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Vol 39  No 15
June 7, 2007


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Senate committee considers Grenfell report

Memorial’s Senate has formed an ad hoc committee to advise it on the implications for Senate of the Davies/Kelly Report on the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Review. The commmittee was approved by Memorial’s academic governing body on May 8. Its mandate is “to identify and comment on major implications and areas of strategic academic importance arising from the Davies/Kelly report on the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Review and to prepare a report for Senate in time for a meeting of Senate to be held on June 12, 2007.

The committee is chaired by Richard Ellis, University Librarian, and Dr. John Ashton, principal of Grenfell College, and includes Nick Eisnor, Memorial University of Newfoundland Students’ Union; Faiza Enanny, Marine Institute; Dr. Dale Foster, Faculty of Business Administration; Sheila Singleton, deputy registrar, Office of the Registrar; Daniel Smith, Grenfell College Students’ Union; and Dr. Paul Wilson, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.

Campus Food Bank needs your help

After an overwhelming response from departments and offices last year, organizers of the second annual 12 Days of Christmas in June Food Drive are challenging the university community to increase donations from staff and faculty this year.

The fundraiser is in aid of the Campus Food Bank and runs from June 11-26.

Units are being encouraged to collect as many items as possible for the volunteer-run food bank. Employees aren’t expected to collect all the items; rather they’re encouraged to collaborate as teams. Points will be awarded to teams that collect a suggested food item during the drive; bonus points will be assigned for items donated that are not on the list. The team with the most points wins a staff lunch.

Last year thousands of food items were donated.

Volunteers with the food bank will collect and tally up results at the end of the food drive.
Visit http://today.mun.ca/news.php?news_id=2979 to view a listing of the requested items for the food drive.

Exhibit at Grenfell gallery examines resettlement

Imagine leaving home and leaving behind a community you worked hard to build. Then, years later, you return to the place you once called home. You witness the decay of the remaining houses and see how quickly nature takes over when people leave.

While the days of forced resettlement in the outport communities of Newfoundland’s southwest coast are long past, its influence is deeply embedded in geography and human memory.

Artist Angela Baker’s latest exhibition, The François Project, addresses this experience.

Ms. Baker visited the southwest coast of Newfoundland in 2000. That first trip inspired an exploration of the effect of resettlement on the people and heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador. The result is a series of oil paintings and a video installation that comprise the visual art exhibition Angela Baker: The François Project, opening at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery on June 14.

“Between Rose Blanche and Burgeo, only La Poile and Grand Bruit remain inhabited,” says Ms. Baker. “Grand Bruit now has 30 residents determined to stay, even though the town’s school will close next year. Petites and North Bay are deserted.”

Ms. Baker’s vibrant oil landscapes document the transition between living, breathing communities and the bare bones of what now remains. The human figures that are present in several paintings do not belong to the area or in the landscape. They exist as intruders into a past that the land is rapidly reclaiming.

Media artist Mark Prier and Ms. Baker collaborated on the video installation. During Ms. Baker’s visits to the southwest coast she recorded images of the landscape, interviewed local people and collected archival video from community members. The sound and images from her research have been gathered to provide a glimpse of the land, its people and their stories.

An opening reception will be held on June 14 at 7 p.m., with an artist’s talk scheduled for 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. The exhibition continues until Sept.15.

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