Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University of Newfoundland, has officially released Wish You Were Here:Presidents Report Highlights 2010.
On Nov. 10, 2010, Dr. Kachanoski met with Minister of Education Dr. Darin King to formally present him with the document.
The 2010 report is a website and a 72-page brochure that includes highlights of the universitys accomplishments over the past year. Both the web version and the highlights brochure contain the universitys financial statements and a collection of statistics on the provinces only university, the largest post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada.
The reports conceptual theme, Wish You Were Here, draws on the one-time ubiquitous postcard message. The phrase was penned so often by those enjoying a postcard-perfect holiday; some cards became available with the sentiment pre-printed.
Each snapshot, then, encapsulates the individual success stories covering research, teaching and community involvement of how Memorial is making its mark around the globe. Dr. Kachanoskis own journey from the role of vice-president (research) at the University of Alberta to president and vice-chancellor of Memorial is a fitting first entry in the universitys travelogue.
I am finding my new adventure at Memorial exciting, and I cant wait to see where it takes me, Dr. Kachanoski noted in his message. Not surprisingly, in this province many paths lead to each of Memorials campuses. But many adventures that begin here make the leap abroad. Each postcard shares one story of Memorials impact somewhere in the world.
Some of Memorials highlights from the past year featured in Wish You Were Here include:
The North Atlantic Ocean Thanks to a $14-million investment by the provincial government, Memorials Marine Institute established the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research which will delve into todays most important fisheries research questions
Gulf of Mexico Dr. Bill Montevecchi, a behavioural ecologist, has been and continues to be a tireless advocate for the Newfoundland seabird populations and an indefatigable expert resource for media outlets during and after the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Europe Philosophy graduate and Cape Broyle native Joseph Carew is spending 10 months studying in France, Belgium and Germany as one of 17 students awarded the European Commissions prestigious Erasmus Mundus EuroPhilosophie Scholarship
Labrador A partnership between Memorial University and the Nunatsiavut Government in Labrador will see Inuit students complete a bachelor of social work in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Nineteen students are preparing to become social workers on their home turf, with the intention of practicing on their home turf.
Haiti After the devastating earthquake in January of this year, five Memorial nursing students worked to develop a disaster response mandate when they realized their national association had none. A clear plan of action is now being charted by the 25,000 strong organization
The Arctic Substantial investment to Memorial has established the $1 million Wood Group Chair in Arctic and Cold Region Engineering, allowing for the study of pipeline design, construction and operations for Arctic and other northern settings
We are on an exciting trajectory, just like this province, Dr. Kachanoski noted. Wish You Were Here shows you some of the pathways that have led to diverse experiences and remarkable achievements.
In addition to the story highlights, Wish You Were Here details the institutions research funding statistics, philanthropic support, graduate and undergraduate enrolment, the value and number of scholarships and fellowships awarded and tuition fees. It also details the number of faculty and administrative and support staff.
The 2010 presidents report will be distributed to community and business groups and educational leaders as well as to major donors, granting councils and other university supporters. Copies of the reports highlights brochure can be requested by calling (709) 864-8663 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
. View the full report online at www.mun.ca/2010report
The report was produced in-house at Memorial by staff in the Division of Marketing and Communications and the Department of Computing and Communications.
About Memorial University of Newfoundland
Founded in 1925 as a memorial to Newfoundlands war dead, Memorial University College was elevated to degree-granting status in 1949 as Memorial University of Newfoundland. Today, the university is the largest in Atlantic Canada, with about 18,000 students. Memorial provides excellent undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in virtually all disciplines.
With locations in St. Johns and Corner Brook in Newfoundland, Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador, the French-owned island of St-Pierre, and Harlow in England, Memorial is committed to experiential learning. The universitys many interdisciplinary programs abound with opportunities for experiential learning, ranging from on-campus employment to work terms around the world. Outstanding research and scholarship, extraordinary teaching and a focus on community service are the university's hallmarks. Many teaching and research activities reflect our mid-North Atlantic locations; these unique settings and our cultural heritage have led to the creation of highly-regarded academic programs and specialized facilities in areas such as music, linguistics, folklore and human genetics, as well as earth sciences, cold-ocean engineering, rural health care and archaeology.