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In Brief

Kudos for volunteers
The spotlight shined brightly on the university’s own on April 9 during the 23rd annual MUN Volunteer Day Awards.

Students, residences and employees were honoured for their outstanding contributions both on and off campus.

Steph Power was named Student Volunteer of the Year, while Adam Daniels was this year’s recipient of the David Kirkland Student Leadership Award.
There was a tie for this year’s Volunteer Club/ Society of the Year awards – Engineers Without Borders and SIFE Memorial were honoured for their countless volunteer activities and projects.

Barnes House was chosen as the Volunteer Residence of the Year.

Chris Hibbs of Career Development and Experiential Learning received this year’s Staff Volunteer of the Year, while Dr. Angela Loucks-Atkinson from the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation accepted the Faculty Volunteer of the Year award.

Ed Loveless, a faculty member from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics accepted the Glenn Roy Blundon Award.

And, Facilities Management’s Carpentry, Electrical and Plumbing units won the Volunteer Department of the Year.

MUN Volunteer Day is co-ordinated and hosted by the Student Volunteer Bureau, and is a partnership of the Centre for Career Development and MUNSU.

Two credentials, one unique experience
The Faculty of Business celebrated another significant accomplishment with the Society of Management Accountants on March 3 when it officially signed the MBA/CMA agreement. This new partnership will make it easier for MBA students to earn the CMA designation.

The process of earning the CMA designation normally includes an entrance exam, the CMA strategic leadership program and the CMA case exam, but the MBA/CMA program will allow qualified students to be exempt from certain courses in the CMA strategic leadership program if they successfully complete an MBA course in that area. The requirements for entry into the MBA program remain the same.

The CMA designation is internationally recognized as a high standard for managerial accounting. This designation, combined with an MBA degree will make graduates highly competitive in the working world.

Grad student honoured
Christina Bourne, a graduate student in the Department of Biology, is the latest recipient of the Graduate Student Union Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The award is presented annually based on excellence in teaching-related activities as demonstrated by student comments, innovative teaching methods and evidence of exceeding normal teaching requirements.

Ms. Bourne works at the Writing Centre and is in the process of obtaining her M.Sc. in biology. She received an undergraduate (honours) biology degree from Memorial in 2005.

Dr. Yolanda Wiersma, an assistant professor of Biology, is Ms. Bourne’s supervisor and nominated her for the award.

She chose to nominate her student based on watching Ms. Bourne teach three one-hour lectures in Dr. Wiersma’s Principles of Ecology class.

This was one of the requirements for the GPT, a program that provides graduate students with training and practice in teaching at the undergraduate level.