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Dec. 12, 2002, Gazette

Still time for wellness survey
Faculty and staff were recently sent a survey package containing a Wellness and Active Living questionnaire. The Working Group on Wellness and Active Living would like to remind everyone to take a few minutes to complete and return their surveys by Friday, Dec. 13, using the pre-addressed envelope provided in your survey package.

This survey is completely anonymous in nature, and therefore provides an ideal opportunity to provide direct, confidential input on this important subject. Your feedback and opinions are very important – do not miss this opportunity to count yourself in.

If you have misplaced your survey, you may request another copy by calling the Centre for Institutional Analysis and Planning at 737-8658.

A message from the president regarding this survey may be viewed on the Department of Human Resources Web site at www.mun.ca/humanres/memos/meisen_memo.html

Acting director of financial and admin
A search is underway for the position of director of Financial and Administrative Services. Interviews will soon start and the advisory committee will make a recommendation once the process has been finalized.

In the interim, Shirley Moulton has assumed the role of acting director. She will work closely with Wayne Thistle, vice-president (administration and finance) and legal counsel, and other staff to ensure the appropriate level of service is maintained and the mandate of the office is fulfilled.

Nursing students display research
Tina Parrill (L) and Norma HuxterLast week fourth-year nursing students showed off the results of projects done for their Nursing Research course. Casualisation in nursing was the topic chosen by Tina Parrill (L) and Norma Huxter, along with classmates Jenny Brent, Karla Falkner and Cora Lee Rennie. Their poster explored the effects of part-time and casual work on more than 50 per cent of the professional nursing workforce.

In a different class, Community Health Nursing, Ms. Parrill and Ms. Huxter spent over 140 hours during the semester working with employees at Rogers Cable. In this course, students work with population groups to assess their health needs and then plan and evaluate interventions. The two students found the major issue among employees at Rogers Cable was stress. To top off their work there, the students were featured last Thursday on Out of the Fog, Rogers’ community cable program.

Toys for kids
Memorial’s Campus Enforcement and Patrol have been busy in the weeks leading up to Christmas, teaming up with The Muse and CHMR-FM to collect toys for disadvantaged children. Operation Toys for Kids began as an initiative of Campus Enforcement and Patrol (CEP) and the Paton College residences. At the end of last year’s drive, CEP presented over 185 toys to the VOCM Happy Tree – almost double the original target of 100 toys.

In response to the huge success, CEP has expanded the toy drive to encompass the entire university, asking students, faculty and staff to donate toys to less fortunate children this holiday season. The Muse and campus radio station CHMR-FM are also joining the toy drive.

Memorial supporting its own
Five representatives of Memorial University’s internal community are asking you to consider a financial gift to an area of the university that most interests you. Paula Corbett, Noel Veitch, Alex Faseruk, Nina Goudie and Holly Pike are leading the faculty/staff/pensioners 2002 holiday appeal and have sent a letter to many university community members requesting a pledge and offering different and easy ways to make pledge payment.

“Memorial University has a committed, dedicated workforce in all aspects. Many of our staff are regular donors through payroll deduction, especially as a result of the Opportunity Fund campaign. This holiday appeal is a chance for our entire university community to impact student scholarship, research, teaching and campus improvement,” said John Kearsey, director of Development and Alumni Affairs.

If you have any questions or require additional information please call Laura Edwards, development officer, Alumni Affairs and Development 737-3481.