February 11, 2004  
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Everyone loves deadlines
With the raging popularity of line-ups, paperwork and bureaucracy, Western has rolled out its annual information campaign designed to keep you in school for yet another year.

The time has come for returning students to think about their program plans, future goals and course decisions for next year. The Office of the Registrar has set up an information booth in the lower level of the University Community Centre for students to ask questions and get general information about counselling sessions and the New Academic Choices program. The booth is “a way to get the word out that it is necessary to submit an intent to register form by February 20th,” said Scott Haggerty, enrollment officer for Western.

The service, across from Pit Stop, is set up to help students figure out “what to do and how to do it regarding the intent to register process,” said Mariam Lamou, enrollment assistant. Students can visit the booth until Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Haggerty confirmed Academic calendars and other academic publications are available at all faculty counselling locations and online at www.registrar.uwo.ca/ITR.

—Samantha Robinson

Keeners unite
Students looking for the perfect addition to their resumés need look no further than the Student Award of Merit or the Future of Western Award.

“I think Western has a huge population of very involved and dedicated students, and although their actions carry intrinsic benefits, sometimes it is necessary to recognize the best of the best,” said Matt Huether, VP-student affairs of the University Students’ Council.

Huether explained there are different criteria for the two awards. “The Student Awards of Merit are for upper-year students who excelled in at least three of the following categories: academics, student government, philanthropy, athletics, music, dance or fine arts.”

“The Future of Western Awards are rewarded to first-year students who have made outstanding contributions in at least two of those categories,” he added.

Nominations for both awards, which can be dropped off at the USC office in Rm. 340 of the University Community Centre or submitted online, are being accepted until Friday, Feb. 20. Officially, the awards will be presented during a ceremony on Apr. 2 — just in time for your summer job interviews.

—Jonathan Yazer

London in need of family physicians
In need of a greater number of family physicians in the city, London is initiating a health task force as part of the state of the city address devised by Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco. Included in the task force is Tom Freeman, chair of family medicine at Western.

“Each [member of the task force will] bring some expertise to the table,” Freeman explained, noting he was asked by the mayor to take part in the team.

“[The task force is] appropriate [because it] addresses a community issue [that] requires more comprehensive community resource and integration,” Freeman noted. The mayor hopes through this task force the city of London will be able to attract more physicians and prevent existing doctors from leaving, he said.

As the task force has not yet conducted a meeting, Freeman said its formation was much welcomed. “[It is a] positive and appropriate step for the city to be taking in a time of shortage of medical personnel.”

—Caroline George

You mean I don’t get paid?
Do-gooders and resumé-padders alike will be pleased to know that Pillar-Voluntary Sector Network will be holding its first annual Nonprofit and Charitable Expo.

“The event is a great opportunity for students to see the services available within London, both volunteer and career wise,” said Beth De Long, the executive director of the Pillar-Voluntary Sector Network.

Individuals can attend free workshops dealing with topics such as privacy legislation, resources for fundraisers and planned giving, she said.

The event will also feature the city’s first London Community Innovation Awards. “The awards were created as a way of recognizing the work done by the nonprofit sector,” said Nonprofit & Charitable Expo 2004 committee chair Jennifer Hesse.
The event takes place at the Hudson Bay Passage at the London Central Library and runs from Mar. 1 to 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

—Amy Ferguson



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