Distance ed expands copyright clearance
Memorial University’s Distance Education and Learning
Technologies (DELT) is expanding its copyright clearance function.
DELT is now providing copyright clearance for courses taught
at the St. John’s campus as well as those taught by
distance. Faculty and staff can expect a seamless transition
of this function from University Relations to DELT, and can
continue to count on the expertise of the trusted staff providing
DELT has been obtaining copyright clearance for individuals
teaching distance education courses for many years. Movement
of the clearance function for on-campus courses to DELT streamlines
this function within a single department, enhancing this important
Nancy Simmons and Rosalind Bailey, copyright officers, are
available to assist faculty and staff with obtaining clearance
for any required course material. Ms. Simmons’ office
has moved from the Arts and Administration building to the
Education building, ED-2000F, in order to align this function
with the department; however, she can still be contacted at
ext. 2089 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright clearance at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College and Marine
Institute (MI) is not affected by this transition and will
continue to function as it has in the past.
With the fall semester on the horizon, faculty and staff are
advised to apply as soon as possible, no later than mid-June.
For more information regarding copyright clearance, please
contact: On-campus courses, Nancy Simmons 737-2089, ED2000F,
For distance courses, Rosalind Bailey 737-7578, ED2000F email@example.com.
Dorm residence to go smoke free
Effective September 2004, Grenfell's dorm residence will be
completely smoke-free. Currently two of the six floors are
designated as smoke-free, however because of requests from
students this will change in the fall.
Scott Furey, president of the Residence Council,
outlined his concerns in a letter to the Division of Student
“Of course, our first concern is health related,”
he said. “An entirely smoke-free residence would create
a healthy and safe living environment for all students living
in residence. Banning smoking in residence would not only
eliminate the presence of second-hand smoke in the building,
but would also prevent the potential fire-hazard that can
arise from students smoking in their rooms.”
Mary Sparkes, co-ordinator of Student Affairs and Services,
agrees that health and safety are the primary issues with
regards to the new policy. But there are other benefits as
well, she said. Banning smoking will save money because it’s
more expensive to replace carpets and painting in a smoking
There will still be an option for smoking students, however.
“One of the chalet apartments will remain a smoking
building,” she said. “Because the chalets are
separate structures, the smoke will be contained in this building.”
NSERC office headed to Moncton
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
has announced it will locate a regional office for Atlantic
Canada in Moncton. While NSERC invests more than $700 million
in university research across Canada each year, until now
its entire staff has been located in Ottawa. NSERC currently
supports the work of more than 1,400 researchers in 12 universities
across the Atlantic region.
“The new office will be involved in helping Atlantic
universities build research capacity and in stimulating innovation
in the communities of the region,” said NSERC President
The office will be staffed by four people whose main functions
will focus on communication and facilitating access to programs.
Priority will be placed on ensuring that the office serves
the whole Atlantic region.
Dr. Christopher Loomis, vice-president, (research), said that
while Memorial lobbied strongly to have the regional NSERC
office in Newfoundland, “we are pleased with NSERC's
decision to open an office in the region dedicated to the
needs of Atlantic Canada.