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Feb. 6, 2003,

Sea-Hawks top team in the country
Following the weekly Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) ranking release Feb. 4, the Memorial Sea-Hawks women’s basketball team moved up to take hold of the number one spot in the country; a first for a Memorial women's basketball team.

With two strong performances over the Dalhousie Tigers at home this past weekend combined with Simon Fraser's loss to Regina, the Sea-Hawks improved on last week's second place ranking. The Sea-Hawks head to Sydney, N.S., this weekend to face the UCCB Capers in a double header series that should determine first place in the AUS Conference.

Visentin appointed to NRC
Dr. Louis Visentin, a former dean of science at Memorial, has been named to the National Research Council for a three-year term. The appointment was announced Jan. 28 by Allan Rock, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for Canada's National Research Council (NRC).

“Dr. Visentin has a stellar reputation as a researcher, teacher and administrator," said Mr. Rock. "He has demonstrated a commitment to fostering excellence at the university level, where research and education today will pay dividends tomorrow, as Canadians pursue a common goal of making this country one of the most innovative in the world."

Since May 2000, Dr. Visentin has been president and vice-chancellor of Brandon University. A molecular biologist with a doctor of philosophy (PhD) from University of Michigan, he began his career at the NRC. Dr. Visentin was Memorial’s dean of science from 1987 to 1993.

From Outports to Exports
Join the graduating business class of 2003 at the 38th Annual Business Day Conference. The theme of this year’s event is Outports to Exports, to reflect Newfoundland and Labrador’s progress towards success in the global economy.

(L) Dr. Axel Meisen and Scott Hand Scott Hand, (here with Dr. Axel Meisen) CEO of Inco Limited, will deliver the day’s keynote address. Other speakers include William Roach, general manager of East Coast Development for Husky Energy Inc.; Victor Young, chair of The Royal Commission on Renewing and Strengthening Our Place in Canada; Siobhan Coady, chair of Canadian Chamber of Commerce; and Ray Whelan, president of Guigné International Limited.

The conference will be held on Feb. 21 at the St. John’s Convention Centre. Tickets are available from the Business Day 2003 committee. Call 737-3566 or e-mail For more information see

Student study abroad opportunities
The Killam American Trusts and the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States (Canada-US Fulbright Program) have created a permanent, competitive study abroad program aimed at exceptional students from selected universities in Canada and the United States. Memorial is one of 10 Canadian partners involved in this program.

The award, valued at about $10,000 US, is open to students in any field. Interested students will be expected to apply for the award in their second year of study and those who are successful will take up the award in their third year of study. The program is known as the Killam Fellowship and will provide undergraduate students from universities in Canada and the United States with the opportunity to attend university in the other country and participate in the life of the other community for one academic year. Information has recently been distributed to academic units. Faculty members are strongly encouraged to inform suitable candidates about this prestigious study aboard opportunity. For more information, see

Managing SPAM e-mail
There is widespread recognition of the proliferation of spam/junk e-mail coming into Memorial University. In an effort to help clients manage that spam e-mail, the Department of Computing and Communications will be implementing a new spam filtering system for incoming morgan/plato ( e-mail on the St. John's campus. This system will evaluate incoming e-mail messages as they are processed for delivery. When the spam filter scores the message above a pre-determined confidence level, the Subject line will be revised to include 'xxSPAMxx' or 'xxxSPAMxxx'. An option will be provided to clients to not have Subject lines modified to reflect suspected SPAM mail. Release is planned for Feb. 10. For more information, review our on-line documentation. Additional questions or comments about this new service may be directed to the Help Centre at 737-4595 or