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Vol 38  No 2
September 1, 2005


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Residence: Memorial’s campus community

More than just a place to live. This is the motto of Memorial University’s residence ­ a place where students can study, receive academic support, participate in a range of social activities and make friendships that last a lifetime.

Memorial’s residence continually receives top rankings in national benchmarking studies on residence life activities. And, residence staff work constantly to come up with new and imaginative ways to get students involved.

Paton College is the residence occupied by first-year students on the St. John’s campus. It provides a warm and friendly atmosphere in which students can comfortably study and form new relationships with other young people from across the country and around the world. Paton College is made up of several different houses, which combined, form a community of students who lean on each other, helping to make the transition into university life a little easier.

“Memorial’s residence can be viewed as its own community,” commented Christine Burke, assistant director, Housing, Food and Conference Services at Memorial. “We continually thrive to maintain this community feeling. Some of it happens naturally by virtue of placing students from all over the world in a house together and some of it happens through student participation in various house events.”

Each house has a variety of activities students may get involved in. Some events are held for individuals within a particular house and others are planned jointly between all houses. “There are barbeques, intramurals, pizza nights, winter carnivals, movie nights and much more. The houses even hold formals at the end of the year where individuals are recognized for their involvement, academic contributions, sporting achievements, and so on,” added Ms. Burke. “There are also events held during mid-term break for the students who don’t get to go home.”

Ms. Burke also had some valuable advice for parents of students who will be living in residence, “Be comfortable with the fact that they have a roommate and will never be alone, be confident they will make lots of friends, know they have plenty of people to go to if they have questions or concerns, and most of all send care packages. Students love to receive packages, whether they are frequently visiting home or not.”

Paton College, located on Memorial’s St. John’s campus (also serving the Marine Institute), has 10 residence houses, accommodating 980 students. Each house has a television room, computer room, study lounge and laundry facilities. New to the St. John’s campus is RESnet, a wireless internet service available specifically to students living in residence. Personal support is always available in the form of resident assistants, academic dons and many other staff members who are there to help in any situation.

Sir Wilfred Grenfell College’s residence currently offers accommodation for almost 200 students. Each two-bedroom suite shares an adjoining bathroom and a refrigerator. Grenfell’s fully wired bedrooms-complete with digital phone and internet access-and residence computer/study room ensure an atmosphere well suited to study and academic achievement.

Grenfell’s most recent additions to student housing, the chalet apartments, are furnished with a fridge and stove, kitchen table and two chairs, two kitchen stools, two living room love seats, a coffee table and end table, and bedroom furniture which includes a bed, a desk chair and desk.

For more information about student housing at Grenfell College, call the Housing office at 637-6266.

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