It was pandemonium in the halls of academia as Brad Gushue's curling team made sports history in Newfoundland and Labrador. Alumni, friends and staff had gathered around screens, large and small, on all three Memorial campuses to watch the winter Olympic gold medal match. Twenty-five year old Mr. Gushue, who graduated from Memorial with a bachelor of business administration in 2004, is the youngest Canadian skip ever to lead a curling team to the Olympics since it became a medal sport in 1998 and the first Newfoundlander to win an Olympic gold medal for Canada. Teammate Mark Nichols has a kinesiology degree from Memorial University and coach Toby McDonald has a bachelor or arts. Team members were Brad Gushue, Jamie Korab, Russ Howard, Mark Nichols, Mike Adam and coach Toby McDonald.
More than 25 years after she delivered her first academic paper at a Canadian Federation for the Humanities conference, Dr. Noreen Golfman is now president-elect of the national advocacy body. Dr. Golfman has been an active and dedicated participant in the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Known for its annual Congress of the Learned Societies, which brings thousands of academics together, the federation represents more than 30,000 scholars in universities, colleges and organizations throughout Canada. Its aim is to foster research and teaching, promote the importance of the social sciences and humanities, and lobby for improved federal support.
Memorial's Board of Regents has ended a three-year search with the appointment of Dr. Penny Blackwood as the new director of Alumni Affairs and Development. The appointment was made at the board's Feb. 2 meeting. She officially assumed her office on April 3, 2006, taking the reins from Dr. Dale Foster who, for 18 months, served as interim director. Dr. Blackwood graduated with her B.Sc. from Memorial in 1988 before going on to earn her M.Sc. and PhD in social psychology from the University of Western Ontario, where she also taught full-time.