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Marine Institute employee a real pro
The Marine Institute has another reason to celebrate. Angie Clarke, placement officer, has been honoured with a national award.

The Student Affairs and Services Association (SASA) has selected Ms. Clarke as its winner of the 2008 New and Emerging Professionals Award. The official announcement was made at the annual Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) Conference held at Memorial University in St. John’s from June 22 to the 25.

The new award won by Ms. Clarke encourages a professional who has been working in student affairs/services less than five years and acknowledges outstanding potential, while rewarding service and leadership in the profession early in one’s career. The recognition consists of a commemorative plaque and a cash award.

While Ms. Clarke is currently a Placement Officer filling a replacement position in the Placement Office, she has spent the last several years as the institute’s Student Liaison Officer. That role allowed her to deal directly with students, addressing a variety of issues from academics to student loans. She’s especially known for working with first year students as they adjust to post-secondary life and coordinating the faculty advisor program.

New program to develop teaching scholars
The first graduates of the Certificate in Medical Teaching finished June 18 with an evening of presentations on the medical teaching projects they undertook over the past year.

The program was developed by Dr. Vernon Curran, director of Academic Research and Development in the Faculty of Medicine. It was offered through Professional Development and Conferencing Services and required the completion of graduate course MED 6100: Teaching and Learning in Medical Education.

In the 10-month program the participants critically examined key principles, theoretical perspectives, and strategies and methods of teaching and learning in medicine. The course used a flexible, blended learning approach. Participants participated in monthly seminars and completed a self-directed medical education project. Seminars were supplemented by readings, web-based learning tutorials and online discussions.

Faculty of Arts now offers major in police studies
Students interested in pursuing a major in police studies can now do so right here at Memorial.

The Faculty of Arts has announced it will be offering the program in the 2008/2009 academic year.

Following the success of the Diploma in Police Studies which began in 2004 and has graduated 112 constables to date, the Faculty of Arts and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary have partnered again on this new initiative.

Police officers today need the problem-solving abilities and critical thinking strategies that an arts education can provide and all those involved agree that a continued connection with the university is of great importance.

The new major will make it easier for those constables who have already completed the diploma program to go on to finish a BA as they would already have completed 15 courses towards their undergraduate degree.

The program also includes an optional internship component with the Department of Justice or the RNC. Several new courses in police studies will also be offered.

Whereas the successful completion of the Diploma in Police Studies guarantees employment with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, the major in Police Studies is for experienced police officers and for others working within a policing environment who wish to obtain a university degree. It is intended to promote critical thinking about social issues to those working in a policing environment and not as a professional qualification.

National post for former chair
A former head of Memorial’s Board of Regents has been appointed to a national association. Lorne Wheeler, who served as chair from 2004-2006, was appointed June 27 as a Newfoundland and Labrador member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Mr. Wheeler has close ties to Memorial.

In addition to serving on the Board of Regents he also earned bachelor degrees in education and history from Memorial and taught undergraduate history at the university under a graduate fellowship.