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(August 9, 2001, Gazette)

Campus connections
Campus Connections is an event aimed at helping students in their transition by allowing them to meet a number of Memorial’s faculty and staff in a comfortable and intimate environment.

Some of the most challenging components of a student’s transition to university life are the myths that students are merely faceless numbers and that people at Memorial are uncaring and ambivalent about students’ success. The goal of the new event is to let new students know early in their university careers that Memorial is a caring campus, that faculty and staff are friendly, approachable and genuinely concerned about students as individuals.

Campus Connections will take place Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 12:30 p.m. and the orientation committee is requesting the involvement and assistance of faculty and staff to meet with students at that time.

As well, the orientation committee is asking everyone involved to accompany the students to the president’s luncheon at 1 p.m.. Finally, the committee is asking all who attend the Campus Connections session to attend the reconnecting event on Thursday, Sept. 6, to reinforce the message of Campus Connections.

If you are interested in participating, contact Jared Clarke, orientation coordinator, at 737-3534 or e-mail
jared_jjc@hotmail.com.

Harlow plan approved
The Board of Regents has approved the educational, business and renovation plan for Harlow campus, subject to Senate approval of new academic programs.

The centrepiece of the new credit offerings is a program in European Studies, while the new non-credit offerings will include a Gateway Europe course, initially aimed at executives of small and medium-sized businesses in Atlantic Canada, and unique English as a second language courses for professionals from non-English speaking countries.

Timetable changes for fall semester
Effective for the 2001 fall semester the slot schedule for the St. John’s campus timetable has been revised to accommodate an extra slot in the midday period of noon to 2 p.m. The slots affected are 6, 16, 17 and 18 and the changes are as follows: Slot 16 has been moved to midday and meets at Tuesday and Thursday from 12 to 12:50 p.m. and on Friday from 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Slot 6 has been rearranged to meet at 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Slots 17 and 18 have been moved back to begin a half-hour earlier. As well, the F-slots have been rearranged and the free period is from 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. on Wednesday.

These changes are the result of a university wide consultation by the Timetable Committee during the spring and summer of 2000, but the implementation of the changes was delayed until fall 2001 in order to allow more time for academic units to adjust their course offerings.

INCA update
The Instrumentation, Control, and Automation Centre celebrated its first anniversary with a lunchtime presentation in the Engineering Building on July 25. The event was sponsored by the student branch of IEEE.

The teaching and research facility provided an overview of its current activities, including brief descriptions of its role in projects relating to the Marconi Celebrations and the Anakin Project (see last week’s Gazette), as well as offshore safety and dynamic positioning, and remote sensing and environmental monitoring. For the Marconi Celebrations, INCA is supervising two WISE students assembling kits for the IEEE Crystal Radio Competition, to be held on December 12 in Mile One Stadium. As well, a group of students is involved in creating the computerized tester by which the competition will be judged.

Another INCA student, Term 5 student Rose Wilson, is developing a suite of C++ routines for the design and simulation of hybrid systems like those used by offshore vessels for evacuation from icebergs and other hazards. The goal is to optimize safe and total evacuation in minimal time.

The RAVEN project, or Remote-sensing Aerial Vehicles for Environmental-monitoring, re-uses the Anakin Project software and hardware to equip unstaffed aerial vehicles for iceberg detection in areas where bergs threaten offshore platforms. The project is expected to cut costs for such monitoring, offer more complete data collection, and operate in conditions (long-range, all-weather) where humans cannot.

Web grant for medicine
As one of a number of national rural health initiatives announced in mid-July by the federal government, the Professional Development Office at Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine has been awarded $322,614 to develop an electronic rural medicine strategy. This national professional development effort for enhancing the retention of rural and remote physicians will involve designing a Web site to provide online continuing medical education for rural-based
physicians.

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