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WALLIN NAMED TO SENATE
U of G chancellor Pamela Wallin has been appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Her appointment was one of 18 announced Dec. 22. “We are delighted and proud that Pamela Wallin has been named to this prestigious position,” says president Alastair Summerlee. “Her leadership is recognized locally, nationally and internationally, and she has all of the qualities required to be an outstanding senator.”

LIBRARY GOES GREEN
The McLaughlin Library and OVC Learning Commons will no longer issue due date slips for standard library loans of two weeks and term loans. This is expected to eliminate upwards of 175,000 slips of paper each year. The change is in keeping with other green initiatives undertaken by the library, including the large-scale lighting retrofit completed in December. The retrofit will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 600 tonnes a year, the equivalent of removing some 12,000 cars from the road.

UGAA SEEKS NOMINEES
The U of G Alumni Association seeks nominations for five awards — Alumnus of Honour, Alumni Medal of Achievement, Alumni Volunteer Award, Employee Volunteer Award and Student Volunteer Award. Nomination deadline is Jan. 30. For a nomination form, visit www.alumni.uoguelph.ca/involved/involved_ugaa_awards.shtml.

WHAT'S THE BUZZ?
The Buzz, a biweekly electronic newsletter dedicated to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs/U of G partnership, contains information about research, research stations, upcoming events and other topics related to the partnership. To subscribe or to submit ideas for future issues, contact Liz Snyder at lsnyder@uoguelph.ca or Robyn Meerveld at robyn.meerveld@ontario.ca.

AWARD DEADLINE NEARS
The nomination deadline for the YMCA-YWCA's 2009 Women of Distinction Awards is Jan. 31. For more information, call 519-824-5150 or visit www.guelphy.org.

ORGANIC CONFERENCE SET
The 28th annual Guelph Organic Conference runs Jan. 22 to 25 on campus. It features a variety of workshops, talks and special events, including a public forum. The Trade and Organic Food Expo runs Saturday and Sunday in the University Centre. For complete details, visit www.guelphorganicconf.ca.

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