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(November 30, 2000, Gazette)

Director appointed
Bill Chislett has been appointed director of MI International. Mr. Chislett has professional, research and independent experience in more than 60 countries. Previously, he was an international programme officer for MI International.

Scholarship awarded
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College student Susan Avery, a native of Stephenville, has been awarded the M.G. Green Memorial Scholarship for the years 2000-2004. The scholarship is valued at $8,000 - $2,000 per calendar year for each of four years. It is awarded every three years based on scholastic achievement, character, good citizenship, leadership ability and economic need.

MUN Debating sweeps championships
The MUN Debating Society has just swept the Atlantic Debating Championships in Fredericton, NB, winning every category and dominating the top 10. Ken Johnston and John Whelan won the championship round, with Chris Hickey and Shannon Hunt finishing second. This was the first time two MUN teams have ever faced each other in the final round. Lesley Mulcahy and Erin Farrell finished fifth overall.

Ken Johnston won the top speaker award. Mary Ryan and Michelle Ryan won top novice team, with John Whelan taking top individual novice award. Mr. Whelan also won the public speaking portion.

MUN has won the championships three of the past four years and has taken public speaking honours for the fourth year in a row. A total of 30 teams competed at this annual tournament, representing six Atlantic universities. MUN sent six teams.

Margaret Williams trust fund
The trustees of the Margaret Williams Trust fund are pleased to announce the trust has made its 2000 award to Lisa Wilson in the amount of $2,000.

Ms. Wilson, a native of Topsail, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Classical Studies (1998) from Memorial. She is currently pursuing a Master of Library and Information Studies degree at Dalhousie University,

Athletic awards
George Colbert, a first year behavioral neuroscience student from Mount Pearl was selected as the Atlantic University Sport male athlete of the week for Oct. 16. He put on a great show at the 2000 Amby Leger Invitational held at UNB, capturing five first place finishes, setting four meet records and qualifying for two CIAU events.

Fourth year cross-country veteran Trevor O'Brien was selected as the Atlantic University Sport Male athlete of the week for Oct. 30. The Paradise native again proved his dominance, winning the 10km 2000 Championship race in a time of 32:42. This win gives the third year kinesiology student his second consecutive Atlantic University Sport championship, while helping his team to a second place overall finish in the weekend competition. Trevor has also been named the Atlantic University Sport male runner of the year, as well as a conference all-star.

Area of interest
Gilbert Bay, Labrador has been identified as an area of interest in the Marine Protected Areas program under the Oceans Act. This is the first region in Newfoundland and Labrador that has been identified as an area of interest.

Since 1996, Memorial scientists have been studying the cod found in Gilbert Bay. They discovered a resident sub-population of Northern cod that are genetically distinct from other Labrador cod. Tagging and tracking of this reddish-brown cod has been used to identify spawning and rearing areas of the cod and has confirmed the species remain in the bay year round.
Thorfinn Thorhallson's Saga,

Book launch
Jan Furst has released Thorfinn Thorhallson's Saga, a book about the Greenland Norse who settled in America 500 years before Columbus. He has a life-long interest in old Norse sagas and pre-Columbian North American history and culture.

Born in Oslo, he received an honorary doctorate from Memorial in 1990 and was a commissioner on the Royal Commission on the Ocean Ranger disaster.

David Alexander prize
Memorial graduate Liza Piper has won the David Alexander prize for best undergraduate history essay of 1999. Commoners and kings: analysis of testimony given to the 1933 Royal Commission on Newfoundland is an innovative look at a familiar subject.

Archival Treasures
The Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site has digitized all 61 of Bert Riggs' articles that appeared in the Gazette between November 1993 and December 1999. His articles can be found at

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