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May 1, 2003, Gazette

"We’ve closed no schools and we’re maintaining program levels, but this is creating quite a challenge."

— Brian Shortall (B.Ed. ’69, M.Ed.’73) director for education Avalon East school district in an interview with the media over the move by Avalon East School District to trim senior high positions and dramatically reduce the number of full-time learning resources teachers for the 2003/4 fiscal year. Telegram, Apr. 13/03

Two Memorial alumni made the Globe and Mail’s eighth annual Top 40 under 40 – the brightest achievers on the rise: Heather Tulk, (B.Comm.’92 Hons.) vice-president, broadband and marketing, Aliant, and Paul Antle, (B.Sc.’85) president and CEO, Island Waste Management.

"Based on what the research is telling us, there will be a severe impact on student achievement in our province if learning resources positions continue to be eliminated."

— Heather Godden, (B.Ed.’86, M.Ed.’93) president of the NLTA’s Learning Resources Council, in a letter to the editor expressing concern over the announcement of intended cuts in learning resource positions in the Avalon East School District. Telegram, Apr. 20.

Ed Smith (B.Ed.’79. M.Ed.’81) picked up the seventh annual Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards nonfiction prize on April 22, Canada Book Day, for his most recent work From the Ashes of My Dreams.

"We believe the Canada Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board is doing a good job in fulfilling its mandate … it continues to have an excellent working relationship with both levels of government. We understand that is the case with most of the industry, as well, though not with Mr. Dobbin – according to his speech."

— Walter Noel (BA ’66) provincial minister of mines and energy, commenting on a controversial speech by Craig L. Dobbin, chairman and CEO of CHC Helicopters, to an April 16 NOIA luncheon. Telegram, Apr. 21/03

Richard Hewlett P.Eng. (B.Eng.’98) and Greg McKenney P.Eng. (B.Eng.’98) have both been appointed as project engineers in the St. John’s office of Kellogg Brown & Root (Canada).

"Memorial has reacted (to the decline in local student applications), altering its student recruitment efforts to include a more detailed strategy for attracting out-of-province and international students in greater numbers."

— Shona Perry-Maidment, (BA, B.ED.’89, M.Ed.’92) interim director, student recruitment, explaining the increase in extra-provincial student applications to attend Memorial.

Selected and written by Jillian Butler

Researched and compiled by Debbie Connors (