President's Report 2007


  • Memorial paused for a moment of reflection during a special Ceremony of Remembrance on Friday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. in St. John's. University faculty, staff, students and alumni were encouraged to take part in the annual event held in the Reid Theatre of the Arts and Administration Building. Along with the traditional ceremony, this year's event included highlights from a documentary filmed in France during ceremonies marking the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The DVD, produced by Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT), is titled The Return of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment: The Battle of Beaumont-Hamel Remembered.
  • Memorial University honoured the efforts of its best educators, researchers and staff members at a special ceremony Nov. 22 at the Fluvarium in St. John's. Ten Memorial employees were honoured at the reception - three for outstanding research; two for distinguished teaching and five for exemplary service. Dr. David Behm was the recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Research, while Drs. Wieslaw Kubiak, Business, and Carole Peterson, Psychology, received the designation of University Research Professor. The President's Award for Distinguished Teaching went to Michael Bruce-Lockhart, Engineering, and Dr. Ursula Kelly, Education. The five staff members who received the President's Award for Exemplary Service were: Rose Barrett, Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT); Gary Green, Marine Institute; Shona Perry-Maidment, Office of Student Recruitment; Roxanne Rideout Scott; Student Affairs and Services; and Carol Tibbo, Business Administration.
  • Dr. Noreen Golfman, associate dean of Graduate Studies and professor of English at Memorial, assumed the presidency of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences in November. In her new role, she wants to help the research community focus on the impact of its work and on effectively disseminating its findings. The federation represents over 50,000 researchers, practitioners and graduate students.
  • A fifth-year Memorial University student completing a joint honours degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry is the latest Rhodes Scholar from Newfoundland and Labrador. Luke Pike, 22, who is from Grand Bank on the province's Burin Peninsula, was named Rhodes Scholar in November. He graduated from Memorial in May 2007 with his bachelor of science degree and will travel to the University of Oxford in England in October 2007 where he'll begin studies at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine and complete a graduate degree in medical oncology.