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Memorial launches 2011 President's Report: Great Minds Think Differently

Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University of Newfoundland, has officially released Great Minds Think Differently: President's Report Highlights 2011.

On Dec. 1, Dr. Kachanoski will meet with Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Joan Burke to formally present her with the document.

The 2011 report is a website and a 72-page brochure that includes highlights of the university's activities and accomplishments during the past year. Both the web version and the highlights brochure contain the complete financial statements and a collection of statistics on the province's only university, the largest post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada.

As stated by Dr. Kachanoski in his opening message, the report takes a thematic approach that reflects Memorial's character and the many different developments that took place during the 2010-11 academic year. Great Minds Think Differently, like the other twists on well-known axioms found inside the brochure, acknowledges that innovation – exploring the world, its people and their ideas from different perspectives – is a critical part of what Memorial does as an institution of higher learning.

"It has been an incredible year of accomplishment and success at our university, and we're happy to boast about it in this ingenious report," said Dr. Kachanoski. "Our innovative students and research teams have done ground-breaking work. We have a new leadership team in place. Research funding is approaching $100 million and philanthropic support is at an all-time high. There can be little doubt that the creation and development of Memorial University is one of the great success stories of Newfoundland and Labrador, and this report adds to that canon, contributing to the university's stellar growth."

Each twist found amongst the pages of the report echoes Memorial's mantra of zagging while others zig. Members of the Memorial family – students, staff, faculty and alumni – are each an adventurer, a pioneer, an individual. They are risk-takers – bold women and men who solve problems because it's necessary, but who are also curious for curiosity's sake.

Great Minds Think Differently isn't just a title; it's a mindset, one that is celebrated every day at Memorial.