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Jan. 23, 2003,

Help identify amazing students
Student Affairs and Services has initiated a campus campaign aimed at recognizing some of the “amazing students” around the Memorial campus. These individuals contribute significantly to the student life and reputation of the university.

In order to give these students greater visibility and educate other students about the broad range of activities and accomplishments of our students, Student Affairs and Services will be profiling , one of Memorial University’s amazing students each week in the muse. You may have already seen the first two recipients of this honour – Sara Temple, B.Sc., and John Whelan, B.Comm. – in recent issues.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate individuals that they believe are deserving of recognition. Amazing students are those students who serve as positive role models to their fellow students. They are leaders. They are involved in a broad spectrum of student activities. They participate in student societies, academic programs, and work experiences that demonstrate their engagement in the Memorial community.

The Office of Student Affairs and Services is asking faculty and staff to share the great news about any students you think deserve this recognition. To nominate a student, please call Jennifer Rumbolt, the student co-ordinator of this project, to discuss potential nominees. She can be reached at 737-7595.

Tech Services steps up to the plate
Hallmark Channel found Memorial University's Technical Services department when it went looking for someone to step up to the plate — the licence plate, that is. The World Wide Cable Network — whose head office is located in Los Angeles, California — was looking for a detailed vanity licence place with the iconic Hallmark crown logo planted squarely in the middle for a cable network commercial. Hallmark Channel came across the Web site of Memorial's Technical Services model making shop, and immediately made contact with the university.

Robert Sheppard, director of Technical Services Department, said the job came in on a Monday via a drawing on e-mail, was converted to machine code for Technical Services' computerized machining centre and the finished product was air-mailed to Hallmark Channel on Thursday the same week.

The on-air promotion will begin airing on the Hallmark Channel in February.

Royal Commission on campus
The provincial government’s Royal Commission on Renewing and Strengthening Our Place in Canada has been mandated to conduct a critical assessment of Newfoundland and Labrador’s strengths and weaknesses and to bring forward recommendations as to how the province can renew and strengthen its place in Canada.

The commission will hold a public meeting for students and faculty at Hatcher House Dining Hall, Memorial University, on Thursday, Jan. 23. The evening will begin with a meet and greet session with the commissioners at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. All are welcome. For more information see Parking is available in Lot 15.

Noted author to give Pratt Lecture
Memorial University's Department of English Language and Literature has announced that writer and critic Alberto Manguel will deliver the Pratt Lecture 2003.

A renowned essayist, translator, editor and anthologist, Mr. Manguel is the bestselling author of many books, including A History of Reading, Into the Looking Glass Wood, The Dictionary of Imaginary Places and a novel, News from a Foreign Country Came.

The lecture, titled The Library at Night, will be held Friday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. in the Reid Theatre, located in the Arts and Administration Building. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

Ocean Ranger scholarship
To commemorate the tragic loss of the 84 members of the crew of the Ocean Ranger on Feb. 15, 1982, a scholarship and bursary program has been established by the Ocean Ranger Disaster Fund.

These awards, valued at $500 per year, are presented to students who are entering or pursuing a postsecondary program of studies. In selecting candidates, preference will be given to the daughters, sons and or widows of those who were lost. In the absence of eligible candidates from this group, the scholarships and bursaries may be awarded to other students at the discretion of the Ocean Ranger Scholarship Committee.

Information and application forms are available at the student awards offices at Memorial University, College of the North Atlantic, Prince Philip Drive campus, and the Marine Institute.