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Memorial launches 2010 President's Report: Wish You Were Here

Dr. Gary Kachanoski, left, chats with Minister of Education Dr. Darin King after formally presenting him with the President's Report.

Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University of Newfoundland, has officially released Wish You Were Here: President’s Report Highlights 2010.

On Nov. 10, 2010, Dr. Kachanoski met with Minister of Education Dr. Darin King to formally present him with the document.

The 2010 report is a website and a 72-page brochure that includes highlights of the university’s accomplishments over the past year. Both the web version and the highlights brochure contain the university’s financial statements and a collection of statistics on the province’s only university, the largest post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada.

The report’s conceptual theme, Wish You Were Here, draws on the one-time ubiquitous postcard message. The phrase was penned so often by those enjoying a postcard-perfect holiday, some cards became available with the sentiment pre-printed.

Each snapshot, then, encapsulates the individual success stories – covering research, teaching and community involvement – of how Memorial is making its mark around the globe. Dr. Kachanoski’s own journey from the role of vice-president (research) at the University of Alberta to president and vice-chancellor of Memorial is a fitting first entry in the university’s travelogue.

“I am finding my new adventure at Memorial exciting, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me,” Dr. Kachanoski noted in his message. “Not surprisingly, in this province many paths lead to each of Memorial’s campuses. But many adventures that begin here make the leap abroad. Each postcard shares one story of Memorial’s impact somewhere in the world.”

“We are on an exciting trajectory, just like this province,” Dr. Kachanoski noted. “Wish You Were Here shows you some of the pathways that have led to diverse experiences and remarkable achievements.”

In addition to the story highlights, Wish You Were Here details the institution’s research funding statistics, philanthropic support, graduate and undergraduate enrolment, the value and number of scholarships and fellowships awarded and tuition fees. It also details the number of faculty and administrative and support staff.

The 2010 president’s report will be distributed to community and business groups and educational leaders as well as to major donors, granting councils and other university supporters. Copies of the report’s highlights brochure can be requested by calling (709) 864-8663 or e-mailing
View the full report online at

The report was produced in-house at Memorial by staff in the Division of Marketing and Communications and the Department of Computing and Communications.


Highlights from the past year featured in Wish You Were Here

  • The North Atlantic Ocean – Thanks to a $14-million investment by the provincial government, Memorial’s Marine Institute established the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research which will delve into today’s most important fisheries research questions.
  • Gulf of Mexico – Dr. Bill Montevecchi, a behavioural ecologist, has been – and continues to be – a tireless advocate for the Newfoundland seabird populations and an indefatigable expert resource for media outlets during and after the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
  • Europe – Philosophy graduate and Cape Broyle native Joseph Carew is spending 10 months studying in France, Belgium and Germany as one of 17 students awarded the European Commission’s prestigious Erasmus Mundus EuroPhilosophie Scholarship.
  • Labrador – A partnership between Memorial University and the Nunatsiavut Government in Labrador will see Inuit students complete a bachelor of social work in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Nineteen students are preparing to become social workers on their home turf, with the intention of practising in their home community.
  • Haiti – After the devastating earthquake in January of this year, five Memorial nursing students worked to develop a disaster response mandate when they realized their national association had none. A clear plan of action is now being charted by the 25,000 strong organization.
  • The Arctic – Substantial investment to Memorial has established the $1 million Wood Group Chair in Arctic and Cold Region Engineering, allowing for the study of pipeline design, construction and operations for Arctic and other northern settings.