LONDON READS 2010

Now until March 2010

Three new books, three new authors. Read along with Gitta, Jonathan Vance and other celebrity readers. Which one will become your favorite? For book events and more information.


IT'S ONCE AGAIN TIME TO ENJOY SOME DELICIOUS FESTIVE FARE ...

Nov. 30 - Dec. 3
@ UCC Centre Spot

Nov. 30 - Dec. 24
@ Windermere Manor

Dec. 8 - 23
@ Michael's

For more information, visit www.has.uwo.ca/hospitality


PHYSICAL PLANT'S ONLINE SILENT AUCTION FOR UNITED WAY

December 7-11, 2009

Physical Plant is sponsoring a charitable Online Silent Auction. Items up for bid will be added daily, so check back often and get ready to snap up some great deals. Bidding will open on the morning of December 7th and close on December 11th at 4:30pm. All funds raised will be donated to the London Middlesex United Way 2009 Campaign. Thank you for your support!

If you'd like to donate items to the auction, please email Brandon Watson (bwatso5@uwo.ca).

Visit our auction site and place bids online: http://www.uwo.ca/ppd/auction/


HOLIDAY SALE AND OPEN HOUSE

December 9-10, 2009

The Book Store at Western and Books Plus

Save on books, clothing, giftware and more. Have your gifts wrapped by Dr. Chakma, Emily Rowe and J.W. and make a donation to A Book For Every Child.
 



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  Published three times per year by Resources and Operations Communications, The University of Western Ontario


CONTRIBUTORS
Elizabeth Krische, Gitta Kulczycki, Emmet A. Lecompte, Katie Merchant, Erica Olmstead, Gord Robinson, Elaine Roswell, Kathy Russell, Chris Thompson, Brandon Watson, Carolyn Young


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


WEB
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


To Friends and Colleagues in Resources and Operations,


Life is certainly back in full swing with another very active academic year!

Dr. Amit Chakma, our new president, is busy familiarizing himself with all the wonderful things we do at Western. Thanks to all of you who have invited him to see your areas and extend a warm Western welcome; for those who have not yet, it's certainly not too late! I've heard Amit speak a number of times about what possibilities he sees in our future: more internationalization, both in the number of international students we have studying here, as well as affording more opportunities and encouragement for our students to travel abroad to gain global experiences. Service learning and leadership opportunities for our students are very important to him. The possibility of research institutes, under very broad themes to allow for a multidisciplinary approach is also high on his list. As he says, we need to embrace the need and appeal of solving world problems. All of this is grounded in the very real need to augment our resources; and hence the fundraising campaign "Make a Difference" launched at Homecoming in October, is extremely important, as is whatever other sources of funds we can secure.

Amit had the opportunity to participate in his first Western move-in (don't worry, we didn't make him carry anything!) and Orientation week, and I know he came away from this quite impressed. He was struck by the organization, by the volunteers, by the friendliness of everyone and expressed the view that the Canadian military couldn't organize that many people any better. Kudos to our Housing and Food Service folks, and of course to the students who make all this happen!


  Preparations for the emergence of H1N1 this fall kept a lot of folks busy over the summer. Hats off to our business continuity team, and to all those in our individual units who have developed their plans for continued operation in the event of significant illness. Thanks to our PPD folks who installed many paper towel dispensers, are taking extra care to keep our washrooms clean, and are keeping the hundreds of hand sanitizer stations filled. Thanks to Health Services, as they captain the effort for preparedness and response. Thanks to HR, the Registrar's Office, and Residence Services for the tools developed for reporting flu-like illness. And to our colleagues in the Communications area, wow this has been a challenge to educate and share a great deal of information very quickly. Wave two of H1N1 appears to be subsiding and our incidence of illness on campus has been remarkably low. I can only think that the many precautions and significant education campaign we mounted has made all the difference. With the vaccine clinics now underway, please make a point to attend and encourage all of your family, friends and colleagues to do likewise. Let's look after ourselves, our families, each other, and our community.

During October, there was a most unfortunate incident involving a student which required both Campus Police and London Police to respond. I'd like to express my thanks to Elgin and to our police officers and to those of London Police, for their incredibly quick and effective response in keeping everyone in the Social Science building safe. When you see one of our Campus Police in your daily activities, you might thank them for the very difficult job they do.

I write this fresh on the heels of the first week without London Transit services, which has left some 25,000 Western students and many staff challenged to get back and forth to campus safely. We've worked very closely with our extremely capable Student Leadership to develop a variety of alternatives to help cope with this challenge. I hope that London Transit and its workers may soon reach an agreement that will allow the buses to run again soon. In the meantime, what an opportunity to bring our Western community closer together as we all lend a hand to share a ride, flag a ride, volunteer to drive a van, or whatever other help we can contribute. An evening driving a van in the last few days reinforced for me just how grateful our students are for the help and what a wonderful group of young people they are. Again, I extend thanks to the many that have helped out and will continue to do so.

As we head to the colder weather, stay warm, stay safe, and stay healthy!




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  1. “…wow this has been a challenge to educate and share a great deal of information very quickly.”

    I can see what you mean;-)

    Comment by Anonymous — November 25, 2009 @ 4:20 pm


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