union seeks new leaders
Students in St. John’s will go to the polls to elect
a new students’ union council March 24-25. The Memorial
University of Newfoundland Students’ Union (MUNSU) council
includes a president, four vice-presidents and 31 councillors.
For more information, contact the chief returning officers
(CROs) John Bennett and John Galgay at 737-7633.
AUCC names new president
The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada has
named Claire Morris as president and CEO, effective April
5, 2004. Ms. Morris succeeds Robert J. Giroux, who is retiring
after leading AUCC since December 1995.
Appointed president and CEO for a five-year term, Ms. Morris
will join AUCC’s 13-member board of directors, and will
be responsible for managing the 93-member national higher
education association, which represents universities and university-degree
level colleges across the country. AUCC provides strong and
effective representation for its members, both in Canada and
abroad, facilitating the development of public policy on higher
education and encouraging cooperation among universities and
governments, industry, and communities. AUCC also manages
scholarships and a wide range of international programs.
In Ms. Morris, AUCC has attracted one of Canada’s most
respected senior public servants. Ms. Morris has been deputy
minister of intergovernmental affairs in the Privy Council
Office since May 2002, responsible for providing policy advice
on federal-provincial relations and for the conduct of First
Gwynne Dyer featured guest speaker
Memorial honorary alumnus Gwynne Dyer is the featured guest
speaker at a special meeting and networking reception co-hosted
by Canadians in Europe UK Chapter, Memorial University, and
Memorial Alumni celebrating the anniversary of Newfoundland
joining Confederation, March 31, 1949. Hon. Edward Roberts,
Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland, will be a special guest
at the event, taking place at the Commonwealth Club, 18 Northumberland
Avenue, London, England, on Thursday April 1, at 6 p.m. for
Dr. Dyer will deliver a lecture titled From The Island To
The World: Perspectives On Iraq, Terrorism And All That!
Dr. Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist,
broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more
than 20 years, but he was originally trained as an historian.
Born in Newfoundland, he received degrees from Canadian, American
and British universities, finishing with a PhD in military
and Middle Eastern history from the University of London.
Since then, his major activity has been his twice-weekly column
on international affairs, which is published by 175 papers
in 45 countries. Dyer's most recent book is Ignorant Armies:
Sliding into War in Iraq. His next book, due out in March,
2004, is Three Projects and a Few Funerals. He received
an honorary doctor of letters from Memorial in 2001.
To RSVP, contact, Debra Davis, managing director, Canadians
in Europe (020) 7722 9731 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeking top history papers
Memorial’s history society is holding an essay contest
for students. There will be a top prize of $500 for an essay
submitted by a third or fourth year student and a prize of
$250 for the best essay submitted by a first or second year
student. The essays will be judged by a committee headed by
department head Dr. Chris Youé. The deadline for entry
is Monday, March 22. A complete set of contest rules is posted
outside the history department office, A-4019. For more information,
Reaching into New England
Memorial University is seeking to build a better relationship
with the New England states during the Boston Seafood Show
this week. Glenn Blackwood, director of the Centre for Sustainable
Aquatic Resources at Memorial’s Marine Institute, gave
a public presentation on the fisheries connections between
Newfoundland and the greater New England area during the time
of the show.
The president of Memorial also travelled to Boston with an
important message for prospective students. “We now
have a series of new scholarships in place which are aimed
at assisting students from the United States who wish to study
at Memorial,” said Dr. Axel Meisen. “Given the
cultural and historical connections to Newfoundland, we are
inviting students who are looking for a first-rate education
in a truly unique environment but with strong ties to their
home, to take a look at Memorial.”
Both Mr. Blackwood and Dr. Meisen spoke at a special event
being held at the Boston Sheraton on Monday, March 15.
Mr. Blackwood’s presentation examined the challenges
facing the New England fishing industry today and discussed
how the university’s research and development capability
is benefiting partners in the region. Specifically, he talked
about how his centre is assisting the New England fishery
sector with by-catch issues, research on standardization of
trawls, and with the minimization of seabed impacts.