Chancellor set to become newest LG
This province’s newest Queen’s representative is no stranger to the Memorial community.
Dr. John Crosbie, the university’s current chancellor, has been chosen as the new lieutenant-governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement on Thursday, Dec. 20.
The former federal MP, provincial MHA and well-known St. John’s lawyer, will take over from Dr. Ed Roberts, a honorary degree recipient of Memorial and a former chair of the Board of Regents, on Jan 31. He’ll serve a five-year term.
Dr. Crosbie is a distinguished politician. On the federal level, he served under both prime ministers Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney.
In addition to his current duties as chancellor, he is also an officer of the Order of Canada.
City maintains funding for Aquarena
One of the most widely-used recreation facilities in the province got an early Christmas gift this year.
The City of St. John’s had been considering cutting its annual grant to the Aquarena, a popular fitness and swimming pool that’s managed by a separately incorporated entity of Memorial known as The Works.
The Aquarena is part of that entity which also includes the Field House as well as other recreation facilities in Memorial’s Physical Education Building.
All are located on the university’s St. John’s campus.
The city provides an annual grant of $150,000 to the Aquarena. Council reportedly had been considering withdrawing its grant in order to help cover off a $6-million budget shortfall.
But in mid-December, as part of council’s budget deliberations, the city said it would continue issuing the grant to the facility.
Funding success for Business
The Faculty of Business achieved a 100 per cent success rate in the grants applied for through the NSERC competition. Five faculty members in the areas of information systems and management science and operations management, the focus of the PhD program, have research projects funded by NSERC.
Drs. Wieslaw Kubiak, Jeffrey Parsons, and Peter Song were awarded new funding, while Drs. Sherrie Komiak and Manish Verma will receive continuing instalments.
Dr. Omrane Guedhami was successful as co-investigator with colleagues at HEC with a three-year grant from the SSHRC.
Grenfell degree highlighted in national journal
Grenfell College’s efforts to be a greener educational institution have been recognized in the latest edition of a national publication.
Alternatives, a Canadian environmental journal, highlighted Grenfell’s environmental studies degree, as well as other green programs, in its special campus directory of Green Learning.
Alternatives is a long-standing leader in environmental journalism that provides environmental ideas and solutions to readers. Alternatives brings together thoughts from experts who have a dedication to the environment and delivers up-to-date information on environmental issues in Canada and around the globe.
The AJ Environmental Education Directory 2007 is “a green glimpse into interdisciplinary environmental degrees at Canadian universities and the thriving green student-movement on campuses across the nation.”
Grenfell’s initiatives are documented in the context of 40 Canadian universities. The idea is to give high school and university students, their parents, guidance counsellors and future employers an idea of what these selected schools have to offer.
Grenfell’s bachelor of arts in environmental studies program and its two streams in environmental perspectives and outdoor environmental pursuits were referenced in the directory. Environmental perspectives focuses on environmental policies, planning communication and education, while outdoor environmental pursuits investigates the impact of recreational activates on the environment. Grenfell also offers a bachelor of science in environmental science, and, most recently, a bachelor of resource management.