President's Report 2006 | Year-in-Review

MAY 2006

Memorial University held its spring convocation May 12 at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College and at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre May 24-26. More than 2,000 degrees were awarded during eight sessions of convocation in St. John's. Outstanding individuals from the worlds of business, public life, the arts and sports were awarded honorary degrees during the convocation ceremonies. The honorary graduates include: Holocaust survivor Philip Riteman; historian Dr. Robert Gellately; author and academic Dr. Roland Le Huenen; choir leader Sister Kathrine Bellamy; nursing practitioner Kay Matthews; businessman Gary Bruce; public servant and businessman Roland Martin; Olympic gold medal curling winners Team Gushue, made up of Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Jamie Korab, Mike Adam, Russ Howard and coach Toby McDonald; and public servant Dr. Alex Himelfarb. Irish poet Paul Muldoon was recognized with an honorary doctor of letters at the Grenfell College convocation in Corner Brook. Dr. Neil Rosenberg, retired professor of folklore, was named professor emeritus during convocation in St. John's.

The health of cultured and wild marine animals, local dialects and languages and the challenges coastal communities face are just some of the areas of study that Memorial University's newest Canada Research Chairs will be exploring. At an announcement held at Université Laval, Québec, Maxime Bernier, minister of Industry and minister responsible for the Canada Research Chairs Program announced that Memorial University was awarded five new Tier 2 Chairs worth $2.5 million. The five new chairs are: Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee, Canada Research Chair in Natural Resource Sustainability and Community Development; Dr. Samuel Bentley, Canada Research Chair in Seabed Processes and Seabed Imaging; Dr. Gerard E. Van Herk, Canada Research Chair in Regional Language and Oral Text; Dr. Murray A. Rudd, Canada Research Chair in Ecological Economics at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College; and Dr. Matthew L. Rise, Canada Research Chair in Marine Biotechnology.

Two Grenfell College professors were honoured by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council. Profs. Michael Coyne and Ken Livingstone, co-founders of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College's Division of Fine Arts, were co-inducted to the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council's Hall of Honour in St. John's on Saturday, May 6. Prof. Livingstone, head of the fine arts division, and Prof. Coyne, a visual arts instructor, were responsible for the creation of Grenfell College's first degrees — fine arts programs in visual arts and theatre. The first class of fine arts students graduated in 1992.

Memorial University has chosen a new dean of Arts. Dr. Reeta Tremblay, formerly a political science professor at Concordia University in Montreal, was picked to lead the faculty at Memorial which has the largest complement of students enrolled. Her appointment is effective Aug. 15. Dr. Tremblay was born and raised in India. After completing her earlier education at the University of Kashmir and Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, she left for the United States, where she completed an MA and PhD in political science at the University of Chicago. She subsequently moved to Montreal with her family and began her career with Concordia in 1981.

A group of energetic and savvy students from Memorial University's Faculty of Business Administration won the top prize at a national competition in Toronto and the right to represent Canada at a prestigious international event in Paris, France, in September. ACE (Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship) Memorial, a student-run youth entrepreneurship organization, beat out 43 groups from other universities and colleges from across Canada to win the top prize at the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) National Exposition. That event was part of the ACE National Exposition where ACE teams prepared and delivered in-depth presentations on their educational outreach projects. The group captured the Frank Stronach Cup for most enterprising campus based on their in-depth presentation on their outreach projects.