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(Oct. 3, 2002, Gazette)

Policy research centre under review
A review panel has been appointed to conduct a review of the Public Policy Research Centre. The panel is inviting all faculty members, students and other members of the university community to offer their advice. In order to assist interested persons to provide their input a survey document has been prepared to provide background information and to identify issues arising from the terms of reference assigned to the panel by Drs. Evan Simpson and Chris Loomis, vice-presidents responsible for academic and research matters, respectively, through whom the panel will report to the Board of Regents.

To assist faculty and other members of the university community to provide their input the panel has designed a survey document that is available at www.mun.ca/vpacademic/pbc/pprc.html. This gives a brief profile of the centre, its mission and activities, along with the terms of reference of the panel and a list of questions or issues that interested persons may wish to address in a brief to the panel. Interested persons might also wish to make a presentation or meet with the panel during their site visit on Nov. 7 or 8. The document provides time frames and contact persons for submission of briefs and arranging meetings with the panel.

The panel intends to complete its report to the Board of Regents early in December.

Memorial/Bergen Exchange Fellowships
Applications are invited for the 2003-2004 Memorial-Bergen Exchange Fellowships. Under the terms of the Memorial-Bergen agreement, up to two scholars may be selected to visit the University of Bergen in Norway for a period of up to one semester (three to six months) to undertake a program of research of interest to both institutions. Faculty, staff and graduate students are eligible to apply.

Fellows receive an award of $2,500 to help defray the costs associated with the exchange. Fellows typically continue on full Memorial salary and faculty are normally granted teaching remission for the term of the exchange. Returning fellows are expected to participate in the annual Bergen Lecture Series.

For further information, contact the chair of the committee Dr. Greg Dunning, Earth Sciences, St. John's campus, telephone: 737-8481; e-mail dunning@sparky2.esd.mun.ca. To request an application form, contact Colleen Clarke, International Centre, 737-4053; e-mail colleenc@mun.ca.

Completed applications must be submitted to Dr. Dunning by Dec. 2, 2002.

Soccer player top Atlantic athlete
Richard Kelly, a striker with the Sea-Hawks soccer team and a third year recreation student from St. Lawrence, was named male Athlete of the Week by Atlantic University Sport for the week ending Sept. 22.

Mr. Kelly’s goal in a 2-1 victory over the St. Francis Xavier marked the Sea-Hawks first home goal and win of the season. He continued to cause the X-Men trouble throughout the entire game with his explosive speed and offensive talent. In the rematch the next day, he continued to wreak havoc on the X-Men as he was a dominant force and scored the Sea-Hawks only goal of the game.

Grad students AGM coming up
The annual fall general meeting of the Graduate Students' Union will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Engineering Board Room, located on the fourth floor of the Engineering Building, Room EN-4002.

All graduate students at MUN are strongly encouraged to attend. This is the opportunity for grad students to find out what the GSU has been up to and to help set the direction for upcoming initiatives and activities.

For further information please contact Heather Smith, GSU vice-president (communications and research), at 737-4395 or by e-mail at gsuvpr@mun.ca, or see www.mun.ca/gsu.

Injured officer doing better
A Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officer injured while investigating a break and entry scene in the University Centre remains in hospital but his condition is improving, said a spokesperson for the RNC.

“He’s doing much better, we’re happy to say,” said Acting Inspector Paula Walsh (Buckle).

During the investigation, the officer fell from a ladder and struck his head.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the incident continues.