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 March 26, 1999 Volume 6, Number 13

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Blood Donor Clinic

The next blood donor clinic, offered by Canadian Blood Services, will take place:

    Date: Wednesday, March 31

    Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Location: Upper MUB (above Louis')

New donors welcome (must be 17 - 60 years of age). Please bring personal identification. Thank you!

University Factoids

A miscellany of university-related items from around the world...

  • CAUT to alert public about consequences of government cutbacks

    The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is launching a national public awareness campaign to draw attention to the worsening crisis affecting post-secondary education in Canada.

    In a recent issue of its Bulletin, CAUT says it plans to highlight the impact of funding cuts, soaring tuition fees, and growing private sector involvement in Canadian universities.

    Many observers feel that greater reliance on private funding is narrowing the focus of universities and academic research and could lead to the emergence of a two-tier post-secondary system.

    Over the past decade, government funding cuts have led to a 90% jump in tuition fees, less access to university, a worsening student-to-faculty ration, and a 240% increase in student debt loans.

  • Dalhousie University to offer MA in Internet commerce

    Dalhousie University, Halifax, is planning to offer the first degree program in Canada to train entrepreneurs in how to cash in on the booming world of Internet commerce, says a report in the February 25 issue of the National Post.

    "The University's Senate approved the pioneering master's degree in electronic commerce this week," the report continues, "and the first class of 30 will start in September. Just by word of mouth, the school has already received 150 applications for the multi-disciplinary program."

    Industry Canada has identified electronic commerce - which includes all transactions completed online, from book purchases to bank deposits - as a key growth area for Canadian business.

  • Alberta pours big bucks into communications technology and hopes math-competent students are available

    Alberta premier Ralph Klein recently announced a $51-million initiative for doubling the number of people working in the information and technology sector and adding 35,000 new jobs in Alberta by 2005.

    To meet that goal, Klein said it will be necessary to double to number of post-secondary students in computing, physics, communications technology, and computer-related engineering over the next two years.

    Dr. Doug Owram, academic v-p, U of A, says the Klein initiative translates into at least 1,100 new openings for students in its engineering and computer science departments - and the need for "a new building or two."

    He says the challenge will be to find enough high school students with strong math backgrounds to fill all the new openings.

    "And then we have to find the faculty to teach them in those fields. That's going to require some really good recruiting."

    The University of Calgary, also anticipating a similar inflow of students in these areas, was quick to run national ads for competent faculty. Gazette, the University newspaper, reports that U of C's computer science and engineering departments "have already attracted a large pool of well-qualified candidates, some of whom will be appointed for the coming academic year."

  • Atkinson address on academic agenda at U of S available on videotape

    The talk which Dr. Michael Atkinson, vice-president (academic) delivered to the campus earlier this month - "The Academic Agenda: Progress and Prospects," [see March 12/99 OCN] - is available on video. The address may be viewed by contacting the Audio Visual Media Library, located on ground level of the Education Building, by calling 966-4261.

Internationalization Achievements Recognized

Last week, U of S International held a reception in the Faculty Club to honor Professor Del Fredlund, of Civil Engineering, and Dr. David Christensen, of Animal and Poultry Science, as winners of the 1998 AUCC-Scotia Bank Award for Contribution of Research to Internationalization and the 1998 J.W. George Ivany Internationalization Award, respectively. Through his expertise in soils, Fredlund has made important liaisons with institutions in Vietnam [see Feb. 19/99 OCN]; Christensen has gained world renown as a dairy and livestock nutrition adviser to many countries in Asia, Africa, and South America [see May 22/98 OCN]. In the photograph, Fredlund (l.) and Christensen (r.) pose with (l. to r.) Bernard Giroux, Canadian ambassador to the Dominican Republic; Peter Boehm, ambassador and permanent representative of Canada, Organization of American States; and Dr. Asit Sarkar, director of U of S International.

Glass partitions go up in Administration Building

Work crews have been installing glass partitions along the upper floors of the Administration Building following a near tragedy in the building recently. While a mother was filling out an application for work form at one of the tables for that purpose, her three-year-old wandered over to the low concrete wall (which supported two horizontal railingsto 19" high at the time), and started to climb over. When the mother saw what was happening, she ran to the spot and caught her child by the leg. The cost of installing the 70"-high partitions (see metal uprights in photo) is about $50,000.

Super Saturday Program

The Super Saturday program - a partnership between several U of S Colleges and the Saskatoon Tribal Council designed to encourage Aboriginal youth to aspire toward higher learning - has been awarded an Educator of Distinction Award by the Saskatoon Preschool Foundation.

Nine individuals and two programs, including Super Saturday, were given the award from a list of 45 nominees.

Dr. Rick Bunt, acting associate dean, Arts and Science, was on hand to receive the award on behalf of the University.

In Memorium

Dr. Fred Wigmore, after whom the Wigmore Professor in Surgery Chair was named in 1995, died in Moose Jaw on Friday, March 19.

After graduating from Mount Allison and Dalhousie Universities, he moved to Moose Jaw in 1939 and forged a distinguished career as a general surgeon, retiring in 1985.

Editor's Notes

A reminder that our Suggestion Box is always open for ideas on how the University might better function, serve, or plan.

We also welcome letters to the editor, either in response to something in OCN or simply on a matter you wish to speak out about.

Or if you want to write an opinion piece (generally about 750 words) on some matter touching on university education, contact Wayne Eyre at -6610 or at Wayne.Eyre@usask.ca

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