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Irish in Ireland

Memorial students interested in attending Irish language courses this summer in Ireland can apply for a new award that provides funds for travel, maintenance and course fees.

The award is offered in conjunction with the Ireland Canada University Foundation, which was established in 1993 by the late Dr. Craig Dobbin O.C., and former President of Ireland, the late Dr. Patrick Hillery, to encourage and facilitate scholarship links between Ireland and Canada.

These awards will be offered to one student registered in each of the six nominated Canadian universities to fund their participation in an Irish language based course in the Irish Gaeltacht in the summer of 2010. The selection in each case will be made by the Canadian university from amongst their Irish language students.

The course will be such that it is accepted for credit by the student’s university.
For further information, e-mail Professor Peter Ayres in the Faculty of Arts at The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday, March 5.

Faculty approve new contract

Memorial’s faculty union, MUNFA, has overwhelmingly approved a new contract agreement. During the vote cast Feb. 2, more than 96 per cent of members who voted approved the agreement. The vote was 413 in favour and 15 opposed.

The agreement was reached in December. A new contract will provide wage increases consistent with the provincial template providing an eight per cent salary adjustment effective Sept. 1, 2009, followed by four per cent increases on each Sept. 1, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The agreement was put in place for faculty, librarians and co-operative education co-ordinators.

The Board of Regents is expected to vote to ratify the agreement at its Feb. 8 meeting.

Former chair named national mentor

Former chair of the Board of Regents Edward Roberts has been named a national Trudeau mentor. Ten highly experienced Canadian leaders with backgrounds in government, business, the arts, aboriginal communities and public policy have each been assigned to mentor one or two promising doctoral students previously awarded the prestigious Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship.

The new Trudeau mentors will provide a uniquely experienced reality check to the research being conducted by the Trudeau scholars, ensuring that their work is applicable and actionable to the needs and concerns expressed by society.
“As citizens of the world, our mentors have a nationwide reputation based on their extraordinary achievements in their own particular field,” said Pierre-Gerlier Forest, president of the Trudeau Foundation. “All have declared themselves ready to share their knowledge and skills with young people embarking on their careers and to introduce them to their professional and social networks to accelerate their paths to success.”

Other mentors include Edward Broadbent, former leader of the federal NDP, former federal minister Pierre Pettigrew and Roberta Jamieson, former Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River.

Dr. Roberts served as a provincial MHA for almost 25 years, including a stint as leader of the Liberal party. He served as chair of the Board of Regents from 1997 until his appointment as lieutenant-governor in 2002. The university conferred an honorary doctor of laws degree on him in May 2003.