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April 8, 2004
 In Brief


In Brief

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 Evaluation Society.

More information can be found at

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 Labrador.

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



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