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July 24, 2003
 In Brief

In Brief

Funding for international trade education
ACOA will provide $145,590 for Memorial University of Newfoundland to enhance its international trade curriculum. The announcement was made July 16 by Gerry Byrne, minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Newfoundland and Labrador's representative in the federal cabinet.

The initiative, which is funded through ACOA’s Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, will provide students with current and relevant information in the field of international trade and enhance the Faculty of Business Administration’s outreach activities.

The assistance from ACOA will enable the Faculty of Business Administration to acquire new instructional tools, such as export-related videos, databases and international journals. In addition, the university will conduct research on export-oriented family owned businesses in order to identify ways to develop their export and growth potential.

“This investment will enhance our international programs and benefit students, faculty members, and local firms,” said Dr. Gary Gorman, dean of the Faculty of Business Administration. “The funding will support the teaching and delivery of our international courses and curriculum and will enable us to deliver an advanced program at our campus in Harlow, England, and support the research of faculty members and graduate students. We will also be able to help local firms participate in international business activities by conducting customized research.”

French camp added for younger set
Canadian Parents for French, in conjunction with Memorial University's Division of Lifelong Learning, have added a section to their Plasir en Soleil camps, to accommodate children who have completed kindergarten. The camp will run July 28-Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call the Division of Lifelong Learning: 737-7979.

News on phone company changeover
It is important for the St. John's campus community to be aware of the increasing need to dial 9 + 737-XXXX when placing a call to another campus telephone. As more buildings and, therefore, more lines are switched to Group Telecom (GT), the percentages of successfully placing a four-digit call decrease.

There are two signals that may be received when dialling from an Aliant line to a GT line using four digits; you may get a fast busy, which should prompt you to dial the complete number. However, during the transition period, there is a window where you may hear a ring and, where applicable, even get a voice mail. This ring sound will be generated at the Aliant switch and will not be heard on the called telephone set. The voice mail would be in a deactivated Aliant account. The called party would have no way of knowing that you called or that a message may have been left.

Also, during the transition period, C&C is requesting that requests for feature changes and voice mail be kept at a minimum, must need basis. GT has a record of programming on lines and is activating lines as per that programming. If programming has changed, it might not be detected in the cutover.

Once the cutover is complete, the campus will return to four-digit dialling and all requests for programming and voice mail will be processed. Visit the C&C web site; the user guide describing GT message manager has been posted there, as well as an up-to-date listing of the cutover schedule, and other current info. C&C is preparing a detailed communiqué, describing the progress of the cutover, the financial impact that departments should experience, and a Question & Answer portion to address the most frequently asked questions. This communiqué will be sent out within the next two weeks. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Mike Callahan, 9-737-8242,

Limestone project brings Irish artists

Next week artists, writers, and curators from Ontario, Ireland, and Newfoundland and Labrador will travel to the limestone barrens on the Northern Peninsula for the first phase of the Limestone Project.

The Limestone Project seeks to investigate links between the limestone barrens of the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, The Burren in County Clare, Ireland and the Northern Peninsula through science, visual art and writing. Beginning this summer, visual artists and writers will walk the three regions and produce artwork based on these walks and briefings by researchers connected with the limestone barrens in each region.

The resulting photo-based art and writing will be shown next year in an exhibition at the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery which will tour to the Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery in Owen Sound, Ontario, the Niland Model Art Centre in Sligo and the Limerick City Art Gallery in Ireland. Research and documentation of the project will appear in a major publication and will be discussed in a symposium on the limestone barrens next summer.

The project is being produced in partnership with the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College/Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery; the Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery; and the Niland Model Arts Centre.




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