Memorial University's fall convocation took place Oct. 21 at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre. About 700 graduate and undergraduate degrees were awarded during three sessions. As well, Inco chairman and CEO Scott Hand and Labrador community activist Elizabeth Penashue received honorary doctor of laws degrees. Several professors were honoured with the designation professor emeritus: Dr. Derek Burton, Biology; Dr. Philip Gardner, English Language and Literature; Dr. Richard Haedrich, Biology; and Dr. Joseph Hodych, Earth Sciences.
Memorial's own Dr. James Barnes is this year's recipient of the Alumni Association's highest honour, the Lifetime Achievement Award. Three other recipients of alumni awards are renowned musician Dr. Thomas Yee, the Horizon Award for achievement under age 35 years; educator and volunteer Calvin Butt, the J. D. Eaton Award for outstanding volunteer service to Memorial University; and community leader and educator Donald Crewe of Channel-Port aux Basques, the Outstanding Community Service Award.
From a truck pull to a kitchen party to random acts of music, the Celebrate Memorial event ran the gamut of activities and Dr. Lilly Walker, dean of Student Affairs and Services and co-chair of the organizing committee, couldn't be happier. This year Celebrate Memorial has taken on the theme I love MUNdays on the St. John's campus and I Fell for Grenfell in Corner Brook. "These events acknowledge and salute all the great things happening at this university," Dr. Walker said with a wide smile. "It's a celebration of our students, staff and faculty and includes interesting events for the community." Celebrate Memorial had a special twist this year as Sir Wilfred Grenfell College prepared to celebrate its 30th birthday.
Memorial University biology major Jessica Bossť spent a year studying south of the border at a leading liberal arts college after winning the prestigious Killam Fellowship Award. She is the fourth Memorial student to receive this award in recent years and the third to select Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. The fellowship program provides students from select universities in Canada and the United States with an opportunity to attend university in the other country for one semester or one year of their undergraduate career.