(March 6, 1997, Gazette)
Two mechanical engineering students representing the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial won several awards at the Atlantic Engineering Competition held Feb. 7-9, 1997. Kathy Brett of St. John's won first place in the editorial communications category of the competition for her 20-minute presentation on the implications of sustainable development for an engineer in the global village. Ms. Brett, and Rex Oldford of Manuels, won first prize -- and received a standing ovation -- for their performance as a team in the extemporaneous debate category. Mr. Oldford took first place in the explanatory communications category for his 20-minute presentation titled Effluent Treatment: The Lagoon. He also won a special Environmental Awareness Award because of the environmental consciousness exemplified by his project. The competition was held at the Technical University of Nova Scotia. Ms. Brett and Mr. Oldford are currently on work terms in Saint John, N.B.
On Feb. 18, the Canadian Federation of Students - Newfoundland and Labrador (formerly the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Students) made a presentation to the post-secondary education committee of the Senate of Canada. Six student advocates from this province, including Dale Kirby and Zaki Saleemi from Memorial, took part in a student leaders' roundtable discussion with members of Senate. Some of the issues up for discussion were the importance of post-secondary education in society, the devastating effects of the decrease in federal funding for education, and the pressing need for a retooled student loan program.
More than 60 romantics turned out on Valentine's Day to attend a reading of love poems and a mixer organized by students and faculty from the Department of English Language and Literature. Love and All That, as the Feb. 14 event was billed, featured readings by Prof. Susan Ingersoll, Dr. Philip Gardner, Dr. Roberta Buchanan, and Prof. Mary Dalton. Paul Hebbard, an English student from St. John's who holds the Ron and Gwen Seary Scholarship, introduced the four poets.
Last month on PBS (9:30 p.m. on Feb. 19, to be exact) Newfoundland was featured on Scientific American Frontiers, a television program hosted by Alan Alda. A film crew from the program had visited the province last November to take footage on antifreeze protein production in marine fish for an episode titled Going to Extremes. The program dealt with the ability of animals and plants to tolerate extreme temperatures in the natural world. For the section from Newfoundland, the majority of the filming was done in Conception Bay (where the dive team from Memorial's Ocean Sciences Centre collected winter flounder), on board Memorial's research vessel, Karl and Jackie, and at the Ocean Sciences Centre itself, in Logy Bay. Some filming of the steps involved in purifying antifreeze proteins from fish blood was carried out at the A/F Protein Canada Laboratory in St. John's.
Memorial's Sea-Hawks basketball received a boost on Feb. 27, when an article by Robert MacLeod in the Universities column of The Globe and Mail contained this nugget: "...thanks to the efforts of coach Glenn Taylor, an Ontarian no less, the men's basketball team at Memorial University in St. John's is suddenly flourishing with a lineup of mainly homegrown talent." The article went on to point out that the Sea-Hawks have nudged into the national top 10 ranking for what is believed to be the first time. Three players were mentioned specifically: Peter Benoite of Little Barachois, John Devereaux of Trepassey, and Leon Peddle of Hodge's Cove. As the Gazette was being printed, the men's Sea-Hawks team was tied for first place with Saint Francis Xavier University in the Atlantic Universities Athletic Association championship (AUAA), while the Sea-Hawks women's basketball team was in fourth place.
As the Gazette went to press, Dr. Ed Williams, Mathematics and Statistics, was competing for the Liberal nomination in the federal riding of St. John's East. Dr. Williams' competition was MP Bonnie Hickey, who currently represents the riding, and St. John's MHA Walter Noel.