MUN swimmer tops the country
Swimmer George Colbert of Memorial University was named
Canadian university athlete of the week earlier this month.
Mr. Colbert collected seven medals en route to being named
swimmer of the meet at the Atlantic University Sport swimming
championships. The native of Mount Pearl won gold in the
100-metre backstroke, 50 backstroke, and 100 butterfly,
took silver in the 50 butterfly, and helped the Seahawks
to bronze medals in the 400 and 800 freestyle relays, and
400 medley relay.
Gander alumni get look at doc
The Memorial University Alumni Association is hosting a
special event to screen the documentary Letters From Eliza,
in Gander on Monday, Feb. 26. The doors open at 7:30 for
an 8 p.m. screening at the College of the North Atlantic,
room 201. Admission is free and there will be complimentary
This moving story of exile and family reclaimed was filmed
in Patagonia, Argentina, and in Newfoundland. Principals
from the film development and production will be on hand
to give a short overview and to answer questions.
The made-for-television film documents the life of Eliza
(Elliott) Lewis of Fogo, Newfoundland. As a young girl in
1914 she left with her newly married mother and her stepfather
Bill Downer to move to Patagonia, Argentina. Though she
lived to be 103 she never again returned to Newfoundland.
But through her letters she stayed in touch with various
members of the family back home. The most prolific and prolonged
letter writing took place between Eliza and Mary (Payne)
Scammel. These two best friends corresponded for almost
90 years until Mary died in the 1980s.
Filmmakers Dave Quinton and Don Downer traveled with a camera
crew to begin this film in the spring of 2000. In Patagonia,
they tracked down and interviewed relatives, and visited
hometowns, grave sites and ranches. Eliza Lewis celebrated
her 100th birthday with cameras rolling and the governor
of Santa Cruz (now president of Argentina) present. Two
of her offspring returned to Newfoundland in 2001 and were
filmed at Fogo and at Eastern Tickle visiting the former
dwelling sites of relatives.
Eliza Lewis died in October of 2002, one month short of
her 103rd birthday. She had viewed a rough cut of the film,
however, before her death.
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Irish and Canadian travel scholarships
The Ireland Canada University Foundation, which is chaired
by former president Dr. Patrick Hillery and Dr. Craig Dobbin
from Newfoundland, is offering short visit travel scholarships
both ways this year, for Irish scholars to visit Canada
and Canadian scholars to visit Ireland.
The ICUF scholarship program has been operating since the
establishment of the foundation some 10 years ago, but this
is the first year that scholarships are being offered for
Canadian scholars to visit Ireland.
These scholarships are sponsored by commercial companies
in both Ireland and Canada, and are targeted at young emerging
scholars to support their research in topics which relate
to both Ireland and Canada.
Details of the foundation and of the scholarships is available
Craig Dobbin sponsored the chair of Canadian Studies in
UCD in 1993 and the foundation was established shortly after.
He is the chairman and CEO of the CHC Helicopter Corporation
which is the leading helicopter leasing company in the world.
He also acts as the honorary Consul General for Ireland
in Newfoundland and Labrador. Dr. Dobbin received an honorary
doctor of laws degree from Memorial University in 2000.
Engineering alumni and MBA student Mark Gillingham has been
chosen one of three semifinalists for the CIBC student entrepreneur
of the year award. The competition started with 120 applicants
from across the country and last weekend, Mr. Gillingham
travelled to Halifax where he beat out two other competitors
to become the Atlantic Canada and Quebec finalist. Now,
he's up against three other entrepreneurs for the $2,000
Mr. Gillingham, a 27-year-old from Gander, is one of the
owners of Cathexis Innovations Inc. which provides wireless
asset management solutions that allow for rapid and efficient
deployment of barcode, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).
The founders of Cathexis, Mark Simms, Colin Power, Steve
Taylor and Mark Gillingham, are all graduates of Memorial's
undergraduate engineering program in electrical and computer
The idea to start a company grew out of the term six robotics
project and the four then formed the company in 2001, a
year before graduating. Cathexis now has about 14 people
on staff and they have just signed an international contract
to grow their business. In addition to the cash prize, Mr.
Gillingham says the media recognition for the company and
being recognized by his peers as having succeeded in his
entrepreneurial goals is worth just as much. Mr. Gillingham
is currently working on an MBA at Memorial University. The
winner will be chosen on May 11 at the CIBC Student Entrepreneur
of the Year gala dinner in Toronto.