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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

  • Teaching even in the parking lot
  • Centre for seniors' care launched
  • Future students and other notes
Chris Redmond

International Museum Day

[Andreae at blackboard]

'Distinguished' teacher Dan Andreae of Renison College -- photo by Barbara Elve

Teaching even in the parking lot

The winner of this year's "non-regular award" as part of the Distinguished Teacher Awards is Dan Andreae of Renison College. This citation is provided by the teaching resource office, which helps to administer the awards.

Dan Andreae has been an instructor of Social Work courses at Renison since 1998. His students say he is "witty, funny, caring and he is a genuine person" and "his inspired and enthusiastic teaching style has a huge impact on his students."

Social Work requires insight into current politics and discussion-based learning. Professor Andreae uses debates, open discussions, and presentations to naturally blend course material with current events. For example, he took an in-depth look at the federal elections and encouraged students to be well-informed voters and become active members of our community and country.

Professor Andreae has the ability to create a lasting appeal with students. One of his past students mentioned that Dan still has "discussions with classmates from that particular class surrounding the issues that were discussed." His ongoing discussions have led to life-long career changes for students, including a discussion that took place in the middle of a parking lot!

Dan continues to expand his influence by successfully developing online Distance Education courses. A student mentioned that thanks to Professor Andreae's online course he is "able to look for and understand the hidden messages provided by the Canadian and global elite through the media."

Dan can also draw from his activities outside of UW in his teaching. He is a former president of the Ontario Association of Social Workers, where "he led a lengthy campaign to achieve the statutory regulation for the social work profession." As the head of a health education agency, he also launched the National Eating Disorder Information Centre at the Toronto General Hospital.

On this week's list from the human resources department:

  • Database manager/analyst, Centre for Behavioural Research and Program Evaluation, USG 10
  • Registered dietician, health services, USG 9
  • Undergraduate advisor/coordinator, electrical and computer engineering, USG 6
  • Mechanic I (controls), plant operations
  • Undergraduate studies assistant, school of computer science, USG 4

    Longer descriptions are available on the HR web site.

  • Centre for seniors' care launched -- from the UW media relations office

    Community partners have launched the Winston Park Research and Learning Centre for Seniors Care, an initiative involving the University of Waterloo (UW), Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, and The Village of Winston Park, a retirement care community in Kitchener.

    The new initiative draws on expertise at UW's Research Institute for Aging, which seeks to enhance the care of seniors in community-based and institutional accommodations. As well, Conestoga's Training Institute for Seniors Care participates by developing programs of instruction related to care for the elderly, including professional development opportunities for caregivers, along with leadership management skills applicable in long-term care facilities.

    Research related to low vision, falls prevention, joint replacement, cerebrovascular blood flow, dementia, quality of life and evaluation of best practices has never been more relevant as Canada's population ages, with the fastest growth rate seen among those over 80 years old.

    The strength of the new initiative is that researchers at UW will provide the knowledge and strategies to improve the quality of life of senior residents, while Conestoga College's curriculum, faculty and students will focus on the delivery of enhanced services.

    "This Research and Learning Centre for Seniors Care represents a powerful configuration which will drive research and training programs to the front lines for enhanced seniors care," said Ron Schlegel, president of The Village of Winston Park and a former UW faculty member. "This is a unique partnership of three leaders in their respective fields."

    "This innovative initiative will have a profound positive impact on the quality of life of our aging population," said UW president David Johnston. "Research into Aging has been a focus of Waterloo's faculty of applied health sciences for more than 25 years, and the university recently introduced a multi-disciplinary PhD program in aging, health and well-being."

    The Village of Winston Park, which has been offering a continuum of care to seniors for more than 35 years in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, will provide a physical campus for independent and care-giving accommodation where residents are part of a living research environment. The focus of the institute's work will be to translate research into practice.

    At UW, there are researchers across the campus with wide-ranging expertise in the health issues of an older population, including the Functional Abilities Program and the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program in the faculty of applied health sciences. FAP uses research tools to enhance health and independence for residents in long-term care facilities, while MAREP integrates educational and research activities in an effort to improve dementia care practices in Canada.

    Career development workshops: "Job Search Strategies for International Students" 4:30, Tatham Centre room 2218; "Starting Your Own Business: The Basics" 4:30, Tatham 1208.

    Society of International Students welcome party and movie night, 6:00, Coutts Hall room 308; general meeting Thursday 6 p.m., location to be announced.

    Carousel Dance Centre spring performance, today and Thursday 6:30 p.m., Humanities Theatre, tickets $12, students $9.

    Air quality conference: "Policy Analysis Tools for Air Quality and Health", sponsored by Institute for Risk Research, Thursday in Toronto.

    Rock Out Against AIDS concert at the Bombshelter pub, Thursday from 8:00, five bands, fund-raiser for UW International Health Development Association project in Tanzania.

    Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith special screening for Graduate Student Association, Friday 9:30 a.m., Conestoga Mall cinemas, tickets $10 at the Graduate House.

    Winter term marks become official for undergraduate students May 24 (see Quest).

    Future students and other notes

    "We're into the final intense stages" of admitting students to UW for September, registrar Ken Lavigne told the university senate on Monday. He said admissions committees and his office have made some 9,000 offers of admission so far and will make thousands more, knowing that only a fraction of the students given the chance will accept Waterloo. Confirmations -- those who have said yes -- are going well so far, but it's very early in that process, since students have until June 15 to give their answers, Lavigne noted. Early indications are that UW is particularly strong in acceptances from "non-OSS" students, those coming from somewhere other than Ontario high schools, the registrar added.

    Also at Monday's meeting, the registrar spoke briefly about exam scheduling, and the efforts that are being made to implement the new policy of four exam sessions a day at term's end. There was strong reaction, and not of a positive kind, when faculty members were sent a proposed "protocol" about rescheduling exams in case of conflicts, he said. In many cases the rules could have required professors to compose two exams for the same course, an idea that wasn't popular. In the face of that barrage, the registrar's office is working on "some promising alternatives to the one I proposed", Lavigne said, and they'll be out for comment soon. Roydon Fraser, president of the faculty association, spoke briefly to say that consultation was "poor" on the original proposal, and the resulting difficulty is what might have been expected.

    The UW Retirees Association will hold its annual general meeting today, starting at 1:30 in room West 102 of Ron Eydt Village. Inevitably the meeting will do some business, but chiefly it's "a grand time to meet friends and socialize over refreshments", the association's newsletter told members. The group -- whose president currently is former provost Jim Kalbfleisch -- is strong on social activities, including theatre trips, but there's also a serious side. One recent development: retired accounting professor David Carter has been named to represent retirees on the UW pension and benefits committee. He takes over from long-time delegate Jay Howard, retired from mechanical engineering.

    Marsha Wendell, coordinator of the Arts Computer Experience children's camp, writes to say that "We are still looking for campers for the summer. The staff has been hired, the pool has been booked, we have even made arrangements for the hills we will want to use for activities (did you know we have to book the grass space on campus?) -- anyway, things are ready to go here at camp, but we still have available spaces." She urges parents to be "moving along in planning their children's summer camps" and get in touch with ACE at ext. 5939.

    "The term of Barb Bulman-Fleming as TRACE Director ends in August 2006," says a note from Tom Carey, associate vice-president (learning resources and innovation), whose domain includes the Teaching Resources and Continuing Education office. (Bulman-Fleming is actually on leave this year, and Donna Ellis is acting director.) Carey writes: "The mission of TRACE is to support and challenge educators at UW in developing their expertise about learning and teaching, with the aim of enhancing the educational experience at the University of Waterloo. The Director is responsible for leading a staff team and engaging faculty in a broad range of TRACE activities in support of this mission. Due to some special projects over the next year, we have decided to appoint a TRACE Co-Director for September 2005 to August 2006 who would then become TRACE Director when Barb's term ends. This will initially be a faculty secondment of 30-40%, rising to 50-60% in September 2006." He's looking for applications and suggestions; there's more information on the TRACE web site.

    Another position being filled is that of vice-president (university research), and this Friday was advertised as the deadline for applications. . . . Exams set for the Society of Actuaries are being given on campus today and tomorrow, and again two days next week. . . . The faculty of engineering will have a booth at the annual conference of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association, being held this week at the Hamilton Convention Centre. . . .


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