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Vol 39  No 2
Aug. 31, 2006


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Grenfell helps students find a home

Students from outside the Corner Brook area who wish to live off-campus now have someone to help them find suitable accommodations. Anna Russell-Mercier was appointed earlier this month as the new off-campus housing coordinator at Grenfell College.

In recent years Grenfell College has begun listing off-campus accommodations on its housing website, however Ms. Russell-Mercier will now be able to help students more proactively.

“The free housing list on our website allows local landlords to advertise their property and for students to find accommodations,” said Ms. Mercier. “But now I’ll be able to contact landlords and students directly, and help them find suitable tenants and accommodations respectively.

She encourages landlords to advertise their properties on the Grenfell housing website and to contact her for more information. With classes starting, students and/or parents and guardians should not hesitate to call if they are worried about finding a suitable location. Ms. Russell-Mercier can be reached at 637-6200 extension 1286. Visit the off-campus housing website at www.swgc.ca/swgc-res/ offcampus/.

Teeing off for students

A popular event that helps promote physical activity while investing in student leaders at Memorial University is set to take place once again next month.

The tee off for the ninth annual Memorial University Scholarship Golf Tournament will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at The Wilds at Salmonier River. There are still a very limited number of spaces open. This year’s field will comprise of 150 golfers. Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We’ve had a great response so far but we’re always encouraging people to get involved,” said Dr. Bill Redden, a retired faculty member and former director of Memorial’s School of Human Kinetics and Recreation and the tournament’s co-ordinator. “This event not only gets people out on the golf course for the day but it helps raise some funds for our scholarships.”

Since 1998, the tournament has raised more than $140,000 in endowment funds and awarded more than $26,000 in scholarships to Memorial students.

To learn more about the tournament, see www.munalum.ca/scholarship_golf, or e-mail Dr. Redden at billrdad@yahoo.com.

College expansion enhances co-operation

A multi-million dollar investment by the provincial government in College of the North Atlantic facilities in Happy Valley-Goose Bay also means a new home for Memorial’s Labrador Institute and further co-operation between Memorial and the College.

Joan Burke, minister of Education, and John Hickey, minister responsible for Labrador affairs and MHA for the District of Lake Melville, announced Aug. 21 that $5.5 million has been allocated to complete the extension to the College campus.

The two-story extension will be more than 1,800 square metres, providing additional space for new classrooms, two lecture theatres, a library, increased common areas and offices. As well as housing the Labrador Institute of Memorial University, the facility will also allow for college programming in the Comprehensive Arts and Science Transfer Year and the Integrated Nursing Access program.

Ron Sparkes, the acting director of the Labrador Institute, said the institute and the College in Happy Valley-Goose Bay have developed a close working relationship. “The co-location of the Labrador Institute to the college campus is a natural step as we advance our level of collaboration in the delivery of postsecondary services,” he said. “This extension provides additional space for the joint delivery of programs as well as courses that might be delivered by Memorial - the 2006 intersession offering being the most recent example.”

He added that the joint College-Labrador Institute Library is another exciting part of this extension where the two institutions will combine resources to better serve students and the community.

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