President's Report 2006 | Year-in-Review

JANUARY 2006

The Supreme Court of Canada supported the appeal brought by former student Wanda Young against Memorial University and two of its former professors. Ms. Young was appealing a decision in favour of the professors and Memorial University that was rendered in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal in 2004. The matter goes back more than a decade. Ms. Young had sued the university and former Social Work professors Leslie Bella and William Rowe claiming that the university and the professors had breached a "duty of care" owed to students when they reported a suspected case of child abuse based on an academic paper written by her in 1994. In 2003 a jury found in favour of Ms. Young and awarded her $839,400.

Memorial students had the chance to ask the questions that matter most to them in the 2006 federal election when the Political Science Department hosted a town hall. Candidates running in St. John's East attended the forum, part of the third-year course Parties and Elections in Canada. Alex Marland, the course instructor who conceived the town hall, said the timing of the election offered a chance to give his students first-hand experience with electoral campaigning.

A St. John's lawyer and high-ranking civil servant was appointed to the James G. Channing Chair in Public Administration at Memorial University. John Cummings, QC, took on the position April 1, 2006. The Channing Chair was established in 1982 to provide an opportunity for senior public employees to bring their expertise and experience in public administration to Memorial. During his appointment as Fellow of the Channing Chair, Mr. Cummings will explore several aspects of the legal system.

Memorial returned from the 25th annual John Molson MBA International Case Competition at Concordia University with another award that may provide the secret to Memorial's success at the most respected MBA case competition in the world. On Jan. 8, Dr. Alex Faseruk received the inaugural Dr. J. Pierre Brunet prize for best coach. This award was given to Dr. Faseruk in recognition of his tireless work in the competition and in leading Memorial to four championships — more than any other university. Dr. Faseruk, who has been coaching the Memorial team for 20 years, has become core to the competition and his leadership style has set the standard for how to coach a case team.