In Brief


(June 5, 1997, Gazette)

Funds allocated for student job program

The Student Development section of the Office of Student Affairs and Services announced late last month that Memorial University and the provincial Department of Human Resources and Employment are teaming up to administer the Student Work and Service Program (SWASP) at the university, and that $300,000 has been allocated for this purpose. SWASP aims to create career development opportunities for Memorial students, and provide relevant job search skills for the future. SWASP is funded jointly by the provincial and federal governments; the program offers students a tuition voucher and stipend for working a set number of hours. It is expected that SWASP will help Memorial students, especially student parents, in the development of their career plans, and in the transition from post-secondary studies to the workforce. For more information about SWASP, contact the Employment Services Centre, Coughlan College, St. John's, 737-2033.

Head for the garden this summer

The Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden has some special plans for visitors this summer. Three-day summer camps for young naturalists -- Science Quest Camps -- will offer kids fun and education; call Steve at 737-3329 for topics and dates. Both children and adults can take part in ecology walks, which are being offered on Saturdays, at the Field Centre (Mount Scio Road), from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy a stroll while learning about interactions between local plants and animals; walk time is subject to change, however, so call 737-3329 to confirm.

Sound Symposium calls for proposals

Newfoundland and Labrador artists are invited to propose ideas for the next Sound Symposium, scheduled to be held July 10-18, 1998. Sound Symposium is an international celebration of sound, and a catalyst for the generation of "New Art." Every two years the event draws together guest and local artists to explore the relationships of sound to their art forms in Newfoundland's unique environment and culture. Anyone whose work focuses on sound -- music, visual arts, dance, radio, theatre, film and video, media arts, scientific exploration of sound -- may submit a proposal. Proposals may involve performance, indoor and outdoor exhibitions, environmental experiments, and other forms. The deadline to submit proposals is July 15, 1997; participants will be selected by invitation. Write to Sound Symposium, P. O. Box 23232, St. John's, Nfld., A1B 4J9; telephone 709-754-1242; fax 709-753-4630; e-mail soundart@nfld.com; or visit website www.wordplay.com/SoundSym/welcome.html.