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Year in Review | November

Chris Decker resigned as chairman of Memorialís Board of Regents to serve as co-chair for the Liberal Campaign Management Committee for last fallís provincial election. Mr. Deckerís appointment to chair the board was made by Youth Services and Post-Secondary Education Minister Sandra Kelly and was effective Nov. 1, 2002. Mr. Decker has been a member of the Board of Regents since 1999 and is a resident of Roddickton. He was elected to the House of Assembly in 1985 and during his career has served as minister of health, minister of education and training, and minister of justice.

According to the Association of Atlantic Universities 2003-2004 preliminary survey of enrolments, Memorial University has the highest enrolment of all Atlantic Canadian universities. An increase of four per cent in both full and part-time undergraduate and graduate enrolment over last year now puts Memorialís student body at 17,278. The survey also indicated a 16.8 per cent increase in international student enrolment at Memorial, up to 528, a difference of 76 students over last year; and a graduate enrolment of 2,121 up 9.1 per cent from 2002-2003.

In the 2003 Massey Lectures, author, scholar, Dead Dog Cafť creator and photographer Thomas King looked at the breadth and depth of native experience and imagination. The lecture was co-sponsored by CBC Radio One and Memorial University of Newfoundland. Thomas King is also a professional photographer and some of his ideas about photography infuse the St. Johnís public lecture, titled Youíre Not the Indian I Had in Mind.

One of the province's major players in the oil and gas sector made a significant contribution to the music and culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. Petro-Canada, operator of the Terra Nova offshore oil development and participant in the White Rose project, has provided $1.2 million to Memorial University so that a new music rehearsal and performance hall can be added to the existing M.O. Morgan Music Building on the university's St. John's campus. Gordon Carrick, vice-president, East Coast Petro-Canada, and Dr. Axel Meisen, president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University, made the announcement Nov. 19 at a ceremony held at the D. F. Cook Recital Hall at the universityís music school. The $1.2 million donation ó one of Petro-Canada's largest ó will fund the construction of the new facility, to be known as the Petro-Canada Hall, and which is set to open by early 2005.

About 150 people gathered in Marine Institute's Hampton Hall to hear Dr. David Dodge, governor of the Bank of Canada, discuss the country's economy. His lecture, titled Low, Stable, and Predictable Inflation and the Performance Of Canadian Labour Markets, explained how maintaining a steady rate of inflation is important to wage setting and a stable economy.

An innovative incubation consortium on Memorial Universityís St. Johnís campus will help nurture new business ideas and promote entrepreneurship. The Campus Incubation Consortium is a partnership between Memorialís P.J. Gardiner Institute for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Genesis Group Inc., the Inco Innovation Centre, the National Research Council of Canadaís Institute for Ocean Technology (IOT) and the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP).


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