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Virtual Job Fair a success

A recent partnership between Memorial and the College of the North Atlantic was a big hit. The 2008 Virtual Job Fair, an online partnership to connect students and alumni with employment opportunities, saw an increase in participation rates for employers, employees and job postings. From March 12-26, more than 2,000 prospective employees connected with 60 employers, the majority of whom were from Atlantic Canada. It’s the second time the fair has taken place. There was a 22 per cent increase in employers who participated compared to last year, and a 17 per cent increase in prospective employees, mainly students and alumni. Job seekers could register and apply at no charge at http://jobfair.orbiscommunications.com/home.htm while recruiters reached out to classrooms and homes with job postings and links to websites containing additional employment opportunities. This job fair continues to grow in popularity among students looking for summer employment, upcoming or recent graduates looking for full-time employment and alumni looking for a career change and advancement.

PhD student nets major award

Robyn Auld, a fourth-year PhD biology candidate, has recently been selected as one of three Atlantic Canadian recipients of the 2008 Graduate Student Award of Merit from the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada. Ms. Auld will receive a $2,500 prize which is given annually to women graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the university or general community while maintaining exemplary academic records. She is currently researching the life history of the hairy chinch bug, a common lawn pest in Newfoundland and Labrador. Her efforts may lead to better pest management strategies that can benefit homeowners and the environment. Throughout her university career, Ms. Auld has participated in causes and activities she feels strongly about, both at Memorial University, and in the community at large.

National recognition for outreach project

A special project which began at Memorial two years ago is getting some national attention. A profile of Mobilizing Knowledge for Sustainable Regions in Newfoundland and Labrador has been published in the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s (SSHRC) annual Performance Report for 2006-2007. The project, which is partly funded by SSHRC, is managed by Memorial’s Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, the regional policy and development arm of the university.

The Mobilizing Knowledge for Sustainable Regions in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as the Memorial University Regional Inventory (MURI) projects are designed to enhance collaboration between Memorial University and individuals, communities and organizations in the province. MURI will be a web-based database of university initiatives relating to sectors, communities and issues relating to Newfoundland and Labrador. The Mobilizing Knowledge project will work with the Regional Councils of the Rural Secretariat to determine research needs for regional planning and match these with existing work at Memorial and the College of the North Atlantic.

SSHRC submits its Performance Report annually to ensure accountability to Canadians through Parliament. It documents SSHRC’s achievements against planned priorities and objectives. The Report contains information about the achievements of SSHRC-funded researchers and students.

Dump and Run is back

Would you like to clean your clutter while supporting a fund-raising campaign? Memorial University’s environmental society Project Green is collecting re-usable items for its seventh annual Dump and Run community yard sale.

Project Green is asking people to bring clothing, non-perishable food, furniture, household items, sports equipment, tools or anything that is in good condition to Hatcher House on the St. John’s campus April 10 through April 18.

The giant sale will then take place April 19-20. A pick-up service will be provided to donators from April 15-19. For more info, e-mail enviro@mun.ca or visit www.mun.ca/projectgreen.

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