President's Report 2007

DECEMBER 2006

  • Memorial University hosted the National Aboriginal student services Associations annual fall meeting at its St. John's campus Dec. 7-8. The association advocates for aboriginal students attending post-secondary institutions. The event was being hosted by Memorial Faculty of Education.
  • An official opening was held Dec. 1 to celebrate the Atlantic Canada Fishery By-Products Research Centre at the Marine Institute. The Research Centre addresses key opportunities and constraints to using by-products in both the fishing and aquaculture industries.
  • The Memorial University cheerleading squad claimed the top spot in Canada for the second year in a row at the 2006 Power Cheerleading Athletics (PCA) University and Open National Cheerleading Championships Dec. 2. At the Powerade Centre in Brampton, Ontario, the women competed in the All-Girl Collegiate division finishing in first place with 657.5 points ahead of McGill, Brock and the University of Alberta.
  • Three undergraduate business students captured top prize at UNB's CIBC Business Plan Competition in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in December. Jennifer Button, Katie Saunders and Heather Leaman, all students in their final year of the commerce program, created a business plan for a soccer league for children with autism as a project in their new venture creation class. Their professor, Wayne King, was so impressed that he encouraged the students to enter the competition at UNB.
  • 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 in December. It was a personal triumph for Dr. Loeffler, who has taught at Memorial since 1995. Armed with lots of determination - and a unique training regime she developed last fall with Dr. Fabien Basset, an exercise physiologist at Memorial - Dr. Loeffler reached the top of Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere, on Dec. 28, 2006.