President's Report 2007

MARCH 2007

  • The Memorial women's basketball team had a spring like no other in its history this year. The team won the Atlantic women's championship, hosted the national championship tournament for the first time, and finished the season with its first national medal before a jam-packed crowd in the Field House on the St. John's campus. The Women's Sea-Hawks proudly took bronze at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Women's Basketball Championships with a 75-60 victory over one of its closest rivals, the Dalhousie Tigers.
  • A Memorial University alumnus and Newfoundland and Labrador business executive was named the new chair of Memorial University's Board of Regents. Gilbert Dalton assumed the position March 13. Mr. Dalton is a graduate of Memorial University and Queen's University Executive Program. He worked with Ernst and Young in Toronto and Vancouver in a variety of accounting positions and in 1977, became a partner with Ernst and Young in St. John's. In 1986, Mr. Dalton assumed the role of executive vice-president and chief financial officer for Baine Johnston Group of Companies, a position he maintains today.
  • Dr. Ross Klein testified before the U.S. Congress in March. An expert on the cruise ship industry, Dr. Klein appeared before the Congressional Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation which is looking into crimes against Americans on cruise ships. The hearing was an effort to examine crime on cruise ships and whether federal agencies in the U.S. are able to regulate and prosecute such crimes. The professor in the School of Social Work focussed his comments largely on the issue of sexual assaults. He told the committee that the rates of sex crimes onboard cruise ships are much higher than rates onshore. He said that the cruise industry has a problem and "they appear either unwilling or unable to deal with it."
  • Memorial University presented honorary degrees to nine outstanding Canadians during spring convocation. The honourees at spring convocation were Chris Brookes, documentary radio broadcaster, who was honoured during convocation at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College; Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire, soldier and humanitarian; writer Wayne Johnston; Moyra Buchan, advocate for people with mental illnesses; Dr. Jack Clark, longtime director of C-CORE; Barbara Hopkins, founding president of the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador; Miller Ayre, businessman and publisher of the Telegram; Bruce Cockburn, singer, songwriter and humanitarian; and Hayley Wickenheiser, captain of the Canadian national women's hockey team. Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook held its convocation ceremonies on May 11. In St. John's, convocation took place at the Arts and Culture Centre May 23-25.
  • Newfoundland neighbourliness meets the philosophical examination of communications, language and altruism in this year's Rothermere Fellowship winner, Raymond Critch. The prestigious fellowship will allow Mr. Critch, who is currently finishing his Master's in Philosophy at Memorial University of Newfoundland, to pursue doctoral studies at a university in the United Kingdom. Mr. Critch is interested in the question of whether people are more altruistic towards others than has generally been assumed in modern political philosophy. He believes the simple fact that people communicate can be argued to be proof of this.