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(Oct. 31, 2002, Gazette)

Hosting Atlantic linguistics conference
Memorial’s Linguistics department hosts the 26th annual conference of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association Nov. 8-10 in St. John’s. The conference features over 40 papers on a wide range of language-related topics. Many focus on the conference theme of linguistics and literacy (in particular, child reading difficulties and literacy in aboriginal communities), as well as on the languages of eastern Canada.

All sessions occur in the Business Administration building, with the exception of the Murray Kinloch Memorial Lecture, to be delivered by Dr. Rebecca Treiman, Washington University in St Louis, which will take place in the Arts Annex, room AA-1046, on Friday Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. The afternoon of Saturday Nov. 9 (3 p.m.) features a panel on community literacy, involving representatives of various community groups.

The conference is open to all members of the university community, as well as the public. Further information, including a complete program, is available from the conference Web site at www.mun.ca/linguistics, via e-mail at apla26@mun.ca, or by contacting the Linguistics Department at 737-8134.

Women’s association gala concert
The Women's Association of Memorial University of Newfoundland (WAMUN) has an impressive line up of entertainment scheduled for its annual Gala Scholarship Concert and Champagne Reception. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m. at the D.F. Cook Recital Hall, School of Music and will feature a wide variety of performers, ensembles and styles to suit all tastes.

The roster includes performances by Michael Snelgrove and Katie Sullivan, trumpet duet, with Stephen Candow, organ; Caroline Schiller, soprano and Maureen Volk, piano; Chris Anstey, Adam Press, Chris Ryan, piano trio; Mary O'Keeffe, harpsichord; The Ceilidh Singers, directed by Jacinta MacKay-Graham; Mihoko Burton, flute and Maureen Volk, piano; The MUN Brass Quintet, director Ken Knowles. The artistic director is Ki Adams.

Tickets are available by calling the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development at 737-4354 or toll free 1-877-700-4081. Tickets are $40 (with a tax receipt for $25) and they include admission to the concert and the champagne reception. Proceeds from the concert will provide graduate and undergraduate scholarships for deserving students, regardless of gender.

President to address Board of Trade
Memorial President Dr. Axel Meisen will address the St. John’s Board of Trade at a luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Holiday Inn. Networking starts at 12:30 p.m. with the luncheon at 1 p.m. sharp. Dr. Meisen will speak on the topic Shaping the Future. Tickets for members for this luncheon are $35 including HST and for non-members $45 including HST. To order please contact Carol Hanlon at 726-2961, ext. 6; fax 726-2003; or email chanlon@bot.nf.ca. (Note: Memorial University is a founding member of the St. John’s Board of Trade)

Be part of the alumni awards
Five remarkable Memorial alumni will be honoured at a gala dinner at the Marine Institute on Thursday, Nov. 14. Starting at 6:30 p.m., Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD) will host Tribute 2002: A Celebration Of Alumni Excellence, the 21st annual alumni awards, on behalf of the Alumni Association of Memorial University.

“This event is an exciting part of this year’s Celebrate Memorial. We’ve planned a welcoming reception, a tasty served meal, and great entertainment. Plus we all get to find out a little bit more about five outstanding people. Their commitment to excellence is a source of pride for everyone who has an affinity for Memorial University,” said John Kearsey director of AAD and emcee for the event. “In addition to that, guests will be entertained by the MUN String Quartet, The Fantastics, and the Upsilon Singers. And we’ll have a unique multi-media look into the lives and achievements of our award recipients.”

Awards chair Dr. Linda Inkpen (B.Sc.’69, B.Ed.’70, B.Med.Sc.’72, M.D.’74), 1988 Alumna of the Year, will lead the formal presentations to award recipients Eric Jerrett (Dip. Eng.'61), Heather (Shapter) Billou (BA '89), Dr. Wayne Ludlow (B.Sc.'62, B.Ed.'63), Sara Sexton (Ed. Dip.), and Dr. R. Bruce Aylward (B.Sc./M.D.'85).

“At $35 per person the reserved-seating tickets are a great value, but they have to be purchased in advance. I encourage everyone who wants to take part in this landmark event to order their tickets now,” said Mr. Kearsey.

To purchase your ticket call 737-4354 or order by e-mail at munalum@mun.ca.

Tables of eight or 12 are available for purchase by groups. For more information visit: www.mun.ca/munalum/tribute1.html