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Dr. James Greenlee, a professor of history at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, was the recipient of this year's Principal's Teaching Award, presented annually to recognize and encourage excellence in teaching, teaching innovation and leadership. He was officially recognized for his contribution to the university during Grenfell's May convocation ceremony.

Newfoundland and Labrador's home-grown television personality Rick Mercer led a remarkable list of luminaries who were honoured by Memorial University during this year's spring convocation. In order of presentation, this spring's honorary graduands are comedian and writer Rick Mercer, distinguished author and editor Dr. David Pitt, professor of sport science Dr. Gudrun Doll-Tepper, businessman Ches Penney, cultural theorist Dr. Henry Giroux, naturalist and conservationist Dr. Bernard Jackson and former St. John's mayor and businessman John Murphy.

At Sir Wilfred Grenfell College spring convocation ceremony on May 13th , award-winning Newfoundland actor, writer and television personality Rick Mercer received an honorary doctor of letters degree. Memorial University's west coast campus saw 163 students accept degrees in arts, science, fine arts, commerce, social work, education and business administration during the last ceremony.

Memorial University's Come East-Go Further television advertisement, a joint project between Memorial's Office of Student Recruitment and Division of University Relations, was recognized with yet another award. The commercial received bronze in the Electronic Media: PSAs and Commercial Spots category of the Circle of Excellence Awards Program presented by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Previously, the advertisement has fetched provincial recognition with an Award of Merit from the Newfoundland and Labrador chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) as well as international recognition with a bronze award from CASE District 1.

When it comes to helping his students overcome their apprehensions about math, Dr. Georg Gunther is a true innovator. The math professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland's Sir Wilfred Grenfell College developed an original set of cartoon characters who model math problems and fliers advertising Math Problems at Low Prices. Not only did this get the attention of his students, but this kind of innovative teaching resulted in Dr. Gunther being named a 3-M Teaching Fellow for 2005. The award recognizes excellence in teaching over an extended period of time, principally at the undergraduate level, and also acknowledges leadership and commitment to the improvement of university teaching within the candidate's own institution. This is the sixth time that faculty of Memorial University have been honoured with this award: the other recipients were Dr. Andrea Rose, Education, in 2004; Dr. Alex Faseruk, Business, in 2003; Professor Shane O'Dea, English, in 2002; Dr. Penny Hansen, Medicine, in 1990; and Dr. Michael Collins, Biology, in 1988.

On May 9, 80 students started the new fast-track delivery bachelor of education (primary/elementary) degree program. The program is offered at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook and the St. John's campus, with 40 students accepted at each site. Dr. Alice Collins, dean of Education, said the fast-track delivery was developed in response to a number of identified needs. Many students who apply to the B.Ed. (primary/elementary) program are already fairly well along in their academic programs, but under the regular program it can take up to three years more years to earn the education degree. The fast-track delivery enables students with at least 78 credits to complete the program in four consecutive semesters.

Dr. Gary Gorman, dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, was appointed chair of the Business Advisory Board for the provincial government. The appointment was announced by Premier Danny Williams at a news conference May 31. The newly established Business Advisory Board reports to the Department of Business and will meet throughout the year and provide advice and recommendations to government.