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Vol 38  No 14
May 18, 2006


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In Brief

New art exhibit launched at QE II

A new exhibition showcasing the artistic flare of 22 current and former employees of Memorial University is currently on display in the First Space Gallery in the Queen Elizabeth II Library on the St. John’s campus.

After Hours features a variety of artwork created by faculty, staff and pensioners of the university. The special display, which opened May 7, has been in the works for a number of months and is the first exhibition to highlight the talent of the university community.

“This show was mounted to bring together the artists who do their artwork after hours for their own enjoyment or sanity, after their workday is done,” said Dan Duda, map librarian at the QE II Library and one of the organizers of the show.

“Artwork on display is all two-dimensional in a variety of media and subject matter, including oil, acrylic, watercolour, collage, mixed media and photography, to name a few.”

After Hours runs until Aug. 12 and is open to the general public.

Meisen again named top CEO

For the second year in a row, Dr. Axel Meisen was named one of the Top 50 chief executive officers in Atlantic Canada by Atlantic Business Magazine.

Among the successes highlighted by the magazine are Dr. Meisen’s role as chair of the executive committee of the Association of Atlantic Universities which is helping attract more students to the region’s universities; increasing research activity at Memorial; and increasing student enrolment.

Atlantic Business Magazine’s eighth annual Top 50 CEO award winners were announced May 11 in Halifax.

Since 1999, Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEO recognition program has saluted the region’s management talent. Winners were selected by a panel of judges from more than 600 nominations for 113 individual nominees. Nominations come from Atlantic Business readers and are judged by a select panel of business executives. Judging criteria include: the size and growth of the individual’s organization; his or her proven managerial acumen; plus, demonstrated community and industry leadership.

Monte Carlo organizers seek charities

The medical school class of 2009 is now accepting applications for the 30th Annual Monte Carlo Charity Fundraising Event. Last year Monte Carlo raised $48,000, which was shared among seven charities in the province. “We are now looking for applications for this year’s event,” said second-year medical student Dawn Armstrong. “Please send an application outlining why your registered charity (charity number must be included) needs funds, and how these funds would be used.”

Applications must be sent no later than May 26, 2006. For more information contact (709) 777-6690 or send a letter of application to the Monte Carlo Charity Selection Committee, Office of Student Affairs, MUN Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, A1B 3V6

Federal budget good for universities

Memorial University officials are pleased with the May 2 federal budget. The budget increases funding to university research and provides support for infrastructure renewal at post-secondary institutions across Canada.

In addition to increased funding for the three federal research granting agencies and for the Canada Foundation for Innovation, a critical investment for universities is the $40 million towards indirect costs, which will help cover the additional expenses borne by universities as a result of research activities.

“We are pleased to see the Harper government make a real commitment to university research,” said Memorial President Dr. Axel Meisen. “This government recognizes the need for continued support of research as a way of ensuring Canada remains competitive in the global economy.”

Dr. Meisen also welcomed the budget’s confirmation that the government will allocate $1 billion through a third-party trust to help the provinces and territories provide high quality post-secondary education through investments in university and college infrastructure and equipment.

“Memorial’s building, labs and classrooms, like other universities across the country, are showing signs of age,” Dr. Meisen said. “We are fortunate to have provincial support for our infrastructure needs and it is encouraging that this issue is not being ignored by the federal government.”

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