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Grenfell Campus to co-host CU Expo 2013

Louise McGillis, co-chair of the organizing committee of CU Expo 2013. Pamela Gill photo

By Pamela Gill

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and the City of Corner Brook will be the official hosts of CU Expo 2013, a Canadian-led conference showcasing community-university (CU) partnerships worldwide.

Running June 12-15, 2013, this conference will bring together more than 500 individuals to network, learn and more fully participate in community-university engagement.

Work to secure the conference has been ongoing for a number of months, said Louise McGillis, chair of the organizing committee and associate university librarian, Ferriss Hodgett Library.

"Over the summer and into the fall we have been connecting with people at
Grenfell, College of the North Atlantic's Corner Brook campus, the city and many community groups to get this off the ground and we are thrilled that our efforts have paid off," she said. "We have received so much support for this project, especially from our new vice-president, Dr. Mary Bluechardt, who is really excited about the opportunity. Now the real work begins."

The committee is looking for interested groups and individuals to commit to making this expo the best ever. The group has set up a Facebook page to provide information and a place for everyone to communicate about the expo.
The conference will have a great impact on our community, said Dr. David Peddle, head of the Division of Arts, Grenfell Campus.

"We hope the legacy of this conference will be to enhance the mutual engagement of Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, with the citizens and groups in the western region of Newfoundland and Labrador," he said. "It is our time to shine."

For more information go to the Facebook page (CU Expo 2013) or contact Louise McGillis at