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Veterans honoured at memorial service
The Canadian Merchant Navy Veterans Association held a ceremony to commemorate the dedication of the Newfoundland Merchant Navy Memorial at the Marine Institute.

Eleven years ago this week, merchant navy veterans and their fallen comrades were honoured with the unveiling of this memorial. The memorial contains the names of the ships that sank in this area and the 333 individuals who gave their lives.

During the ceremony, 20 of the 333 names which appear on the memorial were remembered.

Ten of these veterans served on Newfoundland registered vessels and 10 served on foreign vessels during the Second World War.

Senator Ethel Cochrane, Trevor Taylor, provincial minister of Innovation Trade and Rural Development, St. John's Mayor Dennis O’Keefe, Dr. Eddy Campbell, acting president of Memorial University, and Glenn Blackwood, executive director of the Marine Institute were on hand to honour the veterans.

“The Marine Institute is honoured to pay tribute to the courage, fortitude and strength of merchant mariners,” said Mr. Blackwood. “We will continue to reflect on the lives lost and those who fought to make our lives better. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

Helping charity through video games
A unique charity fundraiser last month on Memorial’s St. John’s campus had students, faculty and staff members trying some of the latest video games and vying for top bragging rights.

The Commons Gaming Day went ahead Aug. 22 with the goal of raising money for the Iris Kirby House and collect items for the Campus Food Bank.

Participants tried their hands at three different video games: Unreal Tournament 2003; Mario Cart Wii; and Wii Sports.

“This has been a idea that we have been tossing around for a while but it just hasn’t gotten off the ground,” said Chad Healey, an IT consultant with The Commons and one of the organizers of the event. “It came about when we were thinking what we could do for charity with the facilities we have here at The Commons. This idea came up and everyone agreed that it would be an excellent way for our clients to have a great time while giving to some well deserving causes.”

Mr. Healey said there are already plans to make the gaming night a yearly event or even once a semester if the response is positive.

Ryan defends spelling
Ginny Ryan, director of the Writing Centre, was Ramona Dearing's guest on CBC Radio's Crosstalk Sept. 4 for the topic Does Spelling Matter? Apparently the inspiration for this particular show came from the controversy raised by a professor in the U.K. who argued in a recent article that alternative spellings should be deemed acceptable.

“I am simultaneously delighted and nervous about being the guest on this show,” said Ms. Ryan before the appearance. “I know spelling to be a very contentious issue, both popularly and academically, So I'm delighted to have the chance to explore an inherently philosophical issue in which I'm immersed on a daily basis, and nervous least totalitarians of either stripe phone in with lynching on their minds.”

Engineering introduces new program
The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has introduced a new process engineering program to satisfy the needs of various processing industries, including oil and gas, and mineral processing.

The bachelor of engineering, major in process engineering, program is built around green and clean engineering, and graduates of the program will be safety- and environmentally-conscious engineers, who will contribute towards sustainable engineering development – a priority for the process and allied industries.

Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is the only school in Canada to offer this unique program. While other Canadian universities offer a chemical engineering program, which focuses on the processing of chemicals, process engineering places emphasis on the processing rather than the chemicals. It will look at the processing of petrochemical, oil, gas, minerals, food and any other material used to obtain valuable products.