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Space solution

The Labrador Institute (LI) has secured federal funding to further support northern research and teaching. The institute, located on the campus of the College of the North Atlantic in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, has received $58,000 in infrastructure funding as part of the International Polar Year to renovate un-used offices on the campus, helping meet a space crunch. The new area will be used by existing staff, transient faculty, researchers and students, said Dr. Keith Chaulk, director of the institute.

This is the second successful Infrastructure proposal for LI in the last two months. The institute received roughly $1.8 million in funding earlier this year to establish a new research facility in North West River.

Both sets of renovations are anticipated to begin in the upcoming fall and winter.

Loeffler reaches Elbrus peak

Professor and adventurer Dr. TA Loeffler successfully reached the summit of Mount Elbrus on July 13, the highest peak in Europe. Dr. Loeffler, a professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, dedicated the climb to raising awareness of prostate cancer.

Her work and adventures have taken her to 35 different countries and five different continents. Her ultimate goal is to complete The Seven Summits, the highest peaks on all seven continents. As of today, she has successfully reached the tops of more than half of these peaks, and plans to tackle Everest once more in Spring of 2010.

For more information on Dr. Loeffler’s next adventure, visit

Coming home to Pharmacy

Plans are made and the anticipation is building for the first School of Pharmacy Alumni Homecoming, taking place the weekend of July 31-Aug. 2. This special event celebrates Pharmacy alumni and coincides with the 20th graduating class of the school.

The Homecoming Committee has organized a weekend filled with events and activities for alumni and their families including golf, a social evening downtown, a semi-formal dinner and dance with memorable music, as well as continuing education events highlighting our alumni.

One of the highlights is the first Pharmacy Alumni Achievement Award which will be presented at the Director’s Dinner and Dance on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Gushue Hall.

For more, see

Business students join the best

Only the best business students in the world, and the professionals who earned the distinction of “the Best in Business” during their academic careers, can claim membership in Beta Gamma Sigma.

The Memorial University Chapter congratulated the 52 students who have earned invitations this year. These students join an expanding worldwide network of more than 600,000 outstanding business professionals who have earned recognition through lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma.
Students ranking in the top 10 per cent of the baccalaureate and top 20 per cent of graduate programs at schools accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – are eligible for this invitation.

In 2002, Memorial’s Faculty of Business Administration became the first business faculty in Atlantic Canada to earn AACSB international accreditation. This is the highest distinction a business school anywhere in the world can receive.

An induction ceremony was held June 25, 2009.

For a list of students, see