Bassler recognized by Jewish community
Dr. Gerhard Bassler, professor emeritus in history,
is among four people being honoured by the Hebrew Congregation
of Newfoundland and Labrador for outstanding contributions
to Jewish education in the province.
The public is invited to the Holocaust Memorial Service, Sunday,
April 25, at 8 p.m., at Prince of Wales Collegiate on Paton
Street in St. John's where Dr. Bassler will be recognized
for developing and teaching Memorial University's first specialized
Holocaust course, Holocaust in Historical Perspective.
Guest speaker Frank Diamant will talk about The New Anti-Semitism
and Echoes of the Holocaust. Mr. Diamant is executive vice-president
of B'nai Brith Canada and head of its Institute for International
Affairs and League of Human Rights. He is publisher of The
Jewish Tribune, Canada's largest Anglo-Jewish publication.
The other honourees are Ernest J. Condon, Keith Samuelson
and Joseph Coffey. Refreshments will follow the service.
English reveals promotional video
On Thursday, March 25, the Department of English revealed
its 20-minute promotional video to Dr. Axel Meisen and a room
filled with invited Memorial faculty and staff. Acting department
head Robert Hollett briefly introduced the video, crediting
Memorial’s Distance Education and Learning Technologies
as major players in its creation.
Mr. Hollett said the video is meant to serve several purposes,
including; student/faculty recruitment, communicating with
Memorial’s internal audience the objectives, goals and
successes of the English department as well as for promotional
use on the Web.
The video, which profiles student and faculty testimonials
from several different aspects of the English department,
including the Harlow experience, has already aired locally
on Roger’s Cable during a Seahawk’s basketball
game. Mr. Hollett says feedback thus far has been positive.
Kelly attends national camp
Memorial Sea~Hawks volleyball star Tom Kelly has been identified
by Volleyball Canada and awarded a tryout for the senior men’s
national team. After a stellar season that saw the Avondale
native being named an AUS first team all-star, Mr. Kelly travelled
to Quebec for selection camp on March 26-27 to duke it out
with the best in the country.
Sea~Hawks coach Michael Hayes called Mr. Kelly’s selection
“a great honour and recognition for a tremendous athlete.
It also shows the progress of our varsity program and gives
us positive exposure.”
Memorial’s team headed to finals
Memorial students Rachel Alwala (MBA), Trina Caines (MBA)
and Jennifer Turner (Biology) are headed west to compete in
the final round of the 2004 Canadian Evaluation Society’s
Student Evaluation Case competition. Memorial’s team,
dubbed Fastforward Consulting, will face Lighthouse Consulting
(University of Waterloo) and Collaborative Consulting Group
(University of Saskatchewan) in the competition’s final
round in Saskatoon on May 16.
In February, Memorial competed in the preliminary round of
this bilingual and multi-disciplinary event with eight other
teams from across Canada. The preliminary round was facilitated
online. Teams selected a time to receive a telephone call
from the organizers revealing the hidden location of the case
file on the Web. Each team then had five hours to review the
case and submit their report via e-mail. Judges then select
the best three submissions, based on content and presentation,
to determine who advances to the final round.
In the final round each team will have to deliver a 15-minute
live presentation and participate in a question and answer
session with the judges. The finals will coincide with the
Canadian Evaluation Society's Annual Conference being held
in Saskatoon from May 16-19.
Memorial’s team is coached by Bea Courtney and Collin
Perrier, two members of the local chapter of the Canadian
More information can be found at http://competition.evaluationcanada.ca/
Campus volunteers recognized
Those who give back to the community were recognized when
MUN’s Student Volunteer Bureau held its 18th annual
Volunteer Day on Wednesday, March 24, at R. Gushue Hall. Speakers
at the afternoon events included Penelope Rowe from the Community
Services Council, Dean of Student Affairs and Services, Dr.
Lilly Walker, Dr. Michael Collins, acting vice-president (academic)
and Edward Roberts, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and
But the highlight of the day was recognition of members of
the university community for their volunteer efforts. Archna
Shah was awarded the David Kirkland Student Leadership Award;
the Volunteer of the Year was Melanie Woodford; the Volunteer
Club/Society of the Year was Students for Literacy; the Volunteer
Centre of the Year was LBGT MUN; the Volunteer Residence of
the Year was Burke House; the Volunteer Faculty/Staff of the
Year was Bill Redden; and the Glenn Roy Blundon Award went
to Vivienne Kuester, an associate professor in the School
of Human Kinetics and Recreation