Memorial writers garner nominations
A Memorial faculty member has won the Roger’s Cable Non-fiction Award but we won’t know until May 15 who it is. That’s because all three nominees for the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award are professors in the Faculty of Arts.
Dr. Gerhard P. Bassler, History, has been nominated for Vikings to U-Boats: The German Experience in Newfoundland and Labrador; Dr. Peter Hart, the Canada Research Chair for Irish Studies, was selected for Mick: The Real Michael Collins; and Dr. Frederick White, German and Russian, got the nod for Memoirs and Madness: Leonid Andreev through the Prism of the Literary Portrait.
Members of the Memorial community have also fared well in the poetry category. English professor Mary Dalton and QE II librarian Patrick Warner are on the E. J. Pratt Poetry Award shortlist for Red Ledger and There, there, respectively.
The Writer’s Alliance and Memorial’s Faculty of Arts will co-host a public reading of the six nominees at Bitters Restaurant and Pub, located in Feild Hall on Monday, May 14, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The winners will be announced on May 15 at an awards ceremony at Government House.
New program to attract international participants
Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t learn a thing or two. Grenfell College’s brand new Learning Vacations program focuses on adults and families who are interested in learning new skills while in vacation mode.
The program aims to bring people from “across the pond” to study visual art, photography, and a number of other subject areas, on the west coast of Newfoundland. The first classes will take place this summer.
Each course includes educational and cultural components, and while learning is the primary goal, participants will also be immersed in the culture, heritage and natural beauty of the west coast.
Courses being offered include Thank God We’re Surrounded by Water!, The “Ology” Tour, Landscape Painting in Western Newfoundland, Western Newfoundland a Photographer’s Paradise, Rockets and Sculpture and Boats, Oh My!, All the World’s a Stage and Mending Body and Soul A Women’s Weekend.
For more information, see www.swgc.mun.ca/learningvacations.
Boston Pizza supports students
Restaurant chain Boston Pizza is supporting Memorial scholarships. For every purchase made by alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of Memorial, Boston Pizza (St. John’s area) will donate a percentage of the purchase price to student scholarships and bursaries.
When dining at either of the St. John’s locations of Boston Pizza simply write “MUN Scholarships” on the back of the dining bill and drop it in the charities box located near the reception desk. Ten per cent of the bill will then be donated to Memorial’s scholarships and bursaries on behalf of Boston Pizza. There is no increase in the price of any menu item. This offer is valid only at participating locations in St. John’s, NL.
Computer Science Games team gets high finish
Students from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science have placed sixth overall in the 2007 Computer Science Games Competition. This is a major accomplishment for the faculty and is the highest a team from Memorial has ever placed.
The competition includes teams from across North America and took place March 9-11 in Montreal. Last year the team from MUN ranked 23rd.
The competition spanned three days, with teams participating in a variety of computer science and engineering competitions. Competitions of honourable mention include the artificial intelligence competition, second place; cryptography, second place; and debugging, tied for first place.
The MUN team is comprised of nine computer engineering students: Kenneth Evoy, Tara Feener, Jesse Saunders, Sarah Flynn, Rob Rees, Joshua Gorner, Chris Butler, Alex Brown and Kenneth Smith.