President's Report 2007

JUNE 2007

  • Dr. Ronald Rompkey, who teaches in the English Department, was awarded the Ordre National du Mérite. This Order of Chivalry is awarded by the president of the French Republic to French nationals for distinguished civil and military achievements, and to foreigners for service to France and the Francophonie. The honour recognizes Dr. Rompkey's contribution to the francophone community of Newfoundland and Labrador - work that has significantly raised the profile of that small but important group.
  • Dr. Ronald Rompkey was presented with the Ordre National du Mérite by Canada's Ambassador of France, Monsieur Daniel Jouanneau, at a special ceremony held in the GeoCentre on June 30.
  • Memorial's Women's Studies multi-disciplinary program became a full-fledged department within the Faculty of Arts, after receiving approval from the University Senate and the Board of Regents. According to Dean of Arts Dr. Reeta Tremblay, the change in status reflects the growing stature of the discipline: "Since its inception at Memorial, the Women's Studies program has had significant impact on women in Newfoundland and Labrador and has acquired a national reputation. With its newfound autonomy and departmental status, it aspires to continue to evolve and to further connect with the community, both within and outside the university." Women's Studies is now poised to enhance its academic offerings. In addition to revitalizing its master's program, it plans to establish an undergraduate major.
  • Economist Dr. Wade Locke, in collaboration with Dr. Paul Hobson from Acadia University, undertook a complex assessment of budget implications and co-authored a commentary called "Assessing the Equalization Options of Budget 2007 for the Atlantic Provinces" for APEC. The report compared the level of resources that would flow from the federal government to the provinces under the current equalization scheme, and under the new program announced in the federal budget. The report found that all the provinces would benefit for the first two years, but then the changes would be detrimental. On June 20, Drs. Locke and Hobson appeared in front of the Senate Finance Committee in Ottawa to discuss their findings on how changes to equalization will impact the Atlantic
  • Two Memorial University authors took home 2007 Newfoundland and Labrador Book AwardS. Dr. Gerhard P. Bassler, professor emeritus of history, won the Roger's Cable Non-fiction Award for Vikings to U-Boats: The German Experience in Newfoundland and Labrador. Dr. Peter Hart, Canada Research Chair in Irish Studies, and Dr. Frederick White, German and Russian, were finalists in that category.
  • QE II Librarian Patrick Warner received the E. J. Pratt Poetry Award for There, there,. English professor Mary Dalton was also a finalist for the Pratt award.
  • The Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards are administered by the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador under the patronage of Edward Roberts, Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.