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  SUBWAY OPENING IN UCC (BESIDE WILLIAMS COFFEE PUB): NOVEMBER 10


LONDON READS BOOK EVENT

The Lost Highway by David Adams Richards

Discussion hosted by celebrity readers Larry Haylor and Joni Baechler

November 12, 7:00 p.m., Elsie Perrin Williams

101 Windermere Road, London

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CENTRE SPOT FESTIVE FEAST: DECEMBER 1 - 4


AUTUMN WRITES PRESENTS SALLY ARMSTRONG

Author of Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: The Uncertain Future of Afghanistan's Women

November 20, 7:30 p.m.

Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library, 251 Dundas Street

Tickets: $30 includes admission and a signed copy of the book; General admission $5.00. Available at The Book Store at Western, 519-661-3520 x84573; Books Plus 519-661-4091. Proceeds benefit Western Service Learning Bursaries and a Book For Every Child. For more information, call 661-3520 ext. 84573 or visit www.bookstore.uwo.ca


WINDERMERE MANOR'S FESTIVE LUNCH BUFFET: DECEMBER 1 - 24
Reservations required.


ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE: THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

The Book Store at Western, Books Plus and Campus Computer Store

December 1 - 12

Shop and save on a fantastic selection of books, clothing, computer gizmos and more. Free giftwrapping and refreshments Dec. 2 & 3.


MICHAEL'S FESTIVE BUFFET LUNCH: DECEMBER 3 - 22
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  Published three times per year by Resources and Operations Communications, The University of Western Ontario


CONTRIBUTORS
Heather Bishop, Amanda Grainger, Gitta Kulczyki, Gerry LaHay, Emmet Lecompte, Jim Loupos, Lee Pressey, Elaine Roswell, Kathy Russell, Janet Smith, Chris Thompson, Brandon Watson, Lori Wood, Carolyn Young


DESIGN
Louise Gadbois and Kelly Hunt, Graphic Services, The University of Western Ontario


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Kelvin Wu


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Gitta’s message

Gitta Kulczycki, Vice-President, Resources & Operations, gitta@uwo.ca


Gitta Kulczyki, Vice President of Resources and Operations, talks about the six category 1 projects.


Welcome back.

It's amazing just how frenetic September activity is at Western; each year it seems to take me a couple of weeks to get used to the pace and "step it up" a few notches. Well I'm there! Hopefully all of your "beginning of the academic year" transitions have gone well. It's great to see the students back again. They provide such energy to our campus. I especially offer a warm welcome to all new staff that has recently joined us in Resources & Operations.

During September, our Board of Governors approved a submission to our Ministry on our next priorities in space planning. We've termed this "The Transition to Long-Range Space Plan 2", a really catchy title you have to agree. We made this submission in response to the provincial government's commitment to develop a ten-year $60 billion infrastructure program. The ministry requested similar submissions from all post-secondary institutions in order to develop a consolidated long-term capital space plan for the post-secondary sector. We have no idea as to when we might hear announcements associated with this submission, perhaps the earliest is the spring budget of 2009. Of course, I also put this in context with the provincial economic picture these days, which certainly appears to be cloudy at the moment.

In any event, you may be interested to learn what we have identified as the six category 1 projects that are either well along in terms of detailed planning or under serious pre-planning stages.


First: A new IVEY building, with an estimated cost of $100 million, of which we have asked the government for $50 million. For this project to come to fruition, there also needs to be substantial fundraising in place. We've identified a preferred site for this new building: where the soccer fields are currently located on the west side of Western Road and beside Elborn College. We would of course relocate the soccer fields elsewhere on our campus, so these important amenities will certainly not be lost. Such a building would allow IVEY to expand both the HBA and MBA programs, and consolidate all of their programs (including PHD) on one site.


Second: The Physics & Astronomy Building renovations for a total cost of $25 million. This project is well into the planning stages. The provincial government has already provided us with $9 million towards this important modernization project.

Plans for the Physics & Astronomy Building renovations for a total cost of $25 million.


  Third: The Stevenson-Lawson Building renovations with an estimated cost of $20 million. The project is well into the planning stage, with expected construction to start in January of 2009. This will allow academic units to occupy space vacated by those divisions and units who have relocated to the beautiful new Support Services Building. The renovation will result in two buildings: one Stevenson and one Lawson. A direct impact for my unit, the Office of the President, is that we will be relocating around Christmas time (Merry Xmas!) to the Natural Sciences Building, where I'm told we will be temporary occupants for a period of up to two years.


Fourth: As soon as Campus Recreation vacates their current spaces within UCC, we will be undertaking renovations there. Campus Recreation will of course be moving to the amazing new Western Student Recreation Centre, which we expect to be fully operational in January of 2009. I don't know about you, but I plan to take out a membership in January to take full advantage of incredible new fitness facilities! The vacated space in the UCC is shared roughly 50/50 between the University and the USC. The University is moving quickly to start construction on our share of the space in January of 2009, the high priority being the addition of classroom space. The estimated project cost for this is $12 million. The USC will proceed to do their renovations a little later, once their budget becomes clearer through the results of an upcoming student referendum.


Fifth: Campus Sustainability Initiatives, including a Co-Generation facility for a total estimated cost of $30 million, fits squarely with our new focus on sustainability on campus, and will be a wonderful project if it can come to pass. Beyond a Co-Generation facility, which produces electricity through the use of natural gas, it includes replacement of windows, upgraded insulation, water management systems, and electricity management systems.


Sixth: Renewal of the current Physical Plant Services Building for FIMS, with a total estimated cost of $15 million. FIMS has expanded rapidly and is pressed for space. The faculty is in the final stages of deciding whether this building will be an appropriate new home for them (substantially renovated, of course).


So there you have it: the complete list of our "Category 1" projects. Some are quite firm and will be proceeding, and some must await government funding announcements. Let's hope the economic "pause" is not too deep or prolonged, and the Ontario government can proceed as intended with its long-term infrastructure plans.

Here's to a wonderful fall!




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