Year in Review | February
Author, essayist, and critic Alberto Manguel, known for his books A History of Reading, Into the Looking Glass Wood, The Dictionary of Imaginary Places and a novel, News from a Foreign Country Came, among others, delivered the Pratt lecture. His lecture, titled The Library at Night, explored the vagaries and idiosyncrasies of organizing human knowledge in book form. The lecture was highly personal reflection on his relationships to books and book collecting and on his many visits to libraries around the world.
Dr. Linda Hensman was appointed director of the School of Pharmacy by the Board of Regents. She has served as interim director since May 2002, when the previous director, Dr. Chris Loomis, was appointed vice-president (research and international relations) and for the year prior to that she was acting director.
Dr. Alice Collins was named the new dean of the Faculty of Education. The appointment was approved by Memorial's Board of Regents at its February meeting. Dr. Collins has been acting dean since February 2002. Upon assuming the role as acting dean, Dr. Collins has worked with the faculty to make significant progress with a number of initiatives including a formal academic program review of the faculty, a proposal for a doctoral program, cohort-based courses and programs for professional educators beyond the St. John's area, and increased collaboration with other faculties at Memorial University.
Memorial University's governing Board of Regents approved an increase in international undergraduate student tuition fees starting in fall 2003. The increase funds academic offerings, enhanced support services and financial aid for international students. Memorial University has slightly more than 200 students from countries outside Canada enrolled in undergraduate programs and intends to raise this number to 1,200 by 2005.