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In brief

Online opportunities

Post-secondary students from across the province will have the opportunity to land jobs and gain practical career advice this month without ever having to leave their apartments or dorms.

For the third year, Memorial is partnering with the College of the North Atlantic to offer a Virtual Job Fair.

The high-tech initiative has proven to be a popular event for students and alumni seeking career guidance who aren’t able to visit career centres at either the university or college.

Students can learn how to polish their resumes and fine-tune their cover letters. More importantly, students will have an opportunity to view and apply for jobs online, connecting with potential employers.

Students can register for the fair until March 30, while the actual online event runs from March 16-30.

Students can register for the third annual Virtual Job Fair by visiting

Sustainable days

Memorial is getting ready for the second annual Sustainability Days. The Students for Sustainability Coalition will come together to deliver a unique event for Memorial's St. John's campus from March 23-25.

The event includes Fair Trade Day on March 23, where MUN Oxfam and Engineers without Borders will team up to sell fair trade goods in the University Centre, Water Day on March 24 and Reduce Waste-Emissions Day.

The highlight of the week is a lecture by Maude Barlow, the senior advisor on water to the president of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Her talk takes place at the D.F. Cook Recital Hall in the School of Music at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24

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New bursary honours Wynanne Downer

The Corner Brook chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women named the first winner of the Dr. Wynanne Downer Bursary at the annual Bread and Roses Dinner Sunday night.

The bursary, valued at a minimum of $500, was awarded to Jaclyn Mercer of Grand Falls, a fourth-year bachelor of science student (psychology) at Grenfell College.

The dinner, hosted by the Corner Brook Status of Women Council, was held at the Grenfell College Student Centre Food Court.

“The CFUW-Corner Brook decided to honour Dr. Wynanne Downer, one of its co-founders, by establishing an award in her memory,” said Linda Norman-Robbins, president. Dr. Downer passed away in 2007 after a lengthy battle with cancer. “Those who were fortunate to have known Dr. Downer will agree this is a fitting tribute to her life as an educator and a passionate volunteer.”

Long tradition of giving

Did you know that the blood program in Newfoundland and Labrador began in 1958 and the first mobile blood donor clinic was held at Memorial University in February 1959?

Paul McGrath, regional manager, Communications, with Canadian Blood Services Atlantic Region, said that first clinic collected 112 units of blood. “At that time, 10,000 units of blood were required yearly to meet the needs

of hospitals in Newfoundland and Labrador,” he said. “Today, Canadian Blood Services needs to collect almost 28,000 units of blood yearly to meet the needs of hospitals province wide.”

Fifty years after the first mobile blood donor clinic, Canadian Blood Services is hoping Memorial will continue that strong tradition of giving at a clinic Thursday, March 26, at R. Gushue Hall.

Clinic hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., and 4:45-7:30 p.m.

For more information or to book your appointment,

call Canadian Blood Services at 1-888-2DONATE (1-888-236-6283).