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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

  • York dean comes July 1 to head arts faculty
  • Turkish-born president helps build links
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  • Chris Redmond
  • Communications and Public Affairs

York dean comes July 1 to head arts faculty

[Peers]Douglas Peers (left), currently dean of graduate studies at York University in Toronto, will come to Waterloo July 1 as dean of the faculty of arts, the provost is announcing this morning. Peers will also be a tenured professor in the history department.

He will serve an initial five-year term as successor to the current dean, Ken Coates, says a memo from provost Geoff McBoyle. "The appointment was unanimously recommended for consideration by the nominating committee established under Policy 45 and has been approved by the Board of Governors and Senate." Senate approval was given during the closed session at the February 28 meeting; board approval, in a poll of the board's executive committee last Friday.

Says the provost's memo: "Professor Peers completed his BA (1982) in political science with a minor in history and MA (1984) in history at the University of Calgary, and his PhD (1988) in history at the University of London (King’s College). He served on the faculty of the University of Calgary from 1989 to 2007, followed by York University and was promoted to professor in 2006.

"During his career, Professor Peers has made a substantial commitment to administrative service, including appointments as acting assistant dean of students (2003), associate dean academic (2003-2004), associate dean research and development (2004-2007) and interim dean (2006-2007) of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Calgary; interim vice-president, programs branch of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2004); dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University (2007-present) and president of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (2010). An elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society since 1991, his research publications include two monographs, four edited books, 18 refereed book chapters and 20 journal articles on topics relating to British India. He received the Faculty of Social Sciences Distinguished Research Award from the University of Calgary in 2001 and the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1999."

McBoyle's memo continues: "The appointment of Professor Peers as dean received very strong support from faculty and staff constituencies within the Faculty of Arts and from arts faculty within the federated university & affiliated colleges. This confirmed the committee’s strongly held view that Professor Peers should succeed Ken Coates as dean.

"I wish to add my own support for Professor Peers’ appointment. As an experienced administrator and respected scholar, he will strategically direct the Faculty of Arts for the next few years. In addition, his input as a member of Waterloo’s senior administration team will be highly valued. I know that Professor Peers can count on the support of the entire Waterloo community as he takes up his new challenge."

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[Building and landscape at METU]
Turkish-born president helps build links

The university’s president, Feridun Hamdullahpur, will make a trip next week to the land of his birth, Turkey, where he’ll tell potential students how much Canadian higher education can offer them.

He’ll also be signing agreements between Waterloo and three of Turkey’s most prominent universities, meeting government officials to press for Canadian involvement in Turkish scholarship programs, and doing interviews with Turkish state television and a couple of prominent newspapers.

“To be able to connect the two countries that mean the most in the world to me is very emotional,” Hamdullahpur said Monday as he was getting ready for the trip, which starts Saturday night.

His roots in Turkey — which has more than twice the population of Canada, and a fast-growing middle class eager for educational opportunities — and his ability to speak its language give him powerful advantages as a spokesman for Canada. His own education began in Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul: he earned his undergraduate degree and his master’s in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Istanbul, then came to Canada to do a PhD at what was then the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now an arm of Dalhousie University).

Staff in Waterloo’s office of marketing and undergraduate recruitment “asked if I could use my background to help them,” he said. He’ll be hosting a pair of dinners, one in Istanbul and one in the capital city of Ankara, aimed at school administrators and counsellors. Meanwhile, Julie Hummel and Mirjana Radulovic of the MUR office will make a series of school visits, including one to the historic Robert College, founded when Istanbul was still Constantinople, capital of the Ottoman Empire.

Some of the institutions Hamdullahpur will visit are much newer, especially Yeditepe University, a private institution in Istanbul that’s barely 15 years old. There, and at the elite Bilkent University nearby and the publicly supported Middle East Technical University in Ankara (photo above), he’ll sign what he describes as “generic” agreements for academic cooperation such as reciprocal visits by researchers. More specific relationships will develop out of those individual encounters, he predicted.

“We’re not interested in partnering with just any university,” Hamdullahpur stressed, citing Yeditepe, Bilkent and METU as top-ranking institutions. The visit to Yeditepe will be a repeat performance for him: he was there a few years ago when he was vice-president (international) at Carleton University, inking a similar agreement, and he says Turkish officials are eager to see him back on Waterloo’s behalf.

[Card advertising Hamdullahpur lecture]The week will also include a meeting with Turkey’s Higher Education Council, as well as two public lectures aimed at government and university officials, Waterloo alumni, potential applicants and media. Hamdullahpur is expected to speak for about half an hour and said he’ll describe both the value of a Canadian education and “our unique, innovative approach” in particular, including Waterloo’s emphasis on diversity and experiential learning.

“Feridun is a highly recognized individual there,” says Hummel, who’s making some of the trip arrangements along with Drew Knight of Waterloo International. “He’s going to be talking about our ties to Turkey, and Canada as a great destination for higher education in general.” She called Turkey “a market that we’ve been in for a couple of years now.” At the two public lectures, one in Istanbul and one in Ankara, Radulovic will be on hand to provide more detailed information about Waterloo programs for those who are interested. (She is in Turkey already, spreading the Waterloo news at “Education in Canada Fairs” in Ankara, Istanbul, Bursa and Izmir.)

Hamdullahpur said it’s a long time since he has given a speech or a major interview in Turkish, and looks forward to the challenge — although he worries that when a technical term comes into the conversation, he’s liable to come out with the English word.

The trip offers another reason for anticipation as well: he’ll have a chance to visit family members whom he hasn’t seen for a while. In fact, he added, in Istanbul he’ll be staying at the home of his mother — “otherwise she’d never forgive me.”

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[Man and two women, 18th century costumes]

Back and forth between 1799 and 1999, it's "An Experiment with an Air Pump" by Shelagh Stevenson, the drama department's last major production of 2010-11. David Morgan, Caitlin Robson and Laura Reitzel are among the cast. A preview production for alumni and other invited guests is scheduled for 7:00 tonight in the Theatre of the Arts; public performances are March 10-12 and 17-19 at 8:00, with tickets on sale at the Humanities box office.


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Charges laid in residence incidents

Waterloo Regional Police announced yesterday that "an 18 year old Waterloo male" has been arrested and "charged with Break, Enter and Commit x2 and Possession of Stolen Property under $5000" in connection with two incidents in UW Place on Sunday morning in which a man entered women students' rooms while they were sleeping.

Link of the day

Ash Wednesday

When and where

Career workshops today: “Work Search Strategies” 10:30, Tatham Centre room 1208; “career Investment Assessment” 2:30, Tatham room 1112; “Science Careers of Recent Alumni” 5:30, Tatham room 2218. Details.

International Celebrations: Country fair, 11:00 to 4:00, Student Life Centre great hall; photo exhibit and craft fair, 11 to 4, SLC lower atrium; food fair, 12:00, SLC multipurpose room; fashion show, 3:00, great hall.

‘So You Think You Can Text’ cellphone texting competition 12:00 to 5:00, Campus Tech, Student Life Centre. Details.

‘Shin Splints’ presentation by personal trainer Stephane Gregory, sponsored by UW Recreation Committee, 12:00, Needles Hall room 1116.

Free noon concert: “Greensleaves” (recorder, lute, viola, vocals) 12:30, Conrad Grebel UC chapel.

Region of Waterloo Rapid Transit Project public consultations today, drop in between 3 and 8 p.m., First United Church. Details and other dates.

Mexican Night at REVelation cafeteria, Ron Eydt Village, 4:30 to 8:00.

Income tax information sessions for international students, today 4:30 in Arts Lecture Hall room 113; Thursday 10:00, Davis Centre room 1302. Details.

Centre for International Governance Innovation panel on “the concept and merits of globalization”, including Jorge Heine of CIGI, essayist John Ralston Saul, and William D. Coleman of Balsillie School, 7 p.m., 57 Erb Street West Live webcast also available. Details.

East-West Music Series: “China: Imagined and True” by K-W Chinese Music Ensemble, 7:30, Conrad Grebel UC chapel, admission free.

Library workshop: “Accessing Government Information” Thursday 10:00, Flex Lab, Dana Porter Library. Details.

Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change graduate student colloquium March 10-11.

Career Café March 10, 17, 24, 31: career advisor on site at Student Life Centre, 11:30 to 1:00.

CIS women’s hockey national championships March 10-13 at Waterloo Memorial Recreation Centre, hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University. Details.

Oracle Financial System downtime March 10 at 12:00 noon to morning of March 16.

Chemical engineering seminar: Piotr Zelanay, Los Alamos National Laboratory, “Non-Precious Metal Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction in Fuel Cells” Thursday 3:30, Doug Wright Engineering room 2529.

Alicia Hendley, counselling services, author of novel A Subtle Thing, speaks at university bookstore, South Campus Hall, Thursday 4:00.

Scientific and Technological Literacy series sponsored by department of philosophy: Carla Fehr, Iowa State University, “The Epistemology of Ignorance and Theories of Women’s Intelligence” Thursday 4:00, Hagey Hall room 373.

Cultural Caravan performing arts evening Thursday 6:30, Student Life Centre great hall.

Fashion for Change fashion show, Friday 7 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

‘Orange Pop’ concert sponsored by Engineers Without Borders, performers including Unaccompanied Minors, Acabellas, Water Boys, Friday 8:00, Conrad Grebel UC great hall, $3 donation suggested.

Juggling Festival (19th annual) hosted by UW Juggling Club, Saturday-Sunday, Student Life Centre; performance in Humanities Theatre, Saturday 7 p.m., tickets $5. Details.

Senator Roméo Dallaire, former commanding officer of UN forces in Rwanda, presented by Arts Student Union, March 18, 6:30 p.m., Humanities Theatre, tickets $35 (arts students $30) at Humanities box office.

Annual staff conference April 6-7, Humanities Theatre and nearby classrooms. Details.

Positions available

On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable through myHRinfo:

• Residence attendant, housing and residences, USG 2 (two positions)
• Administrative assistant, Student Design Centre, dean of engineering office, USG 4
• Freight and mail delivery assistant, central stores, USG 4
• Senior communication officer, development, USG 10
• Statistical programmer, statistics and actuarial science, USG 9
• Research training and compliance officer, office of research, USG 8
• Undergraduate services coordinator, dean of science office, USG 7
• Development officer, dean of engineering office, USG 9/10
• Special events coordinator, Federation of Students, USG 5
• Work request and accounting assistant, plant operations, USG 7
• Program coordinator, Waterloo Unlimited, USG 8 (11-month secondment or contract)

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