President's Report 2007

Community Life Highlights

  • Over 250 years of history and two years of intense work culminated in the launch of a new website last fall. The Labrador Inuit Through Moravian Eyes documents the history of the Moravian presence in Coastal Labrador from 1752, when the first missionaries arrived. The libraries of the University of Toronto, Memorial University of Newfoundland and University Laval collaborated on the website, and received funding from the Canadian Culture Online program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • The Atlantic Canada Fishery By-Products Research Centre at the Marine Institute was officially opened last December. The Research Centre investigates opportunities and constraints to using by-products in both the fishing and aquaculture industries.
  • For the second year in a row, Memorial's cheerleading squad claimed top spot in Canada at the 2006 PCA University and Open National Cheerleading Championships last December. The women competed in the All-Girl Collegiate division and finished in first place with 657.5 points ahead of McGill, Brock and the University of Alberta.
  • Three undergraduate business students captured top prize at the University of New Brunswick's (UNB) CIBC Business Plan Competition in Fredericton, New Brunswick last December. Jennifer Button, Katie Saunders and Heather Leaman, students in their final year of commerce, created a business plan for a soccer league for children with autism.
  • After a gruelling trek up South America's highest peak, Dr. TA Loeffler, a professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, made it to the top reached the top of Mount Aconcagua in December 2006. It was a personal triumph for Dr. Loeffler, who has taught at Memorial since 1995.
  • Memorial University alumnus and Newfoundland and Labrador business executive Gilbert Dalton was named the new chair of Memorial University's Board of Regents last winter. A graduate of Memorial University and Queen's University Executive Program, Mr. Dalton is executive vice-president and chief financial officer for Baine Johnston Group of Companies.
  • Dr. Ross Klein, a professor in Memorial's School of Social Work, testified before the U.S. Congress last March at a hearing investigating crimes against Americans on cruise ships. An expert on the cruise ship industry, Dr. Klein commented largely on the issue of sexual assaults and told the committee that the rates of sex crimes onboard cruise ships are much higher than rates onshore.
  • For the third consecutive year, Atlantic Business magazine named Memorial president Dr. Axel Meisen one of the top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada. The award was presented to Dr. Meisen during the magazine's ninth annual Top 50 CEO Award ceremonies in Halifax last May.