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(June 22, 2000, Gazette)

MI students navigate Great Lakes

The Marine Institute has been designated as a training centre for Algoma Central Marine. Based in St. Catharines, Ontario, Algoma Central Marine operates 33 vessels on Canada's Great Lakes.

Selected students enrolled in the Marine Institute's diploma and degree program in nautical science and marine engineering will be given the opportunity to become Algoma Central Marine cadets. The cadets will work with Algoma Central Marine during work placements, with potential for employment after graduation.

"Marine Institute students enrolled in the nautical science and marine engineering programs receive the cutting edge education and training required by Algoma," said Randy Chamberlain, human resources supervisor with Algoma Central Marine. "To remain competitive in the marine transportation industry, Algoma Central Marine must recruit top-notch cadets from world-class schools like the Marine Institute, who will be the company's future ships' officers."

Volleyball coaches leave MUN

Memorial is losing both of its varsity volleyball coaches as husband and wife team Karen Murphy (women's coach) and Clay Reimer (men's coach) leave St. John's to pursue educational and business opportunities in the United States.

Ms. Murphy, coach of the 1999-2000 Atlantic University Athletic Association's (AUAA) championship team, is taking time out from her coaching career to pursue an advanced degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Mr. Reimer, who coached the men's team to its best-ever season in 1999, will be travelling to Greensboro to pursue opportunities in the high-tech industry.

"This will be a great loss to the men's and women's volleyball teams and to the university," said Dr. Colin Higgs, director of the School of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics. "Karen has developed an outstanding young team of female volleyball players who have brought great prestige to Memorial University and to our school."

Dr. Higgs also praised the role that Mr. Reimer played in revitalizing men's volleyball at the university. "Two years ago we shut down the men's volleyball team for financial reasons. There was a tremendous response from the community, and with the help of Clay we were able to re-instate the program."

Ms. Murphy bas been coaching the Sea~Hawks women's team since 1996 and has amassed an unprecedented 63-15 win loss record, including last year's unbeaten season in AUAA regular season and play-off matches.

Everyone needs a second chance

High school students whose grades didn't quite make the mark can find that second chance at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.

If students miss Memorial's grade requirements by five per cent or less, they qualify for the Summer Bridging Program. Summer Bridging is available open to all students in Newfoundland who have, or will, graduate with an average between 65 and 70 per cent in courses required for admission. This year's program will be held Aug. 7-25.

The idea behind the program is to give students the skills they require to begin university in the fall.

The Summer Bridging Program will provide students with instruction and practice in basic skills necessary to begin university level mathematics, reading and writing, as well as instruction in skills such as note taking, time management and preparation for exams. The program is also an introduction to the university way of life; there's the added option of living on campus for a three-week period in Grenfell College's residence.
For more information, contact the Registrar's Office at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College at (709) 637-6298 or check out our Web site:

National science fair returns in 2004

The 2004 Canada Wide Science Fair will be held at Memorial's campus in St. John's.

Organizers expect around 600 students, 200 chaperones and delegates and over 200 judges during the eight day event. "Many of these student will be our future scientists, doctors and engineers but while they are in Newfoundland they will be shown all aspects of our geography, culture and fine hospitality," said host committee member Dr. Frederick Smith.

"The last time the Canada Wide Fair was held in St. John's was in 1989 and from the feedback from adults and students it was one of the best fairs ever. In 2004 it will be even better."

Science fairs are run for the benefit of students. The funds for travel, food and accommodations are raised by the schools and science fair organizations across Canada; all the students need is some pocket money. However, in 1989 the fair put over $1.5 million into the St. John's area (this includes food and accommodations) and in the year 2004 it will be much more, said Dr. Smith.

Students will stay in residence in Paton College and the exhibit area will be in the new Field House.

"These are Canada's top school science students," said Dr. Smith. "We want them to visit MUN, have a good experience and we hope many will return for their university education."

Over the next three years the CWSF 2004 Host Committee will be contacting people throughout MUN inviting them to participate in many of the events associated with the fair.

For additional information, contact Frederick R. Smith, Office of the Dean of Science, 737-4314, frsmith@mun.cai.