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Vol 38  No 10
February 23, 2006



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In Brief

Bringing global economy home

Students looking to fill out their passports may want to fill out an application for Memorialís new international bachelor of business administration (iBBA) degree.

Approved at the February Senate meeting, the program is only the third of its kind in Canada. In addition to obtaining the traditional business skills, students in the iBBA will learn about a variety of international business activities, develop cross-cultural skills, and gain global perspectives. A typical program would include language courses and study in areas such as international relations, economics or any other area offering cross-cultural perspectives. The degree also includes a study term abroad at one of Memorialís partner universities in the studentís chosen region of interest. A range of study locations will be available across Europe, throughout the Asia-Pacific and in Latin-America.

The undergraduate program will be open to students in September and program co-ordinator Michael Burns expects the degree will attract students who are curious about the world and self-identified adventurers. ďThe world of international business is an exciting and richly diverse world, where people encounter issues they could never have imagined,Ē said Mr. Burns.

As Memorialís Fellow in International Business, Mr. Burns brings a wealth of international experience and expertise to the Faculty of Business Administration and the university community. He is in China this month promoting the facultyís newest program to institutions in that country.

Current students who meet certain criteria will be able transfer into the iBBA program. An information session about the program and the admission process is scheduled for March 8. For more information contact Mr. Burns at

Order of Canada for Slade, Copes

Two people with strong Memorial University connections have been named to the Order of Canada.

Gordon Slade, who serves as executive director of One Ocean, the agency headquartered at the Marine Institute with a mandate to serve as a liaison between the fishing and offshore petroleum industry, was named as a Member of the Order of Canada. Mr. Slade is being recognized for his work in heritage preservation, particularly in the Labrador coastal community of Battle Harbour where he led the initiative to redevelop the community and establish the Battle Harbour Historic Trust.

Dr. Parzival Copes was named an Officer in the Order of Canada for his work in the social sciences. Dr. Copes is a longtime faculty member at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. In the 1960s he was a faculty member in Memorialís Department of Economics. In 2004 Memorial University recognized Dr. Copesís lifetime achievement by presenting him with an honorary degree (D.Litt.) during fall convocation.

Robots and icebergs and quicksand

Kids ages five and up can learn more about robots, icebergs, race cars, and quicksand in March by visiting the Newfoundland Science Centre. As part of Memorial Universityís community outreach projects, the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is partnering with the centre to carry out demonstrations every Saturday in March to teach kids more about the fun side of engineering.

Starting March 4, faculty will be on hand to demonstrate how icebergs melt and what shapes they take, why race cars go fast and how we can make them go faster, how quicksand works (or doesnít work), how robots are made, and how kids in developing countries use simple technology to get big results. Call Michelle Osmond at 737-8287 for more information.

Volleyball gets major props

Atlantic University Sport (AUS) has named Memorial volleyball player Sasha Wilkins as conference rookie of the year and volleyball bench boss Mellissa Oates has been named Coach of the Year

Ms. Wilkins has helped the womenís volleyball team to the playoffs for the first time since the 2001-í02 season.

Ms. Oates has helped to turn around the womenís volleyball program at Memorial this season. The former Sea-Hawk herself stepped into the position at the beginning of the season and brought the team from a 1-18 record from the previous season to a very respectable 9-12 record and a spot in the playoffs at the AUS Championships.

Memorial won its first-round playoff matchup before bowing out in the semifinals.


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