In Brief

(March 6, 1997, Gazette)

Job matching service gets thumbs up

Developed and administered by Human Resources Development Canada, the Electronic Labor Exchange (ELE) is an Internet-based service that allows employers and job seekers to build skills profiles which are then electronically matched.

ELE is being marketed in Newfoundland with the support of the St. John's Board of Trade and provincial chambers of commerce. Six people -- including business graduate Sonya Stanford and arts graduate Scott Fitzgerald -- have been hired to promote the service to Newfoundland employers.

"The more methods you have of looking for a job, the better your chances are of getting one. This service provides a lot of opportunities for MUN's graduates," Ms. Stanford said.

Dr. Donna Hardy Cox, director of Student Development at Memorial, has met with representatives of ELE, and gives the service a thumbs up.

"We are involved in providing support to this group so that this opportunity can be provided to as many Memorial students as possible in their job search," she said. "We are also working with other electronic data bases to maximize the choices of our students."

The Electronic Labor Exchange is offered at no cost and is easy for both employers and students to use. For a peek at the services available, visit

Locations closing for inventory

The Department of Facilities Management advises members of the university community that the following locations on campus will be closed for an inventory count: the Henrietta Harvey warehouse will be closed March 24-25; Central Stores will be closed March 26-27 and March 31; the Carpentry Shop will be closed March 31; and the Locksmith Shop will be closed on March 27 and March 31. All deliveries from these premises will be discontinued as of March 25 and will resume on April 1.

Nomination deadline approaching

On Thursday, March 27, Memorial's Student Volunteer Bureau will host a Student Volunteer Day ceremony, during which the sixth annual Glenn Roy Blundon Award will be presented. The award is given to an individual or group who has promoted equality and accessibility for students on campus with disabilities. Glenn Blundon, a Memorial student and resident of Bay de Verde, died in 1984. He is remembered for his leadership and commitment to equality and accessibility issues, which helped make Memorial one of the most accessible universities in Canada. The Glenn Roy Blundon Centre is run by Student Affairs and Services; it co-ordinates all services on campus for students with disabilities.

Individuals are invited to nominate a person or group for the award. Last year's recipient was the Department of Computer Science. Copies of the nomination form have been distributed to departments, student clubs and societies and community agencies. Forms are also available from the Blundon Centre, Room SC-2008, Student Centre. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, March 13. Send completed nomination forms to the selection committee, Glenn Roy Blundon Award, Room AA-3039, Arts and Administration Building, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Nfld., A1C 5S7. For further information, telephone 737-2156 (voice and telecommunication device for the deaf).

Donations welcome to scholarship fund

The Office of the Comptroller is spearheading a drive to raise money for an endowed scholarship in memory of alumnus and associate comptroller Gary Bourne, who died Jan. 18 at age 45. Throughout the year, staff from the Office of the Comptroller are committed to holding a monthly fundraiser -- in addition to their payroll deductions for the fund -- to contribute to the cause. Events last month included a bake sale and a luncheon, and all proceeds have been donated to the scholarship fund. Should any individual wish to participate in this effort, donations or authorizations for payroll deduction can be made through the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development.

In addition, if you're looking for a way to participate in Healthy Lifestyles Week (March 3-7), here's an event that may interest you. On Friday, March 7, there will be a skating party at the Prince of Wales Arena in St. John's from noon-1 p.m. Tickets cost $3 each and proceeds from this event will also go to the Gary Bourne Scholarship Fund. It's a great way to get some exercise and contribute to a worthy cause. Contact Harold Squires, Budget and Audits, at 737-8218.