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Engineers rock poverty

MUN’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-MUN) will host its fourth annual Let’s Rock Poverty music festival in March.

The shows are billed as a celebration of Newfoundland talent and an effort to raise awareness about international development. They take place at the Rockhouse on George Street on March 6 and 7.

Let’s Rock Poverty will feature performances from local bands including Catcher.

EWB-MUN has helped finance four four-month volunteer placements in Ghana and Malawi, and two year-long volunteers in Malawi and Zambia. Proceeds from this event will support EWB’s overseas program and help send two more local volunteers from Newfoundland overseas in 2008. “The knowledge and experience shared by returned overseas volunteers is essential in ensuring that EWB's work in Canada has the greatest possible positive impact on the developing world. Without EWB's overseas program, chapters would lack the essential knowledge and experience to drive positive change,” said Ian Froude, former overseas volunteer.

Paperless pay campaign a success

Memorial’s paperless pay campaign has wrapped up.

Since the start of the campaign in January, nearly 700 people have opted out of paper pay stubs in favour of keeping track of their pay online.

There are now more than 1,400 employees receiving paperless pay. That equals over 74,000 sheets of paper and envelopes saved a year. Although the month long campaign is over, employees can opt out at any time by going to

The paperless pay campaign is a project of the Sustainability Office, Distance Education and Learning Technologies, the Department of Finance and Administration, and Human Resources.

For more information on this and other sustainability initiatives, see or e-mail

Communicator survey underway

Employees are invited to share their thoughts for a chance to win a prize. The Communicator wants to hear the opinions and thoughts of staff, faculty and retirees on its future direction and design. You can complete a short online confidential survey for a chance to win a 16 GB iPod Touch, valued at more than $300. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

For participants wishing to be eligible for the prize by including their e-mail address, a random draw will take place in early March for the grand prize: a 16 GB iPod Touch, generously provided by Memorial's Computer Purchasing Centre, located in the Computing Services Building (T-12).

The deadline to complete the survey to be eligible for the grand prize draw is 4 p.m., Friday, March 6.

You can find the survey online at

marcomm/communicator.php. As well, if anyone would like to participate in a focus group to discuss The Communicator in greater detail, please contact Shannon O'Dea Dawson, communications co-ordinator with Human Resources at 682-0540 or

Renouf continues to chair Rooms

Dr. Priscilla Renouf has been re-appointed as chair of the board of the Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador. The announcement was made by Clyde Jackman, minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation.

Dr. Renouf is the Canada Research Chair in North Atlantic Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. She is a past board member of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and was instrumental in developing that museum’s first strategic plan.