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Vol 38  No 3
September 22, 2005


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Henrietta Harvey endowment changing

Upon the recommendation of the Arts Faculty Council, the Board of Regents has approved a change to the terms of reference of the Henrietta Harvey Endowment Fund. These changes will mean the expansion of the distinguished lecture series and the elimination of the chair position when the term of the present chair, Dr. Derek Nurse, ends on Aug. 31, 2007.

“We are delighted with the changes to the Henrietta Harvey Endowment Fund. Although we regret not being able to fund one or two retirees as Henrietta Harvey professors, we can now direct the funds needed to maintain and perhaps enhance the Henrietta Harvey Distinguished Lecture series,” said Dr. Steven Wolinetz, interim dean of the Faculty of Arts.

“Each year we bring in three or four distinguished lecturers not only to speak, but also to meet with faculty, students and staff. This has helped numerous units within the faculty. Offering the lecture series and related seminars is also one of several ways in which we open up the university to the larger community.”

Dr. Robert Pippin, University of Chicago, will visit Memorial in October 2005 as the next Henrietta Harvey Distinguished Lecturer. Dr. Pippin studies the modern German philosophical tradition (Kant to the present), contemporary Continental philosophy in general, moral theory, social and political philosophy, theories of modernity, and various topics in ancient philosophy. He also has a number of interdisciplinary interests that involve philosophical issues in literature, art history and film.

Since 1964, the Henrietta Harvey Endowment Fund has been supporting distinguished visiting lecturers and the appointment of a chair position within the Faculty of Arts. Over the course of 40 years, Memorial has benefited tremendously from the academic insights and scholarship that have arisen out of this endowment.

Potato Fest cancelled

The director of Memorial University’s Botanical Garden has announced that the 2005 Potato Festival has had to be cancelled. Dr. Wilf Nicholls noted that the popular annual fall event is usually quite a success, a fact that actually led to its cancellation this year.

“The popularity of the Potato Festival has resulted in some serious parking and space problems which we will be addressing,” Dr. Nicholls said. “Public safety must be a priority and after some fall and winter work, we will be back with a better-than-ever 2006 Potato Festival.”

This year’s event would have been the garden’s seventh festival in eight years and was scheduled for Oct. 8. The Potato Festival, which has always included a Jigg’s dinner served by the Community Food Sharing Association, has grown to become a popular fixture and regularly attracted upwards of 1,500 people. Dr. Nicholls was sensitive to the disappointment that this decision will cause, but encouraged people who regularly attended the festival to support the festival’s partners and the Community Food Sharing Association in their fall food drives.

Regents conclude meeting in Labrador

Memorial University’s Board of Regents met in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Sept. 7-8 to explore the theme “Memorial University’s Strategy for Labrador and Points North.”

The regents met with members of local organizations and communities, including aboriginal groups. They also visited the College of the North Atlantic and the Goose Bay Air Base.

The meeting in Labrador follows similar meetings in Grand Falls-Windsor and St. Anthony in 2004 and 2003, respectively. “It is reflective of the regents’ desire to learn more about the regions of the province and to engage in discussions of major issues to the university,” said Dr. Axel Meisen, president of Memorial University.

“The information from the Labrador meeting will be integrated into the university’s overall strategic planning process, which is currently underway.”

Dr. Meisen said the regents also discussed the Ivany report on the reporting structure for Sir Wilfred Grenfell College and related developments. It was decided to defer further discussion to a special meeting which will take place after the open meeting, scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sept. 19 at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. The regents will make their decisions on the reporting structure of the college at their regular meeting of Oct. 20.

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