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(March 22, 2001, Gazette)

Seeking Blundon award nominees
On April 3, Memorial’s Student Volunteer Bureau will host a Student Volunteer Day ceremony, during which the 10th annual Glenn Roy Blundon Award will be presented. The ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. in West Hatcher Dining Hall. The award is given to an individual or a group who has promoted equality and accessibility for Memorial students with disabilities. Last year’s recipient was Emir Andrews, a faculty member in the Department of Psychology. Individuals are invited to nominate an individual or group by March 23.

The award is named for a former Memorial student and resident of Bay de Verde who died in 1984 and is remembered for his leadership and commitment to equality and accessibility issues. The campus facility named for him, the Glenn Roy Blundon Centre, Student Affairs and Services, coordinates on-campus services for students with disabilities. Nomination forms have been distributed to campus departments and are also available from the Blundon Centre. Return nomination forms to the Selection Committee, Glenn Roy Blundon Award, c/o the Glenn Roy Blundon Centre (UC-4007). For further details e-mail or telephone 737-2156 (voice) or 737-4763 (telecommunication device for persons who are deaf).

Aldrich lecture rescheduled
The Aldrich Interdisciplinary Lecture has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 27. The lecture will be delivered by Dr. Kevin Keough, vice president (research and international relations) and newly-named chief scientist for Health Canada. Dr. Keough will speak on Science in the Public Interest.

The public and media are invited to attend this lecture which begins at 7:30 p.m in the lecture theatre, room 2006 of the S. J. Carew Building. A reception will follow at Bitters Restaurant, Feild Hall. Parking is available in Lot 16. The Aldrich Lecture is presented by the Graduate Students' Union and the School of Graduate Studies at Memorial University

For more information, contact Nancy Fagan, School of Graduate Studies, at 737-7642 or e-mail; or Deborah Inkpen, information officer (research), at 737-4073 or e-mail

Small oil spill in lab contained
Officials of Memorial University's Safety Office successfully cleaned up a small oil spill in a laboratory in the school's Engineering Building that occurred Monday, March 12.

Officials estimate that about 25 gallons of oil leaked from a line in the Engineering Hydraulics Laboratory. There was no release of oil into the environment. The oil was contained in catchment basins that are built into the floor of the labs as a safety precaution in the event of any chemical spills.

The lab was closed for the remainder of the day and the substance was cleaned up using absorbent materials. The incident has been reported to the appropriate governmental authorities.

Recognizing exemplary service
Do you know a staff member who should be recognized for an outstanding contribution to the university? We want our university colleagues to hear about and recognize staff members' accomplishments, resourcefulness, initiative, creativity, leadership, responsiveness in delivering service, and/or dedication to high standards as a member of the Memorial University staff. Any administrative and support staff member of Memorial University and its agencies who have worked at the university for at least three years prior to nomination is eligible. Nominations may come from alumni, faculty, staff, students and other members of the university community.

The deadline for nominations is May 15 of each year. If you would like further information about the awards, feel free to call Marilyn Thompson at 737-4627 or e-mail Also visit the Human Resources homepage,, for a list of previous award winners.

New equity officer appointed
On Jan. 1, 2001, the university's employment equity officer, Sandra Chaytor, began a one-year leave of absence. Human Resources announced that Marie Hedderson accepted the employment equity officer position during Ms. Chaytor's leave. Ms. Hedderson has extensive experience working with human rights issues, employment equity administration, and program development and administration. Ms. Hedderson will be responsible for ensuring the university is in compliance with the Federal Contractor's Program. She is located in SN-1017, and can be reached at 737-2548.

Women asked to assist in evaluation
Women in Newfoundland and Labrador diagnosed with breast cancer between June 1999 and August 2000 are asked to assist with an evaluation of breast cancer information kits. Your input can help others. If you, or someone you know, were diagnosed during this time please call the Women’s Health Network, Newfoundland and Labrador, toll-free 1-866-579-4480.


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