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Year in Review | May

In May, Memorial University of Newfoundland handed out over 2,000 degrees during spring convocation ceremonies and conferred honorary doctorates on seven outstanding individuals in recognition of their extraordinary contribution to society or exceptional intellectual or artistic achievement. Receiving honorary degrees during convocation in St. Johnís were anthropologist Dr. Elmer Harp, choir leader Susan Dyer Knight, humanitarians Dr. Donald and Dr. Elizabeth Hillman, former nursing director Janet Story, Husky Energy president John Lau, Burmese Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, and Dr. Bruce Aylward, co-ordinator of Global Polio Eradication Program. Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook held its convocation May 7, awarding over 150 degrees, including an honorary doctor of laws to Chief Misel Joe.

Memorial Universityís Formula MUN car racing team competed against 140 racing car teams from around the world in the Formula SAE held in Pontiac, Michigan. The Memorial car, known as ďNumber 38,Ē has been a year in the making and has been built from the ground up by a team of 10 students.

Memorial University will begin offering a new diploma program in police studies this fall at its St. Johnís campus. The new program, approved May 11 by Memorialís Senate, the universityís highest academic body, replaces the universityís BA in police studies. Earlier in the year, the government announced that it would, over three years, train 75 new officers for the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC). The new program will allow them to be trained here in Newfoundland and Labrador. Previously, RNC cadets were trained at Holland College in Prince Edward Island.

Dr. Proton Rahman, associate professor of medicine at Memorial, was named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 for 2003. The announcement appeared in the Globe and Mail, along with an accompanying feature article in Report on Business magazine. As well as his university appointment, Dr. Rahman is a consultant rheumatologist for the Health Care Co-operation of St. Johnís, chief scientific officer for Newfound Genomics, and a clinician scientist with a strong research interest in genetics and prognosis of rheumatic disease. Canada's Top 40 Under 40 is a national program founded and managed by The Caldwell Partners to celebrate leaders of today and tomorrow, and to honour Canadians who have reached a significant level of success but have not yet reached the age of 40.

On May 25, Memorial Universityís Board of Regents approved RESnet, a new wireless Internet service which will be made available to all of Memorialís on-campus housing students in St. Johnís. The service, which was requested and ratified by students currently living in residence, will cost each student $50 per semester.


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