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The Rotary Club of St. John's Northwest has named Peter Benoite, Memorial's men's Sea-Hawks' basketball coach, as one of two recipients of the 2012 Aidan Maloney Emerging Professionals Award for Vocational and Community Service. Named in honour of a St. John's Northwest Rotarian, former Rotary district governor and lifelong leader Aidan Maloney, the award is aimed at recognizing annually up to two young professionals aged 25-40 years, who are positively impacting their vocations and communities.

Paul Chancey, director, Centre for Institutional Analysis and Planning at Memorial University, was the sole recipient of the Canadian Institutional Research and Planning Association (CIRPA) Outstanding Service Award this year. The criteria for the award include exemplary service and leadership to the organization and continued significant professional contributions. Mr. Chancey received his award at the annual CIRPA conference in Montreal, Que., last month.

Memorial brought home three out of five possible awards from the Atlantic Universities Geological Conference held at Dalhousie University, Oct. 18-20. Nine undergraduate students attended with five presenting their undergraduate honours research. Presenting students were Marina Joury, Bronwyn Moore, Adrienne Noftall, Lianabel Selviz and Stephen Tarrant. Fourth-year undergraduate student Marina Joury received top honours with the Atlantic Provinces Council on the Sciences-Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Award for best overall paper and fourth year undergraduate student Lianabel Selviz received the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists Award for best geophysics paper and the Canadian Society of
Petroleum Geologists Award for best petroleum geology paper.