Nominations are being sought for the six alumni positions
on Memorial’s Board of Regents. The three-year term
of office for the current elected alumni regents expires Aug.
31, 2005. Nominations close April 29, 2005, with the election
beginning in June and running to Aug. 12, 2005.
The nomination can be a single sheet of paper and must include
the signatures of the nominator, the three seconders and the
candidate. The nomination should also include a 50-word biography
of the candidate plus her or his contact information. Candidates
are encouraged to include a brief statement about why she
or he wishes to serve as a member of the Board of Regents.
The bios plus a photo will be included in the spring/summer
2005 issue of Luminus magazine along with a paper mail-in
ballot. The bios will also be posted on the alumni Web site
with an electronic ballot so members can vote online. Successfully
elected alumni will be notified in the week following the
close of elections.
Candidates, their nominators and their seconders must be alumni
of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Those alumni who hold
a salaried position as a member of the faculty or staff at
Memorial are not eligible to stand as a candidate, nor are
those who hold student status at the undergraduate or graduate
level. However, alumni in these positions may nominate and
or second the nomination of eligible candidates.
Nomination envelopes should be clearly marked “Nomination
for the Alumni Representative for the Board of Regents Memorial
University of Newfoundland.” Submit your nomination
to Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, 20 Lambe’s
Lane, St. John’s campus, Memorial University, or call
The votes are in and this year’s MUN Student’s
Union president is Cletus Flaherty, current vice-president
academic. He beat out VP internal Terry McDonald by 235 votes
with a total of 1,360. Voter turn-out for this year almost
tripled last year’s numbers.
The new VP academic is council newcomer Katherine Giroux-Bougard
with a total of 1,514 votes. Coming in with a total of 1,494
was the new VP external, Craig Green. Roger Drinkall was voted
VP Internal with a total of 1,515 votes, beating Karen Parsons
by a slim margin of 92 votes. Michael Lovell beat Sumang Purohit
for VP Finance by 817 votes to close at 1,917 votes.
For full details on the votes, see .
The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research
(NLCAHR) has a new Applied Health Research Support Program
that offers a semi-structured support program for new and
junior applied health researchers.
Dr. Stephen Bornstein, director of the NLCAHR, said this support
program provides opportunities for new applied health researchers
to benefit from the expertise of experienced and funded researchers.
“It helps researchers build proposal-writing skills
and can help improve the quality of new and previously declined
Eligible participants include new applied health researchers
at Memorial University who have been here for less than two
years, applied health researchers who have submitted proposals
for funding to national granting councils but who have not
been successful, and experienced researchers who are beginning
to work in the field of applied health research.
Dr. Bornstein said the support program offers a number of
components to help build research and proposal writing skills,
including research advising and mentorship, proposal pre-review,
research roundtable luncheons and grantsmanship training activities.
To participate in this program, contact the NLCAHR at 777-6993
or visit the Web site at www.nlcahr.mun.ca.
The Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) recognized six of
its finest members March 23 during the GSU’s annual
Awards Night. These awards were organized by graduate students
for graduate students. This was the first year that GSU awards
carried monetary value ($250 for each recipient, courtesy
of the GSU). This was also the inaugural year of the GSU Award
for Excellence in Teaching, which was created to recognize
Memorial’s finest graduate student teachers.
The GSU Award for Excellence in Community Service went to
Tracy Glynn, Environmental Science, and Aaron Kennedy, Medicine.
The GSU Award for Excellence in Research went to Chandrika
Liyanapathirana, Biology, and Jason Treberg, Biology. The
GSU Award for Excellence in Teaching went to Rhonda Chaytor,
Computer Science, and Holly Everett, Folklore. For more on
the winners, see www.mun.ca/gsu/home.php?b=31.
Click on each recipient’s name to see the GSU’s
written summary of their accomplishments.