Reviewing mandatory retirement
Memorial University will be reviewing its position in regard to mandatory retirement in response to changes to the provinceís Human Rights Code and changes being contemplated to legislation governing mandatory retirement.
Changes to the Human Rights Code which will enable those 65 and over to file claims based on age discrimination will come into effect on May 27, 2007. In addition, the government has indicated it is considering changes to the rules governing mandatory retirement sometime in the next several months.
The universityís Board of Regents has authorized the administration to undertake a detailed study on the implications of the discontinuance of mandatory retirement and the actions that Memorial should take as a consequence. This review is expected to be completed by next February.
For employees who reach the normal retirement age in the interim period, they will have the opportunity to apply for one-year service extensions. Details may be obtained from the Department of Human Resources and the Office of Faculty Relations.
Otto Tucker named to Order of Canada
Itís considered by many to be Canadaís highest honour and now a graduate, former faculty member and honorary degree recipient of Memorial University can add Order of Canada to his list of achievements.
Dr. Otto Tucker, a well-known educator in Newfoundland and Labrador, was appointed by Governor General MichaŽlle Jean on July 24. Dr. Tucker was named a member of the order. Heíll be invited to accept his insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.
A passionate volunteer, Dr. Tucker was nominated for his work in heritage affairs. In 2004, he was among the first members to be appointed to the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.
He joined Memorialís Faculty of Education in 1971 and stayed until his retirement in 1995. He was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1997.
Different name, same services
The childcare centre on the St. Johnís campus has undergone some recent changes but its high-quality services remain the same.
The facility will now be operated as a separately
incorporated entity (SIE) and be managed by a board of directors. Itís also getting a new name. During a meeting of Memorialís Board of Regents on July 20, a
recommendation was approved to change the name
from the MUNSU/MUN Childcare Centre to Campus Childcare Inc.
The centreís board of directors comprises representatives from the university, MUNSU and the general public and will be chaired by Lisa Hollett, director of the
Department of Human Resources. Sheíll be joined by Deborah Collis, acting director, Financial and Administrative Services; Dr. Carole Peterson, professor,
Department of Psychology (university appointee); Dr. Marc Glassman, professor, Faculty of Education
(university appointee); Nancy Simmons (parentsí appointee) and Don Duffy (parentsí appointee).
Others appointed to the board include Greg French, Office of Faculty Relations, and Katherine Giroux-Bougard and Dushyant Singh, both of whom are MUNSU appointees.
Campus Childcare Inc. is not the first facility
associated with Memorial to be operated as an SIE. The Works in St. Johnís and the Pepsi Centre in Corner Brook both also operate as separately incorporated entities.
New course offering
The Linguistics Department has added a course on
endangered languages to its fall lineup. Linguistics 3951, taught by Dr. Julie Brittain, will introduce students to the issues surrounding the decline of language diversity ≠ an urgent matter that could have much the same global impact as the disappearance of bio-diversity. While a substantial portion of discussion will focus on issues relating to language rights and language survival in Canada, the course will also delve into case studies of endangerment and revitalization from around the globe. The course has no prerequisites, and students of many disciplines may find it valuable.