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Student wins national Poetry Face Off

The winner of the CBC’s national Poetry Face Off is Memorial University English student Randy Drover, originally from Upper Island Cove.

From January to March, 50 poets were commissioned by CBC Radio to write a brand new poem on the theme of Flight. The contest involved regional competitions and then a nationwide audience vote. Mr. Drover’s poem, Prevailing Auk, was announced as the winner on the May 1 edition of Q with Jian Ghomeshi.

Mr. Drover was also recently named the winner of this year’s Jeroboam Poetry Prize and placed second in this year’s Gregory J. Power Award.

Memorial well represented at arts awards

Memorial University was well represented at the 24th annual 2009 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Awards.

Among the winners were: Rob Power, Memorial graduate and associate professor of percussion at the Faculty of Music, who was the recipient of the Arts in Education Award; Kellie Walsh, Memorial graduate and sessional faculty member in choral music, who was awarded the Emerging Artist Award; Sherry White, Memorial graduate from the Sir Wilfred Grenfell theatre program, who was named Artist of the Year; and Drs. Angus and Jean Bruneau, long-time friends of Memorial, who were both awarded the Patron of the Arts Award.

The Arts Awards show and gala honours the accomplishments of Newfoundland and Labrador’s artists. Nominations for the Arts Awards are submitted by the arts community, arts organizations and the general public. Members of the arts council vote by secret ballot to select the finalists and winners.

Seeking nominations for community service award

Nominations are currently being accepted for a special award honouring Memorial University staff and faculty for their work in the community.

The President’s Award for Exceptional Community Service recognizes employees who are involved in helping by sharing scientific and scholarly expertise, by working with and supporting grassroots groups, and by volunteering their time to worthy causes, among other things.

“The President’s Award for Exceptional Community Service recognizes the important link between the university and the world outside the university,” said Dr. Eddy Campbell, Memorial’s acting president. “A number of years ago we began to shine a light on the considerable efforts of some faculty and staff who make significant contributions to their communities, sometimes in ways related to their work or study, sometimes not. They all share a common desire to help make the world a better place.

“We want to know who they are and what they have done, and to encourage people out there across the province and beyond to nominate someone who they think is making a difference.”

This year’s deadline is June 30.

In order to be considered, nominees must be full-time employees with a minimum of five years of continuous service and have made the cited community contributions while working at the university.

Full details about this award are online at