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Vol 38  No 8
January 12, 2006


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In Brief

University College Cork honours Parfrey

Dr. Patrick Parfrey, University Research Professor and associate dean of clinical research in the Faculty of Medicine, recently received a 2005 University College Cork Alumni Achievement Award. He was one of seven alumni who received awards at UCC in Ireland on Dec. 9

The annual UCC Alumni Achievement Awards Program honours graduates who have obtained extraordinary distinction and success in their chosen fields. The program aims to foster a spirit of loyalty, involvement and commitment to UCC amongst alumni. “It gives me great pleasure to present an Alumni Achievement Award to these graduates whose outstanding accomplishments have brought great honour to their alma mater,” said Gerard Wrixon, president of UCC.

Dr. Parfrey said he is particularly pleased to receive this award because of the continuing connection between Memorial University and University College Cork.

Dr. Parfrey graduated from UCC in 1975 with a first class honours degree in Medicine. He was awarded an MD in 1980.

Dr. Axel Meisen was in Cork in 2004 to sign a memorandum of understanding with University College Cork. President Wrixon expected the visit to result in the identification of further areas for co-operation, including the disciplines of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and engineering. During the visit, Dr. Meisen also announced the establishment of the Coracle Irish-Newfoundland Fellowships and Roundtables.

New Channing Chair named

A St. John’s lawyer and high-ranking civil servant has been appointed to the James G. Channing Chair in Public Administration at Memorial University. John Cummings, Q.C., takes on the position effective April 1, 2006.

The Channing Chair was established in 1982 to provide an opportunity for senior public employees to bring their expertise and experience in public administration to Memorial. During his appointment as Fellow of the Channing Chair, Mr. Cummings will explore several aspects of the legal system.

Mr. Cummings has been an employee with the provincial government for 29 years. Most recently he was deputy minister of justice and deputy attorney general.

For two years he was deputy clerk of the Executive Council and secretary to Cabinet. Before that, he was deputy clerk of the Executive Council and associate secretary to Cabinet.

Mr. Cummings holds a bachelor of laws degree from Dalhousie University.

Coach’s contribution honoured

Memorial returned from the 25th annual John Molson MBA International Case Competition at Concordia University with another award that may provide the secret to Memorial’s success at the most respected MBA case competition in the world.

On Jan. 8, Dr. Alex Faseruk received the inaugural Dr. J. Pierre Brunet prize for best coach. This award was given to Dr. Faseruk in recognition of his tireless work in the competition and in leading Memorial to four championships ­ more than any other university. Dr. Faseruk, who has been coaching the Memorial team for 20 years, has become core to the competition and his leadership style has set the standard for how to coach a case team.

“It is a tremendous honour to be recognized by my colleagues with whom I have developed collegial relationships over the years,” said Dr. Faseruk. “It was a proud moment.” Dr. Faseruk received a standing ovation and a $1,000 prize that he will direct to the new MBA scholarship that was established in his honour in December.

Bound for south Australia

A Memorial University student got some exciting news just in time for Christmas. Nick Roberts, who is studying kinesiology, was selected to be a part of Canada’s Commonwealth Games weightlifting team.

The 21-year-old Mount Pearl native will travel to Melbourne, Australia, in March. He was one of eight weightlifters chosen by the Canadian Weightlifting Federation for the Commonwealth team.

Mr. Roberts, who trains at Memorial, recently set nine provincial weightlifting records at the Newfoundland and Labrador Junior Open Championships in late November. He does seven two-hour lifting sessions a week, in addition to other intense training.

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