President's Report 2007


  • Students taking Dr. Alex Marland's political science course on Canadian political problems got a chance to hear from a member of one of Canada's most famous political families when Justin Trudeau, son of the late Pierre Elliot Trudeau, attended their class on Oct. 11. Mr. Trudeau is the chair of the Youth Task Force of the Liberal Party of Canada, a committee established during the current leadership campaign. In this role, the former teacher is touring the country, talking with young people and encouraging student leadership, civic engagement, community volunteerism, and involvement with the political process.
  • Over 250 years of history and two years of intense effort to digitize a rich resource culminated in the launch of a new website Oct. 13. The Labrador Inuit Through Moravian Eyes documents the history of the Moravian presence in Coastal Labrador from 1752, when the first missionaries arrived. The creation of this website, which holds photographs, paintings, drawings, maps, video and thousands of pages of text, represents a collaboration between the libraries of the University of Toronto, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Université Laval, and received funding from the Canadian Culture Online program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Three prominent writers were honoured during Memorial University's fall convocation ceremonies at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre on Friday, Oct. 20. More than 500 students received degrees during the three sessions of convocation. Honorary degrees were awarded to Ingeborg Marshall, Anne Hart and Dr. Alison Feder. As well, two renowned researchers - Dr. Roy West and Dr. Kevin Keough - were awarded the designation professor emeritus.
  • Grenfell College, Memorial University's Corner Brook campus, officially launched its Bachelor of Arts in Tourism Studies in October. The launch event was held at Marble Mountain, during Grenfell College's two-day tourism, culture and festivals workshop.
  • Memorial University received favourable grades in the 2006 edition of the Globe and Mail's University Report Card. Grouped among Canada's medium-sized universities, Memorial received its highest grade, an A, in a number of categories including overall quality of education, overall university atmosphere, academic reputation, reputation of university among employers, and quality/availability of technology on campus just to name a few. A's were also given in areas such as personal safety/security, library services, and the ease of course registration process. The Globe and Mail report card also recognized Dr. TA Loeffler, a professor in Memorial's School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, in its Class Acts feature story. Dr. Loeffler has climbed Denali, North America's highest peak, and came close to conquering Asia's highest mountain, Mount Elbrus is Russia. She attempted the world's highest spot, Mount Everest, this spring but sickness forced her to turn back before the summit.