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Voting underway for alumni board reps

Voting for the alumni representatives on the Board of Regents is taking place until Aug. 18. There are currently 39 nominees vying for the six alumni positions on Memorial University’s Board of Regents.

If you are a Memorial alumni, go online to to cast your vote. Biographies and photos of nominees will be posted online with an electronic ballot.

Dr. Penny Blackwood, director of Memorial’s Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, said the university’s 66,000-plus alumni will have the chance to shape Memorial University’s direction whether as voters, as nominators or through hands-on involvement in its governance.

“One of the most important factors determining the strength of a university is the vibrancy of its alumni body, said Dr. Blackwood. “A connected, involved alumni body is the greatest common denominator of universities that attract the largest pools of qualified students and top the national rankings.

“The Board of Regents has 30 members, and being able to choose six gives MUN alumni a measure of influence in setting the University’s strategy and direction.”

She added that alumni who have put themselves forward for election this year are passionate about their alma mater and keen to help set its course.

“Vote for the fellow alumni who you think have the enthusiasm, ideas and commitment needed to make a worthwhile contribution to the Board of Regents.”

Each member of the alumni association may vote only once using the number assigned on their Spring/Summer 2008 edition of Luminus magazine, or their Memorial University Student Number. Paper-based mail-in ballots are available upon request by calling the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development at 737-4354 or 1-877-700-4081.

Successfully elected alumni will be notified in the week following the week of Aug. 25, 2008. Alumni representatives are elected for a three-year term which begins Sept. 1, 2008.

The management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business and affairs of Memorial University are vested in the Board of Regents.