President's Report 2006 | Alumni

Alumni Tribute Awards 2005

DR. JAMES BARNES, B.A.(HONS.)'66, B.COMM.(HONS.)'66

Dr. James Barnes

His calendar includes speaking engagements and consultations at boardroom tables worldwide. Dr. Jim Barnes, at age 61 says, "In many ways I think I'm just hitting my prime."

He graduated from Memorial in 1966, took his M.B.A. at Harvard and his PhD at the University of Toronto before becoming director of Memorial's School of Business in 1978. He was the first dean of the Faculty of Business Administration in 1983. Under his leadership the Business building was expanded and the M.B.A. program created. He helped establish the Centre for Management Development and the P.J. Gardiner Institute.

An international authority on customer relationship strategy, Dr. Barnes has advised and served on the board of many publicly traded companies. He's a founding partner of Newfoundland-based Bristol Group and served as its chairman.

Among Dr. Barnes seven publications is Fundamentals of Marketing, Canada's best-selling marketing textbook, now in its 10th edition. He's published 40 papers and presented more than 60 conference papers. And he's on the editorial boards of several international journals. Among his awards is the 1996 Alumni Honour Award from the Faculty of Business; the first national 1997 Leaders in Management Education Award from the Financial Post; and his 1999 election as a fellow of the Professional Marketing Research Society of Canada.

Dr. Barnes continues to teach undergraduate and M.B.A. courses at Memorial and continues to write and work on what he says is "really leading edge stuff. I can't wait to get to work every morning."

DR. THOMAS YEE, B.MUS.'95

Dr. Thomas Yee

Since graduating from Memorial in 1995 with the Memorial University Medal for Academic Excellence in Music, Dr. Thomas Yee has obtained a highly regarded faculty appointment in the Department of Music at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His eagerness to share his gift of music makes Dr. Yee an inspiring teacher.

When he sits at the keyboard his brilliance as a performer is dazzling. Dr. Yee has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Canada and the United States, in Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Cyprus and Turkey. He's appeared as piano soloist in concerts with the symphony orchestras of Honolulu, Augusta, Newfoundland, Grand Junction, Boulder, University of Colorado, and Littleton. Since 2002 he's performed 36 solo and chamber concerts in Honolulu.

This talented young performer has captured his share of national and international titles including the Josef Hofmann International Piano Competition, the Eastman School of Music Hamamatsu Competition, the Canadian Music Competitions International Stepping Stone, and the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations National Competition.

Upcoming engagements include performances with the University of Hawaii Orchestra, University of Hawaii Concert Band and debut performances in Nagoya, Japan, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Alaska. Dr. Yee has two recording projects in progress and will release his debut CD in late 2005.

MR. CALVIN BUTT, B.A.(ED.)'64, B.A.'67, GRAD.DIP.ED.'71, M.ED.'74

Mr. Calvin Butt

Calvin Butt has dedicated countless hours of volunteer service to the primary, elementary and secondary levels of Newfoundland and Labrador's education system. He's worked as a teacher and senior administrator and has also instructed at Memorial University and community colleges across the province. He is also a leading promoter of pre-school education.

Mr. Butt has served in executive positions on several associations, committees and boards including the Port aux Basques branch of the provincial teachers' association, the former Integrated Education Council, the former Avalon West School Board, the Provincial School Boards' Association, and the former Avalon Strategic Social Plan.

Mr. Butt has been particularly generous in the time that he has donated to his alma mater, Memorial University. He was elected four times by his fellow alumni to serve three-year terms on Memorial's governing body, the Board of Regents. He served as vice-chair of the Board and chair of its pensions committee. He was also elected three times to the alumni association and served as its VP. In 1998 he founded the Baccalieu Trail Chapter of the alumni association, served as its first president and took a lead role in establishing the Chapter's scholarship fund.

MR. DONALD CREWE, B.A.'69, B.ED.'69, M.ED.'82

Mr. Donald Crewe

A retired educator in Channel-Port aux Basques, Mr. Donald Crewe's tireless volunteer work spans more than 36 years.

Since 1969 he's served in a wide range of leadership roles including secretary of the Port aux Basques Minor Hockey Association; vice-chair of the Dr. Charles L. LeGrow Health Centre Foundation; local chair of the Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion fundraising event; and local-area chair of the Cabot, Soiree and Viking Celebrations. Mr. Crewe also serves as a member of the St. Paul's Anglican Church Select Vestry, the Winter Carnival Committee, the Port aux Basques 50th Anniversary Come Home Year event, and the local chapter of Toastmasters International. He has been a Royal Canadian Army Cadet leader and trainer.

And just to top it all off, he performs with a popular local folk-singing group that donates its revenues to local charities.