Memorial University of Newfoundland will crown its top loudmouth, pie some profs, raise money for local charities, and see its varsity athletes lace up for a battle of the sexes later this month as the university’s annual celebrations kick-off in fine style.
MUNdays 2008 runs from Oct. 21-25.
Celebrations take place under the banner of I Love MUNdays on the St. John’s campus, and I Fell for Grenfell at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial’s west coast campus in Corner Brook.
MUNdays highlights the diversity, ingenuity, excellence, kindness and community spirit that distinguish Memorial as one of the best post-secondary institutions in the world.
A full slate of events and activities are planned, encouraging students, staff, faculty and alumni to come together and celebrate Memorial.
“We want our entire university community to show a little heart and really embrace the Memorial experience by supporting and celebrating all the wonderful things that make our university such a terrific place to study and work,” said Jessica Clarke, I Love MUNdays co-ordinator with the Division of Marketing and Communications.
St. John’s campus
A jam-packed five-day schedule kicks off in St. John’s on Tuesday,
Oct. 21, with the launch of I Love MUNdays 2008 at 10:30 a.m. in the University Centre. That will be followed by the International Parade of Flags, a unique and energetic celebration of Memorial’s cultural diversity. Also on Oct. 21, there will be a Health Circus, a chance for the university community to try everything from belly dancing to juggling to celebrate a healthy lifestyle. That evening is the Battle of the Sexes and the Out-Move Sammy challenge. Memorial’s men and women’s Sea-Hawks basketball teams are lacing up for an exhibition game. At half time, mascots from residence houses will dance-off against Memorial’s own Sammy the Sea-Hawk for a big prize and two lucky audience members will get a chance to demonstrate their athletic prowess for a chance to win $10,000.
On Wednesday, Oct. 22, one of the highlight events is the 2008 Rant like Rick finals, where one Memorial student will be crowned this year’s rant champion and receive $1,000 in cash for the best Rick Mercer-style rant. Nine students from the St. John’s campus plus a finalist from Grenfell College will compete in this year’s finals. Another $1,000 is up for grabs at this year’s Outside the Box Challenge, where teams compete in a series of skill-testing, mind-boggling contests.
On Thursday, Oct. 23, the university community will get a chance to taste their way around the world at an International Bazaar that includes treats, sights and music from all corners of the globe.
Later that evening, Memorial will honour several of its graduates during its 27th annual Alumni Tribute Awards ceremony. This year’s honorees include Sister Elizabeth Davis, alumna of the year; Earl Ludlow, outstanding community service; Dr. Janet Gardiner, JD Eaton award for service to Memorial; and Greg Walsh, horizon award for outstanding achievement under the age of 35.
On Friday, Oct. 24, the university kicks off its annual Kindness Friday celebrations, encouraging employees and students to do random acts of kindness for each other. Other events that day include a giant book sale at the QEII Library and a ‘battle of the rock bands’ at the Breezeway.
Finally, on Saturday, Oct. 25, the annual Barnes House Truck Pull is set for 1 p.m., just outside the Music Building. Students and employees will join forces to pull an 18-wheeler in record time to help raise money for the Iris Kirby House. Meanwhile, others will take part in this year’s Community Service Learning Day, where participants spend an afternoon in the wider community, planting native Newfoundland seedlings and spring bulbs and helping clean up local beaches. That’s followed by the closing ceremonies.
For this year’s St. John’s celebrations, Memorial has partnered with Petro-Canada and Cabot Habitat for Humanity to construct a five-bedroom home for a family of eight in Mount Pearl. The home will be completed in the span of only nine days.
More than 300 members of the university community – 100 employees and 200 students – will do everything from install sinks and subfloors to painting and plastering. The build begins on Oct. 18.
A busy week of celebrations will kick off at Grenfell College on Tuesday, Oct. 21 with a healthy brown bag breakfast. The day continues with the start of Pay It Forward, a week-long opportunity for the Grenfell community to extend a kind action for someone else.
The official launch of I Fell for Grenfell 2008 will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 22, just before the annual Campus Dash, a two-km/one-km run/walk for the Grenfell community and the general public. Other events on Wednesday include a calligraphy class, bake sale, and a belly dancing class. On Thursday, Oct. 23, Healthy Bodies/Healthy Minds, a health fair delivered by Western Regional School of Nursing, takes place in the Grenfell College Student Union food court from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Meanwhile, the much-anticipated Pie the Prof will take place in the food court from 12:30-2 p.m. This year proceeds will go to the on-campus food bank and the John Ashton Bursary Fund. That evening will end with International Night in the food court from 6:30-8:30 p.m., an event designed to showcase the different nationalities and cultures that are represented in the Grenfell community, and a Sudoku Challenge from 8-9 p.m.
On Friday, Oct. 24, Grenfell’s annual Sports Day, a madcap event filled with ridiculous sporting challenges gets underway at 3:30 p.m. in the Grenfell gym.
Finally, on Saturday, Oct. 25, the second annual Student Leadership Conference gets underway at 9:30 at the Pepsi Centre.
“I Fell for Grenfell plays an important role in the spirit of Grenfell College,” said this year’s co-ordinator Ashley Buckle. “Many of our events are open to the public, so our spirit is also shared with the community. Opening these events to the public is also important because there is so much support from around the community, so we try to give a little back.”
For a complete listing of events, times and locations for I Love MUNdays, visit www.mun.ca/mundays. And, for I Fell for Grenfell, visit www.swgc.mun.ca/celebrate/