News Archive


2017


October

Fortis Inc. pays tribute to Dr. Angus Bruneau through continued support of teaching technology and modern learning facilities at Memorial

Today Memorial announced a generous $200,000 donation from Fortis Inc. used to modernize the primary lecture theatre in the Engineering building on Memorial University’s St. John’s campus.

Growing up Muslim in N.L.

Q&A with alumnus Aatif Baskanderi

Rural Newfoundland and Labrador is not normally known for its diversity.

However, one man who grew up as a Muslim in Clarenville, N.L., credits the community for a fantastic, inclusive childhood that helped him become the successful innovator he is today.

 

August

Memorial champion

Q&A with Tribute Award recipient Gary Follett

Gary Follett, B.Eng.’75, believes that there is no such thing as a free lunch.

His philosophy is Memorial’s gain as he has given both time and resources back to the university for more than four decades.

 

Community builder

Q&A with Tribute Award recipient Darlene Spracklin-Reid

When disaster strikes, Darlene Spracklin-Reid brings together a community to rebuild, all while giving students hands-on learning experience and inspiring the next generation of volunteers.

July

Amazing alumni

Technology trailblazer. Memorial champion. Opera star. Community builder.

Memorial University is proud to announce the recipients of its 36th annual Alumni Tribute Awards, recognizing alumni who have achieved distinction in their chosen fields, are committed to their alma mater, and made outstanding contributions to their communities.

The 2017 recipients are Catherine Courage, B.Sc.(Hons.)’97, Gary Follett, B.Eng.’75, Dr. David Kelleher-Flight, B.Mus.’04 and Darlene Spracklin-Reid, B.Eng.’95, B.Ed.’04.

HSS Alumnus of the Month - David Cochrane

David Cochrane is a senior reporter with the CBC’s Parliamentary Bureau in Ottawa. Before relocating to Ottawa he spent nearly 20 years in St. John’s as the CBC’s Provincial Affairs reporter. David graduated from Memorial University in 1997 with a double major in English and history. He was the news editor of The Muse from 1995-1997.

June

Results are in

The 2017 Board of Regents alumni election results are in.

Memorial’s Offices of Alumni Affairs and Development have confirmed the successful candidates for the six elected alumni positions on the board, and they include two continuing representatives, three new and one returning. They will begin their three-year term on Sept. 1, 2017.

February

The tool library: Engineering alumnus opening community tool-lending service

The son of a construction entrepreneur, Ian Froude, B.Eng.’10, has a natural inclination towards big ideas and hard work.

Come From Away: A Q&A with alumnus Romano Di Nillo

From Newfoundland and Labrador to New York.

Romano Di Nillo, B.Mus.’96, is the perfect fit for Come From Away. A School of Music graduate, Mr. Di Nillo has played for millions of people across North America during a career that’s taken him from St. John’s to Broadway.

January

A reason to smile

Memorial alum, Dr. Christopher Patey (BSc (Hon) MD CCFP FCFP) has a lot on his plate. Aside from a busy family life with three young kids, Dr. Patey is the site clinical chief of Emergency in the Carbonear Emergency Department, a part time rural family physician at the Baccalieu Trail Clinic, and a selectives coordinator and clinicial assistant professor with the Disciplines of Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine. But he still found time to give.


2016


November

This is my story...Jessica, BA '16

Thanks to you, I see amazing possibilities before me. 

Your decision to support Memorial will change lives. It has definitely changed mine. I know that by studying and working hard, my success is also your success.

The Giving Tree

For the second year, Memorial University is participating in GivingTuesday, a day of giving celebrated around the world. GivingTuesday takes place on Nov. 29 this year and encourages people to support causes they care about by giving a charitable donation or offering their time as a volunteer.

 

Taking Action

Carl Mercer, BA’05, may have grown up in a small town, but his ambition and interest in human rights issues have taken him around the world.

Mr. Mercer came to Memorial with his sights set on becoming a lawyer, but one course in the Department of Political Science changed the trajectory of his career. Now living in New York City, he works with the United Nations supporting communications in the areas of climate change and disaster risk reduction. 

 

October

Goooaaaalll!

Soccer star alum Trent McClellan scores big with comedy show

Aerospace entrepreneur

Mark Dobbin grew up surrounded by business.

During a career spanning three decades, he has played an integral role in stimulating the economic, cultural and social prosperity of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Memorial ambassador

Karl Smith is trying to give Memorial University as much as it has given him – and he’s doing a fantastic job.

He’s had a lifelong volunteer relationship with Memorial. Included among numerous examples are Mr. Smith’s contributions as a member of the Faculty of Business Advisory Board for over a decade as well as his work as a member of the Advisory Board’s Resource Committee. In addition, he was instrumental in the growth of Memorial’s Calgary Affinity Newfoundland and Labrador Dinner. 

 

September

International humanitarian

Helping others isn’t just his career – it’s his calling.

From a young age, Christopher Nolan, BN’08, MN’14,  has felt compelled to give back to his community. Whether it was volunteering at the senior citizens’ home or the local food bank, that work has always been a part of his life. Now a registered nurse employed by the Government of Nunavut, he is the supervisor of a health centre in Hall Beach, a small fly-in community in one of the most remote places in Canada’s Arctic.

 

Artistic genius

Immortalized in bronze. In his business, Morgan MacDonald, BBA’04, doesn’t have the luxury of do-overs. The bronze sculptor is this year’s recipient of the Alumni Horizon Award for exceptional achievement by a Memorial graduate under the age of 35.  

 

Paying tribute

Aerospace entrepreneur. Memorial ambassador. Artistic genius. International humanitarian.

Memorial University has announced the recipients of its 35th annual Alumni Tribute Awards, recognizing four outstanding alumni for their career achievements as well as contributions to their communities and alma mater

 

May

Spring convocation at Memorial University

Some 2,500 degrees will be awarded to graduating Memorial University students during nine sessions of convocation at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre May 31-June 3.

A complete list of degree recipients can be found here.

Creating a Bright Future

Betty Simms pauses to consider the question.

“Thoughtful,” she responded. “And dedicated.”

She is talking about her late husband, Gary W. Rowe, and her words capture perfectly his approach to life – and the enduring legacy he leaves behind. 

 

April

Teaching children the path from the field to the fork key to better health

A PhD student from the Faculty of Medicine says there needs to be a culture shift in how we understand school food. Emily Doyle is examining the school food system in Newfoundland and Labrador thanks to a $40,000 research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

 

February

Physics scholarship and public lecture named for Reddy family

The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography is now home to a new annual lecture and undergraduate scholarship.

 

Indigena founder taking natural skincare business to next level

Lisa Walsh, BA’93, B.Ed.’93, is an entrepreneur, chief formulator, educator, N.L. crusader, beauty expert and alumna. Indigena, the skincare company she started in 2009, is a consequence of that diverse experience and talent.


2015


December

Newest Luminus magazine takes you around the world

Grab your passport and head around the world with the latest issue of Luminus, Memorial’s alumni magazine.
 
This issue focuses broadly on the theme of internationalization, an area of strategic importance to Memorial.

Let Me Tell You My Story ... Leanne, Class of '16

I wouldn’t be here at Memorial without your generosity. You make a huge difference in the lives of students like me and I can’t thank you enough for your incredible support!

Alumna expands leadership skills

Transformational. That’s how an employee with the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development sums up her experience as a delegate of the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference in the wilderness of the Yukon.

November

Oh yeah! Ottawa Affinity with Allan Hawco a resounding success

It was a sold-out event as almost 300 alumni and friends gathered for Memorial’s 15th Annual Ottawa Affinity Newfoundland and Labrador Dinner on Nov. 26.

Alumnus aims to have an impact on patients and doctors-in-training

As a kid growing up in St. John’s, N.L., Dr. Doug Angel always knew he wanted to be a doctor. Now, the Memorial alumnus — who recently set up practice in the capital city — hopes to have a positive impact on young physicians-in-training.

National long service achievement for business alumna

The top municipal administrator of Canada’s sixth largest city received a big honour when it comes to her line of work.

Frontiers of science: Major coup for HKR alumnus

This fall, a Memorial alumnus was one of only four gradate students in Canada chosen to compete for the graduate award competition at the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology conference, in Hamilton, Ont.

Alumna named Miss N.L. set to inspire others

Alumna Melanie Barnes is savouring the glory of being named Miss Newfoundland and Labrador, a role she hopes will bolster the profile of several volunteer groups and inspire young women to focus on educational goals. 

Q&A with alumnus Dr. Jay Kalra

Recognized in his adopted hometown of Saskatoon as a community builder, social advocate and cultural ambassador Dr. Jawahar (Jay) Kalra, M.Sc.’72, PhD’76, B.Med.Sci.’79, MD’81, can add a new honour to his list of achievements: Outstanding Community Service Award recipient.

Memorial employees make an impact with United Way

In 2015 Memorial University employees contributed almost $30,000 through the annual payroll deduction campaign to support the United Way of Newfoundland and Labrador.

October

Hockey champs return to campus for 50-year anniversary

Memorial University’s senior Beothuks hockey team is battling the defending champion Guards for the Boyle Trophy in Game 7 of the city championship. You can feel the stands at Memorial Stadium shaking under your feet. That was April 6, 1965.

Special alumni honoured with commemorative golden pins

A ferry ride and a more than 450 kilometres drive didn’t stop Roy Dwyer from proudly coming back to Memorial for a special ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Q&A with Tribute Award Recipient Dr. Rex Gibbons

Dr. Rex Gibbons, B.Sc.’67, BA(Ed.)’67, M.Sc.’69, is this year’s recipient of the J.D. Eaton Alumni Award for outstanding volunteer contributions to Memorial.

The finest of nights: Alumni and friends celebrate Memorial

Alumni and friends in Halifax and Toronto celebrated their Memorial and East Coast roots during recent events. 

Rocking the house: George Street concert among MUNdays highlights

One of the most versatile bands in St. John’s is headlining this year’s Super TSC Night concert, one of the many events and activities taking place during MUNdays, Memorial’s annual spirit week.

September

Time master: Alumnus juggles family, career and master's degree

The key to juggling a full-time job, raising a young family and completing a hectic research schedule as part of intense graduate studies is all about striking the right balance, says master’s student -- and alumnus -- Eric Watton.

Graduate student rediscovers history

Two 18th-century cannons precariously perched along the rugged cliffs of Ferryland are just some of the historic gems a Memorial alumnus has rediscovered as part of fieldwork research for his master’s degree.

Alumnus has 'app'-etite for used textbook business

Alumnus Brandon Baird has done something most budding entrepreneurs can only imagine — and he credits his Memorial education with making his dream a reality.

August

Fabulous four to be honoured

Four exceptional alumni will be honoured for their countless impacts on communities around the globe, individual accomplishments and dedication to their alma mater during a special event on Oct. 19. Tickets are on sale now.

Q&A with alumna Gemma Hickey

It was a journey full of purpose and meaning. Along the way, Faculty of Arts alumna Gemma Hickey, BA’03, witnessed the power of engagement — connecting with people, stopping to listen to their stories and sharing in their emotions. Ms. Hickey just completed her Hope Walk, a more than 900 kilometre, gruelling month-long trek from Port aux Basques to St. John’s.

Alumnus recognized for exemplary nursing

Using his shirt tail, nursing alumnus Stephen Keough gives a trophy he recently accepted from the province’s largest health-care provider a quick polish.

Alumna to be honoured with lifetime achievement award

At first she thought she was being duped but when the news sunk in, her disbelief quickly turned to delight. That’s how Faculty of Arts alumna – and Memorial honorary degree recipient – Dr. Anita Best summed up her reaction to learning she is this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society.

July

Farming a future: Alumna's roots run deep

It’s a little after seven in the morning and alumna Susan Lester greets me at her family-run farm in the west end of St. John’s.

Alumni Spotlight: Bill Hogan

Catching up with alumnus Bill Hogan, B.Ed.’75, is like listening to a verse of the classic Hank Snow song I’ve Been Everywhere. For the past 30 years, Mr. Hogan has been a respected swimming official and volunteer at home and around the world, including this year's Pan Am Games.

Memorial alumni establish feminist art show

When you don’t know all the rules, breaking them is a lot easier. That’s the approach Zaren Healey White and a dedicated group of volunteers took when planning Feminisms (Re)Framed, an art show that took place at Gallery 24 in St. John’s from July 18-19.

 

Memorial alumni establish feminist art show

When you don’t know all the rules, breaking them is a lot easier.

That’s the approach Zaren Healey White and a dedicated group of volunteers took when planning Feminisms (Re)Framed, an art show happening at Gallery 24 in St. John’s from July 18-19.

June

Alumi Spotlight: Frank Gogos

Frank Gogos (BA’94) has followed the path of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. His new book is a guide for everyone to take that journey.

Seven decades of student support

After 70 years of supporting female students at home and abroad, a local advocacy group is showing no signs of slowing down. The St. John’s Club of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) is marking its 70th and most significant donation to Memorial – all to foster student success.

Latest Rothermere Fellow announced

It only took alumnus Sean Fleming about two seconds to rip open an envelope containing a letter naming him 2015’s Rothermere Fellow. That was on May 21. The news, he says, is still sinking in.

 

Alumna named Trudeau scholar

For Erin Aylward, it’s a “game changer.” That’s the Faculty of Arts alumna’s reaction to being named a newly minted Trudeau Foundation ScholarMs. Aylward is one of 16 new scholars named by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation on June 9.

 

Transformative gift for medical students

Joseph Otto hopes to eventually pay it forward and help make university a little easier for future Memorial students. The first-year medical student knows first hand how a planned gift can transform a student’s life, turning – what could be for some – the impossible to possible.

Alumnus set to unravel mystery

Alumnus Jeremy Reynolds is looking for help in solving a mystery that may have possible connections to Memorial.

New scholarship set to 'empower' students

A new endowed scholarship at Memorial honours a well-respected business leader in the community. Fortis Inc. has established the scholarship in recognition of H. Stanley Marshall and his significant contribution to the success of the corporation.

 

Legacy of leadership

Alexander (Sandy) and Blanche Colbourne believed in the power of education. That passion is now being realized through the Colbourne Family Scholarship, a generous gift from the estate of the late couple.

 

March

A legacy for science students

Although he never met Dr. Hugh Anderson, science student Brandon Eastman says he is grateful for the legacy the late professor emeritus left at Memorial as part of a bequest totalling more than $1 million.


2014


December

Parade Street alumni pay it forward

Emily MacIsaac has a lot to be grateful for. The commerce honours student, originally from Stephenville, N.L., has only a few months left before finishing up her degree and has already landed a job after graduation next May. She’s also thankful for the support of a core group of alumni who financially give back to Memorial to help students like her succeed. 

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