Notable


(June 19, 1997, Gazette)

Scott Betts is the new head coach of the Sea-Hawks men's soccer program. Mr. Betts brings more than 11 years of coaching experience to Memorial's program. He has spent the past six years as the men's varsity assistant coach, and is also well known in provincial soccer circles as a training co-ordinator and player. Mr. Betts has coached the Canada Games team, and has developed year-round training and talent identification programs for several levels of provincial soccer. He can be reached through the School of Physical Education and Athletics at 737-8130.

The MUN Debating Society represented Memorial at the 1997 Canadian University Society for Intercollegiate Debate National Championship in March at Dalhousie University. First-year student Marc Field came first in the public speaking category and was named Top Novice Public Speaker; Memorial's two other delegates, Christopher Olsen and Ken Johnston (society president), also placed in the top 10 in this category -- not a bad performance for a team previously virtually unheard of at the national level, and which was up against other Canadian debaters who have the opportunity to compete much more frequently.

Dr. John Hewson, university research professor in the Department of Linguistics, was recently elected to the Humanities and Social Science Academy of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Hewson, author of a dozen books and some 140 scholarly papers and reviews, becomes by this election a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Last week Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (SWGC) bid a fond farewell to Patricia Hibbitts, director of administration and finance at SWGC, who has moved to Prince George, B.C., to take up the position of vice-president (business and finance) at the University of Northern British Colombia. Ms. Hibbitts new job started officially on June 16.

Dr. Arthur F. King, Earth Sciences, was awarded the Geological Association of Canada's E. R. Ward Neale Medal at the association's annual meeting in Ottawa on May 19. Dr. King received the prestigious award for his significant contribution to promoting public awareness of geoscience during the past four decades. In a citation to Dr. King, Geological Association of Canada (GAC) past president Mary-Claire Ward observed that "For 40 years, Dr. Art King...has been an effective and persistent communicator in the earth sciences. Whether teaching students or communicating with the public at large, he has always been keenly aware of the need for public education on the role of earth science in our social and economic well-being." Dr. King was also elected as a GAC Distinguished Fellow by the GAC Council. The E. R. Ward Neale Medal is named for Memorial's vice-president (academic) from 1982-87 and head of geology from 1968-76. E. R. Ward Neale is a retired geoscientist and past president of the GAC; he resides in Calgary, Alta.

Bert Riggs, Centre for Newfoundland Studies archivist, was recently reappointed to the provincial Human Rights Commission for a second five-year term, which begins July 4, 1997.

The following were recently elected or re-elected to the Memorial University of Newfoundland Senate for the term Sept. 1, 1997-Aug. 31, 2000: Dr. David Craig, representing Medicine; Dr. Suad Ghazala, Dr. Howard Hulan and Dr. Alan Whittick, representing Science; Prof. Vivienne Kuester, representing Physical Education and Athletics; Dr. Wade Locke, representing Social Sciences; Dr. Gary Sabin and Dr. Ramachandran Venkatesan, representing Engineering and Applied Science; Dr. Christopher Turner, representing Pharmacy; and Dr. Paul Wilson, representing Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.

On June 2, Premier Brian Tobin announced the appointment of several Memorial alumni to provincial government executive positions: Florence Delaney, (B.Comm., Memorial) will assume the position of assistant secretary to Cabinet for social policy. Wayne Green, who holds a B.Comm. from Memorial, is the new deputy minister of Government Services and Lands. The position of assistant deputy minister (ADM) of transportation for the Department of Works, Services and Transportation is being replaced by the new position of ADM, corporate services. Don Osmond will assume that post. Mr. Osmond, who has lectured at Memorial's business faculty, holds an MBA from Memorial, as well as bachelor's degrees in medical science, and civil engineering. Barbara Wakeham is the new deputy minister of Works, Services and Transportation. She holds a master's degree in sociology, a B.Sc. in biology, and a BA in psychology from Memorial. Robert Young has been named ADM, finance and administration, Department of Education. He holds a B.Comm. from Memorial and an MBA from Dalhousie University.

Dr. Derek Wilton, Earth Sciences, has been elected president of the Geological Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.