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Celebrating student achievement at MI

Fifty five Marine Institute students received $60,000 in scholarships at an evening celebration on Nov. 19 to recognize their commitment to pursuing their chosen careers in the oceans sector.

The annual Fall Scholarship and Awards Presentation celebrates student academic excellence and leadership skills and is made possible through the generosity of local and national businesses, organizations and individuals.

Each year, the scholarship program at the Marine Institute continues to grow and this year was no exception. Newly added scholarships include the Algoma Central Scholarship, the Canadian Association of University Women Scholarship, PanGeo Subsea Incorporate Scholarships, Robert Gillespie Reid Scholarship and the Janet Warf Memorial Scholarships.

In total, 67 scholarships were awarded. The Marine Institute is North America’s most comprehensive institute dedicated to education, training, applied research and industrial support for the oceans’ industries.

Seeking sweet music

This spring will see the university celebrating its 100th session of convocation. To mark the occasion, a request for proposals has been issued for a suite of ceremonial music to be performed at the May 2009 session and subsequent sessions of convocation.

The suite of music will include a processional of about six minutes, a three-minute solo interlude, a recessional of about six minutes duration, an arrangement for organ solo, an arrangement for trumpet and organ/piano, and an arrangement for brass quintet.

The language should be in keeping with the function of the music and within the accepted traditions of ceremonial music.

The request for proposals is addressed to professional composers who are alumni of Memorial University of Newfoundland or residents of (or have been residents of) Newfoundland and Labrador.

Composers interested in being considered for this commission should submit an expression of interest in the form of a letter, accompanied by three examples of work in both score and recording formats. A professional CV must accompany all applications.

The submissions will be reviewed by a panel of three musicians, including at least one composer and the university’s organist. The jury will look for evidence of originality in work which is compatible to the function required of the music.

Proposals with full documentation must be received by Dec. 31. Adjudication results will be announced on Jan. 15, 2009 with the final deadline for the completed score and parts being April 30, 2009. Please forward proposals to Executive Director, Division of Marketing and Communications, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5S7.

Maclean’s ranking unchanged

The Maclean’s magazine ranking of Canadian universities was released earlier this month and Memorial University has maintained its fifth place standing in the comprehensive university category.

Maclean’s ranks Canadian post-secondary institutions annually on a range of factors in six broad areas. Comprehensive universities like Memorial are ranked on 13 performance measures.

“Memorial’s numbers have remained consistent over the last year with eight of the 13 indicator rankings not changing at all,” said Paul Chancey, director of Memorial’s Centre for Institutional Analysis and Planning.

“Memorial did particularly well in terms of its total library expenditures, library holdings per student, student faculty ratio and operating budget.”

Memorial’s dean of Student Affairs and Services, Dr. Lilly Walker, said that while the university continues to build an excellent reputation, this year’s rankings identified some areas for improvement.

“We are aware of certain areas where Memorial needs to improve, particularly in terms of retention,” said Dr. Walker. “Over the next year, we will continue to focus on ways to improve in this area and in doing so we expect Memorial’s ranking to improve.”

According to the magazine, the 11 universities in the comprehensive category have a significant amount of research activity and a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including professional degrees.

Memorial is not reported in a number of tables in the Maclean’s rankings issue because the tables are based on data from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and from the Canadian Undergraduate Survey Consortium data. Memorial did not participate in the NSSE survey until 2008, but expects that this data will be reflected the next year’s Maclean’s rankings issue.

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