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Vol 39  No 3
Sept. 21, 2006


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In Brief

Annual Career Fair set

Students searching for the right career path will get lots of help next month as Memorial holds its seventh annual Career Fair on Monday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Field House on the St. John’s campus. The fair has grown dramatically in its popularity and success over the past few years, and this year will welcome close to 100 local, national and international exhibitors, up from 66 in 2005.

That increase underscores the importance of the event said Chris Hounsell, employment development co-ordinator with Career Development and Experiential Learning (CDEL) and one of the organizers of the fair. He encourages current students and alumni to attend.

“It is an avenue for new and old employers to visit campus and see the quality of students and graduates that we produce,” he said. The fair specializes in helping students and alumni learn what it takes to make it in the real world, all the while meeting employers from Canada and abroad.

“We can’t just get students excited about coming to Memorial, we have to also help them transition on the way out,” added fellow organizer Lynn Walsh, also an employment development co-ordinator with CDEL.

Students and alumni who are attending the fair are reminded they’ll be required to show their student ID cards at the door. Admission to the fair is free.

Prof gears up for next expedition

Memorial University’s resident mountaineer is gearing up for her next expedition in December after returning from Russia earlier this month. Dr. T.A. Loeffler, a professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, attempted to climb Mount Elbrus, Europe’s highest peak, on Sept. 3. Dr. Loeffler and her team made a summit attempt but were beaten back by fierce winds 150 metres from the top. Similar conditions kept her group from reaching the top several days later as well.

Despite six months of training, Dr. Loeffler is undaunted about her trip. “Mountaineering is a sport of luck,” she said. “Seven hours into our first attempt, the summit seemed like a sure thing [but a] storm threatened to knock us off our feet and the visibility dropped to five metres. The weather made continuing foolhardy and near impossible. Forty-eight hours later, the wind was blowing hard from the moment we stepped out into the darkness. [It] thrashed us with snow pellets and each step up was a hard fought victory.” Dr. Loeffler will attempt to climb Mount Aconcagua, South America’s highest peak in mid-December, and still plans to tackle Mount Everest next spring.

Senate discusses Strategic Plan

A special meeting of the Senate was held Sept. 12 to review the university’s draft Strategic Plan. Senators were invited to comment on the newly proposed mission statement for the university as well as strategies and actions put forth in sections pertaining to students, research, needs of the province, conditions for success and institutional responsibility.

Much of the discussion centred around plans to grow the size of the university.

Feedback gathered from senators at the meeting will be incorporated into a future draft of the university’s Strategic Plan. The Strategic Planning Working Group will seek further direction from both internal and external parties in the coming weeks. Final revisions are tentatively set to be made in early November, followed by tentative Senate approval on Nov. 14 and Board of Regents approval on Dec. 14. Further information about the Strategic Planning process can be found at www.mun.ca/strategicplanning/index.php.

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