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Recent grad lands national fellowship

By Jeff Green

Sarah Stoodley

Thanks to a prestigious national award, Sarah Stoodley is getting a chance to put her newly-minted marketing degree to good use right here at Memorial.

She’s one of just three people from across the country who has been awarded a 2008 TD Meloche Monnex Fellowship which includes a $25,000 award.

That money will help fund Ms. Stoodley over the next year as she works in advancement at Memorial, focusing her work on marketing, communications, student recruitment and alumni affairs and services.

Ms. Stoodley, who grew up in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, just graduated from Memorial with her bachelor of commerce (co-op) degree. As an undergrad she spent time working in various units including the Division of Marketing and Communications and Student Affairs and Services. Over the next year she’ll pan out and work with other units and departments on various projects.

“It is very exciting to have the opportunity to work on projects relating to advancement,” she noted recently, adding the fellowship means she has “an extra year to develop skills and experience in areas all over the university. I will get a chance to work with various departments on projects that are of interest to me and really make them my own.”

Ms. Stoodley officially started her fellowship on May 12 and she formally accepted it during the national conference of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) which was held in Kelowna, B.C., June 7-10. She will have an opportunity to present the projects she was involved with during CCAE’s 2009 conference in Hamilton, Ont., next June.

“This fellowship is giving me a chance to engulf myself in various hands-on projects throughout the university, allowing me to meet various staff and students and learn more about all facets of advancement,” Ms. Stoodley said. “It’s an exciting time to be at Memorial with lots of initiatives happening. I’m looking forward to the coming months.”

The goal of the TD Meloche Monnex Fellowship program is to recruit and train top alumni professionals in Canada.

This marks the second time in three years that Memorial was awarded a fellowship. In 2006, Darcy McMeekin, who is now the development officer with the School of Nursing and School of Pharmacy, was a recipient of a fellowship.
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