May 22, 2003, Gazette
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
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.
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.