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Memorial student mixes business with pleasure

Ref. No. 138

DATE:     May 28, 2002
SUBJECT:     Memorial student mixes business with pleasure

Convocation 2002 at Memorial

When Gord Barnes was applying to Memorial five years ago, he had to decide what to pursue in university and was torn between music and business. Fortunately, he found a way to do both. Mr. Barnes chose to pursue a bachelor of commerce (co-operative) degree and became involved in the military reserves and the military band. Since then, he has continued to find a way to do everything he wanted by taking advantage of the opportunities at Memorial.

"I recommend taking advantage of programs like international exchanges and co-operative education," he said. "Getting involved in things outside of class helps you find your niche. Participating in a number of student activities helped me apply what I was learning and get more out of my courses and I got to travel, too."

For more than three years, Mr. Barnes was involved in the Memorial chapter of the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs (ACE). Through ACE, he has been involved in the creation and management of several student enterprises, including a used bookstore for business students. "The members of ACE are a really great group to work with. In the past couple of years we've accomplished a lot," he said.

Last summer, Mr. Barnes and other members of ACE Memorial represented Canada at the Students in Free Enterprise World Championship in London, England. This year, they attended the national ACE conference in Toronto and picked up an award for the best awareness program.

This summer the St. John's resident will spend two months with the military reserves in Nova Scotia. His band will be preparing to perform as part of the Nova Scotia International Tattoo. When he returns in July, he'll be on the hunt for a job opportunity. In the future, he wants to start his own business. "The past five years at Memorial have really given me an appreciation for the importance of entrepreneurship in our economy and how exciting it can be. I'm confident the right opportunity will come along for me, and when it does I feel the classes, the work terms and extra-curricular activities I have been involved with, along with the work experience I plan to gain over the next few years, will have prepared me for it."

Memorial University of Newfoundland is the largest university in Atlantic Canada, with more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Outstanding research in a variety of disciplines and extraordinary teaching in more than 250 academic programs, plus a strong tradition of service to the community, are the university's hallmarks. Memorial's diverse offerings are available at in four distinctive campus locations - in Newfoundland and in England - on the Web and in field courses around the world, providing a rich learning experience for students from this province and, increasingly, elsewhere.

In addition to providing personal and intellectual growth, a Memorial University education prepares students for fulfilling careers. According to a recent survey conducted by the provincial government, one year after Convocation over 80 per cent of Memorial graduates had found full-time employment related to their field of study.

For more information about Memorial University, visit the Web site at www.mun.ca, email info@mun.ca or phone 709 737-8663. Please note photos are available at www.mun.ca/univrel/photos.html.


For further information, please contact Deborah Inkpen, acting manager, News Service, Memorial University, 737-8665, inkpend@mun.ca.


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