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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

  • Students, alumni ready for tours
  • Provost's warning on safe travel
  • Athletes of the year are named
  • And just a few other notes
Chris Redmond

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Students, alumni ready for tours

The original Waterloo -- the field in Belgium where Wellington conquered Napoleon in 1815 -- is among the destinations for UW travellers this summer.

The battle site (left) will be a key stop for participants in a tour organized by the continuing education office for August 12-29. Participants will travel from Corsica to Paris -- with such side trips as Provence and Monte Carlo -- in the steps of Napoleon, twice emperor of the French. UW French studies professor Robert Ryan and historian Jacques Pauwels are leading the tour.

Other trips are taking place to various corners of the world over the next few months. Here's a brief rundown of some of the tours, most of which offer optional course credit:

  • Germany, Poland and Czechoslovakia, May 6-20, in pursuit of theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who died in a Nazi concentration camp. The tour is led by James Reimer of Conrad Grebel University College and Peter Frick of St. Paul's United College, and touches on Berlin, Auschwitz, Prague, the monastery of Ettal, and the death camp at Flossenbürg.

  • Vienna, May 10-26, for "music and culture" under the leadership of Wilbur Maust of Conrad Grebel University College. The tour will be in the Austrian capital during the Spring Music Festival, and participants will attend opera, ballet, chamber music and religious presentations as well as taking a cruise down the Danube.

  • Crete, May 28 to July 17, for this year's Azoria Excavations, which involve UW classicist Maria Liston and seven Waterloo students, as well as participants from other universities. They'll be digging, documenting and processing at an archaeological site that dates from 1200 to 475 BC.

  • Costa Rica, October 29 to November 7, a trip organized jointly by continuing education and the alumni affairs office, and led by retired biology professor Hamish Duthie.

  • California, November 4-9, for the "wine experience", an outing sponsored by the alumni offices at UW and three other Ontario universities.

    But one announced trip is not happening, as the classical studies department's May trip to Italy, for 18 days' visit to Etruscan sites from Florence to Rome, has been cancelled.

    Provost's warning on safe travel

    Travel to some more exotic locations is not on the cards for faculty, staff and students, at least not under official UW auspices. The provost issued orders last week for some restrictions "for the safety and protection of members of our UW community in light of increased risks associated with travel post 9/11 and limitations on coverage exercised by insurers".

    The provost announced that a set of guidelines for student trips, particularly overseas trips, are coming into effect as of May 1. The guidelines appear on the UW safety office web site.

    They make it clear that responsibility for safety on trips is shared by the students who travel, the advisor or coordinator, the department chair or dean, and UW's international programs office. There must be "mandatory pre-departure briefings for students participating in Student Abroad Programs", which "will cover at a minimum critical country or program specific aspects of academic, work, health, safety, travel, citizenship, legal, political, religious, cross-cultural awareness, culture shock and risk management considerations".

    If emergencies arise, such as an injury to a student on a trip, the "coordinating agency" is the UW police, the guidelines say.

    The provost's memo also says that "travel to world 'hot spots' or potential 'hot spots' is particularly hazardous and must be avoided. . . . Travel by UW faculty, staff, students or post docs . . . will not be authorized" to areas covered by federal government travel warnings.

    The ban covers four levels of "Canadians should not travel" warnings from the federal department of foreign affairs and international trade. Currently barred under those warnings are Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Iraq, Liberia, Somalia, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Haiti, and portions of Indonesia, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Russia and Chechnya, plus specified areas of 38 other countries.

    Says the memo: "Faculty, staff, students or post docs on approved UW travel who are in a country or region when such a warning is issued by DFAIT should immediately advise the Canadian embassy and depart as quickly as possible. Extraordinary expenses associated with such departure will be handled by the University. . . .

    "A Dean or senior University Officer who thinks that circumstances in a particular case might warrant an exception to be made may discuss them with me."

    Athletes of the year are named

    The athletics department held the 43rd annual awards banquet on Friday night at Federation Hall, presenting honours including the Athlete of the Year distinction.

    There were co-winners this year for the Totzke Trophy for male athlete of the year -- Matt Mains, swimming, and John Sullivan, football.

    A department news release notes that Mains is a fourth-year computer science student. "He is no stranger to the podium here as he was our Athlete of the Year last year. He returns because he has had another fabulous year. Since we last met, Matt attended the 2003 Pan American Games, where he finished 5th in his breaststroke event. Matt has been the captain of his team and a 2 time Academic All Canadian. He trains 12 months a year and has yet to hit his international stride.

    "For the second year in a row, Matt was voted the Swimmer of the Year by his opposing coaches. This season, Matt was undefeated in all the dual meets, swimming both his best events and off events, for the team points. He always enters the maximum number of events possible at each meet. For the second year in a row, he won the swimming excellence award for the best in the individual medley event. Matt has amassed, to date, 14 OUA medals and seven CIS medals. This year, Matt won four gold OUA medals in the breaststroke and the individual medley and then went on the CIS nationals and won three bronze medals. He broke his own OUA record in the 200 breaststroke this year. Matt currently is the holder of six Warrior all time records.

    "All of these accomplishments are absolutely outstanding in a swimming field of swimmers in Canada that are the national team cream. Matt works out with the Warriors and the ROW swimming center 12 months a year."

    As for the other male winner: "John Sullivan, a fourth year political science student, was the team MVP for his outstanding year from his free safety position. John was an OUA all-start this past year as well as the OUA nominee for the CIS President's Trophy given out to the most outstanding defensive player. John played in the CIS all-star game here in Waterloo last May. John attended the CFL evaluation camp, March 20-21 in Ottawa and will be eligible for the CFL entry draft in April. He is a two-time OUA All Star, two-time MVP of the Warrior team, started every game at Waterloo (an unbelievable feat in football), twice led the OUA in tackles made, this year led the CIS in tackles made, and is first in all-time Warrior records of tackles made. He represented the university at the East-West Bowl game last year and was this year's OUA nominee as the best stand-up defensive player for the CIS."

    [Nevermann] Winner of the Marsden Trophy as female athlete of the year was Leigh Nevermann (left) of the rugby Warriors.

    Said the department's tribute: "Leigh is a graduating kinesiology student. She has been an Academic All Canadian for three of her four years. She has competed at many positions on the rugby team but is a strong and excellent flanker, that is, she is involved in all aspects of the game. Leigh must possess all round stamina, speed, and determination. She is a tenacious tackler and she must also advance the ball with her running attack skills.

    "Here are some of the accolades that Leigh has attained: Captain of the team for two years; co-MVP this season; an OUA All Star three times, and an All Canadian twice. During Leigh's four competitive years, the women's rugby team has medalled every year in the OUA. This includes two gold, one silver and one bronze medal. Her teams went to the CIS championships twice in her time and medalled both times with a silver and a bronze medal -- outstanding. Leigh was named a CIS All Star in one of those trips to nationals."

    Among other honours, Payman Charkzarin (soccer) was male rookie of the year; Kathleen Freeman (volleyball) was female rookie of the year; Matt Iannetta (soccer and hockey) received the J. O. Hemphill Award "in recognition of outstanding administrative contribution to the Inter-University program"; Beth Nordemann (field hockey and indoor hockey) received the Director's Award, also recognizing administrative contributions; and Peter Mackie (men's and women's soccer) was named Imprint Coach of the Year.

    Retail services book sale, 9 to 4 today and tomorrow, South Campus Hall concourse.

    Religious studies department awards presentation, 4:00, Humanities room 373.

    K-W Software Quality Association monthly meeting, Wednesday 11:45, Davis Centre room 1304, information online.

    Cynthia Jones, civil engineering, retirement reception Wednesday 3:30, Engineering II room 4403, information ext. 2535.

    Engineering II and Engineering III shutdown of hydro and ventilation, Wednesday 5:30 to 7:30 a.m.

    Free tax clinic open to students, faculty and staff, sponsored by Accounting Students Education Contribution, Thursday 2:30 to 5:30, CEIT room 1015.

    And just a few other notes

    The annual Graduate Student Research Conference begins today, with dozens of presentations by grads in sessions on the environment, health, and "society and culture". Tomorrow, "materials and systems" and "information technology" sessions are also scheduled. Among today's topics are "Nickel Tolerance in Transgenic Canola Plants" (Jennifer Stearns, biology) and "Understanding Eating Patterns of Families in the Greater Toronto Area" (Theresa Wilcox Henderson, geography). At midday there's a luncheon, with a talk by philosopher Paul Thagard, a winner of the distinguished research award at UW last year, under the title "What Is a Medical Theory?" The conference is taking place in lecture halls in the Davis Centre (rooms 1302 and 1304) and the CEIT (room 3142). Student talks -- and poster sessions in the Davis Centre lobby -- continue through Thursday; Friday morning there's a panel session on "interdisciplinary communication" to wind up the conference.

    It's the last week of business -- ever -- for Ground Zero restaurant, the Federation of Students business on the west side of the Student Life Centre. It'll be closed as of next week, to reopen in September as a 24/7 Tim Horton's outlet operated by food services. "Anyone wishing to have one more $2.99 all-day breakfast should get there this week," says Dave McDougall of the Federation staff. And I note that Ground Zero is giving away free insulated coffee mugs with every coffee purchase, while supplies last.

    Speaking of breakfasts, but on the more elegant side, here's a note from the UW development office: "On April 6, all the UW community, staff, faculty, and students are welcome to come out and learn about the research of one of our outstanding professors. Geoffrey Fong will be speaking about the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project: 'Using Science to Fight the Global Tobacco Epidemic'. Few are aware of the magnitude of the harm of tobacco use on a global scale. By the end of the 21st century, it is estimated that one billion people, most in developing countries, will have died because of tobacco use. The project is the first international effort to evaluate the psychosocial and behavioural effects of tobacco control policies. This study will provide evidence to help international governments implement effective health policies to comply with a newly established World Health Organization treaty on Public Health." The event, sponsored by the President's Committee of heavy-hitter donors to UW, is next Tuesday, 7:30 to 9 a.m., in the Festival Room, South Campus Hall. Tickets for continental breakfast and the talk are $15 -- "bring a guest at no charge." RSVPs happen online.

    The next English Language Proficiency Examination will be held on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in the Physical Activities Complex. Says Ann Barrett, manager of the English language proficiency program: "Students must bring their WatCard, as that is the only form of ID we now accept. Procrastinating arts students (and there are thousands of them) should note that the pass for arts is moving up to 65 in September 2004."

    And . . . tomorrow is, really and truly and finally, the deadline for applying to enter UW this September.


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