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New chair for Board of Regents

Lorne Wheeler, the new chair of Memorial's Board of Regents.

Lorne Wheeler was appointed the new chair of Memorial's Board of Regents on Oct. 27. He replaced acting chair and long-standing board member Dr. Georgina Hedges. A native of Greenspond, Mr. Wheeler graduated from Memorial with a BA (Ed) and a BA, and is a former school principal, past president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers' Association and deputy minister of education. He was also a former member of the Board of Regents of Memorial, serving in the early 1970s. Mr. Wheeler will serve as chair of the Board of Regents to fill the remaining term of the former chair which concludes Nov. 1, 2005.

Serving up the skinny on downtown

Cyra Belbin spotted a busines idea in the pub-lined streets of downtown St. John's.

Business student Cyra Belbin created her own magazine last fall geared towards tourists and patrons of the downtown scene in St. John's. Night Life was designed to let tourists, conference delegates, and other interested people know exactly what's happening in the downtown area. Ms. Belbin distributed 11,000 copies to tourist chalets across the province and to various locations in the metro area including hotels and shops. A second issue was planned for this past summer. The booklet featured profiles of the various bars nestled in downtown, as well as events and concert listings for the St. John's area and around the Avalon.

Cheques for charities

The 2004 Monte Carlo Charity Gala raised nearly $40,000 in late February for seven charities, including the MUN Campus Food Bank,  the Mazol Temple Shriners, the SPCA (St. John's), the South and Central Health Foundation, the Gander Boys and Girls Club, the HIV/AIDS Labrador Project and the Grand Falls-Windsor Committee Against Violence. They each received $5,500. Monte Carlo was organized this year by the medical school classes of 2007 and 2008.

Genesis Centre client poised to be next business guru

A client of Memorial's Genesis Centre was touted as the next business guru by some of the best in the business last year. Bill Jackman, president of Jackman BrandMarketing Inc. co-authored a book with Brian Tracy, Mark Victor Hansen (co-creator of Chicken Soup For The Soul) and others, entitled Create the Business Breakthrough You Want: Secrets and Strategies from the World's Greatest Mentors. Internationally released by Mission Publishing, the book was highly endorsed and features strategies for small and mid-sized businesses to thrive in the new economy. The book received a best-seller status last year as well.

Social work student project leads to pamphlet: Date rape drug awareness

Back L-R: Deanne Bambrick, Rose Hatfield and Agatha Corcoran. Sitting L-R: Amy Foss and Kelly O’Neill.

Five fifth-year social work students – Rose Hatfield, Kelly O'Neill, Amy Foss, Agatha Corcoran and Deanne Bambrick – designed an information pamphlet on date rape drugs which they distributed to women's centres, college and university campuses throughout the province last October. The idea stemmed from a class project that began more than a year ago. Ten thousand copies of the pamphlet, entitled Date Rape Drugs…They're out there. Are they in here? were circulated and covered issues such as warning signs a person has been drugged, the types of date rape drugs, how women can protect themselves, and what to do if you have been drugged.

SERT Centre expands firefighting training

The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University expanded the Safety and Emergency Response Training (SERT) Centre in Stephenville to offer its firefighting and recruitment certificate program in January. The 26-week program prepares graduates, through classroom and practical training and certification, to work with municipal and industrial fire departments. The expansion allowed the institute to move the program from its Offshore Safety and Survival Centre to accommodate increased demand for marine and offshore petroleum related safety training at that facility. A $250,000 purpose-built firefighting simulator was constructed last fall to enhance the aviation crash training field. The funding also went towards emergency response and crash vehicles as well as student facilities and classrooms.

Computers for Ghana

Memorial University's Office of Student Affairs and Services donated 10 computers and printers to the Awudome Secondary School in Tsito, Ghana thanks to the efforts of the Department of Career Development and Experiential Learning, Student Affairs and Services, Computing and Communications and the St. John's Northwest Rotary Club. The effort was spearheaded by Ken Dadzie, an international business administration student, who is originally from Ghana. The new computer lab supports about 1,500-2,000 people and will go a long way towards helping the students advance and reach their potential.

Spreading holiday cheer

On hand for the launch of the Toys for Kids program were (L-R) Clyde Harris and Tom Hennifent, Campus Enforcement; Major Loretta Fudge, Salvation Army; President Axel Meisen; Terry MacDonald and Les MacFadden, MUNSU; and George Tilley, president, Health Care Corporation of St. John’s.

Representatives of Memorial's student union, university administration, Campus Enforcement and Patrol and the Health Care Corporation of St. John's were on hand for the launch of Operation Toys for Kids on the university campus in November. The launch was also featured on the NTV Evening Newshour. The program was a challenge between residences as students make donations and solicit support from family and friends. Les MacFadden, former MUNSU President, presented a cheque for $469, raised by the students' union raised at a charity night at the Breezeway.

Newfoundland Studies getting a make-over

In November, Newfoundland Studies announced it was changing its name and look to gear up for its 20th anniversary. The journal received a three-year grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of $30,571 which will go towards the changes and operating costs. The journal will now be called Newfoundland and Labrador Studies to reflect the name change of the province, and to encourage more Labrador content. The premiere issue is due during the fall of 2005.

Sharing hope with Hopedale: Faculty of Education makes a difference

Memorial's Faculty of Education launched a campaign, Sharing Hope with Hopedale, to replace school supplies and materials after its Amos Comenius School was severely damaged by fire in September. The Education Student Society actively participated in the fund-raising initiatives raising money with a bake sale and collecting donations from across the university community. Participants included the Queen Elizabeth II Library, Curriculum Materials Centre, School of Nursing, Facilities Management, Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts and the VOCM Morning Show. A generous partner was Provincial Airlines which transported all of the materials. In total, the Faculty of Education collected 27 boxes of school supplies and materials including geometry sets, calculators, pens, pencils, crayons, colouring books, glue, paper, scissors, encyclopedias, children's books, novels, and textbooks covering subjects like geography, nature and science. Cash donations also totalled over $500.

Nursing for a better tomorrow

Back L-R: Dr. Marilyn Porter, Karen Webber, Drs. Shirley Solberg and Sandra LeFort. Front L-R: Drs. Elly Nurachmak, Junaiti Sahar, Yuni Nursasa, and Kay Matthews. Unavailable for photo: Dr. Donna Moralejo.

A collaborative project between Memorial University's School of Nursing and the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta came to a close last fall after five years of hard work. The project on nursing, women's health and community outreach in Indonesia began in 1998, and over the years four junior faculty members from Indonesia came to Memorial to earn their master's in nursing. A major goal of the project was to improve the health of mothers and children in rural Indonesia by developing educational programs for all levels of community health workers, professional and voluntary. After the Indonesian graduates trained at MUN returned home, they were assigned to the project team and the major focus of the project shifted to Indonesia.

Reaching out to Central America

Memorial's expertise in distance technology was an essential part of a $4 million CIDA-funded project to promote primary health care nursing in Nicaragua and Guatemala last year. The Centre for Nursing Studies worked with the Telehealth and Education Technology Resource Agency (TETRA) to reach students living and working in rural parts of these two countries. A post-RN program was delivered in Nicaragua through three sites while a one-year course in health promotion for rural workers was also offered.

Promoting a healthy body image

In January, Dr. Natalie Beausoleil of Memorial's Division of Community Health and graduate students Tracy Weir, Monique Goguen Campbell, Jennifer Shea and Kelly Monaghan expressed concern about people's focus on weight and not on healthy eating. They were a part of the Body Image Network, a volunteer group of individuals and organizations committed to encouraging a positive social environment through sharing information on body image, self-esteem and eating disorders.

A START in the right direction

An innovative mental health program at St. Clare's Hospital – and affiliated with Memorial University – succeeded in providing accessible help in a timely way for people in crisis. Dubbed the START Clinic (short term, assessment, referral and treatment), the outpatient service was praised in January for being effective in providing rapid access to mental health services, replacing an inpatient service with 24 beds with an outpatient clinic that can handle urgent and ongoing crisis situations.

Teleoncology program launched

Cancer care for patients in the province got easier and more convenient this year through the use of distance technology. The Newfoundland and Labrador Teleoncology Program was launched Jan. 6 at the Newfoundland Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation (NCTRF) in St. John's. The primary objective of the 18-month pilot program was to demonstrate the effective development, integration and sustainability of telehealth into cancer services delivery between the NCTRF and participating health boards, using the resources of the Telehealth and Education Technology Resource Agency (TETRA) of Memorial University.

Marine Institute releases economic impact report: Money well spent

Leslie O’Reilly (L) and Tom Hedderson.

The Marine Institute generated 4.4 dollars in spending for the provincial economy for every dollar invested by the Newfoundland and Labrador government. That was according to an economic impact report presented by Marine Institute to the minister of education on the post-secondary institution's education and training activities for 2002-03. The report, released in January, concluded that the short-term impact of MI on the provincial economy was $47.3 million – $38.6 million more than its provincial grant.

Student society hands over cheque to children's charity

Student society at Janeway telethon

The Engineering Student Society ‘B' handed over a cheque worth $2,500 to the Janeway Children's Foundation this past year. The students raised the money during their first annual Pi Throw. During the event, someone could buy a pie for $10 and have it delivered to anyone in St. John's and Mount Pearl. If you received a pie from someone you could take the pie in the face, buy the pie for $20, redirect the pie for $10, or choose not to participate.

New television program gives regional perspective

A new television program, hosted by Memorial's own Dr. Wilf Nicholls was a big hit this past year. Homegrown aired on NTV Sunday afternoons. Plans are underway to continue the show into the 2005-06 season. The crew would like to travel to Labrador and talk about plant nutrition, fertilizers, organics and pruning.

Formula MUN drives into the community

Engineering’s Formula MUN car was on display at Diamond Design’s Annual Watch Showcase in May.

Memorial University has a history of high performance in many fields, but some of its engineering students are taking high performance to a new level. The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science's Formula MUN race car is being overhauled and re-designed for the world championships in 2006, and the team is making plans to show the community what they have accomplished. The first event in Formula MUN's lineup was at Diamond Design's Annual Watch Showcase in May. With the strong connection between the precision timing of Swiss watches and auto racing, the opportunity to display the vehicle at this event was natural. Members of the Formula MUN Team were on hand to display the car, talk about the science behind their vehicle, and answer questions about auto racing.

Volunteers in cancer research share a day with researchers

(L-R) Jamie Skidmore and Bob Wakeham.

On May 14, researchers involved in the Colorectal Cancer Interdisciplinary Research Team – which includes 32 faculty at Memorial University and the University of Toronto, 13 trainees and 24 staff members – said thank-you to members of the community who participated in their research studies during a day-long symposium. Over the past five years more than 500 Newfoundland patients with colorectal cancer have been part of a multidisciplinary study of the disease and another 500 healthy people have volunteered their time to act as controls.

New marine training facility for Holyrood

The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University (MI) announced in April it will establish a new marine training facility at Holyrood to help meet the growing need for safety and survival training for the offshore oil and gas industry, as well as the training needs of the marine industry in the province. Upgrades will include new fendering, bumpers and curbing around the wharf and new mooring facilities. A steel launch platform will be constructed on the north side of the wharf to facilitate the launch of fast rescue craft and new training equipment will be purchased. The new facility should be fully operational by 2006.

Family firms will benefit from new centre

Dan Mosher, associate director, Family Business, Faculty of Business Administration

Memorial's P.J. Gardiner Institute launched the new Business Families Centre – the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada – within the Faculty of Business Administration in June. The centre will be an important resource in this province since more than 80 per cent of businesses are family-owned firms. It will focus on research, training, and curricula development and will assist family businesses and service professionals such as lawyers, accountants, and financial planners better understand the nuances of how the family and business intersects.

Malaysia explores MI's fisheries training expertise

It was a case of east meets west as the Marine Institute hosted senior officials from the government of Malaysia in May to discuss how MI can help redevelop the country's fisheries sector. One of Malaysia 's most ambitious goals is to create a new international marine institute to train its industry's harvesters and processors. A 17-member delegation was in St. John's to examine how MI can be used as a model to organize the training school. This is the fourth exchange visit between the two groups since exploratory talks began last year. MI was expected to sign a memorandum of understanding this past summer with the Malaysian government outlining the general terms for collaboration.

MI expands African partnerships

Marine Institute (MI) International led two community development projects in Malawi and Mozambique this past year to help reduce poverty through education and training in the fishing industry. The goal of the MI's Sustainable Fisheries for Food Security project in Malawi was to ensure environmental sustainability and its consequent positive impact on the population of coastal communities through reduced post-harvest losses.

Poverty reduction through fisheries was also the focus of MI Poverty Reduction Through Fisheries project in Mozambique. The project worked with the Ministry of Fisheries to improve the institutional capacity of the National Institute for the Development of Small Scale Fisheries (IDPPE) in that country.

Program brings rural development into the classroom

This year, 20 Memorial University teacher interns completed field placements with Regional Economic Development and Schools (REDAS), a program which places interns in rural schools to link economic development to the classroom. The interns partnered with Regional Economic Development Boards in their areas to enhance their knowledge of how their discipline connects to the future economy of the communities.

MUN grads are heading overseas to help

Craig Collins is heading to Papua New Guinea as a volunteer with CUSO.

Several recent graduates, including Craig Collins who now works with the Faculty of Engineering, signed on this year to go overseas to developing countries to help with information technology projects. They are all taking part in CUSO's NetCorps program, a youth internship program that provides information and communications technology expertise to developing countries. The team leaves in September 2005. Also taking part in the program are MUN alumnus Cerith Wong, going to Laos, and Jodie Baker, going to Jamaica.

Generating excitement about science

Let’s Talk Science co-ordinators (L-R) Natalie Nichols, Victoria Windle and Shannon Obradovich.

Volunteer graduate students in Medicine and Science at Memorial University went out of their way to share their excitement about science with students in schools throughout the province this year through the Let's Talk Science Partnership Program, a national program with partners in most provinces of Canada. Natalie Nichols, a graduate student in Biochemistry and Shannon Obradovich, a graduate student in Biology, took part in the program. Victoria Windle, a graduate student in Neuroscience in the Faculty of Medicine, was one of the co-ordinators of the program for the past two years retired earlier this year. The volunteers reached 2,000 youth in high schools and elementary schools in the province. The Let's Talk Science program at Memorial was supported with funding from the Medical Graduate Students Society, the Graduate Students' Union, Research and Graduate Studies (Medicine), the Dean of Medicine, the Dean of Science and the School of Graduate Studies.

On-the-job training for budding female firefighters

Participants in the Techsploration Program, the inspiration for Camp Glow.

The Marine Institute and Women in Resource Development Committee (WRDC) held a weeklong firefighting camp for girls in Grade 11 or 12 or for those who have just completed Grade 12 during the summer of 2005. The idea came from the Techsploration Program, which is also run by MI and WRDC. The program included exercises, classes and activities including an introduction to the firefighter's personal protective equipment, use of tools and ladders, search and rescue, and live fire training.

Memorial tees off for scholarships

More than 150 golfers in 30 teams teed off for the seventh annual Memorial University Scholarship Golf Tournament in mid-September. The annual event, hosted at The Wilds in Salmonier, has raised close to $115,000 to support scholarships at the university. At the tournament's closing banquet $1,200 scholarships were presented to four deserving students. (L-R) Noel Green, Bank of Nova Scotia, corporate partner for the tournament; scholarship winners Evan Martin, Pasadena; Jason Emberley, Mount Pearl; Jeswin Jeyasurya, St. John's; Gregory Jenkins, Corner Brook; and Dr. Bill Redden, tournament co-ordinator.

Keeping memories alive

Gord Delaney, founder of the Lilies for Lillie project, shows off the new lapel pin for 2005.

Gord Delaney, a 2002 B.Comm. graduate now working in the Office of Marketing and Business Development at the Marine Institute, founded the Lilies for Lillie (LFL) project in memory of his mother Lillie Delaney who passed away of Leukemia in November 2000. This past year, LFL sold unique lapel pins and raised more than $7,000 through a charity concert in May. It partnered with the Dr. H Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation to keep all funds raised in-province to be used to support treatment programs, services and state-of-the-art equipment.

Public opinion survey gives Memorial high marks

Memorial University is well-run, provides good value for the funding it receives and generates top-quality graduates and research and development that are critical to the economic and social development of Newfoundland and Labrador. Those were the general findings of a province-wide poll undertaken by Omnifacts Bristol Research, a local surveying and market research company last September. The Omnifacts Bristol survey involved a random, geographically stratified sample of the adult (18 years and older) population of the province. The survey and results are available on the Web at www.mun.ca/univrel/crs2004/.

Business student travels to China with Prime Minister: On the road with Team Canada

Lindsey Hewitt was part of the Team Canada trade mission to China this past year

Marystown native Lindsey Hewitt experienced the trip of a lifetime for the second time this past year. The bachelor of commerce (co-operative) student was one of two youth ambassadors who participated in Team Canada 's Trade Mission to China from Jan. 18-25 with Prime Minister Paul Martin. Ms. Hewitt was chosen to attend the Junior Team Canada (JTC) mission from a pool of 600 applicants. She was then chosen from a pool of 35 JTC delegates to attend the latest mission that took her to Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong.

Political Science student travels to Ukraine

Tent City in Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine, during December’s elections.

Political Science student Bob Winsor got a front row seat on history when he was selected as one of 467 Canadian observers to go to Ukraine in December 2004.
As a returning officer with Elections Canada for St. John's South-Mount Pearl, Mr. Winsor was selected as one of 100 Canadians to be part of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) contingent.

Memorial partners with provincial government to offer an online map viewer

Memorial University and the Surveys and Mapping Division (SMD), Department of Environment and Conservation, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, teamed up this year to provide a map viewing portal which is OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) standards compliant.

The portal, www.MapsNL.ca, can be used by anyone with an interest in maps or those in need of maps and information, such as high-school geography students.

The map viewing client creates and displays .gif images of multiple data layers as selected by the user. Each image is a unique combination of data layers that is generated "on-the-fly" as specified by the user. Attribute queries are possible on point, line and polygon features.

MapsNL features open Web access to view all provincial base mapping and many thematic map layers direct from the source agencies.

MapsNL is an online service that generates composite images of map data layers from several online map servers.

Memorial teams rows to Regatta glory

Back (L-R) Dr. Axel Meisen, Jessica Bartlett, Tamara Smith, Erica Edison, Judy Thorne, Victoria Strange, Rhonda White and Hope Brock. Front (L-R) Betty Ann Lewis and Marion Cornish.

The Memorial University Women's rowing team captured gold at the Royal St. John's Regatta this year, crossing the finish line in a time of 6:04:14.

This year's team - made up of Memorial staff, students and alumni - included Tamara Smith (stroke), Betty Ann Lewis (5th), Marion Cornish (4th), Erica Edison (3rd), Judy Thorne (2nd), Victoria Strange (1st), Rhonda White (spare), Hope Brock (spare), Jessica Bartlett (coxswain) and Jason Rose (coach).

The team competed in the aptly titled Memorial University of Newfoundland Female District No. 2 race.

Meantime, Memorial also had a connection to the top male team at the Regatta. Term four engineering student Ben Stokes, work term one student Jeff Roche, and Jason Rose, a graduate of the 2005 class, were members of the crew of The Independent, which won the Molson Canadian Male Championship. The Independent crew took the men's championship in a time of 9:03.99, more than seven seconds ahead of NTV, which had won the 2004 crown and five of the last six.

Memorial University was a proud gold-level sponsor of this year's event.

Memorial professor makes significant archaeological discovery

The crew of the Waterfront Archaeology Project were hard at work in Clears Cove this past summer. (L-R) Peter Simms, Mathilde St. Arnaud, Dr. Peter Pope and Janine Williams.

During the summer of 2005, Dr. Peter Pope, a professor of anthropology at Memorial University, found evidence of what he believed was the link between the migratory fishery and permanent residents in Clears Cove on the southern shore.

Doing exploratory digging in a boggy area, Dr. Pope - of Memorial's Archaeology Unit - and his team found the wall of a cook room. After more excavation, they also found the floor, well preserved by a 15 centimeter layer of wood chips.

Dr. Pope reasoned that the cook room, which dates back to the 17th century, survived so well because it was sitting on peat. When the structure had surpassed its usage, it must have been knocked down and then covered over with wood chips. The wood chips soaked up the water from the bog and kept the wood moist. If kept moist and cold, wood preserves very well, he pointed out.

A cook room was traditionally built out of poles using boughs for walls and the rinds of fir trees for the roof. They were used to cook for the crew and were generally rebuilt every year. They were a common structure in Newfoundland and there is evidence of them in early regulations pertaining to dimensions and use.

What Dr. Pope found most exciting about this find at Clears Cove is that they now have a site where it is going to be possible to look closely at the transition from migratory fishery to permanent residency.

Dr. Pope figures it will take a few years to gather the funding and formulate a plan for doing a full excavation of the site. He hopes to interpret this summer's finds at the local museum in nearby Port Kirwan.

Team Memorial tackles Tely 10

Team Memorial took part in the Tely 10 road race once again this year.

A record number of Team Memorial participants laced up their shoes this year for the 78th running of the Tely 10 Road Race - the largest of its kind in Atlantic Canada.

More than 120 members proudly wore Memorial tee-shirts for the 16 km race. This was the second year a Team Memorial group, consisting of staff, faculty and pensioners, plus their spouses and children, took part in the historic race. In 2004, 81 participants were involved. Thirty first-time runners took part this year.

Team Memorial spent 12 weeks training for this year's race.

Tuckamore music to the ears

Timothy Steeves and Dr. Nancy Dahn

Memorial University played a major role in one of Atlantic Canada's foremost chamber music celebrations during the summer of 2005. The fifth annual Tuckamore Festival, sponsored in part by the School of Music, included a variety of concerts and workshops on the St. John's campus at the D.F. Cook Recital Hall and the new Petro-Canada Hall. Up to 25 talented string players and pianists - between the ages of 16-24 - were chosen for the program.

There is a huge connection between the Tuckamore Festival and Memorial. Its artistic directors, Timothy Steeves and Dr. Nancy Dahn, are associate professors at the School of Music. As well, Vernon Regehr, conductor of the MUN Chamber Orchestra and professor of cello at Memorial, is the director of the festival. Meantime, Dr. Jane Gosine, Music, Dr. Alice Collins, dean of Education, and David Press, Engineering, are members of festival's board of directors.

Meanwhile, Mr. Steeves and Dr. Dahn became the first from the university to take part in an extensive musical tour in the far east. During the summer of 2005, they travelled throughout China as part of a concert tour. They performed in an eight-city recital tour and took part in several master classes that stretched from Beijing to Shanghai.

They also used their trip to publicize Memorial to Chinese audiences.

Arthur Miller's The Crucible a tribute to Dick Buehler

Friends and former students of Dick Buehler get ready for the big show (L-R) Jennifer Deon, Steve O'Connell, Dick Buehler, Sean Panting and Morris Hodder.

The local theatre community came out for a two-night showing of Arthur Miller's The Crucible in tribute to retired Memorial English professor Dick Bueller in late August. The production was a collaborative reunion project of Dick's Kids Productions, a group of friends, colleagues and former students of Mr. Buehler.

Featured in the production is an extensive line-up of local theatre performers including Jennifer Adams, Terri Andrews, Peter Ayers, Dick Buehler, Petrina Bromley, Neil Butler, Robert Chafe, Janet Edmonds, Aiden Flynn, Heather Hiscock, Morris Hodder, Danielle Irvine, Kelly Jones, Jill Kieley, Janet McDonald, Kimberley Mullins, Steve O'Connell, Sean Panting, Paul Power, Mark Scott, Dave Walsh, Keith Vokey and many more.

The event was also a fund-raiser for the Dick Buehler Award in Theatre, which will be presented at the 2006 spring convocation. It'll go to a student who has completed the requirements for the Diploma in Performance and Communications Media and who intends to continue their training at an institution of higher learning or as an apprentice to an approved professional theatre or film company.

The production raised $4,000 over two nights for the award.

Parfrey leads Rock to national rugby championship

Rock scrumhalf Brendan Parfrey (R) was chosen MVP during the championship game. Brendan is the son of Coach Patrick Parfrey, a graduate of the medical Class of 2004 and a second-year postgraduate resident at Memorial. This photo with teammate Dave Penney was taken last summer.

It was a long hard road for coach Pat Parfrey and his Newfoundland Rock team, but they finally achieved victory on Saturday Aug. 13, when they won the Rugby Canada Super League (RCSL) championship 25-13 over Saskatchewan Prairie Fire in the final at Regina, Saskatchewan.

Mr. Parfrey - a prominent member of the Memorial University community, a University Research Professor and internationally-renowned scientist and clinical epidemiologist - has provided outstanding leadership to the sport of rugby, coaching teams at the local, provincial and national levels and serving as president of Rugby Canada.

Last year he was named an officer of the Order of Canada. Most recently, he was appointed associate dean of clinical research in the Faculty of Medicine.

Help needed for immigrant women

(L-R) Xiangrong Huang, Wanjiru Nderitu, Dr. Peruvemba Jaya and Dr. Marilyn Porter.

During the summer of 2005, a group of researchers from Memorial University insisted an action group should be established to improve conditions for immigrant women in the province. Their suggestion was based on the research and suggestions in the report Recent Immigrant Women in Newfoundland and Labrador: Problems and Perspectives.

Establishing such an action group was the main recommendation of the report, prepared by Dr. Marilyn Porter, Sociology, Dr. Peruvemba Jaya, Business Administration, and graduate students Wanjiru Nderitu and Xiangrong Huang.

The most important issue raised by participants in the study was the difficulty of finding appropriate work in this province. Other issues included the lack of suitable services or lack of information about available services and especially the lack of training and awareness among professionals about the issues that immigrant women face.

Alumni elect regents

Ruth Canning,
Deanne Fleet,
Ann Marie Hann,
Earl Ludlow,
B. Eng.'80,
Douglas Moores,
Eleanor Swanson,

Memorial University alumni elected five new people in August to the Board of Regents, the university's governing body. Ruth Canning, Deanne Fleet, Ann Marie Hann, Doug Moores and Eleanor Swanson were elected for three-year terms.

Meanwhile, Earl Ludlow was returned for a second term.

Almost 2,000 alumni cast their votes for a record 28 alumni candidates.

For more on the newly-elected regents, see www.munalum.ca/bor/

Innovative program recognized for excellence

Memorial's Horizons Leadership program was honoured with the Atlantic Association of College and University Student Services (AACUSS) Award of Excellence, presented in June at the group's summer conference at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Horizons is an innovative program that is helping lead the way in recruitment and leadership development at Memorial. Scholarships valued at $1,200 are awarded to Grade 9 students across the province along with enrolment in a junior leadership program. The Fry Family Foundation funds the scholarships for the students. Memorial's Horizons program pairs scholarships with citizenship and school/community leadership. It also recognizes students who excel in athletics and or the arts. Students who take part in the leadership program also receive a part-time Memorial's Undergraduate Career Experience Program (MUCEP) position during their first year of studies.

To find out more see www.mun.ca/horizons.

Busy year at The Works

Participation at The Works continued on a positive trend this past year as more students, faculty and staff participated in programs, joining the thousands of others from the community. The facilities experienced more than 1.3 million visits in 2004-05.

During the month of January, an impressive 19,443 student-visits were recorded.

The Works includes the Field House, Aquarena and other recreation facilities on the St. John's campus.

A number of special events were held at the Field House, including the 2005 National Wrestling Championship, which attracted an estimated 1,500 participants and spectators; the 2005 National Judo Championships, which included 500 participants and a varsity tournament for 850 participants and spectators. Other events held at the Field House ranged from a provincial cheerleading competition, to a regional science fair and performances for FESTIVAL 500, an international choir festival which attracted 2,000 participants. The Aquarena played host to numerous provincial aquatic sport competitions.

The Works also played a key role in the diploma program in Police Studies this past year; recruits used and participated in programs at the facility as part of their training. In addition, the Memorial University Recreation Complex Inc, the community-based corporation that governs The Works, contributed $100,000 to the university's Entrance Scholarship fund last year.

The east side of the Aqurena roof was also replaced. The project began in May 2004 and was finished in October. It was a major improvement project that was completed without disrupting program time or inconveniencing customers.

Other highlights for 2004-05 include the installation of a wireless network at the Field House; creation of a preferred-rate program for employees at the university; installation of new pieces of fitness equipment in the students-only areas; conclusion of a management agreement with the university in July 2005; and, notably, the Aquarena received the Lifesaving Cup Award from the Royal Lifesaving Society in May 2005.