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(Sept. 5, 2002, Gazette)

Remembering Sept. 11
In the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedy, the Memorial University community responded by assisting passengers left stranded when air space was closed over the United States. The university also held a memorial service for those who died that day.

The university will hold a ceremony at noon this year to remember that day. Information on the location of the service will be announced at the Campus Ministries Web site at www.mun.ca/student/campusmin/ and through MUN Newsline.

Cultural and economic partnership
The Atlantic Canada Cultural and Economic Partnership, a $10 million, three-year pan-Atlantic initiative, was announced in Corner Brook on Aug. 15 by Gerry Byrne, federal minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and Sheila Copps, minister of Canadian Heritage. Funded jointly by ACOA and the Department of Canadian Heritage, the agreement will expire on March 31, 2005.

The Atlantic Canada Cultural and Economic Partnership represents a significant investment by the Government of Canada aimed at helping Atlantic Canadians to build on their significant cultural strengths.

“This funding will help generate economic benefits in the cultural and tourism sectors,” said Mr. Byrne. “At the same time, it will help promote the celebration of Atlantic Canada’s history and cultural diversity.”

Hoops tourney returning this fall
The Sea-Hawks men's basketball team will host the second 'Hawk Eyes Men's Invitational Basketball Tournament Oct. 10-12. The tournament promises to showcase some of the top teams in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) men's basketball. The Sea-Hawks will play host to the Ottawa Gee Gees, Université Laval Rouge et Or and the Brandon Bobcats for a three-day, round-robin exhibition tournament.

Sea-Hawks head coach Todd Aughey is excited to have secured some of the best talent in CIS men's basketball as he prepares his team for the upcoming season.

Second round of AIF funding underway
ACOA is now officially requesting proposals under Round II of the Government of Canada’s $300-million Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF).

The announcement comes on the heels of the government’s announcement last month of $155 million to 47 successful projects under Round I of the Fund. There will be $145 million available during the second round of funding. Deadline for submissions to ACOA is Nov. 27.

“I was very pleased with the results of Round I. They clearly demonstrate that research and development have a bright future in Atlantic Canada,” said Gerry Byrne, federal minister responsible for ACOA. “The impact of the AIF is already quite significant in that the $155 million announced for the successful projects has resulted in the leveraging of a further $205 million from universities, research institutions, national programs such as the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the private sector.”

A package containing guidelines for project proposal development under the AIF program is available from ACOA offices in the Atlantic region, or at www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca.

Social Work director’s list
Memorial University salutes the following students who have excelled in their program of study. In recognition of their achievement, their names have been added to the director’s list at the School of Social Work.
School Of Social Work Director’s List 1999-2000: Joanne Bath, Tanya Hawco, Kelly Higdon, Paula Howell, Stephanie Mercer, Heather Oldford, Victoria Reardon and Golda Thomas.

School Of Social Work Director’s List 2000-01: Joanne Bath, Karen Christopher, Amanda Clements, Christina Dyke, Vanessa Fitzpatrick, Corina Foley, Niki George, Melissa Gosse, Jillian Hand, Tanya Hawco, Kelly Higdon, Paula Howell, Krista Kendall, Angela Lawrence, Susan Manuel, Cher Mcdonald, Stephanie Mealey, Stephanie Mercer, Tia Morris, Heather Oldford, Melissa Pardy, Tracy Pickett, Suzanne Pike, Victoria Reardon, Janice Smith and Kimberly Taylor.

Marine Station opening
Memorial’s Bonne Bay Marine Station at Norris Point will officially open on Friday, Sept. 6. On hand for the opening will be Gerry Byrne, federal minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Kelvin Parsons, provincial minister of Industry, Trade and Rural Development, Robert Hicks, chairman of the Gros Morne Co-operating Association and Dr. Axel Meisen, president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University.

Built on the site of Memorial’s 30-year old biology field station, the new Bonne Bay Marine Station will serve as a teaching centre for marine biology and environmental studies students, a research complex and a marine interpretation centre for the public. The station is located at Norris Point, a village of about 900 people, located on the north side of Bonne Bay.