Volume 95, Issue 2
Thursday, May 31, 2001
Western is keeping London youth on their toes this summer by running a variety of summer events and camps.
"We have a variety of programs that incorporate sports, art, science and computers for ages four to eighteen. Not only do we offer Sport Western but also the Mini-University program and The Science Zone camp," said Beth Emery, assistant director of Sport Western.
Let's Talk Science is running Science Zone and offers programs for children ages four to eleven. "This camp will include all aspects of science including astronomy, food science and physics. It is completely hands on for the children," said Lynne Cayer, a counsellor for the camp.
For older children, Sport Western offers Mini-University which provides a hands-on look at future careers. Ten to fourteen-year-olds get to experience a week at university in a field that interests them.
An award of planetary proportions
He may not be a knight of France, but he sure is a knight to his students.
Recently, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations awarded earth sciences professor Neil MacRae with a top teaching award, one that acknowledged his enjoyment in teaching.
According to OCUFA President Dr. Henry Jacek, the annual teaching award acknowledges those faculty members who not only inform their students, but also inspire them.
MacRae said the award was significant because it represents "a recognition of work I have been doing by my peers and students."
Professor MacRae, who has been with Western for 35 years, will be retiring this summer. He will continue to teach two on-line courses.
Trillium spreads around its economic bloom
The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Tourism, Culture and Recreation Ministry, just gave more than $1.8 million dollars to 21 local charities and non-profit organizations.
Hutton House, an organization that provides a range of day services for disabled adults, recently received a grant of $195,600.
Marilyn Neufeld, executive director of Hutton House, said the money will go towards their Access Volunteerism program.
"We provide support for individuals who wish to volunteer and [we] help them acquire skills," Neufeld said.
The Trillium Foundation allocates about $100 million a year to provincial groups, using money from the revenues of provincial charity casinos.
Those receiving grants this year include London Crime Stoppers Inc., Middlesex-London Health Unit, and Maplewood Counselling Inc., among others.
Another addition to the USC roster
The University Students' Council has a new member onboard. Mark Osborne has been appointed as the Assistant General Manager of the USC.
Osborne said he is delighted to hold this position. "I love the energy of the student environment I work in, and I am looking forward to working with everyone around here in order to provide students with the best services possible," he said.
One of the long-term goals of the new management team is the elimination of student fees, Osborne added. He said management hopes to accomplish this by introducing organizational and other management policies that would foster a more productive environment and ultimately generate the much needed revenue for eliminating student fees.
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