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Monday, January 11, 1999

  • Feds launch interactive website
  • Survey assesses high-tech skills trends
  • Crimes and critiques on campus today
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Feds launch interactive website

"The best homepage on student life at UW ever created" takes to the ether this morning with the official launch of the Federation of Students' new website at 9 a.m. "More interactive, up-to-date information, like a mini-newspaper," is how Feds vice-president (internal) Shelley Flynn describes the site, which was one of her campaign promises in Feds election last spring.

"The website is a great tool for disseminating information about the Feds and what we do, a tool we were underusing," she explains. The Feds' executive rolled up its collective sleeves to tackle the problem with the help of web master and science student Reg Tang. The result: a host of new features including news updates, events listings for arts, Feds venues, and clubs (as well as a weekly club highlight), Councillor Rant -- an editorial page for members of the Feds council to have their say -- and Fed Up, a page where students can sound off on issues.

Future plans include the installation of a live camera outside the Bombshelter (like the Highway 401 cams) so students can check the line-ups. To make it all happen, the Feds welcome volunteers -- "journalists, artists, photographers and other talented people to keep the site hot with up-to-the-second content." To lend a hand, give Shelley a call at ext. 3780 or drop by the Feds' office in the Student Life Centre.

And in other Feds news...

Survey assesses high-tech skills trends

A skills survey starts this week to identify the human resources needs of local high-tech companies. Initiated by Communitech with the assistance of the Laurier Institute at Wilfrid Laurier University, the survey will be sent to some 500 companies within Canada's Technology Triangle (CTT), an area which includes Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Cambridge.

"This is just one of the partnerships we hope to form with Laurier, and with other area universities and colleges, as we work to ensure the CTT can meet the HR need of current companies and of any that want to locate in the area," said Communitech president Vince Schiralli in announcing the project.

A random sample will be conducted of companies engaged in research and development, manufacture of high-tech products and/or incorporation of technology in their production process. They will be asked to provide information on current number of employees, number of employees per occupation, wage range per occupation, professional qualifications and other factors, as well as future trends in human resources.

Data from the survey will be analyzed by the Laurier Institute, which provides management development training, research and consulting to industry. The results will help post-secondary institutions in the CTT "to nurture a workforce that will allow high-tech companies to flourish." Results of the survey are expected in February.

Crimes and critiques on campus today

War Crimes and Global Justice is the subject of a noonhour lecture today at the main branch of the Kitchener Public Library on Queen Street. UW philosophy lecturer Dr. Brian Orend is the speaker.

Students who would like to have their resumes vetted can arrive, resume in hand, at co-operative education and career services in Needles Hall today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. As part of the resume blitz which began on Friday and ends today, staff will provide critiques. Students can sign up for the service at the main floor paging desk.

At 2:30 p.m. today, Dr. Greg Lopinski, of the National Research Council's Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences, and a candidate for a physics faculty position at UW, will speak on Imaging Organic Molecules on Silicon Surfaces. The talk, in Physics room P-308, will explore the use of the scanning tunneling microscope "to investigate the interaction of several different organic molecules with silicon surfaces."

Builders: On Jewish Education and the Tower of Babel is the focus of a talk today at 4 p.m. in Hagey Hall room 373 by Oona Ajzenstat of the University of Toronto, and a candidate for UW's Jewish studies chair. The lecture will examine "Franz Rosenzweig's conception of Jewish education in a pluralist society."

An information session will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. today for prospective Big Sister volunteers. Big Sisters of Kitchener-Waterloo welcomes anyone interested to the meeting at 37 Allen Street West in Waterloo. Volunteer training sesssions are scheduled for January 25 and 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. Phone 743-5206 to register.

And tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., Leo McAvoy, head of recreation, park, and leisure studies at the University of Minnesota, will speak on Conducting Research with Communities of Colour. The talk takes place in Burt Matthews Hall room 1040.

Barbara Elve

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