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Monday, February 17, 1997

The campus is a quiet place

Today and tomorrow we mark what the calendar officially calls the "winter study period" for all faculties: no classes. Wednesday, classes resume in engineering and math, while other faculties continue the "study period" for the whole week. So there are fewer people around, fewer cars in the parking lots, fewer activities.

With many of the customers away, the Computer Store and its Compu-scape satellite store in the Student Life Centre will be closed today and tomorrow. The bookstore is open all week, usual hours.

Also open all week is the co-op department, as Olaf Naese explains from the first floor of Needles Hall:

Here in Cooperative Education & Career Services everything is full steam ahead this week. Our facilities are completely booked and we expect approximately 300 - 400 employers to be on campus over the next five days to interview over 2,500 students.

We often get asked why we don't shut down our activities during reading week. The answer is that we simply cannot afford to lose the time or there could be hundreds of fewer students with work term employment by the end of April.

The initial interview period started February 3 and continues to February 28. After the computer match of student with employers takes place on March 10. Interviews continue until the end of exams.

Closing for a few hours, but for a whole different reason, is the health services department. It will be closed mornings (until 1 p.m.) today and tomorrow so that staff members can attend a workshop.

Watch for school buses today as "The Potato People" entertain kids at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Humanities Theatre (also tomorrow at 1:30).

Meeting today, seminar tomorrow

The pension and benefits committee is meeting this morning (9 a.m. to noon, Needles Hall room 3004) with an agenda that includes a report from its subcommittee studying the sick leave and long-term disability plans for UW faculty and staff. The committee will also talk about pension fund investments, dental amalgam, and the tuition benefit for employees and their dependents.

The teaching resource office has a seminar tomorrow on "Individual-Centered Education: An Any One, Any Time, Any Where Approach to Engineering Education". The speaker is Jim Tien of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; the talk will be given at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Engineering II room 1307C. Everyone is welcome.

New rules about printing exams

News from Karen LeDrew, acting associate registrar in charge of records and scheduling:
The "Examination Regulations and Related Matters" document was recently revised by Senate Undergraduate Council. Faculty will be interested to know that four (4) rather than two (2) deadlines for submission of examination masters for printing by the Registrar have been approved which will permit a longer timeline for preparation of the masters. However, if the submission deadline is missed, departments will be responsible for printing the examinations in sufficient quantity as well as delivery of the examination papers to the assigned locations.

Amongst other changes approved, examination colours will be limited to three (3) for those requesting this and the front page only will reflect the colour stipulated by the examination requirement to denote type S examinations (special materials such as calculators are permitted -- pink) and type O (open book examinations -- green).

UW senate meets tonight

The university senate holds its monthly meeting at 7:30 this evening in Needles Hall room 3001. On the agenda: a proposed system for academic department reviews; a report from Friday's meeting of the Council of Ontario Universities (doubtless a few words there about tuition fees); and discussion of Building on Accomplishment, the draft "fifth-decade" plan for UW.

Looking ahead to March 11

That'll be the date for the annual Campus Day, which brings thousands of potential students, and their parents, for a one-day look at the university. The printed Campus Day program has just arrived from the registrar's office, and features many of the usual things -- walking tours, briefings on "financing your education", the "Science Spectacular" show. It advises students to "wear comfortable shoes" for a Tuesday touring the campus, and a front-page box sums up the university in these happy words: "The University of Waterloo, ranked #1 in Maclean's reputational survey, is celebrating 40 years of combining excellence in education with relevance to society."


February 15, 1971: The Humanities building is named in honour of founding president J. G. Hagey. February 15, 1993: The senate approves a 1993-94 budget that involves closing the department of dance, as recommended by the dean of applied health sciences.

February 16, 1976: In a marathon session held in the Theatre of the Arts, UW's senate votes to close the department of human relations and counselling studies.

February 17, 1995: The community campaign sponsors a Mardi Gras night for staff, faculty and friends, in the north campus recreation complex.

Editor of the Daily Bulletin: Chris Redmond
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