President's Report 2007

Renovations improve popular Memorial facilities

D. F. Cook Recital Hall

Last year saw renovations to important and well-used Memorial facilities in the School of Music and the S. J. Carew Building, home to Memorialís faculty of Engineering.

The D. F. Cook Recital Hall, one of Memorialís most popular performance venues, received $450,000 in renovations - everything from new seats, carpet, lighting and sound system and stage floor.

The venue, which has been in constant use since opening in 1985, needed a face lift, said Dr. Tom Gordon, director of the School of Music.

Funding to carry out the renovations came from the federal department of Canadian Heritage, through its Cultural Spaces Program, Memorial and Friends of the School.

The heart of the Carew Building, its 213-seat engineering lecture theatre, was given a facelift thanks to a $100,000 donation from Fortis Inc. of St. Johnís. Improvements include new seating, carpeting, lighting and state-of-the art teaching technology with two new projectors and a 24-foot screen.

The theatre was renamed the Angus Bruneau Engineering Lecture Theatre, after the first dean of Engineering who served as faculty head from 1968 until 1974. Dr. Bruneau is a former CEO of Fortis and retired last May after 18 years as chair of Fortisí board of directors.