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(Oct. 17, 2002, Gazette)

NL, not NF or Nfld.
Canada Post has informed all mail users that as of Oct. 21, their mail processing equipment and postal code system will be updated to officially recognize NL as the postal symbol for Newfoundland and Labrador. Using NL before that date may cause a delay in the delivery of mail. Canada Post will continue to recognize NF for a period of six months after the implementation of the new symbol.

Departments should take note of this change when ordering stationary, such as envelopes and letterhead. As well, departments which send large volume mail-outs should update databases to reflect the new symbol.

If you require additional information about this change, contact the supervisors of the mail centres: Rick Predham, Arts and Administration Building, 737-8231; or Jerry Chafe, Health Sciences Centre, 777-6098.

Three classic comedies for Grenfell theatre
After an extremely ambitious and successful 2001-2002 season, Grenfell's theatre program is gearing up for a new season that promises to be just as exciting. The program’s 15th season opens at the end of October with fourth year students demonstrating their talents in a double bill of Chekhov's classic The Cherry Orchard and Edward Bond's black comedy The Sea. The Sea and The Cherry Orchard alternate in repertory from Oct. 28 to Nov. 2.

In November, second- and third-year students will take to the stage in one of Shakespeare's earliest and liveliest comedies The Taming of the Shrew. The Taming of the Shrew runs Nov. 27-30 at 8 p.m. nightly in the Fine Arts theatre. Further details on each production to follow shortly. For information call 637-6223.

New diploma program in health
A graduate diploma in postsecondary studies (health professional education) was recently approved by Senate and five students have already begun studies this semester. The new diploma program is offered by the Faculty of Education and the Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education, and either full- or part-time study is available.

Dr. Vernon Curran, director of academic development with the Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education, said planning started two years ago for this program and the idea originated with scholars associated with the centre. “We wanted to develop a program that would help health professional educators develop their teaching skills and their understanding of learning and education theory and methods.”

The target audience for this new program is individuals responsible for teaching, planning and designing programs for health professionals. “This could include medical educators, nurse educators, and educators of allied health professionals including social workers and laboratory technologists.”

Courses will be offered on the Web, allowing health professional participants to continue working and pursue the diploma courses at their convenience.

Starting in January, Dr. Curran will be teaching interprofessional education in the health professions. It focuses on design and development of interprofessional education programs and the meaning of interdisciplinary teams. In September, 2003, he will teach adult learning and development, which includes assignments allowing health professional participants to apply generic theories or models to their own fields of practice.

Grenfell student does good
Thanks to the efforts of psychology honours student Dwayne Keough, a Day-light 10,000 Classic — used for treating Seasonal Affective Disorder — was donated to Grenfell’s Psychology Department by Uplift Technologies Inc. of Dartmouth, N.S. Mr. Keough was employed with the company during the summer months and returned to the college with the equipment to the delight of the entire department.

“Capital budgets at universities are meager in these times, so the donation of an expensive piece of equipment which we did not have is an especially valuable addition to our laboratory,” said Dr. Duncan Ferguson, chair of the psychology program. “I believe it will open up a number of research possibilities for our honours students and for our faculty as well.”

IT program seeking co-op placements
Memorial’s post-baccalaureate program in information technology is seeking co-operative placements for the winter 2003 semester. Eligible students in the program possess undergraduate degrees in business, computer science, the arts and electronics engineering.

Coupled with the knowledge they acquire from the program, these students can add value to an organization beyond the technical skills they obtain. The co-op office is seeking challenging opportunities for our students with departments, divisions and researchers on campus. The range of placements would include programming, database design/maintenance, networking, user/technical support and documentation.

If you would like further information, please contact Dave Kenny, co-op coordinator, at 737-7598 or dkenny@mun.ca.