In Brief

(April 24, 1997, Gazette)

Stroll down the garden path -- via computer

The Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden recently launched its World Wide Web site -- you can find it at http://www. It's a beautiful place to visit, both physically and electronically. Those who drop by either the garden or its web site can tour the garden, find out about the booster group Friends of the Garden, locate information on gardening in the province and on environmental education at the Botanical Garden, view great garden photos, and much more. The Botanical Garden is a community resource centre dedicated to basic and applied research and education, with a particular focus on the flora of Newfoundland and Labrador. Christopher Collins, a student working at the Botanical Garden through the Memorial University Career Experience Program, designed this user-friendly and attractive site.

St. John's to be site of Gymnaestrada

The Physical Education Building gym on Memorial's St. John's campus will be home to the 1997 Cabot 500 International Gymnaestrada Extravaganza from May 24-25. Gymnastics Newfoundland and Labrador is hosting the event as part of the Cabot 500 anniversary celebrations in the province this year. The Gymnaestrada is a festival of gymnastics and other physical activities, including dance, aerobics, martial arts, acrobatics and precision drills for all ages. An activity of mass participation will take place to conclude the event. Gymnastic groups, both artistic and rhythmic, will participate -- there will be representatives from the Dorset, Bristol and Poole areas of England; the northeastern United States; and all Canadian provinces and territories. Local clubs and other active groups have also been invited. Opening ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 24, at 9 a.m. For details, call Pat Jenkins, 576-0146.

New on the Net!

The Evening Telegram -- You'll find more than just the headlines here. Connect directly (, or find this site through Memorial University's home page by clicking on "News: Local."

World Wildlife Fund Canada -- This is a good source for information on: species at risk in Canada, conservation issues, campaigns to save species and spaces, and legislation. The site (http://www. also provides links to relevant federal and provincial government departments.

War, Peace, and Security Guide -- A guide to military science and contemporary international military issues. Find information on the armed forces of the world, international organizations, contemporary conflicts, disarmament, military biography, and military history. This site is provided by the Information Resource Centre of the Canadian Forces College, Department of National Defence. You'll find it at

Questions about accessing these items? Contact Barbara McDonald, Information Services, Queen Elizabeth II Library, 737-7427.

Students seeking charities

Involved in a worthy cause? The medical school is accepting applications for funding from the annual Monte Carlo Fundraising Night, to be held in the fall. The fundraiser has in the past provided support of between $2,000 and $10,000 (average $4,000) to registered Newfoundland charities. Although all applications will be reviewed, preference is given to those organizations that demonstrate financial need. Deadline for applying is May 2, but fairly detailed applications are needed. For more information, contact the Monte Carlo Charity Committee, Office of Student Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, Health Sciences Centre, St. John's, Nfld., A1B 3V6. Fax requests to 737-5029 or phone 737-6690.

Board to meet every second month

As per its agreement to meet every second month during this academic year, the next meeting of the Board of Regents is scheduled for Thursday, May 8, and will be held in Corner Brook.

Interested in the Going Global program?

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) has launched the 1997-98 competition of the Going Global program. Going Global offers grants up to $5,000 in the field of science/technology to cover travel costs (international airfare, accommodation, surface transportation and meals) for Canadian university professors and researchers going to Europe, or for their counterparts travelling to Canada. For more information, contact Colleen Clarke, International Programs, 737-4053.