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Vol 38  No 13
April 27, 2006



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In Brief

Candidates for athletics director set to make presentations

Memorial University’s School of Human Kinetics and Recreation is currently holding a series of public presentations from candidates for the position of director of athletics. Three people are vying for the job ­ the first of its kind for Memorial.

Three separate presentations are slated for the candidates. The first took place earlier this week. The applicants are: Michelle Healey, current co-ordinator of intercollegiate athletics at Memorial University; Scott Stevenson, a native of Newfoundland, who is currently the CEO of Syncro Canada and who has worked with Diving Canada; and Gary Corbett, a retired school administrator who is actively involved with Softball Canada on the local and international level.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing, promoting, managing and evaluating the varsity athletics programs at Memorial. The director’s duties will also include leading and overseeing the management of the university’s varsity sports programs; building and fostering a team environment for Memorial athletics; and serving as the primary ambassador for all athletics programs, the university and its partners.

The successful candidate will also establish and direct fundraising and corporate sponsorship programs, while cultivating a network of support locally, provincially and nationally through marketing and communications strategies, while fostering positive relationships with the community and media.

The new director will start at Memorial in early summer or as soon as the candidate is available.

Applications to Grenfell College up almost 20 per cent

Applications for admission to Sir Wilfred Grenfell College have risen by 19.5 per cent over this time last year, an increase of about 100 individual applications. Nineteen of those applications were submitted by current high school students in Newfoundland and Labrador ­ that amounts to a six per cent increase from within the province.

“Even though our demographics are in a downward trend, our applications from that local cohort have increased,” said Sharon Noftall-Bennett, the college’s registrar. “This is a good sign. It means our message ­ that quality higher education is available right here at home ­ is reaching our local market.”

Applications from the Maritimes and other countries account for a large portion of the increase.

“These figures are evidence of the excellent work being done by our recruitment staff as well as the other members of the Registrar’s Office,” said Dr. John Ashton, principal of Grenfell College.

“They also demonstrate that our range of programming and our approach to post-secondary education are having an increasingly broad appeal. The influx of such a large number of new students, particularly those from out of province, will have a significant economic impact for the whole community.”

While the deadline to apply to Memorial University has passed, the Registrar’s Office continues to process applications as time permits.

For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office at 637-6298 or, or see

Poetic gifts rewarded

Winners of the Gregory J. Power Award for Poetry were announced at a reading and celebration on April 6. The award is given annually to recognize Memorial students with exceptional poetic gifts. It was established through an endowment from Mr. Power who was, as Professor Mary Dalton noted, “a great force in Newfoundland life, and himself a poet of considerable gifts.”

Amy Evans won first prize ­ and $300 ­ for her poem Yellow Plum.

“This is great. I never made money from writing poetry before!” she said. “And it’s neat to be recognized here, where there are so many great writers.”

A painter and cook as well as a poet, Ms. Evans first came to St. John’s to attend a friend’s wedding in 2004. She fell in love with the place and returned this past year to attend English classes at Memorial.

She holds a bachelor of arts from McGill, and is working toward her goal of studying education and teaching English.

In introducing the contenders for the award, Professor Larry Mathews noted that there were almost 40 poets and over 70 poems from which to select. That, he said, was not an easy task given the calibre of the material.

Amanda Jernigan won second prize, Paul Heppleston third, and honourable mentions went to Tina Mercer, Jonathon Parsons, Steven Maye and Stephen Rowe. All received a cash prize in addition to accolades.


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