President's Report 2007


  • Soccer player Laura Breen and taekwondo expert Reg Lawrence participated in the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand, in August. Ms. Breen is completing a degree in political science and French, while Mr. Lawrence is a business student.
  • The new Department of Women's Studies announced the appointment of its first head, Dr. Katherine Side. When Dr. Side completed her doctorate at York University in 1997, she became the first Canadian to receive a freestanding PhD in women's studies - one that was not in combination with any other discipline. In 2004, Dr. Side was involved in developing a women's studies minor into a major at Brandon University in Manitoba, where she was serving as the Margaret Laurence Scholar in Residence in Gender and Women's Studies. She subsequently served as an associate professor at Mount Saint Vincent University. At Memorial, she takes the reins of a department poised to enhance its academic offerings. It currently offers an undergraduate minor program and a master's program; however, there are plans to develop a major program, to expand graduate-level studies, and to increase the number of students across the board.