{President's Report 2003}
Vital Signs
* Community
Access Labrador
Music in the Air
Glad to Shad
Making Herstory
Educational Reform in Labrador
Digging into the Past
Telemedicine Moves Forward
Volunteer Sector Partnering with MUN
Campus Life
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Community Highlights

Artistic connections
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College's art gallery and theatre program mounted seven theatre productions: The Fantasticks (mounted by the School of Music and the Theatre Program last May), The Taming of the Shrew, The Cherry Orchard, The Sea, Electra, The Trojan Women and Summerfolk. Exhibitions in the gallery included Doodlist Manifesto (fourth-year exhibition); Along the Humber: Selections from the Bowater Collection; Pink (Barb Hunt); Another City (David Hoffos), Martyrs Murder (Diana Thorneycroft), In Absurdum - paintings (Bill Rose); and Between Arsphenamine and Artefact (fourth-year exhibition).

Opening doors to the public
Grenfell College's second annual SpringFest and Open House gave the community a glimpse of the interesting and creative ongoing activities at the college. Springfest is an opportunity for high school students to find out about the programs and services offered them at Grenfell, as well as a chance for enrolled students who have not yet declared a major to learn more about the programming available to them.

Reaching out to Ontario students
Peel Summer Academy 2003 is a two-week program offered by Grenfell in partnership with the Peel District School Board in Ontario to 16 intellectually gifted Grade 10 students. The program, offered by Grenfell's Division of Community Education and College Relations, consisted of a week of marine ecology and geology at Memorial's new Bonne Bay Marine Station, and a week of visual arts and theatre programming at the Grenfell College campus.

Banner year for Activity Camps
Grenfell College's Activity Camps were filled to capacity this past summer. Community Education offered 17 camps to a total of 445 children on the island's west coast.

Celebrating Labrador
A Memorial researcher has made a major contribution to a celebration of the Moravian beginnings in Labrador. The provincial government highlighted the region through a series of exhibitions and events this past year and seconded Dr. Hans Rollman, a Religious Studies professor as an advisor on the Moravian 250 events and celebrations. Dr. Rollman has a long research interest in the Moravians in Labrador and worked with the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation on a photographic exhibit called Through Moravian Eyes: 250 Years of Art, Photographs, and Records, a coffee-table book of the exhibit; and a scholarly international symposium in Makkovik and Hopedale.

Urban legends conference
In June, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College sponsored the 21st Perspectives on Contemporary Legend, an international conference bringing some 40 to 50 scholars and visitors from areas like Russia, Slovenia, Denmark, Sweden, Wales, Scotland, U.S.A. and Canada.

The faces of Boxers
Boxers, an exhibit from Prof. Kent Jones shown at Painted City Gallery in Toronto this year sparked media attention from TV Ontario's Studio 2 and a review in the Globe and Mail. Boxers also exhibited in the Arts and Culture Centres in Corner Brook and Gander. Jones' subjects are amateurs and professionals, men and women. They are young girls and boys, British and Irish champions, and local heroes, like Chris Hayes of Corner Brook, a Canada Games bronze medalist.

Memorial service
A Memorial Service was held on September 11th, 2002 in front of the Memorial Tower of the St. John's campus commemorating the tragedy that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. Chaplains lead the crowd in remembrance along with stressing the need for peace throughout the world. The university community helped the many passengers diverted to St. John's in the wake of the U.S. attacks and in turn received generous donations from some passengers which established the Sept. 11, 2001, International Travel Bursary Fund. The bursaries will assist international students traveling to Memorial University for study, while fostering international relations and remembering those who died in the tragic events of that day.

MUN runs for a cure
This year, Memorial's team of faculty and staff was 51 members strong for CIBC's Run for the Cure and raised $3,700 - both numbers topping those from 2001. This year, St. John's raised $216,000 event - the biggest fund-raising event for breast cancer. All proceeds go towards breast cancer research, patient education and support.

Atlantic linguistics conference
In November, Memorial's Linguistics department hosted the 26th annual conference of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association in St. John's. The conference featured over 40 papers on a wide range of language-related topics, many focusing on child reading difficulties and literacy in aboriginal communities, as well as on the languages of eastern Canada.

Memorial's Dec. 6 vigil
Memorial University's annual commemorative vigil of the Montreal Massacre took place at the Engineering Building, located on Memorial's St. John's campus. The event allowed the Memorial community and the public to remember, once again, the tragic loss of 14 female engineering students, and to honour Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence Against Women. The annual vigil featured the sharing of stories, referred to as the December Monologues, a candlelight procession, music and dedications.

In the fabric of the musical life of the community
The School of Music's participation in the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra/SWASP bursary program saw 15 music students who "earned" credit toward their tuition for playing in the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Funding from the provincial government was obtained through the efforts of Memorial's Centre for Career Development and Experiential Learning.

The Opera Road Show
The School of Music took opera music and performance into the classrooms of the province this year in an effort to make opera accessible and understandable to students. The Opera Road Show presented two programs, Opera of the Rocks for high schools and Fairies and Fables for elementary students.

On the road, again
With the generous help from the province's Arts and Culture Centres, The School of Music hit the road again this past year with performances by both faculty and students that reached the far corners of the province. In the autumn, faculty and graduate student performers traveled the island with a staged version of Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale. The spring tour saw "Team of Pianists" tour the island and Labrador in a rollicking program of music for two-, four- and six-hands at the same piano. The tour not only brings great performances from the School of Music around the province, but it also provides communities with master classes and clinics from faculty and senior students.

Operation Toys for Kids
Last October Memorial's Campus Enforcement and Patrol held its second annual toy drive for less fortunate children. CEP teamed up with The Muse and CHMR-FM for an expanded the toy drive that canvassed all students, faculty and staff on the St. John's Campus. CEP far surpassed its goal $2000 and collected instead a total of $4,500 in toys. Around 500 donations were donated to the Salvation Army for distribution across the province.

Six charities benefit from Monte Carlo fundraiser
The 26th annual Monte Carlo Charity Gala, organized by medical students, raised more than $25,000. Cheques from the proceeds were distributed to six charities: $5,000 each to the School Lunch Association, Give to Feel Good Campaign of the Health Care Corporation of St. John's, the Canadian Hemophilia Society and the Parkinson Society; $2,500 each to the Gros Morne Literacy Council and Planned Parenthood. Funds for the Give to Feel Good Campaign were matched two to one by the provincial government.

A first for Memorial
Memorial University hosted the Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference for the first time in the 23-year history of the event. More than 70 students and faculty from nine Atlantic universities participated in Talking English, a two-day conference, including sessions on academic topics and creative writing. Nationally celebrated Newfoundland writers Lisa Moore and Bernice Morgan conducted workshops and read from their works.

Kids on Campus: Literacy outreach to youth
A group of MUN students set aside a Saturday in March engaging local youth in an exploration of campus and student life. "Kids on Campus" volunteers came from a variety of student groups - Students for Literacy, Varsity Soccer, MUN Radio CHMR, Bowater House and the Physics Society - to create a Scavenger Circuit of the campus for local junior high students. Kids on Campus is an initiative of the volunteers of Frontier College's Students for Literacy (SfL) at Memorial. Youth from six community sites were invited by Students for Literacy to come and explore both the physical campus, and the various aspects of university life. These youth competed in activities emphasizing either physical, academic or the extra-curricular. While on the circuit they explored the new Field House, went live on MUN radio, did a little science work, engaged in art and language activities and checked out residence life.

Law Enforcement Torch Run
Once again, Memorial's Campus Enforcement and Patrol teamed up with other enforcement agencies across the island to help make the Special Olympics a great success through the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Members of Campus Enforcement and Patrol sold t-shirts, accepted and sponsors at both the St. John's campus, the General Hospital and Grenfell College to raise in excess of $4500.

Sea-Hawks camps for kids
Both the men's and women's Sea-Hawks basketball teams hosted summer camps for youth over the summer. The men's team offered four camp opportunities for different age groups.

Innovative network solutions for nursing professionals
The development of new innovative Web-based clinical nursing labs at Memorial offers opportunities for nurses in community health organizations, remote nursing stations and rural and remote hospitals who would otherwise face geographical challenges to their professional development. The labs can also be used for orientation of new staff, students in nursing and pharmacy, and refreshers for practicing nurses.