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(May 2, 2002, Gazette)

Engineering course
The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is offering a five-day course in Nondestructive Evaluation and Testing of Onshore and Offshore Structures/Machinery from June 3-7, 2002. The five-day course will examine current engineering concepts for evaluating and testing the integrity of onshore and offshore structures and machinery.

The course is intended for engineers, material scientists, project managers, technical personnel, or anyone else who requires a background on the fundamentals and application of nondestructive evaluation and testing. Course instructors for the program include Bill Drover, Shell Chair for mechanical engineering at University College, London; Dr. Feargal Brennan, manager, NDE Centre, University College, London; and Dr. Michael Smith, NDE projects manager, TSC Inspection Systems Ltd.

For more information about this course and registration requirements, please contact Yvonne Raymond, Continuing Engineering Education, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, by phone (709) 737-7467/3271 or by e-mail yvonne@engr.mun.ca

Partners dinner honours distinguished business people
The Faculty of Business Administration will hold its 18th annual Partners dinner on May 16 at the Fairmont Newfoundland Hotel in St. John’s. Alumni and friends of the faculty are invited to join us as business recognizes its partners in management education and the winners of two very special awards.

Brendan Paddick, president of Persona Communications Inc. and Persona Inc. will receive this year’s Alumnus of the Year award and Chris Griffiths, founder and owner of Garrison Guitar Works will receive this year's P. J. Gardiner Institute for Small Business Studies’ Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur of the Year award.

To reserve tickets contact Roma Bowen by May 13 at 737-2182 or rbowen@mun.ca

Restructuring moves internal auditing responsibility
Internal audits at Memorial University will soon be conducted by external experts contracted to undertake the work. The move is the consequence of the closing of the university’s Internal Audit Unit as part of ongoing restructuring within the financial administration operations of the university.

“The Internal Audit Unit served a very important purpose for over 20 years,” said Wayne Thistle, Memorial’s vice-president (administration and finance). “But the complexity of financial systems and the risk responsibility of organizations have changed considerably over that time. Newer audit methodologies have evolved. National auditing firms have developed proprietary approaches to internal audits that are not available directly to organizations like the university.”

Mr. Thistle said the university will contract out to professionals with special skills as needed in areas that may include internal and forensic audits, insurance, environmental, safety and other general risk assessments. He added that a new position has been created to manage the university’s ongoing risk-management responsibilities

“The move to modernize the internal audit function will enhance the financial accountability of Memorial by contracting the service to independent experts using the most modern auditing techniques available. And, by restructuring we are recognizing the need to oversee other risks that a modern organization will encounter from time to time, thus protecting the assets of the university for the people of the province.”

Questionnaire for 50-plus ethnic minorities
If you are 50-plus and of an ethnic minority who immigrated to Canada, you can help the Seniors Resource Centre identify healthcare issues of this population by completing a short questionnaire anonymously. Your voluntary participation in this study, which involves MUN researchers, is valuable to the future of healthcare in our province, in particular with respect to addressing the needs of this group. Please call Lloydetta Quaicoe at 737-2333 or e-mail lquaicoe@roadrunner.nf.net. Deadline May 15.

Concert for scholarship fund

Live at the MUN Reid Theatre in St. John's it's Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers. Along with a manic mix of their wacko humour they'll be featuring music from their soon to be released CD Upboot. CBC Television will tape these live shows for inclusion in a one-hour national program to be broadcast on CBC Television this summer. That's two live shows Saturday, May 18, and Wednesday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at the Arts and Culture Centre box office. Seating is limited. Proceeds will go to the MUN Scholarship Fund.