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(November 2, 2000, Gazette)

The times they are a’blowing
Two faces of the university’s clock tower were damaged by recent high wind storms, and the arms are now loose and not telling time. The northwest and southwest sides of the clock tower are damaged, but the east side clock still tells the correct time.

Cliff Chaytor, Facilities Management, said the internal mechanisms of the clock tower have been checked out, and the problem is not there but in the clock hands themselves. Facilities Management staff are checking shop drawings to see if the work will be covered by warranty. It won’t be an easy problem to correct, since the clock arms will have to be fixed from the outside.

New money from Nortel for WISE women
Nortel Networks and WISE Newfoundland and Labrador have joined forces to support female undergraduate engineering and computer science students at Memorial University. The Nortel Networks/Women in Science and Engineering Scholarships will provide support in the amount of $5,000 over two years to the successful applicants — female full-time students at Memorial in either third-year Computer Science or Term 6 Electrical or Computer Engineering with a background of academic excellence, leadership qualities, involvement in student affairs and community activities, and an interest in science and engineering promotion. Applications are available at the Office of the Associate Dean of Engineering and Applied Science, EN 4007, or the Office of the Head of the Department of Computer Science, EN 2021, and must be returned before Nov. 10, 2000. Winners will be announced on
Nov. 24, 2000.

NECEC 2000
The 10th annual Newfoundland Electrical and Computer Engineering Conference – NECEC 2000 – will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 15 in the Engineering Building. Special guests will include keynote speaker Dr. Tom Lefeuvre, director general of the Institute for Marine Dynamics (IMD) and luncheon speaker Dr. Peter Simpkin of IKB Technologies.

Hosted annually by the Newfoundland and Labrador section of IEEE – the world’s largest technical professional society — this one-day forum provides an opportunity for professionals in electrical, electronic, computer engineering and information technologies to present their work to the growing technical community within the province, focusing on technical concepts, innovations, and implementations in the region.

Registration is $45 for students, $70 for IEEE members, and $80 for non-members, and includes lunch, the conference record, and a wine and cheese reception. To register online, please visit http://www.ieee.nfld.net/NECEC00.

For more information, please contact Yvonne Raymond at 737-7467 or
737-3271.

Pharmacy students tops in national exams
Pharmacy students at Memorial University continue to perform exceptionally well on the national Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada qualifying exams. Official results for the Class of 2000 show a 100 per cent success rate for Memorial students, tying them with two other pharmacy schools for top spot. The MUN graduates also met or exceeded the national average in more than half of practice areas tested. This isn’t the first time Memorial’s pharmacy students have done so well. Since the first class of graduates 11 years ago, MUN students have finished number one in the country six times.

“I think these results reflect two things — the quality of the students enrolled in the program and the calibre of the education and training they receive,” said Dr. Chris Loomis, director of the School of Pharmacy. “The small size of the school also gives our students the opportunity to develop close working relationships with faculty, staff and each other, and allows them to better perfect their skills and abilities.” He said an added element in the success of the pharmacy program is support received from the pharmacy community, both community pharmacies and hospital sites, where students gain their practical experience.

Beginning next spring, the national pharmacy licensing exam will include the use of simulated patients in interactive test stations. The addition of an objective structured clinical examination is designed to assess the new educational outcomes that pharmacy graduates are now expected to achieve. One of the outcomes of this change is a significant increase in the fee for sitting the exam, from $285 to $1,650 per candidate.

Alumni perform at gala concert
Several alumni, students and faculty of the School of Music took the stage for the final in a series of concerts celebrating the Festival of Anniversaries and the 25th anniversary of the founding of the School of Music. The concert took place Oct. 25 in the D.F. Cook Recital Hall, and featured the premiere of Newfoundland: A Rhapsodic Cantata for Concert Band and Choir, a composition by Memorial alumnus Michael C. Snelgrove. Other performers included alumni Thomas Yee and Craig Woodland; faculty members Thomas Loewenheim, Caroline Schiller and Timothy Steeves; and the director of the School of Music, Dr. Tom Gordon. Lieutenant Governor the Honourable A.M. House and Mrs. Mary House, and the acting minister of education, Lloyd Matthews, were in attendance.

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