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Vol 38  No 4
October 13, 2005



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In Brief

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.

Enrolments at Memorial on steady climb

Enrolment at Memorial University of Newfoundland has risen once again, a trend that can be traced back to the 1998/99 academic year. Since then, full-time enrolment has increased by 10.8 per cent, with undergraduate enrolment up 8.7 per cent and graduate enrolment up 37 per cent.

This year, full-time graduate students have increased by a remarkable 5.1 per cent over last yearís 1,388 enrolment. Memorialís full-time undergraduate enrolment is now 13,184 on par with last year.

An aggressive recruiting campaign by the university which includes visits to high schools in the province and many visits to the Maritimes, Ontario, western Canadian provinces and international destinations has yielded an increase in full-time first year students for both the St. Johnís and Sir Wilfred Grenfell College campuses. First-year enrolment has increased by 1.9 per cent at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College and 1.0 per cent on the St. Johnís campus.

Prestigious scholarship seeking applicants

Applications are being sought for one of the most prestigious and valuable scholarships offered at Memorial. The Rothermere Fellowship was established by Lord Rothermere, Memorial Universityís first chancellor, and is currently valued at £8,329 (about $17,000), plus college fees per year.

These fellowships have been established to help students who want to continue their studies at a university of their choice in the United Kingdom. One award is made each year by the Rothermere Fellowships Trust to a student who has taken his or her first degree at Memorial.

In addition to the value of the award, the Trust will also pay the airfare for new fellows from Newfoundland and Labrador to England.

To be eligible for the fellowship, candidates shall have completed a bachelorís degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland and have completed or be about to complete a masterís degree either at Memorial or at another university in North America. Completed applications must be submitted in duplicate to the Office of the President before Nov. 30. For further application details and conditions contact Margot Brown, executive director/assistant to the president at (709)737-8216 or

Students travel from afar for new engineering program

In November the first cohort of students will come to Memorial for the master in environmental systems engineering and management (MESEM). It is the second such program offered by the faculty, which has been heavily promoted in places like China, where professional engineers are looking for an advantage in a growing marketplace.

Dr. Ramachandran Venkatesan, engineering professor and associate dean of Undergraduate Studies and Research for the faculty, says China has industrialized very rapidly, and its major cities are expanding and modernizing at a very fast rate.

So far, 13 students have been admitted to the MESEM program, which will cover topics such as environmental law and management, human health and ecological risk assessment to find cost-effective engineering solutions to these complex issues.

Performance of first-year students improving

A new report indicates that first-year students at Memorial University of Newfoundland are achieving better grades.

The fall 2004 term average for new full-time high school graduates from Newfoundland and Labrador improved compared to the previous yearís entrants. Not only did the average grades increase, but a higher proportion received averages of 80 per cent or better, while fewer received averages of under 50 per cent. These were some of the findings in a report prepared by Memorial Universityís Centre for Institutional Analysis and Planning (CIAP) that profiles the academic performance of first-year students in 2004. The fall 2004 results are a continuation of a trend of improvement in academic performance that has been evident since 1998.


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