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Year in Review | December

Dr. Chet Jablonski was appointed dean of Graduate Studies. The appointment was approved by Memorial's Board of Regents and is effective Jan. 1, 2003, for a five-year term. Dr. Jablonski, currently interim dean, earned a PhD in organometallic chemistry from the University of Calgary in 1972 and was a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo and the University of Western Ontario. A professor at Memorial since 1975, he has served as deputy head of Memorial's Department of Chemistry, director of Memorial's NMR Facility and associate dean of Graduate Studies.

On Dec. 5, Memorial's Board of Regents passed a new policy ensuring that all clothing sold by the university would be manufactured in conditions with fair labour practices. While the bookstore always had a policy pertaining to fair labour practices and the production of Memorial clothing, the guidelines did not extend beyond its borders. Primarily a student initiative, members of OXFAM and MUNSU were the driving force to broaden and strengthen the existing policy. Their goal was reached in early December, when the Board of Regents passed the new anti-sweatshop policy, unchanged.

Memorial's Faculty of Education has developed a distance education program for Nunavut that was first delivered this fall to 50 students. The five-course program borrows from existing offerings in the Faculty of Education which have, in many instances, been adapted for the northern context. The program is delivered through the School of Continuing Education across the three separate time zones in the Nunavut territory. The program for Nunavut was developed by faculty members Drs. David Philpott, Wayne Nesbit and Alice Collins in cooperation with the Nunavut Department of Education.