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Vol 40  No 11
March 13, 2008


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In Brief

Memorial honours some VIPs

The number of student volunteers honoured by Memorial at this year’s Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP) ceremony was up – way up.

More than 130 students were recognized at Confederation Building March 3. That’s up from 47 students who were acknowledged last year.

"This program started five years ago as a way to reward and recognize the volunteer work that students at Memorial were already doing. Never could they have imagined then that the program would have exploded the way it has," said Rhonda Pittman, co-ordinator of the Student Volunteer Bureau (SVB).

The VIP is a joint initiative of the SVB, the Centre for Career Development and Experiential Learning and MUNSU.

In order to be recognized, participants must complete 20 hours of volunteerism for bronze, 40 hours for silver, and 80 hours for gold.

Biz students shoot for the top

No pitch, don’t bitch, proclaimed the olive green posters all around campus. On closer inspection, the poster also mentioned winning a car. It was enough to pique the interest of two business students and get them involved in Canada’s Next Top Ad Exec, a competition that could win them each a brand new 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer.

Mitchell Stratton and Jordan Smith put together their pitch for an innovative advertising campaign for Mitsubishi could reach their target audience. Out of 194 contestants from 27 universities, the two Memorial business students made it to semi-finals.

Once in the semi-finals, the duo had even more work ahead of them. They had to take their elevator pitch and expand it into a full blown advertising campaign, from position and objectives to execution and strategy.

The winners of the top prize will be announced at the closing ceremony in Toronto on March 25.

Monte Carlo jackpot

Six charities in the province are richer by $8,000 each thanks to the fundraising efforts of Memorial’s medical students. The money was raised at the 2007 Monte Carlo Gala, held Nov. 24 at the St. John’s Convention Centre.

The cheques were handed out Feb. 26 at the medical school. The selected charities were the Buckmaster Circle Community Centre, the Easting Disorder Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, Libra House, the Newfoundland and Labrador Brain Injury Association, Raising the Roof, and the Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador.

The student organizers of Monte Carlo 2007 thanked everyone who supported the event, which raised more than $50,000.

Throne speech highlights Memorial

If being mentioned right off the top of a speech is any indication, then Memorial University will be one of the main topics of discussion during the new session of the House of Assembly

The House opened March 10 with Lt.-Gov. John Crosbie reading his first Speech from the Throne outlining the broad strokes of the new legislative agenda for the Progressive Conservative government.

The speech opened with a reference to ground-breaking and internationally renowned genetics research undertaken by faculty and researchers in Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine.

The speech also referenced changes to the governance of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College and the search process for new university leadership. It also reiterated the government’s election pledge to continue the freeze on tuition fees for the next four years.

In the area of research, the speech focused on the new crown entity, the Newfoundland and Labrador Research and Development Council, describing it as “… a groundbreaking initiative to develop and lead a provincial R&D strategy to build a stronger knowledge-based economy and plot a course toward sustained prosperity.” The government also pledged to position Newfoundland and Labrador as an international leader in ocean technology development through such initiatives as its Innovation Strategy and an Ocean Technology Strategy.

The full text of the speech is available at www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2008/exec/0310n03.htm.

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