News and Notes
Division of University Relations Homepage
18, 2000, Gazette)
notice for Aquarena patrons
construction underway on Memorial Universitys new Field
House, the Aquarena parking lot will be closed and a new temporary
parking area will be opened on the running track adjacent to
the Aquarena facility. This temporary parking area will be accessible
from Westerland Road, near the entrance to the CBC Building.
Aquarena customers who require wheelchair accessible parking
spots may park in temporary spaces accessible through Lambes
Lane, on the south end of the Aquarena. The Tim Hortons outlet
will have two designated spots on the track for quick stop parking.
Construction of the new parking lot is expected to be finished
the first week of July. For further information, patrons can
call the Aquarena directly at 737-3799.
House construction set to begin
of the new Field House athletics and recreation complex at Memorial
University received final approval from the universitys
Board of Regents at its meeting May 3.
Axel Meisen, Memorials president, said the Field House
will cost approximately $13 million.
Field House complex will be a multi-purpose indoor sport centre,
he said. It will significantly enhance Memorials
physical education facilities and enable us to improve our academic
offerings and athletics and improve the recreational services
we offer to the community at large.
Field House project is part of Memorials Opportunity Fund,
the campaign to raise money for new student services facilities,
scholarships and fellowships, and teaching and research initiatives.
While our original target was $50 million, we have raised
closer to $60 million in total, said Dr. Meisen.
Field House complex is a multi-purpose environment where many
activities can take place simultaneously. It will feature seating
to accommodate more than 2,000 spectators for major athletic
and other events. It also includes indoor running and walking
tracks, a multi-purpose fitness/recreation area and playing courts
for a variety of sports, among other facilities.
project had been expected to start earlier this year, but delays
were caused by unexpected increases in the cost of the facility.
The bids on the project came in about $3.4 million higher
than our consultants had advised it would cost, said Dr.
Meisen. We looked at a number of scenarios, including changing
the design, but we concluded that the best option was to proceed
with the original plan. We will find the additional funding within
The Opportunity Fund and related sources. The money will not
be coming from the universitys operating budget.
Meisen said the project should be completed by late 2001.
has been great demand for improved athletics and recreation facilities
at the university and in the province for quite some time, so
the sooner we can get the project going, the better, he
fire caused by light fixture
fighters from the St. Johns Fire Department were called
to Memorials Physical Education Building at about 12:15
p.m. May 8, after a light fixture above the pool caught fire
and burned some of the suspended ceiling panels. The fire was
quickly extinguished and there were no injuries. The Physical
Education Building is open, but the pool will be closed until
further notice for cleanup and repair.
students of the Mandarin language, Laura OReilly and Samantha
Smith, are off to Taiwan, all expenses paid. The two students
worked their way through the intricacies of Chinese with such
diligence in the past two terms that they arrived at the top
of their class.
They then applied to the Canada-Taiwan Exchange Program in competition
with about 100 students from across Canada. Ms. OReilly
was selected; Ms. Smith is an alternate. The program pays air
fare and living expenses so that students can attend language
courses at a university in Taiwan, while soaking up Chinese culture.
Study is covered for six months and can be renewed.
is the first time that Chinese (Mandarin) has been offered at
MUN in the Department of Religious Studies. With instructor Dr.
Lee Rainey, students learned basic grammar, speaking, and how
to write Chinese characters. They were also introduced to the
use of chopsticks, how to order dim sum, and how
to celebrate Chinese New Year. The success of the course has
been capped with these awards, said Dr. Rainey.
elections have concluded and the following people have been elected/re-elected
to the Senate for a term of office starting Sept. 1, 2000, and
expiring Aug. 31, 2003: Dr. John Usher, Business Administration;
Dr. Ray Gosine and Dr. Gary Sabin, Engineering and Applied Science;
Christopher Dennis and Karen Lippold, Library; Dr. Vernon Richardson
and Dr. Michael Murray, Medicine; Dr. Mohamedtaki Kara, Pharmacy;
Vivienne M. Kuester, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics;
Dr. Margaret Brosnan, Dr. John Evans and Dr. Bruce Watson, Science;
and Dr. Michael Wernerheim, Social Sciences.
Dennis Kimberley, Social Work, was elected for a period of one
year starting Sept. 1, 2000, and expiring Aug. 31, 2001.