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May 22, 2003,

Weir among IT community heroes
Five Community IT Heroes were honoured recently for their achievements at a special luncheon in St. John’s. The awards luncheon was hosted by the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (Nati) in conjunction with the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and Industry Canada, as part of Canada's 2003 IT Week celebrations.

The Community IT Hero awards recognize individuals who have assisted their communities in a significant way through the use or application of information technology (IT).

The community heroes included Harvey Weir, honoured for his role in bringing the World Wide Web to Newfoundland Schools. Throughout Mr. Weir’s career, he has been the leading figure in bringing the schools of Newfoundland and Labrador into the Internet age. By utilizing the information communications technology of STEM~Net, Mr. Weir headed two initiatives that would revolutionize the way students and teachers in K-12 education facilitated computers in the learning process; STELLAR schools and SchoolNet Rings.

Mr. Weir began his career at Memorial as a lecturer in the Department of Physics in 1967, eventually rising to executive director of the School of Continuing Education.

“These Community IT Heroes bring something unique to the IT sector and to their communities,” said Marvin Chaulk, vice-president of Nati. “They demonstrate the spirit, dedication, and altruism that is so prevalent in the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Law Enforcement Torch Run
This year the Law Enforcement Torch Run will be taking place on Friday, June 13. Once again, Memorial’s Campus Enforcement and Patrol has teamed up with other enforcement agencies across the island to help make the Special Olympics a great success.

CEP is requesting the university community’s assistance once again in this worthwhile event. People can contribute by purchasing a LETR T-shirt for $12, by sponsoring one of our runners or by giving a donation. This can be done by contacting Jeff Fifield or Phil Smith at Campus Enforcement and Patrol, telephone 737-8561.

This year, the Law Enforcement Torch Run will be sponsoring a walk around Kent’s Pond. The walk will commence at the Confederation Building on June 13, at 12:30 p.m. The walk will take approximately one hour. There are also pledge sheets available for the walk at the CEP office. With pledges over $25, participants will receive a LETR T-shirt.

Fiddle Encounters
With assistance from the Department of Canadian Heritage, and in partnership with MUN's School of Music, CBC and the Arts and Culture Centres of Newfoundland and Labrador will present a unique series of concerts, workshops and conversations between master fiddlers from across Canada with our own resident artists. Each week until June 13 a Newfoundland fiddler or fiddling group will share the stage with an artist from another Canadian fiddling tradition. The concerts take place Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. in the D. F. Cook Recital Hall, School of Music. Tickets cost $16 ($12 student/senior).

The line-up is: May 22: It’s bluegrass fiddling on the menu with Newfoundland’s Crooked Stovepipe paired up with bluegrass legend Vic Mullen. May 29: Métis fiddling is featured in performances by Ontarian Anne Lederman in a meeting with the traditional Newfoundland styles of Colin Carrigan, Graham Wells, Duane Andrews and Jason Whalen. June 5: Jazz fiddling is served up in a conversation between veteran Lenny Solomon and the fresh inspirations of Newfoundland's Danette Eddy and her band. June 12: A grand finale looks across the Cabot Straight with legendary Buddy MacMaster from Cape Breton with Newfoundland tradition-bearer Kelly Russell as well as versatile Newfoundland fiddler Christina Smith, with Jeanie Hewson on guitar.

Leading up to the performances will be a weekly session with aspiring fiddlers at Memorial University's School of Music and school visits around Metro St. John's. Each St. John's concert will be followed by a run out to some of the communities where the fiddling traditions of Newfoundland and Labrador are still a vibrant part of community life: Ferryland, Placentia, Old Perlican, Carbonear and Burin.

The campus workshops are also part of a credit course being offered in spring intersession. The course, Music 2022: Newfoundland and Labrador Fiddling, is being taught be master fiddler Christina Smith (There are still a few places available).

New look for library site
In early May the Memorial Libraries System launched two new Web sites, the new Library Home Page and the new Catalogue interface. The home page ( will still get you to what you need, whether it's books, articles or web pages, amongst other things, but in a more eye-catching and pleasing way.

As well as helping you locate material in the Memorial Libraries System, the new catalogue interface may also give you more information about the item itself. For example, the book's table of contents, or a blurb about the book, or a brief biography about the author may be attached to the item's record in the catalogue. These are some of the ways that the Memorial Libraries System is working at making it easier for you to find the information you need to do your work.