Student Affairs and Services
Centre for Career Development and Experiential Learning
Career Planning Centre
The Career Planning Centre is a drop-in area where students may come informally without appointment to peruse various kinds of career and educational information.
Information available in the centre can broaden the student's
awareness of career alternatives and can provide detailed
information. Other information includes: general career
planning materials; job hunting, resumé writing, and
interviewing materials; descriptions of qualifications needed and
requirements for various careers; information on different programs of study available in Canada, the United States, and Commonwealth countries; and a complete collection of Canadian university and college calendars.
Career information assistants are available at all times to help students locate appropriate materials. If you need more in-depth career counselling, you can make an appointment with a counsellor at the Counselling Centre office, Smallwood Centre, Room 5000.
Centre for Career Development
The Centre for Career Development (CCD) is the university resource for assisting students with all their part-time, summer and permanent employment needs. The CCD provides guidance in job search methods, career development and employment transition. Employment opportunities at the local, provincial, national and international levels are posted on their website through Workopolis Campus. The CCD offers guidance in the areas of resumé writing, networking, career portfolios, interview skills, and much more. The CCD co-ordinates graduate recruitment activities for local, national and international employers visiting campus, and facilitates on-campus employment through co-ordination of a part-time career development program entitled MUCEP, which provides over 1,500 employment opportunities for students in over 50 campus departments each year. The Memorial component of the Student Work and Service Program (SWASP) is also administered through the CCD, as are a number of services directed to students in the Faculties of Arts and Science.
Co-operative Education Services Centre (CESC)
The Co-operative Education Services Centre (CESC) is responsible for providing a range of services common to all co-operative education programs at Memorial. This includes developing and maintaining business and government participation in the co-op programs, assisting the job placement process for more than 500 students per semester, and encouraging the development of professional and scholarly skills pertinent to co-operative education.
Most services are free of charge to students and appointments can be made in person, by telephone, e-mail, or by visiting the website.
The primary function of the Counselling Centre is to help students release, develop or direct their personal capabilities. Through individualized personal counselling and a wide range of group programs, professional faculty at the centre - with the assistance of supervised interns and practicum students from the various counsellor-training programs on campus - help students to develop their own unique resources.
Learning Enhancement Programs
The centre offers a number of short courses and structured workshops in which students learn to apply general strategies for handling university-level work more effectively. Specifically, these programs provide training in organizational techniques to comprehend study materials and, later, to recall the materials for essays, class presentation and tests. Programs routinely offered include Speed Reading and Comprehension, Organizing Ideas for Term Papers and Essays, Oral Communication, Time Management, and Test Anxiety.
Individual and Group Counselling
In addition to individualized personal counselling, the centre offers specialized group and training programs. For example, the intellectual and personal growth of many students is blocked by such phenomena as fear of tests, fear of asserting oneself and other debilitating concerns. Such difficulties may be dealt with on an individual or a group basis depending on the student’s wishes.
A psycho-educational assessment program is offered on a fee-for-service basis for students seeking academic accommodations.
Smallwood Centre, Room UC-5001
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Anglican/United: (709) 737-4376
Pentecostal: (709) 737-4374
Roman Catholic: (709) 737-8589
Salvation Army: (709) 737-4375
Chapel: (709) 737-4373
Fax: (709) 737-3011
The Campus Ministries comprises chaplains representing the
Anglican/United, Salvation Army, Pentecostal and Roman Catholic
denominations who provide resources, guidance and support for
members of the university community. The chaplaincy also
seeks to bring a faith dimension to contemporary issues such as
peace, justice, technology and science. The chaplains offer
pastoral counselling as well as joint programs including weekly workshops, discussion groups, social activities and worship opportunities. Schedules of events are available from the chaplains or from the website.
Glenn Roy Blundon Centre
Smallwood Centre, Room UC-4007
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (evenings and weekends as required)
Telephone: (709) 737-2156: Voice and TTY
Fax: (709) 737-3011
The office for students with disabilities at Memorial is dedicated to the memory of student Glenn Roy Blundon. The Blundon Centre, as it is known, co-ordinates on-campus services and activities for students who have disabilities (or short-term illnesses or injuries) associated with learning, vision, hearing, mobility, chronic illnesses and psychiatric conditions.
- Academic accommodations for tests, exams and assignments written under alternative conditions.
- Current medical and/or psycho-educational documentation is required.
- Adaptive equipment and software (e.g., optic scanner, closed
circuit television, voice
- Disability awareness workshops and activities In-servicing of faculty, staff and students
- Orientation of new students
- Outreach to the university and the community
- TTY and a telephone with amplification
- Telecaption 4000 closed captioning decoder (through the Centre for
- Audio-Visual Education,
- Note-taking assistance (NCR copy paper)
- Resource library
- Volunteer Reader Program (through the Student Volunteer Bureau,
- Learning strategies/seminars including time management and
study skills (through the university Counselling Centre,
- Keys to the wheelchair elevators, lifts and automatic
- Monitoring on-campus physical accessibility
- Campus physical accessibility tours
Smallwood Centre, Room UC-5002A
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Telephone: (709) 737-2659
Fax: (709) 737-3011
Wellness Education offers health promotion programs and materials designed to promote the understanding of high-risk behaviours and disease-related factors; it is also a strong advocate for healthy living. Wellness Education hosts student volunteers through its peer helper program, which promotes wellness on campus. The peer helpers function as para-professionals, providing information on health-related issues.
Wellness Education operates mainly as an outreach education unit, co-ordinating wellness seminars such as Healthy Eating and Relaxation and Stress Management for students, staff and faculty.
Student Success Programs
This office includes:
- Lockers and Campus Card program
- Orientation and transition programs
- Distribution of Canada and Newfoundland student loans, Canada study grants and Millennium scholarships
- Leadership development programs
- Scholarship information
- Emergency student loans
Orientation is one of the biggest events held at Memorial each year. It is a two-day event for all new students. The purpose of Orientation is to help you with your academic and social adjustment to university life. There are several informative, interactive and high energy events designed to help students get to know each other and the campus. The first couple of days on campus are crucial to an easy transition into university life. Come to Orientation and make the most of what we have to offer.
Memorial offers sessions to parents and guardians of new students to inform them of the more common issues facing new students and to enable them to be a more informed support. This session is usually offered during times that are most convenient for parents, be it during the day time, evening or both. Each session has a mini-campus tour plus a variety of speakers such as university administrators, student government representatives, parents of past students who have already been through this experience, and student speakers who describe the first-year experience.
International Student Advising Office
The International Student Advising office is pleased to provide programs and services to international students. New international students receive the International Survival Guide, which highlights essential information for adjusting to our culture, and also explains the services we provide such as international health insurance, immigration advice, housing tips, and much more. We also maintain a list-serv to keep international students informed of social events (the International Film Club and Friday afternoon “coffee breaks”, for example) as well as updates to immigration policy and other important information. If you would like to join the list-serv, please send us an e-mail and we will sign you up. Please feel free to drop by our office anytime - whether you need assistance, or just come to say hello - we are always happy to see you. Happy studying!
Native Liaison Office
Smallwood Centre, Rooms UC-4003, 4005
Telephone: (709) 737-3495
Fax: (709) 737-7601
The Native Liaison Office is an education counselling service for aboriginal students attending post-secondary institutions in the St. John’s area. The office is affiliated with, and is a member of, the team of Student Affairs and Services professionals at Memorial University.
The primary function of the office is to provide education counselling to students pertinent to their education programs and plans. The native liaison officer is entrusted to counsel and advise students on matters relating to: admission requirements to specific institutions; adaptation to an academic and urban environment; and educational information that may enhance the educational progress of current and prospective aboriginal students.
Scholarships and Awards Office
Smallwood Centre, Room UC-4018
Telephone: (709) 737-3956
Fax: (709) 737-8615
For further information on scholarships and awards, please refer to the index section of this Guide.
Housing, Food and Conference Services
Paton College offers accommodations on campus for first year
students at Memorial University's St. John's campus. The 10
residences are just minutes away from most campus facilities
including classrooms, the library, and the recreational
centre. There is even an underground tunnel system for
the weather turns foul. All the conveniences of living in Paton College mean not having to worry about the light bill, rent or the grocery costs associated with apartment living. The Paton College residence fees include an "All You Care to Eat" meal plan and wireless high-speed internet service throughout the entire college. The Residence Life office provides numerous programs and supports, including free tutoring, a host of academically related information sessions, and plenty of leadership opportunities. Paton College also sponsors recreational and social activities to ensure a healthy balance to each day and night.
Try Paton College and you will find that it is more than just a place to stay - it's a home away from home and the friendships you make here will last a lifetime. Be sure to apply early as assignments are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Application forms for Paton College are available from the
Housing, Food and Conference Services
9-309 Hatcher House
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
Student Health Service
Smallwood Centre, Room UC-4023
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fax: (709) 737-2087
The Student Health Service operates a medical clinic on the St. John's campus. The doctors and nurses have many years of experience in providing comprehensive health care to students. If you have a significant illness or disability, please bring a copy of your medical records with you when you come to the St. John's campus.
Smallwood Centre, Room UC-2006
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Telephone: (709) 737-7440
Fax: (709) 737-2405
This includes sale of:
- new and used texts
- manuals, stationary and supplies
- trade and reference books
- university crested clothing and backpacks
- greeting cards and other items