Providing students with a stimulating learning experience is not restricted to what happens inside the walls of a classroom. This past year, Memorial continued its tradition of taking students further, beyond the classroom, into the field and into a wide range of transforming educational experiences. This year, Memorial's professors and the university's expertise in experiential learning were also recognized as being among the very best.
Memorial's expertise in career development and experiential learning has led to the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE) naming Memorial University the Education Institution of the year for 2004. Memorial is the first recipient of this award, a significant milestone in the growth of the Department of Career Development and Experiential Learning at Memorial. A previous five-year grant of $1 million in equipment from the Counselling Foundation of Canada went a long way towards making this award possible. The award was given in recognition of leadership in career development in Canada and is a testament to the power of collaboration and co-operation within the university community. Career experience programs such as Memorial's Student Work and Service Program (SWASP), the Memorial University Career Experience Program (MUCEP), work-terms for on-campus undergraduate students, and partnerships with provincial and federal governments were all factors that led to this award.
In 2004, Memorial launched its master's in oil and gas studies program. The non-thesis, postgraduate degree is a unique executive development program specifically designed to prepare the emerging senior executive for a leadership position within the oil and gas industry. The curriculum is intended to give participants a thorough understanding of critical issues pertaining to the industry including its technical, economic, regulatory, environmental and socio-economic aspects. It is a modular program spanning one year and combining short, intense on-campus learning with Internet-based learning during the off-campus periods. Participants come from all over the world, but have one main thing in common - strong leadership potential and the desire to reach the pinnacles of the petroleum industry. Initiating this program proves Memorial's commitment to positioning itself as a global centre of excellence for petroleum industry research and education.
Hands-on learning is what it is all about for students working on the FormulaMUN project. Ten students from Engineering, Business, Arts and Science worked together to build, from the ground up, a race car to compete in the Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) event held annually in Detroit, Michigan, with over 100 entries from around the world. Memorial's team was one of two teams to attain a perfect score in cost analysis. They also placed high in the design category, attributed to their innovative use of aerospace-grade carbon fiber for some parts, resulting in Memorial's lightest car ever.
Dr. Andrea Rose of the Faculty of Education was awarded a prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship, one of ten national awards announced at the annual conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). "Dr. Rose is one of the most active faculty members at Memorial and simply one of the best and most energetic professors we have," said Dr. Eddy Campbell, Memorial's vice-president (academic). "The feedback from her students together with her academic record amply demonstrates that Dr. Rose has a passion for both her field and for teaching." In giving her the award, the STLHE noted that, "Dr. Rose's strength as a distinguished teacher is the result of an unusual fusion of teaching, scholarship, musicianship and leadership in her teaching practice. She has an extraordinary ability to facilitate her students' learning through questioning, reflection and critical inquiry."