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Vol 38  No 4
October 13, 2005


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Celebrate Memorial 2005

Tell me why I love MUNdays

By Jeff Green

From a truck pull to a kitchen party to random acts of music, this year’s Celebrate Memorial event runs the gamut of activities and Dr. Lilly Walker, Dean of Student Affairs and Services and co-chair of the organizing committee, couldn’t be happier.

This year Celebrate Memorial has taken on the theme I love MUNdays on the St. John’s campus and I Fell for Grenfell in Corner Brook.

“These events acknowledge and salute all the great things happening at this university,” Dr. Walker said with a wide smile. “It’s a celebration of our students, staff and faculty and includes interesting events we do for the community.”

She is particularly proud of this year’s diverse lineup of events which range from an open mic night and book fair to the university’s alumni tribute awards and fall convocation.

“We have very relaxed and informal fun events but we also have structured activities, as well,” she said. “At many universities the community comes together for events such as homecoming; this is Memorial University coming together and celebrating our uniqueness.

“On the St. John’s campus our theme is I love MUNdays and that’s interesting because we’re showing off all the things we love about this place ­ our creativity, our students, our faculty.”

Celebrate Memorial will have a special twist this year as Sir Wilfred Grenfell College prepares to celebrate its 30th birthday.

Since 1975, Grenfell College has evolved from a junior regional college to a degree-granting institution which now offers four degrees in 14 different disciplines. Students, faculty, staff and the general public are invited to learn more about the college through a number of activities planned for the Celebrate Memorial period.

“Our events reflect the Celebrating Memorial ideal, but they also help us mark a very important milestone, that being our 30th anniversary,” explained Connie Boland, Celebrate Memorial co-ordinator. “What we’ve done is put together a list of events that will be fun for students, faculty and staff, while also showcasing our campus.”

Dr. Walker credits this year’s organizing committee for coming up with a variety of activities that will appeal to the university’s diverse community.

“We get a chance to celebrate all the things about this great university such as our contributions to the community and to draw attention to our top-notch students and teachers and staff,” she said.

“I particularly encourage students to take an active role this year. Sometimes they are so busy in their academic life that they don’t stop and get excited about things going around them. MUNdays are a chance to celebrate all the exciting things going on and to take time out of their busy days to take pride in this place, get involved and realize that this place is a great university.”

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