Chemist receives award for
Memorial chemist Dr. Jean Burnell was one of four people recognized by
the province for acts of bravery.
On Aug. 22, 1989, Dr. Burnell crawled through smoke and flames in a Memorial
University chemistry lab to reach a graduate student, Pei-Ying Liu, whose
experiment had exploded. Dr. Burnell extinguished the fire in Ms. Lius
hair and clothes and pulled her to safety. While Ms. Lius colleagues
took her for medical aid, Dr. Burnell returned to the lab to put out the
Premier Roger Grimes and Lieutenant-Governor A. M. House presented the
Newfoundland and Labrador Award for Bravery in a special ceremony at Government
House Oct. 9. The Bravery Award recognizes Newfoundlanders and Labradorians
who have risked their lives to save, protect or render assistance to another
Acts of bravery such as those recognized and celebrated today,
said Dr. House, reflect the inherent good in individuals and the
great impact that selfless and timely action can have on the lives of
individuals in their communities.
As the ceremony concluded, Premier Grimes expressed the provinces
pride in the recipients: These individuals are heroes, he
said. They embody the spirit of our great province and of the people
of Newfoundland and Labrador. They inspire each and every one of us with
their courage and their selflessness. Im proud to have been here
to honour them.
Justin Boyd, Christopher Hindy and George Pastitshi were also recognized
by the province.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Bravery Award was established in 1984 under
the authority of the Bravery Award Act, to recognize citizens of the province
who have risked their lives and safety to render aid to another person.
Since its inception, the award has been presented to six people.
MUN runner tops in nation
Cross-country runner Trevor OBrien not only finished in first place
at a meet in Nova Scotia, but his exploits were recognized in the region
and across the country. The fourth-year kinesiology student from Paradise
was named both the Atlantic University Sport and the Canadian Interuniversity
Sport (CIS) Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Oct. 7.
In his first meet of the season at Dalhousie University, Mr. OBrien
edged 2000 First-Team CIS All-Canadian Eric Gillis of St. Francis Xavier
by one second to finish in first place. His time of 32:34 over the challenging
10k course also helped Memorial finish in second place in the team competition.
Mr. OBrien also won the Atlantic University Sport Mens Championship
in 2000 and was selected as a Second-Team CIS All-Canadian.
Panel discussion on tragedy
At a panel discussion titled The Day that Shook the World, Eric Mintz,
a professor of political science at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, presented
his views of the tragic events that took place in the United States on
Sept. 11. The panel, held Oct. 4, also included Grenfell professors Dr.
Jim Greenlee, History, Dr. Dave Peddle, Philosophy, Dr. Stephanie McKenzie,
English, and Katharine King, Sociology. The event was hosted by the Grenfell
College Philosophy Society and organized by Benedict Pittman, a member
of the society and a humanities student at Grenfell.
Internship program acknowledged
On Sept. 25, about 50 people gathered in the University Club in an afternoon
of appreciation for donors, employers and interns involved in an internship
program jointly operated by the Faculty of Arts and the Centre for Career
The project coordinator, Lisa Russell, is herself an intern in the program.
So far shes placed or helped to place about 20 interns with community
organizations, governments, advocacy groups and research units for six-month,
matching-fund internships, using money supplied by the provincial Department
of Human Resources and Employment.
Allison Earle, the assistant deputy minister from HRE, spoke about the
importance of partnerships. Ms. Earle has been responsible for securing
the funding for this program for the last two years. In its initial year
the program was given a grant of $100,000 and in its second year its funding
amount was increased to $150,000.
Dr. Lilly Walker spoke about the valuable opportunity that this program
presents to recent graduates and what a marvellous opportunity the interns
are having, as well as the valuable role the employers play in participating
in this initiative. Memorials intern with the City of St. Johns,
Stephen Byrne, spoke about how his internship experience has changed the
way he looks at his education and himself. Dr. Jim Black acted as emcee
and acknowledged the important role of Dr. Terry Murphy in creating the