Memorial University of Newfoundland is honouring two provincial employers as well as three of its students during a special ceremony taking place today, Thursday, March 20, from 5-7 p.m., in the Inco Innovation Centre on the St. John’s campus.
The event, A Toast to Hire Learning, is being held in conjunction with National Co-operative Education week, which runs March 18-21.
The ceremony highlights the support of employers and the success of Memorial’s students and graduates. It is organized and hosted each year by the Division of Co-operative Education and the Department of Career Development and Experiential Learning.
North Atlantic Refining Limited is the recipient of the Employer Partner award for 2008 from the Division of Co-operative Education for its outstanding support of co-operative education at Memorial. The company has a longstanding relationship with co-op education and many of its supervisors are also graduates of Memorial’s engineering co-op program. In the last two years alone, the company has hired nearly 40 students.
Meanwhile, Fortis is being awarded the Employer Initiative Award from the Department of Career Development and Experiential Learning.
That award is presented to an organization that over the past year has shown widespread and outstanding commitment to the activities of the department and as a consequence to all the students of Memorial. Fortis take part in Memorial’s Career and Graduate School Fair, as well as virtual job fairs and regularly post jobs for the co-op students and graduates of Memorial. It has also been a participant in the university’s Dining Etiquette series since its inception.
Dr. Eddy Campbell, acting president of Memorial University, commended the companies for their commitment to co-op education.
“We’re here to celebrate the achievements and contributions of distinguished employers who have contributed so much to the development of our co-operative education and experiential learning programs,” he said.
“Ultimately the co-op education program is a three way partnership involving Memorial, the employers and the students. It’s a partnership championed by the dedicated staff of co-op practitioners, and professionals in our Centre for Career Development.”
Dr. Campbell is attending this evening’s ceremony and awards presentation. He will be joined by Dr. Peter Rans, director of Co-operative Education, and Shawn Skinner, provincial minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment.
Memorial is also highlighting the success of three students currently enrolled in co-operative education programs.
They are being presented with the Director’s Award for an Exemplary Work Term, which is awarded to a co-op student for obtaining a pass with distinction in both the work performance evaluation and the communications component of the work term.
This year’s recipients include:
• Gillian Langor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Ms. Langor recently completed a work term with Engineers Without Borders’ Junior Fellowship program in Ghana, West Africa, assisting at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
• Heather Sullivan, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation. Ms. Sullivan recently worked with Dr. Michelle Ploughman, Faculty of Medicine, on a research project investigating the effect exercise plays in enhancing the performance of cognitive and upper extremity tasks in patients with chronic stroke. The study was conducted at the Leonard A. Miller Centre in St. John’s.
• Duncan de Young, Faculty of Business Administration and Faculty of Arts. During the summer of 2007, Mr. de Young worked as an Internet marketer with MedicLINK Systems Ltd., an award-winning medical business software developer, and graduate of Memorial’s Genesis Centre. He has also had work terms that have seen him work as a production manager for Memorial’s student union paper the Muse and as a marketer in the not-for-profit sector with Kids Eat Smart.
Co-operative education is at the forefront in experiential learning at Memorial University.
Memorial’s co-operative education programs are the largest in Atlantic Canada; graduating more than 8,000 students into rewarding careers worldwide.
Employers benefit each year with access to more than 1,500 well-rounded students eager to put their skills to work.
Memorial’s highly-successful co-op programs offer a combination of classroom study and work term placements in local, national and international businesses.
The goal is to fuse academic knowledge with practical experience, creating highly qualified and knowledgeable professionals prepared to meet the demands of today’s workforce.