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(June 8, 2000, Gazette)

Top honour for Telemedicine Centre

The 2000 President’s Award for the Advancement of Telemedicine from the American Telemedicine Association has been awarded to Memorial’s Telemedicine Centre.

A panel of distinguished experts in the field of medicine and technology selected Memorial’s Telemedicine program from an extensive list of programs operating throughout North America.

Dr. Carl Robbins, chair of the Telemedicine Centre, said Memorial is a pioneer in the use of telehealth technologies to deliver health and education programming to distant populations, having started its telemedicine program almost 25 years ago. “This award from a prestigious organization is a recognition of a long term activity that we’ve been carrying out in telehealth and tele-education, and we’re all very proud of it.”

Dr. Robbins said Memorial’s expertise is built on finding the lowest cost, low-technology solutions to customer needs. “We are now moving into more sophisticated technologies with our satellite network, but we still have a philosophy of finding out what health organizations and educational agencies want and finding the best solution for them at affordable costs. This award recognizes that expertise.”

The President’s Award for the Advancement of Telemedicine is sponsored by the American Medical Development Inc. and Welch Allyn. Both are medical equipment suppliers who provide high technology applications for telemedicine.

New coach for Sea-Hawks

Todd Aughey has been named as head coach of the Memorial Sea-Hawks Men’s Basketball Program. Mr. Aughey recently graduated from the National Coaching Institute in Victoria, British Columbia, and is a fully certified Level IV coach within the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). His coaching portfolio is quite extensive, having most recently coached with Guy Vetrie, as an assistant coach at the University of Victoria during the 1999-2000 season.

Mr. Aughey was an assistant coach at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, which competed in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) during the 1998-99 season. From 1994-98, he held the position of co-coach with the men’s junior and midget development program within the Basketball Ontario Provincial Team Program. Originally from Ottawa, he attended the University of Western Ontario in London to complete undergraduate studies in kinesiology, and will complete his masters degree in kinesiology with a coaching specialization this summer from the University of Western Ontario.

Frank Butler, associate director for the School of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics, said that after a lengthy selection process, the school is pleased to welcome Mr. Aughey to the Memorial Sea-Hawks Men’s Basketball Program.

Mr. Aughey is expected to officially assume his duties as head coach in early June.

Discipline name change

During its meeting May 3, the Board of Regents approved the recommendation of Senate to change the discipline name of Electrical Engineering to Electrical and Computer Engineering.

International video conference

On June 5th, Memorial’s Telemedicine Centre participated by video conference in a major health meeting held in Madrid, Spain.

Lieut.-Gov. Dr. Max House, previously chair of Telemedicine and the centre’s founder, gave a paper on the application of telemedicine in civilian and military health care. The invitation to participate came from Complutense University in Madrid through the Canadian Embassy there.

Through video conferencing, the Memorial presentation, which was introduced by university president Dr. Axel Meisen, included a satellite link to Labrador with NATO’s Armed Forces base in Goose Bay.

Dr. House says it was something of a coincidence that Memorial’s Telemedicine Centre recently received the prestigious President’s Award in telemedicine from the American Telemedicine Association. “It just confirms that Memorial continues to be at the forefront of telemedicine research and development as the specialty enters the main stream of health care.”

Parking notice to campus commmunity

As a result of the construction of Memorial’s new multi-purpose Field House sports facility, Area 3 parking permit holders are advised that as of Monday, June 12, parking will no longer be available in the existing Area 3 parking lot adjacent to the Physical Education Building.

Over the next few days, Campus Enforcement and Patrol will write to Area 3 permit holders about alternate parking places. It is expected that the majority of the permit holders displaced as a result of the construction will be accommodated at the newly constructed Aquarena parking lot, and in the former running track adjacent to the Aquarena. Others will be accommodated in other parking areas around the campus.

For further information, please call Maurice Gillingham, manager, Campus Enforcement and Patrol, 737-8561, or by e-mail mgilling@mun.ca