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(July 12, 2001, Gazette)

New feature for alumni

The Memorial University alumni community is over 45,000 strong and growing every year. They live and work and make outstanding contributions to communities throughout Newfoundland, across Canada and around the world. Alumni Notes & Quotes is a new Gazette feature that tracks the activities and accomplishments of these graduates. It’s a celebration of our alumni success and an “ear to the ground” for interesting alumni sound bites. If you have a notable or quotable alumni item, send it to us care of

The Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest presented its first Teaching Excellence Awards on June 19. The award recognizes teachers who stimulate imagination in students and who are good role models. The winners included two Memorial alumni: Gail Zwicker (B.Sc. ’80, B. Ed. ’83, MA ’97) and Carl Goulding (BA ’73, B.Mus. ’79, B. Ed. ’80).

"To encourage people not to be afraid, to reach out to each other. Whether it’s women who have been diagnosed with cancer or their family and friends — dare to reach out. Live with your heart closest to the surface."

— award-winning filmmaker Gerry Rogers (BSW ’81), on what she hopes her film My Left Breast will accomplish, in The Newfoundland Herald, June 11

Several Memorial alumni are among the Newfoundland nominees for the Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year awards: Heidi Scott (B.Ed. ’86) of Healthquest Incorporated; Rick Young, Paul Pinhorn and Trevor Decker (all technology diplomas — naval architecture) of Tri-Nav Consultants Incorporated; and Emad Rizkalla (B.Eng. ’92) of ZeddComm Inc. There are 45 nominees in the Atlantic region. The winner will be announced Sept. 27 and will be eligible for the national competition in late October.

"Not bad for a guy who wasn’t local."

— Danny Williams (BA ’69), after his landslide win in the Humber West by-election, in The Telegram,
June 20

An alumni-run wireless technology company, TwoLofts Inc. has joined forces with Academy Canada to deliver e-learning services to China. The company, a recent graduate of the Genesis Centre, is the brainchild of the husband-wife team of Jason and Krista Trask (both B. Comm. ’99).

"When you go to a store and see a box of Lucky Charms for $13, it drives the point home."

— Karen Adams (BA (Hons.) ’97, MA ’00), on the high cost of living in Switzerland, site of her recent internship with the United Nations, in The Telegram, June 25

Engineering alumnus Paul Griffin (B.Eng. ’87) had the pleasure of announcing that the company he helms, NewTech Instruments Limited, has secured a $10 million contract with General Motors to supply control panels for light armoured vehicles for the US army, Australia and New Zealand. Griffin calls it “the largest order in our history and one of the largest defense contracts ever achieved by a Canadian based business.”

"Many people have a desire during their working career to do something on their own. When the opportunity came, I took advantage of it."

— retired NewTel director Chris O’Dea (BA ’72), who is pursuing his dream of being a professional
auctioneer, in The Telegram, June 30

Representatives of Design Base Inc. have just returned from a European junket that saw them secure partnership agreements with companies in Cologne, Germany and Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The Design Base team includes Andrew Noonan (B.Comm. ’00), Andrew Ryall (B.Comm. ’01) and Mike Condon (B.Comm. ’99).

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