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(February 10, 2000, Gazette)

Pharm students to host national conference

Pharmacy students at Memorial have been successful in their bid to host the 2002 Professional Development Week of the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns (CAPSI). Two years may seem a long time away, but with an anticipated 500 to 700 delegates, the planning committee is already busy at work.

CAPSI’s Professional Development Week is a student organized and run conference which provides pharmacy students with the opportunity to attend academic seminars and meet with representatives from pharmaceutical companies and drug stores.

“CAPSI plays an important role in our professional development,” said Sal Osman, one of the main organizers of the upcoming conference. “For example, we participate in national competitions in compounding, patient counselling and essay writing. CAPSI is also an advocacy group for pharmacy students and has representatives on the Canadian Pharmacists Association and the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.”

This is the first time CAPSI will hold its Professional Development Week at Memorial. The theme for the conference is Back to the Future: Exploring the Past to Change Tomorrow. Mr. Osman said this theme lends itself to exploring topics such as the evolution of technology, the resurgence of herbal remedies, elderly care, and rural practice.

Metrobus servicing University Centre

City buses are now stopping in front of the new University Centre located on Arctic Avenue. Metrobuses will no longer enter Pedagogue’s Close which is adjacent to the Education Building. However, bus routes can be accessed at a number of bus stops on Westerland Road. Minor time adjustments have also been made to Routes 1, 4, and 22. For further information about bus schedules and routes, please contact the Metrobus Ride Guide at 722-9400, or check out the Metrobus Web site at www.metrobus.com/new.htm

Canada-European co-op program

An official call for proposals for the Canada-European Community Program for Co-operation in Higher Education and Training will be issued in Canada and Europe at the beginning of March, with a closing deadline for applications of May 31, 2000. The program is designed to encourage Canada-European co-operation in higher education and training and increase student mobility. It supports the development of Canada-EC joint projects among universities, colleges and technical institutions.

Consortium-based initiatives must include the participation of at least three partners on each side (Canada and Europe) for a total of six institutions per project. Successful projects will be supported on a three-year basis, with the Canadian consortium being eligible to receive up to a maximum of $200,000.

Interested applicants are encouraged to begin plans for developing a proposal. New guidelines and applications forms will be available at the International Centre, 4th Floor Spencer Hall, or by calling Colleen Clarke at 737-4053.

Announcement to first year students

A representative from the schools and faculties listed below will be available to provide information and answer questions concerning their degree programs as follows: Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science; Thursday, Feb. 10 at 12:30 p.m., in Room A-1043; Faculty of Business Administration, Monday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m., in Room A-1046; School of Pharmacy, Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 12:30 p.m., in Room A-1043; Faculty of Arts, Tuesday, Feb. 29 at 12:30 p.m., in Room A-1043; Faculty of Science, Thursday, March 2 at 12:30 p.m., in Room A-1043.

If you have any questions, please contact the Academic Advising Centre Phone, Science Building, Room S4053, (709) 737-8801. E-mail: advice@morgan.ucs.mun.ca, or Web at www.mun.ca/advice/

Ocean Ranger scholarships

To commemorate the tragic loss of the 84 crew members of the Ocean Ranger on Feb. 15, 1982, a scholarship and bursary program has been established by the Ocean Ranger Disaster Fund. These awards, valued at $500 per year, are presented to students who are entering or pursuing a postsecondary program of studies.

In selecting candidates, preference will be given to the daughters, sons, and/or widows of those who were lost. In the absence of eligible candidates from this group, the scholarships and bursaries may be awarded to other students at the discretion of the Ocean Ranger Scholarship Committee.

Information and application forms may be obtained from the Student Awards Office at Memorial University or the Marine Institute.

Board changes meeting date

The regular meeting of Memorial’s Board of Regents scheduled for Thursday, May 11, has been changed to Wednesday, May 3.