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Friday, August 5, 2011

  • Plans to make Stratford campus a 'school'
  • Warrior golfer now ranked 4th in Canada
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  • Chris Redmond
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Plans to make Stratford campus a 'school'

“Some readjustment of current plans” will help make Waterloo’s Stratford campus an academic success, long-term as well as short-term, says the senior administrator who was asked a few weeks ago to oversee it.

“I have enjoyed spending the past month meeting with most of you, learning more about both past and planned activities in Stratford and better understanding the overall goals and objectives of the project,” says a memo issued this week by Tim Jackson, interim vice-president (external relations). “I am extremely appreciative of all you are doing to make Stratford successful.”

Says Jackson: “I have reviewed my findings and observations with senior management of the university and want to outline our plans moving forward. As an institution we are making Stratford one of our short-term priorities and as such we will modify/expand the scope of the ‘Stratford Initiative’ to deliver not only a world class centre for digital media education but also ensure we create a long-term academic/ research presence. This will require some resource allocation and some readjustment of current plans. Specifically:

“Subject to the normal approval process, we will seek to designate the Stratford Campus as a ‘School’ in order to facilitate cross campus collaboration and to allow multiple academic units to engage with and participate with Stratford while maintaining a leadership role for the Faculty of Arts.

“We will immediately commence a search for a Director for the school seeking an individual with an established research profile in a relevant academic discipline. In accordance with university policies and procedures, the successful candidate ‘will be a person of academic stature, appointed for her/his intellectual and administrative abilities, devotion to education and research, and qualities of leadership’.

“To further boost the academic presence in Stratford, we are exploring the possibility of aligning a vacant Canada Research Chair with the Stratford activities.

Doug Peers and I have asked Emanuel Carvalho to investigate options that would see us have undergraduate students in Stratford sooner than the current plan (which calls for them to commence in September 2014). Emanuel’s review will look at options such as alternatives to the 2+2 strategy (e.g., 1+3), the possibility of commencing an upper year class with transfer students and other innovative ways to accelerate an undergraduate presence.

“A steering committee will be established with cross campus membership to oversee and advise on future directions and actions for Stratford.”

Says Jackson: “I am very excited about the prospects for uWaterloo’s future in Stratford. Consistent with our institution’s history of trail blazing, we have the opportunity to build a world class post-secondary presence that meets academic rigour in both research and teaching while advancing uWaterloo in the emerging field of digital media.”

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[Rank on the links]
Warrior golfer now ranked 4th in Canada

a news release from athletics and recreational services

Warrior golfer Garrett Rank is having a summer to remember on the links and there are no signs of slowing down.

Over the past two months Rank (pictured above) has moved up more than 500 spots in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, and is currently sitting at 155 in the world and fourth amongst Canadian golfers. Most recently Rank qualified for the U.S. Amateur, winning a qualifying event played at the Webster Golf Club close to Rochester. Rank earned top spot shooting a combined score of 142 (two-under par) after two rounds of play.

Only two other players in the field of 60 qualified for the U.S. Amateur, which is to be held on August 22-28 at the Erin Hills Golf Club in Erin, Wisconsin. Rank battled a tough course in Rochester to capture the event and move up 29 spots in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

“It was a tough golf course with really tight fairways and OB everywhere, but I managed to stay consistent and play my game,” commented Rank. “I finished with 15 pars, two birdies and one bogey in my final round, giving me a two stroke victory over (Jake) Katz of New York.” Rochester wasn’t Rank’s only victory of the summer golf season — he also claimed top spot at the Toronto Star Amateur in late July with a 20-foot putt on 18 to steal the victory.

“When I hit it I knew I got it started on the line we chose, and it was travelling pretty fast,” Rank said. “I knew that it had a chance. And you can only be excited and happy when it falls.”

Rank won the tournament, played at the Burlington Golf and Country Club, with an even score of 282 while three others tied for 283.

Other impressive finishes include a 69 at a qualifier for the Seaforth Country Classic, which runs August 15-22 and is one of only two Canadian Tour professional men’s golf tournaments; a third place finish at the Glencoe Invitational in Calgary; and a fifth place finish at an Ontario amateur event played at the Brampton Golf Club.

The way Rank has been playing this summer, there is no doubt in the mind of head coach and mentor Dave Hollinger that he will soon be one of the top 100 amateur golfers in the world. Prior to the tournament in Wisconsin, the busy and well-travelled Rank will compete in the Canadian Amateur Championship August 9-14 at the Niakwa Country Club in Winnipeg.

Rank returns to Waterloo next season to finish his undergraduate studies in economics with hopes of repeating as OUA individual champion. He was also featured in the Waterloo Region Record yesterday.


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NSERC announcement today

Maxime Bernier, the federal minister of state for small business and tourism, will be on campus today to make an announcement about recipients of funding for Collaborative Health Research Projects from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. The event starts at 2 p.m. in the atrium of the CEIT building.

[Suited, behind bench]

Brian Bourque, coach of the men's hockey Warriors, will serve as a coach for tomorrow's Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Cup, to be played at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga and broadcast on TSN. It's the culminating event of an intense five-day camp for young players sponsored by the National Hockey League Players Association.

Link of the day

Lucille Ball 100

When and where

Examinations for spring term courses, through August 13. Unofficial grades begin to appear in Quest August 15; grades become official September 19.

Library hours during exams: Davis, 24 hours a day except closed Sundays 2 to 8 a.m.; Porter, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Student Life 101 visits for future first-year students, August 5-6 and 8-9. Details.

Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students (grades 10-12), August 8-12. Details.

Peace Camp for students who have completed grades 6-8, August 8-12, Conrad Grebel University College.

Warrior athletics camps August 8-12: Women’s hockey. Details.

Federal Economic Development Agency announcement by Peter Braid, MP, Tuesday 1:30, Engineering 3 room 2106, by invitation.

Star-Gazing Party sponsored by faculty of science: watch the Perseid meteor shower, August 12, 8 p.m. to midnight, north campus soccer pitch. Details.

Hot water shutdown for all buildings inside the ring road, as well as Village I, August 15 (6 a.m.) to August 18 (9 p.m.).

Electrical power shutdown for most buildings inside ring road (but not  Student Life Centre, PAC, BMH, Math and Computer or main wing of Davis) August 20, 6 a.m. to midnight; cooling and ventilation also shut down.

National women’s volleyball team vs. Netherlands, August 20, 7:30, and August 21, 3:00, Physical Activities Complex. Tickets.

School of Accounting and Finance alumni celebration on the Hagey Hall SAF wing green roof, August 25, 5 to 7 p.m., free reservations required .

Fall term fees due August 29 (certified cheque or promissory note), September 7 (bank transfer).

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