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Don Wright focus of Rooms exhibition
The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery is showcasing a series of local art by Don Wright from May 16 to July 6. A teacher and a co-founder of St. Michael’s Print Shop, Mr. Wright was an art specialist with Memorial’s Extension service from 1967 to 1983.

The exhibition is part of the Collections Focus Series, and is titled Don Wright: Of the Moment. It is the second in a series that showcases individuals who played a vital role in the development of visual art in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Some highlights of the exhibition include a tour of the exhibition by curator Caroline Stone on Wednesday, May 28, and a multimedia performance by Wright’s daughter Catherine Wright on Sunday June 8 and Wednesday June 11. For further details, see www.therooms.ca.

Volleyball coach named to Team Canada
The head coach of Memorial’s men’s volleyball team, Luke Harris, is heading to Central America this June as the assistant coach of the Canadian Junior National Team. Team Canada will participate in the Junior Continental Championship June 28 to July 6 in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Mr. Harris will travel to Winnipeg May 25-28 for the selection of the team. The top junior volleyball players from across Canada have been invited to participate in the camp. Mr. Harris said he is looking forward to the opportunity.

The head coach of the team is Canadian National Team assistant coach Chris Green and Mr. Harris said he hopes to learn a great deal from Mr. Green.
The purpose of the Junior National Team Program is to identify, select and train a group of young athletes who have future Senior National Team potential and offer them the opportunity to train and represent Canada in international competition at an earlier age.

BikeShare launched
Members of the Memorial community looking to get active just before summer all the while doing something good for the environment are in luck. The spring launch of BikeShare went ahead on Tuesday, May 20.

The concept is simple: participants borrow a well-maintained bicycle – donated by the greater community – to use for as little as a week or as long as semester.

The aim is to get more faculty, staff and students using pedal bikes instead of motorized vehicles.

The campaign is co-ordinated by MUN Project Green in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Membership is only $15, part of which is returned at the end of the semester. Participants can also volunteer three hours with Project Green instead of paying the fee.

More information about BikeShare is available at www.mun.ca/projectgreen/Who/.

Writer-in-residence visits Labrador
From April 8 to 11, Michael Crummey went where no writer-in-residence has gone before.

Thanks to the initiative of Memorial University’s English Department Mr. Crummey enjoyed a full five days of intense activity in Happy Valley/Goose Bay and Labrador West. One of the highlights of the trip for Mr. Crummey was an informal meeting with a group of local writers.

“There were writers there at all stages – some who were writing as a hobby, others who were interested in how to get published. The discussion was all over the map … which was great,” says Mr. Crummey.

The experience brought back his own excitement when author Kevin Major paid a visit to his high school in Labrador City.

“What a thrill it was to meet a writer from the place I was from, actually doing what it was I wanted to do.”

In addition Mr. Crummey read from his work at several well-attended formal events at the College of the North Atlantic and at the public library in both Happy Valley/Goose Bay and Labrador West.

His term as writer-in-residence was up at the end of April and Mr. Crummey has only positive things to say about the experience. He specifically mentions the level of professionalism in the work he saw from both the university community and members of the public.
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