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Tuesday, April 7, 1998

  • The board of governors meets
  • Murder accused was UW student
  • About the presidential search
  • Notes at the end of the term
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The board of governors meets

Major items on the agenda for this afternoon's quarterly meeting of the UW board of governors: The board meeting starts at 2:30 in Needles Hall room 3001 and is open to the public. There's free coffee.

Murder accused was UW student

Linda Wagman, who was charged last week with first-degree murder in a Kitchener killing that probably took place in November, was a UW student during the fall term, the registrar has confirmed. Wagman, 35, was a part-time second-year student in general arts; she's not registered this term. Under UW's policy on student records, that's all the information the university will normally make public about an individual.

Waterloo Regional Police (653-7700) have said they would like to talk to people who knew Wagman during her time in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Wagman was arrested in Ottawa Thursday night, three days after police uncovered the dismembered body of a man buried near a community trail in the south end of Kitchener. The body has been tentatively identified as that of Vincent Kraehling, 64, of Kitchener, who had not been seen since November 11. The slain man died of stab wounds to the chest. Reports in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record have said Wagman was living in the same Indiana Street house as Kraehling last fall.

About the presidential search

A "progress report to the University of Waterloo community" was issued yesterday by the Presidential Nominating Committee, to say that it's hiring a consulting firm to help in the search:
The Presidential Nominating Committee is charged with the task of finding and recommending an outstanding candidate for appointment as the fifth President of the University of Waterloo. To assist members in fulfilling this undertaking which will have a profound effect on the institution for many years to come, and after careful consideration and deliberation, the Committee has decided to engage the Landmark Consulting Group, a division of The Enns Partners Inc.

Landmark was chosen from a short-list of four consulting firms invited to make presentations to the Committee. It is a Toronto-based firm headed by Jim Lundy. The Landmark Consulting Group has established a national reputation as a consulting firm that specializes in higher education by assisting search committees with senior-level recruiting assignments in the public and not-for-profit sectors. It has significant Canadian experience with university presidential searches and Jim Lundy is well known throughout the university community for his recruiting skills and expertise. Through its strategic alliance with The Enns Partners Inc., Landmark has access to private-sector candidates and an enhanced ability to identify and recruit expatriate Canadians. Landmark's professional fee for services to the Committee will be $60,000.

Most Canadian universities now engage consulting firms for presidential searches, recognizing that search assistance enhances both process and outcome. Jim Lundy will serve as an advisor to the Committee facilitating the search process. Further, the Committee feels that his assistance will be especially beneficial in ensuring the Committee identifies a rich pool of highly qualified candidates and in carrying out the critical and time-consuming task of comprehensive reference investigations on the candidates.

While the Committee and the search process will gain tremendously from Jim Lundy's assistance and involvement, the Presidential Nominating Committee will retain complete control of the process. Applications, nominations and expressions of interest, both internal and external, are greatly encouraged by the Committee which will review the material pertaining to the candidate and make the final recommendation to Senate and the Board of Governors.

Notes at the end of the term

Today's the last day of classes in the four faculties that didn't wind things up last Friday. By tonight, then, students all across campus will have finished attending classes -- some for the very last time -- and will turn their full effort to studying, projects, papers, and the prospect of winter term exams. Thought this day would never come, didn't you?

Speaking of projects . . . a "student project fair" today in Environmental Studies I room 357 will show off work by a number of upper-year environment and resource studies students. Some projects will be on display from 10 a.m. in poster form, and others will be explained in presentations. Topics: "Flexible Fuel Vehicles" (Brian Borg, presentation 2:30), "Lands for Life" (Greg MacDonald, presentation 2:45), "Moscow-Wide Residential Solid Waste Management Survey Project Proposal (Kim Heuckroth, available for discussion after 3:00), "Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone" (Lori Murray and Jamie Russell, poster only), "State of the Environment Reports: Are They Effective? A Case Study of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo" (Ryan Kennedy, presentation 3:00), "Environmental Children's Play" (also Ryan Kennedy, presentation 3:30).

The St. Jerome's Students' Union will be holding the draw in its "Dollar-for-Dollar" fund-raiser at noon today in the foyer of the Community Centre. Tickets are $2 each, and the proceeds will be matched by the provincial government (under the Ontario Students Opportunity Trust Fund) to provide a bursary at St. Jerome's. Grand prize is a $1,000 travel voucher from Thomas Cook; second prize is a $250 shopping spree from Adventure Electronics. Last-minute ticket sales: call the Students' Union at 884-8111 ext. 230.

The Interdisciplinary Forum group presents a session by Pierre Filion of the school of urban and regional planning, from 3:30 to 5:30 in Humanities room 373. Topic: "The Interface Between the Built and the Social Environment within the Dispersing Canadian City".

Tomorrow morning, plant operations will shut off the air supply and return units here in Needles Hall from 8 to 11 a.m. for annual maintenance. No, I'm not offering a prize for the best smart remark about Needles Hall and fresh air, or hot air, or shooting the breeze. . . .

Cheerful news from Ed Chau of the Kendo Club: "On Saturday, April 4, Waterloo took first place in the 2nd Annual Harvard Invitational Shoryuhai Collegiate Kendo Tournament at Harvard University. Participants in the tournament included Waterloo, McGill University, Yale University, Cornell University, University of Connecticut and Harvard University. A replica of the trophy -- the Shoryuhai Cup, generously donated by Prime Minister Hashimoto of Japan -- was awarded to the UW Kendo Club. The original trophy is on display at Harvard University. Congratulations to the members of the UW team: Robin Tanaka (captain), Hyun-June Choi, James Kim, Suresh Naidu and Lisa Yu!"

And a correction of sorts, because yesterday I quoted Ian Macdonald, of the chemical engineering department, writing about a controversial affair in UW's senate:

The . . . minutes of Senate do not even revel that there was a criticism of the administrative actions of senior officers of the University much less the nature of those criticisms.
A cheerful note from a faithful reader quickly told me: "Even Ian wouldn't expect senate to 'revel' in the criticism of senior administrators." Make that "reveal", please.

And with classes over, I'll bet that tonight in the Bombshelter will reveal revels. Oh well.


Editor of the Daily Bulletin: Chris Redmond
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