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Vol 40  No 9
January 31, 2008


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Changes in Marketing & Communications

Growing Team

Clockwise from left: Leslie Vryenhoek, John Harvey, Janet Harron, Kelly Foss and Marcia Porter. (Photo by Chris Hammond)

Memorial’s Division of Marketing & Communications has filled several positions and added staff in new areas, in collaboration with several university units.

Communications co-ordinators have been named in the Office of Research, the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, in Marketing & Communications for executive support, the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Arts. Meanwhile, a new marketing co-ordinator has been hired to work with the athletics program.

The Faculty of Science has welcomed Kelly Foss as its first communications co-ordinator. She will work with her counterparts to highlight the achievements of the faculty’s outstanding professors and researchers.

Ms. Foss holds a bachelor of journalism (honours) from the University of King’s College in Halifax and a diploma of applied arts (journalism) from Westviking College in Stephenville, now the College of the North Atlantic. She has previously held a temporary position as the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science’s communications co-ordinator and worked for the provincial Women’s Policy Office and the Department of Health and Community Services. She has also been an associate editor and reporter at community newspapers including The Advertiser, The Humber Log and the Labradorian.

Contact Ms. Foss at kfoss@mun.ca.

Janet Harron is the new communications co-ordinator in the Faculty of Arts. Ms. Harron comes to Memorial University and St. John's from Toronto where she spent the last five years as the vice-president of publicity for prominent Canadian publisher McArthur & Company. There she promoted various Canadian and international authors, including such luminaries as Ian Rankin, and Nancy Huston, and worked closely with major arts festivals and national and international media.

Ms. Harron has also served as publicity director for the International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront in Toronto and handled communications for the International IMPAC Literary Award in Dublin, Ireland. She can be contacted at 737-8292 or jharron@mun.ca

Michelle Osmond (Photo by Chris Hammond)

Michelle Osmond has moved to the Office of Research as communications co-ordinator. She has spent the last four years as communications co-ordinator with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Ms. Osmond holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Dalhousie University and a bachelor of journalism from University of King's College. Prior to joining the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, she worked as a communications consultant and as a freelance writer, news producer and broadcaster Contact Ms. Osmond at mlosmond@mun.ca.

Marcia Porter has joined the Division of Marketing and Communications as communications co-ordinator (executive), a position cross-appointed with the Office of the President. She assists the President’s Office with a variety of communications initiatives, from presentation preparation and speech writing to web design and strategic communications. Before coming to Memorial, Ms. Porter worked as freelance writer/editor for newspaper and magazine, and a communications director for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Originally from P.E.I., she has a degree in journalism from the University of Kings College in Halifax, N.S., and a bachelor of arts degree from Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B.

Contact Ms. Porter at 737-8661 or mlporter@ mun.ca.

After two years with the Faculty of Arts, Leslie Vryenhoek has moved to take on communications for the university’s upcoming capital campaign. Still in the planning stages, this fundraising campaign is designed to generate new resources for students and scholars, and enhance Memorial’s environment so creativity and innovative research can continue to flourish. Ms. Vryenhoek brings to this new role years of experience supporting fundraising initiatives for the University of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba and for a broad range of non-profit organizations, including the Canadian Red Cross. Contact Ms. Vryenhoek at lesliev@mun.ca.

Meanwhile, Memorial has added a new position in athletics.

John Harvey has joined the Marketing & Communications team as the marketing co-ordinator for Athletics.

Mr. Harvey is a graduate of Memorial University with a MBA and a B. Comm. (Co-op). He is a former varsity athlete with the Sea~Hawks and has worked in marketing and client management in the software and financial services industries.

Mr. Harvey will lend his expertise to a variety of initiatives within Memorial Athletics including development of a strategic marketing plan, execution of event promotions, and the provision of leadership in the continuing effort to increase community support for the Sea~Hawks. Contact Mr. Harvey at jdharvey@mun.ca.

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