 11:30 a.m., great hall, Luther Village, 139 Father David Bauer Drive, tickets $25, information 519-885-4758..

Staff salary system and settlement information sessions, Tuesday 12:30 p.m., Arts Lecture Hall room 113, repeated April 23, same time and room.

Applied health sciences public lecture: Timothy Hewett, University of Cincinnati, “Effects of Sex on Young Athletes: Why Girls’ Knees are More Trouble than Boys’”, Tuesday 3:30, Lyle Hallman Institute room 1621.

Centre for Teaching Excellence presents workshop on "How RSS Feeds Can Enhance Your Courses", led by Mark Morton, Tuesday 3:30, Flex lab, Dana Porter Library, registration online.

Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research workshops: “eHealthRisk-Opportunity” April 15-16, “Health Privacy” April 16-17, details online.

Pat Cunningham, faculty of mathematics, retirement party Wednesday, April 16, 3:00 to 5:00, Davis Centre lounge, RSVP

‘Are You Following Me?’ Employee Assistance Program presents workshop on “profiling stalkers, Internet dating and safety”, Thursday, April 17, 12:00 noon, Davis Centre room 1304.

[Kalam]Former president of India A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (right) speaks on “Canada and India: Partnership in Global Development”, Thursday, April 17, 12:00, Theatre of the Arts, register online.

‘Communication in Creative Leadership’ workshop at Conrad Grebel University College, Thursday, April 17, 8:30 to 4:30, details online.

44th annual used book sale sponsored by Canadian Federation of University Women, April 18 (9:00 to 9:00) and 19 (9:00 to 1:00), First United Church, King and William Streets; book dropoff information online.

‘Focus on Inclusion’, one-day event hosted by Waterloo mayor Brenda Halloran and the Social Planning Council of K-W, “bringing together the many voices of our community to lead the way to enhance Waterloo as an inclusive community”, Friday, April 18, Accelerator Building, 295 Hagey Boulevard, information online.

Beethoven Lecture Series: Cecile Monique Michniewicz, third-year music student, on “The Psychology of Beethoven”, Tuesday, April 22, 1:00 to 3:00, and “The Philosophy of Beethoven”, Wednesday, April 23, 1:00 to 3:00, Conrad Grebel University College room 1302, all welcome, refreshments.

School of Pharmacy presents Robert S. Langer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Advances in Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering”, Tuesday, April 22, 1:30, Math and Computer room 2065, all welcome, reception follows.

UW alumni in Hamilton networking reception Thursday, April 24, 6:30 to 8:30, Canadian Warplane Heritage, details online.

Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry annual general meeting Friday, April 25, 1:00 p.m., CEIT room 1015, followed by seminar, “Small Contributions to the Emerging Field of Sulfenic Acid Anion Chemistry”, by Adrian Schwan, University of Guelph, 3:00, then graduate student poster session and awards presentations.

Fee payment deadline for the spring term is April 28 (cheque, money order, promissory note) or May 1 (bank payment or international wire transfer), details online.

Fire drills on main campus Tuesday, April 29, schedule to be announced.

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