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Vol 38  No 16
June 29, 2006


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In Brief

Doyle House goes co-ed

The last remaining all-male dorm in Paton College is now co-ed. Housing, Food and Conference Services and Student Affairs and Services has made the decision to open Doyle House to female students this fall.

With an increasing proportion of female students at Memorial, and more female applicants than male seeking residence housing at Paton College, the need for residence beds for women is growing.

As well, the number of men slated to return to Doyle House for September 2006 is now at an all time low; just 38. Finally, the number of female applicants waitlisted for accommodations in Paton College is greater than males.

Residents who were intending to return to Doyle this fall who are not interested in living in a co-ed house have been offered the opportunity to live in Burtonís Pond Apartments in all-male units. All residents requesting all-male housing can be accommodated.

An earlier plan to convert Doyle to a co-ed residence met stiff resistance from residents and the plan was abandoned in April 2005.

Genesis Centre claims national award

Memorial Universityís Genesis Centre has been nationally recognized for the inventive ways in which it helps fledgling technology-based ventures get a healthy start in business. The Genesis Centre was awarded the

Information Technology (IT) Strategic Human Resource Leadership Award at the 21st national CATAAlliance Innovation Awards June 20 in Ottawa. The award, sponsored by the Software Human Resource Council, is given to an IT company or organization which enhanced its performance and reputation by leveraging human capital.

Every client at the Genesis Centre is paired with a world-class mentor, and an advisory board of three to five experienced business people. Genesis utilizes the business expertise of expatriate Newfoundlanders who serve as mentors, as well as members of the local business community for the advisory boards. Consultants, guest lecturers and Genesis staff provide additional support and advice to clients. A private-sector selection board is also used to determine which applicants get accepted into the business incubator.

This approach has proven its value in increasing the likelihood, rate and degree of success of emerging companies, and in extending the human resource capacity of the Centre. Dr. Chris Loomis, vice-president (research) of Memorial, David King, president and CEO of GENESIS Group, and Keelin OíLeary, manager, Genesis Centre were on hand in Ottawa to accept the award.

Marine Institute celebrates graduation

All week the sky was cloudy, but the warm spring sun shone on the 2006 graduating class as they filed into the gymnasium for the annual Marine Institute graduation ceremonies June 9. An estimated 400 family, friends, special guests, industry representatives, faculty and staff joined in the celebrations.

Tom Rideout, deputy premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, Memorial President Dr. Axel Meisen, and MIís Executive Director, Glenn Blackwood, each delivered addresses to the graduates.

During the ceremony, the institute awarded bronze medals for academic achievement to 14 graduates. The Governor Generalís Medal went to nautical science graduate Clayton Van Welter for achieving the highest academic standing.

Over 185 diplomas, advanced diplomas and certificates were awarded in sustainable aquaculture, integrated coastal and ocean management, food safety, water quality, food technology, marine diesel mechanic, offshore structural steel/plate fitter, marine engineering, marine environmental, marine engineering systems design, nautical science, and naval architecture. Graduates of the bachelor of technology, bachelor of maritime studies and the master of marine studies received their degrees at Memorial Universityís convocation ceremonies on May 25.

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