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(October 5, 2000, Gazette)

CIBS International Speakers Series starts
On Monday, Sept. 25, the Centre for International Business Studies hosted the first presentation of its new International Speakers Series.

As the first speaker of the series, Darrell Spurrell, B.Comm. (Hons.) ’84, graduate and business development manager with the Export Development Corporation, addressed a group of 40 business students, faculty, and staff about the risks associated with international trade. Mr. Spurrell also discussed how risks in international trade can be minimized through services such as those offered by EDC.

The goal of the centre’s International Speakers Series is to increase student awareness of local business activities, services, and strategies being used in the global marketplace.

Career options at Grenfell
Grenfell College wants to ensure that its students and graduates weigh every option when making career choices.

In that vein, the Student Services Center recently invited the federal Public Service Commission to the Grenfell campus. On Sept. 21-22, representatives of the PSC held general information sessions and met with students and graduates who expressed an interest in working with the federal government.

During the information sessions, the PSC representative described the recruiting efforts of the PSC, explained the application process and identified the academic disciplines needed for the fall recruitment campaign.

Job disciplines included correctional officers, parole officers, information system specialists, aerospace engineers, economists/sociologists, policy analysts, laboratory technicians, financial officers, mathematical statisticians, community health nurses and citizen and immigration officers, just to name a few.

For more information on the Public Service Commission, check out their Web site at www.jobs.gc.ca.

O’Brien is male athlete of the week
Fourth year cross-country veteran Trevor O’Brien competed in the Atlantic University Sport Invitational Cross Country Meet at UNB on Saturday, Sept. 30. The 1999-2000 Atlantic University Sport Cross Country Runner of the Year last season again proved his dominance, finishing the 10 km race in first place for the third straight year. Trevor’s first-place finish, with a time of 33:07, helped the Sea-Hawks earn second place overall in the team standings. For that, he was named Atlantic University Sport Athlete of the Week for the week ending Oct. 1. Mr. O’Brien hails from Paradise and is currently enrolled in his 3rd year of Kinesiology.

Cross country runner Anne Barrington was nominated as female athlete of the week.

Memorial-Bergen Exchange Fellowships
Applications are invited for the 2001-2002 Memorial-Bergen Exchange Fellowships. Under the terms of the exchange agreement up to two scholars may be selected to visit the university of Bergen for a period of up to one semester (or three to six months) to undertake a program of research of interest to both institutions. Faculty, staff and graduate students are eligible to apply. An award of $2,500 is available from the International Centre.

For further information, contact either the chair or co-chair of the committee — Dr. Greg Dunning, Earth Sciences, (737-8481; e-mail dunning@sparky2.esd.mun.ca); Dr. Rita E. Anderson, Psychology, (737- 8771; e-mail rita@play.psych.mun.ca). To request an application form, please contact Colleen Clarke, International Centre (737-4053; e-mail colleenc@mun.ca). Completed applications must be submitted to Dr. Dunning by Dec. 1, 2000.

Case Competition opportunity
Students interested developing their skills in team work, analysis and reporting under the pressure of tight deadlines – all in a friendly, informal environment – are invited to participate in the Year 2001 case competition of the Canadian Evaluation Society.

The Newfoundland Chapter of the society is organizing a team for this national program evaluation competition. Their plan is to bring together a team ofmasters or honours bachelor-level students from various faculties, provide coaching, and help the group prepare for the competition.

In the first stage of the competition, all teams receive a case file delivered to their university. They have five hours to prepare an analysis, then submit it by fax for judging by a team of experts. This round will be held in February 2001. Cases focus on public social, economic or educational programs. Previous cases have involved evaluation of such diverse programs as a government website, addiction services, a doctoral research grants selection process, and an international development project.

The three best teams are invited to Banff in May 2001 to participate in a final round. There they analyze a new case and present their findings and recommendations before a live audience. The society will support the travel of students to this competition.

For more information on this dynamic opportunity to learn practical skills for the work world, please contact, by October 13: Bea Courtney at
bcourtney@thezone.net; Melissa Outhouse at ihrd@thezone.net; or Dawn Goodyear at e53dmg@morgan.ucs.mun.ca

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