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In Brief

New members appointed to Board of Regents

Two new members have been appointed to Memorial University’s Board of Regents. Darin King, provincial minister of Education, announced Oct. 22 that Bill Matthews has been appointed as a regular member, and Auburn Warren is appointed as an alumni representative.

“Memorial University has an important and unique role to play in the social and economic development of our province,” said Minister King. “As such, I am pleased to announce today the appointment of two individuals who will help guide the university in all its future endeavours. I have every confidence that Mr. Matthews and Mr. Warren will make an invaluable contribution to the Board of Regents.”

Memorial University’s Board of Regents is responsible for the management, administration and the affairs of the university. It comprises a diverse group of individuals representing business, social and educational sectors as well as students.

More smoke-free areas

The properties owned or operated by Memorial University in and around the Health Sciences Centre (HSC) are now smoke-free.

The Health Sciences Centre is operated jointly by Eastern Health and Memorial University. While the HSC spaces occupied by the Faculty of Medicine, Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy, the Animal Care Unit and the Biomedical Division of Technical Services are already smoke-free under university policy, Memorial has agreed to a request from Eastern Health to follow its lead in making outdoor areas adjacent to the buildings smoke-free as well.

Eastern Health’s request was an effort to have a consistent practice in place in the organizations’ shared properties inside Clinch Crescent.

“The university units in the HSC were concerned that inconsistent procedures regarding smoking would lead to confusion and to smokers congregating in Memorial’s part of the property,” said Kent Decker, Memorial’s vice-president (administration and finance). “Now Memorial units that are co-located with Eastern Health units will follow new guidelines that are consistent with Eastern Health’s ban on smoking indoors and outdoors on properties it owns or operates.”

He noted that smoking cessation programs for MUN employees working in the HSC are available through Human Resources; call Laura Chapman at 737-7405 or e-mail

Annual report takes gold

Memorial University has been singled out yet again for its Novel Ideas: President’s Report 2008, a publication crafted inside the university that has already garnered numerous awards nationally and internationally.

Members of the Division of Marketing and Communications accepted the 2009 Award for Best Brochure and Catalogue for Novel Ideas: President’s Report 2008 in Halifax Oct. 28. The annual report was also recognized with two Craft Awards: one for writing and one for design. The ICE (Innovation, Creativity,
Enterprise) Awards are organized by a diverse group of Atlantic Canadian advertising and marketing professionals.

Considering the ICE Awards is an advertising- and marketing-dedicated event, Memorial’s executive director of the Division of Marketing and Communications Victoria Collins said the award is particularly satisfying as institutional publications are not typically included in the competition.

“It’s a real morale booster,” said Ms. Collins. “The ICE award will hopefully help attract more creative individuals to come and work at Memorial, as well as build on the university’s visibility nationwide.”