MICHAEL'S FESTIVE BUFFET

December 5th - 21st
11:30 am - 2 pm
www.has.uwo.ca/hospitality/michaels

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS @ WINDERMERE MANOR

Festive Lunch Buffet
December 3rd - 21st
11:30 am - 1 pm

Festive Sunday Brunch Series
December 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd
10 am - 2 pm

Christmas Day Dinner Buffet
December 25th
4 pm - 7:30 pm

New Year's Eve Dinner Feature
December 31st
5 pm - 8 pm

New Year's Day Brunch
January 1st
11 am - 2:30 pm

For more information, visit :
www.windermeremanor.com
or call 519.858.1414 Ext. 430
 



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Gitta’s Message

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


Gitta Kulczyki, Vice President of Resources and Operations


Dear Colleagues in the Resources & Operations portfolio:

Recently, the Globe and Mail published its Canadian University Report and for the twelfth consecutive year, our undergraduate students rank Western as #1 in Canada for student satisfaction amongst large universities. There are many detailed metrics incorporated in the survey and a number of them relate specifically to services offered by our portfolio. Let me share those rankings: all aspects of Residence - either solely first or tied for first; Food Services - tied for first in all categories; Campus Buildings and Facilities - first in all categories except one where we are tied for first (satisfaction with study spaces); Sense of Personal Safety and Security - first place; Campus Book Store - first place; Medical and Health Services tied for second place; and finally Commitment to Sustainability - tied for first place. Wow!! Let me thank each of you for your contributions to this achievement; we should all be justifiably proud as these ratings represent the voice of our students.

Let me highlight some other news items we're really excited about:

On November 5th, we officially opened the Fraunhofer Project Centre in our newest development: the Advanced Manufacturing Park. This Centre will test composite materials and is the first of its kind in North America. The very same day, the federal government announced a grant to expand the facility and to allow us to build our base for hosting companies working in the Centre.


  One of our researchers Adrian Owen, recently released results showing an ability to communicate with certain patients in a vegetative state. His work has been profiled around the world. Another of our researchers, Chil-Yong Kang, and his team, are working on a preventative HIV vaccine, which is showing great promise through phase 1 clinical trials. Imagine what a world problem would be solved if this vaccine is ultimately proven successful!

On the provincial front, everyone will know that the legislature is prorogued and a liberal leadership race is on. Our previous minister has decided to enter that race and in accordance with requirements, he has stepped down in order to run. It is impossible to know with certainty but all expectations are that the appointment of a new leader (and hence Premier) will be followed in short order by a provincial election. We are in for a time of uncertainty and a time where we are unlikely to see major policy developments. What remains the same though is the difficult fiscal picture facing Ontario irrespective of who is in power. We see some challenging days on the horizon and hence the need to shepherd our resources carefully. We start the University budget planning cycle for 2013-14 with an abundance of conservatism and caution. Fortunately, our current financial health is sound and at least we face possible grant reductions from a position of having no structural deficit at present.

We've a lot of planning underway at the University: our strategic plan for sustainability is now moving through the approval process, a long term parking plan is almost completed, a campus master plan update has just been initiated, and we're about to launch an update to Western's strategic plan. It is never more important to know where you are heading than in the circumstances where resources are constrained and hence, careful choices must be made!

It's hard to believe how quickly the fall is flying by and the holiday season is almost upon us. I'm appreciating very much our sunny and reasonably warm weather. Let's hope Mother Nature is not too generous with her offerings of snow this winter. I hope everyone enjoys a good break to spend with family and friends over the coming holiday season. Thank you again for the important work that you do each and every day!




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