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December 11, 2003
 Alumni Notes & Quotes


Alumni Notes & Quotes

"It’s a challenge to get the most out of limited resources. But we still maintain that health care must be a priority. It’s obviously the number one priority, and when government prepares a budget we really feel that it has to target its priority items."

— Dr. Susan King (B.Med.Sc.’78, MD ’80), Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association president, commenting on the need for the Progressive Conservative government to make health care their top priority in the budget. The Telegram, Nov. 28

Grenfell graduate Jason Chaulk (B.Sc.’02) was recently awarded an Interdisciplinary Colorectal Cancer Research Studentship, one of five awarded in Canada, through the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. It is $16,000 a year for two years. Mr. Chaulk is working on an M.Sc. at Memorial’s St John’s campus.

"How did a deficit of slightly more than $60 million, which the Liberals projected last spring, grow to a record $690 million this fall?"

— Bob Benson (BA ’62) writing in his column examining the limited options the government faces when 24 per cent of revenues go to pay interest on the provincial debt. The Telegram, Nov. 30

Roland Abbott (B.Ed.’54) received the community service award from the Newfoundland Heritage Society, awarded in part for his role in getting a public library for Musgrave Harbour and a museum for Doating Cove. He wrote a column for the Gander Beacon for 25 years, transcribed headstones in at least a dozen local cemeteries, and served as justice of the peace, as well as councillor and mayor of Musgrave Harbour. In addition to that he has authored three historical books.

"It’s better to be sincere in one language than a twit in both."

— Chancellor John Crosbie (LLD’99) in a collection of notable quotes by federal politicians. CanWest News Service, Nov. 28

Pauline Downer (B.Comm (Hons)’81, MBA’98) can add the coveted FCA to her title after Jan. 31. That’s when she will be designated Fellow of Chartered Accountants, the highest honour the Institute of Chartered Accountants can bestow on a member. Ms. Downer is a professor in the Faculty of Business Administration.

"There are dancing Christmas trees and all those things starting to circulate now. But you can’t always believe where they say they are from. The ability for [computer virus] infection is quite high, especially if you don’t have virus protection on your machine."

— Randy Dodge (B.Sc.’75), manager, technical support, Computing and Communications, Memorial University, quoted in an article on the recent spam barrage that slowed Memorial’s e-mail service to a crawl. The Telegram, Nov. 30



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