11, 2002, Gazette)
Research assembly on April 25
Plans are underway to hold a University Assembly on Research on April
25 from 2:30-5 p.m. in the Engineering Lecture Theatre (EN-2006). The
assembly is open to all members of the university community and will begin
discussion on the development of a University Strategic Research Plan.
The future of research at Memorial University has been the subject
of considerable thought and analysis. A consistent recommendation from
these deliberations, including the Strategic Framework, has been the collegial
establishment of a University Strategic Research Plan, said Dr.
Christopher Loomis, vice-president (research and international relations).
By promoting strategic directions, a University Strategic Research
Plan will help academic units determine the course of their development,
assist faculty recruitment and retention, stimulate appropriate research
infrastructure and bring people, disciplines and sectors together to enhance
the mission of the university. It should also improve our conversations
with the national funding councils.
Further information on the assembly and background statements on the strategic
research goals of academic units can be found at www.mun.ca/ciap/planning/assembly.html.
Grenfell introduces business minor
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College is once again broadening its course offerings,
this time with the addition of a business minor. Courses will be available
in the areas of accounting, marketing, financial management, business
law and organizational behaviour.
The expansion of the business program targets a number of categories
of students, said Dr. John Ashton, head of the Social Science Division
In addition to the minor, the broader course offerings will be useful
to students interested in taking electives in business, or to those who
wish to complete a business degree.
Students interested in a commerce degree or business administration
degree from Memorials St. Johns campus will be able to stay
in Corner Brook longer, said Dr. Ashton. Virtually all of
the business courses were offering are required for those degrees.
The reasoning behind the addition of the business minor is threefold,
explains Dr. Ashton. First and foremost the business minor is an
important credential that will help make our graduates more employable,
he said. Of course were responding to the demand of our students,
plus were hoping it will give us the opportunity to retain students
at the college longer then they normally would have stayed.
Business instructor Julie Pitcher added
that the minor will supplement Grenfells degree offerings, making
its graduates more competitive.
Seeking presidents award nominees
Do you know a staff member who should be recognized for an outstanding
contribution to the university? The Presidents Awards for Exemplary
Service 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
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.
Nomination forms are available from the Office of the Vice-President (Administration
and Finance) and Legal Counsel, Arts and Administration Building, Room
A-2024, and from Nola Perry, Human Resources, room A-4031. The deadline
for nominations is May 15.
If you would like further information about the awards, feel free to call
Robert Barker at 737-4627 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also visit the Human Resources homepage, www.mun.ca/humanres
for a list of previous award winners.
Awards for top athletes
The School of Human Kinetics and Recreation held its annual presentation
of awards Thursday, April 4, and honoured some of its finest student-athletes.
Twelve of Memorials graduating players were inducted into the Athletic
Honour Society, which recognizes graduating student-athletes that have
made an outstanding contribution to the athletic program at Memorial University.
Election to membership in the Athletic Honour Society is the highest athletic
award that can be conferred on a student at Memorial University. This
years inductees were Brad Piercey, volleyball; Trevor OBrien,
cross country; Melissa Skanes, basketball; Dion Langdon, basketball; Mellissa
Oates, volleyball; Jennifer Neville, soccer; Kerri Walsh, soccer; Anne
Barrington, cross country; Alexandra Mackey, volleyball; Susan Penney,
volleyball; Sarah Arnott, soccer; and Danielle Fitzgerald, wrestling.
Basketball players Jeff Saxby and Jenine Browne were presented the Edward
P. Browne Trophy as the outstanding male and female inter-university basketball
players. Mellissa Oates and Melissa Skanes were co-winners of the Graham
Snow Memorial Award for the combination of athletics and high academic
achievement. Basketball player Erika Stokes received the Harold Squires
Scholarship for the student combining outstanding achievement in athletics
and academics. The Jubilee Cup was awarded to Trevor OBrien and
Anne Barrington for the most outstanding performance in distance running.
Justin Warren received the John Drinkwater Memorial Award as the outstanding