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SUBJECT: Celebrate Memorial activities: Nov. 11-16
DATE: Nov. 10, 2002

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From Nov. 1-16, Memorial is hosting a series of celebration activities designed to affirm the university's strong ties with the community of Newfoundland and Labrador. Celebrate Memorial's two-week schedule is chock full of events for members of the university community and the public. With lectures, awards ceremonies and public events at both the St. John's and the Grenfell College campuses, the celebration is designed so that there is something for everyone. Below is a listing of some of the St. John's-based events scheduled for this week.

Wednesday, Nov. 13 - Teaching and Research Awards Presentation

Excellence in teaching and research at Memorial will be highlighted in this annual awards presentation ceremony. Through a competitive selection process, faculty members with demonstrated achievement in teaching and research are accorded one of the following distinctions: the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching, the President's Award for Outstanding Research or University Research Professor. Six awards will be presented at this event which will take place in the upper concourse of the Arts and Culture Centre from 12-2 p.m. Attendance by invitation only. Media agencies are encouraged to send representatives to this event.

Wednesday, Nov. 13 - Employee Service Awards Presentation

This annual event acknowledges the service and important contributions of the university's many long-serving employees. A wine and cheese reception will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the University Club (5th Floor Arts Building Annex), where employees who have served for 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years will be greeted by the university president and will be presented with a commemorative certificate and lapel pin. At this time, the President's Award for Exemplary Service will be presented to five university employees who have been recognized by both their colleagues and the senior administration of the university. Attendance is by invitation only. Media representatives are welcome.

Thursday, Nov. 14 - Alumni Tribute Awards (suitable for PSA)

Tribute 2002: A Celebration of Alumni Excellence - 2002 marks the 20th anniversary of the Alumni Tribute Awards at Memorial and the program is celebrating by unveiling an expanded number of awards covering five different areas. Awards include the Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement, the J.D. Eaton Alumni Award, the Alumni Horizon Award, the Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement and the Alumni Award for Outstanding Community Service. A reception, dinner and awards ceremony will take place at the Marine Institute, beginning at 6:30 p.m., and will include a showcase of Memorial alumni through video and live performance. Tickets are $35, and can be purchased at the Alumni House, 20 Lambe's Lane. If using Visa or MasterCard, you can also order by phone at 737-4354 or toll-free 1-877-700-4081, or by emailing munalum@mun.ca Mediaagencies are encouraged to send representatives.

Thursday, Nov. 14 - Computer Science Seminar (suitable for PSA)

In celebration of the 24th Anniversary of the Department of Computer Science, Dr. Robert McDermott, a member of the original group of faculty, will be returning to campus to present a public lecture, at 7:30 pm in the Engineering Lecture Theatre (EN 2006). The title of Dr. McDermott's lecture is Research Papers, Pictures & Videos on DVD.

Thursday, Nov. 14 - Annual Awards Ceremony: Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine will be holding its annual awards ceremony at 4 p.m. in the main foyer of the Health Sciences Centre. This year's awards for faculty and students will be presented in a festive ceremony that brings the faculty together to recognize individual and group achievements. For more information, contact Sharon Gray at 777-8397. Media representatives are welcome.

Friday, Nov. 15 - Kitchen Party (suitable for PSA)

Memorial is upholding the Newfoundland kitchen party tradition. On Friday, Nov. 15. In St. John's, Bitters Pub, located on Prince Philip Drive, will be hosting a lunch between 12-2 p.m. Entertainment provided by Hot Jam Cold Toast. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Centre for Student Life (3rd floor, University Centre), or the GSU General Office, Feild Hall. At 4 p.m. the party moves to the Breezeway, located in the Smallwood Centre, Prince Philip Drive, where there will be a number of activities including prize draws and music by The Punters. There will be a $2 cover charge.

Friday Nov. 15 - Celebration of the Nursing Fast Track Option - BN (Collaborative) Program (suitable for PSA)

Come and celebrate the new "Fast Track" option in the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program. Recently approved by the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador, this new option will be celebrated with faculty, students, invited guests and the general public from 11a.m. - 12 noon in the Joyce Nevitt Lecture Theatre, Memorial University School of Nursing. The Nursing school is located in the Health Sciences Complex, off Prince Philip Drive. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Sandra MacDonald at 777-6679.

Saturday, Nov. 16 - Student Leader Forum

The Memorial Student Leader Forum is a day-long event, gathering student leaders for a day of interactive skill development sessions. Students who have been nominated by faculty and peers, will join together to discuss and address issues concerning leader development, recruitment and recognition. Through these sessions, students will enhance and develop their leadership ability. The 2002 Leader Forum will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16. This year's theme is Leading with Spirit. For more information please contact the Centre for Student Life, UC 3005, by phone 737- 7461 or via email at answers@mun.ca. This is an event open only for nominated students, but media agencies are encouraged to send representatives.

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