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News Release

March 10, 1999

Campus days, art exhibits highlights of upcoming events

What is life really like at the University of Guelph? Come find out during Campus Days March 17-19. There will be information sessions, displays, program counselling and campus tours. Faculty, staff and students will be on hand to talk about all facets of university life, ranging from academic programs to campus services and organizations. All events will be held in the Athletic Centre and are free and open to the public.

The program on Wednesday and Thursday will begin at 10 a.m. with a student panel discussion about being a U of G student. At 11 a.m., faculty, staff and students will be available for consultations. The 12:30 p.m. "Academic Notes" session will provide detailed information about degree programs, major specializations, course requirements and university learning. At 1:30 p.m., student guides will give campus tours of various academic departments, athletic facilities and residences. Campus tours also will be available Friday at 10 and 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Friday's tours leave from the main level in the University Centre. For information on Campus Days, call (519) 824-4120 Ext. 8712 or 8713.

Heather Spears, Governor General's award-winning poet and artist, will present "The Image and the Line: A Presentation in Words and Drawings" at U of G March 19 at 10:30 a.m. Her visit is part of the College of Art Visiting Speakers Series. Newfoundland poet and author Michael Crummey will visit campus March 23 as part of the same series. Both events are free and open to the public, and sponsored by the School of Fine Art and Music, the School of Literatures and Performance Studies in English and the dean's office in the College of Arts.

Spears' presentation will be held in MacKinnon 203. Spears is a poet, artist and science fiction writer whose collections, How to Read Faces and The Word for Sand, both won the Pat Lowther Award. The Word for Sand also won the Governor General's Award for poetry, and poems collected in Human Acts won the CBC Literary Prize. Crummey, author of Hard Light, will read from his new book from noon to 1 p.m. in MacKinnon 317.

A special exhibition of selected works from U of G's art collection will be shown at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre April 1 - July 25 in honour of the Ontario Agricultural College's 125th anniversary. The art centre also will feature a national touring retrospective of A.J. Casson's work April 1 - May 6. The University's art collection began early in this century. The collection now includes more than 3,000 works of art and has a market value of about $9 million. It includes works by all of the Group of Seven artists, as well as works by renowned Canadian artists such as Ozias Leduc, Christopher Pratt and Alex Colville. Although mainly a survey collection of Canadian art, it includes two specializations: contemporary Inuit drawings and the Donald Forster Sculpture Park.

Many of the pieces to be displayed were acquired through the efforts of OAC. For example, The Harvester, a sculpture by Florence Wyle, was purchased by the OAC class of 1947 on its 40th anniversary, and in 1991, the class of 1951 purchased a watercolour by Barry McCarthy entitled "Early Morning Sunbreak." Individual alumni also have contributed to the collection in recent years. The exhibit "A.J. Casson: An Artist's Life," will include 80 examples of oils, watercolours and commercial work of the Group of Seven artist who was also a promoter of Canadian art. He is known for immortalizing small villages in Ontario. Casson was a founding member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour and a highly respected graphic designer and illustrator. For information on the two exhibits, contact the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre at 837-0010.

Handling consumer complaints and conducting risk analysis in the food industry will be the focus of a symposium at the University of Guelph March 16-18 at the Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC). The GFTC and University's Laboratory Services are co-sponsoring the symposium entitled "Managing Consumer Complaints and Risk/Recall." Companies will test risk analysis strategies and demonstrate leading-edge technology in food forensics (identifying foreign material in food). GFTC specialists also will discuss managing consumer complaints, media messages during crisis situations and product recall issues.

The event will feature Irwin Pronk from GFTC, Larry Wallace, risk manager at J.M. Schneider, and Doreen Moore of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, as well as a representative from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For information, contact Jennifer McCreary at (519) 821-1246 Ext. 5026.

For media questions on any of the above events, contact Communications and Public Affairs, (519) 824-4120 Ext. 3338.

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