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Grenfell seeks public participation in needs assessment

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, is asking members of the public to get involved in an upcoming assessment that will identify adult English as a second language (ESL) training needs in Corner Brook.

"Many rural areas in Newfoundland and Labrador have immigrants settling in their communities," said Hadija Drummond, Grenfell's ESL co-ordinator. "For many of these new immigrants, the development of effective communication skills is crucial for their successful integration into the community."

To that end, Grenfell Campus will conduct a needs assessment to determine the need for ESL courses for immigrant adults in the Corner Brook area. The assessment is supported by funding from the Newfoundland and Labrador Settlement and Integration Program.

"During the needs assessment process we will conduct interviews and hold focus group sessions with community stakeholders and potential clients," said Ms. Drummond. "We are looking for participants for these activities and ask anyone with knowledge of non-English speaking members of the community to contact us by telephone or email."

Individuals and organizations with such information are asked to contact either Marilyn Forward, program developer, Community Education, 709-637-6207, or Hadija Drummond, ESL co-ordinator, 709-637-6200 ext. 6388,

Convicted student's enrolment revoked

A decision has been rendered in the case of Qian Tang, the Memorial University student who was convicted of assault causing bodily harm. The incident, which occurred on March 9, 2011, was an isolated case and the result of a conflict between two individuals who were known to each other.

Mr. Tang's case was reviewed under Memorial's Code of Student Conduct. The result of the review is that Mr. Tang's registration at Memorial is immediately revoked and he is suspended until August 2012.

During the period of his suspension, Mr. Tang is banned from Memorial University campuses and facilities and he will not be permitted to register or enrol in any studies, including distance education courses.

Once the period of the suspension is concluded, Mr. Tang may reapply for admission to Memorial. As stipulated in the Code of Student Conduct, any application for readmission will be subject to a hearing.

Friends gather to remember

A gathering of friends will be held in memory of Denes Szvetko (1935-2011) on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 in the Junior Common Room, R. Gushue Hall, Memorial University of Newfoundland from 3-6 p.m. Please feel free to bring photos or relate your memories of Denes. Following Denes' wishes, this will be an informal, non-religious gathering. For information, please contact Frank O'Connor at

Academic title change

The Board of Regents approved the conversion of the title of director and associate director of academic units to dean and associate dean at its July 7 meeting. The units affected by this change are the Schools of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy and Social Work. The change in title is in keeping with similar structures at other Canadian universities and recognizes that academic heads of faculties and schools are decanal roles. It will improve clarity without any loss of utility and signals to the external community that the academic head reports directly to the vice-president (academic). There are no budgetary implications related to this change.