President's Report 2006 | Year-in-Review

MARCH 2006

Memorial researchers were successful in receiving support from the Atlantic Opportunities Agency (ACOA) under its Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF). It was announced March 31 that five research and development projects in Newfoundland and Labrador will receive up to $13.1 million under ACOA's Atlantic Innovation Fund. Selected projects will be led by private and not-for-profit sectors and academia, along with a number of other partners, and have a total value of $25.6 million. Dr. Vlastimil Masek, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, received $2.5 million, Dr. Phillip Bording, jointly appointed to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the Department of Earth Sciences, received $3 million and C-CORE, a separately incorporated entity of Memorial, received $3 million, collectively bringing Memorial a total of $8.5 million in funding from AIF.

The Grenfell College Web Team unveiled a new look for the college's home page. Located at, the new site features a completely different visual design and a number of navigation changes. "This new look was devised by web administrator Steve Walsh with input from the Grenfell College Web Team," said Jo-Anne Philpott, chair of the Web Team. "The new site contains a news-and-events section to keep Grenfell happenings up to date, a picture slideshow and updated quick links menu and content. These measures will go a long way toward improving the communications function of the web site so we can better communicate with our various audiences."

Dr. Georgina Hedges, chair of the Board of Regents, Corner Brook Mayor Charles Pender, President Dr. Axel Meisen, Grenfell College Principal Dr. John Ashton and Mike Dolter, the City of Corner Brook's chief administrative officer, signed the Pepsi Centre lease agreement March 23 that will see Memorial University operate the centre as of May 1, 2006. The total property, which includes the Pepsi Centre, Pepsi Studio Annex and adjacent parking areas, will be operated by a local board — a separate incorporated entity — comprising representatives from the university, the city and the general public. The Works, which encompasses the Field House and Aquarena in St. John's, is an example of a recreational facility that serves both the university and the public. It also operates under an SIE board. Memorial University will assume responsibility for operating the facility on May 1; the five-year lease will be up for renewal on April 30, 2011.