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Honour Roll Highlights

Business student earns international award

Memorial business student Alyson Byrne kicked off her final semester in the bachelor of commerce (co-operative) program this year with a prestigious international award. Ms. Byrne is one of five women worldwide to receive the Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship valued at $4,000 US. Zonta International is a global service organization of women executives and professionals working to advance the status of women.

Engineering prof named international award winner

Professor M. Azizur Rahman was awarded the 2004 William E. Newell Power Electronics Award for outstanding achievement. Dr. Rahman, a University Research Professor (awarded 1993), has been teaching for more than 42 years, 28 at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial. Dr. Rahman received a suitably inscribed plaque and cash prize of US $5,000. He is the second Canadian to win the award.

Geoscientist named honorary professor

An expert in the evolution and tectonic development of mountain belts, Dr. Harold "Hank" Williams was awarded the title of Honorary Research Professor by Memorial University's Board of Regents in December. Dr. Williams advanced the theory of colliding super-continents for the very first time in the 1970s by helping to transform the notion of Continental Drift into the Theory of Plate Tectonics. In 1968 Dr. Williams joined the faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he was the first to receive the prestigious title of University Research Professor and the first to be appointed Alexander Murray Professor.

Memorial prof hits the roof of the continent: Scaling new heights

Memorial University professor Dr. T.A. Loeffler holds a Memorial flag at the top of North America’s highest peak on Mount McKinley.

Memorial University professor T. A. Loeffler reached the summit of North American's highest mountain this past year - a feat accomplished by only a select few climbers in the world. Dr. Loeffler reached the peak of Mount McKinley in Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve on June 26, 2005. McKinley is 20,320 (6,194 metres) feet above sea level and has a vertical rise greater than Mount Everest, making it the steepest mountain in the world. McKinley is considered by experts to be the coldest mountain in the world. Dr. Loeffler began training for the arduous trip in August of 2004, following an intense physical and mental program. She worked out 20-25 hours per week, completing strength and cardio exercises, yoga and step aerobics with a 60-pound backpack that was at least half her weight.

New appointments to the Order of Canada

Memorial University was well represented when Governor General Adrienne Clarkson announced 74 new appointments to the Order of Canada Feb. 8. Dr. Max House, founder of the Telemedicine Centre at Memorial, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, joining luminaries Susan Aglukark, Paul Anka, and Jane Urquhart. Jane Urquhart also holds an honorary degree from Memorial. As well, Ann Hart, head of Memorial's Centre for Newfoundland Studies from 1976 to 1997, was named a member of the Order of Canada.

Wrestler picks up national medal

Kerri-Ann Evely did something no Memorial female athlete had accomplished before: winning a national wrestling medal. Ms. Evely took home a bronze medal in the women's 70 kilogram class at the 2005 Canadian Interuniversity Sport wrestling championships at Brock University in St. Catharine's, Ontario, March 6.

Team wins gold at robot competition

Four Memorial students, as part of a team of 33, won gold at an international underwater robotics competition this year held in the astronaut training facility, Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. With students from MUN and high schools in the Eastern School District in Newfoundland and Labrador, the team competed against 40 other teams, including some prestigious engineering schools. The team's win was in the advanced technology (Explorer) class and their awards included first place overall, 2005 Remotely Operated Vehicle Competition; first place Robot Performance; first place Engineering Panel Presentation; first Engineering Display; first place Teamwork and Professionalism; and first place in Tether Management. The four MUN students on the team were engineering students Scott Follett, Sarah Howse, Renee Hodder and Andrew Osmond.

Accolades for soccer Sea-Hawks

Several Memorial University soccer players and coaches were recognized for outstanding seasons by Atlantic University Sport for 2004-05. Scott Betts, coach of the men's soccer team, was named the AUS Coach of the Year. In his eighth season leading the Sea-Hawks, Coach Betts guided the team to a 7-4-1 record, good enough for second place in the East Conference and the team's first playoff appearance since the 2001 season. On the women's team, 18-year-old Laura Breen was awarded AUS Rookie of the Year honours for women's soccer. She finished the regular season ninth in league scoring. As well, Jessica Wade was named to the second team all-stars for her performance as a fullback. Meantime, the men had four of their 11 starters named to the AUS All-Star teams. In just his second year in a Sea-Hawks jersey Clinton Edwards has been named to the AUS First Team All-stars. The striker from St. Lawrence finished the season third in league scoring in scoring with 10 goals in 12 games. Memorial also has three second team all-stars; midfielder Jeremy Babstock, fullback John Kelly, and keeper John Douglas.

Engineering student scores a bronze medal

The Newfoundland contingent of Team Canada

Engineering Term 3 student Chad Fisher had an experience he did not expect last summer. The Bonavista native and eight other ball hockey players from Newfoundland and Labrador were chosen to play with Team Canada and travelled to Martin, Slovakia, where they won a bronze medal.

Dr. Dave Schneider, professor at the Ocean Sciences Centre and associate dean of science (research) was awarded the 2005 Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) Graduate Faculty Teaching Award in April. The honour recognizes excellence and creativity in the teaching of graduate students. He was selected for the top prize from 125 American and 14 Canadian universities.

Best Business award

In May, Cathexis Innovations Inc. - founded by engineering students Mark Gillingham, Mark Simms, Steve Taylor and Colin Power - was named in the top ten young Canadian Entrepreneurs of the Year by the Canadian Youth Business Foundation. The company was also the Best Business Award for Newfoundland and Labrador. The annual CYBF awards program is designed to celebrate successful young entrepreneurs.

Instructor wins national theatre prize

Newfoundland director Jillian Keiley was named the 2004 recipient of the Elinore and Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, Canada's richest theatre award. The jury selected Ms. Keiley from 59 directors, nominated from every region in Canada.

The jury described Ms. Keiley's work as "startlingly original and radically imaginative". According to the jury citation, she is a "visionary, innovative artist whose experiments with form and content have magical results for audiences and performers alike. Simultaneously cerebral and visceral, her productions explore the parameters of theatre art, often with powerful effect".

Ms. Keiley is the founding Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, where she has directed 14 new productions, almost all of which were original scripts and scores created for the company by playwright Robert Chafe and composer Petrina Bromley. For the past 10 years, Ms. Keiley has been working with Artistic Fraud to develop a unique, mathematic and music-based choreography and directing system called Kaleidography. Ms. Keiley has taught this new system at universities and professional training institutes across the country.

Ms. Keiley also taught theatre with a specialization in chorus at Memorial University during the 2004-05 semester. She also taught at the National Theatre School of Canada.

Faculty member recognized for teaching

Dr. Derek Wilton, a geologist in Memorial's Department of Earth Sciences, was awarded a Teaching Award from the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEG) this past year. The award recognizes an exemplary contribution by an individual in the areas of engineering and/or geoscience education.

PEG has about 2,500 members and is accountable to the public through the provincial Department of Government Services and Lands.

Dr. Wilton has a B.Sc. in geology of Memorial, an M.Sc. in geology from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD in earth sciences from Memorial. He is a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and, in 1991, was awarded the W. H. Gross Medal by the Mineral Deposits Division of the Geological Association of Canada which is given annually to a young geologist who has made "outstanding contributions to the field of economic geology."